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Instant Pot German Lentil Soup

Instant Pot German Lentil Soup is a savory, hearty pressure cooker recipe with wholesome lentils, healthy carrots, and the option of adding sausage or ham! Well, friends, I finally got brave enough to take my Instant Pot out of its box. I received it for Christmas — LAST Christmas🙈 — so after spending over a year sitting on a shelf in our garage, I suppose it was high time I got over my childhood phobia of the noisy, profusely steaming, {Read More}

The BEST Chicken Pot Pie

The Best Chicken Pot Pie features juicy chicken and tender veggies under a flaky, buttery crust for a delicious comfort food classic! Important question for ya, friends…do you have a running mental list of your Favorite Things to Eat on Earth? If so, what’s included? Dedicated little food blogger that I am, I do have such a list, and Chicken Pot Pie makes my Top 10 <insert all the heart-eyed, drooling emojis here>. Apparently I’m not the only one who’s {Read More}

Jalapeño Hummus

Classic hummus gets a zippy kick in quick and easy Jalapeño Hummus, a healthy, flavorful dip for pita wedges or your favorite raw veggies! Like so many of you, we’ve been doing our best to get the new year off to a healthy start. Lunch is typically the most difficult meal for me when it comes to thinking outside of the box (er, lunchbox), because no matter how hard I try, I always seem to gravitate back towards plain ol’ {Read More}

Healthy Blender Applesauce Muffins

Healthy Blender Applesauce Muffins are loaded with wholesome ingredients for a quick, yummy breakfast or snack that’s as easy as blend, pour, and bake! Happy New Year, friends! I apologize that it’s already several days into 2018 and I’m just now sharing a new recipe with y’all. I have to admit that it’s been hard getting back into the groove of things after such a lovely Christmas break with my family. But the kids went back to school yesterday and {Read More}

Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Recipes of 2017

The end of another year means it’s time to round up Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Recipes of 2017! Any guesses as to which recipes made the cut??? Every December, just before New Year’s, I comb through Five Heart Home’s website analytics to figure out which recipes posted over the past year were the most popular. It’s always fun to see which posts and recipes resonate with y’all the most, so read on to find out if any of your {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}

Blue Cheese, Cranberry, & Pecan Crescent Pinwheels

Blue Cheese, Cranberry, & Pecan Crescent Pinwheels feature refrigerated crescent rolls and a flavorful cream cheese filling for a quick and easy appetizer! Happy December, friends! The most wonderful time of the year has officially arrived. And between all the parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow (or blazing sun…pick your poison), I’m willing to bet you’ll encounter an occasion requiring warm, tasty appetizers. Bonus points if said appetizers are quick and easy to whip {Read More}

Cordon Bleu Casserole

Cordon Bleu Casserole is loaded with chicken (or turkey) and ham in a creamy Swiss cheese sauce topped with a layer of toasty bread crumbs! Today’s Cordon Bleu Casserole is the happy result of figuring out what to do with my Thanksgiving leftovers this past weekend. And it is so, so, so good, y’all. If you still have leftover turkey and ham, I’d highly recommend you give this one a try, even if you only have enough for a half-recipe. {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}

50+ Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Enjoy this collection of recipes for using up the leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holiday meals, from turkey to ham to veggies and more! Hope y’all had a fabulous Thanksgiving with family, friends, fun, and FOOD! Odds are, right about now, you have lots of leftover food, whether that means turkey or ham or mashed potatoes or cranberry sauce or a little bit of all of the above. Well, lucky for you, I’ve put together a collection of mouthwatering {Read More}

Slow Cooker White Bean & Ham Soup

Slow Cooker White Bean & Ham Soup is a hearty, wholesome, comforting crock pot recipe that’s perfect for using up leftover holiday ham! So are y’all ready for the big day? I hit the grocery store early this morning in hopes that I’d beat the week o’ Thanksgiving crowds. I didn’t…but at least I’m done. Except for one ingredient I couldn’t find between two stores, meaning I’ve got to brave those crazy aisles again tomorrow…ugh.😫 The good news is I’ve {Read More}

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels Sprouts Gratin is a decadent, delicious side dish loaded with bacon, Gruyere, and crunchy breadcrumbs…perfect for dinner parties or holiday menus! Thanksgiving, it is upon us! Although I have to admit that I occasionally forget it isn’t yet behind us, seeing as how stores have been decked with boughs of holly since the day after Halloween, and cedar trees along roadways ’round these parts are already laden with Christmas ornaments (keep Austin weird, y’all). But I’m plugging my ears {Read More}

Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potatoes

Rosemary Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes are tender and savory-sweet in this simple, healthy side dish that’s perfect for a regular weeknight or a holiday menu! Sweet potatoes are delicious and nutritious year-round, but fall and winter are the seasons that I find myself really craving them, buying them, and cooking them. Maybe it’s that I’ve always associated sweet potatoes with Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because this is the time of year I find myself regularly roasting root vegetables, which are then {Read More}

Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix is an easy, from-scratch pantry staple to whip up light, moist chocolate cake or cupcakes in a matter of minutes! Well, birthday season at our house has officially come to a close. With all five of our birthdays falling within a span of ten weeks, this is the time of year that I find myself wrapping gifts and hanging balloons and baking a cake (or pie, in my hubby’s case) every couple of weeks. And while {Read More}

Homemade Sloppy Joes ~ with Recipe Video!

