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One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions

Growing up, every Christmas morning we had monkey bread. While the sticky sweet recipe is delish, what makes the monkey bread so special is the tradition behind it. The thought of our Christmas morning monkey bread warms my heart and is something I want to carry on in my family.

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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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Christmas Tree Troubles

Gather round, friends. I have a Christmas tale for you that is sure to bring some jolly to your day. It is a tale of a young mother who had large Christmas tree ambitions. Ambitions that were thwarted by the brokenness in this world. Yet, she persisted. And ended up

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Note: This post did have a giveaway on it, but it has expired. We don’t want Christmas to be about stuff, as we wrote about in this post recently. Giving meaningful gifts, however, is one way we can show love to our people and make Jesus’ birthday a joyous celebration that

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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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Celebration Giveaway #5: Instant Pot! {EXPIRED}

We are wrapping up our week-long celebration giveaway with something right up your alley… an INSTANT POT!!! We are big fans of this contraption. Primarily because it can cook a freezer meal straight from frozen! Yes, it’s true. A freezer meal can go straight from frozen into the Instant Pot

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Celebration Giveaway #3: Sseko Ribbon Sandals {EXPIRED}

We have all the big feelz over here as we celebrate the launch of our cookbook, From Freezer to Table. This is Day 3 of our big-fantastic-week-long-giveaway and we are excited to see who the winner is. Today, someone will get their very own pair of Sseko Ribbon Sandals! It’s

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Celebration Giveaway #2: Cookbook Bundle {EXPIRED}

We’re continuing a big week of 24 hour giveaways to celebrate the release of our cookbook, From Freezer to Table. Today’s giveaway is not just one item but SIX! Once again, I am jealous of our very own giveaway. I mean, how fun would it be to get this stack

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Join Our Facebook Live This Wednesday!

Just wanted to drop in a quick announcement that we will be going LIVE on Facebook this Wednesday. Our husbands will be joining us for a fun little game of “Will it Freeze?”   We’ll share lots of practical freezer cooking tips as we quiz you and our non-cooking, non-freezing,

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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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What Books Are In My Nightstand Right Now

What Books Are In My Nightstand Right Now

I’m finally at a phase of life where I have time and a little more energy to read at night and in the early morning. I always enjoy getting a peek into other bloggers’ lives to see what books they have lying around and/or are enjoying, so I thought I’d

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10 Things I'm Glad I Did On Our Family Vacation

10 Things I’m Glad I Did On Our Family Vacation

The beach is my happy place. And I’ve always wanted my children to be able to see and experience the ocean and white sands beaches of the Florida panhandle, like I’ve been fortunate enough to many times as a teenager and adult. Being landlocked in mid-Missouri (at least 14 hours

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These 5 random books are among some of my favorites recently. See why I liked them in this post.

Rachel’s 5 Random Good Reads (and Some Confessions)

It’s that time again when I dig through my rather full end table and pull out my good reads as of late. Today, I’m sharing some favs from this past winter and spring that I think are worth picking up. In case you missed it, here were three books I couldn’t put down last summer. Apparently, I’m also

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Keeping the Big Things Big (and the Small Things Small)

“Martha, if your heart stops beating, do you want us to restart it?” I could hardly believe the question that the doctor had just asked my grandmother (technically my husband’s grandmother but family is family.) As much as I was caught off guard by the question, I was even more

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One Small Change to Save Money and Waste {Plus a Mighty Deal for You!}

Sponsored by MightyNest Small changes around the house can really start to add up when it comes to living healthier, saving money, and preserving our environment this year. But, sometimes it’s hard to know where to even start, right? One small but very doable change we’re both working toward is ditching the paper

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