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8 No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Your snack game will never be the same once you try these no-bake oatmeal energy balls. And with eight flavor options, plus tips on how to make up your own, you definitely won't get bored! Hello friends! I'm so excited to finally be getting this awesome post out to you today. I've had the recipes done and photographed for a while and then life happened; I had a pretty nasty illness, and spring sprung, which means I've been slow getting all these words written for you. Last year's post about 9 Energy Bites was so well received that I wanted to share with you 8 Continue Reading →

16 Easy One Pot Dinner Recipes

Easy one pot dinner recipes

16 easy-peasy one pot dinner recipes to help you get through a busy season. There is something here for everyone!  Spring is just around the corner and this time of the year is just as busy for my family as the holiday season. We are heading into baseball season, dance lessons, after school science club, t-ball for the middle boys, and all things build-a-house because the weather is finally starting to cooperate again.  I feel like kids are a bit like honeybees in the sense that they can feel the warm weather coming. They set about the day with a bit of Continue Reading →

9 Simple Healthy Toast Ideas

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, tasty 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 social 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 new to Continue Reading →

12 Slow Cooker Lasagnas

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 to Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Dishes from Bless this Mess

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 Thanksgiving recipes, Continue Reading →

4 Recipes for a Perfect Pie Crust

4 Recipes for Perfect Pie Crust

This is your ULTIMATE guide to making a perfect pie crust! It has 4 great recipes - traditional, whole wheat, graham cracker & chocolate cookie crusts. I'll be the first to admit that I used to be totally intimidated by pie crust. I felt like there were too many rules, too many recipes, and too many differing opinions on what makes one crust work and another one flop. Do you use shortening, butter, or lard? For how long do you chill it? I thought that if I didn't know exactly what I was doing, I'd ruin hours worth of work because pie crust was fussy and hard. Continue Reading →

15 Weeknight One Skillet Meals

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 a Continue Reading →

Currently: The First Day of Fall

  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 school Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Make School Mornings Easier

The school year has started, and if it hasn't for you yet, then I'm sure it's right around the corner. Busy school mornings are no joke, and I'm here to share a few ways to make school mornings easier. This post is in partnership with Mom's Best Cereals, and I'm excited to get out of the kitchen a little and share some mom tips for you today instead. I have 5 little people to get out the door in the morning (I walk my bigger kids to school, but everyone still has to go with me). I wake up right on Continue Reading →

40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes

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 →

13 Simple Recipes for Fresh Green Beans

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 garden. Continue Reading →

8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What is it Continue Reading →

8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY

  Have you ever made homemade granola bars? I did for the first time a few years ago to take with us on a trip to Yellowstone. They were delicious bits of heaven and I've been making that same recipe often for years. The other day I got a crazy idea to turn granola bars into one of my giant "# of this thing you should make" recipe posts and now I can't be stopped! I have literally made granola bars at least three times a week for the last month. They are awesome! They taste delicious, they travel well, they Continue Reading →

7 Amazing Alternatives to Traditional Journal Keeping!

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 →

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

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 →

12 No Bake Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

12 No Bake Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us and I couldn't be more excited. I thought a roundup of 12 no bake dessert recipes for Thanksgiving would be the perfect thing to share today. Need a last minute dessert idea? I've got your back. No bake recipes are generally pretty easy to put together, they can often times be made in advance and kept in the fridge, and they don't take up room in your oven when other things are needing to get baked. I dream of double ovens one day, but that dream sure isn't a reality now. If you have a turkey going Continue Reading →

Tried and True Thanksgiving Recipes from me to you! (All recipes from my blog, so I know they are great!)

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 Thanksgiving recipes from my table to yours. I know they are Continue Reading →

15 Stunning Sweet Potato Recipes

Turkey Week is upon us! How is it already the end of November?! Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays because food and family all mixed together is kind of my jam. I love my mom's roll, I'm a huge fan of all things pie, and then there's the sweet potatoes. My sister-in-law Beth makes the most amazing sweet potatoes. They are such a fun vegetable that I thought it would be fun to dedicate a whole post to sweet potato recipes. I got to thinking about my favorite sweet potato recipes and then I thought, wait, aren't they called Continue Reading →

20 Heavenly Cornbread Recipes

It's no secret that I love cornbread. Today I'm sharing 20 Heavenly Cornbread Recipes with you and 4 of those recipes are my own! My love stems from my Indiana upbringing (because Hoosiers love their corn!) and my love for easy side dishes that my whole family will gobble up. I make a lot of vegetable heavy soups and stews and sometimes they fly with the kids and other time I'm pretty sure half of dinner ends up in the chicken scrap bucket. I often use cornbread as a bargaining chip. "If you eat two more bites of your soup Continue Reading →

