Best Autumn Salads, Thanksgiving Sides, October Recipe Recap, and MORE!

Happy Friday, everyone! I missed Features & Fun Friday last month, so today I’m playing catch up with a round-up of tasty autumn salads, a Five Heart Home October recipe recap, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, and more!

Best Autumn Salads ~ salad recipes to celebrate fall or lighten up your Thanksgiving menu | FiveHeartHome.com

1. Fall Harvest Salad >>> Lemon Tree Dwelling
2. Kale Salad with Warm Cranberry Vinaigrette >>> Gimme Some Oven
3. Roasted Butternut Squash & Pear Salad with Spiced Pecans >>> Little Broken
4. Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad >>> Creme de la Crumb
5. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Harvest Salad with Hard Apple Cider Vinaigrette >>> Joyful Healthy Eats

How gorgeous are these salads, y’all?! I realize that we’re in the season of soups and slow cooking and comfort food, but sometimes it’s nice to break up the cozy, hearty eats with a fresh, bright salad. And it doesn’t hurt if that salad incorporates the flavors of fall, as these lovely recipes do! Wouldn’t it be refreshing to serve one of these gorgeous salads alongside all of your traditional side dishes on Thanksgiving? Yum.

(Feel free to pin the round-up collage above, but to grab or pin the recipes, please be sure to click through to the original sources…thanks!)

Speaking of Turkey Day, I have quite a few Thanksgiving recipes in store for you over the next few weeks! But if you just can’t wait, check out a few of my favorites that are already on the site…

Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon & Sage Butter
Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon and Sage Butter ~ tender, juicy, and shingled with bacon, this is the BEST Thanksgiving turkey recipe you'll ever try! | FiveHeartHome.com

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes ~ the perfect Thanksgiving side dish, featuring a smooth, creamy filling and topped with toasty marshmallows or crunchy pecan streusel | FiveHeartHome.com

Garlic & Herb Stuffing
Garlic and Herb Stuffing ~ made with French bread and cornbread, this savory, simple, Thanksgiving dressing is easily customizable | FiveHeartHome.com

Savory Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread
Savory Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread ~ quick and easy, made with refrigerated biscuits, festive for the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Christmas to Easter | {Five Heart Home}

Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze
Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze | {Five Heart Home}

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}

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

Scalloped Potato Flan with Gruyere & Garlic
Scalloped Potato Flan with Gruyère and Garlic ~ served overturned and sliced for an elegant presentation | {Five Heart Home}

Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans
Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans ~ a delicious spring side dish that would be perfect for Easter | FiveHeartHome.com
Mini Pecan Pies
Mini Pecan Pies ~ flaky, tender crust requires no rolling and the nutty, sugary filling calls for only 5 ingredients, making these a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table! | FiveHeartHome.com
Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting | {Five Heart Home}

And in case you’re looking for a no-oven-required main course option other than turkey…

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ an effortless way to cook your Easter ham with a glaze of pineapple juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and honey | FiveHeartHome.com

{October Recipe Recap}

I so appreciate y’all visiting this little blog ‘o mine, but I know that most of you don’t have time to swing by every time I share a new post. So I thought that in my end-of-month Features & Fun Friday posts, it might be fun to include a quick monthly recap of Five Heart Home recipes in one handy dandy location. Scroll down for the links in case you want to check out an October recipe that you missed! 😉

October 2014 Recipe Recap | FiveHeartHome.com

Row 1: King Ranch Chicken Casserole (with no ‘Cream of X’ soup) | Pumpkin Scones with Brown Butter Glaze | Slow Cooker Charro Beans
Row 2: Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins | Easy Baked Ziti | Nutter Butter Halloween Cookie Pops (Bats & Mummies)
Row 3: Homemade Cinnamon Syrup (for coffee, pancakes, etc.) | Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup | Caramel Apple Cider (Starbucks copycat)
Row 4: Autumn Chicken Salad with Apples & Cashews | Garlic Bread with Fresh Garlic & Parsley | Chewy Chunky Cowboy Cookies
Row 5: Skillet Shepherd’s Pie | Warm Chocolate Cobbler

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{Behind the Scenes at 5HH}

Well, since I missed Features & Fun Friday last month, I have two months to cover here. So if it’s okay with y’all, I’ll just pick a few highlights from my Instagram account and call it a day. Because I’ve already rambled on long enough and we’ve all got trick-or-treating to get to, am I right? 😉

In a nutshell, it’s been a fun and busy two months around here. We celebrated a couple of birthdays…

(someone turned 2)
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(and someone else turned 5)

 We did a little traveling…

(for a weekend get-away with the family — and just look how much they change in one year!)
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(to meet up with bloggy friends)
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 (to football games)
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(on dove hunting trips)
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 (and on first-ever field trips)
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The toddler acted like a toddler…

(dressing herself)
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 (and spontaneously napping in random places)
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And we ended the month at the pumpkin patch, where pseudo-smiles and eye contact were courtesy of bribery and Photoshop head-swapping. 😉


Happy Halloween, friends! Thanks, as always, for stopping by, and here’s to a great November!

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