Hot Ham and Swiss Dip

Warm, gooey Swiss cheese and little bites of ham come together in this delicious dip that is sure to be the hit of your next party!

Warm, gooey Swiss cheese and little bites of ham come together this delicious dip that is sure to be the hit of your next party! Get the recipe at

It’s awfully hard not to drool while writing this post, ya’ll. Imagine the most cheesy, delicious hot ham and cheese sandwich you’ve ever eaten… in DIP form. Oh yeah. Let the drooling commence! [Read more…]

Cinnamon and Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

Warm, fluffy pumpkin muffins with a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating… the perfect fall breakfast, snack, or treat!

Warm, fluffy pumpkin muffins with a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating... the perfect fall breakfast, snack, or treat! |

After last week’s salted caramel apple crisp recipe, all I can think about is dessert. If it has pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel, or apple in the name, I’m ALL about it right now. Maybe it’s the leaves starting to fall from the trees… maybe it’s the tractors in the fields all around us… or maybe it’s waking up to open windows on a chilly morning… either way, I’m feeling all the fall feelings and loving it.

I baked some pumpkin muffins last weekend before the boys had their football games, and they INHALED them. One minute there was a pile of muffins on the plate, and the next minute there were only crumbs and two grinning boys with sugar-covered faces. I took that as a good sign.

These muffins are tender and fluffy with just the right amount of pumpkin and warm cinnamon. They bake up nice and big and then get a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating that takes them from seriously delicious to insanely addicting. You NEED these muffins in your life this fall!

The recipe is pretty simple and straightforward, but I will say that these are best eaten right after baking while the inside is still a little warm and the sugar is still nice and crunchy on the outside. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

xoxo Liz [Read more…]

Salted Caramel Apple Crisp

Warm salted caramel apple crisp topped with scoops of creamy vanilla ice cream and more salted caramel drizzled over top… the perfect dessert!

Warm salted caramel apple crisp topped with scoops of vanilla ice cream and more salted caramel drizzled over top... the perfect dessert! Get the recipe at

Is there anything better than the smell of warm cinnamon apples simmering on the stove? After making this recipe a few times over the last couple weeks, I have grown very fond of this delicious scent, which probably explains why five warm apple pie candles ended up in my cart at the store the other night… oops. I like to make sure I’m well-stocked in the candle department this time of year!

After I shared a summery strawberry crisp recipe earlier this year, I knew an apple crisp would be on the agenda this fall. Although the ingredient list may look a little intimidating when you first glance at it, just trust me… it is actually pretty simple to make and SO worth the effort! Your tummy and taste buds will definitely be thanking you! The recipe is broken up into 3 steps: the crisp topping, the apple filling, and the salted caramel sauce. If you have never made homemade caramel sauce, pleeeeeaase stop what you’re doing and whip some up right now! There is nothing… absolutely NOTHING like it in the world! Of course, if you are in a time crunch or don’t want to mess with homemade caramel, you can certainly grab a jar of caramel sauce at the store, and it will still be delicious. Just not quite as delicious as the stuff you make with your own two hands, in your own kitchen, with your own ingredients. Homemade salted caramel sauce… I love you.

Speaking of my beloved caramel, this recipe will make more than you need for the apple crisp, but that’s a GOOD thing. Some of it will go into the apple filling, but you’ll have plenty left over to drizzle on top of the crisp when it’s time to eat. Oh, and please promise me you’ll wait the recommended 20 minutes after baking before cutting into your beautiful, delicious dessert, okay? The apples need a chance to cool slightly and reabsorb some of the liquid they release while cooking.

Now go grab a spoon and some ice cream, and let’s dive into this salted caramel apple crisp!

Warm salted caramel apple crisp topped with scoops of vanilla ice cream and more salted caramel drizzled over top... the perfect dessert! Get the recipe at [Read more…]

One Pot Spaghetti

The easiest, most delicious spaghetti you’ve ever made! Creamy, cheesy, full of flavor, and only one dirty dish to clean!

