December 29th? Today is the 29th? Wow, where did 2013 go? Here we are at the end of the year and I look back to see where Lori’s Culinary Creations has travelled and we’ve travelled quite a bit on this blogging journey. 2013 is where I really seriously worked on my blog and made lots of changes. In February, I attended my first blogging conference, “Build Your Blog Conference” put on by the ladies of Six Sisters Stuff and it changed everything! From the moment I got into my car after the conference to right now sitting on my couch with my coffee, my blog grew by leaps. My page views tripled and my social media following grew quite a bit. The next confrerence is February 8th, so get your tickets now.
Here are some highlights of my 2013 year in review:
- Linky parties – Found a bunch I love visiting weekly and am now one of the co-hosts of my own, Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesdays. How about that for a big change?
- Moved from Blogger to WordPress and never looked back. Blogger was a great start, but I’m finding WordPress to be more robust even though it is taking me awhile to figure it all out.
- I did a complete blog makeover in March. I hired a great designer, Becca Paro from Jumping Jax Design. Her designs are awesome and she is great to work with.
- I got a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Ok, that has nothing to do with the conference, but I am so glad I got it.
Now moving onto the top 10 reader favorite recipes. As you know, I don’t “specialize” in any one recipe type. What I post here is what I feed myself and hubby for breakfast, lunch, dinner & desserts. Some of my recipes are inspired by things I find on Pinterest and on those weekly link ups, but others are recipes I make “on the fly” when the pantry is near empty and I don’t want to go to the store. Hubby easily guessed which was #1, but as you look over the favorites of 2013, you’ll see a lot of diversity which tells me my readers like variety. So with no further hoopla, here they are.
#1 – Roasted Parsley Potatoes posted on March 18, 2013
#2 – Sauteed Spaghetti Squash posted on October 4, 2013
#3 – Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Salmon (my Costco copycat) posted on May 30, 2013
#4 – Turkey Stuffed Yellow Peppers posted on April 29, 2013
#5 – Chicken & Potatoes on the Grill posted on July 2, 2013
#6 – Baked Pork Chops in a Creamy Sauce posted on November 30, 2013
#7 – Moist Crab Cakes posted on April 12, 2013
#8 – Honey Zucchini Muffins posted on September 2, 2013
#9 – Chicken Pot Pie posted on January 3, 2013
#10 – Easy Homemade Calzones posted on October 13, 2013
So there you have it. My 2013 top 10. I’m so excited to see what 2014 has in store for me, hubby and our family. I hope to also be able to bring to you new “adventures in the kitchen” in 2014. Stay tuned…. this will be an awesome journey.