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Homemade Cheese Crackers

Homemade Cheese Crackers ~ tasty and all-natural, these savory crackers are not only kid approved, but you won't believe how easy they are to make! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tasty, savory, all-natural Homemade Cheese Crackers are not only kid approved, but you won’t believe how easy they are to make! Homemade Cheese Crackers are one of those recipes that I’ve been meaning to try out ever since I had kids…but I just never seemed to get around to it. Well, that finally changed last week, my friends! And the funny part is, they were so easy to make, I don’t know why I waited so long to give them {Read More}



Chili Cheese Dip (with All-Natural, Real Food Ingredients)

All-Natural Chili Cheese Dip ~ this decadent, creamy, real food version of Chili's Skillet Queso features homemade chili, cheddar cheese sauce, and no processed ingredients! | FiveHeartHome.com

Warm, decadent Chili Cheese Dip — combining homemade chili, real cheddar cheese sauce, cream cheese, black beans, and fresh garlic, jalapeños, and cilantro — will be the cheesy hit of any party or get-together! Super Bowl Sunday is just a few days away, and today I’ve got a recipe that just might prove to be the ultimate champion at your game watching party! Some of y’all may have already heard that queso is one of my favorite things on earth…hallelujah {Read More}



Pimento Cheese & Bacon Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Pimento Cheese and Bacon Mini Cheese Ball Bites ~ mini cheese balls of homemade pimento cheese are rolled in a coating of crispy bacon, toasted pecans, and minced fresh jalapeños and then speared with a pretzel stick for fun, easy-to-eat appetizers, perfect for game day or any get-together! | FiveHeartHome.com

Mini cheese balls of homemade pimento cheese are rolled in a coating of crispy bacon, toasted pecans, and minced fresh jalapeños and then speared with a pretzel stick for fun, easy-to-eat appetizers! Well, the Super Bowl countdown is officially on! So who are you rooting for…the Seahawks or the Patriots? I don’t really have a vested interest in either team this year. But I do love football, and I do love the commercials, and I absolutely adore football-watching grub…so you {Read More}



Fluffy Chocolate Fruit Dip

Fluffy Chocolate Fruit Dip ~ made with cream cheese, melted chocolate, and real whipped cream, this dessert tastes just like dipping fresh fruit into chocolate cheesecake! | FiveHeartHome.com

A blend of cream cheese, melted chocolate, and real whipped cream, 5-ingredient Fluffy Chocolate Fruit Dip is like dunking fresh fruit in creamy chocolate cheesecake! Well, folks…one week down, only 51 to go! So what say we celebrate achieving a full week of healthy eating resolutions with some Fluffy Chocolate Fruit Dip??? Ohhh, I jest. Keep drinking your smoothies and eating your quinoa for a bit longer…you’re doing awesome! You can always save this amazing, decadent fruit dip recipe for {Read More}



Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints

Cheddar Jalapeño Jelly Thumbprints ~ these savory appetizers are bursting with sharp cheddar and filled with sweet and spicy jalapeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies | FiveHeartHome.com

Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints are savory appetizers just bursting with sharp cheddar cheese and filled with sweet and spicy jalepeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies. No, you are not experiencing déjà vu. Yes, I just posted a recipe for Thumbprint Cookies right before Christmas. But I thought it might be fun to stick with the theme and show y’all that not only are sweet thumbprint treats perfectly delightful, but you can also make a savory, cheesy, peppery, {Read More}



Cran-Raspberry Jezebel Sauce

Cran-Raspberry Jezebel Sauce ~ with its bold horseradish kick, this sweet and spicy, versatile sauce can be poured over cream cheese as an appetizer, served alongside holiday ham or turkey as a condiment, or given as a homemade food gift in a jar! | FiveHeartHome.com

Sweet and spicy Cran-Raspberry Jezebel Sauce, with its bold horseradish kick, is a versatile sauce that can be poured over cream cheese as an appetizer, served alongside holiday ham or turkey, or jarred up for gift-giving! Who’s ready for Thanksgiving? I have yet to decide if I’m more excited about the food, the family, or the football! At any rate, I’m willing to bet that most of you have already planned out and possibly purchased groceries for your Turkey Day {Read More}



Garlic Bread with Fresh Garlic & Parsley

Garlic Bread with Fresh Garlic and Parsley ~ quickly turn a store-bought loaf into the perfect accompaniment for Italian recipes | FiveHeartHome.com #garlicbread #recipe #Italian

Quick and easy Garlic Bread with Fresh Garlic & Parsley turns a store-bought loaf into the perfect accompaniment for Italian food! Today, my friends, I bring you carbs. Not just any carbs, though…warm, bread-y, buttery, garlic-laced, parsley-sprinkled carbs that just might steal the show when served alongside your favorite Italian entrees. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This is my favorite way to make garlic bread, and so much fresher tasting (AKA, less artificial tasting) than those frozen loaves of {Read More}



The ULTIMATE Stuffed Cheeseburger Sliders

The ULTIMATE Cheeseburger Sliders ~ burger stuffed with pepper jack cheese and topped with mushrooms, avocado, and baby spinach on a Hawaiian roll | FiveHeartHome.com

