Author Archive: Polly

  • Grilled Sirloin Steak Kebabs

      I’m writing this post on an empty stomach and reminiscing on how delicious these Grilled Sirloin Steak Kebabs were. It’s not fair to stare at these juicy chunks of meat, infused with a rich, garlicky marinade. All complimented by vegetables cooked and grilled to perfection. My Jimmy Johns sandwich

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  • I’m Not the Mom I Thought I’d Be

    Yesterday, I was in a flurry of busyness. I was attempting to bring some order to the office in our new home but my productivity was being thwarted by my three little people who sensed my distraction. I remember thinking, if I could just have an hour of alone time,

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  • My #1 Time Saving Recipe!

    We hear you loud and clear: you don’t have enough TIME! Time to cook. Time to clean. Time to read. Time to parent. Time to travel. Time to volunteer. Time to exercise. Time to sleep. Time for friends. Time for ANYTHING! With this in mind, it wasn’t a surprise that

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  • Summer Celebration Giveaway! ($650+ Value!!!)

    Surprise! It’s giveaway time on Thriving Home!! We LOVE putting together giveaways like this for you guys. Not only do we enjoy giving stuff to our readers but we also love that we can get great products and businesses in front of you. We are making this HUGE giveaway ($650+

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  • 5 GREAT Road Trip Activities for Kids (Cheap Ideas too!)

    As I mentioned in a previous post, my family just returned from a trip to Florida. From mid-Missouri, the trip takes around 16 hours, depending on how quick your stops are. We had initially planned to stay in a hotel half way there but since our kids, four and six

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  • 20+ Fourth of July Craft Ideas

    True story… Growing up, it was pretty much a tradition that a hodgepodge of friends and family would spend an entire weekend shooting off fireworks from my lake home that I grew up on. I have so many fond memories of 4th of July weekends on the lake, but the

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  • One Sheet Roasted Brussels, Brats, & Sweet Potatoes

    Roasted veggies, WHY? WHY are you so dang good?! You have transformed the vegetables that I have snubbed for at least half of my life, and turned them into something I crave. CRAVE, I tell you. Roasted veggies, you rascals, what have you done to me?

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  • $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

    We’re getting crazy around here, peeps. We have been hanging on to this gift card for a special occasion and have decided THIS is the week to do it. Want to know why? Well, if you’ve been following along our cookbook journey, you are aware that we are in the pre-order

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  • Garlic Bread (Done RIGHT!)

    It feels a bit silly to be sharing a post about how to make garlic bread. I mean, isn’t it kind of a no-brainer? Well, maybe. BUT, we want to help you take your garlic bread game to the next level. This method results in a crispy-soft, tasty bread that

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  • Garlicky Green Beans

    I grew up thinking that canned green beans were better than fresh. To be honest, I still have a hard time with fresh green beans unless they are seasoned up or cooked in a delicious way. (Probably why I’m a fan of this Bacon Wrapped Green Bean recipe as well).

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  • New Blogger Shoutout: Mom’s Growing Home

    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

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  • Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches {Freezer Meal}

    It was a very bad day when my husband left the shredded BBQ beef leftovers out overnight. I knew it was an accident but I REALLY liked these sandwiches and was REALLY looking forward to having them for lunch that day. Mama Bear was REALLY not happy. But accidents happen.

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  • Freezer Cooking Bonus Pack

    Once upon a time (a little over a year ago), my friend Rachel and I started writing a cookbook. We cooked. We froze food. We tested. We wrote. We edited. And then we did all those things over and over again until we got it right. And now our cookbook, From

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  • Killer Homemade BBQ Sauce

    I could have really used this recipe the other day when we put drumsticks on the grill and realized we were out of BBQ sauce. Luckily one of our neighbors had about 1/2 cup left that they graciously let us finish off. BUT, growing up in a food-industrialized world (is that

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  • Round up of easy summer learning activities for preschoolers

    20+ Summer Preschool Learning Activities

    Summer is a-coming! All of my little ducklings will be back in the nest and quickly clamoring for things to do. So, in theory, I’m OK with my kids facing a little boredom. It forces them to be creative and play together cooperatively more. Yeah boredom!  BUT, in reality, in

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

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

    Guys. 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

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

    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

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  • Huge roundup of homemade salad dressings. Keeping this handy for sure!!

    33 Homemade Salad Dressings

    Confession: I’m a half-hearted gardener. I want the fruits of a great home vegetable garden but don’t want to put in the work. I simply want to plant the seeds, walk away, and have a thriving garden in a few weeks. One can dream, right? Despite my lack of time

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