We have made the trek from Minnesota to Montana and I’ll be spending this week eating up every magical second with my family (and eating up lots of delicious grub, too, I imagine!). May your holidays truly be filled with all the precious things important to you. I can’t help but think of all of my treasured blessings during this poignant holiday season and my prayers are continually with those whose lives are harder, more pained and heart achingly challenged right now. While I know not everyone has the same Christian belief, my faith is in Jesus Christ who was born long, long ago and who strengthens me each and every day through His love, His life and His mercy. I am forever grateful for His humble birth and for the true meaning of this Christmas season.

I’ll see YOU after the holidays with some incredibly delicious recipes to start the new year off right. Thank you for your support of me and my simple little blog. I love each and every one of your guts. Celebrate well!

44 Responses to I wish you a…

  1. Laurie says:

    Hey Mel. Hope you had a great time with the family. Thanks again for the pictures at the funeral. I tried two of your recipes again this weekend and they were a hit. I tell everyone I know about your website. Drive safe!

  2. Alyssa M. says:

    Happy Holidays to you and your family Mel!!!
    Thank you for all you put into this site! I love it and even my Mother and Mother in law are addicted to it!! We included several things from your site into our Christmas dinner and will continue it through the year!!
    Hope all is wonderful your you and your family in the New Year to come!!!

    Ps Love the family pics!! Your babies are sooo cute!

  3. Melissa says:

    Mel – I stumbled upon your blog when I found your twice baked casserole that I have yet to make, but can’t wait to try. I just wanted to let you know that you have a new follower. Your recipes look marvelous and I have enjoyed peeking at your blog. It caught my attention when your comments on your Merry Christmas blog confirmed your belief in Jesus Christ. Plus, I see you are too, from Minnesota.

    Fun to follow other women of faith who love to cook.
    Hope you had a joyous Christmas.

  4. Auntiepatch says:

    Thank you for a great blog! I use your recipes weekly! Happy New Year to you and your family.

  5. Esther says:

    Just read this now, a day late, but it is so beautifully written, that I just have to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too. May the God of peace be with you and your family!
    My family has been enjoying your Baked Oatmeal recipe often this season. 🙂

  6. Whitney says:

    Mel – Hope you have a wonderful Christmas in MT – I’m in Kalispell! The Killer-Crunch Brownies were a super hit at the cookie exchange and gift giving also. Thank you for such a great blog and inspiring all of us with your tastey treats! Have a fun time with your fam and a safe trip back home.

  7. Jennifer G. says:

    We had a “Mel’s Kitchen Cafe” Christmas dinner with the crock pot ham and cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes. Both delish. Thanks for making my holidays both easy and delicious. I love that I can trust the recipes on your blog to turn out the first time.

  8. Kim in MD says:

    Amen. I hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and have a wonderful time in Montana, Mel! I know it’s cold and snowy there, too, but hopefully you will get a little bit of a break from those sub-zero temps!

  9. Brittney says:

    Merry Christmas!! Just wanted to say I love your blog! I love to cook and look through blogs, recipes sites, pinterest, etc, but I’ll have to say your blog is the only one that I follow faithfully. You’re the best! 🙂

  10. Haley says:

    Merry Christmas, Mel! You are so such a gifted cook and I learn from you with every recipe I try. Thanks for all of your hard work!

  11. Holly W says:

    Merry Christmas to you Melanie and your family. I am sure being back in Montana will be absolutely fantastic for you. We are enjoying a very white Christmas here in Logan and your slow-cooker ham is in the crockpot as I type. We too are so very grateful for our faith in Jesus Christ and praying for the families in CT. Love to you and yours as well –

  12. Liz says:

    Merry Christmas to my favorite blogger and her beauiful family!

  13. Joanna H. says:

    Thank you for your hard work on this blog, and providing me and my family with such great recipes all year long. Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!! Hugs

  14. Shannon says:

    Merry Christmas to you and those you love! Thanks for sharing your family and your recipes with us!

  15. Nan says:

    Montana has a special Christmas memory for me. My grandparents lived in Culbertson. One year our gift was a white Christmas! Dad loaded Mom and us five daughters on a train from Louisiana to Williston, ND where Grampa picked us up. It was a magical journey!

