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For the past 8 years I have been the Editor in Chief of This Mess is Ours. We have personally created, tested, documented, and shared close to 900 recipes in that time period and have received many features and awards from media outlets such as the 2018 & 2019 Better Homes and Gardens Style Maker awards.

Additionally, I spent time as the Contract Editor in Chief for Go Gluten Free Magazine which was published by Engaged Media. As the EIC I was tasked with envisioning each issue, creating spreads, acquiring talent, compiling content, and overseeing the production and execution of each 130+ page issue within our short 6-8 week production time frame.

In the last 2 years I have expanded my work as a food stylist outside of our own studio and have had the pleasure of working on-site in the Meredith Corporation kitchens where Southern Living, Food & Wine, and other amazing food publications are created, as well as on the set of local news outlets in multiple roles including stylist and live segment talent.

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Planning a backyard 🍔 bash for the fourth of July?! We've got every kind of 🍔 recipe you could ever need from a classic juicy hamburger to a zucchini fritter inspired veggie burger and even patty melts! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bookmark this post to save all of these 🍔 recipes for later! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🤍 The Ultimate Juicy Burger recipe: https://thismessisours.com/the-ultimate-juicy-burger-recipe-for-th/ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❤️ Zucchini Fritter Veggie Burger: https://thismessisours.com/zucchini-fritter-veggie-burger/ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💙 Juicy Turkey Burgers with Blueberry Jalapeno BBQ sauce: https://thismessisours.com/the-best-turkey-burger-recipe-for-hectic-weeknights/ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❤️ Autumn Spiced Veggie Burgers: https://thismessisours.com/autumn-spiced-veggie-burgers/ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🤍 Veggie Burger Patty Melts: https://thismessisours.com/veggie-burger-patty-melts/ . . . #thismessisDinner #fourthofjulyrecipes #juicyburgerrecipes #BHGStylemaker #cagrown #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeedfood #foodstagram #huffposttaste #thekitchn #goodeats #recipeoftheday #yahoofood #foodgawker #forkfeed #buzzfeast #tastemade #diycooking #beautifulcuisines #nomnomnom #myamazonkitchen #Foods4Thought #fromscratch #onmytable #fellowmag #bbcgoodfood #onthetable #shareyourtable #wholefoodsmarket

TRUE STORY: Every summer my ultimate garden goal is to melt my heat loving' hubbies face off with my homegrown, homemade hot sauce! ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m getting my game face on over here because the homegrown peppers are really comin’ in HOT at the moment which means homemade hot sauce is on the horizon! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last year we grew 2 varieties of pepper and 1 was so hot it’s actual hot sauce could be qualified as bear spray! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Phew - we even talked about painting that batch of hot sauce on our tree trunks so the resident pond beaver 🦫 would quit eating the bark. I mean - that sauce was 🥵 ! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This year we are growing a total of 12 varieties of peppers. 🤤 Some hot, some sweet all tasty! We have pretty much covered every color of the rainbow here in peppers this year and I cannot wait for the harvests to start! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m also currently working on my first garden inspired blog post for @ThisMessisOurs with plenty more to come - I am over the moon excited to share what we are growing and harvesting with you! . . . #ThisMessisOurs #BHGStylemaker #thecabinclub #homesteadshoutout #homesteaddreams #farmsteadmagic #farmlifebestlife #smallfarmcharm #homesteaderhaven #countrysideandfarmlife #lifeouthere #slowandsimplelife #containergardening #homemadehotsauce #buzzfeedfood #thekitchn #wholefoodsmarket #onmytable #fromscratch #theeverygirlcooks

Looking for a frozen red, white, and blue dessert option for the 4th? Or maybe a healthier breakfast option that feels like you are splurging and eating dessert?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I shared this gorgeous Red, White, and Blue Popsicle recipe this week on @cagrownofficial and they are out of this world delicious! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Loads of fresh cherries, blueberries, and vanilla yogurt are packed into those layers! There is so much flavor in every single bite, but literally zero guilt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bookmark this one for later - you are going to want to make it! https://californiagrown.org/recipes/a-simple-red-white-and-blue-popsicle-recipe-for-summer/ . . #thismessisDessert #BHGStylemaker #cagrown #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeedfood #foodstagram #huffposttaste #thekitchn #goodeats #recipeoftheday #yahoofood #foodgawker #forkfeed #buzzfeast #tastemade #diycooking #beautifulcuisines #nomnomnom #myamazonkitchen #Foods4Thought #fromscratch #onmytable #fellowmag #bbcgoodfood #onthetable #shareyourtable #wholefoodsmarket

