Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot Bread, Take 2! Plus a recipe for Olive Oil Herb Dip

As I write this post, there is a photo over on the right-hand side of the blog, staring me in the face, right down into the depths of my soul.  It’s a photo that I am totally not proud of in any way, shape or form.  It’s a photo that I have GOT to get rid of already before it drives me crazy.

Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot Bread!  That's right, this bread is actually made in the slow cooker, and it comes out so tender and flavorful!  It's become one of my most popular recipes of all time! | hostthetoast.com

By the time you read this, it will hopefully be gone, but just know that my previous pictures for Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot Bread were dead ugly.  I’m talking embarrassingly ugly. (If you don’t believe me, you can just check here.  I’m going to make a new first photo, but if you scroll down just a tad, you’ll see what I mean.)

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Sizzling Broccoli, Cheddar, and Chicken Skillet

Do you love cheese-smothered chicken?  Is broccoli and cheddar soup your weakness?  Are you afraid that I’m going to ruin your streak of healthier eating with all of these hunger-inducing questions?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then prepare to be amazed.

Sizzling Chicken, Broccoli, and Cheddar Skillet!  Way healthier than those from your favorite chain restaurants, but even more delicious! | hostthetoast.com

Behold, Sizzling Broccoli, Cheddar, and Chicken Skillets.  There’s juicy, marinated chicken, perfectly-cooked broccoli, fluffy brown rice, plenty of sharp cheddar cheese sauce, and a whole ton of tastiness going on right here…

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Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Right now, I’m sipping hot coffee, trying desperately not to burn my mouth.

I have my coat on (inside the office), a sweater, and a t-shirt, and I’m still cold.

I had to warm up my car for 10 minutes this morning.

Hello, freezing Fall weather.  I’ve been anticipating your arrival.

Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup.  I'm obsessed!  So flavorful and satisfying on a cold Fall day.  | hostthetoast.com

There are two ways that I love to warm myself up with food when the days cool down: lots of spice and hot foods.  That’s what makes this Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup absolutely perfect for this time of year.

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Spicy Baked Jicama Fries

Fellow french fry fiends, fear not.  I’m not about to ruin your diets with pictures of deep fried potatoes.

Spicy Baked Jicama Fries

 

No, really, I’m not.  These “fries” aren’t fried at all, and they’re definitely not potatoes.  Instead, these fries are made of a different tuber called Jicama (pronounced hee-ka-ma), which is most often found in Mexican and Asian cuisine.  It’s sweet and crunchy and (best of all) pretty darn healthy, comparitively speaking.

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Pumpkin & Apple Cider Oatmeal Creme Pies

Go ahead and throw all of your stereotypes at me because I have fully embraced my love of all things fall-related.  I’m drinking a Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee right now and wearing a football-themed sweatshirt and I keep thinking about how I need to plan an apple-picking trip.  Next thing you know, I’ll be stocking up on autumn-leaves-scented candles and filtering instagram pictures of the trees changing colors.  I’ve accepted my fate as a woman in her early-to-mid twenties.  There’s no use fighting Fall Fever.

Pumpkin & Apple Cider Oatmeal Creme Pies.  The pumpkin oatmeal cookies will make you swoon by themselves.  With the apple cider creme?  Oh, words cannot express that level of fall deliciousness. | hostthetoast.com

Have you thought at least 3 times this month that a pumpkin-carving party would be fun?  Have you been google and pinterest searching for the perfect Halloween costume?  Have you worn a flannel shirt to a hay ride?  If so, you’re as far gone as I am, and these Pumpkin & Apple Cider Oatmeal Creme Pies might induce tears of happiness.

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