Category Archives: Confessions

It’s snowy out there today! Here’s what I’m excited about, thinking, dreaming of, eating, drinking, wanting, and loving lately. Excited… to tell you about a new Facebook group that I just started. It’s called Friends of Bless this Mess, and it’s a place for you to get behind the scenes peeks at up coming projects. It will also be a place where I can ask you questions and get your input. I think this will be a great place for me to better understand how I can help you and to get information on your wants and needs, and that Continue Reading →

Currently: Snowy Edition

  Thinking… There’s so much hope wrapped around today for me. I have had today, the first day of fall 2016, in my mind for a long long time. I’ve even been planning on it, in one way or another, for at least a year. Things have been hard here. Sure, the recipes look delicious, but building a house, raising 5 little souls, and trying to support my husband has been super challenging. I make little goals in my mind that go along the lines of, “I can do *insert hard thing* until the end of school.” When the end of Continue Reading →

Currently: The First Day of Fall

Thinking… that getting out of bed at 3:22 am this morning is going to come back and bite me this afternoon. Let me explain. I had a headache yesterday morning and it didn’t go away after lunch and lots of water (I haven’t been getting headaches very often so it not going away was bad news), so I knew I was heading into a migraine (I don’t have them often but I get them a handful of time a year so I know they are bad news). So I took some migraine medicine right away and tried to work on my Continue Reading →

Currently: It’s SPRING!

People are at the heart of what I do and who I am. I post recipe online because I want to help make your dinnertime a healthy and fun experience. I want you to sit down over a delicious simple meal and talk about your day. I share on social media because I want to connect with you and I love keeping up with people through such outlets. Even though we might follow each other on Instagram or I liked your post on Facebook, we still might not really be connecting. You know what I’m talking about. We know this Continue Reading →

3 Simple Ways to Connect with Long Distance Friends and Family

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Friends, I’ve been wanting to send you emails for ages but I didn’t want to just send an automated email every time a new post went live. If you wanted the post, you could come to the blog to read it. I want to write you letters, and tell you things in a less formal way than on official post. This desire has brought me to the realisation that I need an email newsletter in my life. After lots of figuring things out I’m finally ready to send you really useful and pretty emails. Tomorrow I’m sending my very first email newsletter! Continue Reading →

Because I have so much more to tell you!

This past weekend was a pretty big deal in our little family. We officially started building our house on the beautiful property that housed our garden and chickens last summer. I’ve been struggling with how to relay the impact, meaning, and depth of this small step in my sphere on the internet. Part of me feels like it’s bragging, or that people won’t care, or that people will think I’m making a big deal out of something small. Friends, this is such a huge deal to me. I’m naturally a nester, a settler, a homemaker, and a bloom-where-you-are-planted kind of Continue Reading →

We finally started building our house! (January 2016)

3 Secrets Moms of Boys Need to Know I’m a “boy mom” through and through. I had 4 little boys in a span of 5 years (yep, you read that right), and though we do have one wonderful daughter leading the pack, I still definitely consider myself a boy mom. Today I’m sharing 3 secrets that Moms of Boys need to know. These are just a few little tips about raising boys I have learned over the past few years and I thought you might like them too. Bonus: they don’t just apply to raising boys.  Involve your son in what Continue Reading →

3 Secrets Moms of Boys Need to Know

Journal writing is something I love and have always really enjoyed. I have still journals from when I was a young girl that I roll my eyes at now. Sometimes I feel like people put themselves into two categories when it comes to journal writing, either you do it or you don’t. I’m here to tell you today that everyone should be on team journal keeper, that it doesn’t have to be hard or even traditional, and that you will never ever ever EVER regret the time and energy spent on keeping a record of your life and the lives Continue Reading →

