Author Archive: Rachel

  • Pan-Fried Catfish is cheap, kid-friendly, and so tasty.

    Pan-Fried Catfish

    Believe it or not, this main dish cost me just under $5 to put together and my whole family loved it. Let’s just say that catfish in mid-Missouri is not hard to come by. I don’t fry foods very often, so this Pan-Fried Catfish was quite the treat for my crew. I served it with some …Read More

  • Kale Me Maybe Smoothie

    “Kale Me Maybe” Smoothie Recipe {Dairy-Free}

    Sing with me, everybody (to the tune of “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen), “Now here’s my recipe, so Kale Me Maybe!”. I am not an impulse spender and am actually quite frugal. But there is one thing I’ve had a hard time passing up over the years–this “Kale Me Maybe” Smoothie at the smoothie bar …Read More

  • 100% real food ingredients! These 5-ingredient Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits are absolutely delicious!

    Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits {Freezer Meal}

    There’s nothin’ like a homemade biscuit straight from the oven. Are you with me? On holidays, I pull out the Crisco and white flour and make my mother-in-law’s killer recipe. And my husband and kids gets all starry-eyed at me when I do. Why should I only get the starry-eyed look on holidays, I said. Why can’t I …Read More

  • These 5 random books are among some of my favorites recently. See why I liked them in this post.

    Rachel’s 5 Random Good Reads (and Some Confessions)

    It’s that time again when I dig through my rather full end table and pull out my good reads as of late. Today, I’m sharing some favs from this past winter and spring that I think are worth picking up. In case you missed it, here were three books I couldn’t put down last summer. Apparently, I’m also making several unplanned confessions in …Read More

  • If I could go back to the beginning, here are six pieces of advice I would give myself as a new stay-at-home mom.

    6 Things I Would Go Back and Tell Myself as a New Stay-At-Home Mom

    Being a stay-at-home mom is not for the faint of heart. Polly’s latest revelations about this past year are case in point. All three of my children are in elementary school now, but those nine “little years” at home with them were not easy. It sure was worth it, though. The job a stay-at-home mom does day in …Read More

  • Real Food Menu Plan for April 3-9: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

    Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) My friend, Kelley, gave me a great idea for this week–Make-Your-Own Oatmeal Bar! She made a big pot of oatmeal and then let everyone choose from a variety of toppings like blueberries, banana slices, raisins, nuts, and dried coconut. She said the best part was that no one complained. Boom! Easy weeknight meal, …Read More

  • Real Food Menu Plan for March 27-April 2: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

    Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) This week I’m going easy with recipes like Baked Potato Bar (in the slow cooker!), taco night, and some of our favorite paninis. With 77¢ pasta at Hy-Vee this week, I’m also cooking up some Homemade Chef Boyardee Pasta on Monday night. This is such a sneaky and yummy way to pack …Read More

  • Real Food Menu Plan for March 20-26: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

    Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) This week frozen veggies are only $.99 at our Hy-Vee grocery store, so I’m using those in three different dishes: Hearty Vegetable Soup, On-the-Go Chicken Burritos, and Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry. I’m also using the $.99 Barilla pasta that’s on sale to make a new slow cooker recipe that sounds amazing. Check it …Read More

  • Use up leftovers to create this delicious make-ahead Banana Pecan Baked French Toast.

    Banana Pecan Baked French Toast {Freezer Meal}

    What do you do with a freezer bag full of leftover bread heels in the freezer, overripe bananas, and even some butternut squash puree? (Don’t cast a skeptical eye at the squash…just look at all the ways you can use it to sneak in extra nutrition.) Well, in our house, you make baked french toast! This time …Read More

  • Real Food Menu Plan for March 13-19: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

    Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Two recipes I’m excited to throw back into our dinner rotation this week are the Chicken Apple Bites and Pizza Stromboli. They take kid favorites and add a little interesting twist. If you haven’t tried the Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef yet, that’s about the easiest and tastiest slow cooker meal I’ve ever …Read More

  • Real Food Menu Plan for March 6-12: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

    Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia). Home cooked meals with your family most nights of the week are doable. But, only if you have a menu plan that’s simple, that includes some leftovers (or freezer meals), and that your people will enjoy (at least that’s the motivating part to me!). This week’s easy, crowd-pleasers include Mini Italian Burgers, …Read More

  • 4 Cheese Penne Pasta with whole wheat pasta is a healthier baked pasta that comes together quickly.

    4 Cheese Baked Penne Pasta {Freezer Meal}

    You can never go wrong with a baked pasta in my humble opinion. It feeds a crowd and typically pleases even the pickiest of eaters. Polly makes a phenomenal Hearty Baked Penne Pasta, but I wanted something a little cheaper, a tad lighter, and something I could throw together in minutes. 4 Cheese Baked Penne Pasta was …Read More

  • A foil pack makes for easy cooking and clean up and perfectly grilled or baked Roasted Root Vegetables!

    Roasted Root Vegetables in a Foil Pack

    Want to pretend you’re camping one night, without all the bugs and hassle? A super fun recipe from our cookbook, From Freezer to Table (release date: Sept 12, 2017), is a one-pot chicken meal wonder cooked in a foil packet either over the grill or in the oven. My kids think this is the best way …Read More

  • Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up & Save” Deals

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia). This week I’m trying out Pioneer Woman’s Hamburger Soup recipe, which looks surprisingly healthy with all the veggies included. I think my kids will be most stoked for the Mini Turkey Cheese Burgers (again) and the Oven Omelet with hash browns for our “Brinner” night. What one recipe on the menu do I think …Read More

  • Mini Turkey Cheese Patties or Burgers: A kid-friendly, healthy freezer meal!

    Mini Turkey Cheeseburgers {Freezer Meal}

    It had been an uneventful dinner so far. Everyone…yes, picky eaters and all…munched away on these easy Mini Turkey Cheeseburgers, which I served alongside some Simple Roasted Veggies that night. Uneventful dinner = a RAGING success these days. 🙂 We heard the familiar knock of my dad (aka Daddyman) at the door in the middle of …Read More

  • And the Cookbook Cover Winner Is…

    Two weeks ago, we did something crazy. We let YOU vote and decide which cookbook cover we would end up using. Well, the people have spoken and we have a major announcement. I present to you, the winning cover for our upcoming cookbook….

  • Real Food Menu Plan for February 21-27: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

    Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock and Save” Deals

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins are showing up on the menu plan this week, because they recently made MSN’s Top 50 Insanely Easy Breakfast Casseroles list. AS. THEY. SHOULD. 🙂 We’ve been making these delicious, on-the-go, savory muffins for years. Another recipe from the menu that that should make it in your regular rotation is our Chicken …Read More

  • Don't let these 3 myths stop you from saving time and money, eating healthier, and having delicious meals on the table regularly! Here are the top 3 freezer cooking myths debunked!

    Top 3 Myths About Freezer Cooking Debunked!

    As self-proclaimed “freezer cooking evangelists”, we’re on a mission to convert friends, family, and readers to the freezer cooking lifestyle. That’s because we’ve been convinced over our 15+ combined years of experience with this type of make-ahead meal prep that it really does save time and money, helps us eat healthier, and reduces stress at …Read More