All posts by Melissa

15 Perfect Popsicle Recipes

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Here's the plan friends. You check out these 15 Perfect Popsicle Recipes and I'll dream about going into labor. Sounds like a great afternoon for all doesn't it?! These popsicles are just the thing you need to get you through the week and a little baby in my arms is just the thing I need to get me through the week too. I'm due tomorrow and to say that I'm ready is an understatement! I'm so very excited. Graham, Issac, Jacob, Mark, and Jonathan are the current contenders in the name department though I'm still having  a hard time deciding. Continue Reading →

7 Ways To Use and Store Melons

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Melon season is just around the corner and I'm sharing an article on the Hobby Farms' website today: 7 Ways To Use and Store Melons. I hope you'll pop over and read it! If you feel so inclined, any pinning from their site or comments are welcome too (I LOVE working with them and I hope they keep my around; let's show them it's a good article!). I also have an article about popcorn in their current print magazine! This is my first published article outside of the internet and I feel so fancy being in print. If you happen Continue Reading →

Hot Buttered Pretzels from King Arthur Flour

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Today's recipe for Hot Buttered Pretzels from King Arthur Flour is fabulous! My kids and I made these last week on an uncharacteristically rainy summer day. They were the perfect snack and were super fun to make too. The recipe makes 8 pretzels which is nice because you don't have a million to eat (which I would do, so sometimes it's better to eat one or two and then run out). I picked out the two prettiest pretzels to walk over to Thomas and my sister who were working at the hardware store. I was balancing them on a plate and Continue Reading →

15 Luscious Lemonade Recipes (all non-alcoholic)

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When life gives you summer, you make lemonade! I can remember the first time that I made homemade lemonade. It was the summer after we were married and we were having friends over for a little party. I made a gorgeous sparkling raspberry lemonade and it was a huge hit. I think I've been making fancy lemonade on occasion ever since. This roundup up of 15 luscious lemonade recipes, all of which are family approved, is sure to get you excited! Are you a fancy lemonade maker?! Once  you start, you won't be able to stop. Enjoy! And in baby news... 4 Continue Reading →

5 Secrets to Healthy Packed Lunch Success!

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It's so easy to fall into a lunch rut isn't it?! It seems like I get into the habit of making the same three or four things and before you know it we are all sick of what I'm serving. Today I'm sharing some fun ideas for lunches, specifically packed lunches. This is great if you plan on making lunches for your kids for school in the fall, to take to the park to enjoy on a sunny afternoon, for the kids headed to day camp, or even for your spouse if they work out of the house and takes a Continue Reading →

Currently… almost baby time!

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Thinking… my belly is huge! I guess that's what you get with a 5th baby. The funny thing is, I think I've been this big for months (I've been getting the "when are you due!?" question for ages). I got big fast and stayed that way but I don't feel like I'm getting much bigger as the weeks go on. Here's the nice thing about being big, my ribs and guts don't hurt like they have in the past. Sure there's plenty of cons, but we won't worry about those right now. I also chopped off my hair and permed Continue Reading →

Fresh Corn Salad

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Oh summer produce how I love thee! Eating healthy in the summer is just plain easy if you ask me because everything is so fresh and delicious. Today is this months' Eat Seasonal post which I love (and hope you do too!), so sit back and enjoy a plethora of amazing looking seasonal dishes from some crazy talented bloggers. My recipes today is for Fresh Corn Salad. You will LOVE how easy this simple side is. Just mix a little honey and lime juice in the bottom of the bowl, add your veggies, toss in the spinach, season with a little Continue Reading →

Honey Glazed Chicken Skewers

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Bring on all the grilled things! Southern Utah is HOT right now, and I don't even live in the hottest part of this region. The thermometer has been breaking 100 degrees plus every day and this very pregnant mom is hot. We have a swamp cooler, but it can only cool a house down by about 20 degrees (which is still so much better than no cooler!) but by the time dinner rolls around I'm a toasty mess with no desire to turn on the oven or stand over the stove. We spend almost every afternoon at the pool and Continue Reading →

Farm and Garden Update: June


I figured it was high time to get a little garden update going for you! The garden is growing like a weed, weeds included! Here's what I planted this year: Red onions White onions Potatoes Radishes Carrots Peas Swiss chard Spinach LOTS of green beans (they are the only things that I feel like I have to get in bottles this year, I'm hoping they'll be ready right when my mom gets here to help with the baby. Convenient!) Corn Tomatoes Assorted Bell peppers Jalapenos Green Cabbage Eggplant Cucumbers Watermelon (2 varieties) Cantaloupe Butternut Squash A million kids of pumpkins and ornamental gourds Lots of sunflowers Zinnias Here she is in all of her wild glory! This picture is from Friday and some of the Continue Reading →

20 Very Cherry Recipes

20 Very Cherry Recipes

Today's 20 Very Cherry Recipes is celebrating all things early summer and spring! This recipe collection includes recipes for sweet cherries, sour cherries, and even the famous Maraschino cherry. There's a little bit of everything thing here and I know you are going to find something you'll enjoy. We weren't lucky enough to have fruit on any of our trees this year thanks to a super late frost, but that doesn't mean we won't be picking up a few cherries from the grocery store when they make their way to us. I'm hoping you were luckier than us and you have Continue Reading →