Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes from One Lovely Life

Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite recipes with you. First up is Emily from One Lovely Life. If you are a regular reader you know that I adore Emily. Long before I dreamed of a food blog of my own I was reading hers. One Lovely Life is the very first food blog that I ever followed and she is the one who truly inspired me to start a little blog of my own. Not only Continue Reading →


15 Simple One Pot Dinner Ideas

Simple One Pot Dinner Ideas are just the kind of thing that you need on hand for those busy night you know you’ll be running around to this or that, or for the night that you just don’t feel like cooking. I am a huge fan of throwing everything in a pot and letting it all cook together, but I normally get stuck making lots of soups and chilis. I thought a fun list of One Pot Dinner Ideas would be just the thing to get us both out of our cooking ruts while keeping it simple. It’s been a Continue Reading →


Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Meatballs

Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Meatballs are sweet and savory, without being spicy. And the best part? You get to eat the meatballs with a toothpick. Bed sheets, an old teddy bear robe, and sunglasses… those are the things our annual Nativity reenactment is made of. Every year on Christmas Eve, we gather at Thomas’ parents’ house for a finger food/appetizer dinner, followed by a reading of Luke 2. It’s not just a reading mind you, it’s a full-on family production of the Nativity, costumes included. This tradition is light-hearted and a memory maker, but it still keeps the true spirit Continue Reading →


One Hour Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

One hour pumpkin cinnamon rolls are just the recipe that we need to kick October off with a bang, am I right!? The best part about this recipe is not only that they take just one hour from start to eating, but that it makes 12 perfectly sized cinnamon rolls. Now, do I love recipes that make 4 dozen rolls to call my own, but I don’t really need that many hanging around the house; twelve is much more manageable. These are soft, sweet, and tender with just the right amount of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to make them Continue Reading →


One Pot Coconut Chicken and Rice

One Pot Wonders make my world a happy place and my friend Emily from One Lovely Life is here sharing an amazing looking dish, just in time for cool fall weather! Take it away girl! ‘Tis the season friends! No, sorry, not THAT season. ‘Tis the season for stews, soups, and one pot meals. We didn’t have it often growing up, but some Sundays my mom would put together a pan of chicken baked over rice. I remember feeling a bit weird that the chicken had bones in it (oh, the horror!), but I also remember LOVING the rice. There’s just Continue Reading →


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

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. 1. Southwestern Crunchy Burritos from Happy Food Healthy Life 2. Chipotle Shrimp Burritos from FoodieCrush 3. Slow Cooker Chile Colorado Smothered Burritos from The Recipe Critic 4. Chicken Fajita Breakfast Burritos Continue Reading →


13 Strawberry recipes you need in your life!

Strawberries! My mom and dad have strawberries ripening at their house in Kentucky as we speak and my dad keeps texting me pictures of the perfectly red fruit before he picks them. Oh the jealousy inside of me! At least he’s not making videos of them eating Mom’s strawberry shortcake. That might kill me slowly. Since I don’t have a berry batch of my own, yet, I’m settling on enjoying fresh picked strawberries vicariously. I also thought it would be fun to share the strawberry love today by highlighting some delicious looking recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. Whether Continue Reading →


One Dozen Amazing Pumpkin Recipes

Hello all! Fall is in the air and I plan on doing my part as a blogger to fill your fall-time needs. I asked on my Bless this Mess Facebook page if you all liked “round-up” style posts. The answer I got back was a big yes! Someone mentioned that too long of a list was overwhelming and a short and sweet compilation of recipes might be better. I thought that was an awesome idea so I asked a few of my blogging friends to send me their favorite pumpkin recipes to share. It was really fun to see what Continue Reading →


Ingredient Spotlight: Cacao

cocoa and dark chocolate in wooden spoons

Let’s talk chocolate! Learn the difference between cacao nibs, cacao powder, cocoa powder, and dutch-processed cocoa. Could there BE a better time to talk about chocolate? (Well, let’s be honest, is there a bad time to talk about chocolate?) There are so many gorgeous confections to be made, and it seemed like the perfect time to talk about all the different kinds of cocoa. While I could go on for days about actual chocolate, today we’re just going to cover the kinds of cocoa that are most often used in baking, smoothie making, etc. Some of the terms may be 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 →