Red, white, and blue dessert recipes are officially TRENDING, which means our NEW #glutenfree Red, White, and Blue Dessert Cake recipe is right on time! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Coating #glutenfree ladyfingers in homemade, orange caramel may sound like it would be cloyingly sweet, and they are on their own, but the mascarpone whipped cream is purposely not. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Paired together, they are a match made in summertime heaven. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can use any combination of fruit on the planet, but I am having a real moment with pairing fresh cherries, blueberries, and blackberries together. It's a crazy delicious flavor combination that is a bit unexpected. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This showstopper of a recipe is super CHILL! This means, it requires assembling and chilling at least 24 hours before you plan to serve it. Don't say I didn't warn you in advance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bookmark this one for later - you are going to want to make it! https://thismessisours.com/this-red-white-blue-dessert-cake-is-the-best-fourth-of-july-recipe/ . . . #thismessisDessert #BHGStylemaker #cagrown #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeedfood #foodstagram #huffposttaste #thekitchn #goodeats #recipeoftheday #yahoofood #foodgawker #forkfeed #buzzfeast #tastemade #diycooking #beautifulcuisines #nomnomnom #myamazonkitchen #Foods4Thought #fromscratch #onmytable #fellowmag #bbcgoodfood #onthetable #shareyourtable #wholefoodsmarket

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." - Audrey Hepburn ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I planted these poblano peppers a few months ago in excited anticipation of BIG batches of our favorite Roasted Poblano Cashew Cream all summer long. ( recipe linked below) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The time is almost here to harvest these beauts and I can't help but be in awe of their perfect - imperfectness as they grow. Each one unique and special in its own way, but all inevitably equally delicious. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You best believe that the next back of Roasted Poblano Cashew Cream that I make will go down as the best ever thanks to these homegrown peppers! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can find the recipe here: https://thismessisours.com/roasted-poblano-cashew-cream-sauce/ . . . #thismessisDinner #BHGStylemaker #cagrown #eeeeeats #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeedfood #foodstagram #huffposttaste #thekitchn #goodeats #recipeoftheday #yahoofood #foodgawker #forkfeed #buzzfeast #tastemade #diycooking #beautifulcuisines #gardening #poblano #fromscratch #foodphotography #foodwinewomen #onmytable #fellowmag #bbcgoodfood #onthetable #shareyourtable #wholefoodsmarket

It’s hot outside - Cucumber Limeaide Popsicles help! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can find the recipe here: https://thismessisours.com/cucumber-limeade-popsicles/ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thismessisDessert #BHGStylemaker #cagrown #eeeeeats #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeedfood #foodstagram #huffposttaste #thekitchn #goodeats #recipeoftheday #yahoofood #foodgawker #forkfeed #buzzfeast #tastemade #diycooking #theeverygirlcooks #beautifulcuisines #nomnomnom #BCfoodie #myamazonkitchen #Foods4Thought #fromscratch #fellowmag #bbcgoodfood #onthetable #popsicle

When it comes to potato salad I am more of a smother 'em when they're hot with an herbaceous @ca_avocados - laced Green Goddess Dressing kind of a gal than anything else. #ad @cagrownofficial #cagrown ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I think you can feel me on this... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At least once this summer put down the mayo and pickle based tater salad and opt for this herbaceous version instead. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can find the printable recipe here: https://thismessisours.com/an-easy-potato-salad-recipe-with-green-goddess-dressing/ . . . #thismessisDinner #BHGStyemaker #avocado #potatosalad #eeeeeats #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeedfood #foodstagram #huffposttaste #thekitchn #goodeats #recipeoftheday #yahoofood #foodgawker #forkfeed #buzzfeast #gloobyfood #tastemade #diycooking #theeverygirlcooks #beautifulcuisines #nomnomnom #BCfoodie #myamazonkitchen #Foods4Thought #fromscratch #foodphotography . . .

Once upon a time, not too very long ago, a shriveled Yukon Gold potato was discovered in the very back of our pantry. It was covered in eyes, quite wrinkly, and rather disgusting. My first thought was to be frustrated with myself for absentmindedly wasting a perfect piece of organic produce that others would have LOVED to have and could have used. But as I was mentally shaming myself as I headed to the garbage bin, I heard a tiny little nudge in the form of a simple thought..."Put it in the ground." So - instead of tossing it, I sliced it into ten little pieces, one for each eye. It sat on the counter for a day or two to let the cut wounds heal over, and then we placed them in an empty planter box and covered them with dirt. Before long, those eyes turned to shoots and the shoots to leaves. And those leaves began to rise from the ground, nearly doubling the height of the planter box. And then - about 90 days later, even more quickly than they had begun to rise, they started to fall. They drooped, they sagged, and basically looked like they were dying. I found myself troubled. So, I did what we all do when we are troubled, I Googled. And then I realized what had happened and began to dig. First with my bare hands and then with gloves, and to my absolute delight, there they were - the most perfectly formed organic Yukon Gold potatoes, dozens and dozens of them. They were nestled in just barely under the surface waiting on us to harvest. I can honestly say that harvesting those potatoes is the closest I have ever come as an adult to finding a Golden Easter Egg. It just lit my soul right up! And then, something even more beautiful happened as we began to realize we had more than we could ever need, we started to share them with our friends. Who would have thunk? That shriveled-up, funky potato would be the gift that just kept on giving. It's true what they say, you know, one man's trash is another man's treasure! . . . #thismessisours #BHGstylemaker #gardening #thecabinclub #smallfarmcharm #homesteadersofinstagram #homesteaddreams #countrysideandfarmlife #slowandsimplelife #dollypartonismyspiritanimal #dollypartonfan

