Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Recipes of 2014

Ready or not, it’s time to bid adieu to 2014 and get ready to ring in the New Year! But before we do, how ’bout a little recap of Five Heart Home’s most popular recipes of the year?

Five Heart Home's Top 20 Recipes of 2014 ~ a round-up of the year's most popular recipes | FiveHeartHome.com

Drumroll, please…presenting the 20 Five Heart Home recipes from 2014 with the highest pageviews! Are your favorites below? Any guesses as to which recipe earned the top spot? Scroll down to find out!

#20 ~ Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix

By now, everyone knows how to make your own taco seasoning…so why not do the same for chili? After all, chili is a versatile, popular, cool weather staple. Make it extra easy to whip up a pot by keeping a big jar of this all-natural seasoning mix on hand!

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix ~ make it in bulk for a quick pot of chili any time of year without the preservatives of store-bought mix | FiveHeartHome.com

#19 ~ King Ranch Chicken Casserole

This recipe is cozy comfort food at its finest, with melty layers of chicken, tortillas, and cheese. And best of all, this from-scratch version comes together with a simple homemade sauce in lieu of condensed soup!

King Ranch Chicken Casserole ~ a comfort food classic layered with chicken, tortillas, cheese, and a simple homemade sauce in place of condensed 'cream of X' soup | FiveHeartHome.com

#18 ~ Slow Cooker Chicken & Black Bean Tacos

Effortless and delicious, this hearty crock pot taco filling can also be used to stuff burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and more!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Tacos ~ let your crock pot do all of the work on your next taco night! | FiveHeartHome.com

#17 ~ The BEST Way to Cook Fresh Corn on the Cob

Seriously…BEST implies the tastiest, easiest, and least messy. Check it out before summertime rolls around again!

The Easiest, Tastiest, BEST Way to Cook Fresh Corn on the Cob: Oven Roasting! Simply wash & cook...once done, husks and silk peel away with no mess! | FiveHeartHome.com

#16 ~ Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with Maple & Pecans {Dairy-Free}

My kids cheer every time I make this for breakfast. Inwardly, I do, too! If you’re a fan of pumpkin…if you’re a fan of oatmeal…just do it. πŸ˜‰

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with Maple and Pecans / Dairy-Free ~ warm, filling, wholesome breakfast that can be made ahead and reheated! | FiveHeartHome.com

#15 ~ Easy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup

Healthy, hearty, and downright tasty, this recipe was my first foray into kale. I’m so glad it worked out for y’all, too. πŸ˜‰

White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup ~ a cozy, filling soup that's packed with nutrients and comes together in under 30 minutes! | FiveHeartHome.com

#14 ~ Artichoke Bruschetta {or} Hot Artichoke Dip

Hot Artichoke Dip is undeniably awesome, but if you want to fancy it up, simply spread it on toasty baguette slices and broil until bubbly.Β  Put me down for a dozen or so pieces, please.

Artichoke Bruschetta {or} Hot Artichoke Dip ~ an easy appetizer or dip, depending on how fancy the occasion is | FiveHeartHome.com

#13 ~ {All-Natural & Homemade} Vanilla Coffee Creamer

You’re just four (natural) ingredients and five minutes away from this preservative-free coffee creamer, flavored with pure vanilla extract and sweetened with maple syrup.

All-Natural Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer ~ 4 ingredients and 5 minutes for preservative-free creamer | FiveHeartHome.com

#12 ~ 30-Minute Skillet Lasagna

Lasagna tends to require more time and effort than one has available on a regular ol’ weeknight…but not this savory, cheesy, one-pot version, which can be on the table in about 30 minutes flat!

30-Minute Skillet Lasagna ~ quick and easy, savory and cheesy, one pot, stovetop dinner | FiveHeartHome.com

#11 ~ One-Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

I’ve had so many comments on this recipe — lots of them via social media — from people telling me that this is the BEST mug cake they have ever tried. I find myself regularly feeling the need to test this conclusion…and each time, I end up agreeing! πŸ˜‰

One-Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake | FiveHeartHome.com

#10 ~ Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage

This flavorful, filling soup is one of my family’s all-time favorites. We eat it so often that I actually pre-measure the dried herbs and spices into little baggies so that I have ready-made seasoning packets in the pantry to speed up the prep time even more!

Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage | {Five Heart Home}

#9 ~ Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos {Mexican Pulled Pork}

Y’all apparently love a good crock pot taco filling recipe (see #18 above), and this caramelized pork is beyond good.

Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos (or Mexican Pulled Pork) ~ perfect for taco night or Cinco de Mayo | FiveHeartHome.com

#8 ~ German Potato Salad

Potatoes…bacon…garlic…really, how can this recipe go wrong?

German Potato Salad ~ a perfect side dish for a summertime dinner from the grill, picnic, or holiday potluck | FiveHeartHome.com

#7 ~ Quinoa Pudding {with Coconut Milk & Maple Syrup}

Like a cross between rice pudding and tapioca, this creamy confection features superfood quinoa…healthy enough for breakfast, but decadent enough for dessert!

Quinoa Pudding ~ dariy-free treat featuring superfoods quinoa and coconut milk; tastes like a cross between rice pudding and tapioca | {Five Heart Home}

#6 ~ Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

Wholesome coconut oil plus your favorite nut (or nut-free) butter give these bars their chewy texture while honey lends them natural sweetness. But the bottom line? They’re downright addictive.

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil ~ quick and easy to make with all natural ingredients | FiveHeartHome.com

#5 ~ Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread with Bacon, Garlic, Cheddar & Swiss

The title says it all.

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread with Bacon, Garlic, Cheddar and Swiss ~ the ultimate snack for your Super Bowl party! | FiveHeartHome.com

#4 ~ Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

This popular recipe relies on a secret ingredient to make it creamy. No condensed ‘Cream of X’ soup here!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ easy crock pot meal featuring tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a sour cream sauce | FiveHeartHome.com

#3 ~ Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

How can you beat a tasty, effortless recipe that not only uses up an overabundance of garden zucchini, but does so with only two ingredients???

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds ~ you're just 2 ingredients away from a quick and easy, delicious summer side dish! | FiveHeartHome.com

#2 ~ Skillet S’mores Dip

It’s funny to me that the simplest recipes (so simple, in fact, that I hesitate to even call them recipes) are often the most popular. This S’mores Dip is a perfect example of that. Chocolate Chips + Marshmallows + Graham Crackers (for dippers) = One Viral Recipe Post.

S'mores Dip ~ melted chocolate and toasty marshmallows bake up in a skillet; scoop up with graham crackers for a perfect party dessert! | FiveHeartHome.com

And now, for Five Heart Home’s most popular recipe of 2014…

#1 ~ Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham

The number of people who viewed this recipe in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas just blew me away! Lots of you apparently enjoyed it for your holiday dinners, and many of you reported back that it was a big hit and that you’ll never cook ham another way again! It’s truly an honor to know that my little ol’ recipe was a centerpiece of your holiday meal. πŸ™‚

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ an effortless way to cook your Easter ham with a glaze of pineapple juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and honey | FiveHeartHome.com

And that’s a wrap, folks!

I started Five Heart Home halfway through 2013, so 2014 marked my first full year o’ blogging. I feel like I learned so much over this past year, but more importantly, I made connections with readers and other bloggers that I value and treasure. 2014 is the year that this little endeavor evolved from a hobby into a job, and I can’t even describe how much I love pouring my creative energy into it. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support…your visits, your comments, you e-mails, your pins, your social media shares! Y’all are the reason that I tirelessly work on Five Heart Home each and every day, and you’re also the reason that I adore it so much. So here’s looking forward to another fun year ahead…and a fabulous 2015 for us all!

Five Heart Home's Top 20 Recipes of 2014 ~ a round-up of the year's most popular recipes | FiveHeartHome.com

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Did you know that some of our most viewed recipes in 2014 were actually published in 2013? To see more of our most popular recipes (from the early days of the blog) that continue to get lots of traffic today, check out Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Posts of 2013!

Five Heart Home's Top 20 Posts of 2013 ~ the most popular recipes of the year, plus a few fun printables thrown in!

And see all of our RECIPES <<< here!

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  1. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Same to you, Kristin! Wishing you and your family all the best in 2015! I’ve been so happy to have you as a regular visitor to the blog over the past year… πŸ™‚

  2. Have a wonderful New Year! I am seriously blown away by your food photos, you are so talented… plus, love your recipes, too as I have tried a few of them!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I hope you had a fabulous New Year as well, Carrie, and that your 2015 is off to a smashing start! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed a few of the recipes from the site, and I really appreciate your support and your sweet comment. I still have plenty to learn about photography, but at least it’s a fun journey… πŸ™‚ Wishing you all the best in the New Year!


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