About Mel

Mel Lockcuff, food and adventure travel blogger at Adventures of Mel

Hello, my name is Mel Lockcuff…

Welcome to my blog! My name's Mel. I'm a wife, mom, homeschool teacher, foodie, nature lover, outdoor enthusiast, avid book lover, vintage collector, and all 'round adventure seeker.

I've been married to my husband Dan for 17 years now. Dan can DIY anything you (or I) can possibly dream up; he also loves VW and plans to eventually restore his '71 Bus. Mel Lockcuff and family of Adventures of MelWe have 3 boys (ages 15, 10, and 1), we homeschool, and we live on a small 1-acre homestead in Northwest Arkansas with our sweet old cat named Harold and a few chickens. We love to spend time together outdoors, whether we're tinkering around in our garden or packing up our camp trailer for another adventure.

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 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.

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 occasionally I'll 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, including desserts and sweet treats here, including the occasional birthday cake.

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 in the Instant Pot.

Join us on Facebook LIVE! Dan and I host a cooking show every week, where we share recipes, with a heavy focus on healthy dinner ideas. You can catch us live on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm cst.

So, by now you've learned that I'm a foodie. But I also love the great outdoors.

Do you ever feel that the mountains are calling? Beckoning? We do all.the.time. I mentioned above that we love spending time outdoors, so I also share many of our travel adventures, including destinations, camping tips, travel gear, and more. We love finding off the beaten path places to explore and have fallen in love with parts of Colorado and New Mexico.

camping with rooftop tent

The longest trip we’ve ever taken as a family was our Route 66 adventure! We talk about someday driving it again because man, what an adventure!

Occasionally, I'll share a DIY project we've been hard at work on or even a personal story. But the main focus of Adventures of Mel is food and travel/outdoor adventure.

Note: I take all my own photographs, so all photos you see shared here or on my social media accounts are taken by me, unless otherwise noted.Mel Lockcuff, Photos and Video

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 travel adventure, a product or brand that I use, 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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Photo Credits: Headshot photo and family photo above, taken by the amazing Heather Kleber of Heather Kleber Photography.

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