My Favorites – 2014

IMG_7576Yesterday I shared with you the posts that received the most attention from you all through the last year. Not one single post was from 2014. You guys like the oldies ­čÖé So here are my favorite eats from the past year. Every single one of these posts we made and ate┬álast year. Every single one of these posts I will make again. In fact, perhaps this could be next week’s meal plan.

Number 10- Potato Flatbread

It seems so simple. Just a few ingredients. It was so good though. Served with a side salad it makes the perfect dinner. Vegetarian as well, so a good recipe to keep in your arsenal.

Number 9 – Chicken Fajita Penne

A perfect mixture of two of our very favorite types of food, Mexican and pasta. Our carb-o-holics will be excited every time the see the pasta pot boiling with water. Add a mexi-twist and they are even more excited. Cute little munchkins.

Number 8 – Crisp Cucumber Salsa

Say what? Salsa made out of cucumber. Yup, it was a delightfully refreshing summer appetizer. Come to think of it, it would be a perfect side dish for the chicken fajita penne above. Could be a dinner marriage made in heaven.

Number 7 – Sticky Toffee Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake. Sticky Toffee. Cream Cheese Frosting. What else is there to say?

Number 6 – Easy Pumpkin Torte

Similar to the famous dessert sex in a pan, but with pumpkin pudding. Sadly, we don’t have this in Canada. Lucky for me I have states grocery elves that bring me loads of goodies. This dessert was so good!

Number 5 – Butter-Garlic Rosemary Pasta

This one is definitely on the plan to make again this month. Looking forward to it. So easy. So good!

Number 4 – French Onion Cheese Bread

My personal weakness. Cover bread with ooey, gooey, melted cheese and you have made me a very happy lady.

Number 3 – Cream Cheese Frosted Banana Bars

Apparently I like banana stuff with cream cheese frosting. Both a cake and bars made it on this list, they were both too good to leave out. So now you can easily decide between the two. Cake or bars, what’s your pleasure?

Number 2 – Soft Ginger Cookies

My favorite cookie. Bar None. I could eat these every single day.

Number 1 – Chicken Korma

Yes, that is right. The recipe I posted just two days ago. Fun fact. After eating a similar dish in a restaurant (in December) I wanted more. So I made some at home. I have already made this recipe twice, and enjoyed the leftovers many times. It was a very Korma month. I think we should have it again .

Well, that’s all folks. Looking forward to sharing many more recipes with you this year. Stay tuned!

Most Popular Posts- 2014

Queen Anne SquaresHappy New Year’s everybody! May 2015 be just amazingly awesome for all of you. If you are reading this I wanted to say a heartfelt thank-you! Whether I know you personally or not, it means a lot that you take the time to share in these little blurbs of our daily life. These 10 recipes were the top 10 posts for the year. The top ten picked by you, the ones that you all looked at the most. Did you make any? If you did, how did you like them? Have a perusal, they are some of the best. You guys have good taste!

Number 10- Pineapple Roasted Vegetables

An old secret recipe club post from way back in May 2012. I guess you guys wanted your veggies to be a little fruity. A lovely way to change-up boring old vegetables. Add little bits of sweetness throughout!

Number 9- Sour Cream Mini Donuts

It’s a good thing you all lie donuts, because I got a brand new donut pan under the tree this Christmas. Now I can make them big and small. Yay!

Number 8- Queen Anne Squares

You’ve got coconut, you’ve got chocolate. You’ve got what could be one of the most delicious squares of all time. This is definitely, no contest one of my favorites.

Number 7- The Best Taco Dip You Will Ever Eat

Well, the title says it all. What more can I say!

Number 6- Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

A great meal to serve guests. I like meals that you can pop in the oven when guests are coming over. Makes it easy to pop it out when they arrive.

Number 5- Beef Manicotti

The number 1 family favorite. This is what my family always wants for special occasions. It always puts a smile on my boys face.

Number 4- Sausage Potato Bake

I love this meal. Firstly it is so versatile, really you could throw so many different veggies in there. A great clean up the fridge meal. Secondly it has sausages, yum. It also is so easy, a great meal to have with not a lot of time to fix dinner.

