About Me

Welcome to Our Happy Mess! I’m Ann and I live in Montreal with my husband Phil and our little boy, Jack.

I love to cook and have fun in the kitchen. At Our Happy Mess, I aim to give you quick, family-friendly, easy recipes. In case you’re interested, here’s a little bit about me, and why I started this blog!

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My Journey to Blogging

After Jack was born and my maternity leave ended, I went back to work full-time at my office job. It was then that I discovered that life as a working mom, in so many ways, didn’t have much in common with my previous existence!

In my old life, cooking was a hobby I loved and spent a lot of time doing. When I got it in my head to make a particular thing, whether it was lasagna or cinnamon rolls, I would spend ages looking for the “perfect” recipe. I immediately dismissed any recipes that mentioned the words “easy”, “quick”, “simple” or anything else of the sort.

Because I didn’t want the EASY recipe. I wanted the BEST recipe.

The recipe that would make my friends and family “oooh” and “aaah” and beg for the leftovers.

Fast-forward two years.

Now I’m rushing from work to daycare to pick up a tired, cranky toddler who starts screaming for cookies the second we walk into the house. Then, based on the loudness of this screaming, I decide on one of two options.

1: Heat up some leftovers and give him an early dinner before Phil gets home, all while trying to prepare something my husband and I can eat in exhausted silence in front of the TV, after the toddler goes to bed.


2: Dash around (as much as one can dash with a toddler hanging on one’s leg), trying to get something on the table in 30 minutes so we can have a family meal after Phil gets home.

If neither scenario sounds like the blissful family life of your dreams, that’s because it isn’t!

So let’s just say my approach to cooking has taken a different (opposite!) turn lately. Now when I see “easy recipe”, I think “YES. Click!”. And guess what I’ve discovered!

1: It’s totally possible to get a delicious meal on the table in 30 minutes or even less!

2: Shortcuts are fine!

3: Perfection is both an illusion and totally subjective anyway, especially when it comes to food!

Since I know I’m not alone with these daily struggles, my goal here is to help you find fast, healthy, delicious, easy recipes that your family will love. Because cooking for your family IS love, right?

This is the craziest, messiest and yet, in so many ways, the happiest time of my life, and I just feel like sharing and documenting it for posterity!

Get in Touch!

I love to chat about food, life, and everything else, to share recipes, and hear about yours. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Ann xx