I wasn’t going to do this post.  Everyone has seemingly done one and at the risk of jumping on the Year in Review Blog Post bandwagon, I am doing it anyway.

Reading so many Best Of posts caused me to reflect back on some of my 2011 Highlights:

Travel

Aruba, May 2011

Malmok beach with chains on post

Aruba, December 2011

Aruba beach with boats

Travel + Photography Workshops

Real Food Styling & Photography Workshop with Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson

Green bowl of pasta with fork

Mexico City with Penny de los Santos

Man laughing holding wire bucket of potato fries

Food & Light in Boulder, Colorado with White on Rice Couple, Jen, and others

Cupcake with yellow frosting surrounded by rasperries

Friend Meetups

Amber

Ashley

Many meetups with Marla

Intentions & Goals, i.e. Resolutions, and Reflections

2011 Intentions and Goals

October Goals

October Goals Reviewed

7 Links Post including most controversial posts, posts with surprising success, posts that didn’t see enough of the light of day, and more

Moving/House

Told we had to move within 30 days

Moved into a new place two weeks later

Photos of my Kitchen

Family

My 10 Year Anniversary with Scott

Just being a Mom.  Motherhood is my Best Of, period.

Non-food posts I am proud of

Blogging 101

Blogging 102

Blogging 103

Blogging 104

Blogging 105

Compiling a FAQ Page which is a master list with answers to frequently asked questions that I receive.  I also included sections on travel, photography, food questions, and more.

 Two Recipes with surprising success

These have both gone gangbusters on Pinterest and Stumble.

Baked Cinnamon Bun Donuts with Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze

Baked Cinnamon Bun Donuts with Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze

No Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles

Bowl of Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles

It’s interesting to me what like and gravitate toward, and what becomes a hit.   Don’t get me wrong, although these two recipes are good, I like the following better…

Favorite Desserts

This is hard because I made so many but if I use the “first thing that comes to mind” strategy and think about what I just loved and missed when that dessert was done and gone ( I rarely make something twice when there’s so many new things to try), but the following are what popped into my mind: Two cookie recipes, one brownie recipe, two bars.

When it comes right down to it, simple is good. And so is peanut butter, chocolate, and white chocolate. If nothing else, I am consistent with the flavors and textures I like.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Stack of Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stack of Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fudgy Nutella Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Fudgy Nutella Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Marshmallow Peanut Butter Double Chocolate Pillowtop Bars

Marshmallow Peanut Butter Double Chocolate Pillowtop Bars

White Chocolate Vanilla Marshmallow Cake Bars

Stack of White Chocolate Vanilla Marshmallow Cake Bars

Questions:

1. What are your highlights from 2011?  Personal, work, family, relationship, blogging, food?  What comes to mind?

2. Are you setting New Years Resolutions, intentions or goals?

Of course there are small things I am mindful of and would like to work more on, but overall, I’m not setting any huge new goals.

I tend to do that for myself throughout the year but nothing huge comes to mind now so I’ll take that as my cue to keep on, keepin’ on.. status quo.

If you are a resolution setter, I’d love to hear what’s on your mind and your list.

Happy New Year!  If you’re celebrating tonight, please be safe!

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