Number 3- Mars Bars Squares

A post from way back in August 2011. My second month of blogging. Well, when they are good, they are good. These amazing treats will knock the socks off of anyone you want to impress. They are so easy anyone can make them. Seriously!

Number 2- Beef Chow Mein Casserole

What I am noticing here is a trend. I think you all like casseroles. There seems to be a lot on this list. I guess you guys all like popping dinner in the oven and being on your merry way as well!

Number 1- Ham and Perogy Casserole

You’re number 1 two-year in a row! This perogy casserole has staying power. A great way to use up leftover ham, after a big dinner. Kids and adults alike just love it.

Well, that about sums it up. Happy eating in the New Year!

Top Ten {My Favorites}- 2013

Pizza bunsSo yesterday I posted the 10 recipes that received the most views last year. It was interesting to me to see what was on the list. So I decided to post my favorites. These are the 10 recipes that I enjoyed the most last year. I did not ask my kids, or hubby, nope just me, and my taste buds on this one. Although being a mother a meal is much more enjoyable when your kids are pleasantly eating it, so it is possible that in this brain of mine that was accounted for! What was your favorite recipe you made last year?

Number 10-

Pizza Buns

I loved these pizza buns. You get a delicious pizza taste without the work of rolling out the dough. A totally tasty meal, and a bit nostalgic for me as well. Could be one reason it made the top ten list. It makes me want to add them to next weeks meal plan just looking at the picture. Yummy!

Number 9-

Greek Salad Focaccia

Another quick meal. In fact this one is so quick it takes less than 5 minutes. I loved it, and not just because of the speed. My first two choices both involved bread…there could be a pattern. I think the carb loving side of me is helping me make my favorites list.Greek Salad Focaccia

Number 8-

Creamy Carrot Soup

This soup was so good we were using a spatula to get every single morsel from the pan. Literally. I am kind of surprised nobody licked their bowl, good thing we are so civilized around here. If you want a new soup recipe this is the one. I think you should make it. No, in fact I insist!Creamy Carrot Soup

Number 7-

Cheddar Swirl Rolls

Alright, another bread. But I picked a soup as well. See at least one of my favorites does not include bread. Anyways, bake to the cheddar rolls, so delicious, so worth every single step it takes to make them. They are so good. You will not want to share. I did, of course, but grudgingly. Another recipe I must make again soon!Cheddar Swirl Rolls

Number 6-

Arroz Con Pollo Burritos

A recipe I have in fact been making for years, they finally made it on the blog. Chicken, rice, cheddar cheese, what’s not to like. Add some salsa and sour cream and you will be wanting to go back for seconds, and thirds….Burritos

Number 5-

Beefy Avocado Tortas

This one includes a lot of things I love. Like bread. Not to mention, avocado. I nice little guacamole sandwich with a huge amount of flavor. I got this recipe in one of my new cookbooks 200 easy Mexican recipes.Beef Avocado Torta

Number 4-

Feta Dip

Alright so maybe I should have called this list “An Ode to Bread”. This recipe actually isn’t bread, but it is served with baguette. Dip your bread in this cheesy goodness, and you will be one happy camper.Feta Dip

Number 3-

Orange Sour Cream Muffins

Muffins. Of course muffins are going to make the top ten list. These were a citrus delight. They also made me realize that sour cream is an essential muffin ingredient, it was the second time I used it in the span of a few weeks, the results were the most moist delicious muffins I had every made. Sour cream, trust me!Orange Sour Cream Muffins

Number 2-

Jalapeno Corn Dip

Alright we are on number 2. Are you excited. Do not skip ahead to see what the number 1 is. This corn dip deserves some due. This corn dip is so good, you will want to make it again, and again. Alright, you have been patient, go ahead, check out number 1.Jalapeno Corn Dip

Number 1-

Butter-rum Glazed Applesauce Cake

A cake. In fact with my sweet tooth, looking back on my top ten list I am surprised more sweets didn’t make the list. This one is…SO…good. Serve with coffee or tea and you could possible have the perfect afternoon. Picture it. Roaring fire, great book, hot tea and nice large piece of this cake. It could be you!Applesauce Cake

Well that concludes it, if you made it all the way through, thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed!


