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Welcome to the Farm!

A large garden and orchard, chickens, lambs, and a huge Do-It-Yourself farmhouse build keep our hands busy, our tummies filled, and our hearts humbled. Life on our hobby farm is wonderfully messy.

I grew up in Southern Indiana and loved spending my summers picking sweet sun-ripened strawberries straight from our home garden, playing in the creek, and collecting fresh still-warm eggs. My mama taught me how to can, make bread, and to enjoy the simple pleasure that country life brings. Now that I’m married with 5 little ones of my own, we’ve chosen a country life so that we could give our children similar experiences. Bless this Mess is not just about food, we are also a hobby farm blog, we love to share life on our hobby farm and the joys of growing our own food!

Follow Our Farm Journey!

Building our own farmhouse, with our own two hands
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Easy Fermented Pickles

Looking for a great homemade fermented pickle recipe? Look no more! This recipe makes lacto-fermented dill and garlic pickles that last ages and are so full of flavor. New to fermenting? I’ll be your guide. Naturally...

DIY Sewing Kit in a Jar – Homemade Christmas Gift

This DIY sewing kit in a jar is such a fun & creative gift idea for your favorite crafty person! They’ll love this simple homemade gift that only takes a few moments to make. Simple Sew...
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Simple Holiday Gift Ideas For Your Neighbors

Looking for easy gift ideas for your neighbor? These fun and affordable gifts are perfect for spreading holiday cheer in your neighborhood! 15 Gift Ideas for Neighbors that You Only Kinda Know Do you give Christmas...
Gift Ideas for Gardeners and Homesteaders

The Best Gift Ideas for Gardeners & Homesteaders

Have a gardening or farming lover on your list? This homesteader gift guide has ideas perfect for anyone who loves to garden and grow their own food! Gift Ideas for Gardeners and Homesteaders These gifts are...
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Bless this Mess Gift Guide 2019: Food Gift Baskets

Looking for the perfect gift ideas for a relative, host, neighbor, or teacher? These food gift baskets are fun and functional for everyone on your list! 15 Deliciously Awesome Food Gift Baskets The older I get,...

How to Cook Pumpkin in the Instant Pot

Learn how to cook pumpkin in the Instant Pot with this simple guide that will teach you how to make pumpkin puree at home. Use it in pumpkin pie, soups, and all the other Fall comfort...
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5 Fall Crafts for Kids

The change in season is always a great time to introduce some fun new crafts. These 5 Fall Craft Ideas for Kids will encourage them to be creative and resourceful as we transition into the season of...

Easy Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

This easy pumpkin dog treat recipe contains four simple ingredients that are good for your pup and that he or she will love to chow down! This is my very first dog treat recipe, but if...