Favorite things in 2016

Last year, I started a new tradition for this blog.  To recap the year by sharing a few of my favorite things with you.  you can view my favorite things from 2015 here. 

This year, I felt like it was especially important to recap positive things about this year.   There has been so much buzz about how 2016 was such a bad year.   And yes, I was one of those people with my jaw on the floor in horror on election night.

But you know what?  I try not to measure my happiness by political elections and which celebrities are still alive.   I had some amazing times this year.   I traveled to Door County, Wisconsin with my family twice and Florida once.  In September, my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.   I discovered Hamilton, and listened to nothing else for 9 months.    I welcomed a new niece and a new nephew.   And literally days after my husband and I decided to have a third child, I found out that I was expecting myself.  – Bringing another perfect baby boy into the world turned out to be the best decision I made all year, which brings me to my first favorite.

 Favorite New Person:  William John, Born on October 24th – photo credit Bumblebee photography 

Favorite New Cooking Adventure:  Cooking Meatloaf in the slow cooker.  It took me 10 years of marriage to make my first meatloaf.  I cooked it in the slow cooker, and now my family is hooked.


Favorite New Tradition:  This was the second year in a row- doing a Christmas tea with a few of the ladies in my family.   I am going to do a post about our Christmas Tea soon!  ( hopefully)

Favorite Recipe:  Although not my most popular recipe this year, my favorite were these Sour Cream and Onion Deviled Eggs 

Favorite Discovery:  For my birthday, my husband got me Ancestry.com’s DNA kit.  And I discovered that I was almost 20% Irish!  ( didn’t know I was Irish at all before this).  I highly suggest this DNA kit for anyone who is interested in family history.

Favorite 2016 Life Improvement –starting a garden.  Seriously, there is nothing better than going outside to pick your dinner.

Favorite Blogging Outing-  Visiting the Better Homes and Garden’s test kitchen and test gardens in Des Moines with the North Iowa Bloggers! 

Favorite Accomplishment- Celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary.   Although I must say, there is nothing hard about being married to Greg.  I can’t believe how fast these 10 years just flew by.  Time sure flies when you’re having fun!

Favorite Appetizer- This Door County Cherry Baked Brie 

Here is to 2017!  Here is to family, friends, faith and of course! food!


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