With three kids apiece, we’ve been through our share of toys. The last thing we’d want is for you to waste your money and have more stuff that your kids won’t use. With the help of some mama friends, we’ve pulled together the best of the best ideas for you in this gift guide for […]
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.
This time-saving, budget-friendly Instant Pot Chili is the perfect blend of ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and spices.
Instant Pot freezer meals. This is what we do! Not only have we written an entire cookbook on freezer meals for the Instant Pot, but we have tested and re-tested hundreds of recipes over the years. We wanted to narrow down the best of the best, so you don’t waste your time on any mediocre […]
Need a down-the-pipe, great chili recipe? One that is made with pantry ingredients, is flavorful enough for adults, but not too spicy for kids? Our Stovetop Chili checks all the boxes and more. Not only that, but it works well as a freezer meal. Yes, you can freeze chili! We’ll show you how. Or, use […]
I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve made this Bread Machine Cinnamon Roll recipe. My kids cheer when they find out I’m making them. You’ll be the one cheering when you realize how easy it is to make homemade cinnamon rolls in the bread machine! Overnight and non-bread machine instructions are […]
Instant Pot Tortellini Soup a delightful twist on traditional chicken noodle soup that will bring some serious comfort food to your table without much fuss. It’s kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and delicious. Using the Instant Pot to make this tortellini soup is a great shortcut and cuts down on dishes!
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You only need 2 simple ingredients to make your own homemade vanilla extract: vanilla beans and vodka! After following the easy steps below, let the vanilla beans infuse the vodka for as little as 8 weeks. Homemade vanilla is more WAY more cost-efficient than store-bought options too. Let’s make some! Note: We are a participant in the […]
Making healthy homemade salad dressings is easier than you think. They are cheaper, healthier, and tastier, too. Why would you not!? Here are 10 easy recipes to start with when making your own salad dressing at home. Confession: I’m a half-hearted gardener. I want the fruits of a great home vegetable garden but don’t want […]
This tried and true Pumpkin Spice Muffins recipe will quickly become part of your fall baking rotation. Imagine all the delicious flavors of autumn packed into a fluffy, moist, nutritious muffin. The sweet and slightly crunchy crumble topping takes these to the next level. Make extras and freeze these for an easy make ahead breakfast […]
Crock Pot Baked Apples are a fall favorite! Core your apples, add the crumble filling, and bake until tender. Your home will smell delicious. Use the recipe as a side dish or even a dessert. Enjoy!
An 80-year-old family apple butter recipe adapted for the slow cooker. With just a few simple ingredients, this slow cooker apple butter recipe will have your home smelling like a slice of autumn heaven! About My Familie’s Apple Butter Recipe Growing up, everyone around me knew what I meant when I told them it was, […]
Homemade apple sauce has never been easier. With a few simple ingredients and your Crockpot, you can easily make cinnamon apple sauce in your home. Follow our easy instructions below! Apple Butter Weekend has been a tradition in our family for decades. It’s one of my favorite fall activities. On the rare years that I […]
While the recipe for these Instant Pot Sloppy Joes may look familiar to our Super Sloppy Joes recipe, we’ve reworked the cooking method to make it conveniently work in the Instant Pot! With just minutes of high pressure cooking, this vegetable-infused, tangy-sweet meat mixture comes together into something the whole family will enjoy.
This easy pumpkin craft is the perfect Halloween craft for little hands. Use the free printable pumpkin template and let the kids glue their marshmallows to make a “mummy pumpkin” on paper. Just keep an eye on how many marshmallows actually make it to the craft! A Short Video on How this Pumpkin Craft Comes […]
Pumpkin Dump Cake is an easy-to-make, crowd-pleaser recipe that goes a long way (serves 9-12 people). It is a delicious twist on classic pumpkin pie that almost any age will like. It’s also a great make-ahead recipe. Perfect for holiday parties! I have been making this Pumpkin Dump Cake recipe for YEARS. Every fall, I […]
This homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is EASY to make and is my go-to drink when entertaining in the fall or winter. It’s made with REAL ingredients from your pantry and everyone is amazed that it’s made in a slow cooker. Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte has become a fall staple in my home. I […]
This Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal is hearty, healthy, delicious, and fairly adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Plus, leftovers keep well in the fridge for several days. Serve it up as a tasty start to your day or as a “breakfast-for-dinner”, along with bacon and a fruit salad. Baked Oatmeal for the Win! […]
Chicken Tortellini Soup a delightful twist on chicken noodle soup that will bring some serious comfort food to your table without much fuss. It’s kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and delicious. Make it on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in the Instant Pot!
Looking for easy Halloween craft ideas? This round up of Halloween Crafts for Preschoolers has loads of ideas that you can do at home or in a school setting. Great craft ideas for Halloween class parties too!
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 […]
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 is a simple and easy Halloween craft that your preschooler will love. Paper Plate Pumpkins are potentially a little messy on the front end, but your little one will love what they create. Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for […]
This quick and easy spider lollipop craft will be a favorite preschool Halloween craft in your home or in the classroom. Little hands will easily turn a sucker into a cute spider! Look no further for a perfect Halloween Craft for preschoolers. This easy spider craft is doable for little hands but can also be […]