by amanda

Best of 2013 – MY choice!

January 1, 2014 in roundup by amanda

Happy New Year! I’m back with my favorites of each month of 2013 but first I wanted to thank you for continuing to read, comment, pin, email, etc, etc, etc. Last year was incredibly hard for me and that made it very difficult to stick to all the goals I had for the blog at the start of the year. I really dropped the ball on a lot of things and I’m grateful that you guys have stuck around despite that. So thank you!

January: This Everyday Chocolate Cake is my go-to for whenever I have a chocolate craving.

February: I always say that I’m not much of a chocolate fan but I would eat this Brownie Pudding everyday for the rest of my life if I could.

March: I’ve been really into wings these past few weeks so these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs sound really good right now! And they’re so much easier than frying wings!

April: Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic may have been my favorite dinner I cooked the entire year. I remember sitting at the kid’s soccer game and worrying that my husband would eat all of it before I got home. It’s that good!

May: This month was full of good food but if I had to pick one recipe, it would be the Southwestern Cornbread Salad. I was shocked that everyone in my house loved it!

June: The 7Up Biscuits were probably my favorite bread I made all year. I’ve gotten lots of emails about the dough being too sticky but what I do is pour the batter into the (aluminum foil-lined) pan and then use a knife to cut the batter into biscuits. The lines won’t stay all the way through but they’ll basically break apart after being baked. You have to try these!

July: I love any salad that makes my kids want to eat it. This Italian Chopped Salad is loaded with your typical salad fixins but also has artichoke hearts, pepperoni, and pasta!

August: I love a spicy cocktail and this Spicy Cilantro Margarita was perfect!

September: I’ve made these Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps at least once a month since first trying them. They are one of our absolute favorites!

October: Dessert pizza is one of the best things I discovered all year. I’m telling you, life changing. The Caramel Apple Crisp Pizza was addictive!

November: My husband demanded that I include Funeral Potatoes in this list – I swear he brings it up at least once a week. He loves them and I bet I’ll be making them frequently this year.

December: I made this Late Night Pasta for the first time less than a month ago and I’ve already made it probably 5 times since then. Sometimes I even make it for breakfast and justify it by saying it has bacon and eggs in it.


by amanda

Best of 2013 – YOUR choice!

December 31, 2013 in roundup by amanda

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is ready for the new year. For the past few years I’ve done two posts around this time of year showcasing the favorite recipes (mine and yours!) month by month. First up is the favorites chosen by pageviews, pins, comments, things like that! See you tomorrow for my favorites!

January: Just in time for the Superbowl: Texas Cheese Fries! These are super simple and one of the best things on earth!

February: These Samoa Brownies are like a chewy, gooey version of the Girl Scout cookie everyone loves! And they start with a boxed mix!

MarchSlow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken was one of my family’s favorites and one of yours! I’ve gotten a bunch of emails from you guys saying how good it is.

April: Here’s another easy dinner idea: Smothered Burritos! The meat is cooked in the slow cooker and those kinds of recipes are always a favorite around here.

May: This one has become a favorite for my family so I’m excited that you guys loved it so much too! It’s Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice and if you haven’t tried it yet, you must!

June: Mozzarella, Tomato, Avocado Salad is perfect for hot summer days! And it’s so pretty!

July: I finally tried the famous Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies and loved them! I haven’t made chocolate chip cookies without pudding since then!

August: This drink was definitely a favorite for the whole year. It’s a copycat recipe for Sonic’s Ocean Water and it’s the perfect poolside drink!

September: Another easy dinner! Cheesy Chicken Hobo Packets!

October: You guys love pumpkin as much as I do! The Pumpkin Roll Bars are easier than a real pumpkin roll and just as tasty!

November: Y’all like to spoil your pups like I do apparently! The Peanut Butter & Oats Dog Treats were a hit!

December: And finally, Hashbrown Taco Casserole! My kids won’t eat tacos but they loved this! I’m glad you guys like it as much as we did!

by amanda

Best of 2012 – MY choice!

December 31, 2012 in roundup by amanda

As promised, here are my favorites from 2012! It’s so funny to see how my favorites compared to the most popular recipes. The popular ones tend to be sweet and mine are almost always savory.

Happy New Year! Be safe and have a good night! :)

JanuaryParmesan and Black Pepper Biscotti

February - 7-Layer Chili Dog Dip

MarchCaesar-Stuffed Eggs

AprilOrange Beef & Broccoli

MayChicken with Cranberry Mustard Sauce

JuneMediterranean Vegetable Salad

July - Butter Brownies

AugustSweet Tea-Brined Chicken

SeptemberMississippi Roast

OctoberLumberjack Mushroom Penne

NovemberCrescent Rolls

December - Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

by amanda

Best of 2012 – YOUR choice!

December 26, 2012 in roundup by amanda

Each December I do a wrap up of reader favorites and my own favorites from the previous year. So today you get the most popular recipes on my blog month by month! Next week I’ll have my favorites for you. Enjoy!

January - Cheesy Breadsticks

February Thai Chicken Quesadilla

MarchTomato Herb Focaccia

April - Orange Sweet Rolls

May - Marbled Chocolate Brioche

JuneChocolate Truffle Pie

JulySweet and Sour Chicken

AugustS’mores Pizza

SeptemberButter Buddies

OctoberBloody Tooth Cocktail

NovemberSlow Cooker Salisbury Steak

DecemberChewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

by amanda

Memorial Day Ideas

May 26, 2012 in roundup by amanda

Despite my husband repeatedly showing me how to use our grill before he left, I have been so scared to turn it on but I’m hoping Memorial Day is the push I need. After all, what is Memorial Day without a grill going?

I put together a few recipes – some grilled, some not – that would be perfect for your Memorial Day celebration. Enjoy!

Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Sauce
Caesar-Stuffed Eggs
7-Layer Chili Dog Dip
Beer and Brown Sugar Kielbasa
Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork Sliders
Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs
Tuscan Grilled Chicken
Baked Potato Salad
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Berry Tarts
Cheyenne Burgers
Grilled Potatoes with Garlic Herb Oil

Pina Colada Fruit Salad
Baked Beans
Savannah Sheet Cake
Roasted Corn with Parmesan and Lime
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Frozen Lemonade Pie
Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad
Honey Chicken Kabobs
Avocado Feta Salsa
Strawberry Blueberry and Peach Cobbler
Candied Bacon and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Watermelon Roll


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