Author Archive: Polly

  • Fluffy Eggs and Bacon {Freezer Meal}

    I recently inherited a huge box of recipe cards from my grandmother in-law. I had so much fun going through the hundreds of recipes that she had accumulated over her lifetime. While I did end up tossing about 2/3rds of them (generations eat very differently from one to the next!), I

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  • From Freezer to Table Cookbook

    Cookbook Progress: “The First Pass”

    Things are getting pretty exciting for us, guys. If you haven’t caught wind on social media (Follow us here on IG or here on FB), we have “The First Pass” of our cookbook in our hands. This means we have the first paper copy of our book in our possession. I’m

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  • Build a Blog That Will Thrive!

    Have you ever wondered if you could make money blogging? Do you have questions about what it takes to create and maintain a blog as a part-time or full-time job? Want the inside scoop on what goes on behind the scenes at Thriving Home? Want to see exactly where we make

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  • 30+ Real Food Grilling Ideas

    Spring has sprung and grilling season has arrived! There are so many grilling recipes on the web, but it’s hard to find “real food” grilling recipes. You know, the whole food kind with ingredients that don’t involve a seasoning pack or bottle of marinade from the store that’s full of preservatives

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  • 5 Lessons I’ve Learned This Year as a Mom of Three

    My sweet “Clay-Bay-Bay” just turned one. It seems so cliche to say that this year has gone fast but it also feels wrong to not say it. We have officially completed an entire year with three kids, 5 and under. I get tired even thinking about it. To be completely

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  • Mini Bacon, Spinach, and Egg Quiches {Freezer Meal}

    Yum-yum in my tum-tum. These mini quiches were a certified crowd pleaser. The ingredients are as simple as the recipe is. I must admit though. This is one of those, “real food meets reality,” recipes. While a real food purist would make their own pie crust, this mama just doesn’t

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  • Two Questions to Ask Your Child Every Day

    Dinner time is far from picture perfect these days. While I do have hopes of one day sitting around the table and talking about the happenings of the day, our current meal times are a combination of sibling squabbles, standing up in chairs, spilled drinks, and complaints. It’s usually all wrapped

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  • 10+ Easy Easter Crafts

    Easter is such a happy holiday! Here are some easy ways to get your kids in the Easter spirit. While I do love a great craft round up, I also love this round up of books that point kids to the true meaning of the holiday. Make sure to check

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  • New Blogger Shoutout: Write Them on My Heart

    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

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  • 3 Minute Avocado Toast

    Avocado Toast is so simple that it almost doesn’t feel worthy of a post. When I feel my body itching for some nutrition and I’m not wanting to munch on my kids’ lunch scraps, this is often what I end up making. I mean, can I even call it a recipe?

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  • Puppy Chow

    Puppy Chow (also known as Muddy Buddies) is one of my go-to large group treats. This batch was made for a Super Bowl party we attended but I’ve also found it to be a great treat for birthday parties, play dates, or any other group gathering. (Just be mindful of

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  • Blueberry Power Muffins

    It’s no secret that I am a muffin lover. I love that they are easy to make, easy to eat anytime of the day, and easy to freeze. When these Blueberry Power Muffins were suggested by my friend Noelle as a recipe to make in my freezer club, I was

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  • Sour Cream and Cheese Biscuits-4

    Cheddar and Sour Cream Biscuits

    Cheddar and sour cream biscuits. Need I say more? OK, I will. They were great and a super easy side dish. If I would have had green onions on hand I would have tossed a few in there as well but they were good without them. What surprised me was

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  • Which Cookbook Cover Should We Use? Your Vote Counts!

    As you probably know by now, we have a cookbook in the works that is set to be released this September. Read more about the whole cookbook writing process here if you want. But, we’ve got a big problem, dear friends. We love both of these book covers for different

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  • Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Salad

    My family won’t go for Brussel Sprouts. I’ve tried multiple times but they simply turn their noses up at the idea of them before they even try them. Husband included. Since I’m the only one who will eat these green lovelies, I hardly ever buy them. However, last week I

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  • Keeping the Big Things Big (and the Small Things Small)

    “Martha, if your heart stops beating, do you want us to restart it?” I could hardly believe the question that the doctor had just asked my grandmother (technically my husband’s grandmother but family is family.) As much as I was caught off guard by the question, I was even more

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  • Publishing a Cookbook: Food Photography (Part Two)

    As promised, we are doing our best to keep you in the loop with our upcoming cookbook that is set to be released this fall. So far we have shared about: 1. What our cookbook is all about 2. The First Steps to Publishing a Cookbook 3. Editors and Closing Day 4. Recipe

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  • Publishing a Cookbook: Photography (Part One)

    As promised, we are doing our best to keep you in the loop with our upcoming cookbook that is set to be released this fall. So far we have shared about: 1. What our cookbook is all about 2. The First Steps to Publishing a Cookbook 3. Editors and Closing Day 4. Recipe

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  • Why Mommy Meltdowns are OK Sometimes

    A few weeks ago I was having a hard day. Minor things had been chipping away at me all day long and my resistance was low. When my infant refused to go down for an afternoon nap I hit my tipping point and began to crumble. A mommy meltdown was

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  • Christmas Break

    Christmas Break

    Hey Everyone! Just wanted to let you know that Rachel and I are in the middle of a small blog break over the holidays. We’ll be back after the new year. If you are missing us just a tad too much, you can still follow along on Instagram. Polly’s been keeping

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