After the hustle and bustle of November and December I prefer to end the year on a quiet note with my friends and family, so the day after Christmas we packed up the car and headed to St. Louis for some much needed R&R. The sky was cloudy and gray when we left Wisconsin, but we ran into heavy rain along the way—it didn't stop for two days. Some portions of the city saw as much as twelve inches of rain fall during that time, which quickly brought the four rivers in St. Louis to flood stage and closed many of the local highways. Travel throughout certain portions of the city was impossible as the major highways shut down one-by-one.
Living along the river we're no stranger to flooding, it's something we live with year after year, but it's been over 20 years since we've had a flood of this calibre and we've never had one so late in the year. Over the past few days residents and non-residents alike have come together to help sandbag in hopes of saving homes, businesses, and historic landmarks throughout the area. The rain has finally stopped and we're spending the start of 2016 waiting for the river to crest (reach it's highest point) before the waters slowly start to recede. We're only one day in to the new year and we're already off to a rough start.
Despite the rain keeping spirits low, there have been some high points this past week. I've managed to catch up with friends I rarely see, found out the world really is a much smaller place than I ever imagined, and learned that our extended family will be increasing yet again in 2016. I'm excited to have another baby in the family to spoil rotten! By tomorrow I'll be heading home and it will be business as usual around here. My vacation is officially over, but before I start planning for the new year I thought I'd take a look back at what was most successful in 2015. So without further ado, here are my top 10 recipes from 2015. I hope you enjoy them!
- Gingerbread Applesauce
- Oven Roasted Asparagus
- Creamy Summer Coleslaw
- Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- Spinach Caprese Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette
- Whole Grain Freekeh Risotto with Mushrooms and Asparagus
- Mint Matcha Body Scrub
- Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pepitas
- Ruby Red Smoothie
- Natural Easter Egg Dye with Butterfly Pea Flowers
Did any of your favorites make the list? Is there something you'd like to see in the coming year? Leave me a comment below and let me know!