From my little corner of the world to yours, I want to wish you a very merry, peaceful, joy-filled Christmas.
Thank you for being here. For creating a supportive, hilarious, inspiring, wonderful community that has surpassed anything I could have ever dreamed of when I started this blog ten years ago.
I was just commenting to Brian the other night that there’s no way on earth I’d still be blogging if it wasn’t for the “best readers on the planet.” And I really mean that.
I love all of your guts so much. I feel like we are friends in real life (is that weird? do I need to get a life?).
As one who knows how busy (and overwhelming) life can get at times, I appreciate that you check in, that you make the recipes, that you comment and let me know your experience, that you tell me funny things (I legit have snorted water out of my nose reading some of your comments; lesson learned: don’t drink water while blogging), that you email me your grandma’s aunt’s cousin’s favorite recipe, that you support me in all my crazy recipe endeavors, that you are here (some of you are still here after years and years and years).
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
And if you’ll allow me a moment to get even more sentimental, I have to express the gratitude I feel this holiday season as I reflect on the birth of that sweet Christ child so many years ago. I have such a deep and immense gratitude for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and for all that His life and sacrifice mean to me.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, I do in my life would matter if it weren’t for Him! The fact that He loves me unconditionally and shows me through 1,000 tender mercies every single day is hard to comprehend (and sometimes acknowledge and accept). But I am so grateful that His love centers me, motivates me, changes me.
From the bottom of my heart (and in the most non-cliche way possible), again, I truly hope that each of you have a Merry Christmas.
I’ll be taking a few weeks off from posting new content (something I rarely do) to spend time with my family, travel to the mountains for a bit, and hopefully come back refreshed, well-read, well-fed, and ready to dive into 2018!
I can’t wait to start a new year with all of you filled with killer new recipes (and a few fun surprises!).
246 Comments on “Merry Christmas”
Mel, I love the beautiful photos of you and your family, always enjoy seeing them! I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing and joyous Christmas! Thank you from the bottom of MY heart for all the amazing recipes you post. I grew up with a mother that cooked and baked constantly and I have done the same through my life. I cook the old fashioned way, from scratch, natural/organic as much as possible and I don’t own a microwave. I cannot tell you how many of your recipes have been made in our family, we all feel like we know you personally, we are always talking about a new recipe you have posted or something we have tried from your past recipes. My daughter and son both work as cooks on tow boats that push barges on the Ohio River, they are on three weeks at a time and cook for a crew of 7. They do everything from scratch, three large meals a day. They do many of our family recipes and meals that are a staple on the boats and every trip they do quite a few “Mel’s” recipes. My daughter texted me today and said she made your Smokey Pork Tenderloin, she did it in the crock pot with Sauerkraut for New Years, said the smokey flavor went into the sauerkraut and gave it wonderful flavor. Last night I made your new and improved Broccoli Cheddar Soup for New Years Eve. It was the best Broccoli cheese soup I have ever had, followed recipe to a T and it was so easy and smooth. We did your foolproof pizza dough on Christmas Eve and it was a winner too! The list goes on an on! I always read your notes on each recipe and you definately have made me crack up laughing many times. Always such a fun read! Hope 2018 is a great year for you and yours and look forward to great new recipes to try! God Bless!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Mel! Thank you for your wonderful recipes! I know I can count on your recipes to turn out so your website is the only one I turn to for recipes. Thank you! Have a wonderful New Year!
Thank you for feeding us in so many ways Mel. Your “Easiest Every Fudge” was a big hit with our family this year and I was truly blessed by your Christmas message.
I have been reading for a long time. I look forward to your posts. You have a beautiful family and deserve a rest. Hope you holiday was great.
Long time reader here, hope you and you family had a Merry Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful vacation!
Enjoy your time off. Thank you for answering every single question and always being so responsive. You are a gem! God Bless you all.
So glad to hear you still enjoy blogging and hope that you continue as I enjoy your recipes, posts, and you are my go to source whenever I need a specific recipe or just inspiration to get out of a food rut. Thank you for all you do! I received some USA pans for Xmas so as soon as I get over my holiday cooking frenzy “hangover”, I will be giving them a workout!!
You deserve the happiest of the end of the year with your cute family snuggled up in the mountains! You work so hard to make my life (and so many other’s that I know) so much easier! Family friendly healthy recipes that spread cheer, joy and love. I couldn’t ask for anything more to make my house more inviting and loving. I don’t think it’s weird that you think we’re friends. I feel the same way (which is why my husband and I talk about Mel like she lives next door)! I hardly ever have time to comment, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU! Thank you for your testimony and your sacrifice.
Even though it’s kinda late to say Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas!!!!! I love you Mel. You are inspiring in so many ways. Have a wonderful time off, welcoming the New Year with your beautiful family!
Mel, your recipes are so reliably GOOD and ones that are the perfect mix of healthiness but also will taste good for my kids (also 4 boys and a girl!) will eat. Thank you for all you do to help us all bring fabulous food to our tables! You are my MAIN source for recipes and I’m so grateful for this site! Truly! Merry Christmas and take all the time off you need! You deserve it. Much love!
