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Chai Tea Mix

Chai Tea Mix ~ a unique homemade food gift for those who love Chai Tea; use the mix to whip up everything from lattes to milkshakes, and include the free printable gift tags with directions for gift giving! | FiveHeartHome.com

Chai Tea Mix is a unique homemade food gift for those who love Chai Tea! Use the mix to whip up everything from lattes to milkshakes, and include a free printable tag with directions for gift giving! So raise your hand if you like to make homemade food gifts for friends and neighbors during the holidays or throughout the year? (I do! I do!) However, as much as I enjoy baking and sharing Christmas cookies and quick breads, there’s something {Read More}



Caramel Apple Cider ~ Starbucks Copycat

Caramel Apple Cider ~ this copycat of a Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice tastes like warm apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream...in a mug! | FiveHeartHome.com | #Starbucks #copycat #recipe #applecider

This all-natural copycat of a Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider tastes like warm apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream…in a mug! Oh my word, y’all. Move over hot chocolate…I have a new favorite warm drink for chilly days! This Caramel Apple Cider is, simply put, amazing. In fact, I can’t really think of a better description than what I wrote in the flowery line at the top of this post. It tastes just like warm, spiced apple pie topped {Read More}



Homemade Cinnamon Syrup {for Coffee, Cider, Pancakes, Ice Cream & More!}

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup ~ all-natural, 5-minute recipe perfect for enhancing coffee, apple cider, hot chocolate, pancakes, waffles, French toast, ice cream, and more; can be used to create copycat Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte or Caramel Apple Spice Cider | FiveHeartHome.com

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup is perfect for creating an all-natural copycat of Starbucks’ Cinnamon Dolce Latte or Caramel Apple Spice Cider…and it doubles as a delicious topping for pancakes, waffles, ice cream, & more! If there’s anything I require to get going on a Monday morning, it’s a big mug of coffee. Now I don’t necessarily drink a ton of coffee…just enough to wake me up. Because there’s something about that first cup of jo that helps clear the morning brain {Read More}



Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos ~ with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup; replace the rum with seltzer for non-alcoholic spritzer | FiveHeartHome.com

Traditional mojitos get a twist in these refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos, using lemons instead of limes, fresh strawberries, and mint simple syrup. Or replace the rum with seltzer for a non-alcoholic summer spritzer! I realize that we bloggers sometimes get ahead of ourselves when it comes to thinking about the next holiday or season. After all, you fine readers like to plan ahead, and as a type-A planner myself, I can certainly understand that. But even though I’ve already starting {Read More}



Minty Peach Lemonade

Minty Peach Lemonade ~ homemade lemonade meets mint simple syrup and peach puree in this refreshing summertime drink | FiveHeartHome.com

Minty Peach Lemonade is a tasty, refreshing drink combining classic homemade lemonade, mint simple syrup, and fresh peach puree…sure to become a new summertime favorite! I am so excited about today’s recipe, y’all…I don’t know why peach lemonade never occurred to me before. Strawberry lemonade? Sure. Peach tea? Of course. But to take my favorite summer fruit and combine it with my favorite summer drink? Brilliant. I promise that I’m not trying to toot my own horn here. It’s just {Read More}



Homemade Strawberry Syrup {for} Strawberry Soda

Homemade Strawberry Syrup for Strawberry Soda ~ easy, 3-ingredient syrup can also be used in cocktails or drizzled over ice cream, pound cake, waffles, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com

A quick, three-ingredient strawberry syrup can be used to flavor drinks like this refreshing, bubbly, Homemade Strawberry Soda, or it can be drizzled over ice cream, pound cake, waffles, and more! Happy almost-Easter, everyone! I know that most of you probably already have your Easter menus set and your grocery lists made and/or purchased, so I’m not going to take up your valuable time today with another Easter-friendly post (although if you’re still in need of some Easter recipes, I {Read More}



