Cooking large batch meals can be a huge time saver and money saver. It truly maximizes your time in the kitchen and frees you up to be more present with your people. Big batch recipes also equip you to get the most use out of your ingredients and helping you not to waste any unused […]
About Polly Conner
Polly is a wife, mother, cookbook author, blogger, foodie, money-saver, animal-lover, and freezer cooking evangelist.
She has a heart for equipping and encouraging young moms and women to thrive in their homes. Her blogging journey began when she and Rachel Tiemeyer (co-author) founded Thrivinghomeblog.com and found that blogging and writing has not only kept her mind sharp during these foggy-sleep-deprived years but has also served as a much-needed creative outlet.
Polly is a go-getter, project manager, sometimes a bit too honest, hard-working mom who enjoys a challenge... and a strong mocha with extra whip on the hard days.
The ingredients in our Turkey Panini recipe are simple, but the flavor is BIG. You’ll love how quickly they come together and how easily you can turn them into a freezer meal too!
Freezer meal prep with friends! Use this step by step guide to plan and host a freezer cooking party.
With a few simple seasonings and a zesty marinade, Dutch Oven Carnitas will blow you away. Making pork carnitas in the oven will become a way of life once you try this recipe.
This healthy blueberry avocado muffin packs some serious nutritional punch but is still a treat! It’s got sneaky ingredients like avocado, Greek yogurt, and whole wheat flour. Add the crumb topping that’s infused with lemon zest for a delicious (yet nutritious) muffin!
An easy-peasy, flavorful baked chicken drumstick recipe. You can have Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks without grilling or frying. Simply bake, baste, broil and enjoy! We even teach you how to turn this into a make-ahead freezer meal.
The perfect fix for that afternoon sweet tooth: Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Banana Bites! These easy-peasy banana snacks are a kid fave and come together quickly. What’s in a Banana Bite? Did I mention these are easy? You’ll need 3 simple ingredients: Bananas Peanut butter Dark Chocolate How to Make a Banana Bite (the […]
Here is an easy-peasy bat craft that comes together quickly and is a fun Halloween craft for all ages: Hanging Foam Bats! Below you will find step-by-step instructions with pictures PLUS a free printable bat template to use if you want. Happy crafting! Supplies You Need for the Halloween Craft Black Foam Paper Googly Eyes […]
Everything you need to make your own Taco Bar at home. Delicious ingredients and practical tips on how to serve this easy dinner to your family or even a group of people.
Is flaxseed good for you? Heck ya! Is it easy to get more flaxseed into your diet? Heck ya! I hope this post helps you to add a little flax into your life. Your body will thank you. What is Flaxseed? Flaxseed is a food and fiber crop that is grown in cooler regions of […]
Bananas gone brown? Fear not! Here are 10 ways to use overripe bananas in delicious, healthy recipes. Never throw away a ripe banana again! Why Overripe Bananas are the BEST Bananas getting spotty, brown, soft and overripe? Think it’s time to throw them away? Stop, I tell you. Stop! While you may see a banana […]
Can you freeze pesto? Absolutely! Using our 10+ years of freezer cooking experience, we are sharing anything and everything you need to know about freezing pesto. Thriving Home loves pesto. Rachel and I laugh because as we were developing healthy, freezable recipes for our cookbook called From Freezer to Table, we constantly gravitated towards anything […]
This round-up of inexpensive dinner ideas for large groups is a great resource for those who open their doors and dinner table to others.
Making homemade hummus in the blender (or food processor) is easier than you think. The hummus ingredients come together quickly leaving you with a healthier and tastier appetizer than you could find at the store. Why Make Homemade Hummus? Hummus is quite notably a weakness for me. I spend way too much on the store-bought […]
This pipe cleaner spider craft is done in 5 minutes and turns out so cute! Would be a great school Halloween Party craft since all ages can do it. Look no further for a perfect Halloween Craft for preschoolers. This easy spider craft is doable for little hands but can also be quite fun for […]
Freezer cooking is a lifestyle for us. We use it to save time, money and sanity on a daily basis. While we specialize in delicious freezer meals, we love teaching about how to freeze basic household ingredients and recipes. This is why we are taking the time to teach others how to freeze cookie dough. […]
The perfect afternoon treat to pair with coffee! These Dark Chocolate Coffee Cookies are rich, moist, and have a balance of not-too-sweet-sweetness thanks to the dark chocolate and instant coffee in the recipe. Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, […]
Listen. You’re busy. We’re busy. We aren’t here to waste anyone’s time. You need to know what ground beef freezer meals are the BEST and you need them pronto for your busy, hungry, growing family. Pulling from 10 years of food blogging and two cookbooks worth of recipe development, we’ve rounded up what we think […]
This Q-Tip Skeleton Halloween craft is perfect for preschoolers and even older kids. Use our free printable template to make it even cuter! Supplies You Need to Make Q-Tip Skeletons Q-Tips Black (or any color) construction paper School Glue Skeleton Head (printable below) A Quick Video to Show How it Comes Together Just take a […]
Freezer cooking–aka prepping meals ahead and freezing to have on hand for later–is one of the best summer cooking strategies. It allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time in the sun having fun! You can even take freezer meals on vacation to save money and time, too. Here are our […]
These easy Ham and Cheese Sliders are a family staple. They are super easy to make, budget friendly, great for a group of people, and even freezer friendly. I’ve been making these for YEARS and constantly have people ask for the recipe. Video Tutorial: How to make Ham and Cheese Sliders Pro Tips: Since I […]
For the past few years, I’ve had an ongoing problem. I could never remember gift ideas for ME! I’d constantly see things that I’d think, “Ooh, I’d love that!” And then it would quickly be erased from my mom brain by the next thought. We’ve put together a list of great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas […]
This Candy Corn Craft for preschoolers and toddlers couldn’t be easier. Use scrap paper, our FREE candy corn printable, and some glue. Let your child get to work! Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking […]
This round-up is full of easy, family-friendly, and mostly real food recipes that you can throw on the grill in no time. There are so many grilling recipes on the web, but it’s hard to find real food grilling recipes. You know, the whole food kind with ingredients that don’t involve a seasoning pack or bottle […]