Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ with Recipe Video!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham is flavored with pineapple juice and a brown sugar glaze featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey for an easy holiday dinner! Several years ago, I had the epiphany to cook my Easter ham in the slow cooker, and let me just tell you…it’s one of the most brilliant holiday cooking decisions I’ve ever made! You know how when you’re preparing a holiday meal, oven space is at a prime because there are a ton of {Read More}

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate ~ 4 Ways!

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of rich, decadent hot cocoa for a crowd, and four flavor variations make it extra yummy! Living in Texas, weather-appropriate Christmas attire often means shorts and t-shirts in place of warm boots and sweaters. But with the big day right around the corner, we can officially get excited that this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are actually going to be chilly! Now, we’re not talking the great {Read More}

Christmas Punch

Easy Christmas Punch is a festive, sparkling beverage featuring champagne, pomegranate juice, and cranberry juice that’s perfect for holiday parties! There’s nothing like a good party punch. And in case you’re in need of one for an upcoming holiday gathering, Easy Christmas Punch is refreshing, yummy, and simple to throw together! Champagne makes this punch celebratory and bubbly, while it gets gorgeous color and fruity flavor from pomegranate and cranberry juices. There’s also lemon-lime soda for sweetness and a splash {Read More}

Holiday Brussels Sprouts Salad

Holiday Brussels Sprouts Salad is loaded with sweet apple and pomegranate, toasty walnuts, and blue cheese for a fresh, gorgeous salad perfect for any meal! If there’s one thing I’ve learned in 4 1/2 years of food blogging, it’s that y’all love a good holiday salad. And, as luck would have it, I love creating new ones for you! So with Christmas right around the corner, I decided to come up with another gorgeous salad that’s bursting with color, flavor, {Read More}

Bacon Green Bean Casserole

Bacon Green Bean Casserole is a delicious holiday or everyday side dish recipe, with fresh green beans and crispy bacon in a sweet & savory brown sugar glaze! Thanksgiving may feel like it happened yesterday, but get ready, y’all…it’s already time to start planning Christmas dinner! And one of the dishes I made for Turkey Day last month was such a hit that I can’t wait to make it again in a few short weeks. Bacon Green Bean Casserole is {Read More}

Pecan Praline Bread

Pecan Praline Bread is a delicious quick bread recipe with a tender crumb and a ribbon of brown sugar pecans for added sweetness and crunch! Earlier this month, I set out to create a new quick bread recipe with holiday gift giving in mind. Cinnamon Bread has always been one of my favorite homemade food gifts to share with neighbors and friends, and I thought it would be fun to take that yummy recipe in an even more decadent direction. {Read More}

Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies are simple to make and loaded with festive sprinkles, making this recipe the perfect addition to your holiday cookie platter! So who’s already been baking Christmas cookies? Eating Christmas cookies is one of my very favorite holiday pastimes, and baking them is a close second. These Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies are a family favorite that’s always on my December baking list, and I’m excited to be sharing them with you today! First off, shortbread is deliciously {Read More}

Mini Cheese Ball Bites ~ with Recipe Video!

Mini Cheese Ball Bites are studded with dried cranberries and blue cheese, rolled in pecans, and skewered with pretzel sticks for fun, easy party appetizers! ‘Tis the season for holiday get-togethers, potlucks, and parties! That means that this time of year, from Thanksgiving right on through New Year’s Eve, there are ample opportunities for delicious and creative appetizers. And today I’m sharing one that’s not only quick and easy, but also fun and just a little bit different. Everyone enjoys {Read More}

Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding

Delicious and decadent Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding effortlessly cooks up in the crock pot. Studded with golden raisins, sprinkled with nutmeg, and drizzled with silky eggnog syrup, it’s a perfect holiday breakfast, brunch, or dessert! Today’s Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding is special for a couple of reasons. It’s my first eggnog recipe of the year…and if you’ve been hanging around Five Heart Home for awhile, you know how I like me a good eggnog recipe come December. 😉 {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}

