Cheddar and Sour Cream Biscuits

Cheddar and sour cream biscuits. A super simple side dish that the family will love. Cheddar and sour cream biscuits. Need I say more?

OK, I will.

They were great and a super easy side dish. If I would have had green onions on hand I would have tossed a few in there as well but they were good without them.

What surprised me was that despite the fact that I subbed 1 cup of the white flour out for white whole wheat flour, they were still fluffy.

Simple. Easy. Good. My kind of recipe.

Which Cookbook Cover Should We Use? Your Vote Counts!

As you probably know by now, we have a cookbook in the works that is set to be released this September. Read more about the whole cookbook writing process here if you want.

But, we’ve got a big problem, dear friends. We love both of these book covers for different reasons and simply don’t know what to do.

Yes, we are probably crazy for doing this BUT we are putting decision of which cookbook cover to use in YOUR hands. I repeat, Thriving Home readers are going to decide which cover we will use for our cookbook! No tricks. No signups. We genuinely want to know which cover you like better.

So imagine yourself perusing the cookbook section in Barnes and Noble. Which cover would make you want to reach out and pick up this book?

Option #1?

Option #2?

We created a very simple voting form on google that will only take 10 seconds of your time. After you vote, leave a comment below and let us know why you voted the way you did. We’d love to hear your thought process.

Hop over to vote now!

Voting ends THIS Friday (February 10th) at 11:59 p.m. We will announce the winner next week.

Won’t it be fun to be browsing through a store and see the cookbook cover that you had a part in? Excited to see what you guys pick! We will announce the winner next week.

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

Real Food Menu Plan for February 7-13: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

THIS JUST IN! Our same family-friendly, weekly menu plan with mostly “real food” recipes is still coming your way every Friday. As you probably know, menu planning in and of itself cuts down on food waste, time, and spending and helps your family eat a well-rounded diet. But, starting today, we’re going the extra mile to help our local readers shop and cook even more wisely.

We are now scouring the Hy-Vee ads each week and reporting to you the Top 5 “Stock Up and Save” Deals below the menu plan. That’s because shopping for “real food” in bulk and utilizing the freezer or pantry for storage is another super smart way to save money and eat healthier! Simply fill your cart with these products while the price is hot, then store and use later. We’ve even given you ideas of how to store and use each of them.

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: A Gift for Furry Friends

Healthy Dog Treats is the perfect gift for furry friends and their owners on Valentine's Day or any day!

My mom “stole” my 8-year-old daughter one snowy day recently and baked up a surprise for their doggie, Gracie, and some other pooch friends. What a fun project to do with kids for a Valentine’s Day surprise for the furry pets and their owners in your life. Hey, and it’s even made with all “real food” ingredients. Sweet!


My granddaughter, Hannah, and I needed a project for a cold winter day. So, we decided to create Valentine treats for our dog friends. Part of the reason for this activity was to use up ingredients I had on hand. In my cupboard was old crunchy peanut butter that didn’t make the grandkid test, an abundance of wheat flour, and some extra eggs from taking care of my neighbors chickens. In the freezer I had zip lock baggies full of left over processed pumpkin from Halloween. Everything came together to create a fun afternoon and do something nice for our neighbors.  Healthy Dog Treats is the perfect gift for furry friends and their owners on Valentine's Day or any day!

Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Salad

My family won’t go for Brussel Sprouts. I’ve tried multiple times but they simply turn their noses up at the idea of them before they even try them. Husband included.

Since I’m the only one who will eat these green lovelies, I hardly ever buy them. However, last week I was feeling a bit defiant at the store and thought, “Darn it, I want Brussel sprouts so I am going to get them.”

After returning home, I scoured through a few recipes trying to find one that my family would maybe go for. One in the Cast Iron Cookbook I got for Christmas caught my eye. Probably because the brussels are cooked in bacon grease. They’d have to like that, right?!