Whether you've been with me from the beginning or are relatively new, thank you for reading here. My blog readers rock! Even after blogging for seven years, I'm still an avid blog reader myself, and I'm glad that some of the blogs I read predate my own blogging. I'm a very loyal fan, so I thoroughly appreciate you taking the time to read and engage here at MoneywiseMoms.
Google can tell me which of MoneywiseMoms' posts were the most popular with my blog readers, so I looked them up. Then I wrote out a little about how the post came to be (one is pretty embarrassing). Here are the Top Posts of 2014:
There's a good reason that 5 Beginner Crockpot Meals is so popular. People want to eat! Good thing these old standbys are so delicious. My goal with this post was to help the many people I hear say, “Oh, I have a crockpot but it's still in the box.” I really do use these recipes all. the. time. Like every Tuesday, which is “Taco Tuesday” in my house, there's a hunk of meat in there with a jar of salsa. And I called that a “recipe.” You're welcome.
A lot of times I come up with blog posts because I realize I'm spending an inordinate amount of time searching online for something. I think, “I bet I'm not the only one…” and that's usually true. I like feeling like I'm not the only one. KWIM? So last year when we were searching for our geeky DIY Valentines, one of the kids' requests was Minecraft. Turns out, there's a whole bunch out there, but they're in every corner of the internet. All I did was round them up for you into a neat little post called Minecraft Valentines: 9 Easy Printables. Valentines Day is coming up again, so keep it in mind.
I have a noble reason and a silly reason for writing 7 Easy Tilapia Recipes. I am passionate about feeding my family and helping you feed yours, and I really think tilapia is an easy way to get your kids into fish. So I shared the easy recipes that we eat regularly. But…the second reason is because there's a very UGLY photo of raw fish circulating on Pinterest from an old post I wrote years ago, and I wanted to make this new, shiny, better, “Pinterest-worthy” post to make that one go away. Do you know anything about the internet? It doesn't go away. Not when it's embarassing photos of your teen (warn them!) and not when it's an ugly naked photo of fish.
This Chicken Tomato Pasta DCB Recipe was so popular that I went ahead and adapted it into a non-Deep Covered Baker recipe, Turkey Parmesan Pasta. Looking for more Deep Covered Baker recipes? I've shared a bunch that use the microwave, plus I have a DCB Pinterest board. I just don't want people to buy this cool piece of time-saving cookware from Pampered Chef and never use it.
I make my kids' lunches, times three, almost every day of the school year (that's 500+), so I like mixing things up a bit. I am NOT a cut-food-into-shapes/Bento Box/theme food mom. I still keep it simple, so you won't find anything tricky here. This School Lunch Roundup has no lunchmeat (and no peanuts because we have allergies), uses all real foods, and is (of course) frugal.
I am so so glad that this Dairy-Free Egg-Free Cake post was popular and was shared all over Pinterest, reaching more and more families. As a food allergy family, we've had so many times where we can't participate in a school or party function. This recipe isn't any harder than a typical cake recipe, but it tastes so good that no one will miss anything. I really appreciated the many readers who tried it and took the time to come back and post a comment saying it was a success!
Yes, my Baked Potato Bar was a sponsored post, but I try very hard to incorporate sponsors into things I would do anyway. Recipes are a perfect fit! In this case, I was challenged to come up with a “bar” to feed a crowd. Since we do that often around here, it was no problem. The Baked Potato Bar was a huge hit on Pinterest and is perfect to feed a sports team of kids, a houseful of friends on Game Day, or as a low-key dinner (my kids just love it). Also–fun fact!–I was at a friend's house and saw this serving tray a few months before this post, so I knew where to borrow the perfect photo-worthy piece when the time came.
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