7 Amazing Alternatives to Traditional Journal Keeping!

2015 is on its way out and I’ll be honest, I’m so excited. Unbeknownst to most, 2015 was one of the hardest years I’ve had personally since I was 18 years old. Hard years are good though, they help you to grow, reevaluate things of importance, and make you grateful that every year isn’t the same. The low point of the year was months and months of depression (caused by pregnancy) and the high point was the birth of my 5th baby, Graham. It’s been a year that I’m grateful happened but I wouldn’t necessarily choose to repeat. I’m looking Continue Reading →

The Best of 2015: 10 Recipes to rule them all…

The first Thanksgiving spent in Idaho at my sister’s house. The first Thanksgiving being an “adult” that was in charge of food, cooking, and all things Thanksgiving (in cahoots with my sisters, I’d like to think we were partners in this wonderfully crazy cooking holiday). When did I get this old? The first time I cooked on a gas stove (loved it!). The first picture with all these kids together (one brother, his wife, their two boys, and my parents were the only ones in my immediate family that were missing!). My folks have all these grandsons and only Miss May Continue Reading →

A Weekend of Firsts

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Family. Food. Hobby farm. Chickens. Chubby cheeks. Rolly thighs. Silly grins. Homegrown food nestled tightly into bottles on my shelf. Bacon. Cell phones to call my family. Mint green. Dark chocolate. Sun rises. Strong bodies. Washing machines. Hot baths. Hot tea. Freshly picked peaches and tomatoes and sweet corn. Laughter. Being called to in the middle of the night. Being needed. Building blocks. Building trains. Making cookies. Making memories. Quiet afternoons reading to my little people. Warm soup. Hot crusty bread. Tacos. Snow. Mountains. Hiking. Long Sunday drives. Family pictures. Chapter books. Fire light. Warm handmade blankets. Journals. Pages and Continue Reading →

Thankful

How is our goal of ponderizing and not yelling going for you? The no yelling bit is going really well still for me. That fact that I’m going to tell you about it is super motivating, but more than that is I’ve felt very lifted up in your kind words, emails, and messages to me. I am not alone in this struggle and if you’ve gotten into the habit of yelling, you aren’t alone either. Thank you for helping me to not feel alone, there’s so much power in support. I wanted to ask you all another question. How can Continue Reading →

Ponderize Week 3

This mama is beat, but I wanted to post a cute little video for today. https://youtu.be/1UV3ZF8OvOA I’m doing better and better about not yelling (it’s been a fabulous month actually) and now that my mouth has gotten quieter, it’s time for me to start on the next step, really listening. I’m going to be thinking about how to do this better this week, and this fun video is a nice start. I’d love to hear from you. How do you take the time to really listen to your family? Your kids? Your spouse?

The Fence

6:07: The baby starts to fuss and is ready to eat. This is the start of my day though not the first time I’ve been up. I fed Graham at 12:30 and again at 3:30. His bed is next to ours so I get him out and lay back down to nurse while doing some pondering and silent praying for the day. 6:38: The baby is done and I shuffle out of bed, laying him in the warm spot that I left behind to sleep a little more. I should have gotten up earlier but we didn’t go to bed Continue Reading →

A Day in My Life: 11.10.15

I just got these today and they are just too perfect not to share right away! Be still my mama heart. And last but not least:

2015 Family Pictures!

I got a little personal last Sunday and admitted to you all that I’ve gotten into the bad habit of yelling at my kids. It’s something that I don’t like so I decided to do something about that. I challenged myself to not yell for 30 days and I’ve started thinking of this little experiment as “No Yell November” (you know, to go along with that whole No Shave November thing). Not yelling is going very well; I have done great all week. There was a time on Saturday morning that the kids were going in and out of the front Continue Reading →

This weeks Ponderizing, thoughts on patience, and #noyellnovember update

Hello Friends! It’s a rare Sunday that I’m posting here on the blog and I’ll tell you why. November is National Novel Writing Month. Authors make crazy goals to write huge amounts and really hammer out some of the thoughts they have in their heads. It’s a goal making and reaching marathon of sorts. In a similar fashion, bloggers try to post every day for the month of November. I know that might not sound like a huge deal, but trust me on this one. Thirty posts in November is the same amount of posts I published in March, April, and Continue Reading →

