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‘Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers’ Cookbook ~ QVC Appearance Recap!

Happy Thursday, y’all! It’s been a little over a week since my cookbook appearance on QVC, and I thought it might be fun to share a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of what the experience was like. So who’s ready to fly to Philly? šŸ˜‰ Some of you might remember that I was in Philadelphia about a month ago to attend QVC Guest Excellence Training, which certified me to appear on QVC’s In the Kitchen with David to represent my cookbook, Real {Read More}

One-Pot Pizza Pasta

One-Pot Pizza Pasta is an easy, cheesy, comforting dinner recipe loaded with flavor thanks to all of your favorite pizza toppings…and as a bonus, everything gets cooked in the same pot! Well, hello there, stranger! Whew, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. I’m in the process of wrapping up a behind-the-scenes post for y’all sharing my amazing experience last week at QVC, but before we get to that, I feel like I owe you a long-overdue recipe. How does {Read More}

Ultimate Bean Dip

Requiring only 6 ingredients and taking just 10 minutes to make, Ultimate Bean Dip is creamy, cheesy, stove-top deliciousness…the perfect appetizer for parties or for watching the big game! Football season has arrived, friends! And I don’t know about you, but at our house that means College Game Day with coffee on Saturday mornings, weekend flag football games for my boys, a few fall treks to the ol’ alma mater to cheer on the Aggies, and the background buzz of {Read More}

Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins

Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins are soft, moist, and double the fun, split between lightly-spiced pumpkin and a generous dose of chocolate! Well friends, it’s officially September…and that means I’ve officially given myself permission to crack open the first can o’ pumpkin of the season! I wasted no time this year, seeing as how I baked these Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins on September 1st. Too soon? Perhaps. But when my kids came home from school that afternoon and smelled {Read More}

One-Skillet Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

One-Skillet Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole is a quick, easy, family-pleasing weeknight dinner recipe that’s made in just one pan! I always forget how exhausting the first week of school is, for the kids, the teachers, and yes, even for the parents. It’s hard to believe that three short months of summer vacation can entirely negate the stamina we had built up over the prior school year, but it does. By last Friday afternoon, our entire family was wiped out! {Read More}

Homemade, All-Natural Sports Drink with Electrolytes {Copycat Gatorade}

Quench your thirst, hydrate your body, and replenish electrolytes with this easy-to-make Homemade, All-Natural Sports Drink…without the processed ingredients, artificial sweeteners, and food dye found in store-bought Gatorade! The long hot summer is not quite over yet, and fall sports season ’tis upon us! That means it’s the perfect time to share this homemade alternative to store-bought sports drinks. Most of the time, I think that water is totally sufficient and the best choice for staying hydrated. But sometimes it’s {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos (or Nachos)

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos feature tender, spicy-sweet pork piled on flour tortillas and topped with red cabbage, carrots, avocado, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro for an easy, effortless dinner…and the leftover pork is fantastic on nachos! Hi, friends! I missed y’all during my unexpected hiatus last week. I’ll explain my absence in a moment, but in the meantime, hopefully I can beg your forgiveness with these melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork tacos brimming with the flavors of fresh lime {Read More}

Classic Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar Salad features a flavorful (egg-free!) dressing, garlicky homemade croutons, and fresh shaved Parmesan atop crunchy hearts of romaine…the perfect side to just about any meal, or top with sliced chicken for a healthy, hearty entree! Waaaay back at the beginning of the summer, I made my family this homemade Caesar Salad for the first time…and they positively scarfed it down. So I made it again on Father’s Day. And on the 4th of July. And on regular ol’ {Read More}

2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet

2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet is a light, refreshing frozen treat that comes together with just fruit and yogurt, the perfect healthy snack or dessert for cooling down all summer long! Please pardon all of the frozen treats around here lately…it’s just too hot to anything, y’all. I actually wasn’t even going to share this Watermelon Sherbet recipe, but it was so easy to make (only two ingredients!) and turned out so tasty that I thought y’all might be as excited about {Read More}

Caprese French Bread Pizza

Bursting-with-flavor Caprese French Bread Pizza is brushed with garlic-infused olive oil, layered with fresh mozzarella and thinly-sliced tomatoes, and baked until bubbly before getting finished off with ribbons of basil and a balsamic reduction! Happy August, y’all! How is school already right around the corner? Eeek! I intended to share this recipe earlier in the week but — speaking of that impending school start date — we decided to squeeze in one last summer hurrah with a quick trip to {Read More}

No-Bake Frozen Margarita Pie

No-Bake Frozen Margarita Pie is cool and creamy, with a salty-sweet pretzel crust and a frosty filling flavored with fresh lime juice, tequila, and triple sec…or leave out the liquor and boost the lime juice for a family-friendly variation! Well, we’ve apparently reached the height of summer, with temps topping 100 degrees just about every day. Bring on all the cold things! Alas, this also means it’s too hot to play outside past a certain hour of the morning without {Read More}

