Archives for December 2011

Top Posts and Referrers in 2011

I had fun digging into Google Analytics to determine the top 10 posts for the year.  There were a few surprises and a few I predicted.  Here’s the list:

Top Posts for 2011

1.  28 Muffin Recipes You’ll Want to Try – This post went nuts on StumbleUpon.  I first noticed traffic several weeks after I posted it, but it just kept building.  Every few weeks a new burst of traffic hit again.  It just keeps stumbling along.

2.  Homemade Chicken and Dumplings. It’s Easy. Really. – Everyday people search “Chicken and Dumplings” and land on my blog.  I posted this less than a year after I started blogging.  I added it to Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen (where it’s got 5 oven mitts and 29 reviews).  A few weeks ago, the Tasty Kitchen Blog picked it up.  Pinterest loves that recipe too.

3.  Bowtie Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers and Grilled Chicken – Another that did really well on StumbleUpon.

4.  The Original Menu post (Week 1) that I posted way back in August of 2009.  With nearly 11,000 menu/grocery list downloads, this post remains the most popular of all of the menus. I guess most folks like to start at the very beginning.

5.  The No-Bake, No-Cook, No-Time Gift Solution – 4 Snack Mixes in a Jar – This has quickly shot to the top.  Everyone needs a last minute gift.  And Pinterest loves jars. Amen.

6.  36 Recipes for Restaurant-Style Meals at Home – Another that owes it’s spot on this list to StumbleUpon.

7.  Low Cost Menu/Grocery List/Recipes post from August ’09.

8.  Baked Spaghetti – I knew this would make the top 10.  People search for it every day.

9.  Printable Menu Planner – This is actually a page, not a post, but I’m including it anyway.

10.  Menu Week 5 – It’s near the top of the list on the Menus page in the Nav bar.  It just sits in a good location so it enjoys a lot of traffic.

Top Referrers in 2011

StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Facebook and Google are my top referrers, in that order.  But I want to talk about the blogs that send me traffic.

1.  The Organizing Junkie – I link to Menu Plan Monday each week.  Laura puts together an amazing linky party every Monday.  She’s got a fantastic blog all about organizing.  You’ve got to check it out.  It is nearly January, after all (resolutions and all that jazz).

2.  Disboards – It’s not a blog, but it is one of my favorite places online.  Disboards is a forum (many forums) for all things Disney.  I especially like the Budget Board.

3.  Crystal & Co. – I love Crystal.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should pop over there now.  Even her blog design and logo make me happy when I see them.

4.  My Life Scoop – This blog included Eat at Home in a list of “Top 10 Weeknight Dinner Blogs”.

5.  Hoosier Homemade – Liz and I have worked together on several projects over the past year.  She’s one of my best blogging friends 🙂

6.  Mommy’s Kitchen – Tina’s blog is similar to mine, in that we both cook “regular” food for families.

7.  Tasty Kitchen – This is mostly from the Chicken and Dumplings recipe, but I’ve got a few other recipes over there as well.

8.  Real Mom Kitchen – Another great blog for “regular” people food.

9.  Sprinkle Bakes – I love this blog.  She’s always making beautiful desserts.  Amazingly beautiful desserts.  And she was so gracious to add a link to my version of her Blue Velvet Cupcakes post.

10.  $5 Dinners – Erin Chase is fantastic and her blog is a wonderful resource for frugal cooking.

I love the work I do on my blog, the people I’ve met and of course all the food.  I am so thankful for all of you who read, comment, email, and share this space with me.

I pray you have a blessed New Year and I’m looking forward to sharing with you in 2012!



Merry Christmas! (and Contest Winners)

Merry Christmas!

I pray you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

I won’t be posting much through the end of the year.  I’m planning to take time off to enjoy the Christmas season.  I’ll also be working on some back-end things to improve Eat at Home  and writing new content that I think you’ll like.


Diane is the winner of the Taste of Home Cookies and More Cookbook.

DavetteB and Teresa are the winners of the Sister Schubert’s prize packs.

Have a blessed Christmas!

Ingredient Spotlight Schedule – Jan. – April 2012

I’m looking forward to swapping recipes with you again  through Ingredient Spotlight.  Here’s the schedule for the first 4 months of the year.

Jan. 4 – Bacon!

Jan. 11 – Wine

Jan. 18 – Oranges and Orange Juice

Jan. 25 – Jams and Jellies

Feb. 1  – Cherries

Feb. 8 – Poppyseeds/Sunflower Seeds/Sesame Seeds

Feb. 15 – Avocado

Feb. 22 – Whole Wheat Flour (2012)

Feb. 29 – Canned Biscuits, Crescent Rolls etc

Mar. 7 – Food Coloring

Mar. 14- Dry Cereals (Chex, Corn Flakes etc)

Mar. 21 – Pineapple

Mar. 28 – Cream Cheese (2012)

April 4 – Fish and Shrimp

April 11 – Soy Sauce (2012)

April 18 – Beans, canned and dry (2012)

April 25 – Bananas ( 2012)

Skillet Apple Crisp – Done in 20 Minutes!

