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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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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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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Vegan+Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms have become a family favorite. I came up with this recipe for my mom who is gluten free and on a very specific diet. They are the perfect appetizer or side dish for a warm hearty meal in the fall or winter. This would be a great dish to add to your Thanksgiving day feast too!The stuffing base is super simple with the main ingredients being the mushroom stems, almond flour and a variety of Italian spices.  I am a huge mushroom fan. I love basically any and all mushrooms. When I go to the store to…

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Classic Ratatouille—Vegetarian and Delicious

I'm pretty sure my inspiration to try out this dish was actually the adorable Disney movie. Remy made me want to try it. So I made it for the first time a couple of years ago and my husband and I love it.It warms you right up with a mix of creamy tomato and béchamel sauces that have a little zing from hot red pepper flakes. The veggies all stacked into one another look pretty elegant too. I always feel fancy when I make this dish.  I'll admit this ratatouille takes a fair bit of prep work, but it's all…

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars—Gluten & Dairy Free

These quick and easy no bake peanut butter bars are bound to be a real crowd pleaser. This recipe comes together in no time at all and all you have to do is pop it in the fridge until you're ready to eat it.  They are unfortunately packed with sugar, so not exactly healthy, but perfect for those with food allergies like me or if you're vegan. I get a real craving for peanut butter sometimes and these really hit the spot for me. Soft, sweet, peanut buttery and topped with chocolate.I made these for the first time in a…

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