I have a dumb question. LOL
How do you remove large dinner roles from a 9 x 13 pan, or any other for that matter?
I made a pan full for Christmas Supper and didn’t think about how I was going to remove them without messing them up. I turned them out upside down and knew that was going to be a problem when I turned them over. They fell, partly due to my flipping them over I suspect and the fact I think I over proofed them.
Any way, Ideas on how you remove them without “messing them up”.
Merry Christmas to your wonderful family. I grew up many years ago with four brothers and a sister on a farm. I will be eighty four in January and love to bake.
Hi Marion – rolls baked in a 9X13 like that definitely don’t have quite as pretty a presentation (I often will bake them on a large baking sheet so they can be a few more inches apart). But usually for a 9X13-inch pan of rolls, I carefully lift out one of the corner rolls with a flat spatula or knife and then from there carefully pry the other rolls away from each other. Hope that helps!
Merry Christmas!!! Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes. Most of the ones I use over and over are from your blog. They really are wonderful.
Thanks for the great blog Mel! Enjoy the break with your family!
Thanks, Jennette! You too!
Merry Christmas Mel! Thanks for all you do. I may or may not have printed this off and put it on the wall with my other Christmas cards. I tell everyone one you’re my best friend I’ve never met 🙂
Haha, that made me smile. Thanks, Lauren! 🙂
Merry Christmas! You are one of my best friends! Thanks for your wonderful blog and recipes!
Love ya, Natalie! 🙂
Merry Christmas, Mel! Thank you for being who you are and for all the years of “friendship”!
Thanks, sweet Wendi!
Merry Christmas, Mel! Thanks for all the great food. And we would be friends in real life, just so you know. 🙂 I don’t think I would continually return to a blog, no matter how good the food was, if I didn’t like the blogger. 🙂
I need more friends in real life! 🙂 Thank you, Corinne.
Merry Christmas! And thank you so much for your blog! I like to try making something new every week, and you are my go-to 🙂
That’s a fun goal!
Have a wonderful time with your family! Thank you for your fantastic recipes & my family thanks you too Merry Christmas
Mel, I hope you enjoy the merriest of Christmases with your sweet family! As much as I’ll miss new posts over the next few weeks, I’m glad you’re taking some time just for them because speaking as a mom who has has a 21 year old, an almost-18 year old senior, and my baby who turns 16 in a month, the time flies by way too fast.
I’m so grateful, despite everything you have on your plate, that you continue to try out and then post the most amazing recipes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
So glad you are here, Alicia. Thank you so much (and happy holidays!).
You are my favorite blogger! Food is hard around here because I have some picky kids. You are about the only reason I still enjoy cooking. Thank you!
You are amazing to continue onward with picky eaters, Danielle! That is no easy task. You are awesome!
Merry Christmas, Mel! Thank you for all of your amazing recipes. I love your blog so much! I hope you enjoy your (much deserved) time with your family!
Thank you, Kaylene! Happy holidays!
Thank you for this sweet message. Merry Christmas to you and your family, too!
Same to you, Julie!
Merry, merry Christmas Mel!! Most of the food I am making in the next two days is from your recipes, so I’ve been thinking about you a lot. You bring a bit of sunshine into my life with every post. You are funny and real and darling. Thank you for sharing your faith this Christmas! Have a wonderful break 🙂
Thanks so much, Julie! Getting caught up on these wonderful comments while the fam ice fishes and it’s worth every minute. 🙂
Merry Christmas, Mel! Thank you for giving us so many great recipes year-round. (I’m about to figure out which of your cookie recipes to make for my cousins tomorrow….) I hope you and your family have a wonderful vacation!
Hope you chose the perfect cookie, Debbie! Happy holidays!
I am one of those naughty ladies in the kitchen that does not come on and post after I make one of your delicious creations! For that I apologize! Please know that your time and effort is greatly appreciated. Thank you!! Your blog is fun and informative, simplistic and creative!! Wishing you and your lovely family the most beautiful Christmas. Cheers to good health, happiness, joy and peace during the coming year. Enjoy your time with your family…..be well!
Never worry about that, Annie! I admire and respect those who aren’t a slave to their computers and social media (ahem, me at times!). You are awesome. Thanks for taking the time to comment today! Happy holidays!
You are so loved by everyone! You serve others so well through this blog, and our family is no exception! Thank you for all you do! Wishing you the merriest of Christmases and all the very best!! ❤❤❤
Thanks so much, cute Meg. Happy holidays!
Merry Christmas Mel! Enjoy your break and I’m so glad you consider us friends because my sister and I lovingly refer to you all the time when dinner planning, as if you are our real life friend. thank you for helping make me a rockstar in the kitchen and providing so many amazing recipes. Much love! -Brittany
Thank you, Brittany!
I absolutely love you, Mel. And have felt that we were close friends from the the time I discovered your blog. You inspire me, not only with recipes, but with your tips on motherhood and life. Thank you for giving me something to always look forward to. I look forward to reading your new recipes, tips, etc. and also trying the new recipes. You give my time in the kitchen (which is a lot when cooking for a large family) excitement. Thank you for all you do. I know it must be tricky at times to do an awesome blog and take care of your family. Merry Christmas and enjoy your vacation!
