Jan 1

Top 10 Posts of 2012 | Happy New Year

Unsophisticook 2012 Top 10 Recipes

Happy New Year! I don't know about you all, but I'm ready for this winter break to be over. I think we've had more snow over the past two weeks than we've had over the past two years combined! And as much as I love a white Christmas, I don't love having my kids cooped up inside for days on end... It's been a very LOUD and rowdy few weeks around here, and a little more routine will do us all some good.

I've got big plans for organizing and decluttering (both in real life and online here), as well as a few DIY projects to attempt, but in the meantime, I thought you might like to revisit a few of the of the most viewed posts of 2012:

Homemade Pumpkin Puree
{10} I figured there were plenty of homemade pumpkin puree tutorials online already, but I took a chance and posted mine, so imagine my surprise when it clocked in at number ten on my most-trafficked posts this year!

Spaghetti Pie Recipe
{9} My mom's spaghetti pie recipe has always been a family favorite. Kids go crazy over the spaghetti noodle "crust" layered with cottage cheese, Italian sausage tomato sauce, and gooey mozzarella cheese!

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
{8} I love a good salad, especially after all of the sweets and other calorie-rich foods we consume over the holiday season. This apple pecan chicken salad is definitely a favorite!

Homemade Taco Seasoning
{7} I try to make my own homemade spice mixes whenever possible, like this homemade taco seasoning. I was thrilled to see so many of you are interested in giving it a try too!

Chalk Paint Spice Jars
{6} I'm so glad I found that box of old baby food jars when we were moving. Theses chalk paint spice jars make keeping my spices organized a pinch!

Recipe for Sugar Cookies
{5} In case you haven't noticed, I have a strong tendency toward classic recipes -- and this recipe for sugar cookies is no exception! Love these for their buttery, just-sweet-enough flavor and tender yet chewy texture!

How to Make Homemade Butter
{4} I'm not sure if this really qualifies as a recipe, but I love that so many of you are interested in learning how to make homemade butter! If nothing else, it's a fun project to try with the kids.

Homemade Uncrustables Sandwiches
{3} I guess you guys are fed up with shelling out good money for frozen PB&J sandwiches too. Learn how to make your own homemade uncrustables sandwiches!

Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe
{2} While searches definitely increase as the weekend gets closer, I'm always amazed at how many people come to my site searching for a good strawberry daiquiri recipe even on weekdays. I promise it really is the best I've ever had!

Annnnddddd the most popular Unsophisticook post of 2012 is...

Corn Casserole
My creamed corn casserole! I only posted this corn casserole recipe as an afterthought side dish for our Labor Day cookout, but with over 92,000 pins and counting (wow, huh?), apparently I hit on something big! Give it a try -- you won't be sorry.

Hope you enjoyed this little look back, and here's to a fantastic 2013!

by Tara | 10 comments

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JulieD January 1, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Wow, that’s a lot of pins on your creamed corn casserole, Tara! Congrats! What a great and tasty year!! Hope 2013 is an awesome year for you and I get to see you again! :)
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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen January 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm

You have such creative ideas! I totally picked up the pb & j maker from Walmart and my little guy loves them! Now I need one of those chicken salads! Happy New Year!
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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 2, 2013 at 9:41 am

What a great list! Happy 2013!
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Cassie | Bake Your Day January 2, 2013 at 9:59 am

I must try that spaghetti pie! All of these look amazing. So glad to have found your blog in 2012!
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Paula - bell'alimento January 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I adore corn casserole and don’t make it often enough! Happy New Year sweets.
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Deborah January 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm

That spaghetti pie is calling my name!!
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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles January 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

Great list Tara! I’ll take a big scoop of that creamed corn casserole and a strawberry daiquiri, please! :)
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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm

What a great 2012! Love the spice jars, I am in need of organization for mine. The corn sounds like a great side dish – can’t believe I haven’t found that on Pinterest yet!
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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I love it all! It seems like you had such an awesome year! And that creamed corn casserole? Yeah that has to be my favorite too!
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Erin @ The Hopeless Housewife January 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Great idea on the spice jars and the spaghetti pie looks great.
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