December Accomplishments & January Ambitions

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a safe and fun New Year’s celebration. 🙂  I know I’ve been away from the blogging world for the past two weeks, but I’m happy to be back and I look forward to getting back into the swing of things.

With the start of a new year, what a perfectly appropriate time to review accomplishments and outline some ambitions.  2012 was a big year for me as far as blogging goes.  I started Inspire & Indulge in August of this year and it’s amazing to think about all that I have learned and accomplished thus far.  Moreover, the people I’ve met through blogs have been amazing – everyone is so supportive and inspiring!  Thank you to all!

Let’s take a look back at my top 5 viewed posts in 2012:

1. Fabric Flowers (Version #2):  I’m honestly shocked that this was my most viewed post.  Personally, I thought my Fabric Flowers (Version #1) would have been more popular since they were so much easier to make!

Fabric Flowers Finished v2

2. Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting:  Once again, I’m pretty surprised because this was not my most favorite pumpkin dessert.  I think people were really interested in trying cakes made with Greek Yogurt this year.

Pumpkin Cake Slice

3. DIY Cork Board from Wine Corks:  This post has been gaining traffic from Pinterest.  Even though it was one of my first posts here, I love this project and I’m still really happy with how this turned out.

Cork Board Finished

4. DIY No-Sew Ruffle Scarf:  This was such a fun and easy project to do.  I ended up making 5 of these to give as Christmas presents!

No Sew Scarf Pic Stitch 2

5. Toilet Roll Wreath:  Even though this project was cheap to create, it was definitely time consuming.

Toilet Roll Wreath v3

Looks like my DIY posts dominated my top 5 list which is surprising since I’ve posted so many more recipes than projects.  Luckily, I have plenty more to share in 2013. 😉

So what were my top 5 favorite posts from 2012?

Okay, let’s get back to what my December goals were and how I measured up:

  1. Jon and I were in charge of bringing an alcoholic drink to his family’s Christmas party.  We ended up mixing Black Velvet Toasted Caramel (whiskey) with apple cider and it was a HUGE success.  Everyone that tried it liked it and we all ended up having a few drinks. 🙂
  2. I didn’t really get to do much experimental cooking this past month so I didn’t get a chance to try any new recipes from bloggers I follow.  Next month!
  3. For the month of January, Jon and I have resolved to attempt the Paleo diet/lifestyle.  As such, I wanted to get ready and have some recipes in mind.  I ended up stumbling upon PaleOMG and Nom Nom Paleo (Thanks, Benn!) – both of which have been awesome resources.
  4. I really wanted to get some administrative work done on Inspire & Indulge.  I was able to organize my Recipe page/drop-down but I didn’t get around to much else.

January Amibitions:

  1. Complete one full month of Paleo with Jon – Check back later this week for my first Paleo post and I’ll get a little more indepth. 🙂
  2. Try a recipe with coconut milk.
  3. Share two DIY projects that I made for Christmas presents.

Cheers to a New Year!

21 thoughts on “December Accomplishments & January Ambitions

  1. Hi Leah, welcome back to the blogging world, hope you enjoyed your time off 😉 I love reading about your DIY projects and enjoy reading your recipes too 🙂 Happy 2013 blogging 🙂 Wish you a Happy New Year 2013

  2. Happy New Year, Leah! Hope you and Jon had a wonderful time with your family and friends! Greek Yogurt pumpkin cake sounds delicious! I’ve substituted yogurt for mayo but never baked with it..must try! Good luck with your January goals! I’m not so sure if I can stick to a paleodiet. I LOVE my rice and pasta too much. I do need to incorporate more protein into my diet as a result. I can’t wait for you to reveal your DIY projects! I bet they were a hit! 😉

    • Thank you, Min! Happy New Year to you as well. 🙂 I look forward to your upcoming posts!

      I can’t believe how popular Greek yogurt has become in the past couple years. It seems like people are constantly finding new healthy ways it can be used as substitutions!

      I’ll definitely be posting updates about our progress on the Paleo diet. I’m a little nervous because I love rice (and potatoes) so much too!

    • Thanks, Sarah! Happy 2013 to you too. 🙂

      I can’t wait to share Paleo updates! It’s going to be tough but I’m looking forward to seeing how it makes me feel.

    • Thank you, Lianna! Day 4 of Paleo and we’re still going strong. I have to admit, I was a bit tired and hungry throughout Day 3 but I feel good today!

      The Christmas drink is incredible! I don’t really have a specific recipe. We just filled glasses with ice then added 1 part Black Velvet Toasted Caramel whiskey and 2 parts cider. You could try this as a hot or cold drink!

    • No worries – I’m so happy you’re seeing it now. It is seriously soooo good! Definitely one of my favorite meals! Let me know if you give it a try.

  3. Leah, I am excited for all three of your January ambitions!! I’m very curious to hear how your paleo journey goes! And I’m shocked that your blueberry cheesecake swirl bars didn’t make the top 5–my pin of that recipe kept getting pinned weeks after I pinned it! And they are super beautiful 🙂 Looking forward to watching your blog evolve even more in 2013!! 🙂

    • Thanks, Erika! I will definitely give some Paleo updates throughout the month. Hopefully it goes well enough that Jon and I still want to incorporate a lot of it going forward.

      Those blueberry cheesecake bars are one of my favorite non-cupcake desserts! They look much fancier than the work required. 😉 Can’t wait to see what’s in store for The Pancake Princess in 2013!

  4. Everyone needs a break sometimes! I love these round ups and always enjoy seeing what goals you set for yourself each month. It’s a great way to promote self growth!! You already know your chili recipe was my favorite post of yours, the pumpkin keg was great too!


    • Thanks, Stephanie! I think you’re my #1 chili fan haha. Since going Paleo this month, I’m determined to make a Paleo-friendly chili (aka no corn/beans/cheese) but I was thinking I could add some mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and bacon! I’m not sure it’ll taste as good as the original, but we’ll see. 😉

      Cheers to 2013!

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