The top 10 recipes of 2015, along with some of my favorites! Plus, news on what’s ahead for the next year 🙂
I know, I know. Everyone’s saying the same thing.
“The year is almost done — can you believe it?! Time goes by way too quickly!”
I’m no different than any of them. It’s crazy how much can change in just a year (and we’ll get into more of that later)!
For now though, my top 10 recipes of 2015 according to views:
1) The Best Oven Fried Chicken AGAIN!
So there you have my top 10 recipes of the year according to you! And ironically, only 1 is a new one from 2015!
And now here are my top 5 recipes posted in 2015:
1) One Pot Chicken Chow Mein — the only one that made it into the list above!
And now NEWS!
So, I’m actually kind of shy and relatively quiet in real life. I’ve always loved writing though, and I find that when I’m sitting here by myself writing these posts I can get overly emotional at times, mostly because there’s no one standing across from me looking really awkward.
I’m going to try to avoid doing that today. But I have a pretty big announcement to make.
Tomorrow, December 31, 2015, is my last day officially employed by the school division I used to teach in.
And I know that everyone is probably thinking that I’m jumping for joy, I’m finally free! I’m finally self-employed full time! I finally get to live out my dream of becoming the Canadian Ree Drummond!
But it’s not really like that.
I mean, it’s absolutely, positively wonderful. But it’s a bittersweet thing. I loved my job as a high school teacher, and I loved the school and school division I was a part of — there was no question about that. I have plenty of friends who are bloggers who just hate their jobs and wait until the day they can make the switch, and yes, for them, it’s probably a Hallelujah moment.
Don’t get me wrong. I feel really, insanely lucky to get to create recipes, cook, bake, photograph, write, and work with some of my favorite brands for a living. I have loved food for a long time. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a hard thing to do.
Right now, with my girls being 1 and 3, I knew — my husband and I both knew — there was no way I would continue with two full time jobs.
And so here we are, jumping right into this life of self-employment and leaving behind friends, colleagues, students, and a job I love. From this day forward I’m a web site publisher, recipe developer, food stylist, food photographer, video producer, writer, social media manager, marketing director, all around problem solver, and mom. Oh and a wife and a sister and a daughter and friend when there’s time (there’s not).
And I know there have been lots of words and not very many pretty pictures of food, but there’s just one more thing: I need YOU.
Yes, it’s cheesy. Yes, it’s TRUE.
Without those of you who follow along or give me feedback on recipes or leave me wonderful and even the not-so-wonderful comments, I would not be here.
And I would love your continued support.
So please, for my sanity, like the odd Facebook or Instagram post so I know you’re actually out there, and if you make a recipe, tell me! Please leave me a comment letting me know how it worked or if it didn’t — this is the best way for me to improve. I want to hear from you! Whether it’s here on the site, or on social media, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
So thank you, and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!