I was shocked when I looked up our most popular posts from 2017. I still get the most comments on our 3 ingredient Biscuits and Gravy recipe than on any other post. Which kind of makes me cringe, because it’s the unhealthiest recipe on the site–eeek! It has been in the top 10 since I wrote it and still holds strong at the #2 favorite post. What’s #1? It’s a post for homemade eggrolls (totally delicious) that lost it’s photos a year ago, and yet people still come and get the recipe. I just added taking new photos to the top of my to do list to improve the user experience on this most loved post. I also want to buy an air fryer and try them out in that. Here’s the full top 10.
#4 Plywood Countertops (We still have these! Though they are looking really rough. I’m totally paralyzed in picking out real counters and designing the island that needs to go in first.)
#6 Simple Green vs Mean Green (Comparing the dollar store brand with the name brand)
#8 First Steps to reducing your grocery costs
#9 When My Life Changed in 4 Weeks My master bedroom makeover that went from Hoarders Monthly to BHG worthy in 4 weeks
#11 Feeding 8 on a 4 Person Budget (This post only missed 10th place by 20 readers, so I thought it should make the cut too.)
I’ve been working behind the scenes on several projects, like reformatting the Fit Mama Meal plans to make them easier to use (I’m really proud of the new look!) I’m applying some of those principles to a new Family meal plan template, yet to be released. Plus researching and testing freezer meals for a challenge we’re about to do together. (Who wants to fill their freezer?!!!)
It all takes a ton of time, but makes me really look lazy to my friends who only get glimpses of what I do through the public blog. I’m only half lazy, lol. I definitely still waste too much time getting sucked into facebook or online window shopping.
Also, we’ve had a parenting crisis that reinforced my goals to get offline in the afternoons and evenings so that I could be present with my teenagers in a greater way. It’s not my place to make the specific details about our issues public right now, but I wanted to be upfront that we are having them and if you are too, to help you not feel alone. In my limited and flawed parenting experience I’m still convinced that the secret to raising happy, mentally healthy kids, is a close relationship with them. That relationship can only be built with TIME spent together, when they feel safe to express themselves in a respectful way without fear of ridicule. So that’s what we’re doing, and praying A LOT.
While I finish prepping for our freezer meal challenge, take a few minutes and help me serve you better. What type of freezer meal recipes are you most interested in? Also, could you leave a comment and tell me your experience with freezer cooking, what you liked, and what didn’t work for you?