Let’s Eat / 10

You guys are so so so sweet. Thanks for all the well wishing with our new adventures. If you follow along on instagram, we have been sharing peeks of progress with the shop on our Rich Hippies account, and will be sharing the “Project House” progress on Making a House a Home‘s account. Today we are chatting food for fall. I rounded up a hefty handful of vegetarian soups and chowders that look insanely delicious, and we personally will be trying each and every one of them this chilly season. I actually have some artichoke lemon soup in the crockpot right now! Enjoy!

Check out Vegetarian Soups + Chowders for Fall

by Lana Migliore Katsaros at Foodie.com

This post is a sponsored by Foodie.com. Now go make one of the recipes and let me know how it is!

Let’s Eat / 9

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Are you ready for tiniest tailgate treat ever? We teamed up with Hebrew National to create some original recipes, and while working on a failed idea, I figured out how to make the smallest, cutest, most mouth-popping hot dog you ever did see.

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It’s super simple, and pretty fun. First pop over to our pretzel bun recipe to make the dough for these little guys. Instead of shaping the dough into buns, you are going to make small flat sheets and cut them into square bug enough to wrap around the tiny dog.

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So, how did we get them so tiny? It’s so silly easy, and you probably have everything you need to make hundreds in your kitchen.

After you have the pretzel dough, and it’s in squares and ready to bake (but after you boiled it), use a thick straw and punch it through your Hebrew National full sized hot dog to make these tiny little guys!

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We used the blue straw above, and then piped the Hunt’s Ketchup and Gulden’s Mustard through a sandwich bag we snipped a tiny hole in the corner of to finish off the dogs when we were done.

Wrap your dough 3/4 around your new tiny dog (you’ll get about 25 super mini dogs per 1 regular sized Hebrew National dog), and then bake for about 15 minus, or until the dough is slightly golden.

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Once done you can fill a bowl and serve like cereal with a spoon, or mix with popcorn and pretzels for an unforgettable snack mix! The possibilities are endless – and all genius!

For a fun and tailgate-inspiration-packed time, check out this video from Natalie of Mint Social Club. If you missed how we made sweet and sticky hot dog bites, they are also a win for a tailgate too!

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With grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog. What makes a kosher hot dog different? It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great.

Compensation was provided by Hebrew National. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.

Let’s Eat / 8

Hey friends! We have another yummy recipe to share with you, and this one is quick and  a hit. These taste like a battered and friend sweet and savory guilty pleasure, and they are – but these treats happen to be baked, so it’s not that bad. At least that’s what I tell myself.

Joey Katsaros

It’s a one bowl + one deep non-stick pan type of meal that’s quick and painless. One dog is good for one person because the batter is pretty filling but it also works well as an appetizer if you have cute toothpicks and a hungry crowd.



4.5 from 2 reviews
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Recipe type: Appetizer / Light Meal
Cuisine: Casual American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
A quick and easy sticky and satisfying hot dog treat.
  • Batter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cup water
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp broth powder
  • olive oil spray
  • 2 Hebrew National hot dogs
  • Sauce
  • ½ cup Hunt's ketchup
  • ⅔ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 shakes of liquid smoke
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a deep nonstick pan, add all sauce ingredients and set to simmer. Once simmering, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Cut hot dogs into ½ inch rounds.
  4. In a mixing bowl, add all batter ingredients and mix well.
  5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  6. Dip hot dog rounds into batter and coat evenly. Place on baking sheet an inch apart.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Once crust on hot dog rounds are lightly browned mix with sauce and coat evenly. Keep remaining sauce. Return to baking sheet and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  9. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve with sauce. Enjoy!

Better ingredients make for better meals, so grab some Hebrew National Hot Dogs and Hunt’s Ketchup and breeze through this recipe for an indulgent treat!



Sweet and Spicy Hot Dog Bites

Love hot dogs? Check out these amazingly easy and yummy pretzel buns.

vegan soft pretzel bun

With grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog. What makes a kosher hot dog different? It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great.

hebrew national logo

Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are ours and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National. Thanks for the continued support of Making a House a Home and our sponsors. We think you’ll love this recipe! 

