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Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Skillet Shepherd's Pie ~ a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies, and the perfect recipe to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Skillet Shepherd’s Pie is a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies…and it’s the perfect recipe for using up those leftover mashed potatoes! Shepherd’s Pie is one of those pretty-much-perfect weeknight dinners, for a variety of reasons. For one thing, it makes good use of leftovers, which is always a plus. In fact, my family loves this recipe so much that when I make mashed potatoes to accompany a meal, I almost always boil an extra 1 1/2 {Read More}



Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Lemon ~ a perfect spring side dish, and a gorgeous addition to your Easter menu! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tender carrots are glazed with honey, seasoned with fresh thyme, and hit with a bright splash of lemon juice in this easy, delicious side dish that’s perfect for ushering in spring! Okay, friends…so I have a new strategy. Last week I was all about taking advantage of the remaining chilly winter weather with a warm and comforting crock pot chowder. But this week? I’m over it. I am beyond ready for spring and, starting now, I’m going to will it {Read More}



Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage

Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage | {Five Heart Home}

Lentils, sausage, carrots, and a flavorful broth simmer the day away in this hearty, comforting, slow cooker soup. A few days ago on Facebook, I asked for reader input about what type of recipes you’d like to see on Five Heart Home in the upcoming months. While I got a variety of answers, there was one overwhelming consensus…crock pot fare! And you know what? That’s just fabulous because, as a busy mom of three, I love and rely on my {Read More}



Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup ~ your crock pot does all the work for this warm and comforting soup, made hearty (but not heavy) by the addition of diced ham, potatoes, and carrots | {Five Heart Home}

We’ve been pretending around here. Pretending that it actually feels like fall. But we’re not pretending that a busy fall schedule has descended upon us — noooo, that’s reality, folks — so I’ve been relying on my slow cooker, now more than ever. And what’s easier to whip up in the crock pot than a warm, comforting, perfect-for-fall (or perfect when you’re pining for fall) soup? I particularly love throwing dried beans — or in this case, split peas — {Read More}



Easy Fried Rice

Easy Fried Rice ~ customize with leftover chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or ham to make a meal of it! | {Five Heart Home}

I’m back today with another yummy, quick, all-in-one dinner for busy weeknights. Who doesn’t like fried rice? It’s obviously a great accompaniment to Chinese food, but my family enjoys it so much that I’ve learned it can easily be turned into a stand-alone meal. So when I have leftover protein — whether it’s shrimp, ham, ground beef, rotisserie chicken, or shredded pork — I know I’m just a pot of rice away from an easy dinner. You know what’s just {Read More}



Toddler-Approved Veggie Surprise Mini Muffins

Toddler Approved Veggie Surprise Muffins ~ like a combination of Carrot Cake and Zucchini Bread! | {Five Heart Home}

If you’ve been searching for a way to use up the spoils of an overabundant garden, you’ve come to the right place.  And if, as an added bonus, you’d like to get some of those aforementioned excess veggies into your toddler/preschooler/big kid/teenager with as little drama as possible, then look no further.  Carrot Cake, I’d like you to meet Zucchini Bread.  Even though they’re chock full of veggies, who could turn down these little cuties? I am not above hiding/disguising {Read More}