It never ceases to amaze me the sweetness that can exist between brother and sister when they don’t think I’m looking. Now, if only I could witness this between brother and brother. I’d probably pass out.

It is moments like this that keep me grounded and help me keep my perspective. Am I the only one that struggles with this? The ongoing balance of life?

I am so very grateful for this space of mine. This blog. It (and many of you!) have been a part of my life for over 5 1/2 years, which is a long time in blog-speak. But the challenge of balancing blogging with all the other things running through my reality keeps me hopping. No different from any of you managing family and jobs and well, life. It seems that at times the balance comes easily, other times not so much.

So, so much has changed in the food blogging world since I started out 5 1/2 years ago. First and foremost, what used to be a blog that only my mom looked at (hi, mom) has now grown into a spot visited by millions of visitors each month. Kind of knocks me flat when I think of it. What started as a fun little hobby has now turned into a wonderful work-from-home business. It used to be that snapping a quick picture and throwing it up on the web insisting people make it immediately was all it took to share a great recipe. Now, it seems the blogging pressures of the current day are to have the most Facebook followers,Β most pins, most ad revenue, most food props, most witty writing, most beautiful pictures, most sponsors, most traffic, most step-by-step pictures, most everything. While those aren’t necessarily bad things (some would argue they are changes for the greater good), it still makes me want to run far, far away sometimes. It’s hard not to get caught up in all the drama and noise of blogging, not to mention the competition that leaves me questioning my blogging self-worth (I mean, really, gag! Let’s talk about some real problems here!).

But honestly, stick with me here, my whole point in sharing this is that as I look back over the last nearly-six years, I realize that even though times are changing around me, I am still grounded by the same purpose I had when I posted for the first time ever back in December in 2007:Β to share tried-and-true recipes, baby. If that ends up leaving me behind in the swirling dust of the blogosphere, then so be it.

When I get burdened down by the cumbersome pressure of blog/life balance, all it takes is seeing a picture with the intense sweetness like the one above to remind me that at the end of the day, I am a mother first and a blogger second…or more realistically 3rd or 4th or 11th when all the other non-compensated roles come into play. And I really wouldn’t have it any other way. The minute I feel my rowdy, little family needs more mom and less blogger or if I lose sight of my goal (the one where I share recipes that rock my world with you), well, then, that’s when I’ll be calling it quits (not as a mother, as a blogger…jeez!). For now? It’s all about the food! And if anything other than sibling tenderness can restore balance in my life, it is food (dark chocolate food, in particular).

Thanks for listening. Love your guts.

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186 Responses to Snapshot Saturday: Why I Keep Blogging Even When I Feel Like I Should Quit

  1. Brittany C. says:

    Mel, you were my first foodie blog love and you are honestly still my go-to and favorite!!! I don’t ever see that changing. And honestly, it’s a breath of fresh air to have an amazing food blog that isn’t constantly asking me to follow them and their 10 friends on pinterested/fb/IG etc. I do follow you on all of those little social networks, because I want to, not because it’ll give me a small chance to win a great prize. So, thank you! Keep up the great work, I’ll be here as long as you’re blogging- which I’m hoping is as far as the foreseeable future!

  2. Sang says:

    Hi Mel! I am a generally a non-commenter, but I owe you a big ol’ THANK YOU! I could basically say “ditto” to all the other comments. I learned about your blog when a friend had us over for dinner and made your grilled pizza, and when another friend brought us your beef stew and sugar cookies. Everything was so tasty – I had to have the recipes! My sweet mother wasn’t big on cooking, and sadly, I kind of struggle with it a bit myself. Cooking really takes a lot of effort for me, but your blog has made it so, so much easier – I cook with much more variety and am excited (instead of hesitant!) to try new things. I sure appreciate what you share on here. I’m always anxious to see what your next post will be! All the best to you & your sweet family!! P.S. Go Cougars!

  3. Teresa R. says:

    I’ve been reading your blog since day one. My daughters and I use your recipes regularly, almost daily. Your recipes have become my family’s favorite meals. I’ve been cooking for my elderly parents for several years now, and it had become a chore to come up with meals to make for them. Your recipes have made my life much easier because I always know I have your recipes to fall back on when its time to plan meals for my parents. So, thank you. And I love the Saturday snapshots!