Top Ten Recipes- 2013

SmoothiesHello everybody! Did you have a fabulous┬áNew Year’s? We stayed home and had chocolate fondue, plus we bought ourselves a new game, and it was a hit! Games, and fruit dipped in chocolate make for a pretty awesome night. I’ll admit I did go to bed before midnight, as my kids were all sleeping, and hubby was out working, just me and my lonesome, so I took myself to bed early. It was great. Anyhoo, I thought I would post┬áthe top ten recipes of last year. These are the 10 that got the most visitors, so in essence they were picked by you!

Number 10-

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothies

Who can resisit the delicious taste of a smoothie. We rarely make this tasty beverage in the cold winter months, but when summer time returns or blender will be going full speed ahead to make us more of this satisfying treat. The nice thing about smoothies is the kids think they are getting dessert, when it is really quite healthy. Happy kids, happy mom.

Number 9-

Sausage Potato Bake

One of my personal favorites, this recipe is nice because it is so easy. It is mostly made with ingredients you have on hand. A little chopping, into the oven and then voila, you have a meal that both adults and kids alike love. You can even let the kids get involved and each pick one vegetable to go.Sausage and vegetable bake

Number 8-

The best turkey stuffing

I’m not lying when I say it’s the best. By far my favorite stuffing I have ever made, or eaten. Okay, maybe I should take it with a slice of humble pie, but stuffing is one particular recipe that I hit a home run with every single time. Try this one. It’s a must!Turkey Stuffing

Number 7-

Beef Manicotti

If the saying “A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” is true, then this is the recipe that won me┬ámy hubby’s heart. I am always greeted with cheers of excitement when my boys see this one added to the menu plan. It’s a little more work, but trust me it’s worth it.Beef Manicotty

Number 6-

Reindeer Poop

This one was a fun one! Some people loved it, some people hated it. Some refused to even try it. I thought it was both delicious, and addicting. Once I had a piece I could not stop eating it. It’s a fun little treat to make, and gives you a great flavor that you just aren’t expecting when you are eating cheese puffs. MMM…Reindeer poop, I must add some cheese puffs to the grocery list.Reindeer Poop- Caramel Cheetos

Number 5-

Mars Bars Squares

Fast, easy, delicious! Not healthy. Loads of butter, not to mention cut up Mars Bars, but this treat is so good. Jean Pare certainly created an amazing treat when she came up with this one. A great treat for the summer time as you don’t have to have the oven on.mars bars

Number 4-

Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Another no-bake treat. Two in a row. I guess I know what you all like. This recipe is especially near and dear to me because it was the first and only time that I was the “most popular” in The Secret Recipe Club. I felt special. Popularity is fun.Peanut Butter Bars

Number 3-

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

Lets be honest. Who skipped ahead to see the number one post. Relax, we are still on number three. Baked Spaghetti. This one is especially nice for company. I like to have “oven” meals when company comes over so when the guests arrive I can actually sit down and visit with them instead of slaving over a stove. Plus, I have never met anyone who didn’t like this recipe, even people who don’t normally like cream cheese…like me. In fact my relationship with cream cheese has come a long way, and there are some recipes that I really do enjoy with it, plus I will even eat it on a cracker now …gasp. Unheard of. This recipe may be the one that started it all.Spaghetti goodness

Number 2-

The best taco dip you will ever eat

With a title like that you must just be dying to try it. In fact both recipes that have the word “best” in them made my top ten list. Maybe I should start calling everything the best. This is in fact delicious. It has been my top recipe almost since the moment I posted it, and then for the first time it was beat out. So are you all dying to know. What is number one?taco dip

Number 1-

Ham and Perogy Casserole

A family favorite. One that we have often. It is a wonderful, day after ham recipe to use up the leftovers. It is easy. It is quick to throw together. The kids love it. The adults love it. No wonder it’s number one!Ham and Perogy Casserole