These Ultimate Cheeseburger Sliders make the perfect gameday grilling grub, featuring pepper jack-stuffed mini burger patties topped with buttery mushrooms, creamy avocado, and crisp spinach! A big thanks to Walmart, Kingsford Charcoal, and DataRank for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. If you’ve followed Five Heart Home for any time at all, it’s already been well-documented that I am an enthusiastic fan of football season. But as much as I love watching the game itself and {Read More}



Apple Cheddar Crescents

Apple Cheddar Crescents ~ a sweet and savory snack or lunch idea featuring golden crescent rolls wrapped around melted cheddar and tender apples | FiveHeartHome.com

Savory-sweet Apple Cheddar Crescents are perfect for lunch or snacking, with melted cheddar and tender, thinly sliced apples wrapped in golden crescent roll dough! Well, it was bound to happen. We are less than a month into the new school year and I’m already so over packing school lunches. I don’t exactly know why I dislike this particular daily chore above all others. I mean, I don’t typically dread making lunch at lunchtime. And I am beyond thankful to have {Read More}



Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn ~ takes 5 minutes to make, tastes like a Snickerdoodle! | FiveHeartHome.com

Fresh popcorn is drizzled with brown butter and generously coated with cinnamon & sugar in this 5-minute, addictive snack that’s perfect for any occasion, from after school to movie night. Correct me if I’m wrong, but popcorn is pretty magical stuff. What other food starts out as a rock-hard little kernel and then, with a short application of heat, explodes into a fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth snack? On top of that, all of those crevices are just perfect for soaking up your {Read More}



Warm & Cheesy Bean Dip

Warm and Cheesy Bean Dip ~ quick and easy, full of flavor, and also makes a great side dish or filling for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more! | FiveHeartHome.com

Warm & Cheesy Bean Dip is quick & easy to make, full of flavor, and perfect as a party appetizer or for gameday snacking. It can even be served as a side dish or stuffed inside tacos, burritos, quesadillas, & more! Well, friends, it’s once again that magical time of year…football season is upon us! I’m a summer-lovin’ gal through and through, so between summer vacation ending and school starting, I sometimes feel a little blue as mid-August approaches. But {Read More}



Mozzarella Bubble Biscuits

Mozzarella Bubble Biscuits ~ refrigerated biscuits with gooey, cheesy centers and marinara on top | FiveHeartHome.com

Warm, soft Mozzarella Bubble Biscuits — with their gooey, cheesy centers, dollop of marinara, and sprinkling of Parmesan — make a perfect party appetizer, kid-friendly snack, or delicious accompaniment to an Italian meal! Y’all might not know this about me at this early stage in our relationship, but I could pretty much subsist on carbs and cheese alone. My affinity for tortillas and queso is already well-documented. And I would rather eat warm-from-the-oven homemade bread slathered with butter than caviar-topped {Read More}



Fresh Summer Corn Dip

Fresh Summer Corn Dip | Five Heart Home for Uncommon Designs

This cool and creamy Fresh Summer Corn Dip — featuring roasted sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, and vibrant ribbons of basil — is the perfect appetizer to kick off barbecues, potlucks, and picnics all summer long! So what do you do when you have an excessive amount of leftover roasted corn, grape tomatoes, and fresh basil from what was possibly the most amazing tortellini pasta salad known to mankind? Well, you could make another batch of said pasta salad, and it {Read More}



Spinach & Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado & Pepper Jack {Meatless Dinner Idea for Lent}

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese ~ meatless dinner idea for Lent or any night | FiveHeartHome.com

These hearty, flavorful quesadillas feature garlic-sauteed mushrooms, baby spinach, creamy avocado, and zippy pepper jack cheese for a meatless — yet filling and satisfying — meal. So I’m going to be honest about something. We very rarely do meatless dinners at my house. I grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. My hubby grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. We’re rather fond of our beef and chicken and pork around here. But once a year, during Lent, we have a string {Read More}



Zesty Black Bean Dip

Zesty Black Bean Dip ~ healthy dip flavored with fresh garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and cumin; delicious with tortilla chips or raw veggies | FiveHeartHome.com

This healthy black bean dip — flavored with fresh garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and cumin — is equally delicious served with tortilla chips or raw veggies! Today was a big day at Five Heart Home. My first grader was home from school for the President’s Day holiday, but his younger brother still had preschool this morning. It was a rare opportunity to eat lunch with my biggest big boy in the absence of his 4-year-old best friend and biggest {Read More}



Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread with Bacon, Garlic, Cheddar & Swiss

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread with Bacon, Garlic, Cheddar and Swiss ~ the ultimate snack for your Super Bowl party! | FiveHeartHome.com

Drenched with garlic butter and stuffed with cheddar, Swiss, and bacon, this decadent pull-apart bread will be the warm, cheesy star of your Super Bowl party! So. Have you ever come across a recipe that you just couldn’t stop thinking about? And that thinking eventually led to obsessing, until one day you found yourself on an impromptu trip to the grocery store to procure the necessary ingredients for finally bringing said recipe to fruition in your very own kitchen? That, {Read More}