Thank you so much, Jennifer…I appreciate so much what you shared. It’s reasons like that I’m still plugging along! Happy holidays, friend!
You are hands down my favorite food blog. Thanks for continuing to post and Merry Christmas to you too!
Thank you, Loni!
I love all your recipes, and I love that I know if it’s from your site, it’s going to be good! For the first time ever, I’m trying a new cinnamon roll recipe this year (I’m very loyal to my mom’s recipe, which I think is identical or nearly identical to Gloria’s), and your breakfast casserole will grace our table as well. I even recommended it to my sister without trying it yet. 🙂 THANK YOU for all you do and for putting up with all my questions through the years. Almost every time I get asked for a recipe, it originated on your site. You’re the most visited site on my google page. Have a very Merry Christmas!
I hope your holiday menu was AMAZING, Laura! Happy holidays!!
I hardly ever comment, but you are my very favorite food blog!! I know your recipes are always very well thought out, and our family has reaped the benefits. I really appreciate all the notes and tips you give in each post.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a great new year ahead.
Thanks so much, Molly!!
You’re the best, Mel! And I love that you love the Lord! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas, Becky!
Ah Mel, Merry Christmas to you, too. Is it too cliche for me to say that you have changed my life? Truly, boosted my confidence and daring in the kitchen. When I have a bad day there is always something entertaining to read and delicious to make. There really aren’t sufficient words. So, the best I can do is to say thank you, for all of it.
That gave me chills in the best way, Angela. Thank you so much for sharing that with me! So glad you are here!
Merry Christmas Mel! I can still remember searching for a tried and true recipe for sweet and sour chicken and stumbling onto your blog so many years ago. It’s the best! You and your recipes have truly developed my love for cooking and baking. So grateful for you and your example and all the yummy food!
I’m so glad that epic recipe brought you here! Your comment made me so happy. Thank you, Myranda!
Merry Christmas to you as well. Thank you for all the amazing recipes you share with the world. Especially cheesecake recipes. Hope you and your family have a great holiday season.
Yes, especially cheesecakes! 🙂
Thank you for your wonderful blog and delicious recipes. I always look forward to what you’ve posted. My family knows if it’s from Mel, then it must be good. My husband even knows to look at your blog if he’s searching for a recipe. Have a wonderful Christmas!
Thank you so much, Lori! Hope you are having a great holiday season!
Thank you, Mel, for sharing the very best recipes, for your funny, witty commentary that goes along with the recipes, for making me feel like a rockstar in the kitchen, for the best gift guides (I can’t tell you how many I’ve bought from them just knowing they’d be great—“cause Mel recommended it!” (Yep, I really have used that line with my husband before ), and for all your hard work! Your blog is THE BEST and I like to think we’re real good friends…even though we’ve never met. Ha! Enjoy your break and have a very Merry Christmas with your family!
You are so awesome, Angie – thank YOU!
Thank you, THANK YOU, grazie mille to you and Brian and the kids. Buon Natale!
Love your guts, Jenna. And miss you like crazy.
Wishing you and your family the merriest of Christmases! I first started following your blog about 4.5 years ago when I had moved to China and was looking for cooking blogs with from-scratch recipes. Though I live back in the US now, you’re still my go-to and I do refer to you in conversation as my “friend” Mel and all my good friends and family know who I’m talking about . My roommate contacted you about me being a big fan and I got the spoon from you yesterday and was so excited. She had told me she had a big surprise coming for me and I had no idea what it was, but when I checked the mailbox and saw a package from Idaho, I thought “Mel lives in Idaho!” Thank you for your recipes – but even more so thank you for your kindness and generosity in sharing your life, labor and love with us all. Many blessings to your family his holiday season!
Oh yay, Anna! You got it! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas Mel, and enjoy your well deserved break! I’m so grateful for all the time you put into this blog and we love so so so many of your recipes. I feel the same about our Savior and I love when people are brave enough to put it out there for all to see. Enjoy your family!!
Thank you, Madison! Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas! And thank you for most of my family’s favorite recipes. I’ve been following since 2009 and feel like your are one of my good, reliable, friends. I probably look at your blog 5+ times a week since then. I live in Dubai now and when I gave some caramels to my neighbor, of courses she asked for the recipe. Apparently, she ( from Ukraine) follows you as well and recommended a few of her favorites from your site to me. I got so excited that she also loves your blog and we have a mutual ‘friend’ and I had to remind myself that i don’t actually know you. I wish you the best and hope your family had a wonderful Christmas!!
What a small world, Sherry! So grateful you’ve been here for so long. Thank you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas to you also! As many others, I love your website, your recipes and your generosity and encouragement. Thank you so much for all you do!
Thank you, Jennifer!
7 years and counting of you making me a rockstar in the kitchen! 7 years and counting of me spreading the gospel of Mel’sKitchenCafe! Everyone knows when they ask for a recipe, “is it Mels?” Of course it is 🙂
7 years! I love that!
