One of the perks to having a blog is that you have a record of your life events – a diary of sorts where you can easily reflect on the past year. As I take a look back over the past year I am amazed at all the things we did, the places we visited and the food we made!
Doing a count of the new recipes posted this past year I was shocked when the tally rose to 122! Yep – that’s right friends 122 new recipes were tried and posted about on Nutmeg Notebook last year. I tried even more new recipes than those blog worthy 122, but as you know if you follow the blog some of them were failures and never made it to print! Here are just a few of mine and your favorites.
The recipe that got the most reaction has to be the super simple, scrumptious Sausage Cheese Egg Muffins. This recipe was posted again and again on the Weight Watchers recipe board and I received emails and comments about it for weeks! It seems that the men in our lives really liked this hearty, portable breakfast!
Prosciutto Wrapped Mini Turkey Meatloaves with Honey Mustard Glaze was another recipe that got people excited enough to email me and leave comments. People were talking about this recipe for weeks and sending me thank you emails for sharing it! We all love good food don’t we? Be sure and use the recipe tab found at the top of the home page to explore all of the recipes using the recipe navigation page.
From your comments I know that many of you don’t care for Indian food but this Indian Mango Dal is a recipe that stands out for me! It is not your typical Indian flavor, it is a lovely slightly sweet soup and one of the most amazing soups I have ever enjoyed. It’s made with red lentils that cook quickly and break down practically melting into the broth. Oh my gosh, just talking about it makes me want to make this again. Learning about Indian cooking this past year has been so much fun for me and I plan on trying more new recipes using lentils and Indian spices in the year ahead.
I didn’t ask them but I think Katy and David (my college kids) would vote for Chicken Souvlaki Kabobs with Tzatziki sauce. Although David eats this sans the sauce. They have become pretty tough food critics over the years. They say its my fault because I have set the bar pretty high–whatever! At any rate they loved this dish and the oohs and aahs went on all through dinner. This is another super simple recipe –hm-mm–I see a trend here, many of our favorite dishes from the past year are simple recipes that are big on flavor! I love that! Good food doesn’t have to be complicated or take a lot of time. What really matters is how does it taste?
We went on some amazing hiking trails in 2011 and you can read about those in my Summer Review and enjoy more scenic photos of our adventures.
Another highlight this past year was when our daughter Katy came back home after living in Spain for 10 months!
Earlier in the year I graduated from braces to retainers followed by two mouth surgeries which put me on a liquid diet and led me to Take Life One Sip at A Time. That did turn into a great weight loss but not a diet I care to repeat any time soon. I have continued to make Jan’s High Protein Shake though as it is outstanding!
We had one of the best restuarant meals of our lives in Mill Valley, CA at Tyler Florences El Paseo. Talk about good eats – our dinner there was one of our 2011 vacation highlights!
I almost forgot about the bathroom remodel and having the house painted. We were graced with a house full of workers for over a week! I baked something everyday to share with them and that might be why they took so long to finish!
These Mimi’s Buttermilk Spice Muffins were a huge hit with everyone during the remodel.
Our bathrooms were not the only thing to get remodeled. I almost forgot about the Nutmeg Notebook overhaul my son David performed earlier this year! He gave me a Recipe Navigation Page that you can use by clicking on the Recipe Tab at the top of this page.
By clicking on the My Kitchen tab at the top of this page you have access to a Whole Foods and Trader Joes shopping lists with all of my favorites highlighted. Under this same tab you will find one of my favorite posts called The Healthy Lunch Box all about how to pack a healthy lunch for you and your family.It was a busy year!
As I look forward to 2012 a few things have been going through my mind. I am thinking about what new things I want to learn and try. How much time do I want to continue to put into the blog. Where do I want to go on vacation. How do I want to spend my free time. What are my health and personal goals. I hope to share what those thoughts are with you as we navigate our way through another year.
Wishing you good health and joy in the New Year!
Add Your Thoughts
What was one of your highlights from 2011?
What do you look forward to in 2012?