We were driving home from church on Sunday and I was thinking about the egg and ham sandwiches I’d planned to make when I realized that Apple Crisp would be an excellent side dish.

I know Apple Crisp is considered a dessert, but if you eat it with your meal instead of after, it’s a side dish.  A sweet, cinnamon spiced side dish.

The only problem is that Apple Crisp takes a while to bake.  But you can speed the whole process up by cooking the apples on the stove top.   [Read more…]

Wimpys aka Sloppy Joes

When I was growing up, my family always called sandwiches like this Wimpys.   I’m not sure how old I was when I figured out that everyone else calls the Sloppy Joes.

When I made these, my intention was to just use a can of Manwich.  But I couldn’t find it anywhere in the grocery.  I looked in all the logical places, but no Manwich.

So, I decided to make some homemade.  This recipe is adapted from Simply Recipes.  Her recipe has ketchup and carrots.  I used chili sauce and red peppers.  Mine also has more meat, but I liked her base of seasonings although I skipped a few of the herbs and spices.  Change this up for your tastes and pantry.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Gingerbread Bars with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread and orange pair up so well.  Something about the deep, molasses and spice flavor with the bright citrus tastes like the holidays.

This recipe is a mash up of two other recipes: Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Filling from Recipe Girl and my Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce.

I wanted something cake-like that would feed quite a few people.  The Orange Cream Cheese Frosting was perfect for topping it off.  [Read more…]

Sister Schubert’s Giveaway!

I’ve shared a few times recently about Sister Schubert’s rolls.  The pretzel rolls make fabulous Reuben Sliders.  They’re also great as an accompaniment to Cheese Soup.  And the Mini Baguettes are delicious too.

Today, I’ve got a giveaway for you.  Two winners will receive:

  • Free product coupons (5 per prize pack)
  • Sister Schubert’s linen to line bread basket
  • Sister Schubert’s branded apron
  • Sister Schubert’s branded wooden cutting board
  • Bread basket
  • Butter knife
  • Sister Schubert’s autographed cookbook

To enter, just leave a comment telling me what your favorite Sister Schubert’s product is.

The giveaway will close at 8pm on Monday, Dec. 19 (Eastern time).  Two winners will be chosen at random.  Winners have 48 hours to respond.

I was one of eight bloggers selected by Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls to review their products. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been provided products for review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut

This is our last Ingredient Spotlight for 2011.  I’m working on a new list for the first few months of 2012.  You are going to love the first ingredient on the schedule!

If you’ve got ideas for ingredients you’d like to have featured, leave a comment here and let me know.  I try to go for common ingredients that many of us have recipes for.  I love seeing what you link up each week!

The new schedule will be posted next Wednesday.

Now for coconut!  Something about it reminds me of Christmas.  Here are a few of my recipes that use coconut:  [Read more…]

Baked Sweet Potatoes Topped with Chicken Apple Sausage and Apples and Baked Potatoes Topped with Creamed Chicken

Would you believe that delicious stuffed potato is a 15 minute meal?  Now that’s fast food!

It’s super easy to fix, thanks to the sweet potato.  They are all scrubbed, wrapped and ready to microwave from Express Bake PotatOH!

As soon as I was contacted by the Express Bake PotatOH! people I knew what I wanted to do with the sweet potatoes.  And it didn’t disappoint.   Sweet potatoes have never been topped so well.  While the potatoes took a spin in the microwave, I fixed the sausage and apple topping.  The entire meal was ready in about 15 minutes.

I also had the opportunity to try baked potatoes and fingerlings.  Delicious and so easy!  I topped the baked potatoes with creamed chicken.  My kids loved it.  The potatoes bake perfectly in the microwave.  Express Bake PotatOHs are perfect for nights when you’re in a hurry.  They can be topped with all kinds of things or eaten as a side dish.  Either way, they are quick and healthy.

Here’s what you’ll need for  the Sweet Potatoes topped with Chicken Apple Sausage and Apples:  [Read more…]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 3 Week 7

Before we get to the menu, I wanted to let you know about a sale on Truth in the Tinsel

We have really enjoyed working through this book, making ornaments together.  The process has worked to impress the Christmas story in the mind and heart of my youngest daughter.

We are a few days behind, but that’s okay.  And it’s not too late for you to jump in too.  Today, Amanda is having a 12 days TILL Christmas sale.  Use the code 12DAYS to get it for 20% off ($1 off).


Now for the menu.  As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets on the grocery list.

Smokey Chipotle Chicken Tacos in the Slow Cooker, salad, chips and salsa

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken, rice, green veggie

Salmon Patties, Macaroni and Cheese, green veggie

Round Steak with Vegetable Gravy in the Slow Cooker, baked potatoes, favorite veggie

Mel’s Diner Chili, salad, crackers

Tortellini Meatball Soup, salad, hot bread

Butter Brickle Pecan Cookies

To print, click here:  [download id=”124″]

This menu is part of Menu Plan Monday at The Organizing Junkie.

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