Very well said, Mel. I love that you not only have the best recipes with the best tips and hints and fun to read style, but also share your faith in Christ in the same style. Merry Christmas!
That means a lot – thank you, Melissa!
I’m relatively new around here. I found your site this past year and have now made countless of your recipes. Oftentimes, when I need a particular recipe I’ll just search up “Mel’s Kitchen [insert recipe]” just to see if you have a version because I know i’ll Like it if you do. And thank you for sharing your love of Jesus Christ with all of us. He is the center of my world as well and i’m So grateful for Him. Merry Christmas and enjoy your well-deserved Break!
I’m so glad you found your way here, Lindsay! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas! I tell myself that you and I would be thick as thieves if we knew each other. You are inspiring to me in many ways. Thank you for your wonderful blog!
Thank you so much, Rachael!
I feel like we are real life friends too, even though I rarely comment, I check your blog for inspiration many, many times a week. I need to pass along The few remaining favorite recipes that aren’t in your blog, because having all of my recipes in one place is more concise any than digging through old recipe boxes! Have a very merry Christmas!
Haha…yes! Send them along! 🙂
Merry Christmas! Thank you, thank you for your wonderful recipes! I have been making your recipes for a couple of years now and have never commented before, but wanted to tell you that your recipes never let me down! Whenever I don’t know what to make for dinner, I go straight to your blog. I now have my mom, grandma, and sister in law making your recipes too! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
I appreciate you taking the time to comment, Allie! That means a lot. Thank you!
Merry Christmas to you. Just today I made the twixster cookies. Last night I made Cilantro rice bowls for company. I too love your guts. Thank you so much . You make cooking fun and new. Have a wonderful rest and enjoy your darling children and husband.
Love both of those recipes! Merry Christmas, Susanne!
Merry Christmas, Mel! I am so happy you’ll be having some time with your family and nature this holiday and taking a few weeks off. This is wise and wonderful; we’ll be fine with your fab archive and welcome you back later next year. Thanks for your creativity, sense of humor, and commitment to sharing yummy chow. All the best to you and your family.
Thanks, Tina – I’m excited to have a little “refresh” session and get back to blogging in a few weeks! Merry Christmas!
The merriest of Christmas to you Mel and your family ! Enjoy all the yummies that’ll be on your holiday table!! Thanks as always for all the amazing recipes you continue to post on your blog!
Enjoy your family and again, a very merry Christmas
Merry Christmas, Linda!
What a beautiful family! I can’t believe how Cam has grown (and I can’t believe I’ve been following you so long that I can say that!). You’ve done so much for me and I appreciate it more than I can express. Have an amazing Christmas!
Merry Christmas, Marci! 🙂
Love this!! I love your blog!! 🙂
A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You and Your Beautiful Family !! Thanks for being here Mel! You make life better!!
Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing your food and your life. You have become such a part of my family that my sisters and I can just say “Mel said” or “Mel’s recipe” and we all know who we are talking about. Haha! There’s 16 kids between us so lots of mouths to feed and enjoy your recipes! I’ve been reading your blog for 5-6 years. (It started with a friend pointing me to your homemade bread tutorial.) Thank you! And have a wonderful break from blogging!
P.s. I was surprised by another cinnamon roll recipe! I thought you already had the best recipes posted! I started making your giant cinnamon roll recipe a few months ago and everyone who has tried it declares it the best ever! My husband says I can’t try any new recipes it’s perfect. Maybe I’ll have to try the Yukon ones without telling him. Merry Christmas!
Thanks, Maria! And I know I’m a little overkill with cinnamon rolls. I just can’t stop! So glad you love that giant cinnamon roll recipe!
When did your kids get so big?? Your family is adorable! Thank you for your testimony of the birth and divine mission of our Savior. I love him, too!
Just wanted to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and thank you for the amazing service you provide to all of us! I’d say 90% of what I make comes from your blog, and I have recommend your blog to many people.
I also want to say Merry Christmas to all of your readers. What a wonderful group of people! I appreciate the comments and the camaraderie 🙂
Mel, you are a beautiful daughter of God! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I love seeing your comments, Sheree. Thank you so much for your kindness!
Aww, love you too!! Well, not just me, the whole family does! Every single new recipe I try I hear, “Mom, is this Mel’s?” 🙂 They know the good stuff. My 7 year old just can’t understand that we aren’t friends in real life!! Thanks for all the hard work! Merry Christmas!
Haha, that’s so cute, Laura! Thank you!
Love your blog, you never fail to entertain me either!!! Merry, merry Christmas and a very joyous, healthy and safe New Year!!!
Merry Christmas, Judi!
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for this wonderful post.
Soak up the holiday cheer and know that your food will be cooked and enjoyed in many a holiday kitchen this week.
You are wonderful Mel!
I appreciate that – thanks, Kate!
Love love love your blog. Thanks for the joy you add to the planet.
Thanks, Jill. 🙂
Mel, Thanks for sharing your stories, insights, recipes, and helping to light the world! It’s a nicer place to be with you in it!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Thank you so much!
Merry Christmas to you and yours! Enjoy your break!
