My Top 12 Recipes of 2013

by | Dec 31, 2013 | Breakfast and Breads, Desserts, Dinner | 7 comments

I did a lot of cooking and baking in 2013, and now that the year is over, I thought I’d show you what my favorites were.

My Top 12 2013

A few days ago, I showed you my reader’s favorites from 2013, but I wanted to choose a few of my own.  And then I realized that choosing was really, really hard!  I did it, though. 😉

1. These Quick Cinnamon Buns are one of the Tall Boy’s most requested breakfast items.  They really are so quick and easy!

These quick cinnamon rolls go from kitchen to table in 45 minutes--no yeast required! Don't wait for a special occasion--dripping with a lovely buttermilk icing and filled with layer upon layer of cinnamon and cloves, this roll is a sweet treat you'll definitely want on your weekend rotation! #recipe #breakfast from @KitchenMeetsGir

2. I’m a sucker for breakfast breads, but I’m not a fan of eating high calorie foods in the mornings.  With these Guilt-Free Blueberry Muffins, I can have my muffin, and eat it, too. 😉

Guilt Free Blueberry Muffin from - bursting with blueberries and a cinnamon struesel topping, these muffins are just 6 WW points+ each!

3. This Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake is definitely a breakfast made for a special occasion!  Bonus?  It’s super easy!

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake at - made with Pillsbury Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, this special breakfast dish comes together in a flash! #recipes #breakfast

4.  With a 6-year old, we eat a lot of sloppy joes.  This Tex-Mex version is adult approved!

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes at - if you like bacon, jalapenos, and the smoky flavors of chili powder, cumin and coriander, this version is for you! #recipes #dinner

5.  And who wouldn’t go for lasagna in just 30-minutes?  The Tall Boy flipped over this dinner!

You don't have to spend hours making lasagna anymore with this 30-Minute Stovetop version! Get the recipe at #recipes #lasagna
6.  This Firecracker Chicken is my favorite dinner, ever.  Period.

This Firecracker Chicken is the perfect mix of spicy and sweet and beats take-out hands down! #recipe #chicken #rice
7. You know I love my Mexican food.  This Easy as Tamale Pie was a fun twist.

Put your leftover shredded pork or chicken to good use by making this Easy as Tamale Pie from #recipe #casserole
8.  This easy, flavorful Southwest Chicken Chili uses only a handful of ingredients and comes together in about 15 minutes – making it the perfect weeknight dinner!

This easy, flavorful Southwest Chicken Chili uses only a handful of ingredients and comes together in about 15 minutes - making it the perfect weeknight dinner! #recipe #soup

9. Strawberries and Cream Dessert Pizza combines all of my favorites in one decadent treat!

This strawberries and cream dessert pizza comes together in a flash and is a perfect summer treat! #recipe #strawberries #pizza
10.  This Black Cherry Fudge Ripple Ice Cream doesn’t require an ice cream maker.  Score.

Black Cherry Fudge Ripple Ice Cream - no ice cream maker needed! #recipe #ice cream
11. White chocolate, cream cheese, and pie filling are the perfect combination in these easy to make Apple Cranberry Cheesecake Bars.

White chocolate, cream cheese, and pie filling are the perfect combination in these easy to make Apple Cranberry Cheesecake Bars.
12. Perfectly light and creamy cherry cheesecake – you’ll never guess the secret ingredient in this recipe! (Pssst…it’s cottage cheese).

Perfectly light and creamy cherry cheesecake - you'll never guess the secret ingredient in this recipe! #recipe #dessert #cheesecake

Thanks for reading, everyone, and have a wonderful New Year!



  1. Alice Blaser

    Looks like lots interesting recipes

  2. keeping it all together with 7 kids

    that tex mex sloppy joe looks awesome! Definitely on my to try list! Congrats on a successful blogging year! I’ve just started, do you have any advice for a beginner like me?
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  3. Chrissy

    These all look delicious! Your photos are amazing! Happy New Year!

  4. Evie Silva

    All of your recipes look so delish. Do you have a good white chocolate, cranberry, with macadamian nut cookie recipe? I’ve been looking for one for some time since those are my favorite. Thank you.

  5. Kate@Diethood

    Those cinnamon rolls and I have got to be introduced. Stat! Then again, everything on here looks SO GOOD! I may have to stalk you a whole lot more in 2014!! 😀 XO
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