About Mel

Welcome to Adventures of Mel!

My name's Mel. I'm a wife, mom, homeschool teacher, food blogger, farm vlogger, nature lover, outdoor enthusiast, avid book lover, and vintage collector.

I've been married to my husband Dan for going on 21 years now. Dan can DIY anything you (or I) can possibly dream up; our latest project… Converting an old garage into a home for us.

Family picture
With 3 boys, getting a family photo where everyone is actually looking at the camera and smiling is super tough, but this is one of my favorites from a recent hike together!

We have 3 boys (ages 18, 13, and 4), we homeschool, and we live on a 60+ acre farm in the Missouri Ozarks, with a sweet kitty named Molly and a flock of very friendly chickens.

I graduated from college with a degree in Religious Education (with a focus on Teaching English as a Second Language). I then went to nursing school a few years later, after which I passed the NCLEX exam to become a licensed practical nurse and worked in a busy cardiology/cardiovascular and thoracic surgery practice.

About Adventures of Mel

In 2008 after having our second child, I decided to start a blog. And to make a long story short, in 2015, I re-branded from MamaBuzz to Adventures of Mel.

It's all about the food…

Having grown up learning how to cook with my mom and both of my grandmothers, I have a love for creating and sharing recipes. My grandmothers had and my mom has had such an impact on my life, and I love to share my favorite family recipes.

I love making special desserts for family and holiday get togethers, so you'll find a lot of baking recipes here, including the occasional birthday cake. You can find even more desserts and baking recipes over on my sister site, Flour on My Fingers.

Breakfast is super popular with my readers, as well; a popular reader favorite, both on my site and on YouTube, is this delicious French toast casserole.

Of course, dinner is always on my mind because 3 boys will eat a person out of house and home. So, you'll also find all sorts of dinner ideas, from easy recipes to healthy dinner ideas and delicious comfort foods. And it's no secret that I love my Instant Pot; we're always making something new, like Instant Pot smoked sausage with rice.

I also love to share kitchen tips and tools I find handy in my own kitchen. One of my most popular videos on YouTube is my Beginner's Guide to Stocking a Working Prepper Pantry (<<— written post here, video below).

Speaking of video, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, where you can cook with me and see what we're up to on the farm, as well.

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Keep up with Adventures of Mel…

When it comes to what you read on this blog, I only share what I truly do like or love, whether it's a recipe, a product or brand that I cook with or enjoy using, etc.

If you have questions, feel free to email me at mel@adventuresofmel.com. I'm always happy to chat with my readers and answer any questions you may have. You can even leave a comment if it's a question about a specific post or recipe.

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