Thanks so much for your recipes and blog! We just had a fondue party for our holiday lunch at work–your cheese and chocolate fondues are the bomb! You’ve become part of our holiday tradition! Enjoy your time off!
Oh, I love that chocolate fondue!! Thanks, Amy!
And to YOU and those 5 little cuties and the one larger cutie, a very Happy Christmas (isn’t it cool we can all say Christmas this year!!)
See you in 2018.
PS: Jackie Murray is my pen name online but I’m really Shipley from North Idaho! 🙂
Thank you, Jackie!
You’re the greatest! I love your recipes and humor. I have been following your blog for 9 years and have become a better cook and baker with your help. We are on first name basis with you around our dinner table. Thanks for sharing your recipes and love. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I love that you’ve been around so long, Dora! Thank you!
Mel! You are one of my best friends on the planet! You just don’t know me yet! I use your recipes so much that I am constantly talking about you, and I’ve bought so many games that you recommend too, I’ve been telling my husband an awful lot lately, “well Mel loves this” or “Mel recommended this”! Truly, truly I am so grateful for you. Not only does my family love your recipes, but like I’ve mentioned before, you just shine through your writing and so we all do know you and love you! You are a true blessing in my life! And I honestly often think that I wish I was your neighbor! You give so much of your time and talent to this blog ( and I honestly don’t know how you do it!) I know you are making huge sacrifices of your time to do this, but know how much I appreciate you, love, not only your recipes, but just hearing from you too! You are the best of the best Mel! Merry Christmas to your sweet family!
I always love hearing from you, Josie! Thank you for always being positive and kind and loyal! I’m grateful for you!
I’ve been reading your blog since I became a new mother 9 years ago this month. We were so poor at the time and I made everything from scratch. I still remember my husband coming home from work and amazed that I made bread bowls from scratch because two years before as newly weds he did most of the cooking. You gave me that confidence! You’re the best, I’m so glad you’re still blogging. I’ve literally said melskitchencafe about 20 times this week to different people referring to something I made or am going to make for the Holidays. Merry christmas!
I love this, Shante! You are amazing!
Oh Mel. We are friends in real life. We just haven’t met yet. Sometimes I talk to you more frequently than my 3-D friends. Happy Christmas to you and yours. You are more than a blogger to me. You are a funny friend and sister in Christ.
Beth! I just love you. Thank you, thank you. 🙂
Merry Christmas! You have a beautiful family. Thank YOU, for being a lifesaver in the kitchen. Your blog is the BEST.
Thank you, Jo!
Our whole family isn’t better fed because of the gift you share. I am grateful for your work in putting forth so many wonderful recipes. As so many others have said, you are a household name and friends and I constantly share “oh Mel just posted a recipe for…have you made it yet?” I wish you a Merry Christmas filled with puzzles and games and good food, but more importantly, family and the hope and peace made possible from the Savior.
Same wishes for you, too, Stacy. Thank you for being here!
Mel, around 9-10 years ago I stumbled onto your site when I googled ‘best banana bread’. We were in food hostage by our preschooler eating separate little piles of plain chicken, cubed cheese and toast soldiers. When we found your site- our lives changed and here we are 10 years later with a 10 and 14 year old who eat every single thing we make- and our meals are exclusively Mels! From my Bosch to our griddle to every single recipe we make – you are life changing and we rely on you daily! Love you and sooooooooo thankful!
You are a total long-timer and I LOVE it, Rachel! I have loved hearing from you over the years. Thanks for still being here!
I’ve been following your blog for about 4 years now. I can honestly say not one of your recipes has ever failed me. If I ever need a recipe I search your blog before anywhere else because I know you only share the best! I want to thank you not just for your recipes but also sharing the little snippets of your life outside of the kitchen. It makes me feel like we truly are friends. If we ever crossed paths I’m pretty sure I’d just introduce myself and proceed to ask you for a hug. I’d love to just hang out with you in your kitchen for a day, helping prepare some yummy goodness, and sneaking chocolate bits of happiness. I could write a short story about how much I adore you and your family. But I’ll cut it short and wish you and all the readers a very Merry and Blessed Christmas! Here’s to the Almighty God who’s granted us another precious year of life here on earth. God Bless always!
Haha, I’d totally give you a hug so you better introduce yourself if you ever see me! 🙂 You are so sweet. Thank you for the kindness…it means so much to me!
Merry Christmas, to you and your beautiful family! I too, act like you’re a friend in real life. All my family and close friends know who you are, thanks to the hundred or so delicious recipes I’ve made from you.
I’m so so thankful you still have this blog going, you’re a trooper!! Enjoy your much deserved break from the blogging world! Enjoy a peace-filled Christmas!
I wish all you cute gals lived in my neighborhood and we really COULD be friends in real life. 🙂 Thank you, Courtney!
Mel, I feel like we’re friends irl too. Merry Merry Christmas to my go-to recipe girl. Every. Single. Time. If you don’t have it, I don’t need to make it. You’re like my amazon of killer recipes.
That Amazon reference is prolly the highest praise anyone could give me (haha!). Love your guts, Shanell – thank you!
