Top 10 Recipes of 2016

To say 2016 had completely kicked my butt would be putting things mildly. My year ended with the death of two of my family members, the near-death of one of my closest friends, and a persistent cold that wouldn't let go. The past few months have left me completely worn out which is part of the reason why it's been so quiet around here lately (don't worry, I haven't forgotten about you.) On the bright side, I've spent weeks living off of the recipe you've all decided was our number one for 2016—home made chicken soup with stars. It may not cure everything that ails you, but it will definitely leave you with a warm glow in your belly, which in some cases is almost as good. 

Not Starving Yet's Top 10 Favorite Recipes of 2016

Top 10 Recipes of 2015

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!

Top 10 Recipes of 2015 | Not Starving Yet

Top 10 Recipes of 2014

It seems like the older I get the faster time goes by. Once again the year has managed to come and go in a blink of an eye. There were a number of memorable moments, like the time my son told the mall santa he wasn’t the real santa. He wanted no part of the jolly fat man until we saw the real Santa (aka Grandpa) during our visit to St. Louis— then he was all smiles. I have one sassy kid, that is for sure!

There was also the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I had to wander around Paris for two weeks. Paris is a food lovers paradise and the only reason I didn’t come back ten pounds heavier was all the walking we did as we explored various museums and landmarks I never thought I would see in person. After our time in France I’m convinced that the reason French Women Don't Get Fat is because they spend so much of their day on their feet. I’m also a bit jealous of how they manage to look so fashionable, even on a rainy day. I spent more than one day looking like a drowned cat (as one of our waiters so kindly put it when I stumbled in to his restaurant looking to get out of the rain.) As much fun as Paris was I was happy to get out of the city for the day. Although we did run in to some rather comical transportation problems courtesy of “Operation Escargot”, during which the RER and Metro drivers all went on strike. The taxi drivers got in on the fun and blocked the roadways as we were trying to get to Normandy. It was certainly both a memorable and inspirational trip.

While things started off with a bang early on in the year, they ended rather quietly. I spent a good portion of December buried in fluffy blankets on our couch. I was sicker than I’ve been in years and most days I barely had enough energy to take a shower in the morning (oh who am I kidding, some days I just didn’t bother at all.) My cold even managed to interfere with my usual week long vacation I take around the holidays. I like to use this time to briefly disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with friends and family, but the first few days of our trip left me completely worn out. I didn’t get to see everyone I had hoped to, but I had a great time with the people I did get to see. Plus, I enjoyed eating a ton of delicious food I didn’t have to cook. 

Speaking of delicious food, today I wanted to take a look back at the recipes you’ve enjoyed the most this year. So without further ado, here are your picks (according to Squarespace Metrics) for the Top 10 Recipes of 2014.