Hi friends, it’s Melissa here! Wife to one pretty stinking great guy and mama to three kids that bring me more joy, love and caffeine cravings than I knew was humanly possible! I love a good workout, broken in clothes and Autumn. But being in the kitchen with my kiddos trumps it all; creating, exploring and getting messy. I believe there is an infinite amount of value in sharing a meal around the table with the people we love, and I hope I can keep that a constant in our home forever. Most of the time you can find me blogging over at, and I’m thrilled to be back here connecting with all of you at TCMB!

Slow Cooker Smokey Ham and White Bean Soup

There's nothing better than an amazing tasting slow cooker recipe.  Yes, slow cookers are so very convenient, but they don't always convince me that they are the best choice in the cooking department with...

Quick Sausage, Bean and Veggie Soup

What could possibly be better than a pot of comforting, warm, delicious soup this time of year?  A pot of comforting, warm, delicious soup that just so happens to be super speedy to prepare...

Baby Bites: Cinnamon Pear Sauce

When my kiddos were babies I got such joy out of making homemade purees for them.  I loved knowing exactly what was going into it and playing with different varieties.  Store bought versions can...

Stretch Your Meal Plan and Your Budget: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This awesome recipe shows up on my meal plan rotation so frequently.  Aside from being so incredibly simple to put together it is so versatile….I make it on a Sunday and we can get...

The NEW Family Dinner Party {and how to make it easy!}

I absolutely love to host dinner parties.  Like, LOVE love.  It sits way up high on my list of favorite things to do.  Pre-kids many Saturday evenings for my husband and I were spent...

Game Day Eats: Chicken Tortilla Soup

This cozy weather just screams soup to me.  Often, our Sundays are filled with football on the TV, lots of board games or puzzles and a comforting soup simmering on the stove.  For some...

Have You Met Toni&Guy Yet?

Okay, so I'm going to be incredibly honest here.  I am the farthest thing from a beauty product expert ever.  I most definitely don't keep up with the newest trends in products. I mean,...

Breakfast On The Go: Coconut Cashew Bites

These little bites of yum are my saving grace for breakfasts on the go.  It feels SO good to know that I can give my kiddos a quick breakfast that also equals healthful. If you...

Keeping Nursing Real

If any of you know me well or follow my personal blog, you probably see that I am a huge believer in moderation.  Of balance and wellness without depriving myself.  Each of us are...
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A Little Taste Of Autumn: Apple Oat Muffins

The time is drawing near and I simply could not be more excited!  Autumn.  The crisp, cool air.  Nature backdrops that will blow your mind.  And seasonal eats that trump any other time of...

Five Pros of Having a Traveling Spouse

My husband travels for work. More than any of us would like. The days seem so long when he's gone. I miss him. I miss having someone to lay in bed with at night…whether...

Better Ranch Dressing

Okay friends.  Ranch Dressing.  C'mon.  You obviously love it…America loves it.  Drizzled on a salad.  Doused on a baked potato.  And dip for anything under the sun.  And then there's the actual seasoning mix....

Date Night: Stay IN

How great is date night?  I'm not sure what I love the most about it:  the quality time connecting with my husband without distraction, the ability to eat an amazing meal uninterrupted or just...

A Taste of Summer: Warm Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

I feel pretty safe saying that this pasta salad is one of my kids all-time favorites…and the adults straight up devour it, too.   I love that the dressing can be made ahead of...