Top Posts of 2016

I can’t believe another year is drawing to a close.

It is true what they say: As you get older, the years seem to go faster.

Feels like I just blinked and we are ready to ring in the New Year.

Before 2017 is fully upon us, here is a look back at the 10 most popular Summertime Melissa posts of the past year.

Enjoy!

10. Gluten Free Multi Grain Bread

Thank you Bulk Barn for your simple bread mix that makes a relatively good loaf (if not small and compact) of (gluten-free) bread.

Gluten Free Multi-Grain Bread

9. Moorea

This was quite possibly the most incredible place I have ever been. I look forward to a day when I can return and maybe never come back…

Moorea

8. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Who doesn’t love a great, easy pumpkin recipe?

Pumpkin cream cheese dump cake

7. Heavenly Salmon Salad

This is quite possibly one of my favorite recipes of the year! So delicious, very healthy and so easy to make.

Heavenly Salmon Salad

6. Kauai

This was the start of our big 3 week holiday and not like many other places we had been. Kauai is laid back and lush…a great combination.

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5. Klosse

Childhood nostalgia (and a mild heart attack) on a plate!

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4. How To Successfully Shop at Goodwill

This post evolved over a long period of time. We were first going to do a video post, but we filmed it and were instantly embarrassed…so luckily my dear husband is a whiz with computers and made us all the cool gifs to create a great post. Thanks Viv for the fun…not only on that particular shopping trip, but just generally in life.

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3. Chicken, Brie and Fig Jam Sandwiches

This is a post from back in 2014, but it is one of the most read pages on my blog. I forgot how good these sandwiches are…maybe we will be having some next week…

Chicken, Brie and Fig Jam Sandwich

2. Noorish

I had so much fun with my friend Sarah at this restaurant. She has introduced me to the world of all-things-vegan. And though I won’t be giving up meat any time soon, I do love a good vegetarian recipe from one of the Oh She Glows cookbooks she has gifted me. I’m not sure that Andrew is as happy…but he will get used to it.

Bodhi Burger

1. Braided Nutella Bread

This was the most popular page on my blog over the last year…and when I looked at the site, the pictures didn’t even work! This was a delicious little treat. Good thing it is rather time consuming, or I might attempt this more often.

Braided Nutella Bread

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Teaching Grade 3 means that you are always inundated with funny, quirky things that kids say. But every now and then, you get a kid who consistently knocks it out of the park on a regular basis. I am lucky enough to have a few of those this year….but one little girl in particular like to encourage me (and my student teacher) and feels like she really has some nuggets of wisdom to share with us.

One day, this little girl handed my student teacher a card she had made her at home.

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We looked at each other and laughed and laughed…clearly she felt like my student teacher was floundering a bit (which she wasn’t) and needed a little pick-me-up

Then came her advice page for my student teacher’s goodbye gift.

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You can’t make this stuff up….

And finally her gift to me this Christmas.

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Just the thing I needed to keep me going through the New Year!

This curry recipe is another great creation from the new Oh She Glows Everyday cookbook. I think after all the holiday indulging, these are the kinds of things we are going to need to eat more of…

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Ingredients:

  • 4 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 4 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 large sweet potato cubed
  • 1 can of chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with the juice
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) can coconut milk
  • A couple handfuls spinach

Start by toasting your cumin seeds in the oil. It can burn quickly…so be careful. Let it get a little darker in color and then throw in the chopped onion and cook for another 5 minutes or so until softened.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Add in the garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander and red pepper flakes and cook for another minute or two.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Add the sweet potato, chickpeas, tomatoes with the juice and coconut milk. Stir and cover. Cook for 20-30 minutes until soft. At this point, mash about a third of the mixture to help thicken the sauce.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Stir in the spinach and let it wilt. Season the whole thing with salt and pepper to your liking.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

I served this over rice with a squeeze of lime and a little fresh cilantro.

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

The Verdict- This is really delicious and it makes a lot! I’m a sweet potato fan so this was a definite winner for me, but even Andrew really enjoyed this.