Best of 2012, Part 1

Happy New Year! I decided that since I have had this blog going for some time now, I should go back into the archives and share with you all which recipes are my favorites. In addition, I want to showcase a couple of my most popular posts from this year. I would never guess that my blog would have so many visitors in such a short amount of time. Thanks to Pinterest and a few other blogs; one recipe receives hundreds, and sometimes a thousand or more hits a day!


Alfredo, Shells, Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese – It’s the picture that sells this one, for sure! (I really need to get my camera fixed). As soon as I uploaded this to Pinterest, it hasn’t stopped being my most popular post. This is probably the easiest and most customizable recipe I have here, and thankfully the people who have tried it enjoy it. To date, it has been pinned over 107,000 times!!


Roasted Garlic Bread – Hands down, this is the best garlic bread! Everyone loves it! To date, it has been pinned over 10,000 times – not exactly a close second, but impressive for being viewed only 13,000 times!


Carrot Ginger Dressing – I double this recipe whenever I make it and it would be a mistake not to. The vibrant orange screams “healthy”,  and is perfect for your simple salads.

That’s it for now! I have over 20 favorite recipes from last year and I may have to narrow that down a bit 🙂 Thanks for reading, enjoy!

Vanilla Almonds


(Happy New Year! I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago…but I was visiting family)

I was inspired to make these after watching one of my favorite cooking shows. I knew I would need some quick teacher gifts for the kids (I hope they like almonds!), and some snacks for the party we’re hosting today. I tried a few and I am happy to report that they are really tasty! Our friends loved them and I even had some recipe requests for them 🙂 Thanks for reading, enjoy.

Vanilla Almonds – adapted from Kelsey’s Essentials

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups whole almonds
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Beat the egg white with the vanilla extract, add the almonds and stir to coat. Combine the sugar, salt, and cinnamon and combine with mixture. Place in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove and cool on wax paper and break into clusters.