With a little bit of home-grown family research, I’ve compiled each of my family members’ favorite recipes from 2015!

2015 faves

Today, I’m breaking from tradition and instead of telling you the most viewed, most pinned, most liked, most whatevered post of 2015 (here’s a teaser on Instagram with that kind of data), I’m bringing you a bit of home-grown family research. Because I was dying to know what my kids would say if I wasn’t standing over them controlling their every decision (who me?), I printed out a list of every recipe I’ve posted this year and had each family member independently put an X by their top four favorites (Cam had a little help of course).

The process was enlightening to say the least and I totally believe upon further study that the choices say a lot about each personality. What would have been really hilarious (read: not really hilarious to me at all) was if I had them choose the meals they liked the very least, or in other words, which meals elicited gagging and tears.

But we’ll focus on the positive instead. Take notice of the overlaps! Some true family faves came out of the woodwork.

Without further ado, here are our favorites from this year.


cades favesCADE. He’s 8. He’s goofy. He likes to eat everything but tomatoes.
Cade’s Faves:
Skillet Swedish Meatballs
No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
Pomegranate Guac
Fudgy Coconut Oil Brownie Bites

camryns favesCAM. She’s 3. She’s cute & bossy. She likes to eat when she decides she likes to eat.
Cam’s Faves (chosen by her devoted mother based simply on the lack of resistance when these foods were served):
Healthier Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oat Snack Bars
Skillet Turkey Meatballs with Lemon Rice
Raspberry Ribbon Salad
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Tortellini

tys favesTY. He’s 6. He’s snuggly. He loves to eat very, very slowly.
Ty’s Faves:
Zucchini Pizza Crust
Honey Bran Muffins
15-Minute Homemade Root Beer
Eggnog Sugar Cookies with Whipped Eggnog Frosting

brians favesBRIAN. He’s getting older. He snores. He loves anything and everything except capers and cabbage.
Brian’s Faves:
Zucchini Pizza Crust
Decadent Double Chocolate Mint Cookies
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice With Sausage
Roasted Red Pepper and Sausage Hash Browns

walkers favesWALKER. He’s 10. He’s fast. He will eat vegetables before sweets every day of the week.
Walker’s Faves:
Christmas Baked Eggs
Decadent Double Chocolate Mint Cookies
Baked Orange Glazed Meatballs
Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider Punch

jacksons favesJACKSON. He’s 11. He has some great one-liners. His nostrils flare when he eats beans.
Jackson’s Faves:
No-Bake Thin Mint Cheesecakes
Zucchini Pizza Crust
Shepherd’s Pie
Tuxedo-Dipped Strawberries

mels favesMEL. She acts like she’s 18. She has a really loud laugh. She loves chocolate and salad but mostly chocolate.
Mel’s Faves (for today, this is like choosing a favorite child – it almost seems unethical):
Healthier Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
Autumn Pear Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing
Sweet Molasses Bread
Shrimp and Mango Lettuce Wraps

And. That was probably the funnest post I’ve done all year.

Happy New Year!!