Our 10 Favorite Recipes from 2011

Yesterday we shared the Top 10 Recipes from our site in 2011 and today we are sharing our personal 10 favorite recipes. We really enjoyed looking back at all of the deliciousness that went on in our kitchen over the past year. It was a busy, but fun year. It was SO hard to pick out our favorites, but we finally narrowed it down. Josh picked 5 recipes and I picked 5. We hope you enjoy our favorite recipes from 2011.

Josh’s Favorite Recipes

5. Golden Grahams S’mores Bars-Josh created these S’mores bars during the summer and fell in love with them. They are super easy to make and a hit with kids and adults.

4. Cinnamon Baked French Toast-one of our staple breakfast recipes for entertaining or special occasions. We love that you can make it the night before. It is easy and our guests always ask for the recipe.

3. Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, & Tomatoes-I made this salad during the summer and wasn’t sure if Josh would like it. Well, he loved it and now it is one of his favorite recipes.

2. Toasted Coconut, Toffee, & Chocolate Chip Cookies-these cookies are loaded with all of Josh’s favorite things-toasted coconut, toffee, and chocolate chips. He is always begging me to make these:)

1. Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes-Josh loves these pancakes! He would eat them every morning if I let him:) They are decadent and perfect for a breakfast treat.

Maria’s Favorite Recipes

5. Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies-I love all of my cookie recipes, but I fell in love with Biscoff Spread in 2011 so I had to include these Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies in my top 5. They are super tasty!

4. Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes-Josh picked our Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes, but I like our Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes even better. They are divine!

3. Grilled Guacamole-I was craving avocados like mad when I was pregnant, so this Grilled Guacamole had to make the list. It was a staple in our house during the summer months.

2. Sweet Potato Kale Pizza with Rosemary & Red Onion-I love everything about this pizza-it is my new favorite!

1.Gooey Cinnamon Biscuits-we made these biscuits when I was pregnant and I think I ate the entire pan. They are simple to make and are loaded with cinnamon goodness. They literally melt in your mouth. I might have to make a pan today. I can’t stop thinking about them now:)

Ok, that was hard. I kept going back and forth. I really love all of our recipes. We had a tasty year indeed!

We both agree that our favorite recipe of all time is our sweet baby Caleb๐Ÿ™‚ Our little pea has made 2011 the best year ever. We are so blessed to have him in our family.

Thanks everyone for a great year! We love sharing our creations with you and appreciate your continuous support. We are looking forward to 2012. I have a feeling it is going to be a very delicious year. Happy New Year!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love looking back! How funny thatI just recently fell in love with those gooey cinnamon biscuits too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Twice in 3 days! We made them with butterscotch chips the second time. Nom!!

  2. OMG, Caleb is too cute! Great round-up, all these top 10 lists are making me want to jump into the kitchen!

  3. I agree, your recipes are all amazing and I look forward to your every post, but Caleb “takes the cake” he’s definitely a sweet pea <3

    Best wishes in 2012!!

  4. OMG….He is so adorable!! What a precious smile he has!! =) Enjoy him…before you know it, he will be a toddler and starting to look more and more like a little boy and less like a baby. =)

  5. It has been such an eventful year for you guys. I wish you so much joy in the new year…little ones grow up so stinkin’ fast!! Caleb will be walking this time next year!!!

    And I agree with you both…those streusel pancakes look to die for.

  6. ok I HAVE to agree my favorite recipe of yours is Caleb!!! he’s so stinkin’ adorable you guys!!

    What fun it was getting to meet and hang out with you two over the summer!! here’s to a fabulous 2012!

    now…….I must go make those cinnamon biscuits!