  4. Karen says:

    I’ve been following you for the last year, and although I know I don’t comment as much as I should, I read all of your entries and I look forward to your blog. You are successful at what you do here, and I’m glad you’re doing it and glad to know you. You make all our lives a little better (my husband and kids included), and I thank you.

  5. Jamie says:

    Thanks to you and your family for all your hard work. My family loves your recipes!

  6. Jessica says:

    To be honest with you…I hate that everyone is going to step by step pictures and so many ads and pins and blah blah blah…I come to look for recipes , tried and true and yummy, just like you post. I love a picture or two….but I don’t need 70 per post. I love your blog and don’t change a thing ! It is a lot of pressure, and a blog is a TON of work! Keep true to you and your fabulous recipes!

  7. Ashlee says:

    Your blog is my favorite. I never make time to write, because I’m always reading and cooking (and being mom as #1). Your recipes have made me such a better cooker/baker and WAY more self confident in that cooking/baking. So thanks for changing my life (and my husbands…he is also grateful for you, and tells me a lot…even though he doesn’t know who you are…)

  8. Mickie says:

    Awe Shucks Mel, I love your guts too. You all ready know that though don’t you Someday we’ll meet and i’ll squeeze your guts out in a big huge hug (which is sayin’ a lot for my 5’2″ self and I should let you know, i’m not much of a hugger either) and our kids will all play while we bake some delightful Chocolate Chip Cookies.. Well, that’s my someday idea anyway. Your blog is my first and foremost favoritest ever ever ever ever. I must say, all my family and friends don’t even ask me for recipes anymore they just ask me the NAME of the recipe since they know where I got it πŸ™‚

  9. Cammee says:

    I hear you friend. Sometimes we feel pulled in so many directions we feel we can’t give 100% to anything. You are doing an awesome job and I would cry my eyes out if you threw in the towel. My second favorite part of your blog (hello, the food is first!) is that I can get on and it’s not full of sponsored posts and you doing the equivalent of a commercial for a post. I have stopped following several blogs because they just felt like advertisements. I know you miss out on a lot of free goods and probably money, but I appreciate it!

    Love your sweet picture! Those are the best moments.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I checked your blog first thing this morning because I knew you would post today because it is my birthday and friends remember birthdays (sorry for the run-on sentence). Even though we’ve never met (although your husband looks so familiar–did he live at The Riv??) you are a household name around here. My husband knows if there is something new on the table it’s usually compliments of Mel! Thanks for keeping me excited about cooking in a way only ATK/Cooks Illustrated has been able to before. You rock!!

  11. Melissa says:

    I know how you feel about the whole internet feedback perception. I was only on facebook but I had to leave that in October because I was too caught up in posting THE BEST status updates and then would be disappointed when people who I thought should comment on it didn’t. I even had to stop looking on Pinterest. I’m much happier not having to feel like I have to please an invisible crowd. I read a lot of blogs and see all the wonderful things people do and sometimes feel like I’m not doing anything of worth but I the most important place I can be is at home with my children. I am a total advocate of having a place for moms to have their ‘me’ time whether it is blogging, crafting, exercising, cooking, w.h.y. . Just remember why you started it and keep it simple.

  12. Mel, I love how eloquently you put that. I feel the exact same way about blogging. Sometimes I get waaaay too caught up in all the details of it, and I just need to step back and remember what’s most important in my life. Family and those beautiful kids! (and then there’s laundry…) You were one of the first blogs I read and followed back in the day. Thanks for always being consistently awesome, and a great inspiration to me! πŸ™‚

  13. Kimiko says:

    Although I can’t quite remember how I found it, your blog was the first blog I started reading, and it opened up to me the world of food blogging. You will always be the first and I always love and trust your recipes. If you ever stopped, I would be disappointed to not have your fabulous recipes to look forward to, but of course I’d understand. But if you ever do, I hope you at least still keep the site up so your recipes are available to access. If not, give me fair warning so I can stock up on ink and printer paper and print out hard copies of all your recipes and never lose them! Yours are the best!

