All posts by Melissa

Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing

Be still my salad loving heart. Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing is a keeper friends. I call this salad “girl food” which means it’s just the perfect dish to make when you are having your best friend over for a playdate. Feed the kids quesadillas or PB&J, send them out to play or get out the train tracks out and then hide in the kitchen to scarf this down with your favorite free therapist. That’s what best friends are, right?!

I’ve been dreaming of this salad for weeks and finally made it, took pictures, and then had a big old platter of really pretty salad all to myself. I took a look at that salad and thought of calling Thomas home for lunch, laughed, and then called one of my favorite local friends. She brought her babies over and we had a great therapy session over that salad. It was glorious!

And let’s talk a second about how quick but delicious homemade dressing is! This one is awesome and I’m sad it’s all gone. All you do is measure some things into a jar, add a lid, and give it a shake. WIN! It’s such an easy process but I know lots of people are a little intimidated by it, have no fear, it’s easy and tastes so much better than anything you can buy.

Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing
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Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach

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Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach is something to get excited about this fine Monday morning! A 1 2/3 cup serving has 230 calories, 3 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber! That is awesome! Between the beans and the spinach I'm sure it has a lot of iron and other vitamins and minerals too. I love this soup! America's Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out: The Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution and it is definitely something to get excited about! I'm giving away a copy to two winners today, so keep reading. If you Continue Reading →

Things to Sell at a Farmer’s Market that go way beyond produce!

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Have you ever wanted to sell at the Farmer's Market but aren't much of a farmer?! Have no fear! There are all kinds of things that you can sell! Or, if you are a farmer (or a simple hobby farmer like myself), this list is of items that are perfect to sell before your produce is in season. Don't waste those early market months just because your vegetables aren't quiet ready. You can find my whole article, 8 Homemade Items You Can Sell at the Farmers’ Market, on the Hobby Farms website today. Get ideas for what to sell, legal restrictions, packaging, Continue Reading →

Week 3 Meal Plan

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I didn't get this week's meal plan posted late last week like I planned, but I figured Monday was better than not at all. Week 3 meal plan to the planning rescue! Here's what we are eating this week. (This is my third week doing my meal plans this year, you can see week one here and week two here). PS- It's the last day to enter to win a Blendtec of your very own! Find the detail here. Breakfast: Monday- Oatmeal Tuesday- Eggs Wednesday- Smoothie (+ toast for the kids) Thursday- Oatmeal (probably steel-cut oats) Friday- Eggs Saturday- Whole Wheat Pancakes or Waffles Sunday- Granola (cold cereal for the Continue Reading →

20 Amazing Chicken Breast Recipes

20 Amazing Chicken Breast Recipes

In 2012 the average American ate 54.1 pounds of poultry. The bulk majority of that poultry was enjoyed in the form of chicken breasts. I am no master meat cooker and I'm always looking for new ways to cook chicken. I'm sure that I'm not alone in this fact so I thought a round up of 20 different ways to use chicken breast would be a great dinner time inspiration for you this week. That Copycat Chick-fil-a sandwich is calling my name!! Whether you like your chicken chopped up in a casserole, served by itself, or somewhere in the middle, I'm sure Continue Reading →

Pomegranate Mango Salsa

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Pomegranate Mango Salsa has me drooling over here! My friend Emily from One Lovely Life is here today sharing an amazing, fresh, and healthy recipe. Take it away Emily! I love this time of year! Fresh starts, healthy food, and so many beautiful things to eat! I can't get enough of pomegranate these days. Knowing that the season winds down at the end of this month makes me all the more eager to fit in pomegranate any way I can. This season, I've been adding it to my favorite savory dishes (like this rice) and it's been so fun to learn that it Continue Reading →

How to rock Meal Prep Monday

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Have you heard of Meal Prep Monday?  Here it is in a nutshell: spend a morning in the kitchen one day a week and knock out a lot of prep work for the coming week. This normally happens on Monday for me, hence the name, Meal Prep Monday. It's a great habit to get into that saves a lots of time the rest of the week. It also puts healthy options right in front of my face which makes making smart food choices ten times easier. I tend to prep snacks because snacks are what are the easiest for me to Continue Reading →

This week’s meal plan + our 2014 family pictures

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I really liked writing out my meal plan last week so I thought I'd keep it up! This will be a great resource for myself later too when I get in a meal planning rut! This coming week is going to be just as tasty as the last and I'm excited to share what I have planned with you. I also wanted to share our 2014 family pictures! I figured they didn't need a post all their own, but if I smoosh them with something useful like a meal plan then it's totally allowed. So take a look, they are at Continue Reading →

From Where I Stand: Thoughts on Turning 30


Thirty years ago I was brought home from the hospital to a cute little home in Springville, Utah. In the pre-ultra sound age my dad was convinced I was a boy and had the named Tyler picked out for me (Tyler came to our family a few years later). They named me Melissa because it was a pretty name on a suggestion card the hospital gave them and picked Dawn for my middle name because that's they time of day I made my arrival. My dad was a student at BYU, rode a motorcycle back and forth to campus, and Continue Reading →

Guilt Free Strawberry Milkshakes plus a Blendtec Giveaway

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Guilt Free Strawberry Milkshakes is just the recipe you need in your life. They are a delicious treat to enjoy without having to go back on your goals and resolutions. To sweeten this great post, I'm also giving away a Blendtec Blender + Twister Jar today! Keep reading! This recipe is great for a couple of reasons. It packs a lot of strawberry flavor, it's extra creamy from blending frozen bananas and Greek yogurt, and it's extra thick and delicious, just like an old-fashioned milkshake. Can you see those cute little milkshake peaks in the glass? This stuff is thick and Continue Reading →