Author Archive: Polly

  • Life Lessons From a Broken Fridge

    For the past 40 days, we have essentially been living without a fridge. While I’ve shared tidbits about this in Instagram stories and in our weekly email, I haven’t take the time write about the appliance drama unfolding in our home. I will say, I’ve learned some very adulting-type-lessons that

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  • How Long Should I Cook Chicken in the Slow Cooker?

    How long should you be cooking chicken in the slow cooker? You’ll be surprised at the answer! Hi. My name is Polly. All my life I have had a problem with drying out my chicken in the slow cooker. I followed the recipes I found and was SO frustrated because

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  • Thriving Home Was On the News!

    Hey friends! Just wanted to share something fun that we got to be part of. We were recently on the news! Last week a story about Thriving Home and our cookbook writing aired on KOMU. It was a fun segment to be part of and to see come to life.

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  • Blueberry Avocado Muffins with Lemon Streusel Topping

    Our freezer friendly Blueberry Avocado Muffins are a popular recipe in our cookbook, From Freezer to Table. This easy breakfast idea packs some serious nutritional punch to your morning. And that tasty crumble topping takes these muffins to a whole different level. I know what you’re thinking. “Avocado? In a

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  • Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Chimichangas

    Freezer-friendly homemade chimichangas? From 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 freezer meal! Our chimichangas seem too good to be true. They are easy, made in

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  • Table Talk Conversation Cards for Dinnertime

    Table Talk Cards: Use Dinnertime Wisely

    Time together as a family is precious. Maybe like us, you want to use these years of having kids under your roof wisely. We want to build life-long relationships with our children and influence them to be successful, compassionate, loving adults. Sometimes that feels like the most overwhelming task. Where

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  • Instant Pot Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

    Making steel cut oatmeal in the Instant Pot is a breeze. This easy breakfast idea will quickly make its way into your healthy breakfast rotation! Thanks to this Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe, my Instant Pot horizons have been expanded. I’m not the only one who liked

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  • Mini Meatloaf Muffins {Freezer Meal}

    Here’s a twist on your average meatloaf recipe: Meatloaf Muffins! This easy dinner idea is not only freezer friendly but one that will find itself in your dinner rotation over and over again. This makes a great weeknight dinner or freezer meal for any family. These Mini Meatloaf Muffins are

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  • 3 Safe Ways to Thaw Freezer Meals

    Can you thaw food in a crock pot? How long does it take to thaw a freezer meal in the fridge? Can I just leave it on the counter for a few hours? Ever since the release of our cookbook, From Freezer to Table, Rachel and I have had the

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  • Chopped Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

    Looking for a salad recipe that is great for a large group? Our Chopped Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad has proven to be a crowd pleaser. My friend Carolyn served up this Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad at our small group a few weeks ago. Our large group devoured it

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  • 20+ Easy Meals Ideas for a Group of People

    (updated and revised from 2015) With a husband in full time college ministry, we find ourselves hosting meals at our home quite a bit. I love it. I love hosting people. I love feeding people. I especially love feeding college students because they are so grateful for pretty much ANY

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  • 101 Meals to Take to New Moms

    Whether you’re looking to stock up on freezer meals for yourself, or for recipe ideas to take to a new mom, this roundup is for you! You’ll love our 101 Meal Ideas to Take to New Moms.  Gosh. I look back at these pictures and I remember. I remember how

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  • Cilantro Chicken Chopped Salad

    This Cilantro Chicken Chopped Salad is fresh, vibrant, and makes a great lunch. I’m on a mission. A mission to collect an arsenal of awesome salads. And today, you are meeting one of them. In full disclosure, I am calling this a chopped salad because on a day when I

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  • Cranberry Balsamic Baked Chicken {Freezer Meal}

    This freezer-friendly Cranberry Balsamic Baked Chicken recipe is healthy and simple, with a blow-your-mind-delicious balsamic marinade. By Alyssa Nitz of Always Overdressed, Contributing Author I was first introduced to this tasty, Cranberry Balsamic Baked Chicken recipe just a couple weeks after having my son, Jacob. After receiving some yummy but

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  • 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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