My favorite things GIVEAWAY!


It’s my favorite post of the year – my 2016 favorite things giveaway! Enter now to win goodies worth over $500!
Favorite Things Giveaway 2016

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for entering!

Few things are more exciting to me than getting this annual giveaway ready for you! I have done this for a few years and it’s one of my favorite ways to say thank you to you my wonderful friends and blog readers. I started blogging as a job almost exactly 5 years ago and I had no idea where this journey would take me. I’m so grateful for all of the things I have learned, experiences I’ve enjoyed, delicious recipes and food I’ve gotten to eat, and most of all, all of the people I’ve gotten to know because of this crazy gig called blogging. You are why I keep writing and taking pictures, and you are why I am still here. Thank you so much for being a part of Bless this Mess!

Today’s giveaway is my best yet and has a retail value of over $500!!! All the prizes are going to one lucky winner!

Here’s the Prize:

  • Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt OR $100 Amazon gift card
  • Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart (winner can choose color)
  • Nativity Puzzle from my Etsy Shop
  • Legacy Cheese Gift Box from Cabot Cheese
  • Cook’s Science, Bread Illustrated, and What Good Cooks Know cookbooks from America’s Test Kitchen
  • 6 Loaves of Assorted Dave’s Killer Bread
  • Case of assorted Sabra Products
  • EasyLunchboxes lunch container set of four and one cooler bag (winner can choose color)
  • Case of Gourmet Pipcorn Popcorn

Prize details:

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt OR $100 Amazon gift card
I’m so excited about this! I did a poll on my Facebook page to see what people wanted to have as a prize and people were pumped about an Instant Pot. I have one on my Christmas list too! The Instant Pot is all kinds of amazing and gets great reviews. Everyone I know that has one LOVES IT. The Instant Pot is a 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer. Talk about a powerhouse! If that kind of thing isn’t for you, you can choose between an Instant Pot or a $100 Amazon gift card.

Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart (winner can choose color)
I love my pretty Dutch oven and use it all of the time! It’s perfect for soups, stews, chili, and even this delicious no-knead bread. I can’t wait for you to pick out one that matches your kitchen (I have a green and orange one).

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Nativity Puzzle from my Etsy Shop
You can pick from any of my three Nativity designs and I’ll ship it to your home with some chocolate and goodies in the package. I’m so excited for you to have this little treasure in your home. They are one of my all-time favorite things to mail to friends and you will just love it.

Legacy Gift Box from Cabot Cheese
My friend over at Cabot Cheese will ship you one of their impressive Legacy Cheese Gift Boxes. They are all so good, but the Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar is my favorite. What am I saying?! They are all my favorite. Cabot is such a great company, and their cheese is no different.

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Cook’s Science, Bread Illustrated, and What Good Cooks Know cookbooks from America’s Test Kitchen
My friends over at America’s Test Kitchen will send you THREE of their cookbooks. I have the Bread Illustrated and I love it! You all know I love everything America’s Test Kitchen, and these books don’t disappoint. Not only are they beautifully photographed, but you learn so much by reading them. You are going to feel so smart and be ready to get in the kitchen after some time with these books.

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6 Loaves of Assorted Dave’s Killer Bread
My friends over at Dave’s Killer Bread will send you a case of 6 assorted loaves of Dave’s Killer Bread. Long live the delicious, healthy, organic wonder known as Dave’s Killer Bread. We love this stuff and I’m so excited for you to get a whole case of it! Just in time for the kids to be at home all Christmas break (cue the sandwich making!).

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Case of assorted Sabra Products
My friends over at Sabra will send you a whole case of assorted Sabra products. One can never have enough hummus and Sabra products, especially during holiday party season. I love some savory snacks to break up all the cookies at the party, and these are my favorite to eat and share.

EasyLunchboxes lunch container set of four and one cooler bag (winner can choose color)
My friend over at Easylunchboxes will send the winner some of her amazing lunch boxes, you get to pick the color! I bought my first Easylunchbox set when my oldest started Kindergarten and we still use them almost daily (3 years later). These are my favorite “bento-style” lunch boxes and you will enjoy having them in your home too. If you aren’t packing lunches for school, they are great for meal prep for healthy eating at home too.

