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

Pre-order our new cookbook, From Freezer to Table, and get up to four freeze bonuses!

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 who order in advance. Want to hear about them? Keep on reading. 

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

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

This week, again, you will find a menu packed with fruits and veggies.  Literally, everyday has servings of fruits and vegetables.  From Mini Bacon, Spinach, and Egg Quiche to Mac and Cheese with Sneaky Sweet Potatoes to Crowd Pleasing Green Beans, this week has it all.  Plus, there are some great deals at Hy-Vee.  And hey, if you don’t live near a Hy-Vee (So sorry!), check out your local grocery store.  You’ll be able to find great deals on real foods too.  By having a plan each week, you’ll save time and money and eat better.

P.S.-In a time crunch, but need something healthy?  Throw together a salad and top it with one of these homemade salad dressings.  Salads are always great!

P.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.

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

A great resource on how to talk to kids about sex. These conversations can start as early as preschool! Not only does this resource cast a big picture overview of these conversations but it also provides practical steps on how to get there. A great resource for the Christian parent!

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 out?”

Mom: “Probably, a little bit.”

5 year old: “Oh nooooo. Did it hurt when Clay came out of your belly?”

Mom: “Yeah it hurt a little bit but I had medicine to help it not hurt so bad.”

5 year old: (Dramatic gasp) “I am NEVER having babies. Mom, how do I NEVER have babies?”

Mom: (Suppressing laughter and trying to remember every word of this conversation to share with her father). “Well, um. You can decide that later with your husband. You don’t have to decide that right now.”

5 year old: “Well, I’m deciding that right now. I am NEVER having babies.”

Luckily the conversation shifted to the latest Shimmer and Shine episode leaving me behind chuckling, but also with the realization that I was not quite equipped to explain the details of reproduction to my children. I’m not necessarily afraid to have these conversations but I just hadn’t done much preparing or thinking of how they would go. I mean, she’s 5 years old. We aren’t there yet, right? RIGHT?!

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits {Freezer Meal}

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

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 be a biscuit mom regularly, I said.

I wanted to serve my family biscuits more often…but I had to feel a little better about it. I wondered: Is there a way to make them with all butter and nix the Crisco? (Yep.) Is there a way to even make them 100% whole wheat and still be fluffy and tasty? (And, another yep.) Say hello to your new friend, Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits!

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

Real Food Menu Plan for May 1-7: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Each week we plan real food weekly menus.  Our goal is three-fold:

  1.  To save you time.
  2. To save you money.
  3. To get your family to the table together.

Wait…did I say three-fold?  I meant four-fold.

4. To help bring a little bit of peace to your life.

This week’s menu is full of family friendly, easy to prepare, throw in the freezer recipes. As an added bonus, you’ll get lots of healthy protein, veggies and fruits, and maybe even a chance to “stock up and save”.  We call that winning from every angle.

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.