  7. Love the round-up. I need to try that Biscoff spread. I see it on nearly every food blog. Caleb is so cute btw!

  8. Happy New Year Maria and Josh! All of your favorites look fabulous, but it’s hard to deny that the best thing you made this year was Caleb. What a cute little pea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Glad to see your toasted coconut/toffee cookies made your top 10 list. They’ve become my husband’s favorite cookie! He calls them “candy bar cookies” because they taste like all of his favorite candy bars in one cookie. Thanks for sharing so many great recipes. I always look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

  10. I just posted my top recipes as well, and I know what you mean about it being hard to narrow it down! These all look delicious! Pinning several of them to try out next year!
    And Caleb is such an adorable little man! Love those cheeks and that cute smile.

  11. Great recipes. I’ve only recently discovered your site, so I have a lot of cooking catch up to do in 2012! Keep up the good work!

  12. awwwww so cute!! lovely recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ happy new year, Maria!! looking forward to 2012 and hopefully getting a chance to meet you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. A delicious round-up Maria and Caleb is so cute!
    It’s been a pleasure reading and drooling over your delicious recipes this year. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2012!
    Happy New Year!

  14. Caleb’s picture is adorable. He is a sweet little pea for sure. Love each and everyone of your and Josh’s favorites. Happy New Year.

  15. Great round-up Maria! I’ve made those cinnamon biscuits, they are fantastic! And oh my word is Caleb ever cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Caleb is adorable! Every time I see a picture I think he looks like your Dad. Do you think so?

    Can’t wait to be able to visit you guys soon.

  17. oh my gosh can Caleb get any cuter?? I forgot about all the food once I saw his face!

    haha…just kidding…all the food looks amazing! You guys cooked up a storm this year, I love it all! But that grilled guacamole and pizza is calling my name! Love you guys and have a happy new year!!! BIG HUG!

  18. Aww, what a cute pic of Caleb ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’d like some of your pumpkin cinnamon streusel pancakes please – sound sooo good!

  19. I have not made everything on your top 10 list yet, but I will certainly try to accomplish that goal in 2012. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can say that I definitely love, love, love the Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes. They are simply amazing!

  20. Wow, yum! I’ve been pinning baked French Toast recipes like crazy, this one is going to the top of the list! And what a cute little pea ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. The pumpkin cinnamon streusel pancakes get my vote! Congratulations on such an amazing year – so happy for you and Josh.

  22. Love seeing your and Josh’s favorites for 2011 and your son Caleb is just precious! Happy New Year and wishing you all the very best in 2012!

  23. I love both of your picks especially the Biscoff and cinnamon flavored goodies. Wishing you and your beautiful family a very Happy New Year!

  24. I love all the personal favorite recipes you both chose, but I must agree that your best recipe by far is definitely Caleb! He is so stinkin’ cute!!!!
    I hope you all have a very Happy New Year!!

  25. What a little cutie – love his little smile ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great looking back and your favorites. I am all over those cinnamon biscuits!

  26. Fabulous round-up…I want your sweet potato pizza RIGHT NOW! Caleb is just gorgeous…cheers to a fun and fabulous 2012.

  27. oooh yum! everything looks fantastic, but your baby pea is definitely the winner! such a cutie!

    happy 2012, maria! thank you for sharing such wonderful & delicious recipes this year! i can’t wait to see what you come up with next year ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  28. Caleb’s cute green hat and sweater make him one adorable “pea” indeed! Your 2012 will be filled with fun watching him grow! Happy New Year!!

  29. Those Biscoff oatmeal cookies are still my husband’s favorite. I wanted the gooey cinnamon biscuits this morning, but didn’t have any cream and didn’t want to go to the store, so I tried them with half and half. I had to adapt a little to make them work, and I’m sure they are even better with full cream, but they were still very tasty!

  30. I’ve made almost all of these, but I think my favorite were your biscoff oatmeal cookies. They were a huge hit at my family’s annual cookies exchange!

  31. My hubs is going to love that guacamole. I can’t believe I missed it before! And I finally ordered some Biscoff spread, so I’m thinking those oatmeal cookies are my first Biscoff treat. ๐Ÿ™‚

    That photo of your little pea is too sweet!

  32. Great choices! Those are all delicious. And Caleb is just plain adorable, so it had to have been the best year yet. Happy New Year to the three of you!