NEW RECIPE BELOW!! Go ahead & bookmark this picture of the EPIC Animal Style Burgers we made with @kraft.singles because you will want to grill these all summer long too! #sponsored ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This family of California transplants misses Animal Style Burgers & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches so much that we decided to say "Yes" to the taste we love for a change & make our own. Dare I say, homemade is BETTER than the original?! Yes, yes, I dare & it TOTALLY is! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Animal Style is code for a patty grilled in mustard then smothered in smooth, creamy Kraft Singles American Slices. They just melt so beautifully over hot foods! Then it's piled high with toppings, grilled caramelized onions, and their not-so-secret sauce. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ An Animal Style Grilled Cheese (my veg hubbies fav) is all of the above just minus the beef! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Go ahead, get your grill game on with Kraft Singles! #KraftSinglesAtKroger Animal Style Burgers & Grilled Cheese Prep & Cook time: 1 active hour Serves: 4 EPIC burgers (or grilled cheeses) 🤍For the caramelized onions 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 large yellow onions, finely chopped. coarse kosher salt 💙For the not-so-secret sauce 1/4 cup mayo 2 Tbsp ketchup 1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish 1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar ❤️For the patties 1 pound ground beef chuck, preferably 60% lean, formed into 4 patties and seasoned on both sides with kosher salt and black pepper 1/4 cup yellow mustard 4 slices Kraft Singles American Slices, available at @KrogerCo 🤍To assemble the burgers: 4 hamburger buns, split 1 tomato, sliced thin 8 slices of dill pickle 4 large leaves of iceberg lettuce 1-2 heaping tablespoons not so secret sauce 1-2 tablespoons caramelized onions INSTRUCTIONS CONTINUED IN COMMENTS SECTION…. . . . #thismessisdinner #GrilledCheeseOClock #animalstyle #grilledburger #innoutburgers #innout #kraftsingles #BHGStylemaker #BHGfood #forkfeed #nomnomnomnom #recipeoftheday #diycooking #shareyourtable #fromscratch

Raise your hand if you are a cherry lover like me?! Cherry season is SUPER short, so I am dedicating the 1st edition of our completely redesigned newsletter to the subject. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Get on the list at thismessisours.com before it hits inboxes tomorrow!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here are a few of my favorite highlights going out in the newsletter tomorrow: Fresh Cherry Cheesecake: I recently created this recipe for @cagrownofficial and the hubs said it is the best cheesecake he has ever eaten! From the pistachio and lemon scented crust to the fresh cherry sauce throughout the batter and slathered on top - it's a showstopper of a cheesecake. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #GlutenFree Cherry Oat Bars: This classic recipe from @thismessiours is a reader favorite and never disappoints. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fresh Cherry Limeade Cocktails: Cherry, lime and rum... need I say more?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Gluten Free Fresh Cherry Pretzel Tart: This tart is super easy to make while looking super complicated at the same time. It's perfect for a sweeter brunch dish or dessert. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cherry Basil Tabbouleh: Your falafel needs a new summer side - this is it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Easy Cherry Ginger Chutney: This is what you should be slathering on all things grilled this season from tofu to chicken. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Be sure to sign up today by visiting thismessisours.com and subscribing!!! . . . #thismessisDessert #BHGStylemaker #cagrown #eeeeeats #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeedfood #foodstagram #huffposttaste #thekitchn #goodeats #recipeoftheday #yahoofood #foodgawker #forkfeed #buzzfeast #tastemade #diycooking #theeverygirlcooks #beautifulcuisines #nomnomnom #BCfoodie #myamazonkitchen #Foods4Thought #fromscratch #fellowmag #bbcgoodfood #onthetable #

