Last year I rang in the new year and said goodbye to 2012 with a recap of my year via Instagram. It was such a hit that I decided to do it again (why recreate the wheel, right?). We all love pictures and, let’s be real, creeping on other people’s lives is pretty much what us social media addicts live for.
To be honest, I rang in 2013 in a not-so-great place. But oh, how quickly things can turn around. In the course of the past year, I have worked 5 different jobs (some simultaneously), started dating and moved in with a man who I could not imagine loving more, watched this blog truck along and grow every day, and ended the year with a full-time job offer (more details on that later). How grateful I am to you, my readers, for sticking with me through the ups and downs, and helping me to work things out the best way I know how – in my kitchen.
January: We started a little sourdough adventure together. (Like I said before, the first of the year wasn’t too great…so delicious sourdough bread really was the highlight for January!)
February: I finally left one awful job situation, and started another job…
March: …which I promptly quit 6 minutes (ok, weeks) later to start tutoring. This ranks up there with one of the scariest yet best decisions I have ever made.
April: I taught you how to make a killer pie crust.
May: Thanks to a last-minute reservation and some incredibly kind and generous friends, I had one of the best meals of my life.
June: I started dating this grillin’ stud muffin. (Barf, gag, sorry, I know.)
July: I seriously upgraded my kitchen situation…
…and toured the Wilton headquarters…
…and attended my first blogging conference!
August: We visited some dear friends in Wisconsin, had our first wine tasting, and discovered that cranberry wine is just stupidly delicious.
October: I nerded out and crashed luncheons at my alma mater’s homecoming…
…and watched my dear friend run the Chicago marathon in just over 3 1/2 hours. Um…what?!?!
November: I attended the coolest baking demo at the Nielsen-Massey Vanillas headquarters.
December: We dressed the cats up like little elves, because that’s how normal 25-year-olds celebrate the season…
…I spent the month crocheting Christmas gifts like a crazy person…
…and I ended the year where I always find myself: back in my kitchen. It may look the same, but oh, how things have changed.
For those interested, the top 10 recipes posted on EYHO in 2013 (as determined by y’all) were:
- Sloppy Joes
- Slow Cooker Black Beans
- Copycat Velveeta Shells and Cheese
- Coconut Rice Pudding
- Caramel Macchiato Doughnut Muffins
- Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Maple Walnut Blondies
- Thai Chicken Pizza
- Coconut Mango Cupcakes
- Roasted Tomato Soup
And the top 10 overall posts (not necessarily posted in 2013):