Monday, January 4, 2016
It was a year filled with many memories, some bad but most of them truly amazing that I will hold close to my heart forever. I had tons of fun in the kitchen trying out several different new recipes, catering 2 large (for me) events, and watching my little guy's love for cooking grow even more. Those were just a few cooking related accomplishments that took place last year.
A lot took place out of the kitchen too. We started our first year of homeschool, which is going really well! Since we're in the homeschool world we've been able to tag along with the hubs and spend time with him while he's been away on business. We also spent an amazing week at the beach complete with crystal blue waters and the most amazing weather you could possibly ask for. To wrap up the year we headed south to Orlando. That's right, my little guy spent his last week as a 5 year old in the land of magic. We hit up Sea World, Universal Studios, Island of Adventure, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs. It was 8 days packed full of fun, magic and even snow! It was pure joy seeing his eyes get so big and fill with so much awe and joy. It truly was a magical experience for all of us!
2015 was an amazing year, to say the least. I can't wait to see what's in store for 2016.
I want to thank you all for your support, encouragement and love throughout the year. I am I so excited this year. But, before we get started let's take a look back at some of your favorite recipes of 2015.
Crack Sandwiches (A.K.A. Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders). These little sandwiches are so easy to assemble and can be made ahead of time, making them ideal for snacks and parties as well as weeknight meals. These are a crowd favorite for all ages.
Orange and Dark Chocolate Biscotti gives you the perfect reason to dunk a cookie in your morning cup of coffee. This biscotti is flavored with orange zest and juice with chunks of chocolate throughout. It's made even more indulgent by taking a little dip in a pool of melted dark chocolate. Yes, you're welcome!
cherry cream cheese puff pastry bites. These little jewels are another one of those simple, yet impressive recipes. A few ingredients, about 30 minutes and you've got a plate full of these beautiful, flaky puff pastries filled with bright red cherries and a drizzle of white chocolate. These little bites are perfect for an indulgent breakfast, brunch, and even dessert!
white bean and basil hummus to, but I can tell you that every time this dip popped up I was giving out the recipe from the time people took the first bite until after the bowl was scraped clean. This is a terrific spin on the classic hummus and it's filled with bright and earthy flavors that scream spring and summer.
blended root beer float. This float is simple, it's a slight twist on the original floats we all know and love, but it changes it up just a touch. Blending the ice cream and root beer combines that creamy fizzy element we all know and love, giving us the perfect amount of each in every sip.
frozen Nutella hot chocolate, making it one of the most popular recipe on the blog not only in June but the whole year!
Homemade orange Italian cream sodas, they were a heavily requested treat over the warmer months.
Gin, Lemon and Mint Martini.
Italian skewers were no exception. They are a cinch to make, even easier to eat and a true crowd pleaser.
Cranberry Bliss Bars were one of their most popular items until they switched bakery items a while back. But have no fear, all you bliss bar lovers, you can make those addicting, chewy bars in the comfort of your own home whenever that craving hits. This recipe is a dead-ringer for those bars that previously graced those pastry cases in the coffee house.
It's been a fun walk down memory lane, remembering and drooling over all of these amazing recipes I had the opportunity to make last year. I look forward to sharing my favorites of 2015 with you soon and then moving on to some tasty treats I have in store for you for 2016. Can't wait to see what tops the reader's choice next this year!