Mel, I feel like we’re friends irl too. Merry Merkley Christmas to my go-to recipe girl. Very. Single. Time. If you don’t have it, I don’t need to make it. You’re like my amazon of killer recipes.
Merry Christmas to you! Thank you thank you for all you do! You make our holidays (and every day, frankly…) tasty!
Hi Mel. Like many other readers, I tell my friends about you as if I know you personally. I have cooking disasters like you wouldn’t believe, but people think I can actually cook when I make one of your recipes. I am always referring friends and family to your blog. You are the best! Thank YOU for helping me to serve my family and friends in far better ways than I could do on my own. I am your biggest fan…hopefully that didn’t sound too stalkerish. I bought a Camp Chef grill, read the books you recommended, sent your gift guide to family as a wish list because I was too overwhelmed to think of gift ideas for my kids, etc. etc. etc. Thank you for using the gifts that God has given you to bless others!!
Thank you, Jen! That comment means so much to me. I so badly want to be the girl that you all can turn to for great recommendations – kind of like your BFF next door. Yeah, that’s how I want to be. Except it’s a virtual “next door.” Merry Christmas!
I love both of the family pics you posted! The facial expressions in the 2nd picture are great and the 1st picture is the beautiful end result.
As to you, your recipes, blog, etc., you are near and dear to so many people’s hearts as is shown by the comments posted. We love your guts right back.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a great trip with your family as you take some well-deserved time-off from blogging. You have no shortage of recipes to try out there, so it’ll be a good time to try some in my stack that have been on the back burner.
Merry Christmas and God bless you!
Merry Christmas, Lori!
Merry Christmas, Mel! May you and your beautiful family have a wonderful time together of rest, refreshment, time with our Lord and the making of beautiful family memories. We will be doing the same as we rejoice along with so many others that our savior came and gave everything for us! He has blessed our lives with you as well! It is wonderful to call you a “sister” and “friend” even if it’s long distance:).
I hope you have the merriest of holidays, Laurie! Thanks for your sweet words.
Mel, your blog is a place of His Peace, Love and Joy in a world where the opposite sometimes seem to get more attention. I love coming here even when I don’t need a recipe but I just need some of that Peace.
Your family – beautiful! And all of our happy hearts shine even in the “Are you done yet?” photo :).
A very happy and blessed Christmas and 2018 to you and your family and I hope you enjoy the downtime!
All of YOUR happy hearts…
Thank you, Liz! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you, Mel. I’m pretty sure I’m only still cooking for my family because of the steady encouragement and inspiration you give me every week. I’m glad it’s okay with you that I call you “my friend Mel”!! 🙂 Blessings to you and your family and may you thoroughly enjoy this very well-deserved rest! Xoxo
Haha, yes! You can call me that. 🙂 It makes me feel ok that I don’t have many IRL friends…I’m ok with these sweet virtual friendships. Merry Christmas!
I’m a never-commenter, but I’ll add to the chorus of admirers who cook from your blog nearly daily. Your recipes never let me down. And, I love your gleeful exuberance. It’s contagious in the best way.
Thank you, Carolyn!! I love never-commenters and frequent-commenters alike. Thanks for being here!
Yours is my favorite blog in the world! Thanks for all you do for us! You deserve the very best this year has to bring.
So do you, Moriah!
I am so grateful for you! I do not come from a family of cooks and we always lived so far away from grandparents, aunts and uncles. Your blog has consistently made me feel like you have set me a plate at your table and sent me home with a recipe card to add to my family favorites. I am a confident and competent cook thanks to you.
Ah, Bryn, thank you!
Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!
Merry Christmas, Ellen!
Merry Christmas Mel! Enjoy the peace, love and special time with family. Thank you for sharing your talents. I now refer to you as ” my girl” when asked about a recipe. I am looking forward to what you will be sharing with us in the New Year!
I’m so glad to be “your girl” Reenie! 🙂
Merry Christmas to you too! I don’t post often but I have been following your blog for years. I speak of you like a good friend. “Where’d this recipe come from?” Me: “Oh, I got it from Mel,” as if everyone I know should know you (most of them do by now because every recipe I bring places is from you). Thank you for being open about your faith. That makes me love you and your blog even more knowing that you are a sweet sister in Christ. I hope you enjoy your family time and I look forward to what you have for us in the new year! God bless you and your family!
Love you right back, Emily! Thanks for your sweet words. And Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you, Mel! Your blog is truly a lifesaver for me when it comes to cooking and I’m so grateful you have kept at it all these years. Enjoy your holiday and time with your family and I’m excited to see you back next year with more great recipes! 🙂
Thank you, Launi! I hope you have amazing holidays as well!
Merry Christmas to you as well! I hope your time away is truly refreshing & joy-filled. Thank you for continuing to blog & for just being YOU!
Thank you, Nancy!
Merry, Merry Christmas, sweet Mel! All my love right back to you! Amen to the previous and incomprehensible gift of our Savior- and for all His birth, life, death, Atonement, and Resurrection mean to us. You are in our hearts now and always. Enjoy the time with your family and thank you again for EVERYTHING!!!
