Polly and Rachel

We are friends, moms, and co-bloggers at Thriving Home. Polly earns the DIY-crafty girl award, while Rachel claims the natural living and healthy cooking nut title. We share healthy recipes, parenting resources, tips for natural living and much more. Join them on their bumpy journey as they strive to create thriving homes.

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DIY Scented Soap Bars

by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author A recent school family project assignment had my daughters and I wondering what to conquer. “Let’s make soap!” one of them suggested. What?! ...more

Crowd Pleaser Mexican Soup

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 made with veggies and beans ....more

Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal

Updated and republished from December 2010 After discovering how life-changing (well, close) Brownie Baked Oatmeal can be, I knew I had to try other forms of this make ahead oatmeal breakfast. Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal did not disappoint. The first time I made this, I prepared it the night before, popped it in the oven at 5:50 a.m. in the morning ....more

A Mother’s Day Special: 25 Encouraging Verse Cards

We’ve got a Mother’s Day special for you on a very special and inexpensive gift! About a year ago, Polly and I had our uber-talented designer friend, Christine Busch, design an adorable little set of 25 printable verse cards called On the Job Meditations for Moms…because, well, we personally needed them. Polly and I both found ourselves in the physically and emotionally-draining weeds of parenting little ones all day (and night) long ....more

Menu Plan: April 13-19

Dinner: Sunday: Slow Cooker Pot Roast, green salad with Balsamic Parmesan Dressing Monday: Chicken Piccata, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Roasted Asparagus, sliced strawberries Tuesday: Leftovers Wednesday: BFD*: Oven Omelet (with added veggies), whole wheat toast, chopped fruit Thursday: (kids only) Pizzadillas, green peas, apple slices Friday: Barbequed Lime Shrimp and Corn (on grill) over brown rice, steamed broccoli Saturday: Grilled Burgers on Homemade Wheat Buns, Roasted Purple Potatoes and Carrots *Breakfast for dinner Breakfast Ideas: Banana Pumpkin Bread fried eggs and whole wheat toast 5 Minute Chocolate Oatmeal Lunch Ideas: 7 Layer Taco Dip with veggies leftovers Snack/Dessert Ideas: nuts and fruit trail mix leftover Banana Pumpkin Bread peanut butter on apple slices Free Printable Menu Planner Here’s an easy way to get started on saving money and eating healthier–download our free printable menu planner! The post Menu Plan: April 13-19 appeared first on Thriving Home ....more

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

I recently read a post on the Gospel Coalition website called “Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?” The information and thoughts shared in the article have been churning around in my mind since I read it. I thought I’d share a few excerpts from the article in hopes that it leads you to read it in its entirety. The following is an excerpt from “Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?“: In this age of globalization, most of us are far removed from the source of our food ....more

Coconut Flour Pumpkin Muffins Recipe (GF)

Republished and updated from September 2012 You may be wondering what the heck coconut flour is and why I would bother baking muffins with it. First off, these Coconut Flour Pumpkin Muffins are worth making simply because they are so good. Even my health-food-craze-resistant husband admitted such ....more

All Natural Orange Vinegar and Orange Peel Household Cleaner

A long time ago, before we even started Thriving Home, Rachel recruited me to make some DIY All-Purpose Disinfectant Spray. This was the first time that I saw how cheap and easy it was to make your own homemade cleaning supplies. Since then I have dabbled here and there in making my own products ....more

Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

Republished and updated from November 2011 I’ve been in a Freezer Club with some of my best friends who share my same food values for seven years now. When we find a freezer meal that most or all the families enjoy, it goes on our “Homerun Recipe List”....more

Menu Plan: April 6-12

Dinner: Sunday: Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole, Homemade Sandwich Wheat Bread, corn on the cob (try this no-boil trick!), green beans, fresh pineapple Monday: Easy Calzones (using this whole wheat dough and this pizza sauce), green salad with Balsamic Parm Dressing, pear slices Tuesday: Leftovers Wednesday: BFD*: Peanut Butter & Banana Baked Oatmeal, all-natural bacon, orange segments Thursday: : 7-Layer Taco Dip with organic tortilla chips and raw veggies, fruit salad Friday: Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken (in the slow cooker) over brown rice, steamed broccoli Saturday: Firecracker Grilled Salmon, grilled veggies (peppers, onions, mushrooms), baked potatoes *Breakfast for dinner Breakfast Ideas: leftover Baked Apple Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast burritos (recipe to come) oatmeal with blueberries and bananas Egg in a Hole Lunch Ideas: leftovers Snack/Dessert Ideas: Holy Chocomole Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies Best Popcorn Ever Free Printable Menu Planner Here’s an easy way to get started on saving money and eating healthier–download our free printable menu planner! The post Menu Plan: April 6-12 appeared first on Thriving Home ....more