Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Biscuits

These sweet potato biscuits are quick and easy to make, and are sure to be a hit with the whole family.  These quick and easy sweet potato biscuits are a long-time family favorite. They are simple to make, have veggies hiding in them, are a gorgeous light orange, and are always a big hit with the whole family. You are going to love them too, I just know it! In the winter months I’m making all kinds of soups, stews, and chilis for my family. Sometimes they aren’t nearly as excited about having soup again for dinner as their mom. Continue Reading →


Meal Planning for Busy Moms

Meal planning: Save time, save money, and take the stress out of dinner! This is a foolproof method for easy meal planning, including free printables! Meal planning is a lifesaver and if it is new to you or you have gotten out of the habit, I’m here to help! You need meal planning in your life! Here’s why: Meal Planning Saves You Time. No more worrying about what you are going to feed your family. With a plan, you know just what you are going to make so you can get right into the kitchen and get it done. It also Continue Reading →


Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

These easy no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites are healthy snacks disguised as dessert. Make a batch today to enjoy all week! I’m so into these easy no-bake oatmeal bites. They are made with all kinds of whole foods, simple to put together, and just the thing you need in the afternoon when your sweet tooth is making a fuss but you are trying hard to eat well. This year I’m not doing any organized diets or challenges (except for this fun one!) and I’m simply trying to eat whole foods, move more, and be more intentional with my time Continue Reading →


Happy Heart Challenge: 50 Days to a Happier You

Join me in The Happy Heart Challenge – 50 Days to a Happier, Healthier You! Printable PDF to help you track your goals and progress are included. Welcome to a fun Happy Heart Challenge to get you started on a journey to a happier you! The number challenge focuses not on pounds lost or calories counted – it’s an approachable, real-life strategy for being a little more intentional about your time. This challenge runs the course of 50 days. You can start today, you can start Friday, you can start next month. The beauty of this challenge is that it can be started Continue Reading →


10 Healthy Snacks You Can Prep in Advance

Healthy Snacks in Jars

These healthy snacks in jars have been a healthy eating game changer in my kitchen, and I know you are going to feel the same way! I’m SO excited to share this post with you. These healthy snacks in jars have been a healthy eating game changer in my kitchen, and I know you are going to feel the same way. Having healthy, simple, easy to grab snacks on hand in your fridge is a lifesaver when it comes to healthy eating, feeding a family, and getting some more whole foods into your diet. The idea here is that you pack a Continue Reading →


House Building Update: Energy Efficient Windows + Mud

House Update 2017

An update on our house build, our plans for a more “green” house, and our energy efficient windows. And lots and lots of mud! We are closing in on our one year mark of our DIY house build, and I thought I’d share some of the progress we have made this winter. A year ago this picture would have just been of our beautiful mountains but now, 12 months later, there’s a shell of a house! We broke ground on January 23, 2016 and hope to move in sometime this year (before Christmas is the goal). Building a house is one Continue Reading →


8 Simple Smoothie Recipes to Liven Up Your Day

8 Simple Smoothies

8 simple smoothie recipes to get you excited to drink your fruits (and veggies!) again, plus my best tips and tricks for making great smoothies, every time. I’m so excited about this post! Today I’m writing all about 8 simple smoothie recipes to get you excited to drink your fruits (and veggies!) again. Smoothies are a great affordable snack the whole family will enjoy. There’s no right or wrong way to make a smoothie, but here are some of my bare bones (4-6 ingredients) recipes to get you started on the road to delicious and healthy smoothies. There’s a little Continue Reading →


Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

This Classic Chicken Noodle Soup comes together in just 30 minutes. It is warm and comforting, and the whole family will love it!  Welcome welcome, January! This is one of my favorite months of the year. I love the fresh start – I’m putting away my Christmas decor and decluttering/purging/organizing, it’s my birthday month, and it’s a natural season of renewal for most of us (me included!). I love setting down the cookies, candies, and party food, picking up my meal plan with my favorite healthy dinners, and moving a little more. Long live January. I think 2016 was rough for Continue Reading →


Top 10 Posts of 2016

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 →


Ingredient Spotlight: Cacao

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 →