Herbed Tomato Bacon Pizza

Homemade pizza… there’s nothing better for a Friday night at home if you ask me! My mom’s homemade pizza was famous when I was a kid. I remember once when I was in junior high school I had a classmate over to work on a project (a solar system diorama I do believe). She happened to be around at dinner time and had Mom’s pizza with us. She was so shocked and amazed that people made their own pizza and then she was even more shocked when she tasted it. There’s just no match for homemade pizza!

Now that I’m a mom I’ve dedicated Friday nights to pizza night and it’s a tradition that my whole family loves. The kids help make the dough, they fight over who gets to roll it out, and they eat most of the pepperoni before it hits the pizza. It’s a tradition that we all love; life is good in the kitchen isn’t it?! This recipe for homemade herbed tomato and bacon pizza is a great way to use some seasonal tomatoes and garden herbs which are perfect this time of year. Add a little bacon and you really have a great flavor combo that the whole family will love. Plus, if you

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Herbed Tomato Bacon Pizza - pizza night at it's best!

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18 Zucchini Recipes – because there really is such a thing as too many zucchini!

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Zucchini is the one and only garden vegetable that I’m glad to see freeze at the end of the year. My frugal soul can’t waste a single one and I think my plants take the challenge to heart. I love the stuff, but after a few months of eating it every way I can think of, it starts to lose its charm. If you are new to gardening start with zucchini, it’s nearly impossible to kill and produces like you can’t believe. I know I won’t be the only one drowning in zucchini in the next couple of weeks, so Continue Reading →


Think Greek Quinoa Salad

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Hello again, Bless This Mess readers! I’m so excited to be sharing one of our new favorite meals with you today: Think Greek Quinoa Salad! Quinoa is one of those great high-protein grains that can keep you full for hours. It can be a touch strong on its own sometimes, but it’s just divine with a great dressing. This lemon-oregano dressing is just the ticket. The quinoa will absorb all that goodness and the flavor will pull everything together. This is an excellent salad to make ahead of time. It gets more delicious with a few hours under its belt, Continue Reading →


Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

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Few things could make Monday better than the recipe for Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potatoes au Gratin. They are very literally perfect; cheesy, starchy, potato-laden heaven. Not only are they delicious, they are easy too. You don’t even have to peel the potatoes! These are a perfect side for any grilled meat and are one of my favorite dishes to take to pot-lucks and family dinners. It’s a recipe that you need in your archive, and if eating gluten free is an issue for you or a family member I have instructions on how to make this dish gluten free in Continue Reading →


Sweet Tooth Fairy’s VaNIElla Squared Cupcake Copycat Recipe

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If the title Sweet Tooth Fairy’s VaNIElla Squared Cupcake Copycat Recipe doesn’t mean much to you, let me explain. Sweet Tooth Fairy is a cupcake shop in Utah (the owner was on Cupcake Wars and won!) and the VaNIElla Squared cupcakes are one of their most delicious (and popular) cupcake flavors ever. You just can’t beat a perfect vanilla cupcake with out of this world vanilla icing. The cupcakes used to be called Vanilla Squared until the shop decided to change the name to honor one of its biggest fans - Stephanie Nielsen from Nie Nie Dialogues. Stephanie Nielsen has an Continue Reading →


15 Burrito Recipes – because you can never have enough Mexican food in your life!

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I’m in love with all things Mexican, especially in the summer when there are so many amazing vegetables to stick in and on top of tacos, burritos, nachos, and Mexi casseroles. I thought I’d share the love today with 15 amazing burrito recipes that are sure to please. Top with that delicious blender salsa I posted on Monday and life will be grand. Have a great day friends! Dinner is served.


Hobby Farm – Moving Right Along

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Morning friends! I’ve been spending lots and lots of time in the garden and really enjoying it all, so I thought I’d show you all how things are coming along including a few new additions to our little hobby farm. First up, the garden. The garden is large and growing and I feel like I’m losing the battle with weeds. I did a great job keeping up with weeding last year, but this year it is quite the mess. I have this mental picture of a weed free garden with nice straight rows and my reality is so far from Continue Reading →


The best Blender Salsa ever

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While I’m waiting anxiously for my tomatoes to ripen I’ve been making and eating this salsa like it’s my job. This is my very favorite quick and easy blender salsa recipe that uses canned tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are such a great option in cooking when the garden ones aren’t quiet ready because they were actually picked and processed when the tomatoes were ripe. They win over those mealy store-bought tomatoes any day, especially in salsa. Bonus points if you are using home canned tomatoes from last year’s garden. This recipe is quick, easy, and awesome. I think you should whip Continue Reading →


Homemade Vanilla Pudding Cups plus 11 other recipes made in a mason jar

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It’s the 12th already and do you know what that means? 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. This month was a really fun theme… food served/cooked in mason jars. I use mason jars all of the time in my kitchen so this was really fun for me. You know those little puddings in a cup? My kids think that they love them. They always ask for them at grandma’s house and when they have them, they never eat them. They are so yucky! And why aren’t they refrigerated?! That is just odd isn’t it? So between the fake Continue Reading →


No Machine Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

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Electronic things haven’t been kind to me the last few weeks. My computer died weeks ago and just when I thought it was fixed today it’s dead again, and now I can’t get my camera to show up on my old laptop when plug it in to get the pictures off (!!!!). So while I’m trying to get a handle on my technology Emily from One Lovely Life is here to save the day with a delicious chocolate ice cream recipe that you don’t even need an ice cream machine to make. Sounds like the perfect recipes for the middle Continue Reading →