Thursday, December 31, 2009

Best of 2009

Wow! Can you believe that today is the last day of 2009? What a year it has been! It has definately been a crazy and busy year for me.

I started out the year with Nathan still home visiting on R&R. It was wonderful to be able to start the year with him. He went back to Iraq a few days later and returned home for good at the end of May. Shortly after his return and our vacation, we had to start packing to leave Germany. This was probably the hardest part of my year. After 7 years it was really hard to say goodbye to our home and our friends. We took another vacation before heading to El Paso which is where we now call home.

The kids have grown and changed so much in one year. I can't believe how fast they are growing up. Before I know it, they will be teenagers and I will wonder where my babies have gone. I am definately trying to cherish every moment with them!

I have changed so much in one year. This blog has changed so much in one year. Posting has dropped dramatically, but I am still thankful to have this outlet and to have people who read and comment.

In honor of the end of the year I would like to share some of my favorite recipes from 2009.



Dinner



Cheese Ravioli in a Spinach Cream Sauce - After being introduced to homemade ravioli by my brother-in-law's girlfriend, Lauren, I became addicted. This is my favorite ravioli by far!

Lasagne (Daring Baker Challenge) - I have made this many times since and it has become my go-to lasagne recipe. Love, love, love it!

Bacon Jack Chicken - Bacon, Mushrooms, Cheese, Chicken... Need I say more?

Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun Dried Tomatoes - One of my favorite pasta recipes of all time. ALL TIME. Seriously, make it!

Sweet and Sour Pork - Having a hard time finding good Chinese take out? Try this recipe and you will never order take out again!


Breakfast



White Chocolate Lime Scones - You knew there would be scones on this list. ;) These are AMAZING!

Farmhouse Breakfast Bake - Hearty and delicious! Plus, you can assemble it the night before to make the morning even easier!

Pumpkin Waffles with Orange Walnut Butter and Nutmeg Syrup - The title says it all. YUM!!!

Croque Madame - Probably Nathan's favorite breakfast ever. If it wasn't on this list, I might be in a bit of trouble. Hee hee!

Fluffy Lemon Sour Cream Muffins - Fluffy, lemony, and delicious. Plus, the variations are endless. I loved them with craisins and really want to try them with blueberries.

Misc

All Star Sliders - A super delicious lunch!

Cranberry Bread - One of the best quick breads I have ever tasted!

Dessert - Saved the best for last!


Butterfinger Cake Balls - Easy peasy and oh so good!

Strawberry Shortcakes - Oh, you know you want some!

Snickerdoodle Blondies - If you aren't careful, you will devour the entire pan in one sitting.

Peanut Butter Cookies from Baked - Oh my goodness... The best peanut butter cookies in the world!

Lemon Sugar Cookies - I also made these with lime and turned them into ice cream sandwiches. Incredibly delicious AND addictive!

Brownie Peanut Butter Cups - You can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!



Happy New Year and may your 2010 be filled with many blessings and happiness! Oh, and of course, LOTS of good food!

7 comments:

The McBride Family said...

So hungry. You should make it a New Year's Resolution to MAKE all your fave recipes from the year and send it to your friends! I have to say I (and Trav would be too) am disappointed Honey Lime Enchiladas aren't on there! :) YOu KNOW we are Mexican fans and THAT has become my go to enchilada dish. In fact we just had it last night! :) Love you and happy new year!

Ingrid said...

Happy New Year to you! Thanks for reminding me I needed to try a few of those recipes. :)
~ingrid

Megan said...

Happy New Year! What a great compilation of posts - I am definitely going to check out quite a few of those!

Katy ~ said...

OOOOh, that chicken spinach and raviioli.... how could I forget. Now I have to revisit that recipe because it looks so doggone gone. I know it's in my stash of must makes, now being moved to the front of the folder, grins!!!

Happy New Year to you as well. Wishing you the very very best.

Coleen's Recipes said...

Your web page just keeps getting fancier and fancier...very nice!! Happy New Year.

Tracey said...

Happy New Year to you and your family! It's so festive over here - love it :)

teresa said...

that is one killer line up if you ask me! i want to make all of it. happy new year cristine!

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