Bacon, Potato, & Cheese Mini Frittatas (Egg Muffins)

Savory Bacon, Potato, & Cheese Mini Frittatas feature fluffy eggs loaded with crispy diced bacon, hash browns, and grated cheddar and baked in muffin pans for a filling and protein-packed breakfast or brunch! A few weeks ago I found myself the happy recipient of two dozen gorgeous, farm-fresh eggs. I knew that I didn’t want to simply add them to random baked goods…rather, I wanted them to star in a new and special recipe. So — since the natives had {Read More}

Peach Buttermilk Popsicles

With just four ingredients, Peach Buttermilk Popsicles are fruity, creamy, frozen treats, kissed with honey and balanced with a touch of buttermilk tang! Last week, my hubby and I were lucky enough to enjoy a long weekend get-away to Vail, sans kids. He was already in Denver for work, so I flew up on Saturday and we spent the next few days enjoying fresh mountain air and perfect — I mean perfect — weather. What’s funny is that the majority {Read More}

Lemon Sugar Baked Donuts

Lemon Sugar Baked Donuts are light, citrusy, and generously coated in a crunchy, lemon-zest infused sugar…the perfect sunny treat for breakfast or dessert! The food blogger side of me is a little embarrassed to admit that Iā€™m decidedly late to the baked donut craze, having only bought my first donut pans a month or so ago. But now that I’ve had a bit of time to bake and experiment, I can confidently tell you…baked donuts are where it’s at, y’all. {Read More}

Corn, Tomato, & Avocado Salad

Corn, Tomato, & Avocado Salad is an explosion of Tex-Mex flavors and summertime textures, with fresh roasted corn, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, minced jalapeƱo, crumbled cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro in a zippy lime vinaigrette! There’s something just magical about fresh corn on the cob. I have to admit, though, that I used to mostly avoid it because it was such a sticky, frustrating mess to husk. That all changed a couple of years ago when I discovered the easiest, {Read More}

Chocolate Almond Energy Bites

Ground almonds and oats are combined with almond butter, honey, cocoa powder, and chia seeds in these wholesome, protein-packed Chocolate Almond Energy Bites, perfect for a quick snack or breakfast on-the-go! My kids are eating me out of house and home this summer, y’all. My boys are only 6 and 8, but geez does this feel like foreshadowing to their teen years. I try to feed them homemade breakfasts as often as possible, but I can barely keep the fridge {Read More}

Caprese Chicken Salad

Caprese Chicken Salad combines two summertime favorites, featuring juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil tossed with diced chicken in a homemade, Greek yogurt-based balsamic dressing. Happy Friday, y’all…hope the week has treated you well! We’ve been enjoying July while doing our best to survive Texas’ current heat wave…which feels akin to opening a hot oven or, you know, skipping across the surface of the sun. But enough chit-chat about the weather. I’m way excited to share today’s recipe with {Read More}

Fruit & Mozzarella Skewers with Honey Lime Drizzle

Honeydew melon, green grapes, kiwi fruit, & fresh mozzarella are dressed up with a sweet & tangy syrup in these Fruit & Mozzarella Skewers with Honey Lime Drizzle, a fun & healthy summer kabob that’s delicious for poolside, picnics, or parties! How was y’all’s Independence Day? We celebrated America’s 240th birthday with a fun holiday weekend that included plenty of relaxing, family time, a patriotic parade, a fireworks show, and ample opportunities for eating yummy food. In addition to grilled {Read More}

Peach Crisp Bars

A buttery shortbread crust is topped with sweet, ripe peaches and an oat-flecked crumble in these delicious, easy-to-assemble Peach Crisp Bars! Aren’t peaches the best thing ever? Each summer, I take ample advantage of them while they’re abundant, incorporating them into breakfasts and snacks and drinks and desserts and eating them fresh by the bushel. My family especially loves peach cobbler, but sometimes it’s nice to change things up a bit — or even enjoy the occasional hand-held peach treat. {Read More}

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

With all-natural ingredients like salsa verde, green chiles, and a creamy homemade sauce, this scrumptious stacked Chicken Enchilada Casserole boasts the great flavor of chicken enchiladas without the work of rolling them! Sometimes nothing hits the spot like creamy, cheesy enchiladas! So for Father’s Day a couple weeks ago, I baked up a double recipe for my husband and my father-in-law to enjoy. But since a big batch of enchiladas would take a good bit of time to roll, I {Read More}