The easiest, most delicious spaghetti you've ever made! Creamy, cheesy, full of flavor, and only one dirty dish to clean! |

Most of my life, I thought spaghetti was just spaghetti. Delicious, sure… but not exactly rocket science. It’s quick and easy and a meal that I know my entire family will devour happily. What’s not to love?

Well get ready folks, because I’m about to rock your spaghetti-loving world! What if I told you that I now make my spaghetti in just ONE pot? No more browning the beef in one skillet and boiling the noodles in another pot… just ONE dish to wash. Mind = blown

I like to use a big, deep-sided skillet for this recipe, but whatever you use make sure it can go in the oven too! The ground beef goes in first and cooks until it is nice and browned. Then some spaghetti sauce and beef broth join the party. I’m going to be 100% honest and admit that 9 times out of 10, I just buy a jar of sauce from the store. I know, I know… bad food blogger! I do love, love, love my recipe for homemade, but I just can’t find time to be all Martha Stewart these days, so store-bought it is. The reason I add the beef broth is because the noodles are going to need a little bit of extra liquid to cook in. I break the dry spaghetti noodles in half so they fit in the pan better and stir until they are completed submerged in the sauce. By boiling the noodles right in the sauce, the mixture becomes super creamy and delicious, and the noodles have so much more flavor than regular water-boiled noodles. Then plenty of cheese gets sprinkled on top and the whole skillet goes under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese is all melted and golden.

Oh my yummmm.

It’s creamy, beefy, easy, piping-hot, and extra cheesy, and I promise you will never make spaghetti any other way again!

xoxo Liz

The easiest, most delicious spaghetti you've ever made! Creamy, cheesy, full of flavor, and only one dirty dish to clean! |

The easiest, most delicious spaghetti you've ever made! Creamy, cheesy, full of flavor, and only one dirty dish to clean! | [Read more…]

Peanut Butter Cinnamon Energy Bites

These tasty energy bites are perfect for a pre/post-workout snack or even an on-the-go breakfast! So easy to whip up, and they taste like a delicious peanut butter treat!

These tasty energy bites are perfect for a pre/post-workout snack or even an on-the-go breakfast! So easy to whip up, and they taste like a delicious peanut butter treat! Get the recipe at

Love, love, LOVE this recipe, you guys! Last November I decided I was tired of not fitting into any of my clothes and constantly feeling tired and achy and well… old. At 27, my hips shouldn’t hurt walking up and down the stairs, and there’s absolutely no reason a healthy twenty-something can’t get her booty back into shape. So I nervously bit the bullet and joined a gym. At first, I had no idea what I was doing. I hadn’t been to a gym really since high school, and I just felt like a lost tourist in this world of body builders and cross fitters and yoga fanatics and marathon runners. So I started simple. I walked on a treadmill for awhile. Then I worked my way up to running. Once I got up to running a straight 3 miles, I decided I wanted to add in some weight training. Jeremy and I did P90X to get in shape for our wedding, and I saw my body change drastically in a short amount of time because it wasn’t the typical cardio routine that I would usually gravitate to. It focused on strength and muscle-building/toning, which I had never put much effort into before. It toned my muscles, burned fat, and trimmed me down to look beautiful in my wedding dress.

So I got the courage up to try lifting some weights at the gym. Guys… it was so awkward. I felt like I was always in the way of people who actually know how to lift and would end up spending 45 minutes aimlessly walking around the gym trying to find a spot that wasn’t taken by some sweaty dude’s towel or weights that someone left behind. I didn’t know what I was doing and wanted to give up. It took about a week to build up the courage to try something else new… a group exercise class. My little sister forced me into going to a Body Pump class at her gym once, and although I hated it at the time and thought I was going to straight up die, I decided I would give it a go at my gym since I at least somewhat knew what I was getting myself into. One hour of squats, chest, back, triceps, biceps, lunges, shoulders, and abs later… I was hooked.

