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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!

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Building our own farmhouse, with our own two hands

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...

What kind of Hummingbird is that? The Most Common Hummingbirds in North America

Get to know the most common hummingbirds in North America to better spot which species make a pitstop in your yard! The Most Common Hummingbirds in North America Hummingbirds are quick and beautiful little creatures. If...

Tips for Saving Money when Buying Produce

If you’re looking for ways to cut your grocery costs, you’ll love these tips for saving money when buying produce, including a farmers’ market hack and advice to hit up the freezer section! Tips for Saving...

The Best Ways to Set Up a Hummingbird Feeder

Want to invite more hummingbirds to your outdoor space? Check out the best ways to set up a hummingbird feeder for all the tips and tricks to doing it right. The Best Ways to Set Up...
Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your backyard or garden with this simple homemade hummingbird food recipe!

The Best Homemade Hummingbird Food – attract beautiful birds with this recipe!

Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your backyard or garden with this simple homemade hummingbird food recipe!  Homemade Hummingbird Food Recipe I’ve written before about my adoration for the whimsical creatures that are hummingbirds. Last month, I shared...

Little Known Ways to Attract Hummingbirds to your Garden

Get to know a few of my favorite tips and tricks for how to attract hummingbirds to your garden this summer. How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard You may not know this about me, but...
Who doesn’t love a good potato, am I right? Mashed, baked, fried, scalloped... I love every way you can work ‘em. Plus, you can’t beat the bang for your buck--they’re super filling and super cheap. We do potatoes as a main dish pretty often for those exact reasons, plus they’re easy to customize so everyone’s happy. Have I mentioned I love potatoes? Here are the basics on how to store potatoes so that you always have them on hand. 

How to Store Potatoes

Who doesn’t love a good potato, am I right? Mashed, baked, fried, scalloped… I love every way you can work ‘em. Plus, you can’t beat the bang for your buck–they’re super filling and super cheap. We...

How long are eggs good for?

Ever wonder how long eggs are good for? Here’s your answer plus lots of commonly asked egg information including how to freeze eggs, how to store eggs, and more. Eggs are one of our very favorite...