My Favorites of 2012


Happy New Year!!  Are you ready to see what 2013 has in store?  I sure am.  Today is my 34th birthday, and I will admit, I am having a hard time with it.  It seems so much closer to 40, and I am not ready to be there yet!  So because it is my birthday, and I can do what I want, I am looking back at my favorites over the last year (in no particular order).

Avocado Hummus – a year ago I never thought I would be saying this.  I loved this, and could eat it every day for a snack!

Cinnamon Rolls – Definitely a favorite in my house, I have made them at least 3 times.  They are done in less than an hour, can’t beat that!

Brownie Batter Cookie Dough Pancakes – I mean just look at these!  Egg free cookie dough all gooey inside of a chocolate pancake.  Completely indulgent over the top breakfast!

Biscoff Mousse Cream Pie – Biscoff Mousse is just pure heaven.  I could eat an entire bowl of it with a spoon, and be a happy, happy girl.

Malted Double Chocolate Chip Cookies – I love just about anything chocolate, and these cookies are amazing.  Soft, chewy, and so good!

Balsamic Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Veggies – We make this one frequently.  It is quick to throw together, healthy, lots of flavor, and even my 7 year loves it!

Chicken Bacon Avocado Quesadillas – One of my favorites for sure. Every time I have a few strips of bacon, I make these for dinner.

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate – I was very skeptical of this, and I absolutely loved it!

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade – My son and I were completely obsessed with this stuff. It is so good!  I have the stuff to make it in my pantry right now.

Granola Bars – These are so much better than any store bought kind I have ever had.  I even made another version of them just the other day.  I will be sharing them with you next week :)

Indian Spiced Nuts – this started my kick of making different flavored nuts.  It is still a favorite, and constantly requested in our house.

There you have some of my favorites over the last year.  I hope some of your favorites are included on this list too.  Have a great day!


  1. That blueberry lemonade looks perfect! One of my favorites that you made this year too :) And you know how I feel about Biscoff….. 😉 Happy New Year, Erin!

  2. I’ll have to try the granola bars. They look divine!! Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  3. Happy Birthday and Happy New Year to you!

  4. Happy birthday! I hope your guys make you something yummy to eat. And never mind that age thing. 34 is so much closer to 30. :)

    And everything here looks so good! Especially that Biscoff mousse pie.

  5. Happy, Happy Birthday! Yes, you can do whatever you want for your birthday. I remember those pancakes. :) Fantastic!

  6. Happy Birthday!

    All of these recipes look so good! love the Quesadillas!

  7. Happy Birthday! Isn’t it funny which birthday will do you in. I remember that my problem birthday wasn’t any of the decade ones … 30, 40, etc., or the 5 year markers 35, 45, 55. Nope, it was 37. 34 is pretty young (I speak from the far distance at 72). Enjoy! Meanwhile, I’m heading to the store for some heavy cream … the Biscoff Mousse has my mouth watering.

  8. Happy Birthday and Happy New Year, Erin!

  9. Great picks and Happy Birthday! 34 isn’t bad, I just turned 40 and that was hard!! Eck!!!

  10. Happy Birthday Erin! Oh my goodness… all these recipes are out of this world…bookmarking to try some in 2013!

  11. Happy Birthday! I can tell you from experience that 40 is not as bad as it may seem. Actually, it’s rather liberating. That being said, enjoy your 30s! Your recipes look fantastic!

  12. Happy Birthday! Yes the Big 40 stinks (I will be 43 this summer) but you still have a whole bunch of time so stop thinking about it! I loved my 30’s, I miss my 30’s!

  13. Happy Birthday. Don’t be scared and enjoy your 30s. I can quite see why those are your favourites, they all sound delicious – well all of the vegetarian ones anyway 😉

  14. Holy cow!! Those brownie batter cookie dough pancakes look AMAZING! I am drooling on my keyboard right now over this round up. I love round ups because they let me see all the yummy things I may have missed. And I’m bookmarking that balsamic pasta for sure too. That will be on my menu plan for the coming week. Yum!

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