2014: A Year in Review

New Year’s Eve is finally here. It’s crazy how fast time flies. Joel and I were talking the other day and he mentioned that nothing really happened this year. I’m not so sure I agreed, so In the spirit of the season, I decided to take a moment to reflect upon 2014. This spring, Joel surprised me with a trip to NYC for my birthday, which ended up being a food-lover’s dream! While we ate at many amazing places, it was that weekend when I first tried Shake Shack, and while we aren’t really fast food people, I’m so glad there isn’t one near us because it could be potentially dangerous! We also traveled to Nantucket for the first time this summer. What a beautiful little island. I could go back every summer and never get sick of it! That trip ended in Boston for my cousin’s wedding. What an amazing trip it was! Later in the summer, we visited Philadelphia with friends. That weekend was so memorable for us. We ate one of the most delicious meals of my life at Zahav, we finally saw one of my favorite artists in concert, and our friends got engaged! We attended their wedding in December and it was absolutely beautiful! This past year also brought many babies. All within a few weeks of each other, Joel’s sister and her husband welcomed their second son, Lucas, my best friend and her husband welcomed their first child, and my goddaughter, Charlotte, and my brother and his wife welcomed their third daughter, Magda. This past October, our little family grew too; we got a dog! We had been talking about it for a while, but just assumed that it would only be fair to get one in the summer when I was home from work, so that it could get used to being at our house and learn to be potty trained. We lucked out. On Columbus day, I took a random trip to the SPCA to fill out an application so we were on the list for when the perfect dog showed up. Little did I know that the perfect dog was already in the back waiting for me. I walked back to take a peek and found a 1 year old black lab named Willow curled up in her pen. I spent an hour outside playing with her, put her on hold so that Joel could meet her when he came home from work, and went back about 15 minutes later with Joel to spend another hour outside with her. It broke our hearts to make her spend another night in her pen, but two days later, she was home with us. She was already potty trained and she really is a great dog! All in all, 2014 really was a great year for us, our families, and our friends! I can only hope that 2015 is just as good to all of us, and to you as well! I wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year! 

While I didn’t post as much as I would have liked to this year, there were most definitely some recipes that stood out in our minds as favorites. So, as I do each year, I’d like to reflect on the food we’ve had throughout the year and share those favorites with you. What were your favorites?  

January: 15-Minute Wonton Soup. What a delicious and simple recipe. This soup has warmed us up time and time again!

Wonton soup

 

February: Peanut Butter Pie. A birthday request from my brother, this pie married his top two birthday flavor requests of peanut butter and Oreo! 

Peanut butter pie

 

March: Sriracha Turkey Meatballs. I’ve mentioned that we don’t repeat many recipes around here. This one has been made at least a half dozen times, which should say something about how delicious it is! 

Sriracha turkey meatballs

 

April: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. Once I learned how to properly cook it, quinoa has become one of my favorite grains. This salad is as delicious as it is easy to put together.  

Quinoa Salad

 

May: Homemade Shake Shack Burgers. After our trip to NYC, Joel had to go find a recipe to make Shake Shack at home. These burgers are delicious, and that sauce is to die for! 

Shake Shack Burgers

 

June: S’mores Scones. A bite sized taste of summer, made for my cousin’s bridal shower. These were a hit!  

Smores Scones

 

July: No-Knead Cinnamon Buns. A great way to start off any day!

Cinnamon buns

 

August: Crispy Cauliflower Tacos with Mango Salsa. We took a risk with this one and it ended up being one of the most delicious surprises of the year!

Cauliflower tacos

 

September: Greek Cucumber Noodles. Zucchini make a great substitute for pasta in this salad.

Cucumber noodles


October: Stovetop Applesauce. After a day of apple picking, this was a great way to use up our bounty! 

Applesauce

 

November: Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake. This was one of the most moist and delicious chocolate cakes I’ve ever eaten. 

Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt

 

December: Chocolate Pinwheels. I don’t know what part I like more, the swirls or the taste!  

Chocolate Pinwheels