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}

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 there’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}

Pecan Praline Honey Butter

A scrumptious twist on honey butter, this Pecan Praline Butter is laced with cinnamon and vanilla and studded with toasted pecans, making it the perfect spread for dinner rolls, pancakes, waffles, sweet potatoes, and more! Stop the presses, y’all. Today I’m sharing one of those recipes that’s so easy I almost feel bad calling it a recipe. But, despite its effortless simplicity, it’s one of the best darn things you’ll put in your mouth this holiday season.’ Pecan Praline Butter {Read More}

Whole Wheat Coconut Oil Biscuits with Raspberry Butter

Whole Wheat Coconut Oil Biscuits are light, flaky, and wholesome, thanks to 100% whole wheat flour and nourishing coconut oil. And what better to top a warm biscuit with than honey-sweetened Raspberry Butter? There are about a zillion and one recipes out there for flaky southern biscuits. But did you know that you can make light, fluffy, healthier biscuits using 100% whole wheat flour and coconut oil? It’s true, it’s true! And today I’m going to show you just how {Read More}

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you’ll never go back to store-bought again! I’m apparently in a salad mood lately, seeing as how I shared Carrot Apple Slaw earlier this week and today I’m bringing you this creamy, flavorful Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. I’ve coined it “the best” because…well, I honestly think it is, y’all. As in, I could drink it straight out of the jar, no lettuce required. As in, {Read More}

Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas

Soft, tender Homemade Flour Tortillas are deliciously versatile and surprisingly easy to make with just a few simple ingredients! Wellllll…it’s only natural that I follow up last week’s Easy Spanish Rice recipe with some Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas, right? 😉 I’m still feeling in a Cinco de Mayo-inspired mood, but the good news is that these flour tortillas are fantastic any day of the year! Have you ever made your own homemade tortillas before? It might sound intimidating, but they’re {Read More}

Homemade One-Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Creamy, from-scratch, Homemade Macaroni & Cheese is as easy as one pot, a handful of ingredients, and ten minutes on the stove! Okay, folks…today’s recipe is one that just might revolutionize your life! Every kid loves plain, simple, stovetop mac & cheese from a box, right? And every adult enjoys creamy, cheesy, made-from-scratch mac & cheese, loaded with various cheeses and baked in the oven to decadent perfection. But what if I told you that you could have the best {Read More}

Homemade Whole Wheat Waffle Mix

Homemade Whole Wheat Waffle Mix is an economical pantry staple for whipping up fluffy, all-natural, 100% whole wheat waffles! The other day, you may have noticed that my glossy Blueberry Compote was showcased by some gorgeous, golden waffles. So today I’ve got a little question for y’all…if you had to choose one, do you prefer pancakes or waffles? I have to say that I’m torn. I adore pancakes, but I love that waffles are so much quicker to make. Just {Read More}

Blueberry Compote

Frozen blueberries are cooked down into glossy Blueberry Compote, sweetened with maple syrup and delicious over waffles, pancakes, pound cake, yogurt, ice cream, and so much more! Who loves blueberries as much as I do? I mean, a plump, sweet, juicy blueberry is undoubtedly one of the simple pleasures in life. My family enjoys snacking on fresh blueberries, and I always keep a couple bags of frozen blueberries in the freezer for smoothies and muffins. I also enjoy incorporating blueberries {Read More}

Classic Cream Cheese Frosting

Silky and sweet with a slight tang from the cream cheese, this effortless Classic Cream Cheese Frosting comes together with just four ingredients and complements a variety of cakes and cupcakes! Happy Friday, friends! I’m coming at you today with a simple, staple recipe that I make at least once a month. Classic Cream Cheese Frosting is, hands down, my favorite frosting EV-AH. It’s the perfect complement to my famous vanilla sheet cake cupcakes. It’s amazing on pumpkin cupcakes. It’s delicious {Read More}

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce is all-natural, quick and easy to make, full of flavor, and as mild or spicy as you prefer! Happy Friday, friends! I’m popping in today with another recipe to file under the ol’ Make-Your-Own Kitchen Staples section of the blog…Homemade Enchilada Sauce! If you’re anything like my family, you eat Tex-Mex/Mexican food, ahem, frequently. And if you enjoy cooking it at home, there are certain spice blends and sauces that can be used across a variety {Read More}

Oats & Honey Granola Bars

These homemade, all-natural Oats and Honey Granola Bars are baked until slightly crunchy, making them perfect for breakfast-on-the-go or as a wholesome, portable snack. I’m so excited to share this recipe with y’all today! Around this time last year, I posted my beloved No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars, which my family adores and which went on to become a reader favorite. After all, they’re easy to make, customizable, and downright delicious. The only downside to those granola bars, however, is that {Read More}

All-Natural Broccoli Cheese Sauce for Baked Potatoes

Creamy, quick and easy Broccoli Cheese Sauce features real cheddar cheese and makes a delicious topping for baked potatoes! Baked potatoes make a great lunch or dinner when you have leftover meat, but not quite enough for another full meal. Whether leftover taco filling, carnitas, chopped BBQ brisket, or shredded beef, a plain baked potato is an excellent vehicle for a variety of toppings! But what if you’re craving a baked potato for dinner but don’t have leftover meat? Might {Read More}

Homemade Whole Wheat Pancake Mix

Keeping a jar of all-natural Whole Wheat Pancake Mix in your pantry means that you can whip up a breakfast of fluffy, homemade, 100% whole wheat buttermilk pancakes in a matter of minutes! Raise your hand if you like pancakes! I am an enthusiastic fan of breakfast foods in general, but if I had to choose a favorite, let’s just say it would start with pan and end with cake. In my humble opinion, there’s absolutely nothing better than a {Read More}

Cran-Raspberry Jezebel Sauce

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}

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

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}

30-Minute Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce

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

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

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

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

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 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

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!

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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}