Ack- autocorrect- that was supposed to say “precious.” 🙂
Love you, Amy! Thank you!
Merry Christmas to you, Mel! I’m ever so grateful for your website and your talents!
Thanks so much, Katherine!
Merry Christmas to you Mel and to all other followers of Mel. I have followed you for years. I found more confidence as a cook/baker because of your tried and true recipes. I’m not a person who does much social media. However, I HAVE to check my favorite cooking blogs daily!!
I am also a follower of Jesus Christ. I hope He blesses all of you this Christmas season. I enjoy you all, and also love your guts!
Nichole from Idaho
Thank you, Nichole! I actually admire you for staying away from social media – thanks for taking the time to check in when you can!
It may not be Thanksgiving, but I am thankful for you, your blog, your vulnerability, and your honesty. Your words and recipes have challenged me in life and in the kitchen. Thank YOU for all you do. I, along with many others, love YOUR guts. Keep up the awesome and excellent work. Excited for new challenges and surprises in 2018!
Thanks, Betsy – loved this and appreciate your words so much.
Oh, Mel, you’re just the best. Of course we are real friends! You have saved my dinner, my gift giving, my sanity more times than I can count. That’s what real friends do! I really appreciate all you do for us on this blog. I’m so happy for you to get some time off with your family, enjoy! May the peace of the Christ child bring you rest and joy and love this season. And may your 2018 be over flowing with blessings.
Same to you, Melanie! Thanks for being here and for being just the type of friend I need. 🙂
Have the merriest of Christmases! You are truly the best and I love how authentic you are on here. You are by far my fave food stop. Enjoy the break!
You are the best, Mel! Thanks for sharing your heart. My sisters in law and I refer to you on a first name basis so I would say we’re friends in real life! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Merry Christmas, Mady!
Merry Christmas to you! I’m happy to hear that you are taking time off to spend with your family. I appreciate all the recipes you have posted and I make them often. You are my favorite food blogger and I feel like we would be friends in real life.
I’m excited for the next little while, too, Bridget! I love blogging…but I need a little refresh time. Merry Christmas!
Beautiful mel!!! Thanks for all the work. I don’t follow any other cooking blogs bc no need! Glad my sister in law told me about you probably ten years ago, well, early in at least! Enjoy the mountains and merry Christmas!
Love you like crazy, Heather! Thanks for sticking around. 🙂
Merry Christmas to you and your family and thanks for sharing so many recipes that become my favorites!
Thank YOU, Laurie!
Thank you so much for all you do Mel! I seriously make one of your recipes almost daily! (today we are making your soft egg nog cookies for cookies plates–that is if I don’t eat them all….)Hope you enjoy a well deserved break with your family!! You really are a rock star! Love your comments on our Savior! So true! He is the reason for the season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours and here is to a new year with more great recipes from you to try!!!
Haha, good luck with the self-control around those cookies, Jen! Merry, merry Christmas!
❤️❤️❤️ we’re totally real life friends . Love you Mel! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!!!
I agree!! Someday we’ll actually MEET in real life, too! 🙂
Merry Christmas friend! Our family uses SO many of your recipes and they really think I’m a good cook. I keep trying to tell them that it’s the amazing recipes, not me. Safe travels to your family this holiday! Thanks again for sharing your of cooking and all of your amazing recipes!
Kristi! So fun to see your comment here. Thanks for checking in…love and miss you, friend.
Merry Christmas. Thanks for posting your recipes….you are literally teaching me to cook and move on from heating hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Seriously. …thank you!#
Haha, you are so cute, Heidi! I’m still trying to get my husband to move on from hot dogs. #workinprogress
Have a wonderful Merry Christmas, and a well deserved break, Mel! Your site is one of my favorites and one I seek out often when searching for certain recipes. Check in on Instagram if you can and let us know how you’re doing!
I will do that, Marie (assuming I have internet access, which, honestly, part of me hopes I don’t!). Merry Christmas!
You will be with us as we cook and eat many of your recipes: cranberry bliss bars, lasagna, broccoli soup. We should all take a break and just enjoy family, food, board games, and conversations. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Thanks, Sheila – Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy every minute.
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Mel! Enjoy your time off. And thank you for all the wonderful recipes you share with us all year long. I have never, ever had a recipe fail when using one of yours and I have tried many of them and have so many more on my list to try — I just need more time!
Blessings to you and yours.
That makes me so happy to hear, Beverly. Thank you! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas Mel! So glad you are taking some time with your family for the holidays. Thank you for everything you do!
Thank YOU, Kathleen!
Merry Christmas Mel! I’ve been making your recipes for years and my family has loved them all! So thankful for all you do here in this great community. Enjoy your time with family and friends during a much deserved break!
Merry Christmas, Susan – thank you so much! Means so much to me that you’ve been loving the recipes for years. Best gift ever!
Merry Christmas Mel,I have been making recipes from your site for years and have never been disappointed.
Thank you, Christine! Merry Christmas!
I am so grateful for having found your website this year. Saved my life hundreds of time and we enjoyed all the meals I have tried from your blog. I am just about to make some cheesy zucchini bites for my little boy, I should have known this recipe by heart now (I made it so so many times as a snack for journeys, absolute winner).
