Appetizers and Snacks

Strawberry Chips

How to make strawberry chips (like veggie chips or banana chips) at home with a dehydrator
I was obsessed with banana chips when I was a kid. Living in Hawaii, they were a popular portable snack for the kids. I still love to pack them for snacks on road trips. Nate, however, hates bananas. He's a weirdo. So I make a variety of other dried fruits and vegetables for him to enjoy. Strawberry chips are...

Caprese Stuffed Mushrooms

Although it's only March, the warmer weather has brought an abundance of fresh produce to my local market. It's been a real struggle deciding which ingredients to bring home, let me tell ya! On my most recent shopping trip these plump grape tomatoes, hearty basil leaves and bulbous mushrooms stood out, just screaming to be made into delicious Caprese...

The Easiest and Best 7-Layer Dip Recipe

I have a few go-to recipes that I use for almost every social function that are easy, quick, easy, filling fan favorites and easy. Did I mention that I prefer easy recipes? Well, I do. Being the ultimate "mom-hack" that I am, I prefer to spend my time elsewhere (like facebook! ha!) and not on difficult recipes and crafts.I...

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

Well it's been decided and the big game is just a week away! So of course instead of football I'm thinking about the appetizers I'll be serving during the game. You can all see that I have my priorities in order, clearly. This hot spinach and artichoke dip recipe is a must try!Plus, because there's spinach and artichokes in...

Candy Trail Mix for your leftover Halloween Treats

chopped snickers and Twix
Oh, Halloween. Time for sugary sweets and spooky spiked punch. This haunted holiday makes me happy. You know what else makes me happy? Candy trail mix.Candy Trail Mix 2 cups Mixed Fun Size MARS Variety Pack candy (the kind with Twix, Snickers and M&Ms are my favorite)1 cup chopped dates1 cup mixed nuts Blend half of the nuts on...

Goat Cheese Strawberries

strawberry flat
I'm obsessed with goat cheese and strawberries, which is why you'll find both fully-stocked in our home at all times. We used to grow strawberries in our garden in Washington when I was a kid. There is nothing like a fresh, juicy, plump red strawberry plucked right out of your own backyard. Combine that delicious fresh fare with nature's...

Homemade Hot Pockets: Perfect for Valentine’s Day

homemade hot pockets
Have any of you guys watched Jim Gaffigan's stand-up comedy routines? Please say yes. If not, I'm pretty sure we can't be friends anymore...and that would make me sad. He has this hilarious sketch about Hot Pockets that was stuck inside my head the entire time I was making these homemade Hot Pockets. My sister was over to help...

Chocolate-Covered Bacon Hearts

chocolate-covered bacon hearts
Whoever came up with the whole "chocolate-covered bacon" thing must be some sort of culinary genius. Odds are he or she is a stoner culinary genius. Let's just be honest here. Some dude was probably baked out of his mind and thought, "Chocolate...good. Bacon...good. Chocolate-covered bacon...goooooood!" Since Valentine's Day is coming up and it's traditionally a time to celebrate things we...

French Fry Bar Toppings List

french fry bar
I love food. And I love parties. I'm that person that tries to turn meals into events. We all need to eat, and to me it's awesome to come together with family and friends over food that people have put thought into either by using their favorite flavors or by simply taking the time to cook a dish for...