  14. Jennifer says:

    As a mom, I understand that your family comes first. Your spouse and those little ones should be the most important people in your world! Take care of them, and yourself. But please don’t stop blogging! I wouldn’t know what to make for dinner! Lol! In all seriousness, 95% of our dinners come from you. Everything I have made from your blog is delicious, so I know if you post it, I’ll like it. When I make my weekly menus, your site is the first place, and often only place, I go. I don’t need all the bells and whistles. I appreciate that you post good, wholesome food that is family friendly. Thank you for all your hard work! πŸ™‚

  15. Liz says:

    Mel – I will still follow your blog even if you only were to post one recipe a year. You are truly inspirational and I often wonder how you take such wonderful care of your family, cook such wonderful meals, and still have time to blog. Yours is the only website I follow and am so happy I found it when googling chicken and zucchini recipes.

  16. Sheila says:

    Karen above said it best: “The impact you have on people’s lives is truly remarkable”. You are such an inspiration to so many (not just your family)! When we view your blog, we see a loving wife, committed mother of five, and a humorous, fun, hard working woman who reaches out and touches the lives of others. And I know Mel, because of the kind of mom you are, you do not instruct your children to “follow the crowd” or “do as everyone else is doing”. You offer the world your unique giftedness and love and through your hard work you bless so many. What a great mentor your children have in you! And you will continue doing the right thing by putting your husband and children first. Thanks for sharing with us such a precious, heartwarming, smile bringing picture. πŸ™‚

  17. Emma says:

    You are so talented – I cook something from your blog almost every day. I can’t imagine how busy you are (I have 6 kids and NO blog and life is crazy)! But you make my life a little easier each day at dinner time. Thank you.

  18. Charmaine Puzey says:

    I think you are the MOST that I want to read. I like the pure, simple, grounded. Not the flashy, biggest, brightest. I hope you do keep with it. Your recipes are amazing. I am glad your family comes first, 4,11:) I will wait patiently for any new post knowing you are taking take of little souls.

  19. Ruth says:

    Mel, I think that you can tell from all the comments r/t this post that there are many, many of us who come to your blog multiple times during each and every week to see what you have posted. The food, the family, the sense of humor—it feeds our soul—literally and figuratively. Thank you for all that you do! I know you don’t need permission, but I encourage you to just take a step back when you need to do so. As I have stated before, and as I have thought to myself, (many, many times) , I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT! I know I had rather have one blog posting a week or every other week than no blog posting at all. Just know if you have to take a hiatus from time to time, I will be here when you get back. True friends are like that.

  20. Tiff says:

    Your blog is one of the very few I trust for recipes. I appreciate that your posts are simple, too. I get bogged down scrolling through picture after picture on some sites (really, it get ridiculous when it says “add one egg” and I have to see a picture of the egg, then of it cracking, then of it being added, zzzz…). Thank you for posting the end result and only pictures of the confusing steps if necessary!

  21. Lauren says:

    I just found your blog a couple months ago and you are pretty much my go-to place for recipes so thank you!! Don’t change a thing, you are doing a fabulous job just being you and posting the most delcious recipes to help moms all over get dinner on the table. Thank You!!!

  22. april ki m says:

    Please don’t ever stop blogging. I love your blog not only because the food is fantastic, but because you keep it about the food. I recommend people visit your blog weekly, because you are the best. You keep it real, and you keep crazy moms like me awesome, because the food is always good. My 2 year old always says that she knows I am her mom because I cook and moms cook. I have always loved to cook, my mom instilled that in me, but you help me keep it fun. Thank you!!!!!

  23. I REALLY enjoyed reading this, and everything you said is so true. You just keep on keepin’ on because you’re amazing. And I love that your family comes first, as it should. πŸ™‚

  24. Brooke P. says:

    I have been with you since almost the beginning of your blog and I am a faithful follower and user of your blog. I don’t do all the fancy facebook liking, pinterest pinning, twitter type following but I use your blog on almost a daily basis. That is no lie. I am not sure what I would do without it when it comes to getting food on the table for my family. Oh how I hope you will continue this blog of yours. From my humble blog reading perspective, yours is my FAVORITE! It is the easiest to use, has the most “best” recipes. It is my go to before any other food blog. Yours feels most real and least business-like, and let me tell you a reader can catch onto that and quickly. Thanks for keeping it real, for just posting good recipes that I know if I make they will be good! You are awesome!

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  26. Leslie says:

    Your recipes are fantastic and so is your blog. I love your about me section the most and appreciate that you’ve emailed me many times with an answer to my questions. Hope you are able to continue blogging bc you are so good at it. I’m sure you’ll know exactly what is best for you and your family!!

