January 8, 2014

My Favorite Recipes of 2013

I decided to share my top ten favorite posts of 2013 and in no particular order. These are all winners in my book. Can't wait to see what 2014 brings!

Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites -- Not only did I love my recipe for soft buttery pretzels, but I could not say enough about stuffing ham and cheese into some pretzel dough. These are so good and totally approved for dinner!

French Toast Dippers -- I've been making these dippers for about four years now and they're still some of my favorites. I love how crispy they get and they make a perfect breakfast food.

Favorite Grilled Chicken Marinade and Roasted Ranch Potatoes -- I'm so glad I finally found a homemade marinade that is drool-worthy every time. And these ranch potatoes are one of my go-to sides!

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Mustard Poppy Seed Dressing -- I'm not usually one to make salads for dinner, but this one is seriously amazing. It doesn't get better than fresh fruit, cheese, nuts and a light vinaigrette on top of some spinach.

Fiesta-Style Burgers with Salsa Verde Cream -- I am seriously obsessed with the concept of these burgers. It's so refreshing and flavorful. You've got to try them!

Stacked Verde Chicken Enchiladas -- While I love the taste of standard enchiladas, they can be kind of a pain to make. Enter in these stacked enchiladas. Such a fun idea and so easy, too!

Skinny Broccoli Alfredo -- I love this healthier take on alfredo and love that it involves broccoli. It is so good that you wouldn't even know it's a healthy version.

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese Soup -- This is now one of my all-time favorite soups. It has such a different flavor and I am now a big fan of cauliflower. So good!

Tortilla Pizza Bites and Easy Garlic Green Beans -- I honestly think that using tortillas as a "dough" is the best idea ever and I couldn't have been more pleased with this pizza version. Oh and the garlic green beans are a total staple at our house.

Cinnamon Banana Pancakes -- You would never guess these pancakes would be extraordinary, but they most certainly are. They are fluffy, sweet and have the perfect amount of cinnamon. I seriously love making them!

And that's a wrap for 2013!

January 2, 2014

Top Ten Most Popular Recipes of 2013

Alright guys, this is it. The top ten most popular (viewed) recipes of 2013. I wasn't quite as much of an animal this year when it came to posting, but I still posted a significant amount.

10. Banana Bread Muffins -- I made these muffins in hopes of my sometimes picky toddler enjoying them and they were a hit. Not only did he like them, but my husband and I did as well.

9. Burger Gyros -- Not only was this one of the most viewed recipes, it was also one of my favorites. I could eat these gyros over and over again. Delicious!

8. Belgian Cinnamon Leige Waffles -- I would have to say this was one of the fanciest things I made in 2013 and it did not disappoint. If you ever come across some Belgian pearl sugar, be sure to try it out on this recipe.

7. Super Sausage Biscuits and Gravy -- This was a different kind of recipe for me to try, but we loved it! There is plenty of sausage to go around for everyone, don't worry!

6. Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes -- This is one of our new favorites! It is so easy and the cheese sauce is amazing! A definite must-try!

5. Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce with Coconut Rice -- This is a new take on your average chicken dish and it is so tasty! Perfect to grill in the summer.

4. Mini Pizza Bread Bites -- This is something I came up with on my own and it turned out great! I am kind of addicted to anything pizza though...

3. Copycat IKEA Swedish Meatballs and Roasted Asparagus -- I had always wanted to try my own version of IKEA's famous meatballs and they had such a good flavor. And the roasted asparagus is out of this world. Can't wait until it's back in season!

2. Thin and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies -- I have made these cookies multiple times and every batch comes out perfect. They are my new favorite chocolate chip cookie!

And the most popular recipe of 2013 is...

1. Buttery Soft Pretzels -- I can totally see why these were #1. They were so good and I need to make them again ASAP. I would make them every month, but I would eat the whole batch myself. Yum!

Thanks everyone for stopping by and make sure to keep posted in 2014!