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Monday, December 31, 2012

Countdown to 2013: Top Visited Recipes of the Year!



Hello there and Happy New Year's Eve! I've had so much fun recapping the year's recipes for you this week. I said this before, it's been a real eye opener which ones were the most popular with you. It's definitely given me some ideas going forward in 2013, that's for sure! 

Today is the final day of our Countdown to 2013 series, and probably my most favorite. The five top visited posts OF THE YEAR are listed below! Here's a list of all the recap posts this week:

Best Breakfast Recipes of 2012

Best Soup Recipes of 2012

Best Main Dish Recipes of 2012

Best Snack Recipes of 2012

Best Dessert Recipes of 2012

Overall Top Reader Favorites of 2012

Happy New Year!


Before I get to today's top overall posts, I just want to say thank you to the best readers in the world! I have had so much fun this year sharing my favorite recipes and ideas with you all and your comments just make my day. I'm so happy I started this little hobby of mine and I can't wait to see where 2013 takes Semi Homemade Mom!



Here we go!


The 5th most visited post of the year... Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta



I'm not surprised at all with this one! The flavor in this cheesy ranch sauce is just amazing.






The 4th most visited post of the year... Slow Cooker Fresh Tomato Sauce



This one surprised me a little! I really love this one, mostly because of the ingredients. I definitely want to try making more fresh-ingredient recipes in the new year!






The 3rd most visited post of the year... Crockpot BBQ Chicken



First off, I definitely need to take an update picture of this one. :) I've made this MANY times this year, sometimes even adding potatoes wrapped in foil over the chicken. A complete, delicious meal in my favorite appliance ever!






The 2nd most visited post of the year... over 400,000 pageviews!

30 {One Step} Crock Pot Meals



Wow! This one went viral on Pinterest and it's no wonder to me. We love our Crock Pots, am I right? I'm making a point to try some more of the meals in this post in the coming year, stay tuned!






And the #1 Top Visited Post of 2012... over 500,000 pageviews!

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken



I actually tried this recipe on a whim, I really liked the idea of a chicken taco filling made in the Crock Pot. This recipe is a winner and obviously you agree! If you haven't tried it yet, it's simply a must for families. So easy and absolutely delicious! 


Well, there you have it! I am truly humbled by how many of you stop by and read each day. I pray God gives you much health and happiness in the New Year. I'll leave you with a favorite verse...

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
-Romans 15:13

Linking up to these fabulous parties. Check them out!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Countdown to 2013: Best Dessert Recipes



All week long I've been highlighting the year's top visited recipes and I've been looking forward to today! This post will have you drooling because I've got the most popular dessert recipes of 2012 listed. I hope you have your pin button warmed up, here we go!



Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake






Cinnamon Stick Cookies






Mini Oreo Cheesecakes






Pastor's Wife Apple Crumb Pie






Apple Streusel Bread






My personal favorite: Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies






I hope you enjoyed looking back on the year's most popular desserts! Click below to jump to the Countdown to 2013 series:


Best Breakfast Recipes of 2012

Best Soup Recipes of 2012

Best Main Dish Recipes of 2012

Best Snack Recipes of 2012

Best Dessert Recipes of 2012

Overall Top Reader Favorites of 2012

Happy New Year!



Linking up to these fabulous parties. Check them out!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Countdown to 2013: Best Snacks & Drinks Recipes



I really have had such a great time looking over the year's recipes and seeing which ones were the most popular. It's really been an eye-opener for me! Today I'm focusing on the year's best snack and drink recipes, these are so yummy! Perfect if you're still looking for something to make on New Year's Eve. Here are the top snack & appetizer recipes of the year:


Christmas Cranberry Dip






Chili Cheese Nachos






BBQ Chicken Ranch Dip






Strawberry Orange Julius






Italian Parmesan Potato Wedges






My personal favorite: Mocha Mint Latte






Be sure to check back tomorrow for the top visited dessert recipes of the year here on Semi Homemade Mom! Click below to jump to the Countdown to 2013 series:


Best Breakfast Recipes of 2012

Best Soup Recipes of 2012

Best Main Dish Recipes of 2012

Best Snack Recipes of 2012

Best Dessert Recipes of 2012

Overall Top Reader Favorites of 2012

Happy New Year!