12 Savory Pumpkin Recipes

12 Savory Pumpkin Recipes so that you can eat pumpkin for all your meals and dessert!

Pumpkin desserts get a whole lot of attention this time of year, but I'm here to tell you that you can eat pumpkin for just about any meal AND dessert because there are tons of savory ways to prepare pumpkin. 12 Savory Pumpkin Recipes is just the pumpkin round up that you need in your life. Last year I wrote an ingredient spotlight on pumpkin and here's some nutrition facts that I included. That beautiful orange color is a dead giveaway that pumpkins are FULL of great nutrients. Pumpkin, like most orange veggies, is loaded with vitamin A (which aids in eyesight Continue Reading →

15 Must-Make Homemade Pizza Recipes + My favorite quick and easy pizza sauce recipe!

15 Must-Make Homemade Pizza Recipes because pizza! Are you making homemade pizza yet? I know that having $5 pizza on every street corner sure takes the appeal out of making homemade pizza, but it just isn't the same. Fancy wood-fired pizza places are delicious but spendy, and everyone knows that frozen pizzas just aren't all they are advertised to be. There's something magical about warm homemade dough bubbling away in the oven with all kinds of toppings, cheese, and a little bit of love. Plus, when you make it yourself, you can choose whatever you want to go on top. Continue Reading →

15 Make-your-life-easier Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes

Welcome October! I feel like October is the official start of the fun, busy, and some days a little crazy holiday season. We start off with a family birthday, then Halloween, another birthday, another birthday, Thanksgiving, our anniversary, Christmas, then my birthday. In less than 3 months we celebrate so many different things. Throw in family parties, community events, school functions, church, and other general life-business and you have yourself one very busy season without even trying. This is the perfect time of year to use those slow cookers to make life easier. Don't let the convenience of eating out derail Continue Reading →

20 Mouth-Watering Mac-n-Cheese Recipes

Sometimes in life all you need is a little comfort food. That might mean a big bowl of soup, warm bread, or hot-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. It could also mean warm gooey creamy macaroni and cheese. Seriously, is there anyone who doesn't love mac-n-cheese! Today I'm sharing my cheesiest collection post yet; a glorious round-up of 20 Mouth-Watering Mac-n-Cheese Recipes Rumor has it that Thomas Jefferson brought back a pasta making machine from Italy and that his daughter first created macaroni and cheese to serve to guests in their home. Whether that is true or not, I thank the person who Continue Reading →

15 Perfect Popsicle Recipes

Here's the plan friends. You check out these 15 Perfect Popsicle Recipes and I'll dream about going into labor. Sounds like a great afternoon for all doesn't it?! These popsicles are just the thing you need to get you through the week and a little baby in my arms is just the thing I need to get me through the week too. I'm due tomorrow and to say that I'm ready is an understatement! I'm so very excited. Graham, Issac, Jacob, Mark, and Jonathan are the current contenders in the name department though I'm still having  a hard time deciding. Continue Reading →

15 Luscious Lemonade Recipes (all non-alcoholic)

When life gives you summer, you make lemonade! I can remember the first time that I made homemade lemonade. It was the summer after we were married and we were having friends over for a little party. I made a gorgeous sparkling raspberry lemonade and it was a huge hit. I think I've been making fancy lemonade on occasion ever since. This roundup up of 15 luscious lemonade recipes, all of which are family approved, is sure to get you excited! Are you a fancy lemonade maker?! Once  you start, you won't be able to stop. Enjoy! And in baby news... 4 Continue Reading →

5 Secrets to Healthy Packed Lunch Success!

It's so easy to fall into a lunch rut isn't it?! It seems like I get into the habit of making the same three or four things and before you know it we are all sick of what I'm serving. Today I'm sharing some fun ideas for lunches, specifically packed lunches. This is great if you plan on making lunches for your kids for school in the fall, to take to the park to enjoy on a sunny afternoon, for the kids headed to day camp, or even for your spouse if they work out of the house and takes a Continue Reading →

20 Very Cherry Recipes

20 Very Cherry Recipes

Today's 20 Very Cherry Recipes is celebrating all things early summer and spring! This recipe collection includes recipes for sweet cherries, sour cherries, and even the famous Maraschino cherry. There's a little bit of everything thing here and I know you are going to find something you'll enjoy. We weren't lucky enough to have fruit on any of our trees this year thanks to a super late frost, but that doesn't mean we won't be picking up a few cherries from the grocery store when they make their way to us. I'm hoping you were luckier than us and you have Continue Reading →

