Hi all! Long time, no…see? I mean, I don’t actually get to see you guys, so I’m not sure that really applies. Whatever. Let’s just go with it.
You may have noticed that I’ve been on a little holiday hiatus, and let me just clear this up right now: It. Was. Awesome. Just what I needed. Sometimes, you just need a little breather. After our trip to England, I definitely needed a little breather. Then the holidays came and went, and I just wasn’t ready for my vacation to end.
Of course, now I have what I have christened Zombie Flu. That’s the illness that’s going to bring about the Zombie Apocalypse. I decided. I considered calling it Zombieolio, but that just sounds like fun…like a square dance movie or something.
Trust me, nothing about this Z. Flu is fun.
Loki seems to have contracted it, too, so for all those who ponder the possibility of animals being affected by zombiehood, you can put it to rest. Loki and I are laid up with Zombie Flu, and the Hubster is out of the country.
I told him that he needs to be prepared to end the Apocalypse before it even begins when he gets home. I don’t imagine I’ll be capable of escaping the house once I fully convert, so it’ll be like shootingÂ
fishÂ zombies in aÂ barrelÂ barn.
I was thinking that I’d kick of my new blogging year with a little recap of all the things you liked the very best from last year.
Turns out your favorite thing all year this year wasn’t even food! I made theseÂ White Tea Coconut Oil Bath BombsÂ for myself, because I wanted a fun and easy way to incorporate coconut oil into my baths. Turns out you did, too!
Your very favorite food of the year, though, were theseÂ Chocolate Caramel Liege Waffles. Because you’re a bunch of geniuses. Obviously.
Next up, and I must say I was surprised, were theseÂ Chocolate Peanut Butter Pots de Creme. I’m surprised, but super pleasantly so, because these are absolutely wonderful.
Next on the list areÂ Lemon-glazed Raspberry Lemon Muffins. I mean, lemony, raspberry muffins covered in sugary lemon glazey goodness? What’s not to love?
I’m so happy to see that you all loved myÂ Cinnamon Sugar Nutella-filled Soft Pretzel BitesÂ as much as I did. I think I can confidently say that these are one of my very favorite recipes of the year. A new, easy technique for making an old classic even better.
I’m not surprised to see myÂ Cinnamon Red Hots Shortbread CookiesÂ so high on your favorites list for 2013. These are one of the Hubster’s new favorite cookies of all time, and I have to say I agree. And perfect for Valentine’s Day!
The fact that theseÂ Homemade Almond Joy BrowniesÂ are high on the list, right after another candy recipe, confirms what I’ve always suspected…you guys love candy as much as I do. It’s what makes us awesome.
MyÂ Chocolate Chai Tea CupcakesÂ are probably my personal favorite recipe from all of last year. I love everything about them, and since chocolate and chai are two of my favorite things on their own, putting them together was unavoidable.
Last year,Â My Pink and Fluffy Birthday Tea PartyÂ was possibly the best birthday I’ve ever had, and you thought it was pretty fun, too! I don’t know how I’m going to top it this year.
I think it goes without saying that myÂ Caramel filled Chocolate Chip Skillet CookiesÂ are on the list. Delicious cookies are delicious. These have it all. And now I must go make some…
But first, tied with these skillet cookies were the bar cookies coming up next…
I made theseÂ Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter BarsÂ simply because one day I couldn’t decide between peanut butter cookies and no-bake cookies. That’s why I made both. Mad genius.
MyÂ Lemon Blueberry Coffee CakeÂ was my attempt at making a classic breakfast cake even better for summer. And what’s more summery than lemons and blueberries?
I was really happy to see Bakingdom’s third birthday cake – thisÂ StrawberryÂ Cream Brownie CakeÂ – make the list. This cake just made me happy. Pure happy. Which is how I always want my blog to make people feel.
Last, but not least, and actually an Honorable Mention, are myÂ Neapolitan Sugar Cookie Sandwiches. I decided to add one more food treat, since number one for the year was non-food. These cookies are easy, quick, and delicious. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re pretty dang cute.
Thank you all for making 2013 absolutely wonderful. It was a big year for us, with a lot of change and sacrifice, but also so much adventure and excitement, and I’m so honored that you have supported me and stuck with me through it all. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!