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The Top 10 Posts in 2014

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top ten posts of 2014

2014 was a fantastic year here at TVFGI.  We’ve shared so many great meals together and I’ve loved getting to know you a little better on facebook, and through your comments.  Last week I wrote about my favorites, so now let’s take a look at what the stats have to say — here are the top 10 most visited posts in 2014 —

Coming in at #10 are my LAZY NO-BAKE THIN MINTS.  Thin Mints are the Girl Scouts’ best seller, so I’m not surprised that my copycat version has been so popular.  But what’s extra special about this recipe is that there’s no baking involved, you can get a spot-on thin mint experience using just 3 ingredients, and in just a few minutes time…in other words, you can have your thin mint fix any time you want.  Use a good quality chocolate and I’ll even go so far as to say these are better than the originals.

Lazy No Bake # Ingredient Thin Mint Cookies

#9 BANANA POPPY SEED CAKE WITH VANILLA BEAN FROSTING.  I have a lot of banana cakes and breads on the blog, but this one consistently captures readers’ imaginations.  I love to combine ingredients in unusual ways, and the combination of banana and poppy seeds just works.  No wimpy tablespoon or two of poppy seeds, for me, though.  I went all the way, and loaded the cake up.   They add crunch and a subtle flavor.  The frosting isn’t just an afterthought, either, it’s got a real punch of vanilla.  I’m glad this is a reader favorite, it’s one of mine, too.

The BEST banana cake I've ever tasted!

#8 WHOLE FRUIT POPSICLES.  I had such fun making these, and I think I knew right from the get-go that they would be a hit.  The stripes are beautiful and you can play with so many colorful patterns.  I guarantee this is the most fun you’ll ever have with plain old fruit.

Striped All Fruit Pops | The View from Great Island

#7 SWEET VIDALIA ONION DIP.  This dip was absolutely wonderful, and it was on my own list of favorites for the year.  I’m so proud of the recipe because it’s truly simple to throw together, no sauteing or anything — just chop the onions and mix together with the rest of the ingredients.  It’s hard to believe that such a decadent, creamy dip is so easy.

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

#6 RED WHITE & BLUEBERRY POPSICLES.  This is a case where the photos are responsible for the popularity of a recipe.  But these healthy berry and yogurt pops are very easy to make, you just need a little patience.

Red White And Blueberry Popsicles | The View From Great Island  Great for Memorial Day and the 4th of July1

#5 SMOKEY GOUDA MAC & CHEESE.  Comfort food is always popular but I think this one became especially beloved because the smoked Gouda cheese makes it special without altering the basic mac & cheese formula that everybody craves.

smoked gouda macaroni and cheese

#4 MEYER LEMON ROAST CHICKEN.  The images of the brilliant yellow lemons and the crisp roasted chicken speak volumes about this dish.  It’s sunny, cheerful and healthy, and you can make it all year round with Meyer lemons, or regular lemons.

Meyer Lemon Roast Chicken 2

#3 ONE POT FARMER’S MARKET PASTA.  There is something so enticing about throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pot and having a complete dinner emerge several minutes later.  This is a fun idea that’s been making the rounds on the Internet for a while, I just took it a step further and loaded this one pot pasta with tons of fresh colorful veggies.

One Pot Farmer's Market Pasta

#2 ICED COFFEE POPSICLES.  2014 was definitely a year of popsicles on TVFGI.  They’re a lot of fun to make, and really got my creative juices flowing.  These were so popular probably because they make so much sense…

iced coffee popsicles 1

And coming in at #1 and the most popular recipe in 2014 is PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP SHORTBREAD COOKIES.   This recipe has a life of its own.  It’s quite an old post, but it has consistently been my most popular over the years.  It’s an extremely simple slice and bake cookie that combines probably the two most addictive flavors ever…chocolate and peanut butter.  The image has been around the block more than a few times, but it keeps inspiring you!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

That’s it, I’m done reminiscing about last year and I’m ready to get cracking on 2015.  I’m going to hit the ground running, so be sure to sign up on my email list so you won’t be left behind!

2014 favorites!

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    Jenn Every
    January 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Great year!!!! I just love your photos and recipes. Makes me hungry every time!! 🙂 🙂 Happy New Year!

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      January 1, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks Jenn — I appreciate the support!

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    December 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Delicious roundup!!! Happy New Year!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    December 30, 2014 at 5:15 am

    yes and yes and yes 10 times over! I love them all and remember every single one but I must say my top #1 dish would be the poppy seed banana cake. I am a sucker for poppy seed bread:))

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    December 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Clearly, it’s been a delicious and beautiful year for you! All the best for an even better 2015!

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      December 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Here here! 🙂

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 29, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Happy New Year Sue! You are an amazing cook, baker, photographer, blogger and friend. You are in my top 10! Love this post and the stats don’t lie 🙂 I made your gingerbread loaf cake for Christmas Eve dinner – we enjoyed every last bite and now I’m getting back to the real world where stretchy pants are not allowed. Have another wonderful year in 2015!!!

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    December 29, 2014 at 7:38 am

    What a fantastic round up! It’s been so lovely following along with you this year! Happy 2015!

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      December 29, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Thanks so much, Maria — here’s to a fabulous 2015!!

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    Culinary Flavors
    December 29, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Ok, you caught me! I don’t know which one to choose. That onion dip and the gouda mac and cheese certainly look very appetizing! I wish to you a very Happy New Year!

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    December 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Happy New Year. GREG

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    December 28, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for posting your top recipes of 2014. I recently subscribed so I missed most of these. All of your recipes look so delicious! You’ve quickly become my go to place for recipes!

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      December 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I’m so happy to hear that Robyn — I’m excited about all the great tastes coming up in 2015!

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    December 28, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Aww I love this round-up! You had so many great recipes this past year…these are just barely scraping the surface. Here’s to so much more deliciousness and creativity in 2015!

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    December 28, 2014 at 3:10 am

    I am sure it was difficult to choose just 10 dishes from a stellar year. We look forward to what 2015 has to offer.

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    December 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    What an eclectic bunch of recipes. It would be difficult to second guess what path to take with your blogs since they are all over the place. I do love #1 and the cake and the mac and cheese and of course chicken and and and.

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      December 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Carol — I have to admit I’m a pretty eclectic eater, and so my recipes do tend to meander a bit — I hope in a good way 🙂

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    December 27, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I meant cake..c.a.k.e.

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    Bungalow Hostess
    December 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Happy New Year and thank you for all your inspiring recipes…I think I must have been reading your blog for about 4 or 5 years and it amazes me how creative and dedicated your are with your posts.
    Looking forward to another great year!

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      December 27, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Oh thanks Hostess! Here’s to bigger and better things in ’15!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    December 27, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I have to give this peanut butter cookies a try soon! Thank you, Sue, for sharing all your wonderful recipes.

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      December 27, 2014 at 11:33 am

      thanks Angie, Happy New Year 🙂

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    December 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for everything you have shared~
    I think that chocolate refrigerator cke is quite the winner too..I bet he feels left out:)

    I have a cute story for you..Christmas eve at my daughter’s she brought out her dessert platter..and I just kept eating only the peanut butter shortbreads..I knew I had tasted them before(because I have made them before lol) and I said oh I love these ..where did you get the recipe?
    She said it’s the one you Pinned..I think I have Pinned them over and over again and just did case!

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      December 27, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Oh that cake should have made the cut, you’re right! Thanks Monique, I look forward to a great New Year with you, and thanks for the story!!