NaBloPoMo + Ponderizing + My Committment to Stop Yelling

I’m sitting here writing this post the very day it’s going to go live. I’ve had a lot on my mind and in my heart lately and things have been mulling and stewing for a while. You, dear reader, are about to get a little dose of all my thoughts. I’ve been deep in the trenches of motherhood this past while. I’m on 15 straight days of seriously sick kids. Something that isn’t chickenpox but is related to it has gotten a killer grip on my house. The illness lasts super long (like 10-14 days long), it’s slow to spread Continue Reading →

Lunch Lady Brownies because Love Does

It happened so fast. That cliche phrase has been running though my mind all week. It just happened so fast. It really was an accident. Thomas, the two littlest babies, and I were driving over the mountain on the way to an appointment for me, lunch, shopping for a big project I’m working on (freezer slow cooker meals and lots of them!), and then home before the bigger kids got out of school. The mountain was gorgeous and Fall was all around. The Quakey Aspens are my favorite this time of year. I was driving so that Thomas could work Continue Reading →

It happened so fast…

I enjoy looking back over my birth stories because pregnancy, labor, and birth are some of the hardest things I have gone through and have brought me some of the most amazing results in the end. I enjoy the details and don’t want to pain and beauty to be dulled by the passing of time. I assume that my kids will cringe at the thought of their mom telling the details of their birth for a time (teenager years?) and then I think they’ll have babies of their own and realize just what a miracle the whole things is. They Continue Reading →

Baby Graham’s Birth Story with a surprise ending!

I’m so pleased to let you know that our baby made it safely into the world last week! We named him Graham Joel Griffiths. Graham is my grandmother’s maiden name and Joel is my papa. I just know he’ll fit his name well. It actually took us two days after his birth to firm up a name, but now that it’s said and done I’m really happy with it. Here he is at just a few hours old. I plan on sharing the birth story when I catch up on sleep (so in 5 or 6 years…). We spend an Continue Reading →

He’s Finally Here!!

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 →

Currently… almost baby time!

Tips for planning a great trip with Airbnb

We spent this past weekend in Provo enjoying family and celebrating my little sister’s graduation from Brigham Young University (Go Cougars! Thomas and I both graduated from BYU too!). I really wanted to stay in a house instead of a hotel so that we could see each other a bit more and so I booked a house using Airbnb. It was quiet the adventure so I thought I would share it with you so that you can learn from my mistakes as well as give me some tips! This isn’t sponsored, just meant to be helpful. Here’s the clan on Continue Reading →

Tips for planning a great trip with Airbnb plus our weekend adventure

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1. I drove 25 minutes to the dentist this week only to sit in the office for ten minutes before I was told I was a day off. Then I got to drive home another 25 minutes without ever accomplishing the things I set out to do. Plus, it was the dentist! I was all mentally prepared to get my cavity filled and I was also taking my almost four-year-old for his very first cavity fixing too. It was a lot to gear up for. So I wasted an hour of my life, gas, and still had to go back Continue Reading →

Confessions

Thinking… that laying down in the afternoon has its perks. Sure my house is messier than normal, I’m making a lot of grilled cheese for dinner, and I’m behind on emails, but it also means I take a little more time to slow down and enjoy my kids. On the afternoons Henry goes to preschool, Kimball makes sure we have “quiet time” in my bed. We normally tell each other stories, look through our picture album, or read books, but on this day he fell asleep. I don’t know how long he’ll ask me to hold his hand while he Continue Reading →

Currently: Mouse in the House

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 →

From Where I Stand: Thoughts on Turning 30

Thinking… about ways that I can serve and bless the people in my life that could really use some extra love and support this holiday season. This has been on my mind for a few weeks now. I can’t help but wishing myself extra rich so that I could send financial support to people I know and love. I know money doesn’t fix everything but cancer, life, babies, illness, and job loss are expensive things. A generous gift of money certainly would relieve some stress, buy some fun seasonal extras, that of course can be done without, but having makes Continue Reading →

