Happy New Year to you all. I look forward to another fun filled year, creating and sharing lots of festive food and edible crafts here at Hungry Happenings.
I rang in the New Year in bed, sick for the second time this month. I can't say it was a great way to start a new year, but that wont dampen my spirits. I have tons of new ideas. Crazy thoughts about fun food are always swirling around in my head and I look forward to being well enough to get back in the kitchen soon.
I have to say that 2013 was one of the best years of my life for me personally and professionally. The year began at Disneyland with Ilim, our German Exchange student. Now that was a great way to start a year.
Ilim really brought such great joy to my life and I was really sad when the school year ended and she had to go back home. Of course, that just means I have something to look forward to this year, as we plan to travel to Hamburg to visit her.
Not only did we host an exchange student last year, but our former exchange students came to visit this summer. It was a whirlwind month while they were here and it was so lovely to spend time with them again. They are back in Russia now and we hope to see them again soon.
An Exciting Year For Hungry Happenings
January of 2014 begins the fourth year of blogging for me and what a journey it has been. This past year was full of amazing experiences. Here are just a few of the highlights:
- Snack Cake Penguins on the cover of Woman's World Magazine
- Wedding Cake Cheese Ball and Patriotic Dip featured in Woman's World Magazine
- Featured Blogger in Country Woman Magazine
- Football Fritters featured on CNN's HLN Superbowl Show
- Conversation Heart Cheesecakes and Cheesecake Clocks pinned by Martha Stewart
- Created dozens of recipes for General Mills' Tablespoon.com
- Listed as one of Tablespoon.com's A-list contributors
- Traveled to California to report for The Daily Meal
- Handmade Halloween Magazine article featuring my cookbook, Hungry Halloween
- Bon Appetit article about my Mini Monster Cheese Balls
Most Popular Edible Craft Posts for 2013
My edible craft creations continue to gain popularity and I have you to thank for that. Of the most popular posts for the year, only four of the recipes were actually created this year. I love to see a recipe like the Edible Santa Suite Cups, which didn't get much traffic the year I created them, really take off the next year. Thanks to all of you for sharing my projects with your friends and family.
1. Conversation Heart Cheesecakes (2012)
2. Crescent Roll Carrots (2011)
3. Sweet Chocolate Cherry Bombs (2011)
4. Frosty Snowmen Pretzels (2013)
5. Chocolate Bunny Silhouettes (2012)
6. Reese's Cup Rudolph (2012)
7. Edible Santa Suit Candy Cup (2012)
8. Cake Ball Brains Oozing Cherry Blood (2012)
9. Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies (2013)
10. Carrot Top Cupcakes (2013)
11. Pink Fuzzy Slipper Cookies (2011)
12. CHEESECAKE Pumpkin Stuffed Cupcakes (2013)
13. Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake (2011)
It's hard to top the popularity of my Conversation Heart Cheesecakes and Crescent Roll Carrots, but I was happy to see a few of my recipe creations from 2013 make the top of the list. Here are my most popular edible craft creations from 2013.
These Frosty Snowmen Pretzels are so simple and so cute. I can see why they are so popular.
After seeing a photoshop version, I made these Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies
and so did dozens of other bloggers. I got there first, though, and had lots of people
checking them out.
My very first attempt at making edible cupcake wrappers were for these
Carrot Top Cupcakes. They are still one of my favorite designs.
I knew as soon as I created these CHEESECAKE Pumpkin Stuffed Cupcakes
that they would be a hit and was so happy I was right!
People really seem to love my Baby Chick Cheese Balls.
Really, what's not to love?
I was really hoping my idea of painting with cheesecake would go over big,
so I was very happy to see my Cheesecake Easter Eggs were well liked.
This recipe for Football Fritters for Super Bowl wouldn't have happened if it weren't for Ilim,
She made these fritters for us and I fell in love. It was fun to turn her recipe into an edible craft.
I also have to thank CNN"S HLN for featuring them on their Superbowl Show.
I tried to capture the essence of my extremely popular Conversation Hear Cheesecakes
by making this Conversation Heart Fudge. While it didn't shoot to instant popularity,
this recipe post did pretty well this year.
These Stuffed Pizza Skulls are just so cool.
I got to share these Halloween Magic Bars with the viewers of Fox 45 Morning Show
and got lots of local traffic from Dayton, Ohio.
I spent quite a bit of time designing edible cupcake wrappers for Christmas and these
White Chocolate Snowman Cupcake Wrappers were the favorite.
Stuffing candy inside cookies was all the rage this year and I created a few designs including
which I gave to several very enthusiastic graduates this past June.
My love of homemade gumdrops is apparent on this blog and my
Homemade Sour Gummy Bunnies were your favorite.
Not everything I make becomes popular.
There were a few duds this year.
There were a few duds this year.
These are the least popular posts of the year.
I think the concept behind this Halloween Cheesecake with Flying Bats was good,
but honestly it didn't turn out like I'd hoped. It was my least popular post of the year.
These Christmas Magic Bars are by far my favorite magic bar recipe ever,
but it was posted only a few days before Christmas.
I hope people find the recipe next year and make these bars. They are really that good.
Of course, you don't have to wait until Christmas, you can make these today.
My Caramel, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Halloween Magic Bars are good too, but they weren't over the top good, so I'm not surprised to see them in this list.
I almost cried when I saw my Jungle Animal Pretzel Pops in the bottom of this list. I actually had
planned to write an e-book featuring pretzel pops. Last spring, Ilim and I handcrafted an entire
zoo filled with pretzel pops, so I'm sad to see these really didn't catch on.
I'm not shocked at all to see these Spinach Artichoke Frittata Trees in the bottom.
Nor was I unhappy to see these Cheesy Pumpkin Pita Chips there too.
I tried to simplify, and these may have been too simple.
Not everything I made turned out great, but overall I'm really happy with the edible craft projects I created this year and look forward to all the new projects yet to come. Thanks for sharing in my love of fun food.
I may need to take a bit of time off, to get well, but rest assured, I'll be back soon.
Here's to a fabulous 2014.