Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014 and a Look Back at 2013.

Happy 2014 |

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:

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. 

6. Reese's Cup Rudolph (2012)
10. Carrot Top Cupcakes (2013)

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.

Winter snack recipe
These Frosty Snowmen Pretzels are so simple and so cute. I can see why they are so popular.

Halloween cookie recipe
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.

Easter cupcake recipe
My very first attempt at making edible cupcake wrappers were for these 
Carrot Top Cupcakes. They are still one of my favorite designs.

Halloween cupcake recipe
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!

Easter snack recipe
People really seem to love my Baby Chick Cheese Balls.
Really, what's not to love?

Easter dessert ideas
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.

Super Bowl snack recipes
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. 

Valentine's Day dessert recipe
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.

Halloween snack ideas
These Stuffed Pizza Skulls are just so cool.
Enough, said.

Halloween dessert recipe
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.

Christmas cupcake ideas
I spent quite a bit of time designing edible cupcake wrappers for Christmas and these

Graduation cookie recipe
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.

Easter candy ideas
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. 
These are the least popular posts of the year. 

Halloween dessert recipe
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.

Christmas dessert ideas
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.

Halloween dessert
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.

Cute snack ideas
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.

Christmas appetizer ideas
I'm not shocked at all to see these Spinach Artichoke Frittata Trees in the bottom. 

Fall snack ideas
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.


  1. Beth, I absolutely LOVED your idea of Animal Pretzel Pops. I think they are so clever and adorable and delicious! I was probably as surprised as you to see them on the bottom of the list, as they are not that hard to make! I am in love with the lamb and chicken from the Farm Animal ones too!! :D

    1. Thanks, Natalie. That is so nice to hear. I was so disappointed to see them in the bottom. I really thought I had come up with something really fun that people would really get excited about. I'm not going to abandon the idea, because I love the pops, but I probably wont do a book.

  2. Wow ... what a year! These "most popular" posts are wonderful reminders of past projects ... can't believe where the Animal Pretzels ended up ... personally, thought they were adorable :) I reviewed my statistics and was surprised to see that 8 of the top 10 "the most viewed" posts were from 2012 ... go figure!

    1. I've realized after three years of blogging, that posts that are popular just get more popular as the years go on. I always love to see something new make it into the top spots, but also realize that it takes time for lots of people to see the new stuff. None of my new Christmas projects broke into the top spots, but hopefully next year, they'll get the recognition they deserve.

      You've come up with some amazing projects this year too and I'm sure they'll move up in the stats too.

      Happy New Year.

  3. Jungle Animal Pretzel Pops are one of the best. I just repined them. I can't believe it.
    Maybe they are so perfect, people are afraid to try them. They are one of my favorites.
    Keep up the GREAT work. Trish Butler

  4. Shut the front door. What do you mean you probably won't do a book. You have
    to do another book. I need it, WE need it. Please, please, please. You need to share
    your wonderful ideas with all the women who don't get on line. I have been waiting for
    another book. Trish Butler

    1. Thanks, Trish. Oh, I do plan to do more books, I just am not sure I'll do one all about pretzel pops, which was my intention. I appreciate your enthusiasm and support:)

  5. Happy New Year Beth! I loved your posts in 2013 and I can't wait to see what you come up with next! : )

  6. You have had a most amazing year - and after only four years of blogging you're in magazines and on the
    shelf! It's no wonder, your creations truly deserve to be in magazines all over the world - that way more
    people can bring your creations right into their own home! Congrats on a wonderfully successful year and
    I wish you continued success in the new year!

    1. Thanks so much. I sure has been an exciting year and I'm looking forward to seeing even more fun things happen in 2014!

  7. I am surprised your turkey cake didn't even rank. Even though it was featured on another site I actually made it for my Thanksgiving dinner and it was a HUGE hit!

    1. I'm so happy to hear you made the turkey cake and thought it was worthy of being in the top! I'd love to share a picture of your cake in my Reader's Gallery, if you snapped any.


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