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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}

Hot Taco Dip

Hot Taco Dip is warm, creamy, and loaded with taco seasoned beef, cream cheese, cheddar, salsa, and cilantro for a popular party appetizer or tailgating snack! Football season is upon us (YAY), and with that, gameday grub is back (DOUBLE YAY)! So in honor of this glorious time of year, I feel compelled to share a cheesy, decadent recipe for Hot Taco Dip. I actually came up this recipe a couple of weeks ago as my family settled in to {Read More}

Creamy Salsa Dip

Creamy Salsa Dip is light in calories, bursting with flavor, and easy to make with only four simple ingredients — salsa, Greek yogurt, taco seasoning, and fresh cilantro! Summer is here! Summer is here! Am I alone in wanting to shout it from the rooftops, y’all? May is always a hectic month, but this year it seemed even crazier than usual. The last day of school couldn’t come a moment too soon for this mama… So now that summer vacation {Read More}

Greek 7-Layer Dip

Greek 7-Layer Dip is a Mediterranean spin on the beloved, classic recipe, with layers of hummus, dill-infused Greek yogurt, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, red onion, and feta cheese! 7-Layer Dip is one of those quintessential party recipes that’s easy to make, familiar to most people, and guaranteed to be a hit. But since most of us already have a recipe or twelve for the classic, Mexican-inspired version of 7-Layer Dip, I decided to swap out Mediterranean ingredients for a new {Read More}

Parmesan Ranch Popcorn

Freshly popped popcorn is drizzled in real butter and sprinkled with a savory mixture of Parmesan, dried herbs, and spices for Parmesan Ranch Popcorn, a perfect movie night treat! Between three crazy kids, two busy jobs, and a partridge in a pear tree, movie night is one of our favorite ways to unwind after a long, hectic week — and reconnect as a family — come Friday evening. Granted, due to the varied ages and interests of our offspring, it’s {Read More}

BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

Soft flour tortillas are slathered with a mixture of cream cheese, mozzarella, chicken, bacon, barbecue sauce, red onion, and cilantro, then rolled up tight and sliced into flavorful, addictive appetizers: BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels! Okay, friends…I’ve got one last Super Bowl recipe for y’all before the big game! Of course, these BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels are perfect for more than just game day. They make a simple, delicious appetizer for any party or get-together…potlucks, barbecues, showers, picnics, you name it! {Read More}

White Bean Dip with Jalapeño & Cilantro

White Bean Dip with Jalapeño & Cilantro makes a creamy, zesty party appetizer when served with tortilla chips…but it’s also a healthy, flavor-packed dip for enjoying raw veggies! Today’s recipe is like the perfect January mash-up! So as not to botch any New Year’s resolutions, it’s a health-conscious dip that can be served with raw veggies for a fantastic alternative to calorie-laden dip or dressing. But this White Bean Dip with Jalapeño & Cilantro also happens to be tasty enough {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}

Hot Pimento Cheese & Bacon Bread

Creamy, homemade pimento cheese is jazzed up with crispy bacon and zippy jalapeños, spread onto French bread, and baked until bubbly in this drool-worthy Hot Pimento Cheese & Bacon Bread appetizer! I’ve got some Thanksgiving recipes on the horizon next week, but today I’m saying — nay, shouting — HAPPY FRIDAY with a creamy, cheesy, decadent, loaded-with-flavor appetizer or snack…Hot Pimento Cheese & Bacon Bread! That title right there pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Zesty pimento cheese — {Read More}

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

You’re just three ingredients away from this sweet and creamy Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip, a simple, scrumptious recipe for game day, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dessert, or just about any special occasion or get-together! Who’s up for a quick and easy, minimal ingredient, sweet fall treat? We’re talking three ingredients and just a few minutes here, people, for a tasty fruit dip that will get gobbled up in no time! I’m telling you, Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip is going to become your {Read More}

Ultimate Bean Dip

Requiring only 6 ingredients and taking just 10 minutes to make, Ultimate Bean Dip is creamy, cheesy, stove-top deliciousness…the perfect appetizer for parties or for watching the big game! Football season has arrived, friends! And I don’t know about you, but at our house that means College Game Day with coffee on Saturday mornings, weekend flag football games for my boys, a few fall treks to the ol’ alma mater to cheer on the Aggies, and the background buzz of {Read More}

Caprese French Bread Pizza

Bursting-with-flavor Caprese French Bread Pizza is brushed with garlic-infused olive oil, layered with fresh mozzarella and thinly-sliced tomatoes, and baked until bubbly before getting finished off with ribbons of basil and a balsamic reduction! Happy August, y’all! How is school already right around the corner? Eeek! I intended to share this recipe earlier in the week but — speaking of that impending school start date — we decided to squeeze in one last summer hurrah with a quick trip to {Read More}

Peach Buttermilk Popsicles

With just four ingredients, Peach Buttermilk Popsicles are fruity, creamy, frozen treats, kissed with honey and balanced with a touch of buttermilk tang! Last week, my hubby and I were lucky enough to enjoy a long weekend get-away to Vail, sans kids. He was already in Denver for work, so I flew up on Saturday and we spent the next few days enjoying fresh mountain air and perfect — I mean perfect — weather. What’s funny is that the majority {Read More}

Chocolate Almond Energy Bites

Ground almonds and oats are combined with almond butter, honey, cocoa powder, and chia seeds in these wholesome, protein-packed Chocolate Almond Energy Bites, perfect for a quick snack or breakfast on-the-go! My kids are eating me out of house and home this summer, y’all. My boys are only 6 and 8, but geez does this feel like foreshadowing to their teen years. I try to feed them homemade breakfasts as often as possible, but I can barely keep the fridge {Read More}