I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and wonderful New Year.
Thank you, Barbara! It’s amazing how many recipes I’ve committed to memory when I can’t even keep my kids’ names straight. Haha. Merry Christmas!
Same to you, Kelly!
Merry Christmas! I am new to your blog … well, I’ve been reading for about a month or so. I have to say I am just loving your recipes (as is my family!) and reading your blog! I even purchased a couple of items from your favorites list for my daughter and brother and I am SO pleased. Wishing you have a wonderful relaxing time with your family this Christmas. Looking forward to checking back after the holidays 🙂
I’m so excited you found your way here and that you are loving it so far, Pam. That means a lot to me! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas from VA Mel! The kids are getting big – obviously I feel like I know you all! You are absolutely my favorite blogger and your site is the first place I go when I need a recipe for something. Hope you have a great holiday and enjoy your time off!
Oh, thank you so much, Angela! I hope you have a wonderful few days of holiday celebration, too!
Merry Christmas from a long-time reader and un-commenter. Everytime someone raves about a dish I bring, the answer always includes “Mel’s KC never lets me down”!
Haha, uncommenters are welcome here, too! 🙂 Thanks for the kindness today. Merry Christmas, Ruth!
Merry Christmas to you too, Mel! Your family is lovely and your message is perfect. You are still the only food blogger that I follow, and I use your recipes all the time. I logged on this morning to make my Christmas menu/grocery list! Enjoy your time off and God’s blessings to you all.
Thank you so much, Melanie! And Merry Christmas!
Enjoy your time off! And have a wonderful holiday season. Love your guts right back!
Thanks, Stacie – love seeing your comments. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you and your family! You have blessed all of our lives with not only your recipes, but your example and your testimony. Life is more rich and full because we have Savior who truly, like you said, loves us despite our weaknesses and imperfections and encourages us to be better.
Thanks, cute Lachelle. I appreciate YOU!
I added your website in my favorite and I never fail to check it on a daily basis and even sent your link to my relatives and friends.
Keep up the good work, by the way, do you have a book? Kindly let me know.
Why thank you, Victor! I don’t have a cookbook, but that may change in the next little while. I’ll definitely keep you posted!
Mel, thank you for all you do. I rarely comment, but am on your website weekly. Is it bad that we were talking about you at my large family gathering? Because my sister and sister in law do the same. “Have you tried Mel’s __________?” “Ooh, I tried _______ and it was great!” My daughter just said, “Can I see a picture of Mel?” We talk about you here like you are a long lost family member. You are celebrity status in these parts. Celebrating Him with you this Christmas! Merry Merry Christmas to you!
Haha, not bad at all – super flattering and humbling for me to know that! You are so sweet, and I appreciate your comment. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! Thank you for keeping my family well fed and happy. God Bless.
Thank you so much, Teresa – appreciate you and your comments throughout the years!
Merry Christmas Mel! Thanks for fabulous recipes that make me look like a kitchen rock star!
Aww….Mel, you are the best! I rarely comment, but I have to say that almost ALL of our favorite recipes that are on regular rotation have come from your blog. Thank you for all the tasty recipes and inspiration! May God bless you and your sweet family!
Thank you so much, Christine – happiest of holidays to you!
Darling Mel, you are an inspiration, a true foodie, that speaks to my foodie soul. You are always so upbeat and positive and I love your sunny disposition, and love, love, love that you love, love, love food, as much as I do. We women are amazing creatures, putting dinner on the table every-single-night, as well as everything else we do, you celebrate us, the girls in the front line, keeping the home fires burning and that dinner on the table! I wish you and your lovely family a joyous Christmas and a safe and happy new year.
Thank you so much, Fiona! I love seeing your comments pop up…you are a bright spot here! Merry, merry Christmas!
Beautiful family! And to think you once
lived in my little cold corner of the world.
Their isn’t a week that goes by that I’m not making a recipe of yours. We look after an older couple in our town and he loves when I bring over your brown bread.
Merry Christmas Mel! God has surely blessed you.
Ah, thanks, Valerie! I love your service to that older couple…so sweet!
God bless you and your family. You are an inspiration! I don’t know how you do it all. A true super woman hero in my eyes!
Have a beautiful Christmas!
You are so sweet, Julianne – trust me, I’m no superwoman (says the mom whose cried herself to sleep a couple times this week due to 100% stress!), but this blog is a happy place for me, and I’m so grateful you are here.
Mel, thank you for all you do and for all the help you always provide us on an ongoing basis as we try your recipes out. You are the best blogger around!!! Wishing you a joyous, peaceful holiday season filled with beautiful moments and cherished memories. And a happy, healthy new year. Enjoy your time away!!!
That means so much to me, Teresa! I value your comments and feedback so much, you have no idea! Merry Christmas!
Just checking out your blog for my Christmas Eve menu and saw this beautiful picture. Your family is so adorable. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. I use so many of your recipes, they never ever fail. Thanks Mel!!
Thank you so much, Cyndi! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve feast!