Let’s Eat / 7

If you have never had a hot dog with a pretzel bun, stop what you are doing and run to the market right now if you don’t have the ingredients on hand (you most likely do!), and make this for dinner tonight. If you have had a pretzel hot dog bun, you are welcome for this super easy (pretty much no-fail) recipe. Let me state up front, I am no baker! I just started lightly dabbling in this wonderful world because we happened to find the most incredible, juiciest, delicious peaches at our local farmer’s market in East Nashville, they were worth me giving it a good college try to make a pie. The peaches did not fail. The pie wasn’t the worst thing in the world, and I continued to learn to bake. I love to cook, but baking has always been so scary for me. I mean, you have to follow directions. Exactly. What’s the fun in that? Well, watching bread rise is pretty great, and having warm bread come out of the oven, and that heavenly smell. The flavor and consistency’s pretty great too. I am hooked. Don’t be scared, do it and love it and tell me all about it.

pretzel hot dog bun, vegan pretzel bun

If you have read any of our “Let’s Eat” category posts, you know I am a vegetarian and Joey is not. Hot dogs are one of the things we like to do around here once and a while because I grab a veggie pack for me, and Joey gets some Hebrew National Jumbo’s and we share buns and condiments. It’s a snap. This week I decided to make pretzel buns. There is an amazing little restaurant here in East Nashville (well, like 100 amazing little restaurants) that serves their hot dogs on pretzel buns. The ones I made are adapted from about 5 recipes I found online, are are altered to be vegan (I know, I know, why a vegan hot dog bun?). I don’t enjoy cooking with eggs or milk, so often things wind up being vegan. Here is some of the stuff you probably have on hand already.

vegan pretzel bun

5.0 from 1 reviews
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Recipe type: Buns
Cuisine: Fast American Fun Food
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
An easy to follow and almost no-fail soft pretzel bun that happens to be vegan!
  • 1 cup of Daiya cheddar style shreds
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 1 package dry active yeast (not rapid-rise)
  • 2 tbsp of softened coconut butter (or vegan butter)
  • 4 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • a large pot of water to boil
  • 1 and a half cup baking soda
  • egg replacer (equal to one egg) I use Ener-g Egg Replacer from Wholefoods
  • Hebrew National Hot Dogs (we got jumbo)
  • Gulden's Spicy Brown Mustard
  • Hunts 100% Natura Ketchup
  • Gherkin's for garnish
  1. Combine warm water and coconut sugar in your electric mixer bowl outfitted with your dough hook. Lightly sprinkle the yeast on top and let stand 5-10 minutes and it will become gain a froth-like layer. Add flour, softened butter and salt. Gently fold with wooden spoon until flour is soaked by liquids and then mix on low speed until well combined. Change speed to medium for 4 minutes and wait for the dough to become pliable. Add Daiya shreds and continue to mix for one more minute. Grease a large mixing bowl with vegan butter or coconut oil and place dough in it and cover with a dish towel for 45 minutes.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Flour a woking surface and mold dough into a ball on the surface. Using a serrated knife, cut dough into eight 6-7 inch logs. Cover all logs with a cloth for 10 minutes to rest the dough.
  3. Low boil your pot of water and add baking soda and then 2-3 dough logs for 30-45 seconds (you will see them get larger and soak up the water). Do this to all your logs. Use a slotted spoon to remove from water and place on baking sheet. Cut diagonal slits on the top of each pretzel roll with serrated knife. Brush the tops of each roll with egg replacer and sprinkle with salt. Bake 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool and enjoy warm!

This makes eight buns, so it’s perfect for two packs of Hebrew National Jumbo Hot Dog’s because they come four to a pack and you don’t have to worry about that sad extra bun when you DIY the buns. That can make eight very happy people. It’s kind of impressive too when you make your own hot dog buns, so it’s worth doing a few times for various things. Next cocktail party we have I am going to cut the Hebrew National Hot Dog’s into little bite size pieces and make little bite size “buns” and put Gulden’s Spicy Brown mustard between to the and poke with a toothpick. So perfect and easy!

