Merry Christmas, friends.
It’s been an interesting year for me and for our family. Time, the sneaky thief, has a way of marching forward without regard to my tender human feelings. (Read: “Hey, Time, SLOW DOWN, dang it!”)
I’ve felt the highest of highs and lowest of lows this year, and through it all, I have been reminded over and over how deeply grateful I am for this imperfectly perfect family of mine and for a loving and merciful Savior, Jesus Christ.
Without Him, I would certainly be lost amid life’s stormy waters. I am so deeply grateful for His redeeming mercy and love and for the gentle reminders this poignant time of year of his birth and life.
I know that I don’t know many of you “in real life,” but from the depths of this homebody, blogger heart, I very much wish each of you an intense and abundant measure of peace and joy and love and happiness.
I hope you can feel through this silly little screen how much I treasure and value you – your kindness, loyalty, and the time you choose to spend here when time is so incredibly precious. Thank you for being here and for inspiring me in so many ways.
See you in the new year! 💗💗
32 Comments on “Merry Christmas”
Mel- really grateful for you. Merry Christmas! This whole life thing can be hard… and your recipes bring joy regularly to my home and family. I can just feel your goodness through your blog and feel like another sweet family a state a way – is trying their best and you are blessing us all with just who you are. Thank you. Im cheering you on!
Merry Christmas (belated), just stopped by to say I really appreciate you and the tremendous effort you make to run your delicious and creative blog. Thank you for being there for all of us. Please have a safe, healthy and happy holiday time, and yes, see you on the other side of 2023.
I am Ann Ward from Idaho falls.,I came upon your site by accident,. You had s tutorial on this subject . I was impressed so I tried it and it worked.. My husband was so pleased and proud of me ,. I am still making those beautiful bround rolls and use your site daily. I s m as fan. You have said you feed the missionaries often. I too do this, as well as sent 5 of them out. Now I am sending grandchildren out. I have three in the fief now. So blessed.
Your receipts have got me through many times.
Grypurvommemts and pictures you and your good husband are blessed with a great family. That is a choice blesding.
I I express my thanks to you for sharing you knowledge your love for cooking with us. Looking forward to many mor years of using your receipes. I admire you ,
Merry Christmas, Mel! I’ve been following your blog for about ten years and you are my absolute favorite. I love how personable you are and have remained that way all these years as other blogs turn into what feel like corporate magazines. I have two boys (ages 9 and 12) and love reading stories about you, your family, and your adventures. Wishing you much health and happiness in the New Year! ❤️
Thanks for being one of my best friends. Even though you’ve never met me…. I talk of you so much around here that my family actually knows who I am talking about! Merry Christmas to your awesome and blessed family.
Made your easy fudge today for the first time. Wow! So easy and of course you did not disappoint. Delicious. It was loved around here. Thanks for all the recipes!!!
Merry Christmas Mel and family. See you in 2023!
Merry Christmas Mel to you and your family! We thank you for all the wonderful things you’ve brought to us over the years! I cannot believe how big your kids are getting! 2022 was a hard year in our lives also…wishing you peace and happiness in 2023…<3 been loving your blog since 2007,,,such an inspiration…thank you for all you do!
Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!
Here it is Christmas Eve and I’m searching your site – I have a cheese ball recipe but I KNOW you have a better one!
Merry Christmas! ❤️
Merry Christmas Mel!
Thanks for making me look good in the kitchen and giving me a laugh just when I need it!
You’re awesome and I appreciate you so much.
May 2023 be kind to you in every way.
Merry Christmas, Mel and family! <3
Merry Christmas! So very grateful for all the good food you bring to the world.
MERRY CHRISTMAS MEL!!!!
Merry Christmas! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes you post. I know that when I choose one of your recipes it will always be delicious and turn out good. Yours is the only food blog I follow. So grateful for all you do!
Merry Christmas Mel! I wish you and your family a blessed 2023.
Merry Christmas Mel! Caramel brûlée French toast and baked eggs have become our Christmas morning tradition here! Thank you for the delicious joy you bring us!
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Mel. Your site is a place where I come to escape from this crazy world. And after spending some time looking at recipes and reading your commentaries, it gives me the motivation to rejoin life and share love through food with the people that mean the most to me. Thank you for that gift year after year.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Merry Christmas, Mel! You make my food life better nearly every day! Hope you have a joyful and sweet holiday.
Merry Christmas Mel! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your beautiful family. <3
Merry Christmas Mel! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday! We will be enjoying several of your recipes – trying out the pecan sticky buns for Christmas. Thanks for your wonderful blog and for sharing so much of yourself with all of us! ❤️
Feliz Navidad Mel! Even though you don’t know me, you’ve spent countless hours with me in my kitchen through the years. Thank you for your wonderful recipes and, especially, for your thoughts about our Savior Jesus Christ. They uplift me! Have a wonderful Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us. I’m so happy I found your blog! I hope the New Year brings you Joy and Love in all aspects of your life.
Merry Christmas! My family is going to have your Christmas baked eggs (made many, many times and deeply loved) along with your overnight creme brulee baked french toast (first time trying this – I am sure it will be great!). Thank you for all your recipes and thoughts throughout the years. Enjoy your Christmas Break!
Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for sharing your food and life with the world, and specifically my family thanks you! I pray many blessings on you and your family especially in this season.
Merry Christmas to you, Mel! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes and your caring heart with all of us! Blessings to you and your family!
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for everything – the recipes, the humor, the faux farm, the wisdom and insight, the gift guides, the “keeping it real” and your testimony. My life is greatly blessed by you.
Thank you for the love and goodness you’ve given us the last year. Wishing you and everyone in this caring community joy and peace. ✨
Merry Christmas! Blessings to you and your family! BTW…I have your Sweet Pork in my pressure cooker as we speak! So thankful for you and your wonderful recipes!
Merry Christmas, Mel! I love your corner of the internet.
Whenever I make something, whether it is a cookie or an entree, my family always asks, “Is this a Mel?” Usually, it is!
You are a gift from God, and a blessing to me. Have a merry, merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas Mel and Family! I know I don’t know you IRL but am so thankful for you. You’re down to earth style, love for your family, recipes, and sweet personality all shine through your words and pictures. My family almost always asks if this is a Mel recipe when I make something new. You’ve saved my tush on more than one occasion when I’m in need of a quality recipe right away that will impress our foodie friends or a gift idea for the hard to buy for crowd. From one homebody Momma to another Thank You!