These easy cheddar chive crackers are bursting with cheese flavor. They taste like homemade Cheez Its, but without the preservatives and chemicals! Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net

Cheddar crackers such as Goldfish and Cheez-Its were all over the place when I was growing up. I can understand why; they’re the type of savory, fun snack that kids love. These days, I prefer to avoid processed snacks for the most part. Luckily, homemade cheese crackers are surprisingly easy to make! Not only do these cheddar chive crackers taste reminiscent of my childhood favorites, but they’re also a wonderful party appetizer.

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This easy homemade ramen comes together in just 15 minutes. A few simple ingredients create a rich mushroom broth that is incredibly flavorful. Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net

I still remember the first time I tried instant ramen during my high school years. It was so salty, but in that good junk food kind of way that was appealing to me as a teenager. My friend who served it to me prepared it by soaking the noodles in hot water until they were soft, draining the liquid, and then tossing the seasoning packet with the wet noodles until it dissolved. This made it extra salty, but considering my favorite food at the time was Cool Ranch Doritos, I didn’t mind. These days, I prefer more traditional ramen.

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Love Bailey's Irish Cream? You need to try making it from scratch! Homemade Irish Cream is so easy and it tastes AMAZING. Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net.

I’ve recently begun delving into the world of homemade liqueurs, and it’s a lot of fun. My friend Shannon got me started when she suggested we make a Romanian cherry drink called Vișinată, which is made from freshly picked sour cherries, granulated sugar, and alcohol. It’s really good. I didn’t document the process for the blog (I will do so this year when cherry season comes back around), but it got me curious to see what else I could try. First on my list? Homemade Irish cream.

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This recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Pecans and Cranberries is a wonderful, light side dish that is healthy, filling and incredibly satisfying. Salt, pepper and olive oil add extra savoriness to the dish. Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net

Aside from salads, roasting is almost always the best way to enjoy vegetables. It crisps up the exterior and enhances the flavors through caramelization. It’s also a nice “set it and forget it” option if you’re preparing other components of a meal.

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This smoothie is sweet, healthy and filling. Ingredients include bananas, yogurt, pineapple, mango and spinach (which you cannot taste)! Get the easy recipe from SavorySimple.net.

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I need to stop eating so much junk. I’m not just saying that because it’s a January cliche to eat healthy, or because I want you to make this smoothie. Sure, I’d love for you to try it, but I’m also serious. If I don’t refocus, I stand to undo a lot of hard work from this past year.

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