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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}

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}

Creamy German Cucumber Salad ~ Gurkensalat

Creamy German Cucumber Salad, or Gurkensalat, is a fresh and simple side dish featuring thinly sliced cucumbers in a sour cream and dill dressing! My mom is a native German, so every few years we trek back to the homeland to visit her side of the family. It’s always fun to spend time with the relatives and take in the glorious German countryside and villages, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that one of my favorites things about {Read More}

Summer Peach Cake

Summer Peach Cake is a delectable summer dessert recipe featuring fresh sliced peaches sunken into a sweet golden cake! The sentiment that simple is best is almost always true when you’re dealing with prime, fresh, perfectly in-season ingredients. And seeing as how June is the peak of peach season, what better ingredient to star in a simple-yet-stunning dessert, Summer Peach Cake? Gloriously sweet and drippingly juicy, there are so many ways to enjoy fresh summer peaches — in cobblers and {Read More}

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting is thick, silky, and bursting with strawberry flavor thanks to a special ingredient…crushed, freeze-dried strawberries! I know a certain little 4-year-old who adores all things strawberry. Strawberry smoothies, strawberry ice cream, strawberry muffins, strawberry cake…if it starts with strawberry, she’s a fan. She’s requested strawberry cupcakes for her last couple of birthdays, and I’ve typically just topped them with my family’s favorite Classic Cream Cheese Frosting recipe with some fresh strawberry puree blended in. The problem {Read More}

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps SALAD

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps Salad transforms the popular restaurant appetizer into a savory main dish salad, loaded with copycat ground chicken and more! Last week, my boys requested taco salad for dinner. Alas, I was out of taco seasoning — and out of cumin to make another batch (oh, the horror!) — so it was onto PLAN B. A quick scan of the fridge and pantry revealed that I may be low on my Tex-Mex seasonings, but I had {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}

BLT Caesar Pasta Salad with Avocado

BLT Caesar Pasta Salad with Avocado is loaded with crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, and tender pasta dressed in tangy Caesar dressing and served atop a bed of fresh lettuce! Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! After what feels like months of go-go-going, we finally had a relaxing few days at home, with family time and a chance to catch up on things around here. I actually came down with a lovely cold at the end of {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}

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars are flavored with lemon zest and topped with crunchy sparkling sugar for a sunny, yummy, easy-to-make treat! A few weeks ago, the middle child was “Superstar” at school. Lest this requires an explanation, over the course of the year, each first grader has a turn to be class Superstar for one week. The Superstar gets to share a poster with the class full of facts and photos of them. The Superstar’s family is invited to eat {Read More}

Fiesta Pasta Salad

Fiesta Pasta Salad is loaded with corn, black beans, tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro, and a fresh lime vinaigrette for a zesty, flavorful, summer side dish! So who else is counting down the days until summer vacation??? We’ve hit that point in May where this mama’s head is about to explode. In addition to the usual chaos that accompanies the last few weeks of school, I’m trying to squeeze in all of my last-minute appointments before I have three kiddos home for {Read More}