Saturday, January 2, 2016
Best of 2015: Top Posts From The Rising Spoon
I can't believe it's already 2016, foodie friends! That means I've been blogging here at The Rising Spoon for almost 3 1/2 years now. Wow!
2015 has been a year of growth and learning for me. I bought a new DSLR camera with a nifty fifty lens and have been slowly improving my photography skills. The key is LOTS of practice, experimentation, and natural light!
Back in 2014, I started sharing my non-toxic DIY craft creations here on the blog as a sort of experiment. It was a slight gamble to introduce a new focus to food oriented readers, but it totally paid off!
As my passion for crafting non-toxic products at home increased, I published lots more DIY recipes in 2015. And you know what happened? A few of these posts were my most popular (i.e. enjoyed and shared by my readers) this year!
It turns out that folks who are interested in learning how to cook real food and be more self-sufficient in the kitchen also love making their own non-toxic beauty, bath, and craft projects. This makes me incredibly happy!
The Rising Spoon is now focused on three main categories: real food recipes, DIY crafts, and natural living. These topics are a reflection of the things most important to me right now, and what I want to share with my family, friends, and readers across the world.
If you'd like to learn more about why real food is important to me and why I started this blog, check out my food philsophy and about me pages.
And as the icing on the cake for this year, I also received my first two blogging awards in 2015! The first was #55 on the Best 100 Food Blogs of 2015 by The Institute For The Psychology of Eating.
The second was #32 on the 101 Best and Most Inspiring Personal Development Blogs of 2016 by Guided Mind. Both came as a total surprise. I am humbled and honored to have made it on these lists amongst so many other influential bloggers :)
So, if you're a new reader (howdy!) or a returning reader (nice to see you again!) looking to catch up on posts you may have missed throughout the year, grab a tasty beverage + snack and check out my Top 10 Best Posts From 2015 below!
You can also check out my "best of" posts from 2014, 2013, and 2012. But, only if you promise not to make fun of my photography skills! ;)
Top 10 Posts From The Rising Spoon in 2015
Are you a new reader or want to catch up on posts you missed throughout the year? Here are the top ten most popular posts from The Rising Spoon in 2015 covering topics like real food recipes, DIY crafts, and natural living.
10. 30+ Ways to Relax and Keep Calm When You're Feeling Stressed Or Anxious
9. Fifteen Kitchen Hacks To Save Money, Prevent Food Waste & Make Your Life Easier
8. How to Make Coconut Butter Without a High Speed Blender or Food Processor
7. How to Make Flavored Toothpicks with Essential Oils
6. Easy Coconut Rice with Coconut Milk
5. DIY Clay Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace
4. Lemon Vanilla Coconut Butter Bites
3. How to Travel with Essential Oils + The Best Oils to Pack
2. DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap
and...last but not least...
1. DIY Beard Balm
I'd like to hear from YOU!
What was the best thing you fixed in 2015? Did you try a new recipe or learn a technique that you're now in love with? Tell me about it in the comments below!
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Keep Reading! Looking for more of my favorite posts? Here are a few that I published late in 2015 that didn't make the "Top 10" cut since they were still new:
Healthy Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
How to Make Beef Jerky Without a Dehydrator
Orange Maple Mashed Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Elaina Newton is the creator, writer, and foodie behind the blog, The Rising Spoon. She's a self-taught cook and passionate about spreading basic cooking skills and information about real foods. She loves reading fiction, crafting, video games, dark roast coffee, cats, and rainy days. Connect with her on Pinterest, Facebook, Google +, and Twitter