Blog ReBranding—Why the New Look?

Why a New Look? If you've been around my blog for a while, you know it used to have a completely different look. As Sweet Melissa, I was centered more around baking. Over the past year or so I've gotten into other hobbies, particularly papery hobbies like journaling, pen paling, Cricut crafts, sticker making and all things stationery. I also have dealt with anxiety all my life and wanted to share information centered around that and what has helped me over the years. I know many people struggle with it and there's so many little life changes you can make…

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Introducing My Small Business: With Love, Melissa
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Introducing My Small Business: With Love, Melissa

Introducing... With Love, Melissa If you've made your way around my blog you'll know that besides baking, I am a super creative person and after I got a Cricut for Christmas, I decided to start my own small business! I'm starting off on etsy with plans to expand once I get my business off the ground. So much love and effort have gone into this project. I hope you love it as much as I do.  Shop Now Open! Shop Now With Love, Melissa will encompass everything I love, starting off with succulents, nature and meditation vibes. I plan on expanding with…

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Classic Easy Guacamole

Guacamole is one of my favorite snacks ever. I prefer a simple guac, no cilantro, no jalapenos, no extra spices. I like an easy bare bones version.Some nice crispy potato chips to dip and you now have the best snack on earth. My husband and I can demolish a whole bowl of guac in one sitting without trying. The best part is, this is soooo good for you! No need to feel guilty over eating a whole bowl of it.  Besides being the best snack ever, guacamole goes with everything...on tacos, chili, quesadillas, fajitas, sandwiches, chicken, heck put it in…

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Animal Thoughts and Emotions: A Reading List

Something many people don't know about it me is that I'm fascinated with animal behavior. Books on how animals operate, their emotions and motivators really interests me. I double majored in English and Anthropology for my undergrad college years. For my Anthropology major, I took classes like Primate Behavior, Comparative Anatomy, and Human Evolution and Behavior. My interest branched off from there. I've read quite a few books on the topic of animal behavior, their thoughts and feelings, and a book on some great primatologists of our time. If you're interested too, I have quite a few recommendations. I loved every one…

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Christmas Reading List to Keep the Cheer Alive
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Christmas Reading List to Keep the Cheer Alive

If you still want to stay in the Christmasy mood like I do, I suggest reading some Christmasy books while listening to Christmas music. I hate that the radios stop playing Christmas music the minute the holiday ends. I would leave my Christmas tree around year up if I could! Hopefully these books will bring a little extra Christmas cheer into your life.  Previous Next Here's Some Christmas Reading: One Day in December, by Josie Silver  5/5 Find on Goodreads Laurie experiences love at first sight when her bus stops and she makes eye contact with a man sitting on…

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Giving Food as Gifts this Christmas

This Christmas my husband and I are on a budget. We're saving for a house (woo hoo!), so we're trying to keep a tight ship. We were trying to think of budget friendly Christmas gifts and of course, the first thing that pops into my head is food!Who doesn't love some yummy homemade goodies around the holidays? Maybe the Grinch, but I think I can turn even him to the sugar filled dark side. So without further ado, here's some tips and ideas for making homemade food gifts for your loved ones for Christmas this year.  Planning and Tips Here's…

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Vegan Gluten Free Holiday Sugar Cookies

If you are subscribed to my newsletter, I recently told you I just found out that I'm allergic to eggs and sensitive to gluten. What I mean is, I should not eat eggs at all anymore, but eating some gluten every once in a while is fine. So from now on all my bakes will be dairy and egg free, and I'll be coming out with gluten free bakes as well! My traditional sugar cookie recipe was full of ingredients I now cannot have, so I made up a new one. My new holiday sugar cookies are free of dairy, eggs and…

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Red Bean Chili

This red bean chili is a fall favorite in my house. I love to make it once it starts getting cold out. Who doesn't love a good chili recipe? It's got a secret too...cocoa. Who'd a thought, but I'm telling you it works!This recipe comes from one of my favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen.  I did make some slight modifications (a little extra cocoa, cough cough), but other than that this recipe is golden. I. Love. Chili. It's like a heartier version of a taco without the shell and there's so much that can go with it. If you're into…

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Easy Pea Soup With Gluten Free Garlic Bread

This quick and easy pea soup is my go to comfort food during the winter. I love to throw some pieces of breakfast ham in there and serve it with garlic bread. It really warms you up after a chilly winter day. If you're serving this for guests and want to get fancy with it like I did in the picture, you can swirl a little milk or plant based milk of your choice on top. I put the ham in my soup to give it a little extra flavor and something for my mouth to chew since the rest is…

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Mom’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. It just doesn't feel right when there isn't stuffing on the table with the turkey. Am I right? My mom's version is a family recipe she got passed down from my grandma. It's simple and delicious. You can make this stuffing with regular or gluten free bread and it comes out super delicious either way. I don't know about you, but I'm kinda weird and I like to eat stuffing that wasn't actually cooked in the turkey. Mushy bread and me just don't mix. My mom would always make some to put in…

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