  27. JanaBananaGirl says:

    I was introduced to your blog by a friend from work (Jennie R., who I believe you knew in college?), and in the year or so that I have been reading, your blog has jumped to the top of my favorite food blogs. (Yes, really.) You are most definitely a girl after my food-loving heart, but more than that, you show me (and everyone else who reads) that life is real and messy and hectic and that it’s okay. Thank you for sharing your food and, by extension, your life with us. You rock!

  28. Amanda says:

    Love this post. Literally describes how I feel about blogging, balance, and motherhood perfectly. I am bookmarking this and reading it whenever I start to question my blogging self worth (it happens).

  29. Brooke says:

    Mel — I just stumbled across your blog this month and I’ve loved the things I’ve found. I’m going through morning sickness while still trying to feed a family and your recipes have looked simple and delicious (and that’s saying something right now). I appreciate the hard work it must take to keep this going. So thanks from a new follower.

    And ps — if you ever figure out the brother to brother thing… please pass it on!

  30. Jennifer says:

    Ditto to all! Do what’s best for you Mel. Family first, no regrets.

  31. Nicole says:

    I loved reading this post! My blog is just a little baby but I am already feeling a bit overwhelmed by the competitive aspects of blogging. That isn’t really my style so I’m trying to stay focused and just do my thang. Anyway, I loved reading your perspective and super cute brother/sister photo!

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  33. Katherine M says:

    Just wanted you to know that if I am looking for a common recipe, a new meal idea, or any dessert, I always go to your site. When I am stressed about dinner or having to prepare something for a visitor, I can relax knowing that if you posted it, it is going to taste fantastic. I am very grateful that you spend so much time and energy on your blog.

  34. Donna says:

    Hi Mel-
    I wrote My Tasty Treasures Blog for quite a few years. As my children got older, I found I had not enough time to dedicate to it. I miss it. I intend possibly one day to go back to it. Anyway, I wanted to tell you, YOUR blog I CHECK religiously. ADORE your recipes, would miss you terribly if you left, but Id understand. Crossing my fingers you dont however. Many of my family favorites are from you and I love YOUR guts for it, all my best always!! You are wonderful the way you are, no need for all the bells and whistles. XXOO Donna

  35. Valerie A. H. says:

    Mel, I think that having millions of visitors each month to you blog says it all! I feel you are the “REAL” deal. Great food and recipes that I can count on to be really good. Not the best pictures did you say? I never noticed that once. I must say that you really are the most witty though. I love your personality and this is another reason why I subscribe to your blog. Let me just say that I can count on 2 hands (actually less than that) the blogs I subscribe to. I’m always thrilled to see what you have cooked up next. Thanks for all you do! I know being a mother of young ones is hard enough but to keep the blog going, church callings and random jobs there, keeping house, etc., can be overwhelming for sure. You need to follow what your heart tells you to do so you don’t start becoming resentful of things that you feel like you need to do. I’ve done that in the past (became resentful) and it’s not a good feeling. Then I would remind myself that something has to give and I really don’t have to do everything. Sending big hugs and thanks your way!

  36. Jennifer says:

    The thing that matters most to me in a cooking blog is that I find the best, tastiest, and reliable recipes. I always find them here!

  37. Shar says:

    I love your blog & cook from so many of your recipes. I’m glad that you share your time & talents with the rest of us. Don’t worry about changing–we love you the way you are! Happy to take 30th spot, or any other, on your list–keep your family at #1.

  38. Sue E says:

    So glad you are not leaving the blogging world as I LOVE your site – you are my go to place whenever I need a recipe. Everything I’ve made of yours always turns out fabulous. Keep doing what you do – we love it!