Currently… Fall Edition

Thinking… how fun it was to spend a day in Kansas City and how great it is to come home, though I’m not excited about the days worth of cleaning I now am behind on! I jumped on a plane Thursday morning (which is actually a lot of work when you live 4 hours from the airport), went to ChoppedCon on Friday, and left my hotel Saturday morning at 3am to catch a plane back home to my babies. This was my first conference that was exclusively for food bloggers and it was awesome. It was small and personal and Continue Reading →

Currently: Fall Edition

Brave and Beautiful

Today I have something a bit different to share with you, but it’s something I’ve been looking forward to! I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause Continue Reading →

That’s What Makes You Beautiful

First day of school

Feeling… Excited, guilty, and some pain. The baby went on a nursing strike last week and I lost most of my supply. I could have worked really hard to get it back but I chose not to. So we are done nursing (he’s 10  months old). I’m excited to not feel so tied down; I’m feeling guilty I didn’t try harder to make it until he was one; I’m feeling too full and hoping the last of this milk will go away. My favorite old lady in town told me that if I drink a sage tea it would finish Continue Reading →

Currently… Big Announcement Edition

Thinking… how grateful I am that my kids like to read. Here they are enjoying a few new bookmobile books in the back of the suburban one day last week. I was busy in the garden and they were happy as clams to enjoy their newest finds. We’ve also plowed through 3 or 4 chapter books in the last few weeks. They love it when I read aloud to them at night and I like it too. We just finished all three of the books in the My Father’s Dragon series. I highly recommend them! Feeling… excited for the weekend! Continue Reading →

Currently… summer edition

Confessions 1. I’ve wanted to have twins since I was 16. The summer I was 16 my sister and I ran a summer day camp for kids at our community center in Hope, Indiana. There was a set of blonde 6-year-old twin boys who attended and they were so ridiculously cute. They used to call each other “brother”.  When they wanted the other to participate in something they’d say, “Do it for me, brother. Do it for me!” My heart melted and ever since I have wanted twins. Now that I have babies of my own I want twins even more. Continue Reading →

Confessions: Spring Edition

Mornin’ all! I had a request a few weeks ago for a “day in the life” type post. I LOVED the idea! It was really fun for me to take lots of pictures of everyday. I did this two weeks ago (yes… it took me that long to get it live!). Mondays are one of my favorite days of the week. The craziness of the weekend is over and it’s time to get something done. Enjoy a little peak at the everyday and at my cute babies. 5:15 am – Wake Up Baby woke up for an early morning feeding; Continue Reading →

A Day in the Life

I have a list of confessions that are long over due, but hey, there’s no better time than the present right?! So here it goes.. 1. There is no polar vortex in Southern Utah. There. I said it. Everyone in the rest of the country is suffering with unbelievable cold and my kids played outside yesterday with no shoes or jackets on. It was almost 70 degrees. While you all are hunkered down with your hot cocoa and Snuggies, I’m over here saying, “pass the sunscreen please”. I feel like if I admit to our perfect weather that it will Continue Reading →

Confessions: Long Over Due

Blogging is something that I love, really really love. I love sharing recipes, peaks at the garden and animals, and confessions. I also love sharing bits of myself with you. I have gone back and forth for months about whether or not to share my most recent birth story with you all. It’s very personal and not something I treat lightly; the internet can be a cruel place. I’ve decided that yes, this is something I want to share. This is why; birth and motherhood are something so many of us have in common. I love to read other women’s Continue Reading →

