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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}

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}

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}

Easy Apple Cake

Easy Apple Cake features a quick cinnamon-kissed batter and a crown of sliced apples for a sweet, simple dessert that’s perfect for fall or any time of year! Three months ago, I shared a peach cake recipe that ended up becoming the “dessert of the summer” around here.  But now that peaches are on their way out for the season (*sniff sniff*), I decided to see if my beloved summer cake could be adapted into something decidedly more fall-like. Enter {Read More}

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette {Zesty Mexican Salad Dressing}

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette is a zesty homemade Mexican dressing — perfect for marinades & salads — featuring lime juice, fresh cilantro, and a touch of honey! Cilantro…you either love it or you hate it. So today, I apologize in advance to the poor souls who genuinely think that cilantro tastes like soap. In fact, I will totally understand if y’all need to peace out and check back tomorrow. 😉 However, you lucky ones (like me) who can’t get enough of {Read More}

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Oatmeal

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Oatmeal is a healthy, yummy fall breakfast recipe sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and topped with roasted pumpkin seeds! Big news from outta’ central Texas, folks…it’s the beginning of September and it was in the 50s when we woke up this morning. Furthermore, the high today is only going to reach 85°F! Seriously, it feels like fall, and I don’t recall ever saying that so early in the year. September is usually still blazing {Read More}

20-Minute Lasagna Tortellini Soup

Lasagna Tortellini Soup is a flavorful stovetop recipe featuring ground beef, herbs, and Parmesan in a marinara-based broth that’s ready in just 20 minutes! Raise your hand if you’re ready for soup weather! Though we’ve had a reprieve from our 100+ degree stretch of days around here, it’s still hot, y’all. But the truth is, it’s going to be hot for awhile. So last week, I figured I may as well embrace what I’m yearning for – as opposed to {Read More}

Apple Pie Snack Cups

Apple Pie Snack Cups layer graham cracker crumbs, diced apples, applesauce, and whipped cream for a healthy snack or dessert that tastes just like apple pie! I’m very excited to welcome my middle child as he takes over the blog today for his first (and Five Heart Home’s second) Kids in the Kitchen Guest Post! ♥ But I also like to help in the kitchen, so I’m excited to make these Apple Pie Snack Cups for you today! This past summer, {Read More}

50+ Pumpkin Recipes Round-Up

Get ready for fall with this mouthwatering collection of pumpkin recipes, from cakes and cookies, to breads and muffins, to pancakes, waffles, and so much more! Each year on September 1st, I allow myself to crack open that first can of pumpkin (or whip up some Homemade Pumpkin Puree) and get to baking! Well, the magical date has arrived, and this round-up of scrumptious pumpkin recipes is ready to go. The only problem you’ll have is deciding what to make {Read More}

Easy Beef Patties with Mushroom Gravy

Easy Beef Patties with Mushroom Gravy — AKA, mini Salisbury steaks in a rich, savory, gravy loaded with fresh mushrooms — make a classic, comforting dinner! School is in full swing, busy fall schedules have commenced, and at the end of the day, everyone (including me) is tired and hungry. So I’m all about quick and easy, wholesome and filling, kid-approved dinner recipes that the whole family will enjoy. Lucky for me, Easy Beef Patties with Mushroom Gravy fit all {Read More}

Ground Beef, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Lean ground beef (or turkey) is seasoned like sausage and layered with cheddar & eggs in this lighter, low-carb Ground Beef, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Casserole! Ready or not, it’s back-to-school time! And after a lazy, schedule-free summer around here, I’ve got to get myself in gear and figure out what I’m going to feed these kids each morning at the crack of dawn. So I’ve been experimenting…and this Ground Beef, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Casserole is going on my {Read More}

Herb & Greek Yogurt Potato Salad

Herb & Greek Yogurt Potato Salad is a creamy, lightened-up, versatile side dish recipe with loads of flavor from fresh herbs! With the imminent return of school, it (sadly) feels like summer is pretty much over. But the truth is, it’s not even mid-August yet…and the blazing temps in some unlucky parts of the country (🙋) won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. So I don’t know about y’all, but I’m not ready for slow cooker soups and pumpkin recipes quite {Read More}

Mini S’mores Trifles

Mini S’mores Trifles are layered with rich chocolate pudding, crushed graham crackers, and marshmallow-laced whipped cream for a simple, yummy, no-bake dessert! National S’mores Day is later this week on August 10th, so I’m excited to be sharing a recipe for a new s’mores treat today! After all, it’s only fair to provide advance notice for gathering ingredients in case you’re the type to actually celebrate food holidays. I’m typically not, but for some reason, I never seem to miss {Read More}

