It has been a year, to say the least!
Our year started out well as we rang in the New Year with friends and family in Florida. We had big plans for 2020 with turning 40, Baby G turning 1 a couple days later, S going on a trip to Peru for school, travel, and so much more.

The pandemic, Covid, hit here pretty much the weekend of G’s 1st birthday party and my birthday. Things around the world were changing and we kept changing plans to go with it. First no travel, then canceling local plans, and then it just hit and stopped us in our tracks. It was real when my husband went to pick up party food and couldn’t even get into Costco and lines were to the back of the store. Followed by reservations cancelled and walking into a completely empty hotel for my birthday (getting upgraded which was nice) and then everything closing early. Since we had the fridge and freezer pretty much cleaned out for the party I attempted to go shopping for groceries instead of the girls shopping trip I had planned.

Photo credit: Katie Raivala Photography

We obviously survived the year, or should I say we’re close to surviving, and while it wasn’t as planned there are still moments this year and positives.
With everyone working/ learning from home there has been a lot of family time.
The whole family got to see Baby G take his first steps and so many other firsts.
We welcomed a new member to the family, our Tri-Colored Springer Spaniel pup.
We were blessed to have the opportunity to purchase over 9.5 beautiful acres in the woods on water and will hopefully start building our dream at the end of next year.

It has been a year of adapting in all areas of life including food and my blog. Ordering groceries, not always getting what I ordered or wanted, and while spending more time in the kitchen it has been for making food for the family (all day, everyday) and not creating and photographing content.

Time planned for content recently has been put on the back burner when we get the opportunity to get outside or do something fun as a family not leaving time to photograph since I like natural light. Prioritizing mental health.

So this last week we’ve been enjoying the snow and soaking up family time so I’m sharing the Top 3 Viewed Recipes for 2020!

Top 3 Recipes of 2020
#1 Apple Cinnamon Swirl Sourdough Bread
#2 Coconut Cream Pie Chia Pudding
#3 Anti-Inflammatory Salad

#1 Top viewed recipe of 2020 should come as no surprise…. Apple Cinnamon Swirl Sourdough Bread!

inside of Apple Cinnamon Swirl Sourdough Bread
Apple Cinnamon Swirl Sourdough Bread

#2 This one surprised me a little but it’s a favorite so it probably shouldn’t, Coconut Cream Pie Chia Pudding.

Coconut Cream Pie Chia Pudding
(with Coco Whip coconut whipped cream)

 

#3 Anti-Inflammatory Salad

Anti Inflammatory Salad
Anti Inflammatory Salad

 

I’m not really surprised at the Top 3 Recipes of 2020 other than none of them are recipes I created this year. The top 10 rounded out with a few more sourdough recipes, a buddha bowl version of the Anti- Inflammatory Salad, protein bites, and smoothie bowl.

Things will continue to change and evolve in 2021. I’m not sure what it will bring really other than there will be a new look to Monday posts. My Meatless Monday co-host Deborah and I have decided to retire Meatless Monday (today being our last one) and go a new more inclusive direction with a new link up Cook Well, Eat Well, Live Well that will start next week, we hope you join us!

If you have any suggestions of things you’d like to see, or see more of, please leave a comment below or feel free to message me here or on social media.

Wishing you all the best in 2021!

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