Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes are one of my very very favorite dessert recipes – and they only take a total of 20 minutes from start to eating! There are few desserts that I love more than those that combine chocolate plus carbs. I love chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, and all things chocolate + butter + sugar + salt. It’s a glorious combination that I adore. This Chocolate Molten Lava Cake recipe is one of my very very favorite dessert recipes, and I can’t believe I haven’t shared it with you before. I started making this recipe in 2012 when Continue Reading →


Easy Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

Easy Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies are pretty-in-pink crowd-pleasers that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to share a few sweet recipes with you, and these Easy Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies topped the list. I like this recipe because I love sandwich cookies, they are such a perfect color for Valentine’s Day, and they are easy! You know that I’m not afraid of using a box of cake mix to “cheat” a little on a recipe, and this recipe is one that starts with a cake mix too. Hooray for taking a short cut Continue Reading →


Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Tortellini Vegetable Soup is a satisfying meatless meal that the whole family will love. Plus, it lets you get dinner on the table in 30 minutes! Tortellini Vegetable Soup combines all of my favorite things – vegetables, pasta, soup, and cheese – in one simple, satisfying dish that your whole family will love. I like this recipe because it’s meatless, ready in about 30 minutes, and a simple way to work veggies into dinner without anyone paying too much attention. When this recipe was on my meal plan, I put cutting up the vegetables for the soup on my prep Continue Reading →


6 Simple Salad in a Jar Recipes

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 →


Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

These healthy pumpkin muffins are naturally sweet and made with whole grains, and are perfect for breakfast, snacks, or a dinner side!   I love muffins. The evidence is in my recipe archives. And what really gets me excited is when the muffins are healthy and my kids don’t even know it. These healthy pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite recipes. I make them often to accompany soups and stews, to serve with smoothies for breakfast, or for a simple snack after school. This healthy pumpkin muffin recipe is made without refined sugars (just a little pure maple syrup), and Continue Reading →


Currently: Snowy Edition

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 →


Healthy Lentil Chili

This Healthy Lentil Chili is packed full of whole foods, plant-based proteins, and flavor. You won’t even miss the meat!  Have you tried lentils yet? They are one of my favorite “pulses.” Isn’t that a cool word? I just learned about what the word “pulse” in relationship to food meant last year and I find myself saying it often; it makes me feel smart/fancy. What is a pulse? Well, let me tell you! According to Pulses.org, “Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Pulses grow in pods and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and Continue Reading →


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 →