  16. Martha says:

    Merry Christmas, Mel! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family! Thank you for all you do to help us take care of our families! See you next year, take care .

  17. Valerie H. says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family in Montana! Thanks for all the great recipes and your fun comments. Love your guts back!

  18. sharlin says:

    this put tears in my eyes. hope you have a wonderful christmas!

  19. Leigh Anne says:

    Merry Christmas! Thx for all of your wonderful recipes!

  20. Hi Mel. Thanks for all those wonderful recipes that you bring to us. I really wish a Merry Christmas for you and your family.

  21. Linda says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! And a Blessed New Year! Thank you, Mel, for sharing your recipes and your faith…you are a blessing to us!

  22. CJ says:

    I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I try to read your blog every day. I can’t wait to see what you bring us in 2013!!

  23. Cathy says:

    Thanks for all you do with your blog, and the many hours you have spent making it great! I wish you the best Christmas ever and a Happy New Year! Looking forward to more recipes!!!!

  24. DEE says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Mel! Thank you for a wonderful 2012 of sharing your recipes with us! My life has been blessed by your blog!!! So from the bottom of my heart..thank you! thank you! thank you!

    Happy 2013!

  25. Danielle says:

    Yes! Merry Christmas! And thank you! Your recipes have truly blessed my family as well.

  26. Darla Bergey says:

    Thank you for acknowledging the true meaning of Christmas! “For unto us a Savior is born, unto us a Son is given!”

  27. Melody says:

    Thanks for sharing your blog, your family and your faith! I hope you enjoy Christmas in Montana.

  28. Heather K Miller says:

    Merry Christmas to you!! Enjoy the holiday and thank you for your sweet post!

  29. Amen amen amen! 🙂 Merry Christmas! 🙂

  30. Rachel Russell says:

    Merry Christmas Mel! We are up our ears this morning in making your Tex mex (sadly had to go on You Tube again to remember how to de-seed tomatoes.. ) pretzel bites, cheese chorizo dip- it goes on and on! It is a Mel’s appy table at our house tonight- thanks for making everything we make such a family hit!!!

  31. jane says:

    Merry Christmas to you too! Love you rblog!

  32. Nicole M says:

    Merry Christmas to you, your hubby & precious children! I know we’re all holding our kiddos a little closer this Christmas, and like you, I am praying for all those in Newtown, CT. Thank you for all the awesome recipes this year–and my family thanks you from saving them from the “same old meals”! Looking forward to more new recipes in the new year:)

  33. Christina says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Mel! Still reading and making your wonderful recipes at least once a week!

  34. Jill says:

    Hi Mel,

    I started reading your blog about 8 months ago and really enjoy it. I have used many of the recipes. What I like most is that we share a common faith and that you are walking with the Lord. I live in Montana, so I’m glad you are here enjoying our state for the holidays with your family.



  35. Deanna from Billings says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Mel. May the New Year continue to bring you peace, joy, lots of love and creativity! I love your blog and enjoy all your chatter as well. Where in Montana are you? I am living in Billings! Have a fantastic time with your family.

  36. Cotton says:

    Blessings and peace to you and those you love.

  37. tj says:

    …Aw Mel, this is so sweet! We love your guts too! :o)

    …Merry Christmas to you & yours & a New Year filled with love, happiness, prosperity and good health!

    …Blessings to you.

  38. patrick says:

    Merry Christmas from New Orleans, where the air conditioner will be running tomorrow. Stay warm!

  39. Teresa R. says:

    Merry Christmas to your and your family. I am so happy to have found your blog years ago. Your recipes have been a blessing to my family.

  40. Janice says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Mel. Enjoy your family time.

  41. Tamera says:

    Amen! So grateful for your sweet blog. Enjoy Christmas with your darling family!

  42. Charlotte Moore says:

    Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours. Enjoy being with your family.

  43. Renee says:

    Merry Christmas Mel!! Enjoy the time with your family. Thanks for giving us awesome recipes that we can use to nourish, feed and love on our own families.

    God bless you and yours!

  44. Juli in VA says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours Mel! Thank you for a year filled with yummy new recipes that my family have LOVED! Keep ’em coming! 🙂 Enjoy your holidays!

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