I have been brainstorming about what to write for this post for a while. The perfect words to sum up 2015. A mix of reflection and looking forward. Something personal but with a nod to the yumminess of the year. Its been many days of thinking and not much writing.
Of course the inspiration finally hit me at 1 a.m. the day before I had to wake up at 5 a.m. for a road trip. But when the words start flowing, the need to sleep can’t stop them. So with one day of 2015 to go, I’m sharing the favorite recipes of the year as chose by you plus some thoughts on life, blogging, and gratitude. But let’s start with the food…
10. Vanilla Date Breakfast Bars
9. Snickerdoodle Sweet Potato Blizzard
8. Chocolate Bit Cookie Cake
7. Black Bottom Banana Cupcakes (gluten-free, fruit-sweetened, oil-free)
6. Apple Upside Down Cake (gluten-free, fruit-sweetened, oil-free)
5. Vanilla Blueberry Muffins (oil-free, gluten-free)
4. Vegan Pumpkin Creme Brûlée
3. Vegan Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles
2. Everything-Free Cinnamon Cupcakes with Apple Frosting
1. 5 Ingredients Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake
The number one recipe didn’t surprise me one bit, but a few of the others did. For anyone who is new to my recipes I point them straight to that flourless cake. It is decadence embodied in a bite! Still one of my favorite recipes, and I’m glad you guys agree.
Seeing your recreations of these recipes always lights up my day! And my face. Seriously you should see the big goofy grin that takes over my face 🙂 Thank you to every singe one of you who has tagged me on Instagram or left feedback on the blog or just quietly made one of my treats in your home even if you didn’t tell the whole internet about it. Thank you for baking along with me!
Here are a few from the year…
A few other things I am feeling very grateful for in this moment…
Graduating. Finally. College has been a long road of frustration, doubts, and questioning why the hell they think group projects are a good idea. But all those bumps made the end of the road even sweeter.
Fruit. This is my sweet tooth talking.
This crazy warm winter. Yes yes I know its really bad and sad and not rad–global warming and all that stuff. But Christmas day at the beach in shorts was still awesome. Just let me have my moment please. All fingers crossed that January isn’t extra chilly to make up for December.
Yoga. The only type of movement that appeals to me sometimes. Even when I’m feeling lazy, stiff, and unmotivated, the thought of down dog can usually lure me to my mat.
People. Especially family, but all people. Interacting with each other is the reason we are all on this big rotating ball, right. Really connecting with someone and exchanging words, thoughts, and emotions is a high like none other.
Laughing. The kind that makes it hard to breathe. I’ve never been sure if happiness leads to laughing or laughing leads to happiness, but whichever way they are entwined I love every moment I spend in laughter.
Blogging. Having a reason to be creative every damn day. And the never-ending learning curve that comes along with it.
Without this blog, I wouldn’t have a reason to pick up my camera every day–constantly challenging myself to take a better photo than I did the day before. I wouldn’t be constantly learning and experimenting, sometimes failing but sometimes succeeding. And I wouldn’t have so many amazing blogger friends who inspire me and teach me and support me constantly. It gives me hustle. It gives me drive.
For me the blog isn’t really even about the food, it’s about all of those things.
And YOU! I am incredibly grateful to you for trying my recipes and watching my videos and being right here right now reading this. Your support means more to me than you even know.
P.S. If you aren’t already a blogger but maybe want to kick your own creativity into gear in 2016 then check out my fellow blogger Howie’s 3 step guide on How to Start a Food Blog. It’s super helpful and could’ve saved me SO much time in the beginning.
If you are a blogger already, then I definitely recommend his eBook The Complete SEO Guide for Food Bloggers. Super helpful stuff and very interesting too. I read the whole thing in one day and learned so many actionable tips from it. It definitely makes SEO seem a whole lot simpler!
I wish you a wonderful New Years!