Top 10 of 2021: A Year in Review

What a year this has been. So many opportunities, life changes and adventures have crossed our path. I will be forever grateful for our loved ones and memories this year brought us. As I sit here sipping mocktails with my daughters I can’t help but thank you for your support. Without you I would have never continued my writing. I started this blog as a creative outlet and it has turned into so much more.

The homesteading community welcomed me with open arms and I’m excited to be able to embrace others as they start this journey. I wanted to pull together a different type of post based on what you as readers have loved most about my blog over the last year. Looking over the posts you read the most I’m able to gauge where my writing needs to go in the future. So, as we say goodbye to 2021 here are the top 10 posts you picked as my best over the last year.

Top 10 of 2021

1. The coveted top spot goes to my Fire Cider Health Tonic. This is a fermented siping vinegar with a fiery kick! Turmeric gives it a beautiful orange color and the heat comes from jalapeños and horseradish. If you’re looking for an overall health booster to try next year, this is it!

2. Second place went to this delicious Crock Pot Rootbeer Moonshine. This recipe was a huge hit with our family and friends – and not to mention very easy to make. This would make a great adult only summer sipper for barbecues and bonfires. I

3. In third place is my Dehydrated Zucchini Chips. These crunchy treats are divine and so addicting. A huge shout out to Black Pearl Spices & Rubs for their amazing selection of spices. They have a couple options that would taste amazing in this recipe.

4. My ideal comfort food has always been chicken and dumplings. It reminds me of time spent in the kitchen with my grandmother and warms our bellies on cold snowy days. My Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings recipe is easy enough for short weeknights or busy weekends.

5. This Crystal Flowers project is a small craft I did with my daughter. The flowers ended up gorgeous and it turned into a fun at home science lesson. If you love crystals and craft projects then this would be a great experience for you!

6. Dutch Oven Chicken Leg Quarters is a recipe that is fairly regular in my weekly dinner rotation. It uses simple ingredients and pulls together with delicious flavors. This is truly a one pot meal that would go great with a leafy green salad.

7. I love carrot cake but don’t always appreciate the calories. These Sunshine Muffins use whole wheat flour and are bulked up with healthy ingredients – like carrots and pineapple. Plus, they’re easy for on-the-go.

8. When family is around during the holidays I love easy recipes that you can pre-make or throw together in a short amount of time in the morning. This Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake is a combination of bold seasonal flavors with the ease of crowd-pleasing oatmeal.

9. Dehydrated Pineappe Slices are a great, easy snack for busy weeks. It’s also a great treat for hiking adventures and road trips. Dehydrating pineapple is a great way to preserve it to make it shelf stable – plus it makes the slices into kind of a fun fruit leather type treat.

10. Last, but not least, is my Skillet Porcupine Meatballs. This is another recipe that reminds me of my childhood. My version is cooked in a cast iron skillet and uses spices that aren’t as traditional. This recipe is big on flavor and short on preparation time!

Happy New Year 2022!

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