The Latest Recipes

12
Dec

Hearty 15 Bean Soup in the Instant Pot

Hearty 15 Bean Soup in the Instant Pot made with ham, broth, veggies, and my favorite Hurst’s dried beans, perfect with a side of cornbread. Ham and beans with a side of cornbread will forever be one of my favorite comfort foods. Those filling, salty, flavor-filled tender beans with sweet and crumbly cornbread is a...
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11
Dec

Beth’s Famous Glazed Yeast Donuts

Beth’s Famous Glazed Yeast Donuts are light, fluffy, easy to make, and done in just a few hours with a rich and creamy glaze to go on top. I’m updating this post from 2009. You GUYS I have been at this a very long time. This recipe is from my sister-in-law Beth who is a...
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10
Dec

Perfect Gingerbread Cookies without Molasses

The best recipe to make perfect gingerbread cookies without molasses that are still sweet, spiced, and sturdy! I’ve kind of dubbed myself queen of the gingerbread. It’s my “thing” during the holidays and I make so many batches I lose count. I send them in the mail to friends, I take them to every party,...
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06
Dec

Homemade Butternut Squash Soup

Simple curried butternut squash soup made on the stove top with fresh butternut squash, coconut milk, spices, and a few surprise ingredients! Warm, comforting, and healthy soup that you are going to want to eat all winter long. How lovely is that color, too!? You know it must be good for you if it has...
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05
Dec

Grandma Lucy’s Christmas Sugar Cookies

Soft and tender Christmas sugar cookies that are sweet and keep their shape very well – perfect for decorating; Grandma Lucy’s secret recipe! There are very few things that Thomas pulls the “but they aren’t like my mom’s” card when it comes to my cooking, but sugar cookies is one of those recipes. My mother-in-law...
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04
Dec

Sour Cream Cornbread

Sweet and simple sour cream cornbread recipe that is slightly dense and moist, not too crumbly, and perfect with a bowl of soup or chili. When I was a kid my mom made Jiffy cornbread from that fun little blue box. Her secret touch was to add a little sour cream to the mix to...
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03
Dec

Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese

Homemade mac and cheese recipe made in one pot on the stove top with just a few simple ingredients like evaporated milk, eggs, and cheese. If there is one recipe on my site that you need to make, it’s this one. This is the best go-to macaroni and cheese recipe ever. I have been making...
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30
Nov

How to Ship Christmas Cookies

5 simple steps for how to pack and ship Christmas cookies this holiday season so that you can spread love all over the country! There’s nothing like fresh baked cookies around the holidays, am I right? I look forward to holiday baking all year, and I love sharing my creations with friends and family. Unfortunately,...
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29
Nov

Simple Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

Quick and easy recipe for maple roasted butternut squash cubes that are cooked in the oven – a perfect healthy side dish. I don’t remember eating a lot of hard winter squash when I was a kid. Zucchini yes, but winter squashes like butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash were newer to me in adulthood. Even...
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28
Nov

Garlic and Herb Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot

A simple way to cook whole chicken in the crock pot by using lots of fresh herbs and butter for an extra tender and delicious chicken with very little hands-on prep time. Long live all the slow cooker recipes! This whole chicken in the slow cooker is one of my favorite recipes because it comes...
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27
Nov

The Best Simple Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

The Best Simple Oatmeal Cookie Recipe that turns out every time, no raisins, no chocolate, just simple butter and oatmeal cookies that you can add (or not add) what you like! Long live all the staple recipes that you make over and over again!  I first published this recipe in 2013 and have decided it...
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26
Nov

6 Simple Ways to Decorate Gingerbread Cookies

6 simple ways to decorate gingerbread cookies that are easy, pretty, and don’t outshine the simple sweet and spice combo that makes the cookie famous. I LOVE gingerbread cookies and so do you. I shared my all-time favorite gingerbread cookie recipe with you all a few years ago and that recipe has been made time...
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Bless This Mess - About Me

I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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