I admired Melissa long before I started my own blog. She is down to earth, encouraging, and genuinely kind. I had the privilege of getting a critique from her early in my blogging career and her honestly enabled me to see my strengths. I am so honored to call her my friend. And her new book - Scandinavian Gatherings - would make a fantastic gift!
What advice do you have to offer those struggling right now?
I love that part in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel where he says something like, "Everything will work out in the end. If it's not alright, then it's not the end."
Here is a bit more about Melissa from her website Lulu the Baker:
Hi. I’m Melissa, but for as long as I can remember, my family has called me Lulu. I was raised by a great cook, my mom, who was raised by a great cook, my nana. I measure my life in meals: most of my holiday traditions revolve around food; when someone goes on vacation, I need daily updates, not on what they did, but on what they ate; and one of my favorite things to do is sit down on Sunday night or Monday morning and plan out the week’s menu! I love to cook, and I love sharing great recipes with my friends!
I started Lulu the Baker in the summer of 2008 as a place to keep track of some of my family’s favorite recipes. It has since become a chronicle of the things we love to eat, the projects I love to make, and the occasional farm-related shenanigan. When I’m not cooking and baking, you can find me making last minute Halloween costumes for my kids, losing sleep over handmade baby shower invitations, and planning out our backyard garden in the beautiful Oregon countryside.
You can also find me on the Style Spotters blog for Better Homes & Gardens every other week sharing inspiration boards and projects for our Dream House.
Photos: Amanda from ARG Photographs