Dec 30

Top 11 in 2011

2011 was a big year.



I began this blog at the end of 2010 (yes, I missed my blogiversary), and I cannot believe how much my life has evolved since.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the wonderful bloggers out there.  You have inspired me in so many ways – introducing me to new foods, pushing me to think of new flavor combinations, motivating fitness and healthy living by example and through kind comments.


Resolutions aren’t my cup ‘o tea – I like to tackle goals as I think of them throughout the year.

In lieu of posting those and in honor of a rockin’ 2011, I decided to list the top 11 posts for the year.


Often I see bloggers comment that they don’t necessarily agree with the top posts… but in this case I largely agree.  There are a couple of soups/stews not on the list – but you guys apparently like breakfast and dessert (and I have no room to judge)!  Out of these 11 my top 3 are #1, 2, and 7.


Top 11 in 2011

1. Sparkling (Champagne) Cake Balls (these would be great to bring to a NYE party – toast with balls!)


2. Peach Cobbler Chia Pudding (with an overview on the benefits of chia)


3.  Sweet Potato Pie Oatmeal


4. Rosemary Lemon Shortbread Cookies


5. Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (with an overview on the benefits of coconut flour)


6. Coconut Milk Greek Yogurt (with PBJ Vegan Yogurt recipe)


7. Cherry Balsamic Chickpea Salad (this was one of my favorite meals of the year)


8. Biscoff Cookie Dough Balls


9. Liquid Sweet Potato Pie


10. Garam Masala Daal (this post also includes my favorite Banana Cashew Chia Pudding recipe!)


11. PB&J Pancakes (gluten-free and vegan!)

Thank you to everyone who has read this blog, left a comment, passed along my link, written an inspiring blog… I am honored to have you all in my life and wish nothing but the best for us all in 2012!


I stopped posting on weekends… but check back tomorrow for a special Saturday post that might come in handy this weekend.

If you are a blogger, are your “most viewed” recipes the one you like the most?

What is your biggest hope or goal for 2012?



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  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    You’re adorable! I started mine in 2010 but wasn’t actually posting worthwhile content until early this year. So glad I have your blog for inspiration. Have a great New Year’s weekend!

    1. Laura

      SO glad I have YOURS for inspiration. :)

      Happy New Year!!!

  2. Balancing Sylvia

    Thank you chica for some really great posts this year! I can think of some other posts of yours that I really loved (Like your “right to brag” one). I hope you have a fantastic New Years!

    1. Laura

      I’m so honored! Thank you, thank you.

      Have a wonderful time bringing in 2012!

  3. Corey @ Learning Patience

    Happy NY to you too! :-) My 2012 goal is the half marathon — training is going well.
    I find that my top posts aren’t even my best recipes…but often the simple ones. :-)
    go figure…

    xoxo from Trinidad

    1. Laura

      Good luck with the half training! I have no doubt you’ll kill it. :)

  4. Lyn @ FueledBySalad

    Thanks for all the brilliant posts! Even though I’ve only started reading your blog, your recipes are definitely amazing. :D My biggest goal for 2012 is to run more, and as much as I can. As simple as that.

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! Your goal sounds fantastic – here’s to 2012!

  5. Tiff

    Mmmm… those post made me hungry. Have a great New Year’s Eve… well… and a great 2012. :)

  6. Lee

    I’ve made that peach chia pudding from your blog several times and it was delicious.

    1. Laura

      I’m always so shocked when I hear people make the stuff I post. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  7. Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

    I absolutely adore you and your blog! Such great recipes and inspiration.
    I look forward to what 2012 has in store for you!!
    Happy New Year =) Balls and all!

    1. Laura

      That means a LOT coming from you. Thank you… balls and all. :)

      Happy New Year!

  8. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    Awww, I love this post and I even saw a few awesome recipes that I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing yet. But, I must say, my favorite thing of all time is that your balls made #1.

    1. Laura

      Hey, my balls can’t be topped. LOL!!!!

  9. Cait's Plate

    Oh my gosh. I need to make those biscoff cookie dough balls IMMEDIATELY!! They look awesome. Actually pretty much everything on this post does :)

  10. Julie

    Champagne cake balls and coconut milk Greek yogurt look amazing! I am adding them to things I’m making! :)

  11. Allie

    I have loved following your blog this year :) LOVE IT!

    1. Laura

      You are the sweetest person I know. Thank you, Allie. Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve!!!

  12. Tiffany

    Thanks for taking us down memory lane! I heart your blog and your voice is awesome! I always leave your site smiling more than before I came to it! I hope you have a great New Years too! Food Bloggers ROCK! :D

    1. Laura

      Thank YOU! That is a massive compliment. You are so positive and I can’t tell you how glad I am to have found your blog in 2011.

  13. Laura @ LauraLivesLife

    I’m totally hungry now – but for something sweet!

    My favorite recipes are usually the ones that get the most visits – but it might just be because I talk about them so much!

    Happy New Year!

  14. sarah @ sarah learns

    i love reading your blog & it has quickly made it to the top of the list of blogs i read each day. i can’t wait for more awesome food and inspiration for 2012! :)

    1. Laura

      I am flattered – thank you! Happy NYE!!!

  15. Christin@purplebirdblog

    I have no idea what my top viewed recipes are, and honestly I only recently started posting recipes again so I’m not even gonna bother with looking, lol! ;) I know quite a few people made my chickpea cookies though, so that’s probably the one that got the most views! I hope you have a wonderful and safe ringing in of the new year, lady!

    1. Laura

      Gurrrrllll… look at Google Analytics!

      Happy New Year!!!

  16. sportsglutton

    These images bring back many smiles from your posts.

    My most read food post is my Buffalo Chicken Wing Soup recipe and it actually was one of my favorites from 2011: http://sports-glutton.com/2011/08/31/buffalo-bills-buffalo-chicken-wing-soup-recipe/ .

    Happy Anniversary and the best to you in 2012 Laura!

    1. Laura

      That looks amazing! Thank you for sharing.

      Thank you so much. Cheers to a gluttenously happy 2012!

  17. Electra @ Vanilla Bean Lean

    Out of these, I’m definitely going to have to say #2 and #5 look the most mouthwatering :-) Plus I’m a sucker for coconut & chia. SOO that might explain it ;-) I’m checking out the recipes now!

    I hope you have an amazing 2012. And I love that your’e not a resolution girl. Just keep plugging along and doing your thing! Proud of you :-)

  18. Elyse @The Cultural Dish

    I love that cartoon in the beginning! Great posts too! Happy New Year!

  19. Stephanie

    love this lineup!! I want to try everything, especially the cake balls!

  20. Andrea

    Those shortbread cookies and the salad look scrumptious! Looking forward to checking out more of your blog ~ thanks :-)

  21. Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    I’m bookmarking this post!

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