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Most Popular Blog Posts in 2014

It's that time of year again! Everyone is counting down the "Most or Best or Whatever" of 2014. And I'm joining in. Here are my five most visited blog posts in 2014.

Powered Sugar Donuts

5. Baked Donuts-This post has been a favorite for years! And my Pintest Board of donut recipes is always a favorite too.

Ribbon Organizer

 4. Headband Organizer-I created this for a blog hop for Buttons Galore and More. I guess a lot of people need to organize their children's headbands! But seriously, since I created this project in December 2013, it has withstood the test of time. Not just on my blog, but also in my daughter's room. She still uses it to hold her headbands and it is still holding up.

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3. Kitchen Aid Mixer Makeover-Gosh this is a pretty project! I love how it looked. But, if I'm going to be honest, it didn't work for very long. Even though I removed the decals when I needed to clean it (which, admittedly was a pain), the ink still ran just from using the mixer and getting wet ingredients on it. I still love the idea though and will probably try to find another way to make it work. