A Few of My Favorite Bloggers

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I thought I would take a break from my regular posts and let you know about some of my favorite bloggers. With new blogs starting up every day (this one included) I thought I would share a few blogs that I have followed for many years.

A few of my favorite bloggers
A few of my favorite bloggers

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One of my favorite bloggers of all-time has got to be Mel of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. She is a food blogger and has some of the best recipes on the planet. I’ve been following Mel for a very long time and she has impeccable taste. Her slogan is “tried and true recipes, baby” and she totally delivers. Her recipes always turn out, and many of them are among our family’s favorites. As a matter of fact, she is a household name here even though I’ve never met her. I’ve linked to a few of her recipes in case you would like to check out her blog.

Sweet and Sour Chicken My 14 year old requests this EVERY year for his birthday meal, even over steak. It’s that good. It is a bit time consuming and a bit of a splurge because it contains a lot of sugar, but it truly is amazing.

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough We make a fair amount of pizza and this is the crust recipe I always use. I don’t always have time to let dough rise between picking up the boys and baseball practice so this dough can be made and used immediately. Also check out her pizza sauce. It is our go to recipe and any extra freezes great.

Double Chocolate Muffins We love these muffins. They freeze great and the recipe makes a lot so it will feed my family of 5 for at least two breakfasts.

Slow Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Ham This ham graces our table every single Easter. It can cook while we are at church and is hot and ready the minute we walk in the door. Since it cooks in the slow cooker, it frees up my oven for all the other yummy side dishes.


Jami Boys writes the blog An Oregon Cottage. It is a mix of cottage home decor, gardening, and recipes. Her 100% whole wheat bread recipe is fabulous. Jami gives you lots of gardening tips and ways to make gardening easier. Her approach to keeping weeds out of the garden beds is one I’ve used many times. She has plenty of ideas for preserving your garden harvest as well as ideas to make over inexpensive furniture finds.


Jessica Fisher writes two blogs, Good Cheap Eats & Life As Mom. She is an expert in feeding families well on the cheap. (She has 6 kids!) On Good Cheap Eats, she gives many recipes for feeding your family and each month she details what she spends on groceries to feed her family. On Life As Mom Jessica gives you encouragement “on the road to joyful motherhood.” She has organizing ideas, homeschooling tips, snack recipes, and much, much more.


Crystal Paine's (a.k.a Money Saving Mom) books
Crystal Paine’s (a.k.a Money Saving Mom) books

What can I say? I love Crystal Paine. She is so down to earth and friendly. If you leave a comment on one of her two blogs, Money Saving Mom or Your Blogging Mentor, she will most likely respond. Crystal is such an encourager and has a heart to help others. Her Money Saving Mom blog has daily deals to help you save money as well as recipes that won’t break the bank. She recently started the blog, Your Blogging Mentor, to help new bloggers learn how to get a blog up and running. (I told you she has a heart to help others!) I took one of her classes and even though I had started my blog already, I learned several new tips that I immediately put into practice. Her encouragement and positive attitude is such a confidence booster.

She has written two books Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and Money Making Mom. They are both great books that I plan to read again. In my de-cluttering effort a few weeks ago, these were two books I never even considered getting rid of.


Erin Odom serves up a huge dose of encouragement on The Humbled Homemaker. She wants to help you create a “grace-filled, healthy home.” Erin blogs about budgeting, healthy living, homemaking, and motherhood. A few of my favorite posts from her blog are below.

Three Ways to Nix Sibling Rivalry has some good ideas on how to manage the conflicts that inevitably happen when you have more than one child. Erin has 4 children, so she has quite a bit of experience in handling the rivalry that flares among children.

Her gift guide will inspire you to give generous, but thoughtful gifts on a budget. Her husband, Will, even wrote a post 32 stocking stuffers for men.

Erin also has a book coming out in September titled, More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated. It looks very promising and I can’t wait to get my copy that I’ve pre-ordered.

And last, but certainly not least, I’m a huge fan of


The Pioneer Woman's Cookbooks
The Pioneer Woman’s Cookbooks

Ree Drummond has been blogging at The Pioneer Woman for over 10 years. She was a city girl who married a cowboy and moved out to his ranch. If you like a good love story her book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels: A Love Story details the story of how she met and married her cowboy husband and moved to his ranch.

Ree has four cookbooks out now, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl,  The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime and a fifth one due out in October called The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! She blogs about her life on the ranch and shares recipes that she uses to feed the cowboys and her family. Her recipes are always delicious, but aren’t usually low calorie. When you’re feeding cowboys, they need all the calories they can get! She has also written several children’s books about their Ranch Dog named Charlie.


It’s your turn. What are some of your favorite bloggers? I always love checking out new blogs so leave a comment telling me a new one I should check out.

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8 thoughts on “A Few of My Favorite Bloggers”

  1. Hi Julie, I love Moneysavingmom and Pioneer Woman! I recently started following Humbled Homemaker. I have not heard of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe so I really appreciate that you shared some of your favorite recipes from the site! Thanks:) Your site looks so pretty and beautifully organized.


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