“I love the dark hours of my being.
My mind deepens into them.
There I can find, as in old letters,
the days of my life, already lived,
and held like a legend, and understood.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
As an English teacher, I always tell my students that when we write we make our thoughts tangible. Our words become our fingerprints and as we embroider paper, or the blinking computer screen, with our insight – our labor is a true act of creation. “Make sure you put the date on your manuscript,” I relentlessly remind them. Our writing serves as a time capsule and helps us chart our personal, academic, and professional growth.
Scrolling through the statistics for my blog, I am given insight into which of my posts have received the most traffic. I can see which links received the most clicks, shares, and various sites that have featured my recipes. I spend my morning reflecting on what my readers want and value and what potential recipes I can shape in 2014.
Yesterday was the two year anniversary of Produce with Amy and there are over one hundred posts that contain recipes crafted from vibrant fruit and vegetables – however, my posts also contain moments of reflection from my personal life. Truth-be-told, some of my ruminations leave me feeling melancholy because of events that have occurred in the past few months. 2015 will prove to be a year of change, growth, and transformation. At the risk of being cryptic, I will leave it at that.
2014 was similar to 2013, in the fact that my recipes for Mason jar salads were the most popular. To reflect on the past year, and welcome a new year of discovery and health, I thought that I would share them again here.
#1 Glowing Green Mason Jar Salads with Avocado Vinaigrette Dressing
#2 Mason Jar Salads: Fresh, Visually Appealing, and Versatile
#3 Mediterranean Mason Jar Salads with Greek Vinaigrette
#4 Apple-a-Day Mason Jar Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette
#5 Harvest Rainbow Mason Jar Salad with Creamy Pesto Dressing
#6 Garden Fiesta Mason Jar Salad
#7 Israeli Feast ~ Mason Jar Salad (with Tabouli, Hummus, and Olives)
#8 Confetti Salad in a Jar with Creamy Chipotle Dressing
#9 New Year’s Green Smoothie Challenge ~ 31 Days of Printable Recipes and Shopping Lists
#10 Sunshine Salad in a Jar with Kicky Mango Vinaigrette
As I contemplate the hope and potential of a brand new year, I cannot help but be thankful for every one that has been reading and following my blog. Starting this blog has helped me stay accountable to a healthy lifestyle and I am thrilled that I can help encourage others to do the same. Thank you for sharing this journey and remember that we are worth all the hard work it takes to shop, prep, and prepare fresh meals made from whole foods. I look forward to sharing more recipes with you.
2 thoughts on “Top Ten Recipes of 2014”
Thank you Amy for wonderful posts all the year long. Happy New Year to you!
Thank you, Sally! You are so kind and sweet. I hope that the new year has been wonderful for you!