  39. Heather says:

    Many things I love about your picture… the brother/sister love. I have two boys 18 months apart and then my sweet little princess who is now almost 9 months. The love her two older brothers show her (in between punching each other) is food for my heart. So I love this picture. I also love his BYU shirt. GO COUGS. And I love your daughters hat. My daughter has the same one. πŸ™‚ But I also love that you posted this on your website because I love your website. It’s my homepage. My husband clicked on a link last night to another food blog site and I very quickly said, “No! What are you doing?” He seemed confused and I explained yours was the only one I wanted to stay with. I didn’t want to even look at any others because then life gets too complicated and why bring something else into my life when I’ve already found the perfect food recipe source?! So to put it simply… yours is the only tried and true recipe blog for me (and I’m sure hundreds of other mothers out there)! And if you have to take a couple of days or weeks off because your little ones need you… we 125% understand! πŸ™‚

  40. Mel, your blog was one of the very first food blogs I ever stumbled upon, almost five years ago. To this day it is still one of my favorites because of your down to earth personality and approach to food and blogging. Many of your recipes have become our ‘tried and true’ and I am always excited to see what you will post next. Keep up the good work!

  41. Liz says:

    Hi Mel-Your recipes have changed mine and my family’s life! I always come here when I need a good recipe and I am never disappointed! Some of our favorite meals have come from your site! We used to eat out too much…but your recipes have helped give me the confidence to cook healthy and scrumptious meals for my sweet family and we eat at home mostly now! THANK YOU for ALL your hard work and fabulous recipes!!You are great!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  42. Michle says:

    Good for you in staying grounded in what really matters, and for finding a hobby that improves peoples lives!

  43. Melanie says:

    I am a new reader of your blog-within the last five months. I’d heard about it for years from my mother-in-law. I’m not sure why I waited so long to check it out, because I love it! I use it every week when planning my meals. Besides loving your recipes, I love your posts and you. I always think we could be the best of friends (I’m sure thousands of others feel the same way). Your blog is perfect the way it is and I so appreciate the time you spend on it. Thank you!

  44. Emily Marie says:

    Mel you are simply awesome. As everyone on here has aleady said, we come here for the amazing recipes and don’t need all the bells and whistles so many other blogs get obsessed with. I can’t tell you what a breath of fresh air your blog provides everytime I visit. Thank you thank you thank you!!

  45. Michele says:

    Your blog is still my absolute favorite! I like that you make ‘real’ food for real families. Don’t change a thing!! I appreciate all of your hard work and so many of your recipes have now made it to my ‘tried and true’ book. Thanks again!

  46. Michelle Smith says:

    Thanks for keeping it real! It is one of the reasons I love your blog

  47. Holly W says:

    Oh Mel. I don’t know how you’ve managed as long as you have. I think you’re truly amazing – juggling those precious kids and husband, church service and your blog. Wow! Like everyone else, I don’t need all the bells and whistles. In fact, one of the reasons I love your blog so much is because you don’t post step-by-step pictures (unless it’s for something a bit tricky) – who needs photos of measuring a tsp of vanilla or lime zest? and because your humor and genuine personality show through in each of your posts. With you there’s no trying to be something you’re not. I love the simpleness of you and your site. I don’t facebook, twitter, or pin – I just check your blog every other day! If you decide to pull back and post less often – I totally understand. I hope you don’t pull the plug all together but if that needs to happen – then at least you’ve posted hundreds of recipes already that I can use over and over and over again! Thanks for all you’ve done for the cooking world – especially my cooking world! And P.S. – that darling photo is priceless – thanks for sharing with all of us.

  48. Xenia says:

    Hi Mel! This is my first time to comment after months of stalking your blog (Aha!) and my first to comment ever on a blog. I’m from Philippines but lives in Brunei and constantly checks on your blog, if not everyday (grins). I am a new mom, with a 4-month baby girl and draws motivation from you for cooking and serving a beautiful family. I bookmarked so many of your recipes and especially love your snapshots Saturdays. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate your blog the most. You go Mel! Smiles from halfway around the world πŸ™‚ God bless you more!

  49. Jamie says:

    I’ve been making your recipes for years! We just moved to New Zealand and it’s been tricky trying to convert from cups to grams and I can’t always get the same ingredients at the stores but for the most part we’ve managed to have many of your recipes grace our table on the other side of the world. Thanks for sharing and keeping us satisfied all these years πŸ™‚

  50. Lisa D says:

    Mel, your blog will always be the ONLY blog that matters in my book. Seriously, I love you stuff! Keep up the good work!!

  51. Lisa D says:

    Mel, your blog will always be the ONLY blog that matters in my book. Seriously, I love your stuff! Keep up the good work!!

