A Look Back at 2009 with Family, Friends and Food (part 2)

 The comments from my last post have me smiling ear-to-ear!  You are all so kind and it really does thrill me that some of you have tried things I've shared here and enjoyed them!  With 2010 making its way much faster than I ever thought it would, we'll continue on with some more favorite posts from 2009.

One of My Husband's favorite desserts has been Blueberry Crumb Cake which is a recipe I got from his mom and finally made it to share here last summer.  It was every bit as yummy as it should be and I know it will make another appearance (or two!) next summer.

From Family, Friends and Food

Cooking Light has been a favorite source for recipes throughout the year and this one for Chicken Scallopini was not only delicious, but it photographed really nicely.  And, as my original post notes, don't skip the sauce it adds the perfect extra layer of flavor!

From Family, Friends and Food

In August, we took a road-trip out to visit My Family in Missouri and My Mom baked my favorite cake recipe, Red Devil's Food Cake.  This cake remains my favorite and I recommend keeping it in the fridge and nibbling on it the next day... so moist and hard to resist!  While we were out there, I had the pleasure of sharing a meal and going to see Julie & Julia with Kristin of Dine & Dish and Sandie of Inn Cuisine.  It was such a pleasure to meet two of my food blogging friends face-to-face and share a meal together.

From Family, Friends and Food

This is another dessert, but you really must try this when you have a large potluck to go to, Frozen Caramel Toffee Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert.  I found this on Recipegirl's website and just couldn't pass it up!  It's completely decadent and worth each and every calorie in it.  Just be sure to hit the gym the next day!

From Family, Friends and Food
If you have been reading my blog for very long, you know I have a love affair with chocolate so I couldn't pass up revisiting Martha's recipe for Chocolate Surprise Cookies.  These cookies were so hard to resist once they were done.  Try them, just make sure to package up the rest for a neighbor or dear friend.

From Family, Friends and Food

I was so happy to finally find a lightened version of Sweet Potato Casserole that My Husband liked enough to add to our Thanksgiving menu this year!  He loves having the marshmallows on top, and this recipe is so easy to prepare it could easily replace other versions without any complaints.

I pulled out my pressure cooker and managed to come up with a really amazing Mushroom Risotto.  I've made it again and it's been requested by My Husband and Oldest so, I know it is loved when that happens!  I'm working on some other variations that I will share once I have the kinks worked out with them.  Don't be afraid of pressure cookers!  The new one's are so easy to use and it really does speed up cooking times on so many recipes.

From Family, Friends and Food
It was really fun to look back and read through some of my posts this past year and my photos.  Some are more mouth-watering than others, but I'm working on that still.  Now, what can you look forward to in 2010 when it comes to Family, Friends and Food?

Well, I've signed up for Recipegirl's 10 in '10 challenge.  10 Weeks to Healthy 2010 -  For more information, check out her post - there's still time to join in - even if you don't have a blog! There are over 150 people signed up to participate and offer support to each other via Twitter and a Sparkpeople team. So, every Saturday, my post will focus on health conscious information ranging from exercise, recipes, books and anything else I may find interesting enough to share.  Its a way of keeping me accountable to the challenge, but the main focus of my blog will remain recipes and food throughout the biggest portion of the week.

 I know my posts have been a bit sporadic the last couple of months, but I hope to get 2-3 posts up a week with recipes to share.  I enjoy cooking and sharing what we have enjoyed, so I should be able to manage that.

While I work on getting some fabulous new recipes made and ready to share, go out and enjoy New Year's Eve!  I wish each and every one of you who takes the time to read my blog a Happy and Healthy New Year and may 2010 be everything you hope for and more!

Be safe during the rest of this holiday season!


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Ciao Chow Linda said…
There are some really yummy things on this post that I want to try in the coming year. I'll have to check out that Healthy 2010 post and see if I can follow along too.
Heidi said…
OMG!!! The blueberry crumb cake and the red devils food cake sound so good!!! I must not have been a follower yet when those were posted!! Can't wait to see what you will be cooking up in the next year. I look forward to it!! Happy New Year :)
Heidi said…
One of my co-workers has lost a lot of weight doing sparkpeople. Encouragement is always best when you're trying to get healthier :)
RecipeGirl said…
Love your recipe choices- I'm doing the same tomorrow, a few faves from the year! That ice cream dessert almost made my list too!!

Glad you're in on the healthy challenge. Make that over 180 people signed up at this point! I've never used SparkPeople before, but I plan to track my food & fitness and we'll see how it goes. As team leader, I think I can start forum topics for our group and have open discussion opportunities. I'll have to go on and check it out before Saturday. Good luck w/ the challenge!
Oh my goodness Patsy, I made your Blueberry Crumb Cake this summer and I'm not sure I told you. My husband and I love it and in fact, he requested it several times through the year! It is amazing!
They're are several others I want to try too. Have a great New Years!
Sandie said…
Patsy, it was great fun getting to meet you too! I hope next time you're out here visiting family, we can get together again. The only thing to make dinner & the movie more enjoyable was your companionship. Happy New Year to you & yours!
Thistlemoon said…
Patsy! I am totally drooling over here! Great photos and food! Happy Happy New Year to you and your family!
iamronel said…
this was awesome thanks for the recipe..:)

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