The Ultimate Pulled Pork Sandwich

Ultimate Pulled Pork Sandwiches are perfect for anyone who is on Team Simple for their party food. You can make almost all of the elements in advance!

Ultimate Pulled Pork Sandwiches are perfect for anyone who is on Team Simple for their party food. You can make almost all of the elements in advance!

There are few things more tasty than a perfect pulled pork sandwich. We make these all of the time because they are just so good. If you ask me, this is the ultimate party food because everyone loves it, you can make 90% of the elements for the sandwich ahead of time, and it’s an easy dish to feed a crowd. I know that turkey and ham might be all the rage this time of year, but I’m on Team SIMPLE when it comes to party food. This would be awesome to serve to friends and family before a holiday party, after caroling, or in the middle of your Hallmark Movie Marathon. It’s warm, comforting, and always a hit.

If you are having a party, you can plan on making these and then you can assign everyone else sides. With a little potato salad, some kind of sparkly drink, and some baked beans on the side, you are going to have a meal fit for a king (and a crowd!).

I’m a big fan of making the meat kind of plain (delicious, but plain) so that people can add the condiments that they like. I also love homemade refrigerator pickles on this sandwich; they just have a different taste then normal store-bought pickles. The acidic vinegar and a little bit of crunch goes perfectly with a sweet homemade barbecue sauce. You are going to love these sandwiches!

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My favorite things GIVEAWAY!


It’s my favorite post of the year – my 2016 favorite things giveaway! Enter now to win goodies worth over $500! Few things are more exciting to me than getting this annual giveaway ready for you! I have done this for a few years and it’s one of my favorite ways to say thank you to you my wonderful friends and blog readers. I started blogging as a job almost exactly 5 years ago and I had no idea where this journey would take me. I’m so grateful for all of the things I have learned, experiences I’ve enjoyed, delicious Continue Reading →

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Food, Farm, Family


This holiday gift guide is all about food, farm, and family. They are all items that you’ll truly love or find useful – no clutter here!  I love a good gift guide and I love making them for you to enjoy too! I don’t have a big house and I do have a lot of people in it, so when I think about bringing things into my home, I want to truly love them or for them to serve a very useful purpose. I was thinking about what to share with you, and the main topics of my blog kept coming to mind: food, Continue Reading →

12 Slow Cooker Lasagnas

A dozen slow cooker lasagnas for you - making lasagna doesn't have to be a time-consuming process that makes a huge mess of your kitchen!

A dozen slow cooker lasagnas for you – making lasagna doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process that makes a huge mess of your kitchen! As I was thinking about this week, I thought it would be great to have some really simple meals for you! Thanksgiving is all about the food and I know you are spending a lot of time thinking, planning, and testing. The thing is, you still have to eat on the days leading up to Thanksgiving too. It might not be what you want to do, or what is easiest, but your family is going Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Dishes from Bless this Mess

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62 Thanksgiving dishes for your table, from appetizers to desserts. This post is making me so very happy. I was feeling like I didn’t have much help to offer you in the kitchen when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes because I don’t have a roasted turkey, stuffing, whole ham, or mashed potato recipe on my blog. Not one! But the more I got to thinking, the more I realized that I have TONS of recipes that you might really love to enjoy with your friends and family this holiday season. I have collected some of my favorite tried and true Continue Reading →

Five Ingredient Sides for Thanksgiving


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8 Must-Make Pie Recipes for Your Holidays

8 Must-Make Pies

You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust – so I’ve pulled together my 8 favorite pie recipes for you, all in one place! After writing a huge post all about pie crust, I wanted to share a few classic, simple, perfect-for-every-holiday pie recipes to go with it. You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust and this post is just that – all things pie! I decided I’d group 8 different traditional pie recipes together for you. This way, when you need a pie to try, you can just pop into this post and look Continue Reading →

DIY Fall Rag Wreath


A DIY Fall Rag Wreath is an easy way to use up your fabric stash and get your house decked out for the season. Pop in a movie and get to tying that fabric! We’re taking a break from all the food to bring you a fun little craft project. The gardens are done for the year and it’s getting colder outside, so now it’s time to find indoor projects to work on. Fall decor, handmade Christmas, and catching up on my reading list are the first things I go to in the colder months. I loved this project and I Continue Reading →

4 Recipes for a Perfect Pie Crust

4 Recipes for Perfect Pie Crust

This is your ULTIMATE guide to making a perfect pie crust! It has 4 great recipes – traditional, whole wheat, graham cracker & chocolate cookie crusts. I’ll be the first to admit that I used to be totally intimidated by pie crust. I felt like there were too many rules, too many recipes, and too many differing opinions on what makes one crust work and another one flop. Do you use shortening, butter, or lard? For how long do you chill it? I thought that if I didn’t know exactly what I was doing, I’d ruin hours worth of work because pie crust was fussy Continue Reading →

Easy Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake

Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake

This Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake comes together quickly when you use leftover shredded meat and extra homemade green enchilada sauce. I love cooking a big batch of meat in the slow cooker, pulling it apart while it’s warm and tender, and then using the meat throughout the week. Cook once and eat on it all week is my kind of meal prep! This recipe is just perfect for any kind of meat that you have already shredded and in the fridge. You can use shredded beef, pork, chicken, or even lamb. You can’t really go wrong with any of Continue Reading →