Best of 2013

Foodtastic Mom best of 2013 Did everyone enjoy the holiday? I know I did! We had a really fun Christmas and New Year with the kids. Some of it spent at home, some of it in my hometown of Springfield, Ohio. My blog was quiet for most of the time, partly because our internet connection was temporarily impaired on the desktop where I write, but mostly because I just wanted to cook and enjoy my family and friends.

Rest assured, I did make a few absolutely awesome and blog-worthy dishes over the break, and I’m going to be working on recreating and photographing them this next week. In the meantime, I was in full-on nostalgia mode yesterday, scrolling through both my Instagram feed and my blog, reliving happy memories and good food from this past year. Obviously we all live through tough times over the years as well. But we experience them {endure them} and hopefully move forward better for it {or at least wiser}. The fun stuff though, I’d gladly relive, and I’m so glad I have this blog and finally Instagram as a convenient way to scroll through all my snapshots.

I’m pretty proud of this collection of my top 10 most viewed recipes of this past year. A few healthy things, a couple of Crock Pot dishes, homemade bread and some sweets to round it all out. So in case you missed them the first time, here ya go!

My top recipe of all time is still these Sweet and Salty Chocolate Almond Chippers. My go-to cookie. It never disappoints…

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Almond Chippers

Another dessert favorite of mine, these Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies. Easy to make and so delicious… which can’t always be said about other red velvet desserts…

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

I christened our new grill this past May with these Bourbon Burgers. I can’t wait to make them again when the warm weather returns…

Bourbon Burgers

These Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars are a new favorite. I pretty much love anything pumpkin, except strangely, pumpkin pie…

Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

These Fresh and Healthy Lettuce Wraps are a quick and nourishing weeknight dinner…

Fresh and Healthy Lettuce Wraps

This was my first attempt at making Pita Bread from scratch and it worked beautifully. This is an easy and tasty recipe for beginners…

Pita Bread

I’ve always loved my Crock Pot and this Brown Sugar Pork with Roasted Potatoes and Apples was stellar…

Crock Pot Brown Sugar Pork

If you are looking for a delicious vegetarian dinner that even your kids will love, these Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Kale Enchiladas are it…

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Kale Enchiladas

Of all the Crock Pot meals I made this year, I think this Cheese Tortellini Soup was my favorite…

Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini Soup

And finally, these Banana Quinoa Muffins I made for my son’s soccer practice snack. The kids enjoyed them and didn’t have a clue about the quinoa… 

Banana Quinoa Muffins