I started this blog in July on the prompting of my husband, Andrew. For the last year or so, I had been making a meal plan and sending it to a friend who lives in Manitoba. He thought I should share these plans, recipes and anything else I do with the world.
(Notice how there are not any fitness posts…sigh, I just don’t know what to write about there…I do workout, but I feel like I don’t do anything life changing. Maybe I’ll think up some challenges that I can post on there in the New Year that we can all try together…)
But what is funny about it all is that Andrew thought it would die out after the summer was over. He thought I would have fun posting all the things I do in the summer but that once Worktime Melissa returned, there would be no room for that kind of fun.
Well boy was he wrong! I have really enjoyed blogging my meal plans and all the recipes I have tried. Now, I have to admit, I was unable to keep up my summer pace of 5 new posts a week. But as I got into a routine, 2 new posts a week was manageable.
Now as I have been trolling Pinterest the last few days, I have seen a lot of bloggers who have done a “best of list” for their loyal followers and I thought it would be really fun to do the same.
Thank you to all who faithfully read and use my blog. It is really fun to hear from you and to know that there are people literally around the world who are checking out Summertime Melissa. (Seriously…around the world! Italy, Germany, Brazil, Australia…hello to all of you! Thanks for finding me!)
Here are the top 10 posts for Summertime Melissa from the last 6 months!
Thank you Katie Stemp-Burns! I believe this is the most popular post on my blog because you pinned this to one of your Pinterest boards. It is also incredibly delicious…so maybe that is why it is so popular. If you have not tried this, please trust me, this is a winner!
After I posted this, I found a lot of views from Italy started pouring in. This meal is such a neat idea…throw everything in one pot, even the pasta, and let it simmer away until is has a risotto sort of consistency (and subsequently makes a total mess of the bottom of your pot). I found a variation of this recipe for chicken chow mein and I am looking forward to giving it a try in the New Year.
This was my very first post, and I can’t believe after 86 posts, that this is still one of the most popular. I remember agonizing over this post. Writing, rewriting, reading, making Andrew read and reread it, and finally pushing that publish button that would start me on something I never thought I would enjoy as much as I have.
This post makes me laugh every time I read it. Andrew has such a witty way of writing, but the best part of this whole post is that he really does feel this strongly about pizza.
This was another one of my early posts. I still love my Jawbone Up and use it all the time. I have encouraged many of you to get one and be part of my team as well. And, I am happy to say that Andrew joined my Up team a few weeks ago after lots of hemming and hawing over whether he would use it or not. He loves it by the way…even if he only takes a measly 2000 steps a day (as compared to my 12, 000!)
I think this post is so popular because I pinned it on my recipe board on Pinterest. Also, this week of meals was especially delicious. Borscht, Mongolian beef and rice, salmon and beet salad and mulligatawny…Yum!
This recipe is one of those things that really seems too good to be true. I am a sucker for trying recipes that are supposed to replace bad-for-you things with good things…but they never really end up tasting as good. Well this one does! Made entirely of cauliflower, with a little cheese and garlic in there for good measure, you get a sauce that reminds me very much of Alfredo sauce. I STILL have some left in the freezer (I feel like I say I am going to use it but never get around to it) and now I really would like to pull it out and use it.
I don’t do a lot of posts that are not food or recipe related, but it is fun to see that the ones of have done have been read by quite a few people. I am going to try to do a few more of these in the new year…hopefully some funny stuff from my school days. As I have said before, the things we teachers say are not things you would hear in any other profession…
I really do love my job….and just so you know, the little boy who sat next to me in the movie still comes upstairs every day after school and gives me a hug and asks how my day was.
This recipe was definitely one of my favorites from the last 6 months, so I am glad that you have enjoyed it too! Nothing could be easier than throwing chicken into a crockpot with a little marinade and coming home to something delicious!
Well, there you have it. A quick recap of the most read posts from Summertime Melissa. I look forward to sharing more with you in the New Year. Thanks again for making my little project so special!