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Favorite things in 2015

by Kristen

Happy New Year!   Does anyone else have a hard time believing that it is 2016?

I had such a great year.  I watched my baby boys grow into wonderful, smart radiant young children.  ( They’re now at the respective ages of 2 and 4).   I traveled to Door County, Wisconsin with my family-twice.  I traveled to Marco Island with my family last January.   I started running seriously again, which resulted in a 12 lb weight loss.  Celebrated my 9th wedding anniversary and turned this little ole blog of mine into a full fledged business!

2015 was a great year.   But I know that 2016 will be even better.  I do believe that life gets better as you get older.  I was once afraid of getting older, but now I am just so excited to see what life has in store for me.

Here were some of my favorite things in 2015. 

Favorite New Kitchen Tool-  Silicone Baking Cups.  ( <— affiliate link)   Oh My!  How did I ever live without these?   I LOVE them.  My sister-in-law gave them to me for my birthday last year, they’re amazing!   In 2015, I used silicone baking cups in my kitchen ALL the time!  Like in my Sangria Fruit Cups, My Frozen Kale Pie Cups and my Ricotta Cheesecakes.


 Favorite Post:  Healthy Frozen Banana Snickers Bites.  Not my most popular post.  But my favorite.  I made these several times this year and LOVED them!


Favorite Quote: One that I got from my Sister-in-law’s blog 


Favorite 2015 Family Tradition: Taking Family Selfies – My family did that numerous times in 2015.   I just think it’s fun.  Plus, I love having family photos.


Favorite Low Carb Dinner Idea:  Hawaiian Pizza Chicken.  This was a big hit with the family.  My boys love Ham!


Favorite T.V Show: First People’s.  I have always been so interested in human genetics.  This show was a T.V highlight of my year.


Favorite New Social Media:  Instagram:  I realize that I am one of the last people to join.  But I am hooked!

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Your Favorite Post of 2015:  Almond Joy Banana Ice Cream: This post was my highest new post for generating traffic in 2015


Favorite Meal:  One Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin that I cooked with a group of my Iowa Food Blogger Friends!  The Gingered Whisk, Pork Diaries, Food and Swine, The Sustainable Couple, In the Kitchen with Jenny and Rockin the Kitchen.


Favorite Day Trip:  A family trip to Wilson’s Apple Orchard.  


Favorite Round Up:  Freezer Convenience Foods 


Favorite Accomplishment:  Turning this Little Ole Blog into my Job.



Here is to a new beginnings and a wonderful 2016!  Thank you for a wonderful year in blogging!  and Thanks for visiting!


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Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids January 3, 2016 - 3:18 am

Love your wrap up for the year! Best wishes for 2016!

Linda January 1, 2016 - 11:55 pm

I love these year in review posts. It amazes me all the great ideas which are shared. Tumbleweed Contessa is hosting a Best of 2015 round up party. I’d love for you to share this.

Wishes for tasty dishes in 2016,


Kristen January 2, 2016 - 1:15 am

thanks Linda!!


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