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One-Pot Taco Pasta Skillet

Loaded with ground beef and pasta, flavored with taco seasoning and salsa, and studded with black beans and corn, this cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet quickly comes together in just one pot! Y’all know how much I love getting dinner on the table using a pound of ground beef and just one pot. So today I’ve got another meal to add to that beloved, ever-expanding recipe category…One-Pot Taco Pasta Skillet! Some of you may recall that I shared a One-Pan Cheesy {Read More}

Cheesy Crab Dip

Loaded with sharp cheddar, lump crab meat, and a zippy kick of Sriracha, Cheesy Crab Dip is a delectable appetizer for any gathering, from a casual football watching get-together to a fancy holiday party! Happy Friday, friends! Popping in with one last recipe before Christmas, which I happen to think would be a great last-minute appetizer in case you’re looking to add to your holiday menu. But I totally get it if Christmas Eve Eve is a bit too last-minute {Read More}

Christmas Ornament Cheese Balls

Christmas Ornament Cheese Balls are a fun, festive addition to your holiday party menu in three mouthwatering flavors — Cranberry, Blue Cheese, & Pecan; Garlic, Feta, & Dill; and White Cheddar, Rosemary, & Pomegranate! It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas! Last night marked our first freeze of the season. The house is decorated and the Christmas cards have been mailed. We’ve been drinking egg nog like it’s going out of style. And this weekend, I’m looking {Read More}

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup

The bold flavors of Buffalo wings come together in this zippy, creamy, easy-to-whip-up Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup…perfect for serving on game day or for warming up on a chilly fall or winter evening! Happy Friday, friends! Wow…it’s been quite a week. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to everyone for your kind, positive, and supportive words about the release of my new cookbook earlier this week! I’m honored that so many of you ordered it and are {Read More}

One-Pan Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet {Homemade Hamburger Helper}

For a homemade copycat of Beef Taco Hamburger Helper, this One-Pan Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet is a quick and easy dinner recipe made with five real, all-natural ingredients! In case y’all hadn’t noticed, I’ve been on somewhat of a one-pot/one-pan/one-skillet recipe kick lately. And why not? Who doesn’t love a complete dinner that’s made in about 30 minutes while dirtying only one large cooking receptacle? So a few weeks ago, I’d been running around all day and hadn’t had any {Read More}

One-Pot Pizza Pasta

One-Pot Pizza Pasta is an easy, cheesy, comforting dinner recipe loaded with flavor thanks to all of your favorite pizza toppings…and as a bonus, everything gets cooked in the same pot! Well, hello there, stranger! Whew, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. I’m in the process of wrapping up a behind-the-scenes post for y’all sharing my amazing experience last week at QVC, but before we get to that, I feel like I owe you a long-overdue recipe. How does {Read More}

One-Skillet Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

One-Skillet Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole is a quick, easy, family-pleasing weeknight dinner recipe that’s made in just one pan! I always forget how exhausting the first week of school is, for the kids, the teachers, and yes, even for the parents. It’s hard to believe that three short months of summer vacation can entirely negate the stamina we had built up over the prior school year, but it does. By last Friday afternoon, our entire family was wiped out! {Read More}

Bacon, Potato, & Cheese Mini Frittatas (Egg Muffins)

Savory Bacon, Potato, & Cheese Mini Frittatas feature fluffy eggs loaded with crispy diced bacon, hash browns, and grated cheddar and baked in muffin pans for a filling and protein-packed breakfast or brunch! A few weeks ago I found myself the happy recipient of two dozen gorgeous, farm-fresh eggs. I knew that I didn’t want to simply add them to random baked goods…rather, I wanted them to star in a new and special recipe. So — since the natives had {Read More}

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

With all-natural ingredients like salsa verde, green chiles, and a creamy homemade sauce, this scrumptious stacked Chicken Enchilada Casserole boasts the great flavor of chicken enchiladas without the work of rolling them! Sometimes nothing hits the spot like creamy, cheesy enchiladas! So for Father’s Day a couple weeks ago, I baked up a double recipe for my husband and my father-in-law to enjoy. But since a big batch of enchiladas would take a good bit of time to roll, I {Read More}