Cheddar & Sour Cream Queso

Cheddar and Sour Cream Queso ~ instead of processed cheese, this creamy dip boasts loads of flavor from all natural ingredients | {Five Heart Home}

Zesty, creamy queso is made with cheddar cheese and flavored with garlic, jalapeños, tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro for a delicious dip or decadent topping for your favorite Mexican food. Hi. My name is Samantha, and I’m addicted to queso. No, really. It’s one of my favorite things ever. Who needs lobster tails and foie gras? Give this girl a bowl of queso and a stack of flour tortillas and I am one happy camper. While queso is abundantly available at {Read More}



Artichoke Bruschetta {or} Hot Artichoke Dip

Artichoke Bruschetta {or} Hot Artichoke Dip ~ an easy appetizer or dip, depending on how fancy the occasion is | {Five Heart Home}

Toasty baguette slices are topped with a creamy artichoke spread and then broiled until bubbly in this easy appetizer that’s fancy enough for a party…or for a more casual variation, bake it up as a hot dip instead! Did everyone have a fun time ringing in the New Year last night? It will probably take me until March or so to wrap my brain around the fact that it’s actually 2014, but at least the first day of the year {Read More}



Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans ~ great for snacking, salad topping, or holiday gift giving!| {Five Heart Home}

Toasty pecans with a crunchy, sweet, cinnamon-spiced coating are perfect for snacking, dressing up a salad, or holiday gift giving. Betcha’ can’t eat just one! I’ve never met a nut I didn’t like. But in Texas, pecans reign supreme, so that’s typically what I end up sprinkling over salads, incorporating into baked goods, or eating by the handful. And while they’re perfectly tasty plain and exceptionally excellent toasted, I do have a favorite way to eat pecans. Yup. You’re looking {Read More}



Marinated Cheese & Olives ~ An Easy Appetizer or Food Gift in a Jar!

Marinated Cheese and Olives ~ a quick party appetizer or easy food gift in a jar | {Five Heart Home}

Creamy cheese and briny olives are marinated in an herb- and garlic-infused dressing for a quick, attractive appetizer or a fun and easy food gift in a jar! Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet? Because I have hardly started, and I’m needing some commiseration from my fellow procrastinators here. But I have a big date with Amazon on the roster this week, after which I hope to have my gift-deficit issues resolved…wish me luck! Aside from the presents {Read More}



Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Mini Cheese Ball Bites ~ easy appetizers featuring dried cranberries, blue cheese, toasted pecans, and pretzel skewers | {Five Heart Home}

Bite-sized cheese balls — studded with dried cranberries and blue cheese crumbles — are rolled in toasted pecans and skewered with pretzel sticks for fun, easy appetizers! ‘Tis the season for holiday get-togethers, potlucks, and parties! That means that this time of year, from Thanksgiving right on through New Year’s Eve, there are ample opportunities for delicious and creative appetizers. And today I’m sharing one that’s not only quick and easy, but also fun and just a little bit different. {Read More}



Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip | {Five Heart Home}

I may have mentioned here before, a time or five, that I love college football. And I’d be lying if I said a small part of that wasn’t because of Saturdays spent watching games on TV while munching on a menu of scrumptious, tailgate-friendly foods. Why yes, I think this dip falls quite nicely into the tailgate-friendly category, wouldn’t you agree? A couple weekends ago, on the first Saturday of college football, my boys were up and at ‘em early, {Read More}



Texas Salsa

Texas Salsa | {Five Heart Home}

The only two things in life that make it just awesome… is queso that tastes good and fresh, spicy salsa. If you enjoy bad twists on good lyrics — and if you’ve never made your own salsa before — well then, today is your lucky day! (Not to worry…queso will get its own glorious post at a later date.) Homemade salsa is quick, easy, fresh, and tasty! Let’s get started, shall we? Salsa is pretty much a food group in {Read More}



Zucchini Fritters with Asian Dipping Sauce

Zucchini Fritters with Asian Dipping Sauce | {Five Heart Home}

I’ve been stuck in a rut. A zucchini rut. When this dark green summer squash lands in my kitchen, it invariably meets one of three fates: 1. I slice it into rounds and bake it topped with Parmesan cheese; 2. I shred it up and bake it into some form of zucchini bread or muffins; or 3. I shred it up and hide it in various meals consisting of ground beef plus some dark-colored sauce in order to trick my {Read More}



Corn, Black Bean, & Tomato Salad

Corn, Black Bean & Tomato Salad ~ this version of "Texas Caviar" is delicious as a side salad or as a dip with chips | {Five Heart Home}

Sometimes a salad is more than just a salad. When I’m serving enchiladas or other Tex-Mex fare, I make this salad. When I’m throwing a party and need a hearty dip to go with tortilla chips, I make this salad. When I want a flavor-infused topping for otherwise-blah chicken or fish, I make this salad. When the garden is overrun with tomatoes and cilantro but I’m all salsa-ed out (who am I kidding? I could never get tired of salsa), {Read More}