In an ongoing effort to get motivated for a new year of sharing our journey, I looked back to 2014 for inspiration. With over 130 articles to choose from, it was a daunting task to choose the "best" ones. I decided that an increase in reader responses would be how I would pick the "best" posts for the year.
Before I share our top posts, I would like to take a minute thank our readers! The outpouring of support from our loyal readers who have helped share our story, whether it be through Facebook or by word of mouth, made 2014 a very exciting year for The Puzzled Palate and our family.
Without further ado...
here are The Puzzled Palate's most popular posts of 2014!
5. Top 10 Parenting Perks that every parent lives for. Parenting isn't a walk in the park... but these are the moments that make it worth the struggle!
I am not sure what is going on this year. I have heard more anti-Elf sentiment this year than in the past. I figure it is because the brand has branched out to include unnecessary accessories and such. Whatever the reason for the elf shaming, family Christmas traditions vary from family to family. There is no wrong way to celebrate with your kids. I will never try to convince someone to bring an elf into their home. Do it if you want. If it isn't your thing... don't do it. Such an easy concept, right? No need to be an elf hater! This post is about our "untraditional" elf guidelines.
This project could not have come at a better time! With the holidays in full swing, these fun little planters are a beautifully simple and inexpensive gift for teachers, bus drivers and neighbors. The total cost for making one will depend on what your craft stockpile looks like. I have a pretty extensive hoard of craft stuff... but most of the supplies that you need for this one are pretty basic. We made nine total planters and it didn't cost me anything more than the cost of the pansies- $7.99! That is less than $1 a pop for a cute handmade gift that is way better than giving junk food or just another "world's best teacher" mug.
I was inspired to share this project with my readers because of how great they turned out for the limited time and money invested. I was so excited that I even put together my very first video for you guys. I am even more excited to share M's take on the project at the end of the post!
Alright ladies and gentlemen, today we are going to spice things up a little bit! I know that we normally keep things family friendly on The Puzzled Palate, but I think that it is time for the adults to have some fun! Chef A'riel, the queen bee over at TEASE Tapas Catering, thought that it would be fun to give away 10 tickets to her upcoming event. Chef A'riel is inviting her guests to enjoy, bottomless hors d'oeuvres, custom cocktails and dancing.
I am always looking for fast and fun ideas for the kids lunches. The other day, we were taste testing Foster Farms' gluten free corn dogs and I simply slid them off the stick and sliced them up for the kids. I thought I was just being cautious about the temperature- but M immediately made the observation that they looked like sushi. Yep, corn dog sushi.
We love baking! M is always requesting that we bake some sort of gluten free muffin or cupcake. I have been getting bored of the same old standby recipes, so you can imagine how thrilled we were when we received this gem in the mail. Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes is a famous bakery in Los Angeles that offers allergen free treats. How awesome is it that they are sharing their delicious recipes? Pretty sweet if you ask me! After you read our review, you can even enter to win your very own copy!
*Disclosure: We received a complementary copy of the recipe book. Sweet Debbie did not request that we share our opinions. We decided to share information about this cookbook because it is awesome! I reached out to her to secure a copy to use in the giveaway. All opinions in this post are 100% honest and my own. Post contains affiliate links.
Today, my hubby and I wanted to share what we are thankful for and challenge you to do the same. There are the obvious things to be thankful for... family, friends, full bellies and a roof over our heads. We are not talking about that kinda stuff. We are talking about the little things that seem trivial in the grand scheme of things. Hope you find our "weird reasons" amusing if nothing else!