Paul’s Birth Story

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Thinking… How much I love organizing. I know lots of people aren’t into resolutions and such, but this time of year is just a natural regrouping for me. I bought a new bookcase and lots of plastic totes to organize all the kids toys after Christmas. I have wood blocks, Mega blocks, Duplos, Cars/trucks/little play things, trains, and play food in totes and that’s all. I basically got rid of everything else (donated it all) and I love it. Kids don’t need lots of stuff to be happy and I’m glad that I can see it. We get out a Continue Reading →

Currently: New Years Edition

Thinking… that I have over 30 amazing recipe posts ready and waiting to share with you, BUT it feels funny to skip over such an important event in my life. That’s why you get a little baby update today! If this isn’t your thing, stay tuned, November is going to be good to you and your recipe collection! We welcomed baby Paul into the world on Friday morning (how has it almost been a week already!?) and life has been so full since then. Thank you so much for all the love and support you’ve shown. I just love sharing Continue Reading →

Currently… baby edition

10 Secrets to Raising Happy Kids Parenting is long and tiring work, but when you can find a little more joy in the journey it sure makes the job more fun. Today I’m here to share 10 secrets to raising happy kids which in turn means a happy Mom too. Most of you know me as a food blogger and budding hobby farmer, but a mamma is who I truly am. I have three young children who are six, almost four, and two. Number four is due at the end of the month. When number four is born I will Continue Reading →

10 Secrets to Raising Happy Kids

Thinking… that all things are made better by listening to Dave Matthews Band. Feeling… pain. I don’t know what it is about the last 6 or so weeks of pregnancy for me, but I just hurt. So. Bad. I feel like my hips and my legs are going to break off from each other; walking is a nightmare so I waddle. I stood at my kitchen sink tonight while dinner was cooking and dishes were waiting to be loaded and just sobbed. How am I supposed to care for so many other people in so much pain for so much Continue Reading →

Currently…

It’s been ages since I’ve done a confession post, but something I definitely want to keep doing. For some reason I just love writing these and find myself thinking about it often. A little change of pace but something really fun for me (and I hope you too!) 1. I love living the small town life and I’m really settling in. At first I missed eating out, not that we did tons, but once in a while is more than never! But even that is something I’ve gotten used to. I love being able to walk to the grocery store, Continue Reading →

Confessions

This family of soon-to-be-six are pleased to announce that the next little one to arrive will be a…   Boy! I was pretty sure it was a girl and May was dead-set on having a sister, so I was a bit surprised when I was told it was a boy. The proof is in the puddin’ though and there was proof :) I had a great day of traveling the 1.5 hours to the appointment all alone. Thomas was out-of-town on business and at first I was pretty bummed he wasn’t going to be able to be there. But when it Continue Reading →

Drum Roll Please…

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I have so much to blog about but I feel like I need to fill you all in on life and to make a little announcement. First off, thank you SO much for reading the blog. I know that posting has slacked off a lot in the last few months, but you all are still around and still as wonderful as ever. What would I do without you and this fun outlet?! I just love you guys. Sure we’ve moved, started a massive garden, husband has been gone more than home, and I have my sister (and soon to be Continue Reading →

On a personal note…

Here’s an April wrap-up for you. Can you believe this month is about to end?! Mind boggling. My Pick: Confessions Husband’s Pick: Perfect Cold-Oven Pound Cake The Kids’ Pick: Strawberry Banana Popsicles Prettiest Post: My mom’s remake of two of her Grandma’s vintage quilts Stickiest Post: Momma’s gooey caramel corn recipe – a family favorite from childhood Cleanest Post: How to Clean and Reseason Cast Iron (I LURVE me some cast iron) What was your favorite post this month?! Thanks so much for reading. I just like you guys.