If you are anything like me, you are a visual learner. Here are some pictures we took of the process, because boiling bread sounded weird to me and I wanted to see someone else do it too.

vegan soft pretzel

vegan soft pretzel

vegan soft pretzel

vegan soft pretzel

vegan soft pretzel

vegan soft pretzel

pretzel buns vegan

vegan soft pretzel

I know hot dog day makes Joey very happy and these buns bring it over the top which makes me happy for him because we so rarely have an easy meal where he can eat meat and I can be a veg. So, this a our perfect dawg: these homemade warm pretzel buns + Hunts 100% Natural Ketchup + Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard + a gherkin! It’s perfect!

vegan soft pretzel

vegan soft pretzel

With grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog. What makes a kosher hot dog different? It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great.


Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are ours and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National. Thanks for the continued support of Making a House a Home and our sponsors. We think you’ll love this recipe! 

It’s Picnic Time!

Happy Picnic Month folks! How exciting is it that there is an actual bonafides Picnic Month in this great country?! I got myself a sweet picnic basket, and at least two picnic parties planned. Why don’t you get in the spirit and check out these recipes and give a picnic or two a spin this month? If you have any great recipes for summer picnicking, please share in the comments.


Check out Perfect Picnic Party

by Lana Migliore Katsaros at Foodie.com

Psssssttttt! One more thing! Check back on the 9th to see the ultimate Gypsy Picnic for even more inspiration, and the 2nd for you hot dog loving picnicers! Catch up on picnic planning, here to snag the perfect playlist and free downloadable checklist to make it easy breezy, and here to see the decor and serving ware we chose to do it up right.

Compensation was provided for this post. We love picnics, and want you to get out there and enjoy this month long celebration! Thanks for supporting Making a House a Home and it’s sponsors.

Vegetarian Friendly Food Round Up // Gatherings

‘Tis the season for gatherings outdoors. BBQ’s, pool parties, derby fun – and awkward non-vegetarian friendly moments. If one more person grills me a vegetable, hands me a bowl of vegetarian chili or insists marshmallow’s are vegetarian, I may just break down and cry. Amazing intentions. I love love love that we get to share amazing weather and company with friends through the spring and summer, but I panic every time an eight hour event is ahead of us and I have to plan out my meals before/after (while Joey happily munches on burgers), and politely decline 90% of the food offered to me. So here is a list friends! I made it nice and easy for you (and anyone else peeking in!). For any time anyone has ever asked “What can I do to make something vegetarian”, I collected some options not only I can enjoy, but everyone there can really love as well! I included great picks for vegetarian friendly BBQ’s, vegetarian finger foods, even Vegetarian BBQ sauce!

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Six trips in eight months with an infant pt. 1

When you have a child, everyone warns you how much your life is going to change. And it does. Not in the ways they explain it per say, but in ways you couldn’t have planned for or dreamed up. Basically, the day Atlas turned twelve weeks old, we planned a road trip down to Houston for a sip n’ see my mother-in-law wanted to host for us. We thought it was smart to get him use to travel as soon as we can, so we did what we figured would be the most complicated thing, a 3,200 mile road trip with stops in a town we were thinking about moving to each way. As a chronic, obsessive, planner – I got to learn to laugh at myself that trip. When you have a baby this small and so in need of you – you stop basically every hour. Every moment you think he didn’t breathe right, it’s an emergency pull over. It’s backseat diaper changes (we didn’t figure out the trunk until about three months later!), and caving in to weird hotels in towns that smell like dogfood (what’s up Byran, Mississippi?) for the betterment of the little one. Needless to say, we weren’t subscribing to the my-life-needs-to-change-because-I-had-a-baby rants. We are travel people, and it’s going to stay that way.

i believe in nashville

Houston was great, but we quickly learned to double our estimated travel time when the bebe was with us. We later drove to Richmond, VA twice, Nashville, TN (the place we stopped both to and from Houston), and St. Louis knowing what we were in for, and gladly accepting. Atlas even went on a plane to Florida with out a single moment of crying during take off or landing in both directions. We credit the crazy long road trips as good practice for a few hour flight. I on the other hand just about had a panic attack figuring out the stroller situation for the first time.

