Hello. I’m Melissa. I’m a photographer, recipe developer, Urban homesteader, food blogger, momma and general lover of all things delicious. My blog, Bless this Mess, is an honest picture of a happy small town life. You’ll find posts about raising backyard chickens, remodeling our house while living in the mess and lots and lots of family-friendly recipes, dessert included. I adore dirt, rainbow carrots, living intentionally, cast iron cookware, knowing where my food comes from, cake stands, watching my kids gather eggs, anything green, painting walls (but not ceilings), learning new things, and getting to know new faces.