April Wrap-up

Oh, it’s so good to be back! Between moving and attending a blogging conference I feel like it’s been way too long since I’ve gotten to blog and connect with you all. Sure some post went up, I scheduled them weeks ago, but it’s so much more fun to be involved in the whole thing. I thought the best way to let you all know what’s been going on in the last week or two would be another set of confessions! So here they are. 1. Moving is a beast. This was our 11th move in 8 years. Really. I Continue Reading →

Confessions

Are you ready for another round of confessions from me?! I just love these post. I think they are a fun way to show you some of the behind-the-scenes real life that gets left out of the recipes. Enjoy! 1. I’m in denial that I have a child old enough to be loosing her first tooth. How did this happen and who let her grow up?! Her tooth has been loose for a while and then it got really lose last night. She asked her dad to pull it out this afternoon. I love this picture! The fear and trust Continue Reading →

Confessions

Sometimes a few confessions just need to be shared… 1. I’m sharing some super-duper tasty and easy mint brownies on Lil Luna today. Oh man these are simple and fudgy and perfect. There’s a little cheating involved so you might need to take a peak if you have guests coming this weekend! 2. We had the first house showing this weekend and we worked like madmen getting ready. I worked all Friday afternoon and night (until about 10:30 when I dropped dead) and then again all Saturday morning. I figured between Thomas and I we spent about 24 hours cleaning/fixing/prepping Continue Reading →

Confessions

I was feeling a little sad yesterday that my mom’s daffodils in Kentucky are already blooming (blooming!) and I don’t even have anything popping through the ground yet here in Utah. I think a little warm spell this weekend will help those glorious teeny signs of spring to make their way into the sunshine, but I’m anxious for it all to happen. I decided to take Spring into my own hands this morning and the results were so therapeutic and fun. If you are already enjoying your spring flowers then cut a few and bring them inside for me. If Continue Reading →

Excited for Spring

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No one told me about what I like to call “mother’s guilt” before I had kids. I had no idea that motherhood would involve feeling guilt so much. The worry and guilt get all mixed together and then it’s just a mess. I think I’m definitely on the high end of the guilt feeling spectrum, but surely I’m not alone in this. Take yesterday for example. The baby fell and hit his face with a full on double nostril bloody nose from H-E-doublehockeysticks. So much blood! And of course it was at the church in the middle of the Boy Continue Reading →

Chocolate therapy and a hot mess of a post…

1. I shared a recipe for ham, pepper, and cheese quesadillas over at Burlap+Blue on Tuesday and didn’t even mention it to you. Sometimes it just takes a little twist on a classic to make it new and fresh. These got me out of my lunch rut and I know you’ll like them too. Plus Linda has a super cute blog that is worth taking a minute to look around. 2. Not all cakes turn out well… 3. Sometimes my husband scares me to death. Like that time he cut a wire he thought was turned off but was actually Continue Reading →

Confessions

3532 miles traveled. 56 hours in the car. One very quick and family-filled weekend I’ll never forget. Sometimes “home” isn’t where your house is or where you live. Sometimes home is where your family is and where you just need to be. My home is Utah but my heart has never fully left the Indiana fields of my childhood. When my grandpa lost his short battle with cancer just weeks after we found out he was sick, I had to go home to say good bye. Lucky for me my sister, brother-in-law, 2 cousins, and I were able to drive Continue Reading →

My home far from home

You know what’s great about blogging? I’m my own boss. Yesterday was a crazy day, I didn’t blog, and I loved it. I want to blog most of the time but when I’m not feeling it or I’m too busy to get a post up at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. I like being in charge. Is that a confession of sorts? Hhm. It sure felt like a confession, so I better roll with that. Let’s do another confessions post shall we? Confession 1: I shared a recipe for this delicious and easy ham and cheese breakfast Continue Reading →

Confessions

It’s Friday! Now, that doesn’t mean a whole lot to me as a stay-at-home-mom, but just the word sounds like fun and a change of pace doesn’t it? That word will forever have a positive connotation to me. Who doesn’t love a Friday, mom or not? I read an article this week about ways to improve your blogging, and one of the things it said was to find someone/blog that you love and study them. Decide what and why you like them so much and try your best to do your own version of those things. As soon as I Continue Reading →

Confessions