Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Posts of 2013

If you’re a Facebook fan, you may have already seen some of 5HH’s Top 10 Recipes of 2013 over the past few days. Well, today we’re going to count down the year’s most popular posts all the way from #20…and there are even a few non-recipes in the mix!

Five Heart Home's Top 20 Posts of 2013 ~ the most popular recipes of the year, plus a few fun printables thrown in!Click on recipe/post titles to access recipes/printables or to pin!

#20 ~ Pumpkin Biscoff Bundt Cake with Cookie Butter Swirl & Glaze

I love me some pumpkin, but this was my first foray into Biscoff/cookie butter…and now I’m a fan for life. If you haven’t tried cookie butter yet, I highly recommend you remedy that in 2014! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This recipe is an adaptation of my Chocolate Chip Nutella Swirl Banana Bundt Cake with Nutella Glaze, and I can honestly say I love them both.

Pumpkin Biscoff Bundt Cake with Cookie Butter Swirl and Glaze | {Five Heart Home}


#19 ~ Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

I’m a sucker for a good crock pot recipe, and over the past year, I’ve learned that many of y’all are, too! This was 5HH’s most popular soup of 2013.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup ~ your crock pot does all the work for this warm and comforting soup, made hearty (but not heavy) by the addition of diced ham, potatoes, and carrots | {Five Heart Home}

#18 ~ Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip

This is one of my favorite dip recipes ever, and our readers apparently enjoyed it, too! Don’t you think it would be perfect for an upcoming Super Bowl party?

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip | {Five Heart Home}

#17 ~ Key Lime Pie with a Pretzel Crust & Coconut Whipped Cream

This pie is amazing. My 6-year-old even requested it in lieu of a birthday cake this past year. And it makes me want summer to be here right now.

Key Lime Pie with a Pretzel Crust and Coconut Whipped Cream | {Five Heart Home}

#16 ~ Thanksgiving Quote Free Printable

I really enjoy creating printables for each holiday, and this Eat, Drink, & Be Merry printable was my most popular of the year. Because really, shouldn’t this be a sentiment we can embrace — not only at Thanksgiving — but during every meal, all year long?

Thanksgiving Quote Free Printable ~ Eat, Drink, and Be Thankful | {Five Heart Home}

#15 ~ Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink

Once the weather gets cool, this cozy beverage trumps hot chocolate and apple cider around here. It’s that good.

Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink ~ tastes like pumpkin pie in a mug! It's caffeine-free, though it can be mixed with coffee to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It can also be made dairy-free! | {Five Heart Home}

#14 ~ Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Loin

This was one of my very first posts, so I don’t feel that the photo really does the deliciousness of the recipe justice. But trust me when I say that it’s one of my family’s crock pot favorites and I make it at least once a month.

Slow Cooker / Crock Pot Honey Balsamic Pork Loin | {Five Heart Home}

#13 ~ Slow Cooker Meatball Sub Sandwiches

When I figured out that I could cook quick-prep/from-scratch meatballs in the crock pot, it changed my life. Let it change yours, too.

Slow Cooker Meatball Sub Sandwiches ~ meatballs cook up in the crock pot to top tasty and effortless subs | {Five Heart Home}

#12 ~ Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze

Bacon makes everything better. And if a recipe can get my 4-year-old to eat green beans, you know it’s truly magic.

Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze | {Five Heart Home}

#11 ~ First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit (Free Printable)

Words cannot convey how much I appreciate my kids’ teachers. And as a former teacher myself, I can tell you firsthand that this is what they want (and need) during that first (treacherous) week of school! ๐Ÿ˜‰

First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit Gift FREE PRINTABLE ~ Energy (caffeine) + Sanity (chocolate) + Antibacterial Hand Gel | {Five Heart Home}

#10 ~ Best Ever Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These one-pot cupcakes don’t take much longer to throw together than a box mix, but they’re about 100 times more delicious! My family and friends would be disappointed if I didn’t make these cupcakes for every birthday party and holiday celebration.

Best Ever Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes | {Five Heart Home}

#9 ~ 5-Ingredient, 5-Minute Homemade Caramel Sauce

The title says it all. Five ingredients. Five minutes. Buttery, gooey, caramel sauce that’s amazing on so many things…and it makes a great gift, to boot!

{5-Minute, 5-Ingredient} Homemade Caramel Sauce ~ a jar of this makes a perfect gift! | {Five Heart Home}

#8 ~ Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole

Speedy to throw together the night before, this treat is a Christmas morning tradition at our house. If you didn’t get to try it this year, I recommend you pin it for next year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole ~ perfect, make-ahead breakfast for Christmas morning! | {Five Heart Home}

#7 ~ Savory Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread

I was so pleased with how this recipe turned out. It’s effortless to make yet has such an impressive presentation, making it perfect for holiday meals, from Thanksgiving to Christmas to Easter…or to make an ordinary weeknight dinner feel special!

