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Top 25 Most Popular Posts of 2015

It seems impossible that this is the last week of 2015. Where did you go?! Thinking back I have had quite the year. This season in my life the phrase the days are long and the years are short holds true.

My year in a flash consists of my annual New Year’s Day Brunch, annual family reunion, swimming lessons, soccer practices, ballet and tap rehearsals, PTA activities, book fairs, birthday parties, plays at The Rose Children’s Theater, hosting my in-laws for Easter, dinner parties, launching The Kitchenarium, job switch for my husband, epic family road trip vacation, news of a new baby in the family, the best annual camping trip with my extended family, more soccer, my sister moving too damn far away, death of my Grandpa Tom, blog trip to North Carolina, hosting two going away parties for friends that moved to opposite sides of the coasts, more PTA activities, more swimming lessons, more ballet and tap lessons, 10 year wedding anniversary, more dinner parties, weekend get-away with my in-laws, road trip to visit THREE friends from my past, wonderful Christmases with both sides of the family. Now I am just enjoying my kiddos being home from school and gearing up for my annual New Year’s Day Brunch.

I know I am missing other events from my year but these are the standout events from 2015. All typed out like that it is no wonder I felt so busy. I hope your 2015 had more highs than lows. With 2016 right around the corner I have big things planned personally and for this site. Can’t wait!

I have compiled all the data for you and discovered what were the top 25 posts this year. Looks like y’all like breakfast as much as I do! It is fun to see brand new recipes created this year and recipes that I first created eight years ago still making an appearance in the top 25 list.

25. Gifts for the Grieving Family

Sympathy Gift Ideas --Practical Gifts for the Family

24. Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

23. One Pot Tuna & Noodle Casserole

One Pot Tuna and Noodles

22. Quinoa Chili

Quinoa Chili

21. Baked Egg Boats

Baked Egg Boats

20. Coconut Energy Bites

Coconut-Lime Energy Bites

19. Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Scones

18. Penguin Appetizers

Penguin Appetizers

17. Langostino Macaroni and Cheese

Langostino Macaroni and Cheese

16. Creamy Buttercup Squash Pasta

Creamy Buttercup Squash Pasta

15. Best Cinnamon Rolls (Bread Machine)

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

14. Chimichangas

Chicken Chimichangas

13. Bacon Cheddar Strata (Egg Bake)

Bacon and Cheddar Egg Stata

12. Sausage & Cheese Filled Beer Waffles

Sausage and Cheese Filled Beer Waffles

11. Homemade Alfredo

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

10. Chocolate Covered Toffee

Chocolate Covered Toffee

9. Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo (Gluten Free)

Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo

8. Steakhouse Baked Potatoes

Steakhouse Baked Potatoes

7. Dried Cherry Muffins

Dried Cherry Muffins

6. English Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches

English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich

5. Mexican Ground Beef for Tacos

Mexican Ground Beef for Tacos

4. Tapas Party (six recipes included)

Tapas Party Menu

3. Hatch Chili Hash Brown Eggs Benedict

Hatch Chili Hash Brown Eggs Benedict

2. Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

1. Jumbo Bakery Banana Nut Muffins

Jumbo Bakery Style Muffins

I hope you have had a lovely holiday. I appreciate you all so much and hope 2016 brings good things your way. In closing I will leave you with a photo of my beautiful family and eager taste testers. 😉


As I am thinking about 2016 I want to know what would you like to see from me in the new year? I write for YOU and want to help in your kitchen so tell me what kinds of recipes are you looking for?



  1. Hi Jamie! It looks like you had a spectacular 2015. So much activity, happiness and joy. I love your beautiful recipes. My favorites include your Blueberry Scones, Chocolate Covered Toffee, and your scrumptious Crispy Smashed Potatoes. Thank you for sharing your kitchen creativity! Many blessings to you and your family for a wonderful and prosperous new year.

  2. This is such a great post idea. It’s a fun take on a year end review. This is my first time on your blog and it gave me a full view of the style of your blog and and the types of post to expect from you. Keep up the great work!

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