Our Favorite Posts of 2011
A Look Back at the First Year of Live Pretty
On December 23, 2010 we debuted this labor of love we call Live Pretty. And, wow, it was an amazing year. Your feedback has been great, and we just love sharing our beloved recipes, ideas and stories with you.
So, as we continue to dive into a new year, and plan some pretty awesome new things for you, we thought we’d take some time to look back and share some of our favorite posts of the year with you, as well as some of the most popular.
Please click around and help us celebrate just over a year of Live Pretty. And make sure to let us know what your favorite posts are in the comments below.
Live Pretty Fav 2011 Posts
What I love about my 30’s: This post was a celebration of my life so far, and my life to come. Just fun to write and share.
Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes: My first real recipe that I developed and tested from the ground up. And, I promise, they are great :-).
Cinnamon Grapefruit Martini: Just an awesome drink and making these just reminds me of so many great family moments (we like them a lot around the Live Pretty Households).
Crazy Cute Cupcakes: This is one of your favorites too, being our most popular post of the year :-). Beth just creates beautiful things!
Bunny Rolls: You really can make these anytime, but these Easter traditions are one of our top posts of the year, and one of mom’s favorites, because the lovely Heather McPherson at the Orlando Sentinel shared it with her readers and we got so much great feedback on our family Bunny Butts!
Croatian Family Reunion: This past summer our entire family loaded in our family-mobiles and headed up to rural PA for an amazing family reunion with the Croatian side of our family. It was such a joy, and a memory we are thankful that our mother has shared with us for years.
Bridal Shower Week: In the Spring the Live Pretty team had the opportunity to host a Bridal Shower for our lovely friend Bonnie. This event spurred a week of great posts we dubbed Bridal Shower Week. From Personal Wine Charm Favors and Menu Planning 101, to wonderful Bridesmaid’s Punch and the amazing Fruit Cascade, everything we shared was so very special to us.
Fun with Mod Podge: Aunt Abbey stops by every once in a while, and often shares great crafts with us. This one was one of her first and introduced us to decoupage — it is another most popular of the year.
Wine Cork Wreath: This is a Beth specialty and I suspect we will being seeing one again soon since the Live Pretty team collected 145 wine corks over the holidays (we had a little but of fun … just a little :-)).
More Recipes — we had so many, but here are some more of our favorites:
- Fish Tacos
- Crab Artichoke Dip
- The Best Cheesecake Ever
- Simple Roasted Veggies
- Baked Brie
- Guinness Cupcakes
- Apple Pie
- Pumpkin Fluff
- Apricot Rolls
- Pork & Sauerkraut
- Fruit Pizza
- Sunday Morning Muffins and Saturday Morning Scones
- Fire Ice Cream
- Pork & Spinach Herb Salad
And, then there were the martinis:
- Christmas Cookie Martini
- The Black Countess Martini
- The White Linen Martini
- Classic Chocolate Martini
Thank you again for visiting us this past year. Here’s to an even more amazing 2012!
Julia & The Live Pretty Team