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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}



Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup ~ this effortless, hearty, taco-seasoned soup is brimming with chicken, beans, and corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar...sure to become a fall and winter favorite! | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is brimming with chicken, beans, & corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar, making it a warm, hearty, effortless crock pot meal that’s perfect for a chilly day! I’ve got another crock pot wonder for y’all today! This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup was pulled from my most-frequently-made-for-the-longest-span-of-time recipe file. In other words, it’s an oldie but a goodie and well worth the hype of being one of our all-time {Read More}



Slow Cooker Charro Beans

Slow Cooker Charro Beans ~ these "cowboy beans" are loaded with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, herbs, and spices, making them an excellent side dish to any Mexican entree! | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Charro Beans — flavored with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños, cilantro, and spices — are the perfect pinto beans to accompany your favorite Mexican entrees! A few days ago I shared my recipe for King Ranch Chicken Casserole, which just so happens to be one of my family’s very favorite comfort food classics. And if you saw that post, you may have noticed a side of tasty-looking pinto beans adorning the casserole plate. Well, those beans weren’t {Read More}



Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ No ‘Cream of X’ Soup!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ easy crock pot meal featuring tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a sour cream sauce | FiveHeartHome.com

Tender chunks of beef and hearty mushrooms are complemented by a parsley-flecked sour cream sauce in this easy, comforting, slow cooker meal. This crock pot favorite is an all-around hit when I make it for my family. My kids happily eat it (even the mushroom-hating preschooler), my husband raves about it, and I’m a happy camper because this tasty dinner doesn’t require me to slave over the stove all day. You may have seen a slow cooker version of beef {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}



Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole

Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole ~ decadent with cream cheese and cheddar, this corn is perfect as a holiday side dish and can even be made in the crock pot | {Five Heart Home}

Cream cheese adds richness to sweet corn in this comforting side dish, with extra flavor from sharp cheddar cheese and (optional) diced jalapeños. (And pssst…after you grab the recipe for this Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for a blog hop featuring lots of yummy holiday recipes!) Do you love cream cheese as much as I do? Are you still scrounging for a few last Thanksgiving side dish ideas? Today I’m {Read More}



Slow Cooker Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Meatball Sub Sandwiches ~ meatballs cook up in the crock pot to top tasty and effortless subs | {Five Heart Home}

Hope y’all aren’t tired of crock pot recipes yet, because I’ve got another slow cooker sensation to share with you today! This week is going to be a busy one around these parts. Our baby girl is turning one on Thursday, so on top of our usual hectic schedule, I’ll be in full party planning mode for the next few days. ONE. I can hardly believe it. The past year has flown by. And to be perfectly honest, I’m already {Read More}



Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Au Jus

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Au Jus | {Five Heart Home}

With the first day of school on the horizon, my meal planning has turned from dinners on the grill back to the offerings of my trusty, effortless slow cooker. And with recipes like this one, I’m not even sad. There’s no question that a crock pot is ideal for cooking roast. But if you want to take that same cut of beef and branch out a bit from the ordinary, French dip sandwiches are the way to go. You’ll hardly {Read More}



Slow Cooker Ranch Beans

Slow Cooker Ranch Beans | {Five Heart Home}

With barbecue season in full swing and the Fourth of July coming up, I thought it would be a good time to share my favorite recipe for perfect, uncomplicated, chuck wagon-style pinto beans.  And the best part of all is that you can make them in the crock pot! Now some might claim that these beans are plain, and sure, you could gussy them up with diced tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, or cilantro…but I would argue that it is the simplicity {Read More}



Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Loin

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Loin | {Five Heart Home}

Even though our daily schedule becomes more flexible once school’s out for the summer, that still doesn’t mean I want to spend hours on end in a hot kitchen.  So when we’re not grilling outdoors, odds are I’m using my crock pot.  Plenty of folks (myself included) tend to think of slow cooker meals as winter fare, and many crock pot recipes certainly fall into that category.  But there’s something to be said for coming home from work or the {Read More}