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Monday, December 31, 2018

Most Popular Recipes of 2018

This is always my favorite countdown post!  The best of the best!

There were some great ones this year folks, here they are!


Oh my goodness!  These are the best and they are perfect for summer, especially for the 4th of July!



Ah, Julia Child!  This recipe certainly does not disappoint!



I love salads of any kind and readers do too!  This is a fun, healthy twist on a gyro!



Such a fun twist on waffles!  Have you ever put hash browns in the waffle iron?  Results are to die for and highly recommended!



A delicious afternoon treat!  Perfect with a cup of coffee!


Beef Stew Pot Pie with Homemade Puff Pastry Topping 


Would you look at those layers?  And it's every bit as tasty as it is stunning to look at!


Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes

Ok, readers loved this recipe - probably because they're pretty to look at, but this recipe needs just a bit of work because the cupcakes were a tad dry!


Texas Trash Party Mix

My favorite!!!!  This is the most addicting party mix!  And I love it!


Baked Pork Chops & Scalloped Potatoes

Yum!  This is a perfect one dish meal!  Just add a salad and you're all set!


Ham & Swiss Stuffed Piglet Buns

How adorable are these?  And the best part?  This post even got retweeted by the author!


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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Best Crockpot/Slow Cooker Recipes of 2018

Oh boy, here we go again!

Every year when we get to "best crock pot" I do a search and realize that I've hardly used my crock pot.  Then I vow to use it more often and either make the old standbys time and time again or just don't use it at all!

You'd think that being in grad school and working would've made me finally appreciate the crock pot, but...no...not so much.

So here are the two new crock pot recipes I made last year, with hopes (yet again) of making a few more next year!


This flavorful beef dish was the first in a series taking bloggers around the world to experience new flavors!  It was a hit with the family (even if they did pick out the olives!)


I was playing with flavors here, imagining the tart summer flavors of rhubarb into a tangy BBQ sauce for the winter - and it was a home run!


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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Best Desserts of 2018

Counting down the best desserts is always my favorite!  Because, desserts!!  There were some great ones this year, take a look at the best of the best!


I'm going to give you a minute to take this all in.  See the layers?  All that cinnamon?  Oh yes, this was Hubs' birthday cake last year and it was quite literally the best!



You see that?  That's cookie dough frosting.  Plus there's a ball of cookie dough hidden inside those cupcakes!  Trust me, you don't want to pass these up!


Nutter Butter "Ice Cream Cone" Cookies

How fun are these?  I love the simplicity of these cookies and the cuteness is just a bonus!



These cookies are a great option if you're good for guests with different dietary needs - so sweet and chocolaty, you'll never miss the flour!



I love these cookies!  They're perfect for springtime and Easter!



This cake is an absolute candy cane explosion!  And it's every bit as delicious as it looks!

Figgy Pudding


Molasses Cookies with White Chocolate Espresso Frosting

  These flavors are every bit as good as they sound!  Bet you can't eat just one!


Dairy-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

You'd never guess these lovelies are dairy-free!  They are soft and chewy and amazing in every way!

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Best Main Dishes of 2018

Let's continue the countdown to 2019 with a look at the best Main Dish recipes from 2018!  This is always tough for me to narrow down, but here is goes!



Swedish Meatballs are always a hit in my family! Pair them with homemade pasta and you have a winning meal!



Do you love pasta salad in this summer?  This one has it all and is a MUST when the weather is hot!



This is my favorite copy cat pizza and since it's vegetarian, we can call it healthy, right?



How gorgeous is this?  Just like the movie, right?  Plus it's fun to make!



Who can go wrong with a chili dog, am I right?  Plus, these ones have homemade hot dog buns (my kids won't let me buy store hot dog buns anymore!)



Oh my goodness - this one was delicious and right outside my comfort zone!  It was perfect!



I know, rhubarb BBQ sauce seems really out there, but trust me - it is amazing and you want to give this a shot (especially if you have an over-abundance of rhubarb in your garden!)



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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Best Breakfast (or Brunch or Brinner) Recipes of 2018

Today continues the Countdown to 2019 with the best Breakfast recipes of the year!  

Except that I don't make a whole lot of breakfast (the boys (Hubs included) eat cereal every morning and I go for a protein shake, I a legit breakfast hater!)  Instead, we are HUGE fans of Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner).  So let us begin!


Yep, you read that right.  This baked oatmeal tasted like carrot cake!  And it's amazing and you should definitely stop what you're doing and make some right now!



Who can say no to chocolate?  Plus they're healthy?  Your should definitely make these right away, too!



My family always loves pancakes & this fun gingerbread version was no exception!



What's that? More pancakes?  You should totally make these too - the flavor profile is AMAZING!



Okay, the pictures here leave a bit to be desired, but the cinnamon rolls are to die for!  Because, I mean, cinnamon rolls, how can you go wrong?



Ever try making hash brown waffles?  They're fun, unique, and delicious!



What's that??  Pancakes again?  In this version, the presentation is key - plus fresh berries are always welcome!



How gorgeous is this bread?  This is one of my favorite breads from the past year - and it's as tasty as it is beautiful!

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Best Apps & Snacks of 2018

It's that time of year!  

In this week between Christmas & New Years, I'm counting down the best of the best from the past year!

Blogging took a bit of a back seat this year as I finished up Grad School (with a 4.0 I might add) to get my Library Media Specialist Certification, so round ups are going to be a bit slim this year.  Here's to more blogging on 2019!

Without further ado, here are the best Apps & Snacks of 2018!



This was one of my favorite recipes from the past year and it's sure to be one of yours, too!  Inspired by the movie, Wreck it Ralph, this addiction snack is sure to be the hit of any party!



Another delicious recipe inspired by a movie only I wasn't as keen on this pick!  But despite the uninspired photo, the queso was fabulous!



Seriously, how cute are these?  These rolls were my favorite fall treat this year! They were stunning on the table and amazing to eat!


This recipe takes us to the sweeter side, but what's better than a morning cup of coffee with a piece of biscotti?  Yum!



How adorable are these?  I sent these to school with the kids to share with their classmates and they loved them!


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