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Easy Restaurant Style Salsa

This fresh, homemade, Easy Salsa recipe takes just a few minutes to throw together in the blender or food processor and rivals the best restaurant style salsa! Dare I say it, but chips and salsa are pretty much a religion in Texas. Everyone has their favorite version of salsa, whether it’s pureed or chunky, smooth or textured, mild or spicy, loaded with goodies or plain and simple. And whether that favorite salsa comes from a restaurant or a grocery store {Read More}

Lemon Fruit Dip

This delicious Lemon Fruit Dip recipe comes together with just four real food ingredients…cream cheese, Greek yogurt, lemon curd, and lemon zest! We may be in full-swing spring, but holy cow, it sure didn’t feel like it this past weekend. We sat through two baseball games on Saturday in 40-degree temps with 40-mile-per-hour wind gusts, and let’s just say that by the second game, everyone returned to the ball field in ski gear.šŸ˜‚ Even the bluebonnets were shivering! Fortunately, we’re {Read More}

Healthy Trail Mix

It’s easy to make and customize this homemade Healthy Trail Mix recipe, loaded with healthy fats from wholesome nuts, dried fruit, and your favorite add-ins! There are as many variations of trail mix as there are stars in the sky, or drops in the ocean, or rocks in my dryer. But have you ever made your own homemade trail mix, where you get to control the ingredients and keep things healthy? It’s ridiculously easy, and that’s only one of the {Read More}

Zesty Cheese Spread

Zesty Cheese Spread is quick to make, delicious on pretzels, crackers, or raw veggies, and perfect for Super Bowl Sunday! Are you ready for some football?! Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner and I, for one, can’t wait. I don’t have a horse in the race this year as far as teams go, but I do love me a good football game. I also love the commercials…and I love halftime…and I LOOOOVE game day grub! So of course {Read More}

JalapeƱo Hummus

Classic hummus gets a zippy kick in quick and easy JalapeƱo 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}

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}

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}

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 JalapeƱo & Cilantro

White Bean Dip with JalapeƱo & Cilantro makes a creamy, zesty party appetizer when served with tortilla chipsā€¦but itā€™s also a healthy, flavor-packed dip for enjoying raw veggies! Todayā€™s recipe is like the perfect January mash-up! So as not to botch any New Yearā€™s resolutions, itā€™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 JalapeƱo & 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 jalapeƱos, 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,Ā 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 thereā€™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 youā€™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 ā€” flew! ā€” off the baking sheet, yā€™all. My boys would have happily polished off the dozen {Read More}

Creamy JalapeƱo Dip {Chuy’s Copycat Recipe}

A base of homemade ranch dressing is flavored with fresh jalapeƱos, cilantro, and tomatillo salsa in this Creamy JalapeƱo 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 JalapeƱo Dip, I’m not sure what is! šŸ˜‰ 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, jalapeƱos, 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}