Linking up to these fabulous parties. Check them out!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Countdown to 2013: Main Dish Recipes



I love Christmas week because this week I'm joining with some of my favorite bloggers and we're counting down our most popular recipes of 2012. Today's task is highlighting the favorite main dish posts and it's so hard! Main dishes are definitely my forte here on Semi Homemade Mom, mostly because that's what I cook most often! Here are the main dish recipes with some of the highest pageviews this year:


Bubble Up Enchiladas






Creamy Baked Ziti






Poppin' Ranch Chicken Pot Pie






Slow Cooker Orange Chicken






Crockpot Pesto Ravioli






Saucy Pasta Bake






My personal favorite - Lemon Garlic Shrimp Penne






Tomorrow I'll be sharing the most popular snack recipes of the year here on Semi Homemade Mom! I hope to see you back here. Click below to jump to the Countdown to 2013 series:

Best Breakfast Recipes of 2012

Best Soup Recipes of 2012

Best Main Dish Recipes of 2012

Best Snack Recipes of 2012

Best Dessert Recipes of 2012

Overall Top Reader Favorites of 2012

Happy New Year!


Linking up to these fabulous parties. Check them out!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Countdown to 2013: Best Soup Recipes



On today's installation of Countdown to 2013, we're highlighting our top soup recipes! If you're a regular follower of Semi Homemade Mom, you know we are SOUP LOVERS in this house. In November, I held Soup Week which was so much fun! 



I loved having a series on the blog, and apparently you did too! I have some more fun planned this year so stay tuned. 

Here were the top soup recipes on the blog this year:


Cheesy Potato Soup







Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup







Pasta E Fagioli Soup







Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons







Can Can Taco Soup







My personal favorite: Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup







What is your go-to soup recipe? Share it with us in the comments! Click below to jump to the Countdown to 2013 series. 


Best Breakfast Recipes of 2012

Best Soup Recipes of 2012

Best Main Dish Recipes of 2012

Best Snack Recipes of 2012

Best Dessert Recipes of 2012

Overall Top Reader Favorites of 2012

Happy New Year!


Linking up to these fabulous parties. Check them out!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Countdown to 2013: Best Breakfast Recipes



I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was filled with wonderful presents, yummy food, and happy, smiling, chubby little faces. Thank you, Father. We are so blessed!

I'm celebrating Christmas week here at Semi Homemade Mom along with these wonderful bloggers by highlighting my top recipes of the year. There's still time to join us, click here for more info!

Today, I'm highlighting the top breakfast recipes from the year. Here are the five most popular recipes of 2012:



Copycat IHOP Pancakes







Cake Mix Blueberry Muffins







Secret Ingredient Chocolate Banana Bread







Amish Baked Oatmeal







Banana Applesauce Crescents








My favorite from 2012: Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins




I definitely have a resolution to try more egg-based breakfast dishes. We love eggs in this house, but I find myself turning to traditional scrambled eggs most of the time! What about you? Share your favorite breakfast recipe in the comments for us!

Best Breakfast Recipes of 2012

Best Soup Recipes of 2012

Best Main Dish Recipes of 2012

Best Snack Recipes of 2012

Best Dessert Recipes of 2012

Overall Top Reader Favorites of 2012

Happy New Year!


Linking up to these fabulous parties. Check them out!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Menu Plan Monday 12/24 - Merry Christmas Eve!



First of all, I want to say Merry Christmas to each and every one of you! All the rushing around and craziness stops when it's Christmas Eve for me. Well, for the most part. :) Today we will be going to my mom and dad's for our traditional meatball sandwich and potato salad dinner. Silas helped her make this year! From there, we'll be going to our church's candle light Christmas Eve service. It's probably my favorite service of the year! 

And then it's night night for the boys while I finish wrapping and Paul puts together their new kitchen set. They love pretending to cook, so I'm really excited to see their reaction. :) Do you have any special traditions on Christmas Eve? Sometimes I look forward to Christmas Eve just as much as Christmas Day!

Now on to the menu plan. Lots of slow cooker recipes, again! I love that thing and I'm excited to try some new ones this week while I'm home. Here's the plan:



Meatball Sandwiches and Potato Salad, Cheesecake for dessert







Merry Christmas!

Breakfast - Holiday Breakfast Bake



Dinner - Christmas Cranberry Dip (I'm bringing an appetizer, Mom's making dinner)







Crockpot Corn Chowder







Cheesy Chicken Tator Tot Casserole







Tuna Melt Quesadillas







Breakfast - Overnight French Toast Casserole



Dinner - Black Bean Quesadillas







Breakfast - Leftover French Toast Casserole



Dinner - Crockpot Pesto Ravioli








~leftovers galore!



I'm linking up at Menu Plan Monday, Stone Gable, and Scraps of Life.

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