Author Archive: Polly

  • Slow Cooker Apple Butter

    An 80 year old family apple butter recipe adapted for the slow cooker. With just a few simple ingredients, this crock pot apple butter recipe will have your home smelling like a slice of autumn heaven! Growing up, everyone around me knew what I meant when I told them it

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  • Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Hy-Vee Sales (10.11.18)

    Our free Weekly Menu Plan is here to help you save time and money, eat healthier, and bring your family together around the table. Here’s what you’ll find… Recipes You’ll Love: Our family-friendly recipes are simple and made with recognizable, real food ingredients. Pick and choose what works for you. Top

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  • twice-baked potatoes

    Ultimate Bacon and Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes

    These make ahead Ultimate Bacon and Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes are the quintessential side dish for almost any holiday meal. They are a bit healthier than other twice-baked potatoes yet just as rich-tasting.  This post is sponsored by St. James Winery and Burgers’ Smokehouse. Opinions are all ours, though. This particular twice-stuffed baked potato

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  • Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Hy-Vee Sales (10.5.18)

    Our free Weekly Menu Plan is here to help you save time and money, eat healthier, and bring your family together around the table. Here’s what you’ll find… Recipes You’ll Love: Our family-friendly recipes are simple and made with recognizable, real food ingredients. Pick and choose what works for you. Top

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  • Newbie Blogger: Plenty of Trays

    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 start,

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  • Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Hy-Vee Sale Items (9.28.18)

    Our free Weekly Menu Plan is here to help you save time and money, eat healthier, and bring your family together around the table. Here’s what you’ll find… Recipes You’ll Love: Our family-friendly recipes are simple and made with recognizable, real food ingredients. Pick and choose what works for you. Top

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  • Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Hy-Vee Sale Items (9.21.18)

    Our free Weekly Menu Plan is here to help you save time and money, eat healthier, and bring your family together around the table. Here’s what you’ll find… Recipes You’ll Love: Our family-friendly recipes are simple and made with recognizable, real food ingredients. Pick and choose what works for you.

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  • 80+ Easy Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

    A common question we get about freezer cooking is, “What are some easy freezer meals for 1 or 2 people?” In this post, we will walk you through a great list of make ahead recipe ideas from our blog and cookbook that work for 1 or 2 people. Next, we

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  • Zucchini Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies {Freezer Meal}

    I love this easy healthy breakfast idea: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies. These healthy make ahead breakfast cookies are great fresh or also as a freezer meal.  Zucchini for breakfast!? Yep. And bananas, oats, and nut butter, too. All in one transportable, super nutritious, tasty COOKIE. My kids fight over

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  • Easy Zucchini Pancakes: A Freezer Meal!

    Here’s an easy breakfast idea for ya. Our freezer friendly whole grain zucchini pancakes pack a yummy punch! Enjoy using up some fresh zucchini and serving your family a wholesome breakfast. Double the batch and make them a freezer meal!  Lesson learned from making Whole Grain Zucchini Pancakes: Double the

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  • The BEST Way to Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    When I say this is the best way to make roasted Brussels sprouts, I mean it. Use this method for future Brussels sprout success in your oven. This super simple way to cook Brussels sprouts will transform this vegetable from, “meh” to “Yeah!” It’s all about getting as much crisp

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  • Mega Cookbook Giveaway! ($125 value)

    (Giveaway Closed) I have been excited about this Cookbook Giveaway for a LONG time. It’s mega. It’s awesome. It’s huge. It’s amazing. And it could all be YOURS! One winner will take home ALL of these cookbooks. How fun would that be?!   How to Enter: There are many ways

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  • From Freezer to Table Recipe Correction

    Hey guys! Dropping in real quick today with message for people who own (or plan to own) our cookbook, From Freezer to Table. We are so proud of this book and stand behind every recipe that is in it. However, because we want you have the best experience possible while cooking from

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  • Freezer Meal Party Plans (+ Our Segment on Show Me St. Louis)

    Thinking about hosting a freezer meal cooking party soon? We’ve got you covered. These freezer meal recipes for cooking parties or freezer clubs are tried and true. They come together fast, they are made with real, whole ingredients, they are tasty, and of course, they are all freezer friendly. Getting

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  • Mom Hack: Turn Smoothies into Popsicles

    Don’t let your leftover smoothie go to waste. Turn it into popsicles! Smoothies are a regular thing in our house. They are a great way to get some fruit, vegetables, protein, and other sneaky nutrition into a breakfast. A few favorite recipes are: The Best Every Day Smoothie Banana Split

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  • Real Food Menu Plan for August 7 to August 13 : Real Food Menu Plan for July 24-July 31: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home. Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

    Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Stock Up and Save (8.3.18)

    Summertime is the best time to throw something on the grill for an easy, time-saving, budget-friendly meal. Did you know that we have 30+ Real Food Grilling Ideas to help with this task? Combine these recipes with the great prices on steak, chicken, and corn on the cobb at Hy-Vee

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  • 7 Fun Ways to Get Ready for Back to School

    Today’s post comes from our long-time blogging pal, Julie, from Happy Home Fairy. If your poke around on Julie’s blog, you can’t help but feel uplifted, encouraged, and empowered as a mom. She’s got LOADS of free printables that I know you’ll love. With back to school season upon us,

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  • Make Ahead Blueberry Crumble Breakfast Cake

    Blueberry Crumble Breakfast Cake is a great weekend breakfast idea. It’s got some sneaky nutrition and the cake-crumble ratio is perfect. Use fresh or frozen blueberries for this easy breakfast recipe.  If you know anything about my family, you know that we are early risers. Especially my 2 year old.

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  • Freezer-Friendly Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken

    Freezer Friendly Balsamic Herb Grilled Chicken is moist, tender, and packed with flavor through and through. This easy grilling recipe can be turned into a freezer meal and is a great recipe for groups of people. What more can you ask for in a chicken recipe!? Grilling season isn’t quite

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  • Motherhood Instinct Gone Wrong

    Motherhood instinct is a powerful thing. It has served myself and millions of other moms well since the beginning of humanity. Moms tend to just know. Know when a kid is really sick or just faking. Know when a child needs a hug instead of a timeout. Know when ice

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