Top 5 Recipes of 2013

Best of 2013 - Chez CateyLou

Happy New Year everybody! 2013 was a great year for TheBetterHalf and me. In addition to taking some amazing trips, we launched ChezCateyLou.com! It has been so much fun to master new recipes, learn about photography, and get to know the blogging world – and to share it all with you, my amazing readers! Blogging sure is a lot of work, but we have loved every second of it. The past few weeks have been exciting for us – we are now self-hosted and I’m looking forward to making some improvements to the blog in the upcoming weeks. I predict good things in 2014 :)

Before we get settled into 2014, I want to take a look back at my top 5 favorite recipes of 2013. I can’t even tell you how hard it was to pick only five. It is like picking your favorite child!   I’m still debating if I picked the right ones (let me know yours in the comments!), but here goes:… 

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Soft and chewy cookies are loaded with white chocolate chips and cranberries! The colors and flavor of these White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are so festive!

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies for Christmas | ChezCateyLou.com

Monday. Morning. Cold. Gray. Wintery-mix.  All words that I do not like, but that unfortunately are a reality right now.  So I think we need some cookies to brighten up this dismal day!  It is definitely a cookies for breakfast kind of Monday morning, don’t you think?  Well I have the perfect recipe for you – white chocolate cranberry cookies!  Dried cranberries = fruit = breakfast food, right?… 

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Sweet Potato Cranberry Quick Bread {Mystery Dish}

Cooked sweet potatoes are mixed into this sweet potato cranberry quick bread batter, giving it a moist texture and a great flavor. A perfect fall breakfast or snack!

Sweet Potato Cranberry Quick Bread | chezcateylou.com

Today I have a very special post for you – I am guest posting for a great blogging group called Mystery Dish.  Each month a group of mystery ingredients is selected, and then each blogger in the group creates a recipe using a certain number of the ingredients!  Sarah at The Pajama Chef introduced me to this group, and I am so excited to be their guest this month.  When she emailed me the ingredients, I kind of felt like I was on Chopped.  The possibilities of what to make were endless!!  Sweet, savory, breakfast, dessert…in the end, I went for sweet with a Sweet Potato Cranberry Quick Bread! No surprise there, I just can’t stop baking. … 

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Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes | ChezCateyLou.com

Happy Friday! To celebrate the weekend, how about some pancakes? But not just any ordinary pancakes (although there’s nothing wrong with plain ol’ buttermilk pancakes or whole wheat pancakes) – sweet potato pecan pancakes! I was thinking about making pumpkin pancakes, but I have been on pumpkin overload lately. So I figured why not try out the “other orange puree” – mashed sweet potato! Is that a thing people say, the other orange puree? Probably not, but they really should…. 

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Double Chocolate Pistachio Doughnuts

Double Chocolate Pistachio Doughnut | chezcateylou.com

Breakfast or dessert?  A moist chocolate cake covered with rich chocolate icing and topped with chopped pistachios – the description might sound like dessert, but the shape says breakfast so I’m going with that! … 

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