15 Fantastic Rhubarb Recipes

I was so excited about the few pounds of rhubarb that I got at the farmer's market last week that I decided I'd share the love a bit by posting a collection of 15 different rhubarb recipes for you all today. Rhubarb is one of my favorite spring ingredients because it's just so tangy and fun. I like to think of it like using sour cherries or lemon in baking. There's something so unique and satisfying to have a little tart mixed in with the sweet. Any other rhubarb lovers out there? This post is for you! 1. Strawberry Rhubarb & Ginger Continue Reading →


the bench

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 →

Currently: Mouse in the House

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 →

15 Simple One Pot Dinner Ideas

Simple One Pot Dinner Ideas are just the kind of thing that you need on hand for those busy night you know you'll be running around to this or that, or for the night that you just don't feel like cooking. I am a huge fan of throwing everything in a pot and letting it all cook together, but I normally get stuck making lots of soups and chilis. I thought a fun list of One Pot Dinner Ideas would be just the thing to get us both out of our cooking ruts while keeping it simple. It's been a long Continue Reading →

20 Amazing Chicken Breast Recipes

20 Amazing Chicken Breast Recipes

In 2012 the average American ate 54.1 pounds of poultry. The bulk majority of that poultry was enjoyed in the form of chicken breasts. I am no master meat cooker and I'm always looking for new ways to cook chicken. I'm sure that I'm not alone in this fact so I thought a round up of 20 different ways to use chicken breast would be a great dinner time inspiration for you this week. That Copycat Chick-fil-a sandwich is calling my name!! Whether you like your chicken chopped up in a casserole, served by itself, or somewhere in the middle, I'm sure Continue Reading →

How to rock Meal Prep Monday

Have you heard of Meal Prep Monday?  Here it is in a nutshell: spend a morning in the kitchen one day a week and knock out a lot of prep work for the coming week. This normally happens on Monday for me, hence the name, Meal Prep Monday. It's a great habit to get into that saves a lots of time the rest of the week. It also puts healthy options right in front of my face which makes making smart food choices ten times easier. I tend to prep snacks because snacks are what are the easiest for me to Continue Reading →

This week’s meal plan + our 2014 family pictures

I really liked writing out my meal plan last week so I thought I'd keep it up! This will be a great resource for myself later too when I get in a meal planning rut! This coming week is going to be just as tasty as the last and I'm excited to share what I have planned with you. I also wanted to share our 2014 family pictures! I figured they didn't need a post all their own, but if I smoosh them with something useful like a meal plan then it's totally allowed. So take a look, they are at Continue Reading →

2014’s Top Recipes – did your favorite make the list?

The top recipes from 2014 were a blast for me to put together. It's so fun to see a years worth of work all wrapped up in one post. I was planning on doing this post last week but my illness really gotten the best of me for over a week and I decided to scrap it. Then a little birdie told me she'd love to see the "best of" post for this year and that was all the motivation I needed. Thanks friend. Better let than never! Here are my top posts from 2014, starting with number ten and working Continue Reading →

15 Appetizers fit for a party

How is 2014 already over?! I'm so pleased that we end the year with family, games, and food... my kind of holiday! Appetizers are a forever popular dish tonight, so I thought a collection of some amazing looks dishes would be perfect to share today. Not planning on going out? Great! You can eat the whole recipe yourself. I'm a big supporter of bringing in the new year in your stretchy pants and a pony tail! Enjoy and thank you for being here. I can't wait to spend more of 2015 with you. 1. Melted Cheddar Cheese Sticks from Simple Green Moms 2. Continue Reading →

15 Tasty Gingerbread Recipes + A (real) Christmas Miracle

I'm sharing 15 amazing gingerbread recipes today that go way beyond your traditional cookie plus a real Christmas miracle that you made possible. Before we get to the recipes I wanted to tell you about some things that have been going on at my house. Do you remember a few weeks ago when I told you of my desires to serve and that I wasn't sure how? You can see the full post here. There are some serious needs in the lives of people around me and I wanted to help. The morning after I prayed about what I could do I got an Continue Reading →

15 Unique Hot Cocoa and Eggnog Recipes

15 Unique Hot Cocoa and Eggnog Recipes is a post that's sure to warm your cold hands today. I've collected everything from traditional drink recipes to cakes, cookies, and oatmeal featuring the classic flavors of hot cocoa and eggnog. I've never made homemade eggnog before but it's definitely on my bucket list. I love the normal store-bought stuff, and we all know how much better homemade is! And when you have chickens in your backyard eggs aren't something in short supply. Enjoy and thanks so much for being here. 1. Eggnog Smoothie from Foraged Dish 2. Eggnog Hot Chocolate from Peanut Butter and 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 →

14 Sure-to-Please Sweet Popcorn Recipes

Popcorn! Did you know that the average American consumes 51 quarts of popcorn a year making the Nation's total popcorn consumption over 16 billion quarts of popcorn a year! That my friends, it a lot of popcorn! 70% of popcorn is eaten in the home (and I assume that most of the 30% eaten outside of the home is eaten in movie theaters). It's no secret here that I love popcorn in all forms. I love it hot and buttery and sweet and sticky. In fact, I've never met a popcorn I didn't like. I thought it would be fun to Continue Reading →

