Author Archive: Rachel

  • Want to Know Where We Bought the Best Mini Cupcakes Ever?

    This post is written in partnership with the Hy-Vee stores in Columbia, MO, who helped provide delicious food for our launch party and continue to be cheerleaders for our cookbook and our blog. Thankful to have some great local Hy-Vee people on our side! Polly and I threw a big

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  • 101 Real Food Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

    Between sports practices, school drop off and pick up, working two part-time jobs, and pretending to keep up with laundry…I am all about slow cooker freezer meals these days. What’s not to love? A home filled with the delicious aroma of slow-cooked food awaits you at the end of a

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  • English Muffin Pizzas are easy, kid-friendly, and freezable.

    English Muffin Pizzas {Freezer Meal}

    Shhh…I’m about to reveal to you the easiest and perhaps most kid-friendly recipe in our entire cookbook, From Freezer to Table. We can’t share very many of our 75+ whole foods freezer meals with you on the blog, but our publisher said we can share this one. Yay! Like most

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  • Whole Wheat Cinnamon Applesauce Bread {Freeezer-Friendly}

    Cinnamon and apples get me every time. Whether it’s Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal or Cinnamon Apple French Toast, I find it hard to resist this classically delicious combo in the fall. Although this sweet bread is made with 100% whole wheat (thanks to the light texture of the white whole

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  • 10+ Halloween School Party Ideas

    Need some ideas for a Halloween school party? Or even some game ideas for a Halloween party coming up? Keep reading… Am I the only one who draws a blank when it comes to brainstorming up school party ideas? I feel like I see awesome game ideas all year long

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  • Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls - A healthy and filling dinner idea for everyone!

    Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls {Freezer Meal}

    This post contains affiliate links. Here‘s what that means. Sometimes the best thing a mom with young kids can hear at dinner is silence. That’s not to say I don’t love conversation around the table. (In fact, here are some excellent dinner conversation starters.) But, when everyone is too busy

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  • 10 Fall Recipes You Need to Try–Stat!

    Despite the 90 degree temperature days in mid-MO this past week, the leaves are starting to turn and my yard has the beginnings of an epic leaf pile. Fall is officially here. While I’m admittedly not a huge fan of fall–mainly because it means winter is coming–, I am a

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  • The Most Important Moment in My 39 Years

    We love helping equip others with practical ways to thrive at home, especially through freezer cooking. But, every once in a while, I get an itch as a blogger to share something really personal or meaningful to me in my life. I’ve wanted to share a little bit about a

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  • Is “From Freezer to Table” Paleo and Whole30 Compliant?

    Our pal, Natalie Fieleke–blogger, mom, long-time Thriving Home fan, and Paleo diet follower—was really honest with us a few weeks ago. She wasn’t sure she was going to buy our cookbook. The thing is, she was a bit skeptical about From Freezer to Table. Like many of our readers and

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  • Before you fire off an email or social media post, be sure to read this article about some great ways to encourage your teacher.

    How NOT to Encourage Your Child’s Teacher

    Meet our friend and Virtual Assistant Jennifer Shackelford. She works behind the scenes every week to bring our Real Food Menu Plans to you. We are incredibly blessed to have her our on team. And, as if Polly and I being lookalikes isn’t strange enough, Jennifer happens to be a

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  • It's like magic! These Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs really are cooked perfectly and peel easily. I can't believe it!

    Easy-To-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

    These easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot just might change your life. This recipe is MAGIC, I tell you. In all of my years of trying every hard boiled egg trick in the book, I’ve never come out with ones that were cooked this perfectly (think moist yellow

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  • 10 healthy, freezable breakfast recipes for those chaotic school mornings.

    10 Healthy, Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Ideas for Back To School

    A healthy breakfast even on those chaotic weekday mornings? We’ve got you covered with 10 healthy, freezable breakfast ideas to make ahead and have on hand. We started school again yesterday. It’s hard to believe my babies are now in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades–our last year all under one

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  • The Very Berry Crumble lets your summer berries shine, while adding a little crispy, sweet topping that pairs perfectly with some vanilla ice cream. 

    Very Berry Crumble {Freezer-Friendly}

    Back to school time may be around the corner, but don’t let summer die, I say! Keep it alive a bit longer by filling your house with the smells and tastes of summer with this simple Very Berry Crumble. If you’re like me and love the berry insides of a

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  • Being On Live TV Is Like…

    Last Friday, Polly and I made our debut TV appearance in St. Louis. Like with everything in the cookbook publishing world we’ve entered, it proved to be a brand new learning curve. If you haven’t seen the clip yet, you can watch our 3 minute appearance here. What was being

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