  52. Beth says:

    I’m sad to think that you would ever have doubt– your blog is the absolute best! Hands down. No question. Best recipes. Best photos (and I like that not every recipe has photos of every step and ingredients; it makes it cleaner to read). Best layout. Best commentary. Best blogger. You are always so kind and helpful in response to questions and posts. You are genuine, funny, and smart.
    That being said, we’d still be loyal and love you if you wanted to post less frequently to spend more time with your adorable kids (I’d still be here every day as this is basically my living cookbook, and there are a tonne of recipes here for us already). Or, maybe you could rest on your laurels a bit and publish a cookbook? Those girls at Our Best Bites have made a pretty penny on their books, and I would love to see the same success for you. Notwithstanding that I have printed off dozens of your recipes for my home binder, I would buy a copy and many others for gifts . . . I’m just saying.

  53. Barb says:

    I have commented already, and I agree with everyone about family being the priority. You can see how many people love this blog and how important you are to them (me included). Keep in mind, though, it’s good for you to have something “just for you” and this blog may be that for you. I hope so…so, thank-you for all that you do, and wishing you all the best!

  54. Jamie says:

    Mel – I LOVE your guts too and as I’ve mentioned before we have never even met (maybe someday I will be lucky enough to meet you in person). You are an inspiration to me and I am a better mother, cook, sister, friend, and person in general because of YOU – YES YOU. Thanks for your honesty and your great recipes. You are the BEST!!!

  55. Anna says:

    The title of your post scared me a little bit! My first selfish thought was, “oh no! who will teach me how to cook!”
    I have to tell you that when I started following your blog about 1.5 ago it was because ALL of the ladies in my office were following and we all chatted about your recipes and posts as if your blog was a tv series we were all watching!
    Since that time I have discovered a few other blogs I enjoy reading. But I always think of MKC as #1. The focus of your blog is truly the food and that keeps your content hearty and not full of fluff.
    I hope you never stop blogging but when the day comes you will be missed! Thanks for all you do, your really helping a lot of people myself included. Cheers!

  56. Gillian says:

    When you stay true to yourself and your family, nothing else matters. I’m SO over pinterest and 98% of blogs out there, but a blog that posts real-life recipes in a straight-forward way will never get old. That said, if you decide to move on, I understand…but you would have to at least maintain your post history because it is my cookbook!

  57. ashley says:

    i love your blog. if it was legal – i would marry it. its the first place i look when i need a recipe, and i am NEVER sorry that i did. everything i have made has turned out wonderful. don’t ever let the crazy aggressive blogging universe get you down. you have a seriously awesome thing going here and everybody needs a good balance between work and life. find your balance and keep rocking, lady! πŸ™‚

  58. Kira says:

    Mel, you are outstanding. Can never thank you enough for your commitment to good food and health! We have learned to trust only you if we don’t want any baking, cooking, or snacking failures around here! Really, if I want to try something I come here and find success every time. You have it all

  59. stephanie says:

    Your tried and true recipes are the reason I come. Your little tidbit about the recipe makes me want to make the food. I could care less about your pinterest stats, facebook page, or page views. I enjoy your blog for the reason you started it. If it comes to a place that you need to quit, please give us enough warning to save our favorite recipes. πŸ™‚
    Even if you only did one recipe once a week I would still come here first when looking for a new recipe or for a tried and true pizza crust (which is delicious) or beef stew (yum), yogurt. Your the reason I have the courage to make yeast doughs more often. I love your broccoli salad.
    Next up one of these days I am going to make your oatmeal pancake recipe.

    Thanks Mel and please no pressure. I appreciate your family first attitude. Your clean humor and tasty recipes. Thank you so much!

  60. Heather says:

    Just had to let you know that yours is the one and only food blog that I read … and please keep sending your awesome recipes my way because my family was eating the same 4 things over and over until I found this site. But also no pressure – even if you only posted one recipe a month – your archives would keep my family happy for a long long time. Thanks so much!

  61. Jennifer says:

    Hi Mel! I don’t think I’ve ever commented before but I’ve been reading your blog for a while. I just wanted to share with you how much I enjoy it, and this post I made a while back sharing a recipe I made from your blog…

    I actually just made your chicken enchilada pasta and it was very tasty! Thanks so much for all these amazing recipes.

