Happy New Year and Five Favorites from 2014

  • Happy New Year and Five Favorites from 2014
  • Happy New Year and Five Favorites from 2014
  • Happy New Year and Five Favorites from 2014
  • Happy New Year and Five Favorites from 2014
Posted on December 31, 2014

I hate to sound cliché, but WHERE DID 2014 GO? It’s almost hard to believe we are once again at the end of another year. But also not so hard to believe, because SCIENCE and all that jazz about the Earth orbiting around the sun. That’s good stuff.

I thought it would be fun to share some of my highlights. So here we go:

I quit a job, I got another job, then I quit that job.

I chose myself.

I attended my first ever food blogging conference. Six weeks later I attended my second.

I moved across the country, trading my lake view for an ocean view.

I stayed at the hotel where they filmed Dirty Dancing.

I visited 16 states and 2 provinces.

I got re-acquainted with old friends. I made many new friends.

I met David Lebovitz (whoa!) and Joy the Baker (bonkers awesome!).

This little blog grew and grew and grew. And keeps growing every single day (Thank YOU ALL!).

I took 9,290 photographs (wow!).

And I published 135 recipes (double wow!).

Now lets talk about a few of those recipes. Like last year, I tried to pick out my Five Favorites from the year. Which isn’t an easy task. Because if I don’t love something, I don’t publish it here. So whittling 135 recipes down to five is like trying to pick out your favorite child. Not that I know anything about that. I’m just trying to be relatable. My mom says I should try and be more relatable…

Here are the standouts:

1. Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Coconut-Lime Rice and Peach Salsa. The perfect summertime meal. This dish packs tons of flavor and just the right amount of heat.

2. Flourless Brownie + Espresso-Caramel Buttermilk Ice Cream Sandwiches. Because you can never go wrong with this combination.

3. Crusted Goat Cheese Caprese Stacks. A twist on a classic with a stunning presentation.

4. Squash and Apple Soup with Fried Sage and Halloumi. An uncomplicated fall soup jazzed up with yummy toppings.

5. Braided Cardamom and Chocolate-Hazelnut Bread. So much more than just a pretty face.


What were your highlights in 2014, food or otherwise? I’d love to hear them!

Looking forward to spending another delicious year with you. Thanks for making 2014 so great! I appreciate each and everyone of you!




  • Happy New Year Liz! Love your five favourites 🙂 So which two Provinces were you in, btw? Just remember, if you’re ever in the Ontario one, do drop in 😉


    • Alberta and BC! Would love to visit you in Ontario one day!!

  • That sounds like so many photographs, but I realized I probably took a similar number too! Happy 2015!


    • And I think 90% of them are food and then 10% are of my dog! Ha! Happy New Year, Kelly!

  • What a year!!!!!! And for real—2014, where the heck did you go? Can’t wait to see you in February XO


    • Yeah! I’m so excited! Happy New Year, Erin!

  • Sounds like you had an AWESOME year! And all this good food…I have no idea how you whittled your list down to only FIVE.


    • Thanks, Joanne! Happy New Year!

  • Happy New Year, Liz! It sounds like you had an amazing year. Wow, I don’t think I could even count how many pictures I took this year. I love reflecting on what happened over the past year. I quit a job and started a new one too, and it is amazing how much better I feel about this past year just because of that one change. I can’t wait to see what you share with us in 2015!


    • Thanks, Ashley. One change can make a BIG difference! Happy New Year and looking forward to lots of awesome things in 2015!

  • I am so thankful we met in 2014!! Cheers to hopefully seeing you again in 2015! Woo-hoo!! I love watching your blog grow and grow…and GROW! 🙂 You are awesome and I admire you for doing what you love…even if that means quitting and job, getting another job and quitting that, too 🙂 You gotta do what you gotta do girl! Keep up the hard work!


    • Thanks, Erin! Getting to meet you in 2014 was so awesome. I hope we get the chance to get together in 2015! Happy New Year, friend!

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