Happy New Year!

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Image courtesy of gubgib at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Happy New Year, dear readers!!

I always have such good blogging intentions for December.  After all, it’s a fun month for cooks, foodies, and crafters.  I enjoyed all those activities, I just didn’t have time to write about them.  I guess that just means I have a backlog of fun things to share with you in the weeks ahead!

To say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new, I thought it would be fun to recap the top five posts of 2013.  Without further ado, here we go:

5. Bouchon Bakery Challenge: Croissants

Freshly Baked Croissants

Apparently a lot of people want to learn how to make croissants!  Not only did this post generate a lot of views, but quite a few people also clicked on the link I shared with instructions on how to make them.

4. Bouchon Bakery Challenge: Banana Muffins

Bouchon Bakery Banana Muffins

In general, my Bouchon Bakery Challenge posts were quite popular.  Many, many people out there are looking to recreate Bouchon Bakery recipes!  It think this one in particular ranked highly because it was posted in January, and therefore had more time to be viewed.  The TKO post ranked highly, but wasn’t published long enough to make the top 5.

3. Basic Rice Pilaf

Basic Rice Pilaf

This continues to be one of my most popular posts, even though it was published nearly 3 years ago.  The most popular search terms coming into my site are variations on, “how to make basic rice pilaf from scratch”.  I think the lesson here is that sometimes the basics are what people want.

2. Caramel Budino

Delicious Caramel Budino

This is one of the posts I am most proud of this year, and I am pleased that it ranked highly.  I spent a lot of time making the dessert, taking the photos, and writing the post, and my work paid off!  This is also a lesson in the power of foodgawker and TasteSpotting, as most of my views came from there.  I was honored to have my photos accepted at both sites!

1. Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-A-Long

Ball of Yarn

This post benefited from the perfect storm of hysteria over the new season of Downton Abbey, interest in participating in a Downton Abbey-themed knit-a-long, and a well-timed and well-placed appearance on Ravelry.


I wonder what my top 5 posts of 2014 will be?  I suspect the Basic Rice Pilaf post will be one of them.

If I have one blogging goal for 2014, it is to find more time to read and comment on my fellow bloggers’ wonderful posts.  For some reason I have had trouble fitting that in, and I have so many lovely people commenting on my blog, I wish to be able to reciprocate!

I hope all of you have a happy, healthy, and productive New Year!



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3 responses to “Happy New Year!

  1. Happy New Year! Great round up – and that budino was pretty spectacular 🙂

  2. The budino was just amazing. I’m so happy so many people got to see it.

  3. Happy New Year! It ‘s interesting to see which posts resonate the most with people. Your budino especially sounds fantastic.

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