Your Top 12 Favorites of 2012

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Top 12 of 2012For the last two years, I’ve posted a round-up of your top ten favorite recipes.  This year, I saw many other bloggers sharing their top twelve for 2012, so I thought I’d give you the extra two, as well!  🙂

But, first, let’s talk about my year aside from recipes and blogging.  We moved in January from California to Mississippi due to a job change for Ben.  Instead of being a pastor, he is now training pastors.  We moved into campus housing in order to have time to sell our home in California and save up for a new down payment for a house here in Mississippi.  Despite the unappealing and teeny tiny kitchen the campus housing offered, I kept up with my cooking adventures, made many new friends, and grew an appreciation for community living.

We sold our California home pretty quickly, although at a loss.  Then, thanks to the blessings God provided through this blog, we were able to recover from that loss and then save within the year for a down payment for another house.  We move into that house this Friday and it has a much bigger kitchen!  God is good!!!

Moving has been our M.O. for our 7 1/2 years of marriage.  In this short time, we will have moved SIX times!  As exciting as that sounds, we are ready to settle here for a long time and raise our family.  Speaking of raising our family, the biggest blessing this year is that we are expecting baby #2!  But, you already know that.  😉  I’m still over-the-world excited because this pregnancy was long-awaited as we tried for 2 years and were at the point of thinking we’d have to go through some sort of secondary infertility procedure.  But now we see how God’s timing is so perfect.

Enough about me and my family.  Let’s get to why you’re really here…the recipes!  Can you give me a drumroll as we scroll through your top 12 of 2012?  Click on the title to get the recipe.  (These are the 12 most viewed recipes within the last 365 days.)

White Cheese Dip

Chicken Pockets

Creamy Chicken Pockets

Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites

Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites

Hot Chocolate Mix 4

DIY Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Corn Casserole

Corn Casserole

Stuffed Cabbage 3

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Pizza Bites

Pizza Bites

Birthday Cake Pancakes 4

Birthday Cake Pancakes

Are your favorites here?  If not, which ones did you love most this year?

Happy New Year, friends!  Be safe, drink responsibly, and give your loved ones a SQUEEEEEZE! <3

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  1. Jaren Dubois says:

    I discovered your blog through Pinterest (don’t you love it), and I have enjoyed following you this year. Have a blessed 2013!

  2. Wow, what a year you’ve had. I enjoyed reading the update and seeing these yummy recipes. Thanks for your hard work on this blog! I enjoy following it.

    Happy New Year!

  3. What a wonderful round-up of favorites of 2012. Congrats on all of your wonderful milestones in 2012 and may God bless you with many more in 2013!


  4. Love this round-up post! You’ve had quite the delicious year 🙂 I’ve made a few of those and can attest to how good they are!

    Happy New Year! 🙂

  5. These all look so fabulous! I’m especially excited to try those pizza bites! And I can’t believe you’ve moved that many times, that’s amazing! So excited for you to get settled into your new house!

  6. Since I just recently discovered your blog, I am looking forward to going back through these! Happy new year!

  7. What a great round up! looooving those B-day pancakes. My middle son’s has a birthday coming up… those will be made!

  8. Ok my stomach is officially growling after reading this post!! So happy for you and your growing family!!! Happy New Year my friend!

  9. The birthday cake pancakes have become a quick favorite in our house. We had them on Christmas morning to celebrate Jesus’ birthday 🙂 Bless you and your family!

  10. love, Love, LOVE the Birthday Pancakes!

  11. No surprises on this list! 2012 was a great year for you! I know those funfetti pancakes were one of my favorites of yours this year! Here’s to 2013!

  12. I seriously need to make those ham and cheese pretzel bites..Those look insanely good!! Everything looks yummy !

  13. This has certainly been a very glorious year for you and your family, Nikki. I love seeing what you do here, but I love our friendship the most. Thank you for all you’ve done for me and for so many others in 2012.

  14. Everything looks so delicious! I love cabbage rolls, your look perfect – going to check out recipe!

  15. Wishing I had seen the homemade hot cocoa mix idea before Christmas!! Genius!

  16. Good luck on the move – so exciting!! All of these look amazing!

  17. Kimberley McKaig says:

    I ‘stumbledupon’ your site this evening…I love your NOT-cutesy, but personable writing style, and simple, usable recipes. Faves for now include the taquitos. I tested some samples at Costco and determined to come up with a recipe…and I like yours. Although I haven’t tried it, I’m a long-time cook and can tell they’ll be just what I’m looking for. Also love the pizza bites recipe I can make for my daughter. She can’t find enough ways to get the pepperoni pizza experience, and I’ve been thinking of developing a recipe for that. Again, you did it for me…And will have to try the pumpkin snickerdoodles, as well as the cabbage rolls. Will also work on a sugar-free version of the salted caramel hot chocolate mix. With two diabetics in the family, I’m always trying to modify recipes, when I can, to low-carb/low/or no sugar. Shouldn’t be hard to do that one, with sugar-free caramel syrup. It won’t end up the nice dry mix, but I should be able to approximate the flavor. Kudos for your pics, simple instructions, and pleasing-looking site. It’s bookmarked now!


  18. Those pizza bites look naughty….! Until my pizza stone broke, we were doing pizza every Friday for quite a while. I guess this would be a way to bring that tradition back.

    Looks like you had a great year and congrats on the house!

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