Category Archives: Collection Posts

9 sweet and savory healthy toast ideas that are simple, colorful, and filling enough to make into a meal! Which one will you try first? In an effort to help you eat the rainbow this year, I thought I’d share with you some super simple but extra delicious toast recipes! I know toast doesn’t need much explaining, but I wanted to highlight the variety that you can achieve if you just set out to do it. Sure, you can have peanut butter and honey or sugar and cinnamon on your toast every morning, but look at all these beautiful, healthy, Continue Reading →

9 Simple Healthy Toast Ideas

Life gets busy, but that doesn’t mean that daily salads are out of your grasp – prep a salad in a jar in advance, and you’ll eat well all week long! Salad in a jar is one of my favorite things, and I wanted to revisit them for you today. A few years ago, I wrote a big old post about how to make salad in a jar that contained all the basic how tos, tip, tricks, and recipes. Today I want to share some of those ideas again, along with some more recipes to add to our growing collection. Continue Reading →

6 Simple Salad in a Jar Recipes

The top 10 posts from Bless This Mess in 2016, and where we’re headed in the future. Spoiler alert: next year is going to be all about food! I can’t believe that we are wrapping up this year! It’s been such an epic year for this little blog. Bless this Mess had its 5th birthday this month, and I just can’t believe the changes and growth that I’ve seen in five years. I had just under four MILLION people stop by the blog this year. I shared over 100 recipes. And together we hit a following of over 100,000 across Continue Reading →

Top 10 Posts of 2016

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 →

Ingredient Spotlight: Cacao

This holiday gift guide is all about food, farm, and family. They are all items that you’ll truly love or find useful – no clutter here!  I love a good gift guide and I love making them for you to enjoy too! I don’t have a big house and I do have a lot of people in it, so when I think about bringing things into my home, I want to truly love them or for them to serve a very useful purpose. I was thinking about what to share with you, and the main topics of my blog kept coming to mind: food, Continue Reading →

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Food, Farm, Family

A dozen slow cooker lasagnas for you - making lasagna doesn't have to be a time-consuming process that makes a huge mess of your kitchen!

A dozen slow cooker lasagnas for you – making lasagna doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process that makes a huge mess of your kitchen! As I was thinking about this week, I thought it would be great to have some really simple meals for you! Thanksgiving is all about the food and I know you are spending a lot of time thinking, planning, and testing. The thing is, you still have to eat on the days leading up to Thanksgiving too. It might not be what you want to do, or what is easiest, but your family is going Continue Reading →

12 Slow Cooker Lasagnas

62 Thanksgiving dishes for your table, from appetizers to desserts. This post is making me so very happy. I was feeling like I didn’t have much help to offer you in the kitchen when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes because I don’t have a roasted turkey, stuffing, whole ham, or mashed potato recipe on my blog. Not one! But the more I got to thinking, the more I realized that I have TONS of recipes that you might really love to enjoy with your friends and family this holiday season. I have collected some of my favorite tried and true Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Dishes from Bless this Mess

Five Ingredient Sides will save you time on Thanksgiving – and there are 8 easy recipes for them here! Bonus: everything is easily made vegan/gluten-free. So I know that I set you up with all kinds of pie recipes this week, and I had so much fun making them, but I didn’t forget about the rest of the holiday dinner! I feel like we need something healthy after all that dessert, don’t you? I have created 8 different healthy side dish recipes for you today, and all of the recipes have FIVE ingredients or less. How’s that for awesome!? The beauty of Continue Reading →

Five Ingredient Sides for Thanksgiving

8 Must-Make Pies

You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust – so I’ve pulled together my 8 favorite pie recipes for you, all in one place! After writing a huge post all about pie crust, I wanted to share a few classic, simple, perfect-for-every-holiday pie recipes to go with it. You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust and this post is just that – all things pie! I decided I’d group 8 different traditional pie recipes together for you. This way, when you need a pie to try, you can just pop into this post and look Continue Reading →

8 Must-Make Pie Recipes for Your Holidays

15 One Skillet Dinners

Get on the one skillet meals bandwagon! You’ll cut back on dishes and save yourself time! My love of simple, delicious, family friendly one skillet meals knows no end; I love them as much as I love one-pot meals, which is really saying something. If you haven’t gotten on the one skillet meal wagon yet, I’m sharing a few recipes today that will point you in the right direction. Here are a few reasons why using one skillet to cook the whole meal/dish is awesome: When you cook up the meat and then add some kind of liquid to make Continue Reading →

15 Weeknight One Skillet Meals

40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Week is coming to a close but we are going out with a bang! Today I’m sharing one amazing roundup of 40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes. I’ve worked all week with Cassie from Wholefully and this post is the pinnacle of all of our pumpkin recipes. Every one of these 40 recipes is either from my site or from her’s, so you know that they are bound to be delicious tried and true pumpkin recipes that you’ll love to make again and again. Looking over this list just makes my heart happy! There’s so many hours work in one place Continue Reading →

40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes

This summer I have had all kinds of people email me to ask for food and lodging recommendations near me and I’ve also been lucky enough to host multiple families that were passing through my neck of the woods (Hi, Katie!). Living near Zion National Park has it’s perks. I have a dear friend that just remodeled a 100 year old house (the home her husband grew up in, no less), and now it’s a Zion National Park vacation rental. I had the honor of taking pictures of her home, so I wanted to show them all to you just in Continue Reading →

Zion National Park Vacation Rental

Fresh Green Beans-Collage

Fresh green beans are one of my all time favorite garden vegetables! They are just so simple and so delicious. I have a whole row of them in the garden this year and they are just starting to come on (though I’ve yet to pick our first batch to eat!). Garden fresh beans are always so tender if you remember to pick them when they are about as thick as pencils. They’ll start getting tough if you leave them on the plant much longer than that, but those bigger beans are okay to can with. Growing up, we had a huge Continue Reading →

13 Simple Recipes for Fresh Green Beans