Savory Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread ~ quick and easy, made with refrigerated biscuits, festive for the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Christmas to Easter | {Five Heart Home}

#6 ~ Easy Fried Rice

Quick and easy. One pot. Uses up leftovers. What more can you ask from a busy weeknight dinner?

Easy Fried Rice ~ customize with leftover chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or ham to make a meal of it! | {Five Heart Home}

#5 ~ Tomato Cucumber Salad with Olives and Feta

This was our most popular recipe of the summer, and even in the dead of winter, it continues to get pins on a daily basis. With all of those colors, textures, and flavors, it’s easy to understand why!

Tomato Cucumber Salad with Olives and Feta | {Five Heart Home}

#4 ~ Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole

If you like cream cheese, you will love this corn! It’s creamy, it’s cheesy, it’s chock full of sweet corn…wait, the title already says that. Regardless, it’s yummy any day, but an especially nice complement to holiday entrees.

Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole ~ decadent with cream cheese and cheddar, this corn is perfect as a holiday side dish and can even be made in the crock pot | {Five Heart Home}

#3 ~ The Very Best Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

This fool-proof recipe is for you if you’re intimidated of making homemade bread, or if you’re looking for a whole wheat loaf that’s soft and stay-fresh. It truly is the best yeast bread recipe I’ve ever tried…and I’ve tried a lot.

The Very Best Homemade Whole Wheat Bread ~ this 100% whole wheat bread stays unbelievably soft and fresh for days | {Five Heart Home}

#2 ~ Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Au Jus

This was our top crock pot recipe of 2013, and it’s easy to see why. How can you argue with simple to make and oh so good?

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Au Jus | {Five Heart Home}

Drumroll, please…

Five Heart Home’s most popular recipe of 2013, based on your pageviews, pins, and enthusiastic comments, is:

#1 ~ Mini Cheese Ball Bites

This recipe has only been on the site for a little over a month, but in that short time, it has become our most viewed and highest pinned recipe of the year! I hope many of you enjoyed it at your Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, and I have a feeling it’s going to make an appearance at quite a few New Year’s Eve parties tonight. If you haven’t tried it yet, add it to your list for 2014!

Mini Cheese Ball Bites ~ easy appetizers featuring dried cranberries, blue cheese, toasted pecans, and pretzel skewers | {Five Heart Home}I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for visiting, commenting, pinning, and sharing our recipes and posts in 2013! Five Heart Home has only been around for 7 months now, but in that time, it’s seen exponential growth because of YOU! It makes me so happy to hear that people are trying and enjoying the recipes, printables, and other ideas shared here. I have lots of new recipes and fun ideas in store for 2014, so I hope you’ll check back often. ๐Ÿ™‚ And as always, if there’s anything that I can do to improve this site for you, or any particular recipes that you’d like to request, I’d love to hear your input!

Wishing each and every one of you a happy, healthy, safe, and blessed 2014!

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  1. Hi Samantha! Happy New Year! Every single one of these posts was just so fabulous and it’s so much fun to see them again – plus a few, yikes, I missed!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent and friendship in 2013 – can’t wait to see all of the amazing things I know you’ll bring in the New Year! Pinning and sharing! Hope you have a happy first day of the year!

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

      Happy New Year, Cindy! I have so enjoyed checking out everyone’s “Best of” posts over the past few days…yours included! It’s fun to revisit the highlights of the past year. Thanks so much for your friendship and support in 2013, and I hope your 2014 is off to a great start! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What a delicious year it has been for you! That key lime pie is my favorite!

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

      Thanks so much, Kim! That Key Lime Pie ranks right up there for me as well. I’ve been craving it ever since I put that list together! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I appreciate you stopping by…have a great weekend!

  3. Samantha, popping back in to thank you so much for sharing your fabulous bests at Best of the Weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinning to our board and sharing! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  4. You certainly have had an amazing year, Samantha! I loved all of these posts, and I can think of a bunch more that were awesome, too! You are certainly a natural! Congrats on a fantastic 2013! I can’t wait to see what you have planned for 2014!

    ~Abby =)

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

      You are too kind, Abby…thank you! This blogging adventure has been so much fun so far, and it’s been an honor to get to know so many other fabulous bloggers in the process. I’m looking forward to a fantastic 2014 for all of us! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re having a great week…thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. oh my delicious food to start the new year makes me ready to look for more great recipes to try and share

  6. You must be a fabulous cook. I see so many recipes that I have to try. Thanks for sharing.

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

      You are too sweet, Becky…thank you for the kind words! I hope you get to try all of the recipes that appeal to you…and that you love them! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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