Author Archive: Rachel

  • How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

    Thank you to my mother-in-law for this quick trick on how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave! Did you know that cooking corn on the cob doesn’t require dirtying up a pot, heating up the kitchen, or waiting for a gallon of water to boil? I sure

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  • Fun Idea to Do With Kids While You Wait

    Every parent of preschool and elementary kids has been there. The dreaded wait…at a restaurant, the doctor’s office, an amusement park, you get the idea. Kids start to whine. Your head starts to hurt. Well, we have a really fun idea to do while you wait, and it doesn’t involve a device!

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  • Kids’ Bathroom Flip

    If you’re an Instagram follower, you’ll know that I actually wrapped up this Kids’ Bathroom makeover a few months ago! I’m excited to finally get the details your way. Much like our Master Bedroom Makeover, I had done slim to none as far as decorating this room. I mean, it’s

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  • Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe {Freezer Meal}

    These Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes are a part of our family’s regular breakfast rotation for good reason. As with so many of our real food recipes, they have sneaky vegetables (i.e. pumpkin this time) and 100% whole grain in them but retain their light, fluffy texture. Plus, they’ve got a

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  • Top 10 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes on Thriving Home

    With 8 years worth of content, it can be easy to forget about some amazing pumpkin recipes that we have shared over the years. Since fall is in full swing, we thought it would be great to resurface some of these gems and get them back in the spotlight. Here

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  • Peach Pie Overnight Oats

    This make-ahead Peach Pie Overnight Oats recipe takes just minutes to put together and provides a super nutritious and quick breakfast. Think late summer, ripe peaches, and a delicious slice of peach pie. This overnight oats recipe combines all the best flavors, crunch, and sweetness of peach pie into a

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  • 12 Quick and Easy Fall Decor Ideas

    A quick fall makeover in your home is as simple as changing out some pillows, throws, a wreath, and a few other small decorations. Check out these 12 simple ideas…

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  • Chicken Parmesan Casserole {Freezer Meal}

    Chicken parmesan casserole is a family-favorite freezer meal that is super easy to make. This real food, healthy dinner recipe is a staple in our home. (Looking for healthy freezer meal recipes? We have 70+ of our favorites HERE!) Whenever I make my Roasted Whole Chicken and Vegetables (one my

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  • Freezer Breakfast Burritos

    Kids and adults alike love these simple breakfast burritos filled with all good things including BACON. Make these in mass and freeze them to have on hand for busy school and work mornings as a grab-and-go option. What a nutritious, protein-rich, and delicious breakfast to start your day!

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  • Avocado Aioli

    Avocado Aioli is a super flavorful dip or spread that jazzes up all types of recipes from Oven Fries to raw veggie sticks to sandwiches. Try our short-cut method to make your own homemade avocado aioli! What Is Aioli Made of? The name “aioli” literally means “garlic and oil” and

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  • The No-Fail Way to Cook Bacon

    An easy step-by-step guide on how to cook bacon in the oven. Less mess and better bacon! Skip the Mess: Bake Your Bacon! For years I tried to cook bacon either in a frying pan or the microwave. What a holy greasy mess! But, I learned a well-known secret a

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  • Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs

    Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs are every bit as tasty as they sound. The sweetness of grilled fresh pineapple pairs perfectly with the smoky saltiness of the bacon. Serve with St. James Winery’s newest Strawberry Rosé and a light salad for a delightful summer meal.

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  • Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats

    This super nutritious make-ahead Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats takes just minutes to put together and tastes surprisingly like the dessert. A perfect breakfast recipe to have on hand when strawberries are in season!

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  • Strawberry Avocado Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Prepare to be transported to a warm summer day as you enjoy our Strawberry Avocado Salad. Tangy feta cheese, toasted sliced almonds, sweet strawberries, fresh pineapple, and creamy avocado pair well with the sweet and tangy balsamic dressing.

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  • Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

    This slightly sweet, slightly tangy balsamic dressing is incredibly easy to make. Keep Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette on hand for quick and healthy salads any day of the week. Works great as a marinade for chicken, too.  Benefits of Making Your Own Vinaigrette When I was younger, I just thought salad

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