5 Ways Market Grille Surprised Us

Hy-Vee's Market Grille restaurant pleasantly surprised us in 5 ways. Sponsored by Hy-Vee Columbia.

If you’re a mid-Missouri local, this post is for you. Maybe you heard that two of the Hy-Vee stores in Columbia have now opened a restaurant called Market Grille. And, maybe like me, you were skeptical when you first heard it. A restaurant in a grocery store? Really? Why would I go there with all the other options in town?

Polly’s family and my family met together to eat dinner there the other night to see what all the hubbub is about. As you may imagine, eating out together had the enormous potential for disaster, with six kids ranging in ages 7 months to 10 years. But, we took the plunge none-the-less, simply hoping that at a minimum we could enjoy one night off of cooking. Our low-ish expectations, however, were far exceeded.

What was our impression of Market Grille? Well, it honestly pleasantly surprised us, especially in these five ways…

5 Ways Market Grille Surprised Us

Crispy Parmesan Potato Wedges

Crispy parmesan potato wedges. A simple side dish that is inexpensive and easy to make.

Here’s an easy-peasy side dish idea that almost everyone will love. These Crispy Parmesan Potato Wedges are not only easy to make but a super filling and an inexpensive side dish.

Crispy parmesan potato wedges. A simple side dish that is inexpensive and easy to make.

I love that they make a great sub for french fries or tater tots. I like to serve them with recipes we make on the grill like, Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken, Italian Burgers, or kabobs.

“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: October 24-30

Real Food Menu Plan for October 24-30: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

This week I have a 10 Minuteyes 10 minute!Tortilla Soup that you’re going to love. Plus, you’ve gotta try making the Baked Egg Cups. Low carb (and gluten-free) goodness doesn’t get any easier. Finally, I’m doubling up and freezing the Mini Turkey & Veggie Meatloaves, because they are tasty, healthy, and a kid favorite.

P.S. Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.

DIY Yarn Spider Garland: Easy Halloween Decor

This cute Halloween decor project is an easy way to bring some spooky spirit to any room!

by Kelly Gilion, Contributing Author

Hi Ya’ll! Kelly from Plume here doing a little blog bomb! Rachel and I have been friends for years, since before she was a blogger and I was a shop owner. And now we live on the same street and our kiddos play almost every day. You can hear a little bit about our story and get a glimpse of our little people here.

Kelly G Family

October has always been my favorite month.  The crisp weather, hayrides, pumpkin patches. Jeans. Boots. Flannels. Give it to me! Halloween was extra fun for me growing up because instead of being let down as I walked away from the final house after trick or treating, I would run home, crawl into bed, and know that when I woke up it was my BIRTHDAY on November 1st!  

God decided to make October even more special by surprising me with the birth of my twins on October 30th…(they weren’t due until January 5th…but that’s another story for another day). I was destined for little pumpkins, and one more reason to celebrate this beautiful month!

I couldn’t resist when Rachel asked me to share some of my fun Halloween “Hang-Ups” with you. Today I want to show you how to make a DIY Yarn Spider Garland. Homemade Halloween decor doesn’t get much easier than this! Check out my entryway…


Simple Garlic-Lemon Buttered Shrimp

garlic lemon buttered shrimp

What I love about this garlic-lemon shrimp recipe is that it is super versatile. It only takes a few minutes to make and can be great to eat just plain or to toss into a recipe that needs some protein.

Just last night I whipped up some whole wheat pasta with homemade pesto and tossed this shrimp into it. One of my favorite recipes to add shrimp to is this Citrus Pasta Recipe. You get the point, right? It’s easy, simple and versatile!

Here’s how to make it.