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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…

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…

How to Grill A Pork Tenderloin: Using the 7-6-5 Method {Freezer Meal}

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When you grill a pork tenderloin instead of bake it, you still get the flavor and moistness but the bonus is the extra char-crispiness that coats the outside of the tenderloin. Using the 7-6-5 method…
chocolate banana bread slices on white plate

Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread {Freezer-Friendly}

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Ah, sweet breads. Forgiver of all added-in leftovers and hidden fruits and veggies. Your family is going to love this pretty darn healthy Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread!

10 Easy Recipes for the Beginner Cook

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These 10 beginner recipes are a perfect place to start for any new cook! We all had to start somewhere. When young gals tell me they have no idea how to cook, my advice to them is, "Take one…

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Waffles {Freezer Meal}

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Here's an easy breakfast idea that your family will love: freezer friendly Pumpkin Chocolate Waffles. They are a great way to sneak some nutrition into your breakfast. Make lots and freeze some for later! These…
This quick, cheap, and protein-rich meal works for breakfast or dinner anytime.

10-Minute Spinach Cheddar Frittata: Easy Weeknight Meal

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Sometimes it's 5 p.m., and you have few groceries in the fridge and no plan for dinner. That was me one night last week. Thankfully, I had eggs, cheese, milk, and some fresh spinach to work with. And…

Hello Peaches! Make This Pecan Peach Crisp Now.

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.5 Heaven help me, this was good. I'm already a sucker for any fruity dessert so add a crispy-pecan crust to the top of fresh-seasonal peaches and I about fall over thinking about it. I stumbled on…
A perfect Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip cookie does exist! These are the best soft batch ones ever.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies: BEST EVER Soft Batch Version

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A perfect Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip cookie does exist! Yes, it is true. A real food, whole wheat version of a soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie does exist! I've searched high and low and baked many…

Sweet and Savory Roasted Carrots

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Little fun factoid of the day: In the book, Salt Sugar Fat, I learned that the man responsible for popularizing baby carrots was a top executive for Coca-Cola. After years of using his genius marketing…

Avocado Lime Salsa

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Holy moly. This avocado lime salsa was delicious! To be honest, I didn't create this recipe to go on the blog. I originally whipped it up to go on top of a cilantro lime chicken wrap recipe that…

Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas {Freezer Meal}

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Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery®. But the opinions are all ours!  My kids are totally on a quesadilla kick. No matter what we put in it, if…
These Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves are a kid-favorite and a great way to sneak in extra nutrition!

Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves {Freezer Meal}

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Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery®. But the opinions are all ours!  I could eat these super healthy Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves hot or cold, I tell ya.…

How to Select and Grill the Perfect Steak

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) My carnivorous, farm-boy husband has been waiting our whole marriage for me to write this post I think. Can anybody say "wife bonus points"? So, I shared earlier this…
For juicy, tender bite-sized chicken that will please a crowd try these Southwest Grilled Chicken Kabobs.

Southwest Grilled Chicken Kabobs {Freezer Meal}

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You want a killer marinade that everyone will like? Give this baby a try. This Southwest-inspired marinade packs a little smokiness, just a hint of heat, and a salty punch. We love it, especially…

Egg-in-a-Hole: A Classic Breakfast Idea

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There are quite a few reasons this mama loves a good 'ol egg-in-a-hole for breakfast. First of all, it's quick and easy to make. A must for weekday mornings. It's cheap. All you need is eggs, butter…
All-Natural Basic Cheese Sauce

Homemade Basic Cheese Sauce (with NO Velveeta!)

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This all-natural basic cheese sauce transforms vegetables, leaving my family always asking for more! It also works as a delicious sauce over pasta, meat, or rice. Best of all, NO VELVEETA! Wow.…

Dark Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal (with Sneaky Spinach) {Freezer Meal}

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You caught us. Yes, it's slightly ridiculous how much we eat oatmeal around here, whether it's Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packs or another baked oatmeal recipe from our breakfast recipe index. We love…

Caramelized Banana Oat Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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I love making muffins. Maybe it's because my figure somewhat represents one at the current time (i.e. 7.5 months pregnant) but for some reason I've been wanting muffins in the morning--and afternoon.…
Cheap, rich and savory, and good for you too! This Ham and Bean Soup is a perfect winter comfort food. #freezermeal #realfood

Leftover Ham and Nine Bean Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Cooking within a tight grocery budget? Let me tell ya, this soup is the bomb. It's not only cheap thanks to the beans, but it's also very filling and boasts a rich savory flavor thanks to the ham. (Want…
Cranberry Spinach Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

Cranberry Spinach Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

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This colorful Cranberry Spinach Salad and Creamy Citrus Dressing came from my mom and was a delightful hit at our family's Christmas celebration. The dressing is just about perfect in my estimation--citrusy,…
Light and Easy Chicken Cacciatore: How can something so easy be so complex-tasting? Look, friends, if we're going to eat healthfully in the New Year, this dish is what our tastebuds need--flavor, texture, and a beautiful dish to

Light and Easy Chicken Cacciatore {Freezer Meal}

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Crispy chicken bites atop a tomato-based, veggie-rich sauce are served over whole grain pasta. This healthy and satisfying classic Italian dish tastes like it's been simmering away all day long. Although…
Healthy Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Sweet Potato and Black Beans {Freezer Meal}

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Look no further for a comforting slow cooker freezer meal. This lean turkey chili is not only hearty and absolutely delicious, but it’s also chock full of fiber, protein, and nutrients. This crock pot…
Baked Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal: A super health, easy, freezable breakfast.

Baked Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal {Freezer Meal}

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After our first indulgent Thanksgiving feast (my first one to host in 37 years!) at our house and then a second indulgent feast with more family plus leftovers for every meal, we needed this recipe…