It’s that time of year again. The beginning of 2019. Time to ring in the New Year and celebrate what a great year we’ve had. Time to remember our the good year that just passed, and time to reflect on our favorite foods from the year with the Most Popular Recipes of 2018: the year in review.
These are all recipes that were published in 2018, so new recipes, not ones that have been around for years. This year’s collection had some surprises for me.
I really enjoy doing these year in review posts at the end of each year. They are a great way for me to look back and reflect. To learn.
It’s really interesting to me to see what hits with you guys! Thanks for being here with me, and thanks for your continued support!
Life Currents has continued to grow and to share great recipes and good times. I’m so grateful; I owe so much of that to all of you, the dear readers!
This post may contain affiliate links. I earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to some products or services from this website. Your purchase helps support this blog at no additional cost to you and allows me to continue bringing you delicious recipes and great information. For more information see here.
If you have any questions about how to make this recipe, or if you try them, please come back and leave a comment below letting us know how it goes.
2018 brought more construction to my life.
Early in the year, we learned we would have to remodel our master bathroom due to a leak. And, when we got in there to tear stuff out we realized just how bad the leak was.
So, there was a lot to repair. My husband is doing the work himself, and he’s learned quite a lot. He’s very good at DIY stuff.
We are past the repairing parts, and onto the building up parts of the job now.
And soon we will get to some of the pretty parts, like tile, countertops, and fixtures! Yippie for pretty stuff!
I’ll be sharing some of the work we did once we are done with the project.
Makes me think that my joking about doing a post called “How to Survive House Construction” (that I joked about in 2017) is still a good idea.
2018 was the year I went to my first blogging conference. This was put on by Pinterest, their first!
I learned lots, had lots of fun adventures, and got to meet some wonderful bloggers in person.
We had many day trips. And, even went to Catalina Island a couple of times.
We even zip lined! That was awesome!
2018 was the year I had lots of medical tests. Far too many. I don’t talk about my medical issues, but thought I’d include a small note here. Sort of an admission, I guess. Getting old ain’t for sissies.
This was also the year that I feel like my husband’s family reached the point of no return. They will never be close again, as far as I can see. It’s quite sad to me that one person can destroy a family by choice.
Have you tried any of the top 10 recipes?
Which one is on your “must make” list?
I’m really proud of all my recipes from 2018. I felt like it was a great year for the actual recipes.
Getting those recipes out to people, however, seems a bit harder than in past years.
With all the social media algorithm changes it seems that new recipes just don’t get the views that they used to. If you like my recipes, make sure to subscribe via email or with our new push notifications so you see every new recipe.
You’ll find the email subscription box in the upper right of the blog. And the push notifications are at the top or you can find a red bell in the lower left and subscribe that way.
If you like seeing my recipes, connect with me on your favorite social media channel for recipes, photos, and much, much more:
And find my shop on Amazon for recommendations on cool tools
Some favorites that didn’t make the list
Like I said, I’m pretty proud of all the recipes from 2018, so I thought I’d include my top 5 from the year, that aren’t on my list.
Maybe they didn’t have enough time, or maybe I didn’t promote them as much. Who knows why they didn’t get as much love as some of the others.
But, here are some of my favorites are in no particular order.
Spinach Mushroom Gratin — This was so good that I kept sneaking in the kitchen to take a bite. My husband, who doesn’t care for cooked spinach, actually loved it too. Serve this as a side dish with meatballs and gravy or a roast and you have a great dinner. Pin it
Salted caramel ice cream — Salted caramel is so good – sweet and salty, and then to add it to creamy homemade custard ice cream – oh swoon. I don’t think it’s too hard to make your own ice cream, and it tastes soooo much better than store-bought ones. Really, try this one. You’ll absolutely love it. Pin it
Creamy verde fiesta enchiladas — These are so easy to make and so delicious that I have made them several times already. A 30-minute meal that gets you lots of yummy leftovers is king in my book. Pin it
Candied jalapeno cheese sauce — This cheese sauce totally impresses me. Again, we have made it many times now. It’s good for fries, nachos, pretzels, pasta (for mac & cheese), potatoes, anything! You can leave the candied jalapenos out if you want for just a basic cheese sauce. But with just 3 ingredients, this is a winner! Pin it
Let’s start with #10 and work our way up to #1.
Click on the link below the photo to get to the recipe
10 Most Popular Recipes of 2018: the year in review, as determined by page views:
And, be sure to check out Pinterest, as many people add their reviews there.
I love reading what you guys like and how you change the recipes!
Of course feel fee to come back here and leave a comment on recipes you’ve tried as well.
10) Pecan Pie Muffins — Easy to make, these nice moist classic muffins are a hit at any breakfast, brunch, or for afternoon snack. And, as a bonus, these little muffins of goodness have only 5 ingredients! Pin it
9) The Best Avocado Sauce — I made this sauce several times before I added the recipe to the blog. It’s so good on fish tacos, or any tacos for that matter. Dunk chips in it. Spoon it over nachos. Yum. One of the great things about this sauce is that if you have an under ripe avocado, it will work in this. You know how sometimes you open an avocado thinking it’s ripe, and it’s not. Use it in this sauce; problem solved! Like I said in the original post, it may not be the prettiest sauce you’ve ever seen, but it’s so delicious that it more than makes up for it’s looks. Pin it
8) Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pot Pie — One of my most popular recipes is the Vegetarian Pot Pie. And, I’ve had a couple of requests to make that in the crock pot. So, I worked up a slow cooker pot pie recipe. And, I’m really proud of this one. It’s all done in the crock pot, no stove top work at all. No baking at all. Just the crock pot, even the dumpling biscuit topping. Pin it
7) Nacho Cheese — This is one of the recipes that surprises me. I put this one up on the blog as a way for me to get to it quickly. It’s really yummy & I make it a couple times a year. But I didn’t expect it to be a hit. Well, I guess everyone wants an easy & yummy recipe. Pin it
6) Miso Tahini Pasta with Garlic Sautéed Mushrooms — A creamy vegan pasta sauce loaded with yummy mushrooms? Count me in. And you guys said the same thing. This recipe already has a couple of “tried it’s” on Pinterest too. This pasta dish was actually based off of my Avocado Miso Tahini Pasta recipe from 2012. Maybe I should go back and take new photos for that recipe because it’s so good! Pin it
4) Mom’s Salad Dressing — This is the salad dressing my mom always made at holidays. It’s easy to make & I still love it. It’s perfect for dressing up a salad so that even your kids will eat it! Pin it
3) Crescent Chicken Squares — Another of my mom’s recipes from when I was a kid. I loved it when she made these little pockets of creamy chicken goodness. These are easy to make too, especially if you use cooked shredded chicken from the deli, or even from leftovers. Besides being a great kid-friendly meal, these make great appetizers at a party. Pin it
1) Grandma’s Lemon Custard Pie — I had lots of fun making this pie. I made it a few times to get the recipe just right. With a lemon custard base and a lemon curd topping this is a sunny happy pie that every lemon lover will want. Pin it