Author Archive: Rachel

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    10+ Great Summer Reads to Add to Your Book List

    Add these 10+ books to your summer reading list! The common threads in our diverse summer book list? Each of these are redemptive, inspiring, and/or simply fun books that had us walking away as fully satisfied readers!

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    Easy Hash Brown Casserole (Gluten Free)

    Our make-ahead Easy Hash Brown Casserole makes this traditional holiday side dish a little bit healthier by making it from scratch and leaving out the canned cream of soup. It comes together quickly but is creamy and comforting as always!

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    Strawberry Fields Spinach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

    Perfect for an Easter holiday table or weeknight meal, this colorful spring-inspired salad packs a flavor punch with every bite! Spinach, strawberries, bacon, feta, red onion, and more are topped with a mild, lemony, sweet dressing that’s sure to please all ages.

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    Instant Pot Beef Stew {Freezer Meal}

    This Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe is easy enough to be a mid-week dinner or fancy enough for dinner guests. What would typically take all day in the slow cooker, only takes about an hour from start to finish in the Instant Pot. You’ll take a short cut by using stew meat (no chopping!) and Yukon gold baby potatoes (no peeling!).

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    3 Lessons from Moving Across the Country

    By Erin Hawley, Contributor Our family has recently relocated for my husband’s job.  There have been some difficult moments as we moved our two small children away from their school, friends, and family.  But through all of the transition, God has shown up in grace-filled, after-the-fact funny moments, and in

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    Very Berry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

    The Very Berry Smoothie starts your day with a super food punch! This easy, healthy smoothie includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, plus some hidden spinach. Make some freezer smoothie packs ahead of time to have these on hand for a quick, nutritious breakfast.

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    Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

    Frozen strawberries, pineapple, and banana combine with coconut milk and almonds to create the most luxurious, healthy smoothie you’ve ever had! We teach you how to prep ahead by making freezer smoothie packs to have on hand, too. This easy Strawberry Piña Colada fruit smoothie has party time written all over it.

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    Orangesicle Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

    Sweet potato, clementines, carrots, and bananas create the base of this easy smoothie that’s a healthier version of the orange sherbet push-up pops from childhood. Yum! Freezer smoothie pack instructions included so you can prep these smoothies ahead of time.

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    The BEST Instant Pot Vegetable Soup {Freezer Meal}

    This Instant Pot Vegetable Soup is filled to the brim with hearty vegetables, black beans, and barley. It provides the nutrition you need this winter to boost your immune system and fight off sickness plus amazing taste that will make you want to lick the bowl clean.

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    Holiday Ham with Cranberry-Orange Glaze

    Our make ahead Holiday Ham with Cranberry-Orange Glaze might just be the easiest main dish you’ve ever prepared for a crowd. Serve it up with some Cranberry Wine (yum!) and our go-to holiday side dishes, and you’ve got the start of a table tradition for years to come. Disclaimer: This

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    7 Tips for Praying with Your Kids at Bedtime

     by Nathan Tiemeyer, Pastor at The Crossing (and Rachel’s husband). This post was first published on Every Square Inch. Many of us probably think it’s a good idea, at least in theory, to pray with our kids at bedtime. As we tuck our children in, not only can prayer be

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    4 Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free)

    You won’t find an easier green smoothie than the 4 Ingredient Green Tropical Smoothie. This super healthy, dairy-free smoothie tastes like a tropical island treat. Sooo tasty! Four ingredients. That’s it! That’s all you need to make one of the tastiest, healthiest smoothies out there. Let’s break down those four

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    50+ Ways to Sneak Vegetables and Fruits into Kid Favorites

    I’m a big believer in offering my kids fruits and vegetables at every meal. Research has definitively shown that if you keep offering and keep offering, children will eventually try the produce you put in front of them. I know from experience! It does work, but it takes months and

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