November 24, 2015

How to Make the Ultimate Cheese Board

With my simple tips, you can put together a beautiful, elegant, and delicious cheese board for you next party or holiday gathering!

How to Make the Ultimate Cheese Board |

I am so in love with cheese, it's not even funny.  If I ever became lactose intolerant, I think I'd die.  And then I'd cry.  A lot.  Seriously though, can you develop lactose intolerance?  I should know these things.  This is serious stuff.  My relationship with cheese is a serious matter.

Naturally, I am all for cheesy appetizers.  Cheesy dips like my Three Cheese Bacon Dip and Greek Yogurt Feta Dip are my some of my favorites!  If you are a cheese lover like me, then a cheese board should definitely be on your radar.  When you serve a cheese board, the cheese is the star of the show!

November 18, 2015

Brie, Prosciutto, and Caramelized Onion Pizza {and a Soapstone Pizza Pan Review!}

Brie, Prosciutto and Caramelized Onion Pizza has the perfect balance of ingredients: salty prosciutto, sweet caramelized onions, and melty brie cheese all cooked to perfection on the beautiful Soapstone Pizza Pan from UncommonGoods.

Brie, Prosciutto, and Caramelized Onion Pizza |

Pizza is a favorite in our house and I'm always on the lookout for new topping combination so pizza night doesn't get boring.

Actually, that's a lie.

I could keep things boring city and eat just plain old cheese pizza forever and I'd be okay with that.  Pizza is just so darn good.  Buuuuut, it is fun to mix things up once in a while just for the sake of variety!

This particular pizza idea was inspired by the gorgeous Soapstone Pizza Pan with Copper Handles that my friends at Uncommon Goods sent me.  Here's a picture of it when it was brand spankin' new:

November 16, 2015

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Oven Roasted Cauliflower is a simple and delicious side dish where cauliflower is roasted in the oven until the edges are crisp, browned, and caramelized.

Are you a cauliflower lover?  I so am.  I love it raw dipped in Greek Yogurt Ranch.  So many people pass on the raw cauliflower on the veggie tray and I just think they're crazy.  That's alright, though.  More for me!  Ha!  The crunch is fab and it's one of my very favorite raw veggies.

As much as I love raw cauliflower, roasted is the absolute best way to eat it.  I'm a roasted vegetable lover all around.  Seriously, give me roasted veggies three times a day and I'm good to go.  Cauliflower develops such a delish nutty flavor when it's roasted!

And all of those crisp caramelized bits?  Gah.  So. Darn. Good.

This recipe isn't even much of a recipe, actually.  I mean, it's just cauliflower, olive oil, salt and pepper.  You can look at it as a cooking method, if you want.  It really doesn't matter how you look at it as long as you make it and eaaaat it.  This recipe is simple, classic, flavorful, and easy to prepare.  It might just become your new favorite way to eat cauliflower!

November 13, 2015

35 Holiday Entertaining Recipes and a $350 Amazon Giveaway!

Looking for the best holiday recipes?  The Real Housemoms Creative Team has got you covered with this roundup of 35 Holiday Entertaining Recipes that will impress your guests!

35 Holiday Entertaining Recipes and a $350 Amazon Black Friday Giveaway!

Have you started planning your holiday menus yet?  If you haven't, you totally should be!  Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Christmas will be here before you know it.  I'm not trying to set you off into a panic or anything, quite the contrary!  I am so excited to share with you all this awesome roundup of holiday recipes (and a printable!) brought to you by the Real Housemoms Creative Team!

From a mouthwatering Garlic Roast Beef to Salted Butter Rum Caramels, this roundup will surely inspire your holiday meal planning!  Feast your eyes!

November 12, 2015

Green Bean Casserole Tartlets

This post is sponsored by Libby's. Green Bean Casserole Tartlets transform the classic Thanksgiving side dish into a delicious finger food appetizer that is perfect for the holidays!

Green Bean Casserole Tartlets | | #Cansgiving #Sweepstakes #Spon

I adore green bean casserole, don't you?  I usually only eat it around Thanksgiving and I look forward to it every year.  I would have to say it's my favorite holiday side dish recipe.  We have a few people in my family who are anti-mushrooms, so I make a casserole that is sour cream based with onions.

Friends, it is so good.  I've been meaning to put it on the blog for years now, but every Thanksgiving I'm too busy to take pictures of it, and there's rarely any leftovers for me to try to get a shot of.

November 11, 2015

Italian Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls

This post is sponsored by Pillsbury.  Italian Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls are a twist on everyone's favorite holiday appetizer!  They come together easily and have just three simple ingredients, making them perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Italian Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls | | Italian Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls

I am so excited because fall is finally here!  It is my favorite time of year for so many reasons, one of them being the holidays!  I love to get in the kitchen with some of my favorite goodies to cook up all kinds of yummy recipes to share with my family.

I genuinely look forward to the whole process of planning a holiday menu!  I love making my list, clipping my coupons, and then heading to the store to shop.  I'm one of those crazies who can spend three hours at the grocery store and love every minute of it.  What can I say?  I love food!

November 4, 2015

Banana Hemp Protein Smoothie

This Banana Hemp Protein Smoothie is my go-to post workout treat that features frozen bananas, almond milk, peanut butter, and hemp protein powder.

A Banana Hemp Protein Smoothie is my favorite post-workout treat!

Last month as part of the awesome Choctoberfest celebration, I got my hands on some goodies from the folks at Just Hemp Foods.  Let me tell you, I was so excited about it!

I am a firm believer that hemp is a widely underused industrial resource and underrated food source.  Hemp is so good for you!  A super food, as a matter of fact.

Check it out.  Hemp is:
  • rich in Omega fatty acids
  • an excellent source of plant-based protein
  • loaded with 18+ amino acids
  • rich in insoluble dietary fiber
  • gluten and lactose free

Not to mention the fact that hemp is yummy.  Awesome, right?  I'm so happy to have found Just Hemp Foods!

November 3, 2015

Loaded Potato Nachos

Loaded Potato Nachos are made by topping oven roasted potato rounds with all of your favorite loaded baked potato toppings, nachos-style!

Loaded Potato Nachos are made by topping oven roasted potato rounds with all of your favorite loaded baked potato toppings, nachos-style!

Everyone who knows me knows that I am slightly obsessed with potatoes.  They are totally my fave and I wish I could eat them with every meal!  I like to load them up with all kinds of tasty toppings!  These  are my Loaded Potato Nacho -- great served as an appetizer or as a hearty side dish for burgers and steaks.

You guys are going to love these!

Check out this recipe for my latest potato inspired appetizer over at Real Housemoms, where I am a monthly contributor.