We had planned our holiday last year after being super preggo and working super hard at hosting Christmas at our house. I figure I was due a nice and relaxing no-fuss situation with my boys. Surprise to us, we sold our house very quickly, and needed to make a decision about where to move next. It’s been a discussion for years at this point: Richmond vs. Nashville. I finally told Joey to pick because we have been walking circles so lone, and he picked Nashville, naturally.

house hunting

Our Christmas designation was a cute cabin (by the name of Buck Naked, no joke) in the Great Smokies, and it was absolutely perfect. But we didn’t get there before some serious house hunting in Nashville, and my word, our heads are still spinning from that.

Nashville is in the middle of crazy development, and developers are going wild. Homes don’t even get on to Zillow before they sell. It’s crazy! We were viewing a house and two other appointments showed up. It’s pure chaos. The land hunt, quickly turned into a house hunt, so sans building right away for us. Right now we are in progress on a cute tudor we fell in love with, and if all goes well, we will have another renovation under our belts to deal with. We are SO excited to share what’s been going on during this seemingly quiet time.

One important thing, was to explore our new town. We fell in love with the 12 South area. Nashville is broken into teeny tiny areas connected by homes. Everyone seems to be gravitating towards East Nashville, which reminds us of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 5 or 6 years ago. Very cool restaurants popping up, and a hipper crowd is moving in. We liked it to hang out, but fell in love with the tudors around 12 South. I rounded my top five picks, trust there is A LOT more goodness. I am sure Joey would have put Burger Up and The Pharmacy in the mix.

the pharmacy nashville

Nashville Vegetarian Wins!

1. Sunflower Cafe

We were a little scared to go here because we thought it was a serve-your-self buffet, and being germ-nerds, we avoided it. I am glad I finally caved and went, because it’s totally clean and super cute! It wound up being my favorite place to eat. You pick an offering of how many items you want on your plate, and it’s all behind glass and served by the staff. There is plenty of seating and a ramp for strollers to easy in-and-out. I think it’s all vegan. Everything was fresh and flavorful. I see it being a go-to spot in my future.

2. Wild Cow

We didn’t get to stop here this trip because we were focusing on new finds, but this 100% vegetarian joint reminded me of a Brooklyn place, and that’s good in my book. They had really great fresh food, and it’s in a small strip where you can hang for a moment or get ice cream and Jeni.I am not a fan of ice ream, but I tried the peach and biscuit one, and oh-my-lawwwd. AMAZING/DANGEROUS!

3. Mas Tacos Por Favor

Once a taco truck, and now a counter-order restaurant, this place reminds me of a good Miami spot I would go before shows. The fried avocado taco is TO-DIE-FOR!.They serve it Monday – Thursday, and then do a fish Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are other veggie options available, but that one was perfection. They make their own drinks, and the elote is solid. We went twice, and I have craved it 10X since being home.


4. Taco Mamacita

Ask for the vegan menu, and you will be set up good. I love the vegan soup and taco with plantains in it. It’s on a cute strip, and has the best baby shop ever close by, Tweed.

5. Josephine

We happened upon this place when we showed up to Mafiaoza’s and they were closed. Josephine had just been open a week, and it was perfection. Total date night place, with really delicious vegetarian options. Get the Brussels sprouts, then email me and let’s talk about them for a week straight, because I am sure Joey is sick me me drooling over how good their food is.

nashville park



Beyond the food, we found very cute shops, very kind people, very cool parks, and a lot of hard work ahead of us on the house hunting front. Also, the cafe culture in Nashville is pretty awesome. We fell in love with Barista Parlor, which, I swear, makes us feel like we are in Williamsburg again, in our 20′s. Just this time, with a baby, and a mortgage.

Barista Parlor

So, we left Nashville with a boatload more information, and a house we are thinking about putting an offer on, one an engineer addresses our concerns. It’s still mind blowing how quickly things can change, and plans can become fiction. We happened upon a husband-wife realtor team in a weak moment of peeking at a non-reno-neede open house. Talk about fate. These two have been so great with us, and are fun and adorable. I am so grateful we found them and how well they have been helping us with so very much. Atlas even loves them! Please email me if you need a realtor in the Nashville/Frankin area!


This wraps part one of our two week trip, which was suppose to be a one week trip to the mountains. Planning has become no good for us! Happy New Year friends! Don’t plan too much, we learned it kills the magic of life! See ya next year!!

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