This year has been a banner year for me. I turned 50, started the blog, got married to my long time partner, tried an Elimination Diet, trained to run a 5K, spent most of the summer remodeling my house and retired so I could travel with my husband. I should be tired! Instead I’m energized and psyched to see what 2014 has to offer.
I’ve really enjoyed sharing my recipes and interacting with you all on the blog and on social media. Here, according to “the Google” are your favorite posts for 2013.
At Number 5, this Garbanzo Salad from October is still pinned regularly on Pinterest. This is an awesome salad offering to bring to a pot luck or to use as a filling for flatbreads and pitas.
In August I made a Nut and Seed Brittle in an attempt to use up my store of seeds and nuts. It was an amazing recipe that became really popular after Mary Beth of MB Things I Know shared it with her friends. Nut and Seed Brittle is Number 4 on the favorites list.
My sister’s Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting was the third most popular post on the blog for good reason. These guys are TASTY!
At Number Two, my attempt to recreate Panera Bread’s Souffle from scratch still draws traffic from search engines. While tasty, I wasn’t able to recreate the recipe to my satisfaction. I need to take new photos revisit my project and try again with a quick danish pastry recipe. It will be a nice project for the gray days of Winter.
Red Beans and Rice was the Most Popular post of the year. The inspiration for this post came from an old Uncle Ben’s recipe card dated 1986 (!). I came across the recipe this summer when I scanned my collection and uploaded them to “the Cloud.” It was the most viewed post at All My Bloggy Friends #62 party hosted by Jamie of Love Bakes Good Cakes and Linda of With A Blast and is still popular with Pinterest and other search engines.
The Red Beans and Rice post was the first in a favorite series of mine called “Go Boxless.” This is an important project to me because many artificial colorings, preservatives and other unwanted ingredients can be avoided when cooking from scratch instead of using convenience foods.
I’m looking forward to bringing you more recipes and fun posts in the year to come, starting with a new series “5 Weeks of Flexitarian Eating” beginning on January 1, 2014.