Baked Parmesan Yellow Squash Rounds

Baked Parmesan Yellow Squash Rounds are an easy and delicious summer side dish requiring just two ingredients: yellow squash and grated Parmesan! One of my most popular recipes every summer is my Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds and this summer has been no exception, as that recipe had enjoyed some viral traffic in recent weeks. On one hand, it makes me laugh, because that recipe is SO easy (only 2 ingredients!) that it almost doesn’t qualify as a recipe and I {Read More}

Healthy Copycat Dole Whip {2-Ingredient Pineapple Soft Serve}

This Healthy Copycat Dole Whip is made with just two ingredients and tastes like pineapple soft serve ice cream, for an improved version of the Disney classic! Today it is my privilege to introduce you to my firstborn as he takes over the blog for Five Heart Home’s first-ever Kids in the Kitchen Guest Post! ♥ I attended a camp at the beginning of the summer where I took a cooking class. I made all sorts of desserts, meals, and {Read More}

Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread

Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread is a soft, moist, easy-to-make quick bread bursting with ripe banana, creamy chocolate chips, and chewy coconut! I apologize for missing my usual post this past Monday, y’all. We were traveling back from our (wonderful, relaxing, FUN!) summer vacation in Colorado, and I just didn’t have it in me to work on the road while entertaining three restless kiddos. The good news is that before we left, I got several weeks worth of posts and social {Read More}

Strawberry Iced Tea

Strawberry Iced Tea is made with sweet, fresh, strawberry simple syrup for a refreshing summer drink! Sometimes at the end of a long, excruciating grocery store trip, I reward myself on the way to the check-out lane by grabbing a frosty bottle of peach iced tea. I enjoy it as I drive home and unload the groceries, patting myself on the back for a (dreaded) job well done (or at least accomplished). On a recent trip to the grocery store, {Read More}

Whole Wheat Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Whole Wheat Lemon Blueberry Muffins are light and tender, bursting with fresh lemon and juicy blueberries for a wholesome breakfast or snack! A few weeks ago, before I headed out of town to Canada, I spent a busy few days prepping to leave. My husband was coincidentally going to be away for a work trip on the same days that I was set to be gone, so my mom was coming over to our house to keep the kids. And {Read More}

Marinated Tomatoes

Ripe, juicy tomatoes soak up olive oil, red wine vinegar, onion, garlic, & fresh herbs in Marinated Tomatoes, a zesty summer salad or a versatile side dish! ‘Tis the season for homegrown tomatoes! Thanks to my father-in-law’s bountiful garden, by this time every summer, we’re positively swimming in big, juicy, deep red specimens of tomato perfection. We eat ’em sliced, with salt and pepper. On bread with good mayo for a tomato sandwich. Caprese-style…drizzled with balsamic, layered with fresh mozzarella, {Read More}

Ruby Red Moscow Mule Popsicles

Ruby Red Moscow Mule Popsicles are made with ginger beer, ruby red vodka, fresh lime juice, and grapefruit simple syrup for a frosty, boozy, summer treat! I’m admittedly late to the whole Moscow Mule party. But, having finally arrived, I’m now obsessed with all things Moscow Mule and making up for lost time. If I’m out somewhere and there’s a version on the drink menu, I try it. A Ruby Red Moscow Mule at a party last spring, a Sake {Read More}

Summer Lentil Salad + Lentils.org Farm-to-Table Trip

Summer Lentil Salad features protein-packed lentils, roasted corn, juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil for a healthy, vibrant main dish or versatile side! I was invited to participate in the #LetsLentil #LoveALentil campaign, sponsored by Lentils.org. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. Growing up with a native German mother, my exposure to lentils as a child was pretty much limited to Linsen mit Spätzle (Swabian lentil soup with homemade noodles) which, incidentally, I loved. That {Read More}

Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Enchiladas are cheesy, flavorful, and smothered in copycat Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeño Dip for a dinner that’s sure to become a family favorite! Today’s recipe takes one of my most popular recipes – a copycat of the Creamy Jalapeño Dip from the famed Chuy’s restaurant chain – and turns it into a meal! That dip was my #1 recipe of 2016 and it continues to go CRAZY this summer. So I got to thinking…if so many people love {Read More}

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Thick, chewy, big-batch M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies Bars are simple to make, fun to share, easy to customize with different colored M&Ms, and always a huge hit! Well, I had grand plans to make y’all a berry slab pie decorated like an American flag just in time for Independence Day. Alas, two attempts and several pounds of berries later, my recipe turned out to be a flop…delicious yet falling apart. Le sigh. So since I wanted to share a little {Read More}