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.
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!
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.
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!