Author Archive: Polly

  • One Sheet Roasted Brussels, Brats, & Sweet Potatoes

    Roasted veggies, WHY? WHY are you so dang good?! You have transformed the vegetables that I have snubbed for at least half of my life, and turned them into something I crave. CRAVE, I tell you. Roasted veggies, you rascals, what have you done to me?

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  • $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

    We’re getting crazy around here, peeps. We have been hanging on to this gift card for a special occasion and have decided THIS is the week to do it. Want to know why? Well, if you’ve been following along our cookbook journey, you are aware that we are in the pre-order

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  • Garlic Bread (Done RIGHT!)

    It feels a bit silly to be sharing a post about how to make garlic bread. I mean, isn’t it kind of a no-brainer? Well, maybe. BUT, we want to help you take your garlic bread game to the next level. This method results in a crispy-soft, tasty bread that

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  • Garlicky Green Beans

    I grew up thinking that canned green beans were better than fresh. To be honest, I still have a hard time with fresh green beans unless they are seasoned up or cooked in a delicious way. (Probably why I’m a fan of this Bacon Wrapped Green Bean recipe as well).

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  • New Blogger Shoutout: Mom’s Growing Home

    One of our growing passions about blogging as a part-time job is helping new bloggers get a strong start. We’ve learned so much along the way and love to help others take the next step in their blogging careers. In an effort to give some brand spankin’ new blogs a jump

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  • Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches {Freezer Meal}

    It was a very bad day when my husband left the shredded BBQ beef leftovers out overnight. I knew it was an accident but I REALLY liked these sandwiches and was REALLY looking forward to having them for lunch that day. Mama Bear was REALLY not happy. But accidents happen.

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  • Freezer Cooking Bonus Pack

    Once upon a time (a little over a year ago), my friend Rachel and I started writing a cookbook. We cooked. We froze food. We tested. We wrote. We edited. And then we did all those things over and over again until we got it right. And now our cookbook, From

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  • Killer Homemade BBQ Sauce

    I could have really used this recipe the other day when we put drumsticks on the grill and realized we were out of BBQ sauce. Luckily one of our neighbors had about 1/2 cup left that they graciously let us finish off. BUT, growing up in a food-industrialized world (is that

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  • Round up of easy summer learning activities for preschoolers

    20+ Summer Preschool Learning Activities

    Summer is a-coming! All of my little ducklings will be back in the nest and quickly clamoring for things to do. So, in theory, I’m OK with my kids facing a little boredom. It forces them to be creative and play together cooperatively more. Yeah boredom!  BUT, in reality, in

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  • Time to Pre-Order Our Cookbook!! (And Snag Free Gifts!)

    Guys. Today is a super exciting day for us. You can probably guess why. Our cookbook is available for pre-order!! (Read all about it or order here.) Because the pre-order sales are so important to the overall outcome of our book’s success, we have put together some fabulous gifts for those

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  • Resource for How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex (Ages 3+)

    5 year old: “Mom, how do the eggs get in the mama bird’s belly?” Mom: “Um, well, (frantically trying to formulate an answer that will not spur more questions) the daddy puts them there.” (Not my best parenting moment). 5 year old: “Does it hurt for the egg to come

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  • Fluffy Eggs and Bacon {Freezer Meal}

    I recently inherited a huge box of recipe cards from my grandmother in-law. I had so much fun going through the hundreds of recipes that she had accumulated over her lifetime. While I did end up tossing about 2/3rds of them (generations eat very differently from one to the next!), I

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  • Cookbook Progress: “The First Pass”

    Things are getting pretty exciting for us, guys. If you haven’t caught wind on social media (Follow us here on IG or here on FB), we have “The First Pass” of our cookbook in our hands. This means we have the first paper copy of our book in our possession. I’m

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  • Build a Blog That Will Thrive!

    Have you ever wondered if you could make money blogging? Do you have questions about what it takes to create and maintain a blog as a part-time or full-time job? Want the inside scoop on what goes on behind the scenes at Thriving Home? Want to see exactly where we make

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  • 5 Lessons I’ve Learned This Year as a Mom of Three

    My sweet “Clay-Bay-Bay” just turned one. It seems so cliche to say that this year has gone fast but it also feels wrong to not say it. We have officially completed an entire year with three kids, 5 and under. I get tired even thinking about it. To be completely

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  • Mini Bacon, Spinach, and Egg Quiches {Freezer Meal}

    Yum-yum in my tum-tum. These mini quiches were a certified crowd pleaser. The ingredients are as simple as the recipe is. I must admit though. This is one of those, “real food meets reality,” recipes. While a real food purist would make their own pie crust, this mama just doesn’t

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  • Two Questions to Ask Your Child Every Day

    Dinner time is far from picture perfect these days. While I do have hopes of one day sitting around the table and talking about the happenings of the day, our current meal times are a combination of sibling squabbles, standing up in chairs, spilled drinks, and complaints. It’s usually all wrapped

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  • New Blogger Shoutout: Write Them on My Heart

    One of our growing passions about blogging as a part-time job is helping new bloggers get a strong start. We’ve learned so much along the way and love to help others take the next step in their blogging careers. In an effort to give some brand spankin’ new blogs a jump

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  • 3 Minute Avocado Toast

    Avocado Toast is so simple that it almost doesn’t feel worthy of a post. When I feel my body itching for some nutrition and I’m not wanting to munch on my kids’ lunch scraps, this is often what I end up making. I mean, can I even call it a recipe?

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