  62. Amanda says:

    You’d better not stop posting! πŸ™‚ Even if the recipes are fewer and further between, I hope you’re always able to keep this up! Your blog is BY FAR my favorite. I really think you’re doing great things here–allowing us to improve and enjoy the experience with our families because of your talents and interests. Thanks! (And, if you need to take a blog break because of all you’ve got going, feel free–just PLEASE make sure to come back!)

  63. JaNae says:

    Can I just tell you how much I LOVE you and your blog! My husband teases that you are my BFF because I refer to your blog so often! πŸ™‚ I am so so so grateful for the recipes you post. MOST of what I cooks comes directly from your blog, so thank you – thank you – thank you! You’re awesome!

  64. Amy says:

    Can I just say please pLEaSe PLEASE keep blogging! I can only imagine what the stress feels like on your end sometimes. But I hope you know that there are seriously so many people on this (consumer!!) side who love your recipes, your approach to food and family, and just the JOY you bring to it all :). So thank you. And seriously, if you plan on calling it quits, will you please give some warning. Or I might just have a meltdown.

    P.S. I did something crazy and ordered the planner you recommended – branching out from the one I’ve used since college (for 10+ years). It just came in the mail and I think I’m going to love it too ;).
    P.P.S. just read a fabulous book called Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist and her breakfast cookie recipe is out if this world, in case you were looking for something like that…

  65. JMW says:

    Funny, I was just talking this weekend to my husband about your blog. I had been on some other blogs and was truthfully feeling a little bit **envious** of their lives. I was trying to convince myself that somewhere their life isn’t as perfect as it seems. πŸ™‚ As I was talking/confessing my envy I told my husband that despite all the great blogs I do a quick check of every day, yours is BY FAR my favorite blog. I use more recipes from your blog than I do from my own mother (sorry mom!). When someone asks me for a blog or recipe recommendation…I ALWAYS send them to you because I know they will find something and won’t be disappointed. Thanks for keeping it real and keeping the recipes REAL GOOD!

  66. rachel says:

    your my very favorite! MOST RELIABLE blog…. and now ALL my family checks in with your blog frequently.

  67. Great post! I’ve definitely gone through blogging ruts where I’ve gotten caught up in the comparison trap. But now I tell myself, if I don’t have time to network and comment on everything that it’s ok. Time with family and friends is much more important and all that other will be there when I’m able to get to it.

  68. Shannon says:

    Since I found your blog several years ago, I have admired your commitment to your original purpose and lack of commercialism. In fact, I so admire it that I when I started my read aloud blog for families, I modeled it after yours. Thanks for staying true AND for continuing to blog even though I don’t know how you do it and keep up with everything else!

  69. Stephanie says:

    Sweet picture and what you said is so true. What is really and truly important is FAMILY. Thanks for reminding me of that and for giving us readers so much of your self a part from your family. You are my favorite recipe site!

  70. Brooke says:

    I second all of those who say this is their favorite and first choice when they need a recipe. I also wanted to thank you for NOT using the blog as a medium for constantly plugging brands and products, etc. that is such a turn-off because it makes it so much less real and less trustworthy In my eyes. I have stopped visiting several blogs for that very reason. I love that on the rare occasion you do plug something, it’s because you really do use it and love it, not because you got some extra cash to name drop. Thanks for your wholesome recipes and all of your efforts!

  71. Laurel says:

    Most of your recipes are part of my rotational meals, and I come back to this blog again and again because I find most of my favorite meals from you. If I can find recipes that my husband, who has certain eating restrictions, from you then I will keep coming back. Thanks so much for your hard work on it. Keep up the good work!

  72. Kensi says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! I tell everyone about it! And your food blog is the ONLY food blog that I read! Your blog is the best, with the BEST recipes so why waste time looking at anyone else’s? I can’t imagine how busy you must be trying to balance it all but I sincerely appreciate it! My family owes you for all of the delicious homemade meals that grace our table. Thanks for the hard work you put into this Mel!!

  73. Atzimba says:

    Oh Melanie! This blog is the best kept secret. But I tell all my friends about it, I cook brown rice your way ALL the time, your baked pasta is a family favorite. That cake with cream cheese and peaches is a winner. Perfect corn on the cob every time. Your recipe for burgers is my favorite. We had a neighborhood cookout the other day and the burgers were stellar. And even today my dear friend was talking to me about chocolate chip cookies and refered her to your blog for added info on your recent experiments.
    So THANK YOU, for keeping it real, simple, and super delicious!

