All posts by Melissa Griffiths

Ingredient Spotlight: Citrus

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I'm excited to announce a new type of post here on Bless this Mess. I'm going to call them Ingredient Spotlights. I love food, especially real food, so I thought highlighting different ingredients once in a while would be a fun way yo give you a little knowledge and excitement about some everyday foods that you might have a question or two about. I love learning little tidbits of information that are new to me. And in following yesterday's lemonade post, I thought citrus would be a great place to start! Enjoy, and if you have an ingredient spotlight request, Continue Reading →


Made to Order Lemonade aka Fresh Lemon Shake-ups

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The tiny town of Hope, Indiana has an annual fall gathering called Heritage Days. Like most small town yearly events it includes a parade, shopping for junk at little booths, and food. The food is always the best part ! I have such vivid memories of the food from Heritage Days. There was homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, homemade cherry hand pie (fresh fried by the Little Hoosiers for a fundraiser, and if you even know what I'm talking about we are meant to be best friends). And then there were the lemon shake-ups. I can't remember who did the booth, Continue Reading →


Herbed Tomato Bacon Pizza

Herb tomato and 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 Continue Reading →


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 I'm 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, and kept 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

Vanilla cupcakes

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 incredible 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. 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 from Buns In My Continue Reading →


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 that. I was 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 it up Continue Reading →