Best Recipes of 2014!

What a crazy ride it has been!

I started working on this blog in February of this year, and introduced it to the public (and family and friends!) in March 2014.

When I put out my announcement of my meager blog to personal family and friends, I had no idea that in 9 short months it would turn into this. I just couldn’t believe how many people would even care to come and check out what I was doing over here in my little corner of the internet.

One of my biggest struggles has been keeping the blog going while teaching high school, and trying to be a mother to my 2 year old, a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter.

Actually, let’s be honest. So many times I wasn’t good at any of those things.

The biggest struggle has been not letting the blog take away from any of those other really important sides of me. And often it did anyway.

But the blog is a creative outlet for me, and I get lost in it. I enjoy the photography aspect (though you must promise me you’ll never go back and look at my first photos until I’ve had time to redo them!) , and the writing, and the cooking, and the recipe development, and — let’s face it — the taste testing.

It’s an extension of myself, and I pour my everything and more into it, every single day.

As a teacher, I can leave work behind. As a blogger, it’s so easy to get caught up in responding to comments and emails, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and on, and on, and on… The smart phone has made online business so easy and so hard.

I’m going to need you to forgive me on the days I’ve just simply had enough of social media and try to put my phone somewhere I can’t find it for a few hours.

Because without those of you who read my ramblings, it would be really hard to continue on. If no one ever cared, what would be the point in trading cartoons with my toddler for that perfect hour of sunlight, or cooking tacos at 9 in the morning, or stressing over putting the right code in the right place?

So, THANK YOU!

I wanted to take a look back and highlight some of my most popular posts and some personal favorites, so here they are!

Happy New Year πŸ™‚

MOST POPULAR

collage of best recipes of 2014 with multiple images and title in the center
  1. The Best Oven-Fried Chicken
  2. Cinnamon Roll Bites
  3. Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper
  4. The Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
  5. {Slow Cooker} Mongolian Beef
  6. Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
  7. Quinoa Corn Chowder
  8. Mexican Scalloped Potatoes
  9. Creamy Chipotle and Italian Sausage Lasagna
  10. Fudgy Mint Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Now, because most of these are older posts and it’s hard to judge what’s more popular considering the length of time it’s been on the blog, I also wanted to share some of my personal favorites from this year.

PERSONAL FAVORITES

personal favorite recipes of 2014 collage with mutliple images and title in the center

 

  1. Triple Chocolate Raspberry Cookies
  2. Raspberry Oreo Mocha Cheesecake Cake
  3. 10-Minute BBQ Ham Sandwiches
  4. Praline-Glazed Apple Bread
  5. Creamy Nacho Potato Soup
  6. Maple-Glazed Apple Crisp Cookies
  7. Perogy Rolls
  8. 4-Ingredient Double Chocolate Cookies
  9. Cannoli Crepes
  10. Pepperoni Pizza Cupcakes

Thanks again for tagging along so far! I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for The Recipe Rebel — I couldn’t do it without your support!

Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Marcie says

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for such a short time — you’re a natural at this! It’s hard to balance everything, I know, and so easy to get lost in things. I have to just make myself stay off the phone and computer sometimes as it will all be there the next day. You’ve got so many great recipes here, and I know 2015 will be just as tasty if not more!

    • Ashley says

      Thanks so much Marcie! It certainly feels longer! I’m excited to see what 2015 brings — and excited to see what you’re cooking up in the new year too πŸ™‚

  2. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says

    I love that you pour so much of yourself into your blog. It really shows. Happy New Year! I can’t wait to watch your journey unfold this year.

  3. Shinee says

    Great work, Ashley! You’ve come such a long way in a very short time. Your hard work shines through each and every post. I’m so glad to get to know you a little bit through your blog. All the best wishes to you and your family! Happy New Year!

  4. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen says

    Happy New Year! You’ve accomplished so much in less than a year! I can’t imagine blogging with small children.
    I want to try so many of these recipes. I haven’t eaten breakfast yet so those Cinnamon Roll Bites are really calling my name. πŸ™‚

  5. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    What an incredible year, Ashley! Blogging can take up so much time and you are doing an amazing job especially with everything you have going on. Love all of these dishes especially the chocolate peanut butter cake, Mongolian beef and the praline-glazed apple bread. Can’t wait to see what 2015 brings, Happy Happy New Year!

  6. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says

    I completely agree with you that it is SO hard to ignore the blog! It’s something that you can spend way way too much time on and it’s hard to ignore it! But such a great creative outlet! Happy New Year Ashley – so glad I found your blog this year – I love it!

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Stacey! I’ve been finding it way too easy to ignore everything online since the baby’s been born, but I’m trying to get back into it slowly!

  7. Christina @ Bake with Christina says

    I seriously can’t pick my favorite! These ALL look so amazing and delicious!! Happy New Year’s!! πŸ™‚

  8. Danielle says

    Love this collection of recipes, the oven fried chicken sounds delicious! Those no bake cookies look amazing too, I’m a sucker for anything with mint. It’s been great getting to know you, Ashley! Hope you have a Happy New Year!

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