2012 was a bit of a slower year here in this slice of web. Between losing my #1 taste tester and a having major burnout, it's been a bit of an adjustment to get back into the swing of things. Don't worry. Boyfriend's still around! Well most of him at least--there's about 90 pounds of him missing now. He began the year with the serious commitment to lose weight, and almost a year later, he's lost about a third of himself! With him as inspiration and motivation, I attempted to cut out some of the sweets and junk in my life too, which kept me out of the kitchen, but left me almost 10 pounds lighter than last year. (Well, I was, until I went full-on Cookie Monster on the Christmas cookies..)
The time I was in the kitchen was well spent. I learned to can and make jam, which netted me 2 ribbons at the Ohio State Fair this year-- a 2nd place ribbon for my Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce and a 1st place Blue Ribbon for Cherry Jam! (I also got a 2nd place ribbon for my Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cream Cheese and a 3rd place for my Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies.) I also got to put together a dessert table for a wedding shower and bake for a rehearsal dinner too! When I wasn't learning how to do brand new things, or party baking, I was whipping up some delicious treats to share with you all. As far as I can tell, you guys seemed to enjoy what I shared, because a whole lot more of you showed up this year compared to last year! So without further ado, I present to you--the Top 5 recipes of 2012!
#5 - My personal favorite of the year-- Lemon Pull Apart Bread
#4 - Identity Crisis Cookies