Baked Brie with Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Baked Brie :: Five Little Homesteaders

Get prepared to be hungry.

Cheese is one of our favorite foods around here.  We love almost every type and serve it every way you can imagine.  So, when I was given the opportunity to try Mezzetta Everything Spread - https://ooh.li/07d80ba , my first thought, of course, was how can I use these spreads with cheese?  Read on to check out my recipe and for a chance to win some Mezzetta products for yourself!

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Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta


Olive & Roasted Red Pepper Brucshetta :: Five Little Homesteaders

 

Before having kids, my husband and I LOVED to eat out during the holidays.  (To be fair….we have always loved to eat out…. but it seems especially nice during the holidays.)

However, since having kids, eating out has become…well…ummm….interesting?  Creative?  Hard?

Also, as our family has grown, so has my desire to make sure I know exactly what is in the food we are eating.  If you’ve been around this blog for any length of time, then you know we’ve been on a real food “journey,” if you will.  All of these factors have resulted in less eating out and more eating “in” – more cooking at home, from scratch.  This means I often like to recreate some of our favorite restaurant dishes at home.  This is especially true during the holidays when we have guests or are just feeling particularly festive.

One of my favorite recipes is for brucshetta.  It’s pretty easy to make and definitely delicious.  Given that it’s the holidays, it’s also great to make and share with family, friends and house guests.  Read on for the recipe and a chance to win a holiday gift basket full of delicious food!

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Pecan Caramel Sticky Buns

Pecan Caramel Sticky Buns :: Five Little Homesteaders

Man.  I must really be into breakfast lately.  My last post was all about breakfast and now this.

I guess since my last post was savory, it makes sense that this one is sweet.

My family loves sweet rolls.  I usually make them for special occasions.  Before I got into cooking from scratch and reading labels, I used to make those awful cinnamon rolls that come in a can in the dairy section.  You know – the ones where you “pop” open the can.  However, now that I’ve wised up and have started focusing on real food and cooking from scratch, I’ve come up with several delicious recipes for homemade sweet rolls. These pecan caramel sticky buns are just one example.

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Savory Breakfast Braid


Savory Breakfast Braid :: Five Little Homesteaders

You all know that I try to make as much of our food from scratch, with natural, wholesome ingredients, as I can.  During the holiday season this can be difficult (especially when you add a newborn into the equation!).  Time is short, schedules are busy, guests are visiting and things fall through the cracks.  However, I’m determined to keep up with our healthy eating habits during this holiday season.

That’s why I created this recipe for a Savory Breakfast Braid – hopefully you’ll find it useful too.  It is filled with a delicious blend of breakfast ingredients including: smoked gouda cheese - http://ooh.li/0768995 , eggs, spinach, and caramelized onions and the crust is made with whole wheat flour.

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Homemade Crackers – Parmesan Oregano

Homemade Crackers - Parmesan Oregano

Who doesn’t like a good cracker?

I will admit.  A store bought cracker can be pretty delicious.  However, they are generally highly processed and include all sorts of yucky ingredients that I wouldn’t want to eat.  That said, I’ve been testing out cracker recipes (and using my new magimix food processor - http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/magimix-5200xl-16-cup-food-processor/ to do it).

This recipe for parmesan-oregano homemade crackers was pretty delicious.

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Herbal Sleep Tea – The Ultimate, Effective and Easy, Recipe

The Ultimate, Easy and Effective, Herbal Tea Blend for Sleep

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I’m late to the party.

I’m sure 90% of you who are reading this post are looking at your screen saying, “Well, duh, Colleen.  I’ve been making my own sleep blend for eons!”

Well, I have to admit, I’m new-ish to the game.  Up until this point, I’ve just been buying blends at the store like this one - http://amzn.to/1qCyYhB or this one - http://amzn.to/1qCz2Ot .  They seem to work well and are tasty, but when you’re buying pre-mixed blends, you are (generally) wasting money and have less control over the ratios of herbs, specific herbs and the quality of the herbs you are ingesting (among other things, I’m sure).

Being the daughter of an herbalist, I decided to give it a go myself.

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Donut Recipe – Whole Wheat Lemon Pound Cake

Whole Wheat Lemon Pound Cake Donut Recipe :: Five Little Homesteaders

I’m a sucker for sweets – all kinds and any time of day.

Back in my *ahem* less healthy days, a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts was certainly not unheard of.  However, donuts have been off my list of edible foods for quite some time and I must admit, I miss them.

So when I recently had a little left over money on a gift card, I decided to pick up a donut pan - http://amzn.to/1pYwZVj with the intention of creating a healthier donut recipe.  And by golly….. I think I may have done it!

(Note – I realize that these aren’t “healthy.”  I’m just calling them “healthier.”  Humor me and read on.)

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French Vanilla Ice Cream – Homemade with Fudge Sauce

Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream with Fudge Sauce :: Five Little Homesteaders

Ice cream is one of those things that is just better when it’s homemade (unless you’re buying Ben & Jerry’s and then well…. I can’t compete with that).

French Vanilla ice cream is especially enticing and requires making a thin custard before freezing.  I promise, the extra work is worth it.  (And in this post, I’m kicking in a homemade fudge sauce recipe.  It, too, is well worth the minimal effort it requires.  My husband love Hershey’s syrup (yuck) but promises he’ll never ask for it again if I make this upon request.  I agreed to this deal.)

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