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30-Minute Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce

30-Minute Homemade Marinara ~ quick, flavorful sauce made with ripe tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic and a touch of balsamic vinegar | FiveHeartHome.com

This savory, homemade Fresh Marinara Sauce is bursting with ripe, juicy tomatoes, savory garlic, and fresh herbs…but the best part is that it’s ready in 30 minutes! Happy Friday, friends! I’m back today with another fabulous recipe that’s amazingly full of flavor for being so quick and easy to throw together. And conveniently enough, this 30-minute Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce can actually be used as an ingredient in the 30-Minute Skillet Lasagna that I posted last week! In many ways, {Read More}



Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs ~ easily make for a fraction of the cost (and without the preservatives and additives) of storebought breadcrumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

In just a few minutes, stale bread plus herbs and seasonings are transformed into flavorful Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs, for a fraction of the price and without all of the preservatives of store-bought brands! How was your Independence Day weekend? Hopefully full of family, friends, and FOOD! Well, I’m going to take a break from the usual summer-inspired fare today to bring you a homemade pantry staple that can be used in countless recipes all year long. To be perfectly honest, {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}



Homemade Cornbread Mix

Homemade Cornbread Mix ~ tastes better than store bought mix and avoids the artificial ingredients | FiveHeartHome.com

Homemade Cornbread Mix is not only a convenient time saver, but it’s also versatile enough to be used in a variety of recipes and it avoids the artificial ingredients sometimes found in store bought mix. I know what you’re thinking…last week I shared a recipe for my favorite Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix, and here I am today, back with a Homemade Cornbread Mix. Is this food blog going to turn into all mixes, all the time or what? Of course {Read More}



Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix ~ make it in bulk for a quick pot of chili any time of year without the preservatives of store-bought mix | FiveHeartHome.com

Make your own chili seasoning mix in bulk to have on hand any time you want to whip up a quick pot of chili! Not only does it taste great, but since you control the ingredients, there are none of the icky preservatives that can be found in store-bought mix. Are y’all ready for spring yet? Because I, for one, have had just about enough of this cold weather. I’m also ready to move on from all of the germs {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}



{5-Minute, 5-Ingredient} Homemade Caramel Sauce

{5-Minute, 5-Ingredient} Homemade Caramel Sauce ~ a jar of this makes a perfect gift! | {Five Heart Home}

This gooey, buttery, homemade caramel sauce requires just five ingredients and is ready in under five minutes…and a jar of it makes a fabulous gift! In my opinion, caramel sauce is akin to the nectar of the gods. It complements a variety of other flavors, it turns even health food into a decadent treat, and it’s pretty darn tasty with no other accompaniment than a straight-up spoon. But would you believe me if I told you that you could make {Read More}



Mixed Greens Salad with Mandarins, Toasted Almonds, & Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

Mixed Greens Salad with Mandarins, Toasted Almonds, Avocado, and Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette | {Five Heart Home}

This Asian-inspired vinaigrette — bursting with flavors of ginger, garlic, sesame, soy sauce, rice vinegar, & honey — is the perfect accompaniment to mixed greens topped with sweet orange segments, crunchy almonds, and creamy avocado chunks. I realize that it’s fall and that we’re in the throes of comfort food/casserole/crock pot season here, but sometimes I still get a hankering for a good salad. Regardless of season, this salad is one of my favorites. Or I could also say that {Read More}



Fool-Proof Flaky Butter Pie Crust

Fool-Proof Flaky Butter Pie Crust | {Five Heart Home}

Making a homemade, flaky, all-butter pie crust from scratch is unbelievably easy with just a few tricks and tips…and it’s so delicious that you’ll never want to buy a pre-made pie crust again! Pie crust is one of those things that many people are intimidated to make from scratch. Believe me, I get it…I used to be right there, too, thinking that my best option was to buy a frozen or refrigerated pie crust every time I wanted to make {Read More}



Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ~ for fresh, chewy cookies in a flash!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ~ just add butter, eggs, and vanilla for fresh cookies in a flash! | {Five Heart Home}

So…raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself volunteering (or volunteered) at the last minute to bake something sweet for your child’s school, a church potluck, or a bake sale? The only problem is, that last minute part meant that you were a little short on time or ingredients and you found yourself tempted to repackage some brownies from the bakery section of the grocery store and call it a day (hypothetically speaking, or course). Well, this need not be {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}



Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning | {Five Heart Home}

If you haven’t started making your own taco seasoning yet, the time is now!  It’s easy, economical, and, since you are in control of the ingredients, you get to avoid the excessive salt, MSG, preservatives, and other unsavory additives often found in store bought taco seasoning. I go through a lot of taco seasoning in my kitchen, folks.  So for me, the other advantage of throwing together my own mix is that I can make it in bulk.  This recipe {Read More}



Best Ever BBQ Sauce

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In Texas, barbecue is practically a food group, but no matter where you live, summertime and barbecue go hand in hand.  Of course, where there is barbecue, there must be sauce!  Different regions of the country have decidedly distinct takes on which ingredients constitute the best barbecue sauce, and this Texas girl does favor a bit more sweetness than a true Texas barbecue sauce would probably dictate.  So after a lot of experimenting and tweaking, I finally came up with {Read More}