Baked Chicken Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce

With their quick assembly and creamy, zesty filling, Baked Chicken Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce are guaranteed to be a hit with kids and adults alike! Whether you’re looking for a yummy dinner to ring in the weekend, garner enthusiasm from the kiddos, or change up Taco Tuesday (Taquito Tuesday, anyone?), Baked Chicken Taquitos are sure to fit the bill! These flew — flew! — off the baking sheet, y’all. My boys would have happily polished off the dozen {Read More}

Holiday Cheese Wreath

Make an easy and festive Holiday Cheese Wreath party appetizer by arranging cubes of cheese in a ring, accenting with cherry tomatoes and a garland of rosemary, and finishing off with a bell pepper bow! Well, we’ve made it mid-way through December and the holiday celebrations are in full swing, whether that means classroom parties at school or adults-only evening soirees. Whatever type of shin-dig you’re throwing or attending, I think a Christmas Wreath ‘o Cheese should undoubtedly be a {Read More}

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Warm, creamy, and loaded with cheese, chicken, and wing sauce, Buffalo Chicken Dip is perfect for parties or ideal for game day tailgating! I can’t even tell y’all how excited I am about the beginning of football season…actually, my whole family is (as in, watching College GameDay together each Saturday morning is a highly-anticipated event at our house). NFL pre-season started a couple weeks ago, of course, but college football is up next and that’s where our hearts are. Yup, {Read More}

Easy Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Cheesy scrambled eggs with ham are sandwiched inside of flaky biscuits in these make-ahead Easy Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches, perfect for busy mornings and breakfast on-the-go! August has officially arrived and that means many of us have one thing looming in the back of our minds…the impending first day of school. I’m not even going to get started on how quickly this summer flew by. I mean, wasn’t it just May? I have to admit that I’ve always loved summer vacation {Read More}

Ultimate Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

This Ultimate Taco Salad is an explosion of contrasting flavors and textures, from spicy taco meat & velvety black beans to acidic tomatoes & crisp fresh corn, all topped with crunchy tortilla chips and a creamy, cilantro-flecked Avocado Ranch Dressing. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how often we eat taco salad around these parts. My kids love anything taco, and I love taking advantage of the fact that taco salad appeases their craving while squeezing in plenty of protein and {Read More}

Breakfast Enchiladas

If you like breakfast tacos, you’ll love Breakfast Enchiladas, stuffed with sausage, eggs, and cheese and topped with homemade red enchilada sauce, more cheese, and all of your favorite enchilada garnishes! Well, folks…last week I promised a yummy recipe to use up the Homemade Enchilada Sauce that I recently shared, and today I’m delivering in a big way. Say hello to savory, scrumptious Breakfast Enchiladas! You may already be familiar with their cousin, Breakfast Tacos. And while there are certainly {Read More}

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean & Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean and Chicken Soup is a hearty, healthy, effortless crock pot dinner for those cold winter nights! We interrupt this month of holiday recipes to bring you a cozy, slow cooker soup that can be enjoyed all winter long! It’s probably no secret by now that I love cooking with beans. From side dishes to soups to crock pot suppers, beans are nourishing, filling, and inexpensive. It’s easy to infuse them with other flavors and they {Read More}

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole is a cozy, comfort food classic with melty layers of chicken, tortillas, and cheese. And this from-scratch version features a simple homemade sauce in place of condensed soup! I think it’s probably time to confess that I’ve been holding out on y’all. It’s true. After all, it’s taken me 1 year, 3 months, and 29 days of blogging to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes. But today the wait is over…I present to {Read More}

Apple Cheddar Crescents

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}

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

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}

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}

Cheesy Ham & Grits Breakfast Casserole

The next time you’re in the mood for a breakfast that’s a little bit different and a whole lot delicious, I’d recommend giving this comforting casserole — stuffed chock full of eggs, grits, cheese, and ham — a try. School mornings around here are hectic, so I generally try to whip up big batches of breakfast foods on the weekend for quick reheating on weekday mornings. This typically results a stockpile of things like waffles, pancakes, muffins, granola, and hard {Read More}

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot Dogs

Benjamin Franklin once said that in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and the fact that bacon makes everything better. Ole’ Ben was onto something, don’t you think? I can probably count on one hand the number of times per year that I eat a hot dog.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy them when I do…hot dogs are just kind of situational/seasonal for me.  I’ll have one at a baseball game in the {Read More}