Did you miss something fun this year? Check out my top 20 Posts from 2018 ... there's something for everyone here, from recipes to travel guides!
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Can you believe that 2018 is coming to a close?
I'm continually amazed by how quickly the years fly by, but 2018 may just be one for the record books. This year was a whirlwind of travel and work. It was filled with a mixture of good and bad, but most of time I felt like I was struggling to keep my head above water work-wise. Here's to slowing down time just a bit in 2019!
At the close of the year, I love looking back to see what my greatest hits were here at Hello Little Home. Sometimes there's a slow burner that's kind of surprising, and other times it's pretty obvious (I watch my stats pretty closely ... I'm nerdy like that!).
Top 20 Posts from 2018
So without further ado, here are the top 20 Posts from 2018 ... starting with #20 and ending with #1. There are some really fun ideas here (if I do say so myself), so I hope you'll find something exciting to try in 2019!
20. Rum Old Fashioned
Let's start off the list with a cocktail, shall we?
This Rum Old Fashioned speaks to my Wisconsin roots, where the Old Fashioned is pretty much the official state cocktail.
You have to try this recipe ... it's so delicious, and it couldn't be easier to make. And if you're used to tropical rum drinks, this is a fun way to enjoy the spirit's more sophisticated side!
19. Easy Chelda Recipe
Everyone was drinking Cheladas when we were in Mexico City recently (we joined in, of course), and it reminded me that I need to make this wonderful recipe more often.
If you're not familiar, the Chelada is a beer cocktail that's a super simple version of the Michelada. In fact, they're often called Micheladas, which can be kind of confusing.
But there's nothing confusing about this refreshing recipe ... you only need three ingredients to make it!
18. Easy Wine and Chocolate Pairing Tips
These Easy Wine and Chocolate Pairing Tips make sampling your two faves together easy and enjoyable.
A wine and chocolate pairing is the perfect party idea. You could even try it with your friends or love for Valentine's Day!
17. Best Podcasts to Binge on Your Next Trip
Planning to do some traveling in 2019?
There's no better way to pass the time during a road trip or flight than with a great podcast. And I rounded up the 20 Best Podcasts for binging during a trip!
I love and highly recommend all of these podcasts, and I've even found some new ones since then ... expect an updated list in 2019!
16. Easy Chocolate Fondue
You will not believe how simple this Easy Chocolate Fondue is to make ... only three ingredients!
This yummy chocolate recipe would be perfect for an at home date night, party, or even Valentine's Day.
Just stand back and watch this easy fondue get devoured. Then take all the credit!
15. Baked Brie with Cranberries and Pecans
I just shared this Baked Brie with Cranberries and Pecans a couple weeks ago, and it's already become one of my top recipes!
That's probably because it's the perfect holiday recipe. Simple to prepare, yet decadent and delicious.
This is one recipe your guests will find impossible to resist.
14. Zucchini Noodles with Romesco and Feta
After trying a similar dish at Noodles restaurant, I couldn't wait to rush home and make these Zucchini Noodles with Romesco and Feta.
If you're skeptical about vegetable noodles, these Zucchini Noodles are the perfect place to start. This veggie "pasta" is so packed with flavor that you won't miss the carbs!
13. Downtown Dallas Walking Tour
I had so much fun writing about my current hometown this fall!
There is so much to do where I live, and this Downtown Dallas Walking Tour will show you all the highlights.
From museums to historical spots to shopping, this tour will keep you busy on your next trip to Dallas.
12. Australian Iced Coffee
If you love iced coffee as much as I do (it's my everyday guilty pleasure), then this recipe is for you.
Australian Ice Coffee takes your favorite drink to the next level ... it has ice cream in it!
This tasty drink really is more dessert than breakfast pick-me-up, but if you're a coffee lover, it's the perfect way to treat yourself.
11. Vegetarian Bibimbap
If you'd like to try making Korean food at home, you have to try this Vegetarian Bibimbap.
