Best of 2018

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m a sucker for end-of-year recaps. I love the chance to look back and reflect on what the year has brought and plan for what’s to come.

2018 Top 10

Which means, of course, I love looking back on what’s been most popular on the blog this year. This year, everyone was all about the sweets – not a single savory recipe made this year’s top 10! That’s a first for me, but it’s also reflective of the year around here.

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#10 – Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

These no-bake treats were one of my cooking with the kids projects early in the year – and they’re delicious! While the kids accompanied me in the kitchen all year, I didn’t blog our endeavors as much as I hoped to. Doing more on the Kids in the Kitchen series is one of my goals for 2019!

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#9 – Hasselback Apples

I was actually surprised these squeaked onto the list! They weren’t the fanciest thing I made this year, but the simplicity and taste definitely captured the heart of my blog readers!

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#8 – Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes for 2

It’s no secret that I love everything chocolate and peanut butter! This sized-for-two dessert was an awesome Valentine’s Day treat. It’s definitely something I’ll keep making for special occasions.

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#7 – Sour Cream Peach Pie

I’m so glad I finally blogged this pie! I’ve made it several times and it’s always been gobbled up before I took photos. This is a summer favorite – the sour cream and peach are such an awesome flavor combo!

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#6 – Zucchini Scones

Flaky, buttery layers paired with garden-fresh zucchini make for an awesome tea-time treat. These kicked off a scone craze in our house!

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#5 – Shrunken Head Punch

Not going to lie, I did a little happy dance when I saw these were on the list! I’m pretty thrilled that my readers appreciated this Halloween-perfect punch so much! I think it’s one of the most fun things I made all year!

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#4 – Apple Cinnamon Baklava

Baklava has been on my cooking bucket list for years, and this was the year I finally tried it out – and absolutely loved the result. It wasn’t as hard as anticipated, and the results were totally worth the effort.

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#3 – Cranberry Ice Cream

This gorgeous ice cream was my son’s idea – and it turned out to be my favorite dessert of the fall. It seems everyone else enjoyed it too!

Shamrock Shake Pie

#2 – Shamrock Shake Pie

I made this pie for Pi Day – which was right at the beginning of our moving craziness. I wanted something  easy, and this totally delivered. As a bonus, it worked for St. Patrick’s Day too!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Sheet Pan Pancake

#1 – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Sheet Pan Pancakes

This sized-for-a-crowd breakfast is a fitting king for the year. Sheet pan pancakes were a game changer for us, so I love that so many other people are learning about them too! And, of course, they’re my beloved peanut butter-chocolate flavor combo. Seeing it at the top of the list gives me reason to blog even more PB-Choc treats next year!

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My Favorite Recipes of 2011

Yesterday, I shared the most popular recipes from 2011. Today, I’m sharing my favorites.

They’re in no particular order – I couldn’t actually pick a favorite – but these are all dishes we loved and have made again and again.

Baked Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Oh, how I love this dip. It’s creamy and cheesy and includes bacon. If you’re looking for something to make for New Year’s Eve or the Super Bowl, this is a great option.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I made this for Branny Boil’s Over Charity Souper Bowl and it’s since become one of my favorite soups. Branny’s just announced the 2012 Souper Bowl, for anyone interested in participating!

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

A little taste of summer you can make any time of the year. These are a total guilty pleasure.

Creamy Chicken Taquitos

I’m a big fan of junk food – and a bigger fan of healthier alternatives. These are baked, not fried, but still amazingly good.

Greek Turkey Burgers

These were part of my summer burger kick. I was lukewarm on the idea of turkey burgers before – these totally changed my mind. They’re moist, fresh-tasting and fantastic.

Chicken Satay Skewers

This year was our first full summer in the house – and thus, our first full summer with a grill. We made good use of it, cooking outside nearly every night. This was one of our grilling favorites.

Chocolate Almond Cheesecake

Not your typical cheesecake – this one is much lighter. It’s from a cookbook we picked up on our honeymoon in Hawaii and a great reminder of our time there.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve made a lot of chocolate chip cookies, but these are by far the best. It’s officially my go-to recipe.

Strawberry Sour Cream Pie

This is a great summer pie – perfect for strawberry season. It has minimal ingredients and it a real crowd pleaser.

French Dip Sandwiches

These are so simple but so good. They’re a great go-to for busy days.

What were the best things you made in 2011?

Most Popular Recipes of 2011

End of the year recaps are a guilty pleasure for me. I love looking back and re-discovering things I’d enjoyed earlier in the year so I wanted to include a wrap-up of sorts here too.

Today, I’m sharing the recipes that were most popular on the blog this year.

10. Bacon Pierogi Bake

There are several recipes on this blog that we’ve tried, loved and never made again. This isn’t one of them – we make it regularly. It’s also become one of my Mom’s favorites.

9. Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

A no-fuss dessert that tastes amazing. Venting the lid at the end makes the topping nice and crispy, and keeping it warm in the slow cooker makes it perfect for a party or get together.

8. Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Packed with carrots, bananas and wheat flour, these are a great, healthy muffin.

7. Chicken Spaghetti

We tried this recipe as part of a recipe swap and really enjoyed it. It’s become one of our go-to meals to bring to family and friends who need another meal in their freezer.

6. Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Start with refrigerated crescent rolls and you’ll have these mini cinnamon rolls in no time. The small size makes them perfect for a brunch spread.

5.  Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are quite the indulgence, but they’re so much fun. What can be better than two awesome cookies melded together?

4. Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

These start with boxed brownie mix, which makes for a quick dessert in a pinch. They’re fantastic and look more impressive than the effort they require.

3. Baked Chicken Chimichangas

I baked these instead of frying them to make a more-healthy version of one of our restaurant favorites.

2. BBQ Bacon Apple Chicken

This is a super simple recipe that we’ve been enjoying for a few years.  It’s perfect to toss in the crockpot before work on a chilly morning. It was featured in an article on Republic of Bacon earlier this year, which has added to the recipe’s popularity.

1. Chocolate Jack Daniel’s Cupcakes

I whipped these up for my brother’s going-away party and they quickly became the most popular recipe on the blog. They’re moist, chocolately and have a good kick of Jack to them so it’s easy to see why they’re a favorite!

Tomorrow, I’ll share my personal favorites from the year.