My Favorites from 2012

I’ve always been the sentimental hopeless romantic type.  I can’t help it.  And as I sit here writing this post, sending off 2012 while munching on sweet potato chips (my snack addiction of 2012), I also can’t help but be a little excited about what 2013 holds in store, both here in my little corner of the web – look for a major redesign early next year! – and in our sweet little home life that we have created here in Connecticut.

While this past year was filled with the overwhelming level of stress of building a home and moving again (photos coming soon – promise!), this coming year will be filled with the joy of putting our stamp on the place while we continue to settle in, finish unpacking (ha!), and extend our kitchen into the yard where we plan to expand our garden and make a home for a few chickens.  I am so so looking forward to sharing this next step of our journey to great food with you and I thank you a million times over for all the support you’ve shown for Smells Like Home this year and always.  Cheers and much love to you in 2013!

However, before we part ways for champagne and hors d’oeuvres, let me share with you my Top 10 favorites from 2012…
Red Velvet and Srawberry Trifles with Cheesecake Filling

Red Velvet and Strawberry Trifles with Cheesecake Filling

Lofthouse Style Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Lofthouse-Style Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Iced Passion Tea Lemonade

Iced Passion Tea Lemonade

Healthy Turkey Tacos

Healthy Turkey Tacos

Baked Burritos with Sour Cream-Poblano Sauce

Baked Chicken Burritos with Sour Cream Poblano Sauce

Bacon Burgers with Bacon Onion Balsamic Jam

Bacon Burgers with Bacon Onion Balsamic Jam

Smashed Avocado Chile Tartine

Smashed Avocado-Chile Tartines

Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce

Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce

Cookie Dough Whoopie Pies

Cookie Dough Whoopie Pies

Cranberry Bliss BarsCranberry Bliss Bars


Your Favorites from 2012

As we wind down 2012 after the holiday rush, it’s always fun to take some time to look back and see what you guys were loving this past year.  All I can say is that you guys sure do love your carbs!  Here are your Top 10 most visited recipes from 2012…
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheese SauceSoft Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce

Creamy Stove Top Mac and CheesePanera’s Stove Top Mac and Cheese

S'mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip CookiesS’mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

DIY Soft Flour TortillasDIY Flour Tortillas

Queso FundidoQueso Fundido with Chorizo

Chicken and Biscuits Pot PieChicken and Biscuits Pot Pie

Jalapeño Popper Grilled CheeseJalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Curd FillingLemon Cupcakes with Fresh Raspberry Curd Filling

Classic Hot Fudge SauceClassic Hot Fudge Sauce

Chocolate Chip Toffee BarsChocolate Chip Toffee Bars

Top 10 Christmas Cookies

Let’s kick this Christmas season off on the right foot with a round-up of the
Top 10 Christmas Cookies on Smells Like Home

(Links to recipes are listed below all of the photos)

1. Decorated Sugar Cookies Using my go-to sugar cookie and royal icing recipes, these cookies made perfect place cards for Christmas last year.

2. Jam Thumbprints How can you go wrong with a butter shortbread cookie with toasted coconut?

3. Classic holiday spritz cookies  If you don’t have a cookie gun, these cookies are totally worth the $29.99 you’ll spend on one.

4. Cappuccino Biscotti Coffee. Chocolate. Biscotti.  The best of 3 treats wrapped up into 1.

5. Coconut Cream-Filled Macaroons Martha does things right with these addicting little numbers.

6. Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies Long gone are the days of the crumbly and dry peanut butter cookie.  These give you all the love you need.

7. World Peace Cookies Bite into one of these and see how fast you forget about the rest of the world.

8. Maple Snickerdoodles A twist on a classic.  Made with maple sugar, these are worth the effort trying to find the sugar.

9. Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti Fruity baked good at Christmas? Nope, not fruit cake. Nobody eats the fruit cake anyway – but they’ll LOVE these biscotti!

10. Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Only the best EVER chocolate chip cookies.  Their name says it all.  Santa will love them!