Man, what a year! 2016 sure has been a memorable one, that’s for sure. As you remember, I started this blog back up again in July 2016. And it’s been one of my best decisions all year. Food is such a passion of mine and I am so blessed to have a means to share that passion with you all.
In the past year, I’ve shared many of my favorite recipes with you all: sweets, soups, drinks, entrees – each one more indulgent than the last. Now, I want to share the recipes that you all have loved the most and some of my favorites, too.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Most Popular Drink Recipe – Cranberry Lime Mojitos
These mojitos have been so popular with you guys. Is it the bright, festive colors? The delicious, refreshing flavors? Or maybe the simplicity of the recipe? Who knows! I just know that you guys have been making these like crazy ever since I posted the recipe earlier this month. I don’t blame you – I’ve made them five times in the last couple months and showing no signs of slowing down. Cheers to that!
Most Popular Breakfast Recipe – Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole
There is no shortage of breakfast recipes on the blog, that’s for sure. The most popular one, by far, has been this bananas foster french toast casserole. Though it was posted in early November, you have been making it the most during the holidays this month. Same here! I made it on Christmas morning and it was a huge hit. So glad you are loving it as much as I do! Maybe I’ll post some more breakfast casseroles soon? We shall see.
Most Popular Cookie Recipe – Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies
Cookies, cookies, cookies. I just can’t get enough cookies! But there is one that stands above the rest: Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies. These cookies are as chewy as they are visually stunning. So I can’t say I’m surprised when I realized these were the most viewed cookies on the blog. If it’s the peanut butter you love, you’re gonna be obsessed with this peanut butter hot chocolate.
Most Popular Savory Dish – Creamy Baked Mac & Cheese
Ya’ll cannot get enough of these cheesy dish. And how could you?! This mac and cheese combines three kinds of cheese with the amazing cavatappi pasta (also called corkscrew pasta). The pasta has little ridges that perfect grips the creamy sauce so you get a perfectly cheesy bite every time. Yummm. If you haven’t made this yet, what the heck are you waiting for?!
Most Popular Recipe – Overall
The popularity of this one was a little surprising, if I’m being honest. The recipe is super simple – no bells and whistles. Just your average chili recipe. That’s actually what compelled me to write this recipe. I struggled to find a normal, simple, chili recipe on Pinterest. So once I figured it out, I had to share. So maybe that’s why you all have responded so well to it. It is the most viewed recipe on the site by almost 10,000! I definitely heard you and plan to make some more simple, easy recipes throughout 2017, too.
My Husband’s Favorite – Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
I asked my husband what recipes he loved the most from the past year. He thought it was a trap so he said they were all his favorite. Haha! My husband, folks. Such a smartie. After some coercing, I finally got it out of him: he loooooved the apple pie cinnamon rolls that I made this summer. Hands down. I loved them, too, so I could definitely understand his choice. Imagine a combination of cinnamon apples, gooey filling, and chewy, soft cinnamon roll dough. How could you turn that down?! I’m actually planning to make them again today for my brother-in-law. It’s what he wanted for Christmas this year. I can respect that!
Most Surprising Recipe – Turkey Noodle Soup
When I set out to make this turkey noodle soup, I just wanted to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. But when I tasted the flavors in that broth, I instantly fell head-over-heels for this soup. So creamy and hearty without being heavy and fattening. I was so surprised by how amazing this recipe turned out so I just had to document it and share with you guys. If you don’t have leftover turkey to use, you can easily use leftover chicken. I’ll definitely be making more of this soup throughout the cold nights this winter.
My Favorite Recipe – Molten Chocolate Cake
Last but not least, we have my absolute favorite recipe: molten chocolate cake. I am OBSESSED with this cake. The chocolate flavor is the perfect balance of rich and sweet. I didn’t even need ice cream to accompany it – it’s that good. And the texture….so gooey in the center with a slight crisp around the edges. This is easily the best cake I’ve ever had. EVER. I love that I can have it ready in less than 30 minutes. So whenever I get a craving for something rich and chocolatey, I can whip it up in a flash. Which I’ve done many times this year.
Well, that does it! Those were some of your favorites and a couple of mine. If you haven’t tried any of the above, you gotta check them out. Maybe it can be your 2017 resolution??
2016 is almost a wrap and I hope you’ve achieved what you wanted to for the year. But if not, use this time to make new goals for 2017 and set up your steps for achieving those goals. After all, goals without a plan are just dreams.
I would say “see you in 2017” but I have one more post to share on Thursday before the year ends. So hold on for a couple more days! See you Thursday!
Justine Y @ Little Dove says
Oh my goodness, these all look amazing! I can see why they were the top of the toop. 🙂 I can definitely see a couple that I need to try, especially those apple pie cinnamon rolls and banana fosters French toast–yum!!
Maggie Unzueta says
Everything looks delicious. What a yummy year!
Sharon, I can see why these are some of the best–each one is simply mouthwatering! I have to try that chili.
All of these look so incredible!! Pinning for later because I will be making a few 🙂
Alexandra Mucenieks says
All of the recipes looks great. Love your photography
All of these look amazing! I want it all haha.
That molten chocolate cake looks to. die. for.
Ali Rost says
This is such a great list .. thank-you so much for sharing! How did you know I was looking for some new inspiration? 🙂 Wishing you the happiest of New Years
Thanks! You too!
Ref J says
All of these recipes look fantastic. I can’t wait to try the turkey noodle soup and resees Peanut Butter cookies.
Wow these all look amazing!! I wish I had seen that mojhito before Christmas!! I can’t wait to make the apple cinnamon rolls and the chocmolten cake!
Neely Moldovan says
That creamy mac and cheese ismaking my mouth water!
Oh it all looks so yum! No wonder they made it to the top! Mac&Cheese is in my to do list now, looks amazing
Love xxx J
You had me at… well, pretty much every recipe you shared here 🙂 But those Reeses peanut butter cookies. WUT!? They sound delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!!
Hope you had a very happy holiday 🙂
Susan Croox says
These look amazing! It’s no surprise they were popular. Pinning this to my best pins ever board.
Madison Weaver says
Oooo those apple pie cinnamon rolls look divine! Pinning this! 🙂
Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says
Those are some pretty tasty looking recipes! I’m loving the mojitos, cinnamon rolls, and the mac n’ cheese. Best wishes for 2017! Can’t wait to see what dishes you make. 🙂
Thanks so much Kimberly!! I just made the cinnamon rolls again. I forgot how crazy good they are.
I can see why these have become favourites! They all look amazing. I want to try – no surprises here – the chili first! It looks so good and perfect for the chilly weather we’ve been having.
Thanks so much! No one can resist that chili!
I’m going to have to refer back to this! All of this looks delicious…but I’m still working on Christmas leftovers!
Rebecca Hicks says
Wow all of these recipes look and sound amazing!! Especially that molten cake… I’m a sucker for anything chocolate haha.
Omg that cake is my weakness! It’s so easy to make so unfortunately, I make it wayyyyy too often
Mmh, mmh, mmh…
These all look so good!
I can’t even decide which one looks the best!
I’m feeling under the weather some turkey noodle soup will absolutely help me feel better!!!