Chocolate Covered Oreos make for a great, last-minute dessert idea for ANY holiday! Simply dress them up with seasonal sprinkles for a fun treat anyone will love Step 1: Melt Your White Chocolate I used about 8 ounces of white chocolate to make about 15 cookies. The first step is to melt down the chocolate. […]
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.
After testing 100s of recipes nearly 1 1/2 years for our second cookbook, we narrowed down the Instant Pot cooking times for all sorts of recipes. Here is a rundown on how long to cook chicken in the Instant Pot. Fine tuning the perfect cooking times for chicken breasts in the Instant Pot was not […]
I was skeptical. I know you are too. “Zucchini pizza crust? Seriously, Polly? You’ve gone too far.” My sister sent me this recipe a while back and since I still have frozen zucchini stocked up in the deep freeze, I figured this might be a good way to use it up. I must say, it […]
How long should you be cooking chicken in the crockpot, specifically chicken breasts? 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 the chicken was […]
My husband loves his smoker. One of the BEST things he makes on it is a Smoked Pork Shoulder, which he has fine-tuned through a lot of trial and error. One of the most common questions he gets is: “How long should I smoke a pork shoulder?“ His first response was, “You’re wanting a breakdown of […]
Best of the best Crockpot freezer meals! Cookbook authors have hand-picked their top freezer friendly recipes made for the slow cooker.
I only cook brown rice in the Instant Pot these days. Once I nailed down the perfect cooking time, I didn’t look back. Making brown rice in the Instant Pot is easy, fluffy, and perfect every time. Once I learned how to make rice in the Instant Pot, I gave away my rice cooker. The […]
I’ve always wanted to be a tea drinker. I’ve even bought cute tea pots in an effort to motivate myself to dabble and experiment with different flavors, leaves, and brewing methods. However, I never quite made it past the typical white tea bag and adding a little cream for comfort. That is, until I discovered […]
Looking for freezer meal ideas for new moms? We’ve created the ultimate list of meal ideas for new parents! You’ll want to bookmark this one, friends! Gosh. I look back at these pictures and I remember. I remember how exhilarating it is to hold your baby for the first time. How that first week is […]
Here’s the concept: Cook once, eat twice. In our “Double Your Dinner Challenge”, you will make one meal fresh to enjoy for dinner that night and then use our pro tips to freeze the second meal for later. We give you everything you need to get dinner on the table in half the time!
As freezer cooking experts, cookbook authors, and self-proclaimed freezer meal evangelists, we’ve learned all the tricks when it comes to safely thawing your frozen food. In this post, we are sharing the 4 best ways to defrost food safely. We will zero in on how to thaw chicken, since this seems to be the most […]
I’ve got a pretty simple Valentine’s Day craft idea for you today. My two-year easily did this with enthusiasm (for about 5 minutes) but it was enough to get it done! It takes very little prep and very little skill. Ready to get crafty? (Or at least LOOK like you’re really crafty!?) Materials Needed: Clear […]
Valentine’s Day gifts are more personal than any other holiday. In this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, we have handpicked ideas for almost every age. Be sure to make it personal using our suggestions below! Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Feel Special Before you start adding things to your cart, ask yourself how your kid/spouse/significant other […]
Instant Pot freezer meals. This is what we do! Not only have we written an entire cookbook on freezer meals for the Instant Pot, but we have tested and re-tested hundreds of recipes over the years. We wanted to narrow down the best of the best, so you don’t waste your time on any mediocre […]
This easy, healthy green smoothie is a tasty way to eat more veggies and fruit, like avocado, mango, and kale. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included.
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.
Our Instant Pot Chicken Nachos are a great starter meal for the Instant Pot. We teach you how to make this easy Instant Pot meal from fresh or straight from frozen. The best part about the recipe is that you can customize it how you want and it is a great recipe for large groups. […]
After testing hundreds and hundreds of Instant Pot recipes for our cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker, we have honed in on the best timing and methods for cooking different types of meals in the Instant Pot. We are excited to share this valuable Instant Pot cooking times information with you. There is so much misinformation on […]
Looking for a way to get yellow stains out of baby clothes after storage? I’ve stumbled on the PERFECT solution! Read on to learn how to save those baby clothes! (Tip- be sure to read the comments too! People have offered some great tips there as well.) A rumbling-tumbling-jumping belly, achy back, out of breath…all […]
One of the most common recipes that I use from our recipe index is our Oatmeal Pancake Mix recipe. Ever since I stumbled on this recipe a few years ago, I haven’t used any other pancake mix. My family loves it. I love it too. Not only does it have a hearty flavor and texture, […]
Chicken and Dumplings in the slow cooker? Yes! It can be done! This classic comfort food will fill your home with delicious smells and is a total crowd pleaser. To make Chicken and Dumplings even more versatile for you, we’ve included instructions not only for the crock pot but also for how to make it […]
These Sweet & Savory Oven Baked Boneless Pork Chops not only come together in a flash but can also be prepped as a make ahead freezer meal. Make sure to reduce the marinade into a delectable, sticky sauce to drizzle over the top just before eating.
Seasoned, marinaded pork roast gets cooked in the Instant Pot and then broiled until crispy in this easy, freezer friendly, and delicious recipe for a crowd.
I use my bread machine to make so much more than just bread. In fact, one of our most popular recipes on this site is for our Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls! My kids love these Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls too. So when I got the itch to make some homemade panini bread, I know […]