Fruit & Mozzarella Skewers with Honey Lime Drizzle

Honeydew melon, green grapes, kiwi fruit, & fresh mozzarella are dressed up with a sweet & tangy syrup in these Fruit & Mozzarella Skewers with Honey Lime Drizzle, a fun & healthy summer kabob that’s delicious for poolside, picnics, or parties! How was y’all’s Independence Day? We celebrated America’s 240th birthday with a fun holiday weekend that included plenty of relaxing, family time, a patriotic parade, a fireworks show, and ample opportunities for eating yummy food. In addition to grilled {Read More}

Texas Pesto

Traditional pesto gets a Texas twist in this flavorful version featuring toasted pecans and Cotija cheese, perfect for slathering on bruschetta, tossing with pasta, jazzing up veggies, and so much more! Yay for basil! Because my herb garden has it coming out the wazoo, and there’s really no way to use it all up before it goes bad without making some big batches of pesto. So here we go! That being said, I realize that there are already approximately eleventy-billion {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}

Creamy Jalapeño Dip {Chuy’s Copycat Recipe}

A base of homemade ranch dressing is flavored with fresh jalapeños, cilantro, and tomatillo salsa in this Creamy Jalapeño Dip, a copycat recipe of the popular appetizer at Chuy’s! Happy San Jacinto Day, y’all! In Texas-speak, this date commemorates the 1836 battle during which Texas won its independence from Mexico (take that, Santa Anna). And if that’s not reason to celebrate with some Creamy Jalapeño Dip, I’m not sure what is! 😉 I actually decided to share this recipe when {Read More}

Peanut Butter & Honey Cereal Bars

Whole grain toasted oat cereal, chopped nuts, peanut butter, coconut oil, and honey combine for no-bake breakfast bars that also make a tasty snack! Well, my Texas friends…have y’all floated away yet? I realize that some parts of the country are currently experiencing idyllic spring weather, and some of y’all are actually getting snow right now (what the what?). In central Texas, however, these past few days have been peppered with torrential downpours. When it rains, it pours, I suppose…although {Read More}

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Mellow roasted garlic is blended with chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice for a fresh, creamy Roasted Garlic Hummus that’s delicious with homemade pita chips or crunchy veggie dippers! Hi there…happy week-after-Easter! I hope y’all had a fabulous Easter, celebrating and spending time with loved ones. Ours was wonderful, full of family, food, and fun. In fact, my brother, SIL, and nephews have been in town all week which has meant lots of visiting and chances for the cousins {Read More}

Ultimate Mexican Street Corn Dip

Ultimate Mexican Street Corn Dip is warm, creamy, and loaded with a mouthwatering combo of ingredients…corn, cotija cheese, avocado, bacon, jalapeños, cilantro, and chipotle chile powder for the perfect amount of smoky heat! If you’ve been yearning for that perfect dip recipe for your Super Bowl-watching festivities, your search has now ended. Seriously. This Ultimate Mexican Street Corn Dip is everything you could possibly want in a dip and more. Warm and creamy. Salty and smoky and spicy. Absolutely amazing. {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}

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}

Chicken (or Leftover Turkey!) Taco Crescent Ring

A Taco Crescent Ring is a tasty way to use up leftover chicken or holiday turkey, mixed with black beans, corn, & cream cheese, flavored with zesty taco seasoning, and wrapped in flaky crescent roll dough for an easy yet impressive appetizer or main course! This evening marked the first time in several weeks that I didn’t serve a slow cooker meal for dinner…and I have to say, my kids seemed a little excited that I was firing up the {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}

Tex-Mex Fresh Corn Dip

Roasted corn is the star of this creamy, cheesy Tex-Mex Fresh Corn Dip, laced with cumin, a touch of jalapeño, and fresh cilantro. Served chilled with tortilla chips, it’s a perfect appetizer or snack for any summer cookout or get-together! I can honestly say that my mouth is watering just putting together this post. This recipe, y’all…SO GOOD. Downright addictive, in fact. I promise that if you make this Tex-Mex Fresh Corn Dip for any kind of gathering, you need {Read More}

Hawaiian Meatballs

Juicy homemade meatballs are smothered with a sweet and sticky, Polynesian pineapple sauce in this quick and easy recipe for Hawaiian Meatballs. Meatballs are such a quick and easy dinner, but I often forget how simple it is to change them up from the typical ol’ marinara variety. It’s a lot of fun to start with the same base recipe for your meatballs and then experiment with difference sauces. So when I think to go that route, these Hawaiian Meatballs {Read More}

Pizza Quesadillas with Dipping Sauce

Cheesy, melty Pizza Quesadillas are stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni and dipped in a flavorful herb-infused, homemade pizza sauce for a fun, quick, and easy lunch idea. Well, we made it folks. The last day of school is officially upon us, and I’m just a few hours away from having a gigantic 3rd grader and a proud Kindergartner. Remind me how exactly that happened??? But with summer vacation on the imminent horizon, it’s time to get my what-am-I-going-to-feed-them-all-day game face {Read More}

Dreamy Dill Dip with Baked Pita Wedges

Simple and delicious, this Dreamy Dill Dip features a base of Greek yogurt and sour cream flavored with fresh dill, making it perfect for a variety of dippers, from crunchy veggies to Baked Pita Wedges! How much do I love thee, dill? Let me count the ways. Seriously, though, there aren’t many herbs that are fresher, or more summer-y tasting, than fresh dill. I absolutely love the stuff on everything from fish to salads to herbed monkey bread. But you {Read More}