16 Cucumber Recipes that are sure to please

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Summer cucumbers are here and I have a great list of 16 cucumber recipes that are sure to please today. Confession: I didn’t like or eat cucumber until I was 24 years old. Pregnancy is a funny thing when it comes to food likes and dislikes. Each pregnancy I have stopped liking something I did previously and also started liking something I didn’t. Things I stopped liking or eating include: peanut butter icing, cream cheese icing, pineapple as in ingredient in savory dishes (like on pizza or on a kabob), and cilantro in large quantities (so sad about this one). Continue Reading →


How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn’t know you could do this!)

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It’s already the 12th of August which means it’s time for the fun group of 12 bloggers I work with to post a recipe with 12 ingredients or less. Today is all about easy after school snacks! This should make that transition into the school year that much easier. Today I’m talking popcorn. Did you know that you can pop plain popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag in the microwave?! I sure didn’t until this spring. I’ve always used an air-popper to make popcorn and mine stopped working. We are total popcorn nuts and I was desperate to find Continue Reading →


Extra Chunky and Naturally Sweetened Granola with Walnuts

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Just over seven years ago I remember stepping on the scale in the doctor’s office and seeing what it read. 201 pounds. I didn’t say anything at the appointment but I came home and cried later that day. Hitting the 200-pound mark, even at 38 weeks pregnant was a total self-esteem crusher. I was so upset and disappointed to weigh that much. I weighed 203 pounds the morning she was delivered one week later. Fast forward to today. I stepped on the scale and it read 199.6. I did a happy dance and resisted the urge to call my husband Continue Reading →


Lemon Recipe Roundup

Lemon Round Up

After so much citrusy fun last week (did you see the fresh Lemon Shake-up recipe and the citrus ingredient spotlight?) I thought it only appropriate to do a recipe round up of one of my favorite citrus fruits – lemons! Lemonade sure isn’t the only way to use that tasty fruit and this lemon recipe roundup will give you a whole bunch of inspiration. Nothing quiet says summer like lemony things. Am I right?! Enjoy!


A Birthday Surprise worth Falling out of Bed for!

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My daughter turned 7 last week and I had a grand surprise up my sleeve. I’ve been wanting to change around our sleeping setup for sometime to better accommodate the needs of our family. It’s time for Macey to get her own room and for the little boys to share the bunk bed. My thinking when it comes to things like this is, if I’m going to go through the effort, it might as well be a gift or party. I decided to make the affair a birthday surprise that won’t soon be forgotten. Unbeknownst to Macey, I’d been prepping Continue Reading →


Farmhouse Egg Bake

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Sometimes I sit at my dinner, take a look at the meal, and try to determine what percentage of the meal I produced. It always varies but I get so excited when the percentage is really high. I’ll look over the meal and then I’ll announce to the family all of the things we grew. I love knowing where our food comes from and I want my kids to enjoy the literal fruits of our labors. Pork or lamb roast (animals we raised and processed), green beans and sweet corn (from the garden), and some canned peaches or applesauce (also Continue Reading →


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 Continue Reading →


Herbed Tomato Bacon Pizza

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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 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 Continue Reading →