14 Recipes for the Candy Corn Lovers

Candy corn seems to be one of those things that you either love or you don't. This post is definitely for the candy corn lovers in the crowd! I love candy corn, not so much because it's delicious but because it's so iconic and fun. When candy corn makes it's way into a glass pumpkin candy dish in my house then I feel like it's officially the holidays. That first bag of candy corn of the season is always exciting! We don't actually end up eating much of the stuff, but my is it pretty sitting on the mantel. And did Continue Reading →

17 Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipes

Pumpkin Pie Spice isn't just for pumpkiny recipes, you can use it in so many things! I love a shake of it on my sugar and cinnamon toast and even in sweet Chex Mix during the holidays, no pumpkin required. Here's a fun collection of seventeen recipes that call for pumpkin pie spice but not necessarily pumpkin. These are just the kind of things you can make to make your house smell like fall! I'm even working on making a pumpkin pie spice sugar scrub to give as gifts... I'll let you know how it turns out. Enjoy! And do tell, Continue Reading →

18 Cheesy Breads Recipes (cheese + bread = perfection)

There are few things that I love more than cheese and bread, but one of those things would be cheesy bread. Warm gooey cheese sharing the same space as fresh bread is a match made in heaven. I thought a whole round up of cheesy bread recipes would be just the thing we needed to kick off fall! These recipes are comfort food at it's best and I'm sure you'll find one, if not ten, to try! I'm putting a few of these on my to make list for sure. Any of these would be great sides, fun things to take Continue Reading →

19 Pizza Recipes Worth Taking A Look At

Now that fall is officially here, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a bunch of delicious pizza recipes. The school schedules are starting to fall back into their groove, which makes meal planning easier, the weather is cooler which makes turning on the oven easier, and these are pizza recipes, which makes everything in life easier. You can never ever have too much pizza in my opinion. Friday pizza night is on! 19 Pizza Recipes Worth Taking a Look At 1. Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza from Kitchen Meets Girl 2. Homemade Extra Cheese Pizza from Sally's Baking Addiction 3. Barbecue Chicken Pizza from Lil' Luna 4. Steak Continue Reading →

27 Tasty After School Snacks Ideas

27 tasty after school snack ideas are just the thing you need to brighten your day. Here's the beauty of a "snack recipe" though... it can be used for game night, family functions, evenings at home, instead of dinner; there's always a reason to makes snacky foods! I love snack foods so a bunch of these recipes are mine, but there's also a whole lot of other blogger's recipes mixed in. So whether you are looking for something to feed the kids after school or not, here is a wide variety of snacks to get your juices flowing. Some are Continue Reading →

Avocado Bruschetta and other awesome tailgating recipes

It's that time of the month! 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. This months theme is appetizers which very easily could be read as "football food" this time of the year. Whether you are watching the big game or not, this list of appetizers is sure to please. Check out all of the links at the bottom of the post for the rest of the recipes. To the horror of many, we don't watch football; not college, not pro, not high school (our school is so little we don't even have a football team). And to make matters worse Continue Reading →

22 Must-Have Muffin Recipes

Yesterday's head cold is today's sinus infection, so while I'm trying to lay low and still keep everyone alive, maybe fed, and the house from being totally annihilated, let's enjoy a quiet morning with muffins and lots of them. You can never have too many muffin recipes! Fall weather is muffin time for me. They are perfect for easy breakfasts (just add some scrambled eggs), but they also go great with all things soup. I've included my favorite corn muffins which are excellent with chili and taco soups. I like the sweet muffins with chicken noodle type soups. Or forget breakfast Continue Reading →

19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

When you think of certain smells they conjure up memories of places and people from the past. As I carefully break off stems of basil from the plant with my fingers, that smell my friends, comes with all kinds of memories. I think of a certain apartment where I grew basil in a pot on the back porch and made bruschetta every day for a week. I think of my upstairs neighbor and how much I miss her (Hi Sarah!). And I think of Henry. He was just about Paul's age that year, around 10 months, and it was at Continue Reading →

Ingredient Spotlight: Summer Squashes (or skwarsh if you are my grandma)

I'm hanging on to the last days of summer and enjoying the garden in all of it's productive glory! Months worth of work are certainly worth it this time of year in terms of a garden. I thought it would be fun to highlight one of my very favorite summer ingredients - summer squash! And maybe you are cute like my Grandma Jane in Indiana and say "skwarsh". No matter how you say it, it's delicious. Here's a little more info on the ever popular and ever producing vegetable. Summer Squash Basics: Summer squash is the blanket term usually used to describe Continue Reading →

16 Cucumber Recipes that are sure to please

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). Things that Continue Reading →