Author Archive: Polly

  • 30 Easy Meals for the New Year (with Plan to Eat)

    There is a much simpler way to get your favorite meals on the table this year. And it’s free right now. Let us tell you how the magic happens and share some easy recipes with you. Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Plan to Eat but opinions are all mine.

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  • Join Our Recipe Testing Team

    Hey Friends! Do you love to cook? Need some fresh meal ideas? Rachel and I are in the thick of recipe testing for our forthcoming cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker, and we could use your help. Especially if you own a slow cooker or an Instant Pot. Why a Recipe

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  • Merry Christmas!

    “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices…” Merry Christmas, Thriving Home friends. Like many of you, we are using this week to rest and spend time with our families. Everything will be back in action in 2018!

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  • Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

    The sweet and vibrant flavor of this Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette homemade salad dressing will bring life and flavor to any salad.  As much as I love cooking from scratch, I still feel a little out of my element when it comes to salad dressings. I know they are easy. I

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  • One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions

    Growing up, every Christmas morning we had monkey bread. While the sticky sweet recipe is delish, what makes the monkey bread so special is the tradition behind it. The thought of our Christmas morning monkey bread warms my heart and is something I want to carry on in my family.

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  • 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

    We’ve tried to curate a wide-range of quality toys, books, games, and more for all ages that have had staying power in our homes or our friends’ homes. Note: This post did have a giveaway on it, but it has expired. We don’t want Christmas to be about stuff, as

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  • Christmas Tree Troubles

    Gather round, friends. I have a Christmas tale for you that is sure to bring some jolly to your day. It is a tale of a young mother who had large Christmas tree ambitions. Ambitions that were thwarted by the brokenness in this world. Yet, she persisted. And ended up

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  • 15 Books That Share the REAL Meaning of Christmas

    “In a culture that uses this season to get children to dream about how their lives would be made better by possessing a certain material thing, where Christmas has been reduced to a shopper’s nightmare and a retailer’s dream, it is vital to draw the wonder of our children away from

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  • "From Freezer to Cooker" will feature 75+ whole foods freezer meals for the slow cooker and Instant Pot. Releases in Fall 2019.

    Our Next Cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker, Is in the Works!

    We have some great-big-fun-exciting news for you today. We are publishing a second cookbook: From Freezer to Cooker!   Why “From Freezer to Cooker”? Our first cookbook, From Freezer to Table, has hit a felt need: people want to save time and money in the kitchen. All over the country,

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  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes (Made in the Instant Pot!)

    Not all mashed potatoes are created equally. Growing up, my parents would always mashed potatoes that were chunky and with the skin mixed in. (This provided more nutrition. Thanks, Dad). While I am not hating on a chunky mashed potato recipe, sometimes life calls for a luxurious mash. One that

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  • Monster Cookies

    This Monster Cookie recipe has been tucked away in my recipe stash for years. You’ll find that this cookie is easy to make and your people will gobble them up. My memory is a little fuzzy on where I originally got this recipe. I think I snagged it at my friend,

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  • Instant Pot 101

    In an effort to answer the increasing amount of questions we are getting about Instant Pots, we thought we’d create a resource page. Hope this can help answer some of those burning questions about the Instant Pot! *Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a

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  • 15+ Halloween Snack Ideas

    I love finding fun, non-spooky ways to celebrate Halloween. That’s why we’ve have rounded up a great collection of Halloween Snack Ideas! Kiddos love a special Halloween treat and I have no doubt they’d go bananas if some of these showed up in their lunch box or waiting for them

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  • Pray for Las Vegas

    Friends, our hearts are heavy and our prayers are accompanied with tears for the people of Las Vegas. So many people in our country today are broken, fearful, and grieving. There are simply no words adequate to bring comfort and peace in a time such as this. Join us as we

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  • Texas Caviar Dip

    I stumbled upon this Texas Caviar Dip while on vacation this summer. It is an easy, tasty, budget friendly appetizer that is great for large groups. You’re going to love it! At a Fourth of July party, this dip was eyeing me from the corner of the room. I could

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  • Celebration Giveaway #5: Instant Pot! {EXPIRED}

    We are wrapping up our week-long celebration giveaway with something right up your alley… an INSTANT POT!!! We are big fans of this contraption. Primarily because it can cook a freezer meal straight from frozen! Yes, it’s true. A freezer meal can go straight from frozen into the Instant Pot

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  • Celebration Giveaway #3: Sseko Ribbon Sandals {EXPIRED}

    We have all the big feelz over here as we celebrate the launch of our cookbook, From Freezer to Table. This is Day 3 of our big-fantastic-week-long-giveaway and we are excited to see who the winner is. Today, someone will get their very own pair of Sseko Ribbon Sandals! It’s

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