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Case of Gourmet Pipcorn Popcorn
My friends at Pipcorn will send you a variety pack of their gourmet popcorn. Pipcorn is this amazing mini popcorn that comes in all kinds of delicious flavors. It’s popped from a little mini kind of corn kernel so that the popped corn is mini too. It’s delicious and just plain fun to eat. We love this stuff! It’s gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, whole grain, and not made with any junk. You are going to love it too.

Huge thank you to my favorite companies for sending out prizes this year. I wanted you all to enjoy some of the perks I’ve been loving all year long.

Here is how you enter:

You can get three entries by doing 3 different things and then recording your entries by leaving comments. I thought this would be easy for you without having to use a program like Rafflecopter. I only have three really simple entries too, because this supposed to be for you! Simple, easy, and fuss-free was my goal here. This giveaway is for you!

Entry #1: Sign up for my email newsletter here. Once you have (or if you already do), leave me a comment letting me know you are signed up. Use the same email that you have signed up with in the comments section (it is not displayed to the public) so that I can check the entry.

Entry #2: Pin anything from this site (like your favorite recipe!). Leave me the pin URL in a separate comment. Again, make sure you add an email address in the box above the comment (near your name) so that I get get ahold of you if you have won via this entry.

Entry #3: Share this post/any post/Bless this Mess with your people, however that may be. You can repost or share a picture on Instagram of something from the blog (hello all those pies!), you can post to Facebook, Twitter, email your mom… just share something from my blog with someone else. It can be this giveaway, it can be your favorite recipe, it can be about building the house; it’s totally up to you how you share and what you choose to share.  Leave me the  URL to your share post in a separate comments and tag me if you can. Again, make sure you add an email address in the box above the comment (near your name) so that I get get ahold of you if you have won via this entry.


 GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for entering!

38 Recipes for Busy Moms
337 Responses
  1. Danielle

    I shared our fav recipe on Facebook! I’m not sure how to give the URL to my post though? And I’m not able to tag you. I can send you a screenshot!

  2. Donna M Powers

    I am a subscriber – We were city folks, now with a 2 year old homestead, complete with sheep and chickens. I look forward to each of your postings!

  3. I subscribed to your newsletter! (I thought I had done that already–but unless you only send newsletters once in a blue moon, I must not have.)

  4. Gretchen Schmahl

    I signed up for your newsletter and shared your soft and fluffy whole wheat bread recipe with my sister in law. I make it weekly and made it into dinner rolls for Thanksgiving. She loved them (I share this recipe a lot actually).

  5. Jana Wells

    Ooo, pick me! I signed up for your newsletter and pinned the New York Style Cheesecake, which I saw on your blog years ago and have used many times. 🙂

  6. katie w

    I have been getting your newsletter since you started it, love love love it! Talk about the most amazing giveaway ever!

  7. Ahh, so many awesome products. I am dying to try an Instant Pot. Being in school and working two jobs often leaves me eating out too often! I am subscribed to your email!

  8. Lucretia

    I shared a post you shard from Show Me the Yummy. I’m not sure how to show that here, but I tagged you in the comments. 🙂

  9. Veronika Bush

    I subscribed! I can’t remember if I already was subscribed (I’m pretty sure I was!) but I re-did it just to be safe:)

  10. Spring

    I just signed up for the newsletter and I got a free smoothie recipe book!! Thank you. Now my fingers are crossed for this giveaway.

  11. deb c

    I am subscribed 🙂 What a killer giveaway! I’ve been eyeballing Cabot Cheese cuz of you…..and like everything else on this list too….. ya think Sabra would include some of their new spread? I still haven’t found it within a 100 mile radius…grrrr

  12. Lacie Robinson

    Melissa I love you! I hope I am doing this all right, you know I am technological behind a few generations 🙂 Hope you are well and I hope we get to cook together again!!!!

  13. Veronika Bush

    I also shared this with my SIL Spring, through text message, not sure if that counts. If it doesn’t, throw this comment out!

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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