About Melissa

Welcome! I’m Melissa – wife, mother, family cook, and romance novelist. The very first thing I learned in the kitchen was how to scramble eggs in an old cast iron skillet at the age of five. My great-grandmother put me on a step-stool at the stove and thus began my passion for whipping up great tasting foods.

Transplanted from a small Indiana town, my husband, Jimmie, and I moved our family of three sons, Brad, Zac, & Noah to sunny Florida and we love it! I’m cooking for a crew–our sons are grown now and with girlfriends, but still come home hungry and ready to eat.

Extreme couponing is one of my passions. If the stores want to give us free food and other products, why not take advantage? It’s a great way to help your local food pantry feed those in need and keep your own pantry full. My Extreme Couponing how-to page is a great place to learn the basics. It’s never too late to get started! A lot of my recipes are whipped up with whatever I find in my fridge, freezer, and cupboards, and designed specifically to use those items grocery stores seem to have on sale most often.

Update: In an effort to become the healthiest me I can be, I’m removing as many processed foods as possible from my diet and that of my family (at least what they eat at home). If we can eat clean, wholesome foods at least 80% of the time, I believe it will drastically improve the quality of our health and life. I won’t post any Whole30, Paleo, Adrenal, or Low Carb recipes that suck. If it doesn’t taste great, I’m not posting it. That’s the best guarantee I can give you here. Not every recipe I share will be healthy. I believe y’all are smart enough to figure out by the ingredient list if it’s something you want to try. 😊

I believe wild edible landscaping makes abundant sense! Check out my Wild Edibles page to see a few of the wild plants you can grow in your own yard. What a great way to ensure you’ll always have food, plus they’re natural and beautiful! We’ve just moved to a new house so we’re working to add wild edibles to our yard. I’ll share those pics as we progress. 🌿

I’m also passionate about all aspects and eras of history. Every now and then, my innate curiosity about the history of a particular food or holiday sucks me in and I must share my findings. I hope you enjoy my brief history lessons and recipes! Duck into your kitchen to try a few!

Pinto Bean "Beanie" | Lis'Anne Harris

This little fella is our spoiled rotten Chihuahua, Pinto Beanie. 🙂









8 Replies to “About Melissa”

  1. Hi Tasha!

    Thanks for finding me over here. I hope all is going well in your writing world. I was hoping to find an email sign up on your blog. I did the RSS–here’s hoping I remember to look at that feed! LOL I can be such an airhead.

    Now that this new site is up and running, I’ll have more time to write. I hope you find a good recipe or two here to give a try. 🙂


  2. Well if you’re an airhead, here’s a kindred soul! Thanks for mentioning the email sign-up. I totally forgot all about that. Just added it. It’s on the left sidebar. 🙂

    hugs back at ya!

    • I know, right?! It’s still there, but their open season seems to get shorter and shorter. I didn’t eat there when I was last home, but hope to next time just to see if the food tastes anything like it did back in the good old days.

  3. This website is great!!!! You have really done an amazing job!! Your pic is lovely and beanie looks super distinguished, too!!

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