Bacon Wrapped Green Beans make a great side dish for almost any occasion. They look fancy enough for a holiday meal or even a birthday dinner but they are easy enough to go as a side for a simple weeknight meal. Follow these easy steps to make your own! What Ingredients Do I Need 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.
Once you make your own Homemade Taco Seasoning, you won’t go back. DIY Taco Seasoning is not only is it cheaper AND healthier (no artificial ingredients or preservatives), but it also tastes better! This mix makes 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup), but I almost always double it and store my mix in a mason jar in […]
Learn how to save time and money and eat healthier by prepping Freezer Smoothie Packs ahead of time. Use our 7 different delicious smoothie recipes to start filling your freezer today. Free printable recipes and shopping lists included.
Heaven help me, these Blueberry Crumble Bars are SO good. With a buttery sweet crust, blueberry filling, and crumble topping, this dessert will rise to the top of your list in the summer months. It can be made ahead and is even better on day 2! These Blueberry Crumble Bars are made of a buttery […]
Homemade Brownie Mix is easier, cheaper, tastier and a little bit better for you than the boxed stuff! You likely have the ingredients in your pantry right now. Use this recipe to make ahead, gift to someone, or to just make a batch of delicious, moist homemade brownies. Why Make Homemade Brownie Mix? My mother, […]
This recipe for Blueberry Banana Bread is a classic sweet bread with a healthy twist. It’s the perfect breakfast, snack, or even dessert option and can be frozen for later use! Why This Bread Is a Go-To Healthy Treat I’m a big fan of having a stash of healthy baked goods in my freezer, like […]
The ultimate collection of tasty and easy Mexican recipes that will satisfy your cravings without a trip to the restaurant! As long-time food bloggers, cookbook authors, and moms, we’ve made a LOT of Mexican recipes over the years. They tend to please people of all ages and backgrounds and are wonderful for serving large groups. We’ve narrowed […]
This 5 ingredient chicken kabob marinade is sweet, savory and incredibly easy! With just a few simple pantry ingredients, you can take your kabob game to the next level.
Chicken chimichangas made in the slow cooker? Why yes! It’s possible! We’ve tweaked the classic deep-fried Tex-Mex favorite, making it quite a bit simpler (and a little less fried). You’ll be wowed by this crowd pleaser meal! What is a Chimichanga? According to Wikipedia, a chimichanga is “a deep-fried burrito that is common in Tex-Mex and […]
This Creamy Lemon Pasta Sauce (formally titled Citrus Pasta) comes together in minutes. Bright flavors like lemon and orange zest and fresh basil lighten up the decadent cream sauce. Mmmm, sooo good. I have been making this pasta sauce for years and years. It comes together quickly and is a total crowd pleaser. It’s fresh, […]
This Avocado Pasta with Basil and Bacon is a simple recipe with big flavor. The combination of the avocado, bacon, and fresh basil will have you coming back for more and more! While I prefer to serve it warm, this Avocado pasta would work as a chilled salad as well. Such a great summer pasta […]
This Oven Roasted Asparagus recipe presents the tall green stalk in all it’s glory! With a few simple ingredients and only minutes in the oven, you can be serving up one of nature’s healthiest foods to your family all year long. Why Eat Asparagus? This veggie is a nutritional POWERHOUSE. No wonder my parents were always […]
This easy and delicious raspberry cookie recipe will make you feel like a pro. The raspberry jam brings a fresh, flavorful punch to the soft and mild shortbread. The crumble topping adds in some surprise seasonings that complement the fruit perfectly. About Raspberry Crumble Cookies When a friend of mine served a blueberry version of […]
With only 5 simple ingredients, you can have this tangy, sweet honey dijon salad dressing ready to go! I love homemade salad dressings. They are just so easy to make and you can adjust them to taste JUST how you want them to. You not only save money by making them at home but you […]
This Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad has the perfect combination of Brussels sprouts, savory bacon, crunchy almonds, and shredded Parmesan. These simple ingredients are tossed in a zesty homemade dressing that will have you craving for more. A crowd pleaser! Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed […]
We know how helpful having a stocked freezer can be when you’re a new mom. Whether you’re hoping to stock up on meals before the baby arrives or looking for recipe ideas to take to others, you’re sure to find great ideas in this ultimate list of freezer meals for new moms. We’ve used our […]
This delicious, Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup is not only gluten free and dairy free, but it freezes beautifully either before cooking or after cooking. Packed with fresh flavor, the veggies give it that fiesta vibe that everyone will love. Take this big-batch soup along to tailgate parties or freeze in small portions for future healthy […]
Making a great meal can be one of the best gifts to someone you love. Here are 20+ birthday dinner ideas that will make someone feel extra special on their big day. Our ideas are approachable, yet still delicious. We’ve also included side dish ideas to help take the brainwork out of planning the meal. […]
With a balance of sweet, tangy, umami, and just the right amount of salty flavor, this grilled pork tenderloin marinade hits all the right palette spots. The marinade comes together quickly and works perfectly on the grill (or in the oven). Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin is an easy, yet impressive recipe that your people will love. […]
Pineapple Salsa is a fun, fresh, colorful condiment or appetizer that’s not only healthy but absolutely delicious! Serve as a dip with chips or on top of recipes like our Hawaiian Grilled Pork Tenderloin. Ingredients in Pineapple Salsa There are many variations of Pineapple Salsa out there. You’ll see a lot of the same main […]
I have been using Bombas Socks for YEARS. My family has used all different heights, materials, and styles of their socks. Since I now consider myself an unofficial Bombas Socks Evangelist, it is long overdue that I write an official Bombas Socks Review. This post contains affiliate links. Opinions are all mine! A few years […]
Making Panini Bread at home is much easier than you think, especially if you let a bread machine do most of the work for you. This recipe is absolutely delicious. It’s soft, fluffy inside will be a perfect home for any panini sandwich you want to make. It’s got a hint of sweetness and is […]
It’s easier than you think to make your own Whole Wheat Pita Bread, especially when you let the bread machine do the work for you! This recipe has the perfect balance of softness, yet structure. Thanks to the whole wheat, it’s extra nutritious too! Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, […]
Gourmet pizza at home has never been so easy or tasty! In about 45 minutes, you can make this incredibly easy homemade whole wheat pizza dough from scratch to use tonight or later. Freezing instructions included.