About Bless This Mess

Hello! I’m Melissa, the heart and soul behind Bless This Mess, a place where I share my passion for simple homemade food and the joys of homesteading. Born in Indiana, a true Hoosier and Midwesterner at heart, I now find myself rooted in the picturesque landscapes of Southern Utah with my husband, Thomas, our five wonderful children, and a bustling backyard farm.

woman holding loaf of sourdough bread

My Journey

My blogging journey began in 2009 as a simple way to keep my family updated on our lives. It quickly evolved into an archive of cherished recipes and stories, starting with my famous caramel dip for apples. Over the years, this space has grown into a thriving business that supports my family of seven, allowing us all to dream bigger and create a life we love.

At Bless This Mess, you’ll find an extensive collection of recipes that cater to all tastes and occasions. From hearty breakfasts to decadent desserts, my goal is to share recipes that are not only delicious but also approachable for home cooks of all skill levels.

My blog is a testament to my belief in the power of homemade food to bring people together and create lasting memories.

My Recipes

Each recipe on my blog is a reflection of my journey through food and family life. I believe in the importance of nourishing our bodies with wholesome ingredients, which is why I’m passionate about growing my own food and sharing my harvest through my recipes. Whether it’s a simple sourdough bread or a festive holiday treat, my recipes are designed to inspire joy in the kitchen.

My Cookbooks

a photo of "family dinner made easy" the digital cookbook cover shown on an iPad screen and a bound book.

Drawing from the wealth of experience and recipes I’ve accumulated over the years, I’ve also ventured into publishing cookbooks.

My cookbook books are printed in Utah, USA.

They are spiralbound hardcover books meant to last for years. You can buy both a physical copy of the books or a digital copy.

Book 1: Family Dinner Made Easy: Summer Recipes : 6 weeks of 5 dinners, 1 snack, 1 dessert planned for you with shopping list and meal prep lists OR use as a traditional cookbook with my favorite dinner recipes!

Book 2: Family Dinner Made Easy: Fall Recipes : 6 weeks of 5 dinners, 1 snack, 1 dessert planned for you with shopping list and meal prep lists OR use as a traditional cookbook with my favorite dinner recipes!

Book 3: Sourdough Made Easy : Everything I learned teaching THOUSANDS of people sourdough in 2020. Helping the internet troubleshoot common issues helped me to be able to write this book and help so many people get to their first loaf. Sourdough is magic and this book is a testament to that.

Join the Journey

melisa in her kitchen cutting a watermelon in half

Beyond the recipes and the cookbooks, Bless This Mess is a story of family, perseverance, and the beauty of following your dreams. From building our dream farmhouse to homeschooling my kids and embarking on health journeys, this blog is a glimpse into our lives and the projects that keep us busy.

You can read more about our story here.

I’m so grateful you’re here and I hope you find inspiration in the recipes, stories, and adventures shared on Bless This Mess. Let’s create something beautiful together!

On Bless This Mess You’ll Find:

  • An extensive collection of recipes ranging from quick family dinners to elaborate holiday meals, all emphasizing fresh, wholesome ingredients.
  • Detailed cooking guides and tips designed to empower both novice and experienced cooks to expand their culinary skills.
  • Behind-the-scenes looks at the creation process of cookbooks, including the inspiration and dedication involved in bringing these projects to life.
  • Seasonal and special occasion recipes that highlight the use of fresh produce from the garden, fostering a farm-to-table dining experience.


Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with esteemed brands that share my values of quality and integrity. Some of these collaborations include:

  • Sabra
  • America’s Test Kitchen
  • Blue Diamond Almonds
  • Purina
  • Land’s End
  • Mom’s Best Cereal
  • California Avocados
  • Bob’s Red Mill
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • Swanson’s Broth
  • Zoups!

These partnerships have not only enriched my blog’s content but also aligned with my commitment to quality, family, and home.

Media Mentions

My journey has caught the attention of both print and digital media, featuring in:

  • Print Magazines: Shape, Chickens, Hobby Farm Magazine, Farmhouse Style Magazine, and Parents.
  • Internet Features: msn.com, BuzzFeed, FoodGawker, and Yummly, and more!
  • TV Appearance: I shared tips on healthy meal prep on Studio 5 KSL, showcasing simple ways to eat healthier.


Melissa Griffiths attended Ball State University for her freshman year of collage and then moved to and graduated from Brigham Young University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Management and Youth Leadership with and emphasis in Community Recreation.

She’s also a member of The Bread Bakers Guild of America, The American Society of Baking, and The Fermentation Association.

Stay in Touch:

Email me at melissa @ blessthismessplease .com

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melissa @ blessthismessplease .com

I love working with brands! If you would like a media kit or to discuss future collaborations, please email me at melissa @ blessthismessplease .com

woman with a chefs hat with a baby dressed as a lobster in a pot Halloween costume.
Always cooking up something! (Halloween 2014)