Top 10 of 2012

Top 10 of 2012 from Cravings of a Lunatic

I have to say 2012 rocked. Except when it was kicking my ass. Which it did a lot of. But I wouldn’t trade any of those lessons learned for anything in the world. You can never grow and learn if you don’t have obstacles and challenges in life. Going through the hard stuff makes you appreciate the good stuff more. It also makes you grateful for the little things in life. So any lesson I was taught I am grateful for, it’s brought me to the place I need to be. Moving forward, learning, and growing. It’s what life is all about. Well, that and chocolate of course. 

And let’s just say it, there’s been a lot of chocolate this year. Lots of turtle recipes. Lots of pizza recipes. And lots of krispie treats. I’m nothing if not a little predictable. But why mess with a good thing. All those things make me happy. I’m a firm believer in finding your happiness in life.

I’ve learned that blogging makes me happy. I really love the heck out of it. There is nothing I enjoy more than getting in the kitchen to experiment and play with recipes. It gives me so much joy in my life. Meeting new people, making connections with people with a shared passion, feeling like I’m not completely insane for being able to talk about olive oil for an hour. These little perks make this so worthwhile. It’s the people who read day in and day out that keep me going, keep me baking and cooking. So thank you to all of you who made 2012 the year I found my passion in life. You are such a big part of this blog and why I love this job so much.

It’s funny when you make something, you can never predict what will be a hit with readers and what will not. It’s a total mystery to me what makes one thing stand out to you all more than other things. There are posts you all dig that I wasn’t sure I should post. There are posts I loved that no one really read. You just never know when it comes to recipes. All I can do is cook what we love and hope you love it too. In 2012 you loved sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. Here’s your faves for the year according to google analytics. Enjoy this blast from the past.

Click any photo to get to the recipe pictured!

Trix Krispies by Cravings of a Lunatic

Trix Krispies- the post I love to hate. Only due to the large number of people who stole the photo!

Cherry Danish Dessert

Cherry Danish Dessert- I did this as a guest post for Donna at Cookistry!

Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn

Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn- I have to say I love that you love this one. It’s a personal fave of mine too!

Apple Pies in Jars

Apple Pies in Jars- this recipe was so much fun to do. They freeze so well too!

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread- I loved this bread WAY too much.

Thick Oreo Milkshake

Thick Oreo Milkshake- this one still surprises me. Although it is dang good!

Panzerotti aka Deep Fried Pizza

Panzerotti aka Deep Fried Pizza- I love this post. It has step by step pics with mini-me tossing dough and making the panzerotti. So it’s a fave of mine as well!

Mini Meyer Lemon Meringue Tarts

Mini Meyer Lemon Meringue Tarts- loved these. This was part of BDTK where I interviewed Domestic Fits and made her lemon tarts!

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup – this one is recent and oh so good. If you haven’t made it yet you should try this out!

Lemon IceBox Pie

Lemon IceBox Pie – such a refreshing and easy recipe. Plus it’s just cute.

I hope you continue on this crazy ride with me in 2013. I look forward to sharing more recipes and more of my life with you. Thank you all so much for reading and taking time out of your lives to stop in and say hello. It means so much to me that you all dig what I’m up to.

Happy New Year!

Toodles and smoochies! xx 

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Comments

  1. 1

    I love your blog, you always make me laugh…..and drool a lot too! This is a fantastic round up, and I believe a couple I have not seen yet….so will go drool some more! I love blogging too, it makes me so happy! Happy New Year my friend, Sending big hugs, Terra

    • 2

      Thanks so much Terra. I love that you like it here. Makes me super happy. Happy New Year. Looking forward to 2013 and all the great food we have ahead of us.

  2. 3

    Kim? You and your blog ROCK! Cheers to 2013!

  3. 5

    Everything you made looks gorgeous!! I love the Trix Krispies!!! Happy New Years!!

  4. 7

    Happy New Year to you! I’ve enjoyed your blog so much this year. I’m looking forward to all that you will share in the coming year. I also hope next year brings you good health and lots of love.
    xoxo,
    Renee

    • 8

      Thanks Renee. I wanted to email you to say thank you so much for the card. I really appreciate it. It was so sweet of you. So glad we met, blogging has such amazing perks. I get to meet amazing folks like you. Happy New Year to you.

  5. 9

    Yayyyyy!!! It’s been SUCH an amazing year, and I can’t wait to see what craziness you dish up in 2013! :D

  6. 12

    The Trix Krispies rocked 2012 :) Happy New Year- K

  7. 14

    Love this “best of” post!! Some of my very favorites made the list and I discovered a few that I missed. I’ve loved reading your blog this year and look forward to following you into 2013. Happy new year!

