Hey mamas! Have you ever dreamed of making a business out of food blogging? Whether you’re an accomplished home chef or just want to whip up something delicious for your family’s next meal, you must listen to our next guest. Melissa Griffiths is a food blogger, recipe developer, and food photographer who loves helping busy families reclaim dinner time! Her blog, Bless this Mess, reaches over one million people each month. She is a mom to five, living on a farm in Southern Utah, and she is here today to tell us exactly what it’s like to be a well-known food blogger, what you need to know about weeknight meals, and so much more. Thanks for tuning in!
Key Points From This Episode:
An introduction to today’s guest, food blogger Melissa Griffiths (Bless this Mess). The story of how she turned blogging into a business in 2012.Her main aim is to help busy families enjoy their time together over daily meals.How improving your cooking skills will get your kids to eat well.Melissa’s experience of family meals growing up, doctoring her mother’s pasta sauce with vegetables and herbs from the garden.Her cooking style: quick, easy, and family-friendly.What Melissa loves to bake.How homeschooling her five children has changed Melissa’s experience in the kitchen.Breakfasts in Melissa’s home: oatmeal, eggs, and pancakes, depending on the day of the week.Melissa’s lunches: tuna, quesadillas, and grilled cheese.Dinner categories in her home: Mondays are comfort food, Tuesdays are tacos, Wednesdays are slow cooker, and more.Her master list includes everything she knows how to make according to category.The batchwork involved in getting four to eight recipes ready to cook, shoot and edit.How she has built her audience through leveraging Google search terms.Melissa’s view on starting a food blog today: the competition is big, but the resources are better than ever.What lies ahead for Melissa: bringing more of herself into her brand.Connecting to ingredients through growing them in your own garden.Advice for novice gardeners: grow green beans, tomatoes, and cut flowers, starting with Zinnias.The lost art of seasonality.Seeds and where to purchase them.Advice for women who want to slow down: exercising outside is magic, and so is gardening!Why it is so powerful to do what your heart loves.
“You don’t have to be a Michelin star Mom. Be proficient at it so that you don’t hate it!” — Melissa Griffiths [0:04:15]
“If you’re doing pretty well in the kitchen, your kids are going to respond. I promise. They will eat things.” — Melissa Griffiths [0:05:09]
“If you can brain dump a list of things you can make, then that will help your variety. Then if you create a one-month meal plan, your kids aren’t going to care if you make something once a month, that’s only twelve times a year!” — Melissa Griffiths [0:17:20]
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