Hot, Cheap & Easy’s Five Top Posts and Wrap-Up for 2012

31 Dec

Whoo-hoo! This year I became a published book writer for the first time with Eat Your Way Around Puerto Rico – a digital dictionary that tells folks what to eat in Puerto Rico and how to ask for it! I also successfully transitioned my little guy to kindergarten (where he has only had the school lunch three times); was an invited speaker at a variety of events (more related to education than food, but an accomplishment nonetheless) and presenter at others; did a number of articles for publication; and did bunches of other things that I am happy about. In a year full of tension and tragedy, I feel very very fortunate to have made it through so well.

And of course Hot, Cheap & Easy has been rollicking along, with 141 new posts (current total is 291, including this one) getting visits from 149 countries and increasing visitors by 150% over last year. The blog has a Facebook page now (like it!) where I post food news and fun that doesn’t quite fit within the scope of the blog.

So here are the five most-visited posts of the year…followed by a shout-out to my most supportive fellow bloggers! I wish you all a delicious 2013….and THANK YOU, GRACIAS, MERCY BUCKETS for all your visits and comments and suggestions!

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Hot, Cheap & Easy’s Top Five for 2012

5. Marinated Mini-Mozzarella Balls

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4. Spider Dogs

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3. Pastelón de Amarillos

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2. Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

We're jammin'. we're jammin', hope you like jammin' too

We’re jammin’. we’re jammin’, hope you like jammin’ too

1. Roasted Pattypan Squash

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I would also like to give a Happy New Year shout out to those fellow bloggers who have supported me the most this year with their visits and comments, as well as inspiring me with their blogs! they are:

Mad Dog at Mad Dog T.V. Dinners , Cecilia G. at The Kitchen’s Garden,   Rufus Food & Spirits Guide, Giovanna at Blue Jellybeans, and Karen at Back Road Journal.

Happy New Year! ¡Feliz Año!


10 Responses to “Hot, Cheap & Easy’s Five Top Posts and Wrap-Up for 2012”

  1. Tammy January 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    Happy New Year! Seems like you’ve had a great year!

  2. Bluejellybeans January 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    ¡Feliz Año Nuevo querida Natalia! Muchas gracias por el post y la mención 🙂
    Confío en que este año sea todavía mejor que el 12 y que todos tus sueños se hagan realidad.

  3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide December 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Thanks for the shout out. It’s always fun coming here and you have had a great year. Looking forward to another one!

  4. rumpydog December 31, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    Happy New Year! And I’d love to try some of those Spider Dogs! woo woo woo!

  5. Mad Dog December 31, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Thanks Natalia – I wish you both a Very Happy New Year 🙂

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