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!

Simple Homemade Play Dough

Does your kiddo love this stuff as much as mine?  She begs for me to bring it out on a daily basis and it makes for the best rainy day activity.  I have always...

Oh, How Times Have Changed: Pizza Burgers

When we were first married, my husband and I would wake up in the morning and he would always roll over and say, "I love you", first thing.  Heart melting.  And do you know...

Broadening Our Littles’ Tastebuds: Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

Exposing my children to other cultures' cuisines and traditions is important to me.  My hope is that they form an appreciation for different tastes and can learn to embrace diversity as a whole.  Whether...

No-Mess Perfect Bacon….and a little piece of heaven

Why in the heck would I bore you with a recipe or technique, rather, on how to cook bacon?  I know, I'm a nut.  But let me tell you…I shared this technique on my...

Coconut Oil: The Jack Of All Trades

I've come to share the wealth, my friends, in case you haven't already discovered the absolute beauty of coconut oil.  It's hard for me to know where to begin.  I truly believe this stuff...

Savory Chicken Stew

Anyone else up for migrating south?  Yes, friends, I know we all signed up to live here in Minnesota but lets be realistic.  I AM OVER THE COLD!  It's amazing how each May I...

Peanut Butter Protein Bites

If you're anything like me you are constantly looking for quick, easy, make-ahead, healthful snacks to have on hand for the family.  My appetite has been obscenely large these days…as my new nursing journey...

Life Changing Mac and Cheese

The reason I call this life changing is because you will be absolutely amazed at how simple, fast and delicious this family favorite is. I would have to say this is one of the...