  8. 16

    Happy new year, my friend! I’m so glad that at some point in time whenever it was, I found your blog. You’ve given me many laughs as well as some opportunities to pray for your health. Since Hubby suffers from IBS, I have a small inkling of what you’ve gone through this year and there’s been a lot of empathy headed your way from the U.S.’s southern realm. Oh, and as far as that collection above? I’m all about that deep fried pizza. Holy cow. :)

    • 17

      Me too lady. The perks of blogging is the friendships we make. I’m happy to have you in my corner. I feel for your hubby too. IBS is a weird illness, so many things about that are hard to explain to people. Always nice to know others out there get it and understand how hard it is.

      That pizza is one of my faves cuz mini-me made an appearance in that post.

  9. 18

    I want one of everything! Happy New Year! :)

  10. 20

    You have provided us with an amazing and fun year of food!! Can’t wait to see what you do in 2013! Happy New Year!

  11. 22

    Happy Happy 2013 Gorgeous fun family food!
    :)
    V

  12. 24

    A lotta good stuff there! 2012 was great, and I expect 2013 to be even better! Happy New Year!

  13. 26

    Cheers to 2013! Wishing you a wonderful year with less challenges than 2012!

    …What is it about pull apart bread? I shouldn’t even bother with a suggested portion. If you don’t eat the ENTIRE loaf, you’re doing fabulously, I’d say. SO ADDICTING!!!!

    • 27

      Thanks so much Nicole. You are so sweet.

      I know right. Pull apart bread is life’s dirty little secret. So good.

  14. 28

    Hey, overcoming obstacles and eating chocolates go hand in hand! :) Happy new year!

  15. 30

    What a great round up of recipes. LOVE the trix treats. So fun. Happy New Year to you!

  16. 32

    Can you just come over and cook for me?!?!? Love it all…the Trix Krispies and the Oreo Milkshakes are my favs!

    • 33

      I would totally come over and cook for you. We’ll start with Trix and oreo milkshakes and work from there. Happy New Year.

  17. 34

    Despite your little obstacle this year, you cooked up a delicious storm! Happy, happy New Year to one of my favorite foodies!!!! I loved hearing about your special “pin” today…I knew you’d be rubbing elbows with greatness sooner than later! xx

    • 35

      Awe thanks Liz. Baking through stress is definitely the way to go. And thanks about the special pin comment. I about fell on the floor when I saw it. Pretty freaking cool.

  18. 36

    What a great year! So glad you have found your passion, and can’t wait to see what crazy things you come up with in 2013 :) Happy New Year!

    • 37

      Thanks so much Anna. I think I kept it under wraps for so long. So happy to finally be free to do my thing. It’s so much fun. Happy New Year.

  19. 38

    Lasagna soup…holy moly that sounds fantastic. Going to the top of my to-make list!!!!

    • 39

      At the risk of sounding like an ego maniac, it’s so freaking good. Sorry but it’s totally true. Lol. It’s just one of those recipes you fall in love with. Hope you like it. I make it all the time now.

  20. 40

    Everything looks so good but the apple pie in jars hits my hot button every time.

    I hope 2013 sees great things for you and brings you nothing but health, happiness and true joy.

    I’m so glad we met.

  21. 41

    Happy New Year, Kim, and what a great foodie year you’ve had. I think my favourite was the apple pie in a jar. Wishing you and yours the very best for 2013, Hester x

  22. 42

    Oh, I am VERY taken with the cherry danish dessert!

  23. 43

    Want to know why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions? It’s your Panzerotti. Happy 2013!

  24. 45

    I wouldn’t even know where to start – they all look so good!!

  25. 46

    it was a good year for us, right? right! You made an appearance in both my everyday life (with the trix krispies) and my wee one’s birthday party (with the old fashioned pink popcorn.) I loved them both, and i daresay i’d love each and every recipe in this top 10. :) happy new year, kim!

  26. 47

    What a delicious year! I am so in love with those Trix Krispies. Reminds me of childhood.

  27. 48

    Wow, looking at this post I am surprised I didn’t gain 50 pounds during 2012… it all looks so good!!!!

    I think panzerotti and lasagna soup are my favourites out of this collection :)

  28. 49

    Happy New Year! Loving the apple pies in a jar!

  29. 50

    Happy New Year!!!! Looking at your collection here, I would say that you definitely have a sweet tooth! :) What a sweet collection!

  30. 51

    I’m happy for you to have such a great year. I always enjoy your posts they are so delightful. I wish you a happy New Year.

  31. 52

    Here’s to an awesome 2013. I hope we can get together at at least one conference this year!

  32. 53

    I’ll take one of each please! I’m so glad you survived 2012 and I look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store for us all this year :)

  33. 54

    Happy New Year! So so many amazing recipes :)

  34. 55

    Lots of chocolate and lots of pizza is certainly not a problem in my book! I think my favorite from these ten was that decadent deep fried pizza. Yum!

  35. 56

    What a fantastic year in food! Happy 2013…looking forward to much more :)

  36. 57

    I love chocolate and turtle recipes you make and I had really enjoyed your posts last year. Can’t wait to see what you are going to share this year! :)

  37. 58

    What a great round-up, Kim!! I see that lasagna soup happening in my future!!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with this year! xoxo

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