I love lists. Like, really love lists. I organize my whole life in list form. Work, to-do, groceries, workouts. I have separate lists for all of it. And guess what, there’s an app for that. It’s called Cross It Off. You can make as many lists as you’d like and you use your finger to strike through items when you’re done. See.
Pretty cool, right? Totally. I knew you’d love it. And when it’s your own list you can make up your own words. Anybody want to come undecorate my house?
Now, for more important lists that might actually interest you. With 2011 coming to a close, I thought I’d make a list of my most favorite posts from other bloggers. These are posts that I’ve discovered this year that I find myself referencing repeatedly. I learn a lot from other bloggers and I hope to pass it along to you. I know, so nice of me. Seriously, who wants to undecorate my house? Or at least have some wine with me while I do it?
1. Gluten Free Girl’s Symptoms of Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity- This post changed my life. I know that sounds dramatic but as I read the post and comments I kept thinking “that’s me” and as it turns out, it was me. Please don’t go all fad diet in the new year and start taking things out of your diet. I was sick. I saw a doctor. I suggest you do the same before eliminating anything. There are over 400 comments now. I don’t know you Shauna, but thank you.
2. Kath Eats’ En-chill-adas – This is a recipe for black bean and sweet potato enchiladas that we make almost weekly. It’s one of the only meatless dinners Jon gets excited about. It’s healthy. It’s quick. It’s good.
3. Brown Eyed Baker’s Taco Seasoning Mix- This recipe has also found its way into our frequent dinner rotation. I love taco night and thanks to Michelle’s spot on mix we can have the flavor without all the added chemicals and salt of the pre-packaged mixes.
4. Macheesmo’s Creamy Hummus – This right here is genius. Nick shows how to use chick pea flour to make creamy hummus. It’s the only technique I’ve found to rival the creaminess of store bought brands.
5. Choosing Raw’s Banana Soft Serve - I don’t remember how I found it but I’m certainly glad I did. This is a “recipe” for what I call Just Bananas. I serve this to guests all the time and the conversation goes something like this:
Guest: “Wow, what’s in this?”
Me: “Just bananas.”
Guest: “And what else?”
Me: “Just bananas.”
Guest: “No way! There’s no milk? Cream? Sugar?”
Me: “Just bananas.”
Really, you’ll have to try it for yourself. It’s
crazy just bananas how it’s just bananas. Had to.
6. The Small Things Blog Hair Tutorials- If it’s not a ponytail, I don’t know how to do it. Kate teaches me how to look presentable in public with her step-by-step tutorials on hair. She also has great advice on make-up but I haven’t tackled that yet. I’m just learning to work the curling iron.
7. Meals and Moves’ Twelve Week Trainer – Janetha introduced me to Jamie Eason’s twelve week training program. I’ve been doing it for 4 weeks now. I love not thinking about my workouts. It’s turning out to be a really great program. I’m feeling stronger, seeing a difference and learning new moves that I’ll add to my workouts even when the program is over.
8. Edible Perspective’s Beer Soaked Fries – These are just as amazing as they sound. Really, give it a try and then thank Ashley for forever changing the way you eat potatoes. Works great with gluten free beer too!
9. Oh She Glows’ Cookie Dough Balls – I believe there was one week this past year I made this recipe 6 times. Six. I’ve made them with almond flour for a gluten free version and they came out great. I’ve also packed these babies up in little baggies as gifts. People love them and they’re very simple to make. There’s a really good chance you’ve got all the ingredients in your pantry right now. Read number 10 then go check.
10. How Sweet’s Portobello Gouda Burgers with Roasted Garlic-When I make this it’s purely selfish because Jon hates mushrooms but I am madly in love with this recipe. This recipe makes me feel bad for people who don’t like mushrooms. They are really missing out. I found this post ironic because Jessica, a self proclaimed veggie hater, really knows how to dress up a mushroom. Keep on hating if you keep bringing recipes like this!
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year!
Posted on December 30, 2011