Soft & Chewy Ginger Cookies

Soft & Chewy Ginger Cookies are loaded with warm spice and coated in crunchy raw sugar for crinkly, sparkly cookies that are as pretty as they are delicious! Three cheers for holiday baking! Who’s with me? It’s time to think Christmas cookies, my friends, and I’ve got a soft, chewy ginger delight to add to your platter this December. Gingerbread men and gingersnaps seems to get all of the attention this time of year, but I would argue that Soft {Read More}

Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts

A decadent holiday breakfast or dessert, Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts are soft and tender, with a rich chocolate glaze and crushed candy canes sprinkled on top! December is here and the countdown is on, my friends! What say we celebrate all-things-holiday with some cheery Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts?! I’ve been immensely enjoying my donut pans since I bought them this past summer, but I’d venture to say that my family loves them even more. Why wouldn’t they? Because even though {Read More}

Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies ~ *Cookbook Edition*

Happy almost-December, friends! The holidays are officially here and I’m excited to share my 3rd annual Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies to simplify your gift giving (and wish list making!) this season. 😉 But this year, there’s a little twist… …I’ve compiled a list of awesome cookbooks! As someone who reads cookbooks like novels — seriously, I have two of them in-progress on my nightstand this very minute — I’m always thrilled to buy or receive a new cookbook. I {Read More}

{Quick & Easy} Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

When time is short and homemade isn’t possible, frozen bread dough is a quick and easy shortcut ingredient for making lovely Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls, perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any holiday meal or special occasion! When special holiday dinners roll around, sometimes you have the time (and energy) to make pillowy homemade dinner rolls, lovingly mixing and rising the dough…and shaping the rolls…and rising again…and baking…and brushing with butter…and serving warm…and impressing everyone! And sometimes…you don’t. But {Read More}

Holiday Salad ~ AKA, Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad

This gorgeous Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is loaded with vibrant colors and flavors and contrasting textures….the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday table! I’m a sucker for a loaded salad. The more contrasting flavors and textures, the better. And if it’s a pretty salad, to boot? Can’t be beat. This time last year, I concocted a festive red-and-green Holiday Honeycrisp Salad using some of my favorite salad ingredients. And, lo and behold, {Read More}

Honey Chipotle Lime Cashews

The perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and smoky, Honey Chipotle Lime Cashews are roasted to perfection and completely addictive, making them a fantastic gift or a tasty party snack! How was your Christmas, friends? I hope it was fabulous. Ours was relaxing and low-key, which is just what we needed after a whirlwind December. And now we’re counting down to 2016. How the heck is that already here? Seriously, the older I get, the faster the years fly by. It’s {Read More}

Hot Chocolate Floaters

Little cups of chocolate make cute receptacles for marshmallows, whipped cream, or your favorite hot cocoa toppings in these fun and tasty Hot Chocolate Floaters! How in the world is Christmas already upon us? The halls are decked, the presents are (not quite) wrapped, and the kids are out of school and eagerly counting down to the big day. And while it’s been a busy December around here without much time for holiday baking and treat making, we’re doing our {Read More}

Eggnog Overnight Oats

With just five ingredients and two minutes of prep before bed, you can wake up to a ready-to-eat holiday breakfast of creamy, wholesome Eggnog Overnight Oats! It recently occurred to me that I had yet to share an eggnog recipe this December and, seeing as how I average one eggnog post per holiday season, I felt the sudden pressure of runningoutoftime. So after Eggnog Baked French Toast and Eggnog Pudding in years of yore, today I bring you Eggnog Overnight {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}

Lime Coconut Snowball Cookies + Over 100 More Christmas Cookies!

Lime Coconut Snowballs are tender shortbread-like cookies studded with lime zest & toasted coconut and generously rolled in powdered sugar for yummy year-round treats…from the lazy days of summer to a Christmas cookie platter! Yippeeee! It’s time for my first holiday cookie recipe of the season! But guess what? As part of today’s post, I’m actually participating in a Christmas Cookie Blog Hop with a bunch of my other bloggy friends! That basically means that after I share my recipe {Read More}

