Best Posts of 2013

2013 has been one heck of a year. For me personally it has been filled with wedding planning, races, and a busy year at work. For the blog, it has been filled with an even mix of sweet treats and healthy recipes. I thought I would share the top 3 blog posts that I had this year, based upon the number of views each post had. And then, I’ll share my 3 favorites. My favorite thing about blogging is getting to share different stories from my life. So these 3 posts are more about the stories that go along with them, then the recipes themselves. (Though the recipes are delicious too!)

Reader Favorites:

1. “Pinterest” Greek Yogurt Chicken

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Based on the name of this post, you may have gathered that this is a recipe I found on Pinterest. I posted the recipe here on my blog and it has become one of the top searches that have brought people to Miss Petite Sweets. It reminds me of the Parmesan and Mayo Chicken that my mom used to make growing up, but it’s just a tad bit healthier. Plus it includes Lawry’s seasoning, so my fiancee has requested it on several occasions.

2. Whole Wheat Pancakes with Peanut Butter Syrup

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This recipe is one of those great examples of finding inspiration in the blog world itself. A few years ago, I had never heard of PB2, or powdered peanut butter, but thanks to my new hobby of reading health and fitness blogs, I discovered this product and have used it in a couple different recipes. It tastes similar to peanut butter but has half the amount of calories and fat. And when mixed with a little water & honey, it makes for a delicious, protein packed syrup for pancakes

3. Faygo Cola Baby Back Ribs

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Eric bought me a Faygo Cola cookbook this year and this was the first recipe I tried. I don’t know what it is about cola, but it has an amazing effect on meat. Using Michigan’s favorite pop, or “soda” for you Southerners, made these ribs tender and delicious. And the recipe couldn’t be easier to make.

My favorite posts of the year:

1. Lemon Blueberry Muffins

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As the years pass, I get more and more  appreciative of my brother. Not everyone gets a built in best friend from day one, and I am so happy to have him. We may be total opposities, but I love that we teach each other new things. This recipe reminded me of after school snacks that we shared growing up so it just made sense to share yet another story about Sean.

2. Oatmeal Appleasuce Muffins

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A few of my family members think I’m crazy for how much I enjoy running. In this post I shared what it is about my sport of solitude that I love so much. I wrote it just before I finished my first half marathon, so it also reminds me of that great time in my life. Running a half marathon has been a lifelong dream of mine so it’s always nice to look back on the journey that got me there.

Heaven Cookies

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This is a recipe I posted quite recently, sharing my thoughts about my best friend Anne. The older I get, the more thankful I am for the true friends I’ve made in life. I’ve had quite a few friendships fade away over the years so it makes me feel that much more lucky that one of my best friends is still the first friend I ever had.

So thank you for yet another great year of readership and I wish you all the Happiest New Year!

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