Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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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…

Top 10 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes on Thriving Home

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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…

Chicken Parmesan Casserole {Freezer Meal}

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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?…

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

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This homemade Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte is EASY to make and is my go-to drink when entertaining in the fall or winter. It's made with REAL ingredients from your pantry and everyone loves it and is…

Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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Looking for an easy breakfast idea? We love this easy Breakfast Casserole Muffin recipe. It's made with simple ingredients that you likely have in your kitchen. These make a fabulous, freezer-friendly…

10 Fall Recipes You Need to Try--Stat!

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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…

My #1 Time Saving Recipe!

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We hear you loud and clear: you don't have enough TIME! Time to cook. Time to clean. Time to read. Time to parent. Time to travel. Time to volunteer. Time to exercise. Time to sleep. Time for friends.…
mini meatloaf muffins

The Best Review of a Recipe I've Ever Gotten

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Last week I got THE single best (and most hilarious) review of a recipe I've ever gotten in my entire life. Listen to the end of this audio clip from my two neighbor girls (there's a slight pause in the…
25+ Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes That Feed a Crowd

25 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes That Feed a Crowd

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One of my secrets to low-stress hosting of a crowd is to utilize my slow cooker. Why? It allows me to work ahead and then relax as my guests arrive, knowing that a warm, comforting dish is ready to go…
Top 10 Freezer Meals to Take to Others

Top 10 Freezer Meals to Take to Others

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There are seasons in life when a home cooked meal delivered to the door of a friend, neighbor, or church member speaks volumes of love. Our family has certainly benefited from many meals from friends over…

Power Breakfast Smoothies for Summer

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I am excited to have my friend, Lindsey, guest posting for us today. We were friends in college and thanks to our husbands being best-buddies we have kept in touch since then as well. When my husband…

Homemade Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls {Freezer Meal}

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Little hands can't get enough of these ham and cheese crescent rolls. Don't believe me? Here's what happened when I was trying to get a picture of these bad boys. Who can blame her? Between the sweet,…
easy mexican soup recipe

Crowd Pleaser Mexican Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Updated and republished from January 2012 This Mexican soup recipe never fails to please a crowd. It is one of my favorite recipes for a lot of reasons: 1) It tastes awesome! 2) It is primarily…
Baked Oatmeal with Fruit can be a hearty, healthy breakfast or dinner. It's warm and comforting with a little milk over the top.

Baked Oatmeal: Updated and Healthier {Freezer Meal}

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A while back I posted about a favorite recipe of mine, Baked Oatmeal. I can't even begin to count the number of times we've made this in the past few years. We almost always have the ingredients on hand…

Taco Seasoning Mix

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This house LOVES mexican food. Even my two year old will scarf down a whole bowl of spicy mexican soup without any protest. When I sit down to menu plan for the week, it seems like there is almost…
homemade wheat sandwich bread

Homemade Wheat Sandwich Bread: A Complete Guide

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I've always been afraid of the fickle beast. That's what my friend, Carla, and I call yeast. Good homemade bread without a bread maker has eluded me for years, because I could never get the yeast or recipe…

Mini Fruit Pizzas with Cream Cheese Frosting

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I LOVE fruit. Love it. When I was pregnant with my first kid I went through a stage where all I wanted to eat was fruit salad. After a few months of that I moved into an orange-colored fruit kick. I…

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce {Freezer Meal}

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People. If I would have known how easy and cheap it is to make your own marinara sauce in the crock pot, I would have started doing this years ago! Instead I've been spending money on expensive jars…
healthy meatball recipe

Healthy Meatball Sandwich Recipe

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This healthier version of a Meatball Sub is hands down one of my favorite sandwiches of all time. And, more importantly, my whole family from ages 1 to 40 loves it! That's a rare treat at this stage of…

Zucchini Flaxseed Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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I've made these Zucchini Flaxseed Muffins more times than I can count. Not only are they moist and totally yummy, but they are a great way to include some sneaky nutrition into a kid-favorite. I almost…
Freezer friendly baked beef ravioli

Beefy Baked Ravioli: An Easy Fake-Out Lasagna {Freezer Meal}

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Since my grass-fed, organic beef was delivered a few weeks ago, I’ve been thumbing through some “oldies but goodies” beef recipes and came upon Beefy Baked Ravioli. This recipe is one that my…

Jane's Grilled Peaches Recipe

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This grilled peach recipe is an explosion of flavors. It's a perfect side dish for your next cookout! Grilled peaches are also a great recipe for large groups. Ever had grilled peaches? I hadn't until…
Garlic honey chicken kabob marinade

Honey-Garlic Chicken Kabob Marinade {Freezer Meal}

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Like I mentioned before, we are a kabob-lovin' family. If it were up to me, I'd have them every week. For the sake of variety, we don't. But I love them that much. What's funny is I only have two recipes…
A easy homemade granola recipe

Homemade Granola Recipe

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For the past few months, my husband has kindly reminded me that I haven't made my granola recipe in a while. I had good intentions to make it but just added it to the very long to-do list and it never…