January Wrap-up

How is January over?! A lot of fun things happen around these parts in a months’ time, so I thought a recap at the end of the month would be fun for you and for me. I get to look back on a bit of my handy work and you can get a “best-of” post in case you missed anything. Thanks so much for reading and enjoy the best of January.

Favorite Mess: Adding a bathroom (and vaulting the ceiling!) to the bonus room which is being turned into a master bedroom. Best idea ever.

Favorite Dessert: Really, how could I make myself choose? Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars and Brownie Cheesecakes Bars came in at a tie. These may end up being the desserts of the year. I hope you make them soon.

dessert collage

Favorite Dinner: Steak Tostadas – I could eat these once a week for the rest of my life without complaint. And for the last few weeks I think we have.

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Favorite Craft: DIY Felt Heart Garland – I loved using it on the wreath and on the hutch, plus it will store well for next year. Who doesn’t need a little pop of color and some love this time of the year?!

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Favorite Post to write this month – my first confessions. Something a little out of the ordinary but for sure fun for me to write and I hope fun for you to read.


January in a nutshell, and my, what a good month it was! Thanks for being part of all this mess. I wouldn’t be here without you.

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I have a lot going on, and I’d much rather spend my time enjoying my messes than fretting about what I’m going to make for dinner. Over the past few years, I’ve nailed down a few strategies that helped me keep my kitchen running like a well-oiled machine, so I started Bless This Mess to help other mess-loving parents solve the nightly dinner delimma—no stress, no drama, just really great food your whole family will love. Read more...

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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.