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This was such a great year for me! It is so fun to look back at all of the events that have happened this year. I got married, {woot woot} me and the hubby went to San Diego and Disneyworld, and we went on some fun family trips to Myrtle Beach, Washington DC, and lived in North Carolina for the summer. This has been such a great adventure for us this year. And just this summer, The Recipe Critic blog was born! It is amazing to see the growth and changes that have happened for the blog in just six short months and I am so grateful everyday for the support from all of you and other blogging buddies! I was so ecstatic to meet two bloggers that I look up to, Chef In Training, and High Heels and Grills this year. I am excited for the coming year and I wish all of you the best for 2013. I hope it is a great and prosperous New Year!

Collage of pictures of Alyssa with her family and friends.
These are the most visited recipes of 2012! I hope you take a look around and pin some of your favorites to make this year! {Click on recipe name or picture to go to Recipe Link}
Top 12 fan favorites of 2012, muddy buddies, slow cooker cinnamon almonds, chicken alfredo roll ups, cinnamon apple cupcakes, pumpkin roll bars, cherry pie bars,  reese's pieces peanut butter bars, Italian Cream Cheese Chicken., Hershey's Cheesecake Brownies, cinnamon french toast bake, and chicken enchiladas.


1. Skinny Muddy Buddies coming in at #1. I love me some muddy buddies. These are one addictingly good snack! I loved finding a recipe that cut some of the calories out!
Skinny Muddy Buddies in a white bowl.
2. Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds. I loved being able to make these in my slow cooker without having to spend a lot at the mall to buy them. They made such a great gift and made my house smell amazing!
Slow cooker cinnamon almonds in a white bowl.
3. Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups. These are a fun twist to your regular lasagna and I loved the Alfredo sauce! The best part of these is that the family all LOVED them!
Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups
4. Caramel Apple Cupcakes. I had so much fun making these and they tasted just like I was biting into a caramel apple!
Caramel Apple Cupcakes with a red wrapper.
5. Pumpkin Roll Bars. I was a little nervous about going to all of the work to make a pumpkin roll so these bars made it so easy! A perfect pumpkin taste and swirled with cream cheese, I instantly fell in love!
Pumpkin Roll bars in stacks of 4, 2, and 1.
6. Cherry Pie Bars. I have always been a cherry pie lover so these cherry pie bars became a favorite! Topped with a scoop of ice cream, this was a perfect treat!
2 cherry Pie Bars on a white plate.
7. Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Bars. These were so easy to make and they were a fun twist on rice krispies. We love Reese’s puff’s cereal at our house!
2 Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter bars on a white plate.
8. Italian Cream Cheese Chicken. Ok this is a definite recipe that everyone needs in their house. It has been a favorite for YEARS. So easy to throw into the crockpot and absolutely delicious!
Italian cream cheese chicken on a white plate with green garnish.
9. Ranch Chicken Enchiladas. Since our family is {obsessed} with ranch I made this delicious recipe creation. My hubby says it is one of the best things we have had yet!
Ranch Chicken Enchiladas on a white plate with green garnish and a side of rice.
10. Cheeseburger Soup. I just made this last week and it has already made it to the #10 spot. It is so amazing! And I loved being able to sneak veggies into it and still have my family love it!
Cheeseburger Soup in a white bowl with shredded cheese on top.
11. Hershey’s Cheesecake Brownies. Does this even need a description. {Drool}
A close up of a hershey's cheesecake brownie.
12.  Cinnamon French Toast Bake. I made this for my 9 year olds birthday and he absolutely loved it! He even wanted some more after school! Delicious!

Cinnamon French Toast back on a white plate with cinnamon sticks beside it.


About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. Congrats on a super successful first six months! I’ve been reading almost that whole time. I love your blog, everything I’ve made from here has been fantastic! Most recently I made your slow cooker Asian pork (yum!) and then used the leftovers in some homemade pot stickers- divine! My husband is going to flip for those ranch chicken enchiladas. Keep up the great (and yummy) work!

  2. Congrats on getting married!I didn’t know that! What a fun year you’ve had. I love your blog and can’t wait to see what greatness you bring this year!