I pretty much always order Bibimbap, a rice and veggie dish, when visiting Korean restaurants.
So I love having this easy recipe in my back pocket. And you will, too!
10. Historic Center of Mexico City
Heading to Mexico City next year?
You can't visit without traveling to the Historic Center. The Centro Histórico is packed with arts (including Calle Regina's vibrant street art), culture, shopping, gorgeous architecture (including the stunning National Palace), and tons of history.
Mexico City is one of my all-time favorite cities, and we just returned from another trip there in November. So expect more fun CDMX travel guides in 2019!
9. Danish Puff
This Danish Puff, aka Almond Kringle, is one of my favorite family recipes!
In fact, this yummy dessert was the very first thing I ever shared on Hello Little Home. Which meant that no one ever saw it, and the photos needed a lot of help.
And now that my fave Danish Puff has its very own post, every else seems to be loving it, too ... I hope you'll give it a try!
8. Canoeing the Kickapoo River
Another family tradition (this time my husband's) is Canoeing the Kickapoo River!
This Kickapoo is Wisconsin's crookedest river, and it's set in a gorgeous valley. We've spent many an afternoon enjoying its numerous charms while paddling along.
If you're heading to Wisconsin this spring, summer, or fall, add this canoe trip to your bucket list!
7. Mexican Baked Spinach Dip
Looking for an easy and delicious party appetizer?
Then, you'll love this Baked Mexican Spinach Dip, a fun take on everyone's favorite classic dip recipe! It's rich, creamy, and just a little addictive.
Pair it with chips and veggies, and you've got the perfect party appetizer!
6. How to Travel Light
Do you tend to over pack when traveling?
I'm a reformed over packer, but these days, I travel with a carry-on only about 95% of the time ... and I never want to go back!
This easy tips will help you learn How to Travel Light. It's really not that difficult (I swear). And you'll save so much time at the airport, which means more vacation relaxation.
5. Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Have you jumped on the Instant Pot craze yet? I have the Instant Pot DUO60, and it has seriously made weeknight dinner so much quicker and simpler to prepare.
You won't believe how easy it is to make this amazing Instant Pot Mac and Cheese. And it's so rich and creamy!
This is a recipe your whole family will love.
4. Birthday Cake Pops
There's something about sprinkles that make everything better, and these Birthday Cake Pops are no exception.
Aren't they adorable? And trust me, they're pretty darn delicious, too!
I created these yummy cake pops for my Sprinkles Birthday Party. And if you like these pops, you'll also love my Mini Funfetti Cakes, which were also made for this party (and were also one of 2018's most popular posts).
3. How to Make Overnight Oats
If your mornings need a little makeover, you need to learn How to Make Overnight Oats!
This easy recipe, which is one of my favorite breakfasts, is sure to simplify your day. Make your oats at night, then grab and go in the morning.
There are so many variations on this easy recipe, including these Strawberry Overnight Oats, which were also one of my most popular recipes in 2018.
2. Things to Do in Orange Beach
Dreaming of a beach escape? Then, you'll love Orange Beach, Alabama!
This beautiful gulf coast destination is the perfect winter (spring, summer, or fall) escape.
You'll find so many Things to Do in Orange Beach from sandy shores to crave-worthy restaurants that you won't want to leave.
1. Best Things to Do in New Orleans on a Rainy Day
I can always tell when it's rainy in New Orleans, because this post starts trending!
Did you know that NOLA is one of the rainiest cities in the U.S.? Even more so than Seattle.
The good news is that there are so many Things to Do in New Orleans on a Rainy Day that a few sprinkles don't need to ruin your trip.
By the way, summer in New Orleans can be rainy and steamy ... here are 25 ways to beat the heat in NOLA (also one of my most popular posts in 2018!).
I hope you enjoyed reading about these popular posts and discovered something new!
Which of these ideas do you want to try first?