Southern Squash Casserole

Southern Squash Casserole is loaded with tender sauteed yellow squash, cheddar, Parmesan, and sour cream, then topped with buttery cracker crumbs and baked for a delicious, comforting side dish! I’ll be the first to admit that yellow summer squash has never been my favorite of the stereotypical Texas garden harvests. However, seeing as how my in-laws have a glorious and abundant stereotypical Texas garden, we end up with lots of it every summer. I like zucchini and have come up {Read More}

Cucumber Mint Infused Water {with or without lime}

Delicately flavored Cucumber Mint Infused Water (with or without lime) is a refreshing drink to keep you cool and hydrated all summer long! Summer has officially arrived, and Texas has suddenly decided to embrace the turning of the seasons. After an unseasonably mild intro to June (thanks, monsoon season), we have now reached our normal summer temps, hovering close to 100Ā°F. And this summer, more than ever before, I have been craving ice cold water! I’ll be the first to {Read More}

Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores Pizza

Melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows top a thick, chewy, homemade peanut butter crust in this fun and decadent Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores Pizza, the perfect dessert for summer parties or year-round special occasions! June is zooming by and it’s high time I share a s’mores-inspired recipe, because summer was made for melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows, am I right? The last s’mores recipe I posted was actually my crazy-popular Skillet S’mores Dip two years ago, and I’m not sure that {Read More}

Herbed Garlic Croutons

Homemade Herbed Garlic Croutons are not only easy to make, but they’re a crunchy, flavorful way to jazz up your favorite salad and soup recipes, from Caesar Salad to Tomato Soup! The hubby and I just got home from an anniversary weekend in Scottsdale where we enjoyed sleeping in, lazy days by the pool, prickly pear margaritas by the pitcher, and gluttonous meals morning, noon, and night. It was a fabulous, relaxing get-away, but now that we’re back to reality {Read More}

Parmesan Meatball Skillet

Tender, juicy baked meatballs are simmered in marinara and smothered with cheese in this easy-to-make, family-pleasing Parmesan Meatball Skillet, delicious over pasta or piled on sub sandwiches! We interrupt your regularly scheduled string of stereotypical summer recipes for a hearty, family-friendly dinner that’s guaranteed to become a regular request, year-round! Parmesan Meatball Skillet is quick and simple to whip up and it’s positively loaded with flavor. And better yet, it’s versatile! Enjoy your meatballs straight from the skillet, scattered over {Read More}

Funfetti Mug Cake + Five Heart Home’s 3rd Blogiversary GIVEAWAY

Funfetti Mug Cake is a light, fluffy, single-serving vanilla cake bursting with colorful sprinkles that comes together in just a few minutes — the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or any special occasion! Guess what today is??? Five Heart Home’s 3rd blogiversary! That’s right, friends…three years ago today, I gritted my teeth, squeezed my eyes shut, and hit publish on my very first blog post. And I never could have imagined the journey since then…that with lots of {Read More}

Simple German (Swabian) Potato Salad ~ SchwƤbischer Kartoffelsalat

SchwƤbischer Kartoffelsalat is a simple German Potato Salad hailing from the Swabian region of Germany that features sliced potatoes, minced onions, hot broth, oil, vinegar, and fresh parsley. It’s potato salad season, friends! And seeing as how I’ve shared recipes for Classic Potato Salad and German Potato Salad (the hot bacon/vinegar kind) in summers past, it’s high time I share the traditional type of potato salad found in the region of Germany where my mom grew up and where my {Read More}

Minty Peach Tea Punch

Minty Peach Tea Punch is a festive, sparkling beverage of mint-infused tea mixed with fresh peach nectar, simple syrup, ginger ale, and club soda, perfect for spring or summer showers, barbecues, and parties! Well, we made it folks…the last day of school is upon us! I’m still not sure how or when that happened, but rather than puzzling over the warp-speed passage of time, I suppose I should just be thankful for the fact that after tomorrow, we can enjoy {Read More}

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

Marinated chicken, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, artichoke hearts,Ā Kalamata olives, and feta cheese are tossed with pasta and a tangy dressing in this colorful, flavorful Greek Chicken Pasta Salad, perfect for summer barbecues & get-togethers! It’s the last week of school, y’all…eeek! How did that happen??? And it’s going to be a busy week at that, with end-of-year festivities galore. But fortunately, I’ve already got dinner covered with a big bowl of pasta salad in the fridge. Yippee! So if you’re {Read More}

Texas Pesto

Traditional pesto gets a Texas twist in this flavorful version featuring toasted pecans and Cotija cheese, perfect for slathering on bruschetta, tossing with pasta, jazzing up veggies, and so much more! Yay for basil! Because my herb garden has it coming out the wazoo, and thereā€™s really no way to use it all up before it goes bad without making some big batches of pesto. So here we go! That being said, I realize that there are already approximately eleventy-billion {Read More}