Caption this!!! I cannot even handle the way she watches me from the couch as I walk room to room! It is just the sweetest! I’m pretty sure she is telepathically begging for an 🍎, but who knows maybe you have a better idea as to what’s running through that cute little head of hers! . . . #thismessisours #BHGstylemaker #cabinhounds #dogsofdomino #ilovemydog #adoptdontshop #bestwoof #instacute #buzzfeedanimals #bhgpets #pitbull #shepherdsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #pitbulllove #deafdogsrock #deafdogsofinstagram #deafdogshearwiththeirhearts #deafdog #cabinculture #cabinclub #thecabinclub #OurArticle #svensofa #Modernboho @article #articlefurniture

You may have noticed I've been a bit quiet here lately... I've been adjusting to a new role in my life that I am so incredibly proud of! Back in March I became the blog manager for @cagrownofficial and it has been a whirlwind of learning, readjusting and growing all wrapped up in one! To be honest - I have been loving it, but what does that mean for you?! Well, not too many things change here honestly... I'll still be sharing the recipes & stories you know & love from our site. I will just also be sharing new recipes and roundups on the #cagrownofficial blog every Tuesday! All that being said, I have quite a few recipes to share with you over the next few days that I hope you will bookmark and I'd love it if you would hop over to #cagrownofficial and say hello sometime! Alright...let's start with some dinner inspo for the weekend ahead shall we?! Just copy/paste URL or Google search: "California Grown" and the name of the recipe title below. In order of slide: 1. Ultra Crispy #Hasselback Sweet Potatoes: https://californiagrown.org/recipes/a-new-way-to-make-a-hasselback-sweet-potato/ 2. How to Grill Asparagus Like a Pro: https://californiagrown.org/recipes/how-to-grill-asparagus-like-a-pro/ 3. Blueberry Jalapeno BBQ Sauce: https://californiagrown.org/recipes/your-soon-to-be-favorite-blueberry-jalapeno-bbq-sauce-recipe/ 4. If you try the Blueberry BBQ sauce, you can slather it over the juicy turkey burgers that I shared on #thismessisours! https://thismessisours.com/the-best-turkey-burger-recipe-for-hectic-weeknights/ . . . #thismessisDinner #BHGStylemaker @casweetpotatoes @calblueberries #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #sweetpotato #recipeoftheday #eeeeeats #sodelicious #hautecuisines #f52grams #huffposttaste #inseasonnow #foodbringspeopletogether #rslove #bonappetit #mywilliamssonoma #freshfoodmatters #bombesquad #inmykitchen #bhgfood #makesmewhole #makemore #imsomartha #inseason

We laughed, we shared all of my cobbler secrets and I only threw my whisk one time! I mean, did you even have fun in the kitchen if you aren’t wearing a little flour at the end? Thanks for letting me share my love of cobbler today @atlandco & @cdpullara !!! It was a blast as usual! You can see the entire segment here: https://www.11alive.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/atlanta-and-company/black-blueberry-cobbler-recipe/85-1de5d32e-bfdd-488a-95bf-b3543e451209 . . . #thismessisours #thismessisDessert #bhgfood BHGstylemaker #BHGStylemaker2021 @cagrownofficial #cagrown #cobbler #blackberry #blueberry #glutenfreebaking #bakingisfun #bakersgonnabake #instabaking #lovebaking #instabake #bakingathome #lovetobake #bakersofinstagram #bakinglove #bakingfromscratch #foodbringspeopletogether #inmykitchen #pantrypower #atlantafoodblogger #atlantablogger

Spending a good portion of this rainy day rotating a few of our gallery walls because we are gluttons for punishment! #truestory #sendwine Living with the hubs is like living in an art gallery some times.... I never quite know what’s going to be on display when I get home from running errands or come down from taking a 🛀 ! I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love his eye for rad 🖼 & his need for our walls to never be boring or predictable. I will say though, I am glad this particular wall will be staying for a little while longer. It is my absolute favorite! 😍 . . . #thismessisHome #thismessisours #BHGStylemaker #BHGStylemaker2021 #bhghome #urbanart #streetart #artwall #gallerywalldecor #gallerywall #dominomag #ikea #obeygiant #pothosplant #juxtapoz #juxtapozmag

It's #TacoTuesday, so I am dishing up 5 delicious ways you can use canned black beans dinner tonight including these Easy, Vegetarian Black Bean Patty Melts! Other recipes featured are: 🤍 2-ingredient Tex Mex inspired canned black beans 🖤 Black Bean Salsa 🤍 Crispy Black Bean Taco Cups 🖤 The Best Homemade Black Bean Burger! You can read the post, click through to all of the recipes, or print to cook at this link: https://thismessisours.com/easy-tex-mex-inspired-canned-black-bean-recipe/ . . . #thismessisdinner #blackbeans #cannedbeans #BHGStylemaker #BHGStylemaker2021 #BHGfood #mybhg #easyrecipesathome #easyrecipe #fastdinner #pattymelt #salsa #burritobowl #veggieburgers @cagrownofficial #cagrown

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