Happy New Year! I can't believe a year has gone by so fast! My 2023 was packed with some great experiences, recipes and fun. Our daughter - Savannah Ode - is officially on the Mom Loves Baking team now. She's so good at helping me bring more delicious recipes to you each week. And it's so fun to work with my sweet girl!
In other news, my husband opened a CAR WASH this year. If you're in Palm Harbor, come see us at Dolphin Xpress! In September, I co-chaired my 40th class reunion for Leon High School in Tallahassee, FL. It was wonderful to reconnect with so many friends. 155 classmates were there! We had the best time dancing the night away.
10 Most Popular Recipes of 2023
To wrap up the year, here's a list of my 10 most popular recipes of 2023. It's always fun to see which ones you liked the best. If you’ve tried any of these recipes, would you be so kind as to leave a rating/review? It helps other people find them more easily. Cheers to a new year!
10 - Bird's nest cookies
Bird's Nest Cookies, also called The Best No Bake Cookies with Chow Mein Noodles. So yummy and easy to make with just 4 ingredients.
This Copycat Lofthouse Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe is super easy to make and tastes just like that grocery store favorite!
8 - Bakery style double chocolate chip muffins
This Bakery-Style Double Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe is so good it's on constant repeat at my house.
Moist, tender chocolate cake like muffins loaded with chocolate chips!
7 - Crack Chicken
This Crack Chicken Recipe in the Crockpot Slow Cooker is incredibly easy to make and amazingly delicious.
It's an addicting combination of chicken, cream cheese, and ranch dressing. A super easy weeknight meal for busy days.
6 - carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
Hands down my all time favorite recipe for Easy Homemade Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!
This classic carrot cake is moist, flavorful and slathered with the most delicious, tangy cream cheese frosting.
5 - firecracker cupcakes
These Patriotic Firecracker Cupcakes for Memorial Day or July 4th are so festive with red, white and blue cake batter baked right into an ice cream cone.
Perfect for Memorial Day or Independence Day three-day weekend and kids will love them!
4 - Rice krispies treats
Do you want to know how to make Rice Krispie Treats Original Recipe?
I've got you covered, plus some helpful hints to make them turn out PERFECTLY every time!
3 - Christmas crack
This Easy Cracker Toffee Cookie Recipe (Christmas Crack) is so incredibly delicious and very simple to make. It's popular during the holidays but in my personal opinion, you can make it anytime. It's one of my favorite cookie recipes. Sure to be your new favorite recipe too!
2 - Christmas popcorn balls
If you need a quick easy dessert for Christmas that any sweet tooth will love, then make this Christmas Popcorn Balls Recipe! Very similar to Rice Krispies treats, but instead of Rice Krispies cereal, it's popped popcorn. Yum!! And by the way, my daughter made an awesome popcorn balls video which got over 19 million views over on Instagram. Go, Savannah!! Check it out!
And the NUMBER 1 most popular recipe for 2023 is . . .
1 - mini cheesecakes with vanilla wafer crust
These Super Easy Mini Cheesecakes with Vanilla Wafer Crust are perfectly rich, creamy and ready in a jiffy! Topped with cherry pie filling, they are SO delicious!! You don't need any fancy equipment either, just a standard sized muffin pan.
Here are a few pics from my 2023. From left, my daughter Savannah, our car wash and my class reunion. Thank you for reading and following our blog!