2013: A Year in Review

Well, it happened again. Another year has flown by. I feel like just yesterday I was posting my end of the year review for 2012. What can I say about 2013? For us, it was a pretty low-key year. We got pretty good at painting while we gave each room of our house a little facelift…though no room is 100% complete yet; we took another east-coast road trip and found ourselves in love with Newport, RI; we finally made it to Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca during our anniversary weekend trip; I started guitar lessons…if only I practiced I might actually be decent; and of course, we had many good times with family and friends. As I do each year, I like to take a moment to reflect on some of the recipes that we enjoyed most this past year. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014! 

January: Baked Burritos with Sour Cream Poblano Sauce. We don’t repeat too many recipes in our house, but this is one we have enjoyed many times!

Baked burrito sour cream poblano sauce

February: Tequila Lime Chicken Fajita Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette. While we enjoyed it in the dead of winter, it would be a great summer meal.

Chicken fajita salad

March: Cookies & Cream Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Oreo Buttercream. Inspired by a request for my brother’s birthday, I could have eaten the frosting by the spoonful!

Oreo cupcakes

April: Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles. Peanut butter and pretzels are such a great combination. Perfectly portable and pop-able snacks! 

Pb pretzel truffles

May: Mango Jalapeño Margaritas. A deliciously spicy cocktail for Cinco de Mayo, or anytime!

Mango jalapeno margerita

June: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. A delicious treat that is simple to whip up. I love to have a batch on hand for when the cravings strike.

Sugar free pb cups

July: Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread. A pretty, swirled bread that toasts up perfectly for a delicious, light breakfast.

Cinnamon raisin bread

August: Crispy Egg Noodles. Inspired by a local noodle bar, these noodles were a great alternative to a typical stir fry.

Crispy Egg Noodles

September: Chicken Yakitori Rice Bowl. Speaking of stir fry, this was delicious…perfect for a weeknight meal.

Chicken yakitori

October: Soft Pretzels. A delicious treat that freezes well. Bonus-I was finally able to cross these off my foodie bucket list! 

Pretzels

November: Salted Caramel Cashew Bark. Made on a whim, the sweet and salty combination was perfect.

Salted caramel cashew bark

December: Chocolate Fudge S’mores Thumbprints. One of the cookies that made it to my Christmas cookie platter. A delicious bite of summer on a cold and snowy day.

Smores thumbprints