Author Archive: Polly

  • Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

    Yum yum yum. These bad boys were a crowd pleaser the other night. And trust me, with the ever-shifting big feelings about food in my home, a meal that everyone likes is a big win. In fact, my husband was flabbergasted that this wasn’t going into our cookbook. I tried to explain that, “We have …Read More

  • Honey Dijon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

    I love homemade salad dressings. They are just so easy to make and you can adjust them to taste JUST how you want them to. You not only save money by making them at home but you also save yourself from consuming all those added ingredients that come in store bought dressings.

  • “Seeds of Christmas” Album and DVD Review

    *This post is sponsored by Seeds Family Worship but opinions are all mine! Well, they’ve done it again. Seeds Family Worship has come out yet again with another scripture led, kid-favorite, easy on the ears of parents, wonderful album. Except this time, it’s a bit different. It’s CHRISTMAS themed! Teaching our kids about the true …Read More

  • Newbie Blogger: Transformed 4 More

    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 start, we will regularly introduce …Read More

  • Happy Birthday to ME! (And a Gift to YOU!)

    Hey Lovely Ladies! Today is my birthday. While 34 seems like an uneventful year to celebrate, I’m doing a little something-something to bring a little birthday cheer to the day. Because I love you dear readers, I want to do a fun little giveaway. But you have to act soon. Like NOW! The first 20 …Read More

  • 5 Reminders for the Sleep Deprived Mom (or Dad!)

    My third kid was about two months old and I was TIRED. So very tired. The newborn honeymoon stage had worn off only to be replaced by an accumulation of sleep deprivation. One night, after already being up multiple times, I was woken up by my husband talking. However, he wasn’t speaking a language I …Read More

  • Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken {Freezer Meal}

    Oh man, was this Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki good. Yes, I do repeat. This is a GREAT SLOW COOKER RECIPE. I have tried one too many slow cooker recipes that have failed to impress me but this one is a keeper. Another great perk of this recipe is that it’s freezer friendly! I actually doubled …Read More

  • Crispy Parmesan Potato Wedges

    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. 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 …Read More

  • Simple 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 …Read More

  • Painting Pumpkins

    Let the record show that I am pro-pumpkin carving. I have lots of fond memories of doing it as a kid and for sure look forward to do it with mine. However, at this stage in life, an activity that involves sharp utensils, lots of sticky goop, and two “I-want-to-do-it-myself-and-Lord-help-you-if-you-interfere” type kids sounds like a …Read More

  • Mantel Makeover 2.0

      If you didn’t figure it out from the picture, we recently updated our fireplace and mantle. I could not be happier with how it turned out. I had no idea how much this update would change the look and feel of our entire room. And yes, you guessed it, that is shiplap behind the …Read More

  • The Gift of a Granola Bar

    Monday mornings are a big deal around our house. Reason for all the excitement? Trash day. My kids not only love trash day because of the huge trucks that give them a honk and a wave but they have formed a sweet bond with the hardworking men who pick up our trash. See for yourself…

  • Garlic Herb Butter

    I’m always looking for ways to jazz up side dishes. This is one of the many reasons I love this garlic herb butter. It can be made ahead of time, frozen or refrigerated and then plopped on any kind of bread you want to make scrumptious. It’s SUPER easy to make too. Lets get started! …Read More

  • That One Time I Won a $500 Noonday Shopping Spree

    I’m not really someone who enters into giveaways often. I do recognize the irony of the fact that I write for a blog that holds a few giveaways a year. I’m so thankful you guys enter them because if there were a bunch of Polly’s out there, our giveaways would be a total flop. I’m working …Read More

  • Honey Garlic Skillet Shrimp {Freezer Meal}

      Through all the recipe testing for our cookbook, I’m learning that I instantly gravitate towards any sweet-savory flavored recipe. Any combination of a honey-soy-garlic marinade is pretty much going to be a win in my book. So it comes as no surprise that this shrimp recipe received a big thumbs up in my opinion. …Read More

  • Making Baby Food in Bulk: Save Time & Money

    Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery. But the opinions are all ours! As a busy mom of 3 under 5, I don’t have much down time. Scratch that–I have NO down time. This stage of life is intense, people. Multitasking has been taken to a new level. Just the other day I …Read More

  • Tailgating Made Easy with Hy-Vee

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) It was the first game of the season and the weather was perfect. I mean PERFECT. The idea of tailgating with some friends was now coming to fruition and we needed some good ‘ol delicious tailgate food. Problem is, almost all of us have young families and just don’t have the …Read More

  • Pecan Peach Crisp

    Heaven help me, this was good. I’m already a sucker for any fruity dessert so add a crispy-pecan crust to the top of fresh-seasonal peaches and I about fall over thinking about it. I stumbled on this recipe over at Cooking Classy, made a few tweaks along the way, and now have a peach crisp …Read More

  • 10 Ways to Use Ripe Bananas

    Bananas getting spotty and overripe? Time to throw them away? Stop, I tell you. Stop! While you may see a banana decomposing right before your eyes, I see a banana that is in perfect condition to use as an ingredient. In fact, it’s when bananas are a bit mushy and starting losing their firm texture …Read More