Christmas Tree Sheet Cake Pops

Tender vanilla sheet cake is slathered in cream cheese frosting, showered with sprinkles, cut into triangles, and embellished with candy canes to make cute & festive Christmas Tree Sheet Cake Pops…perfect for any holiday party or Christmas cookie platter! December has officially arrived and I officially feel like I can finally (officially) share Christmas-y recipes. YAY! I’ve had lots of ideas churning around inside this ol’ brain o’ mine since before Thanksgiving, but my most recent inspiration is the one {Read More}

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham feature thin slices of potatoes drizzled with cream and layered with ham and cheddar for a decadent comfort food recipe that’s also a great way to use up leftover holiday ham! Today’s recipe is a classic, folks — creamy, cheesy, decadent scalloped potatoes — and since ’tis the season for holiday ham, why not toss some of that in as well? It’d be a lot cooler if you did. 😉 Who doesn’t love Cheesy Scalloped {Read More}

Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies + My Favorite Things GIVEAWAY!

Happy Black Friday, friends…it’s time for Five Heart Home’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies! (And be sure to scroll down for a GIVEAWAY OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!) If you’re obsessed with cooking-related tools, gadgets, and accessories (or if you’re shopping for someone who is), you’ve come to the right place! I’ve rounded up a current collection of my favorite kitchen-y things for your holiday shopping pleasure — some of which I own and love and some of which are {Read More}

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles

Tender, fluffy, and perfectly spiced, Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles make a festive holiday (or any day) breakfast! Can I just tell you what a delight it is to occasionally make something from flour during a time when I’m up to my ears in slow cooker recipes, all day/every day? And when you taste these Whole Wheat Gingerbread Waffles, I think you’ll be SO GLAD that I took a break from the ol’ crock pot to come up with this recipe. {Read More}

Holiday Honeycrisp Salad

This gorgeous Holiday Honeycrisp Salad is full of flavor and texture, with fresh apple slices, crunchy toasted pecans, chewy dried cranberries, zippy blue cheese, and a tangy-sweet apple cider vinaigrette! Well, friends…with Halloween behind us and November well under way, the holiday countdown is officially on! Since I’m one of those oddballs who prefers to give each holiday its due before rushing on to the next one, my thoughts are currently on Thanksgiving, thankyouverymuch. 😉 And this salad, y’all? It {Read More}

Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn

Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn is a rich, comforting side dish that’s the perfect addition to any holiday menu…because not only is this recipe delicious, but it also frees up the stove and oven! A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending a 20th High School Reunion…and, seeing as how time apparently moves at warp speed, that high school reunion was actually mine. Now I’m not sure exactly how this happened. I mean, I remember 4th grade like {Read More}

Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints

Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints are savory appetizers just bursting with sharp cheddar cheese and filled with sweet and spicy jalepeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies. No, you are not experiencing déjà vu. Yes, I just posted a recipe for Thumbprint Cookies right before Christmas. But I thought it might be fun to stick with the theme and show y’all that not only are sweet thumbprint treats perfectly delightful, but you can also make a savory, cheesy, peppery, {Read More}

Thumbprint Cookies

These classic Thumbprint Cookies are lightly sweet with an almost shortbread-like texture, a coating of toasty coconut or pecans, and a center of your favorite jelly or jam. I realize I’m down to the wire here, but I couldn’t let December fly by without sharing at least one Christmas cookie recipe! Sure, I posted Christmas Tree Brownie Pops a couple weeks ago, and there have been a plethora of other sweet treats all month long. But when I ran out {Read More}

White Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow

White Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow (AKA, Muddy Buddies) is a delicious holiday snack mix made with Chex cereal, perfect for serving at parties and giving as a gift to neighbors and friends! The holidays are upon us, and every time I turn around, it seems like there’s a party to attend or a gift to put together requiring an easy, delicious snack. What I love about this White Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow recipe is that it’s festive, yummy…and a jumbo {Read More}

Chai Tea Mix

Chai Tea Mix is a unique homemade food gift for those who love Chai Tea! Use the mix to whip up everything from lattes to milkshakes, and include a free printable tag with directions for gift giving! So raise your hand if you like to make homemade food gifts for friends and neighbors during the holidays or throughout the year? (I do! I do!) However, as much as I enjoy baking and sharing Christmas cookies and quick breads, there’s something {Read More}