  74. Jen B says:

    I never comment on blogs/websites like this but I thought I’d give you a quick shout out to say how much we love your recipes. All of our favorites are from you and you are our go to recipe site. Thank you so much for all your work on this! I only have 3 little boys and couldn’t imagine keeping up a blog in the midst of all the craziness.

  75. Eliza says:

    So glad you keep blogging! It’s my favorite blog! I am on this site WAY more than any others and my family ALWAYS loves your recipes! Your blog comes up over dinner usually a couple nights a week, at least (b/c our dinner usually comes from your site)! You are very talented! Your website is the ONLY recipe site that the recipes turn out for me every time! Thank you!

  76. Shanna says:

    I soooo appreciate all the time you take to do your posts. I read your blog consistantly and truly am grateful for all your insights, recipes, and hints!

  77. Katelyn says:

    We love your recipes at our house! I pretty much solely use your website to menu plan and my family and friends go crazy for your food. Your name is so common in my kitchen that when my husband asks what recipe I used all I have to say is, “Mel’s” and he knows exactly who I’m talking about! Thank you again and again for the countless amazing meals!

  78. Rachael I says:

    Mel, I adore your blog! I am so grateful that you are an avid blogger of only the best recipes! I got married in August of 2008 and I have been a huge follower since then because I feel the need to impress with my cooking-ha ha! I have never had anything from your blog fail me and I love having that trust in your recipes. I know that when I’m in a pinch for a ward or company party, I can pull up your blog and something will speak to me. I always get the greatest reviews and I am not shy in saying where I got my recipe from. Thanks for the great arsenal of recipes-I look forward to many more!

  79. Abbe says:

    I’m a new(ish) food blogger and have been learning my own lessons this past year and they are similar to yours. I find the blogs that beg for *likes* and *pins* and *followers* are off putting and fake. I absolutely love popping in here, it feels like a lovely natural space with enticing recipes and honest writing. Don’t ever chnage what you’re doing. It’s perfect as it is.

  80. Rachel says:

    I love how real you are! And I love your perspective on motherhood. I love your food and now that I’m 8 months into the gluten free/ paleo type cooking, I can finally modify your recipes for my Family with allergies. I’m sort excited to trio your quinoa cake!

  81. Alicia says:

    Mel! I discovered your blog 2 days ago after putting my 3 month old down for the night……I was searching for recipes to try while on mat leave so I could have an arsenal of tried-and-true family favourites when I return to work in 9 months. Well, let’s just say that I got to bed no earlier than 2am that night not because I was up with my darling 3 month old, but because I started pinning EVERY SINGLE recipe! I have made no less than 4 of your recipes in the past 24 hours and spent every minute either cooking or pinning to my Pinterest boards (all while my little one was nursing, sleeping or amusing herself in her bouncy seat next to me!). Needless to say, I have found my go-to site for everything……i love how witty you are, how you utilize ingredients I already have in my cupboards, and how you obviously value cooking from scratch with real ingredients and fresh produce. You are a life-saver! I am now confident that when I do return to work I will be able to tackle the “what the h*** am i going to make for supper” dilemma head-on. As for taking time with your family, you need to do what feels right for you……..whether that means continuing to post almost daily or reducing that to weekly or even monthly. Your loyal followers will understand……I can tell from reading the comments that they all value their families above all (by wanting to put real food on their tables) just as you do and that is what led them to your blog in the first place. Best of luck in all of your endeavours! A new loyal follower from Nova Scotia!

  82. Kristyn says:


    I LOVE your blog! I have learned how to cook from this site and cook 90% of my family meals from here. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with the world.

  83. Carolee says:

    I have recently discovered Your blog and it is one of the few food blogs I frequent! And it’s not b/c of the best pics or step by steps or whatever (though you do a fab job with all that too). It’s because of your wonderful, easy, normal (not made with ingredients I have never heard of), delicious recipes! I love it! And so does my family! Thank you!

  84. Barb Heersink says:

    I hope that you will continue to blog! I have shared your blog with my daughter-in-law because she will never go wrong with your tried and true recipes, and video tutorials. I wish I had had that when I was first married. Lord knows I could have used it, but back in those days we didn’t have computers.

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