Everyone’s fitness journey is different, but for me, I love going to group classes. It keeps me accountable because rather than procrastinating my workout all day, I know that class starts at 6:00 p.m. and I plan my schedule around that. And let’s be honest, working out alone is no fun. When you’re in a group, you have people to laugh with, sweat with, and sometimes when the workout is particularly difficult, curse with. It also pushes me to lift harder and work on my form. I grew up in a dance studio, so having perfect posture and body position while lifting weights is kind of a biggie for me. I still have a long way to go, but I’m getting there! I’ve slimmed down a bit and fit into my jeans better, but because I’ve been building muscle, I haven’t seen the scale move much. That in itself can be incredibly frustrating, but when I see little bicep and tricep muscles in my arms where a flabby flap of skin used to be… I’m happy. When I can run to the top of the stairs without being winded… I’m happy. When I can help Jeremy carry the huge pieces of furniture I’m constantly moving around the house… I’m happy. I feel stronger, healthier, and more beautiful than I have in years, and that feeling pushes me to get in the gym as much as I can.

Sooo how does all this relate to today’s recipe? This energy bites have been a big part of my workout routine for awhile now, and I am so excited to share them with you! All the exercise I’m doing is useless without having a healthy diet to support it. I burn a decent amount of calories in the hour I spend at Body Pump, so I like to eat a small, healthy snack either before or right after I go. I keep these peanut butter cinnamon energy bites in my fridge 24/7 so I can quickly grab them on my way to the gym. They are a healthy mix of peanut butter (for flavor, protein, and good fats), honey (helps the bites stick together), oats (fiber and crunch), protein powder (extra protein!), pecans (extra crunch!), chia seeds (to help fill you up), and cinnamon (because everything is better with cinnamon!). [Read more…]

Creamy Bacon Corn Casserole

There have been several days over the last few weeks that have felt a lot less like summer and a whole lot more like fall! The temperatures have dropped, a cool breeze has kicked in, and I can already see our crops in the fields starting to change colors. Now I’m not saying that it’s time to put away the flip flops and bust out the boots just yet, but the slight change in weather is definitely making me crave some comfort food!

My kindergartner was kind enough to share the cold he brought home from school with me, so I was stuck in bed all weekend sniffling and sneezing. I don’t know about you, but colds ALWAYS make me crave comfort food too! It’s kind of a weird sensation because when you’re sick, you can’t smell or taste a darn thing anyway, but at the same time you just want to eat all kinds of yummy food. My cold craving list for this weekend included mashed potatoes, strawberry milkshakes, pancakes drowning in syrup, and broccoli cheddar soup. Also on the comfort food craving list… this Creamy Bacon Corn Casserole!

You must try this easy, mouthwatering side dish! Creamy, cheesy corn casserole hot out of the oven with tons of crispy bacon! |

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Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Start your morning with this delicious Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal. So easy and tastes like a slice of warm banana bread!

Start your morning with delicious Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal! So easy and tastes like a slice of warm banana bread! |

I’ve been hoarding this recipe all summer, and it feels sooooo good to finally get it out! I started making these super easy baked oatmeals earlier this year and pretty much became obsessed with them. First of all, oatmeal is just plain yummy. It’s warm and comforting and full of hearty goodness. It’s like waking up to a big hug in a bowl. And this baked oatmeal reheat beautifully, so if you make a pan of it over the weekend, you can have a good, healthy breakfast all week long. Total no-brainer, right?

The best thing about oatmeal is that it’s the perfect blank canvas to add all kinds of awesome flavors. Earlier this year, I shared a classic Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, then a citrusy Blueberry Lemon Oatmeal, followed by a decadent Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal that is to. die. for. I also had this banana bread oatmeal recipe up my sleeve, but figured I’d save it for back-to-school time when all you mommas out there need an easy breakfast idea that will fuel the kiddos while they sit in class for seven hours straight.

I wanted this oatmeal to taste like biting into a warm slice of banana bread, so I added a full cup of mashed bananas, plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, and toasted chopped walnuts sprinkled on top. Mmm mmm… this stuff is good! This recipe feeds about six hungry mouths, but if you don’t eat it all at once, just pop it in the fridge and then microwave the next day. You can pour some milk in the oatmeal if it seems a little dry when reheating. Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

xoxo Liz [Read more…]