{5-Minute, 5-Ingredient} Homemade Chocolate Syrup

{5-minute, 5-ingredient} Homemade Chocolate Syrup ~ quick and easy; perfect on ice cream or in chocolate milk; no additives like store bought brands | FiveHeartHome.com

Easy homemade chocolate syrup — made with five natural ingredients in about five minutes — is a scrumptious topping for ice cream and makes perfect chocolate milk, without the additives and preservatives found in many store bought brands. In case you haven’t noticed, lately I’ve been on quite a kick of making my own kitchen staples. In addition to various dry mixes for my pantry, I also like to stock my refrigerator with natural, homemade versions of what I used {Read More}



All-Natural and Homemade: Vanilla Coffee Creamer

All-Natural Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer ~ 4 ingredients and 5 minutes for preservative-free creamer | FiveHeartHome.com

The convenience of refrigerated coffee creamer (sans the additives and preservatives of store bought) can be yours with this 4-ingredient, 5-minute, natural creamer, flavored with vanilla extract and sweetened with maple syrup. Who out there enjoys a cup (or five) of coffee in the morning? {*Raises hand.*} Growing up, my parents always drank their coffee black. I didn’t understand it then and I can’t tolerate it now. My hubby drinks his with a splash of milk but no sugar, which {Read More}



Favorite Hot Apple Cider

Favorite Hot Apple Cider ~ boasts the traditional flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg plus a bright undertone from pineapple and lemon juices | {Five Heart Home}

This hot apple cider is spiced with the traditional flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg yet boasts a bright, citrus undertone…thanks to the addition of pineapple and lemon juices. I had actually planned this post for later in the month, but holy cow! The frigid cold! The ice! The snow! Admittedly, I live in Texas and the 19-degrees I saw on my rear view mirror this morning was at least on the positive side of zero. But I know that many {Read More}



Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie ~ start the new year off right with this yummy smoothie that's packed with fruit, creamy avocado, and vitamin-rich spinach | {Five Heart Home}

Start the new year off right with this yummy smoothie that’s packed with a variety of fruit, creamy avocado, and vitamin-rich spinach! Is anyone else ready for some healthy eating after a food indulgence-packed holiday season? Don’t get me wrong…I’m a sucker for rich, decadent menu items and anything falling under the category of sweets. But after Halloween followed by Thanksgiving followed by Christmas…veggies are sounding pretty darn good right about now. Like many moms, I struggle with getting my {Read More}



Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime

Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime ~ can be made with champagne or seltzer, perfect during the holidays or for New Year's | {Five Heart Home}

A cranberry and pomegranate-infused simple syrup is mixed with champagne (or seltzer) and a squeeze of lime for a sparkling drink that’s perfect for celebrating the holidays or ringing in the New Year. The countdown to Christmas is down to the wire…are you ready??? I simply cannot believe how quickly December flew by this year. Heck, I can’t believe how quickly 2013 flew by! Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to celebrating Christmas this week and ringing in the New Year next {Read More}



Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink

Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink ~ tastes like pumpkin pie in a mug! It's caffeine-free, though it can be mixed with coffee to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It can also be made dairy-free! | {Five Heart Home}

It’s Wednesday, and I think that’s as good of a reason as any for another pumpkin recipe, wouldn’t you agree? Since the calendar turned to September, I’ve been trying to will the cool fall weather to make its way to Texas by concocting all sorts of autumn-inspired recipes, from warm and hearty soups to pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Today I present to you pumpkin that. A little birdie told me that Pumpkin Spice Lattes have hit Starbucks, so I {Read More}



Razz, White, & Blueberry Smoothies

Razz, White, & Blueberry Smoothie ~ perfect for the Fourth of July! | {Five Heart Home}

As much as my kids love fruit, sometimes they get bored with it.  So what better way to jazz up some berries and bananas than with a festive layered smoothie? Smoothies are cool and refreshing, quick to make, and packed with nutrients.  They make a great snack or even breakfast on-the-go.  This smoothie has the added bonus of three yummy flavors in one, not to mention it’s easy on the eyes.  You may even be able to consider it patriotic {Read More}