The BEST Homemade Sloppy Joes taste delicious and are quick and easy to make using real ingredients in lieu of a store-bought can of sauce! There aren’t many dinners that you can get on the table faster than whipping up a batch of Sloppy Joes. And while the store-bought sauce that rhymes with San-wich might make this meal even quicker, it’s got some less-than-ideal ingredients. After all, I tend to avoid high fructose corn syrup in my sweets, much less {Read More}

Healthy Apple Butter Bars

Healthy Apple Butter Bars are loaded with oatmeal, chopped apples, apple butter, and nuts for a delicious, wholesome breakfast or snack! We’ve kind of been stuck in a breakfast rut lately, so last week I decided to concoct some new breakfast bars in hopes of bringing EXCITEMENT and ENTHUSIASM to our 6 a.m. weekday dining experience. Or, you know, at least distract three kids from whining and moaning and laying their heads on the table. As I devised my recipe, {Read More}

Homemade Pumpkin Butter

Homemade Pumpkin Butter is a healthy, creamy, easy-to-make spread that’s delicious slathered on toast and waffles or stirred into oatmeal and smoothies! It  should come as no surprise that the Homemade Pumpkin Puree I shared earlier this week has since been transformed into Homemade Pumpkin Butter. Not all of it, actually…I froze a baggie of puree for future pie-making merriment, but then I decided to turn the rest of it into this yummy, lightly-spiced, all-natural spread! Right about now, you {Read More}

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

If you’ve ever wondered how to make Homemade Pumpkin Puree, it’s just a few easy steps to a healthy and delicious base for all of your favorite pumpkin recipes! Sometimes I feel like a fraud of a food blogger for the culinary achievements I haven’t accomplished. I mean, how can I call myself legit when I’ve never whipped up homemade chocolate croissants for a weekend breakfast or lamb chops for a dinner party? I haven’t mastered (or even attempted) an {Read More}

BBQ Chicken Dip ~ for Slow Cooker, Stovetop, or Oven!

BBQ Chicken Dip is a creamy, zippy, decadent appetizer recipe that can be made in the slow cooker, on the stovetop, or in the oven! Y’all know I can’t go too many weeks during football season without creating a new dip or appetizer or tailgating treat for you, so here’s my latest concoction: BBQ Chicken Dip! But this isn’t just any ol’ BBQ Chicken Dip, my friends. This one is based on my BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels…which are based on {Read More}

Ground Beef & Broccoli

Healthy Ground Beef and Broccoli is a quick and easy skillet recipe that comes together in 15 minutes in just one pan! At least once a week, dinner around here starts with a pound of ground beef. As a result, I have a variety of ground beef recipes in my repertoire, but I’m always on a quest to come up with new ones. Enter today’s quick and easy Ground Beef and Broccoli! My One-Pan Asian Beef and Rice Skillet is {Read More}

Slow Cooker Mexican Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Lentil Soup is a healthy, easy crock pot recipe loaded with red lentils, vegetables, and Mexican spices puréed into a smooth, zesty soup! A legit cold front has (finally!) hit central Texas, y’all, and as I sit here and type, it’s only 63°F outside (nearing noon, mind you). I might have to break out my Uggs in celebration — woo to the hoo!☃️ — never mind the fact that it’ll be in the 90s again by Friday. {Read More}

{5-Minute, 5-Ingredient} Homemade Caramel Sauce ~ with Recipe Video!

Quick Homemade Caramel Sauce is thick, gooey, and made with just five ingredients in five minutes, perfect for apples, brownies, ice cream, or as a gift! I’m SO excited to bring you today’s post, featuring one of my personal favorite, all-time most-popular recipes (quick and easy Homemade Caramel Sauce!), accompanied by brand spankin’ new photos AND a caramel sauce recipe video (which you can find towards the bottom of this post, just above the recipe)! YAY! You see, I shared {Read More}

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria is a festive fall cocktail of white wine, apple cider, and sweet sliced Honeycrisps, perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving and more! Well, we kicked off the week with homemade pumpkin spice lattes and we’re closing it out with an entirely different type of drink…crisp, refreshing, Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria! I’m telling y’all, this is THE bubbly, celebratory cocktail for all of your fall parties and get-togethers, whether that means a tailgating party or a Halloween shin-dig or {Read More}

All-Natural Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer is made with real pumpkin puree and warm spices for all-natural Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home! ‘Tis the season for PSL! As much as I’m a pumpkin lover, the truth is that when it comes to Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks, I can take ’em or leave ’em. However, with the advent of another fall, it occurred to me that perhaps I’ve been missing out all this time. So I decided to devise my own {Read More}

Slow Cooker Granola

Crunchy, golden Slow Cooker Granola combines oats, nuts, coconut, coconut oil, and honey in the crock pot for an effortless, wholesome treat! Slow Cooker Granola…who knew it was a thing?! I have to admit that I was more than a bit skeptical the first time I heard you could make granola in a crock pot. After all, I make granola all the time, in a multitude of variations. But I’ve always just baked it. Isn’t that the norm? So I {Read More}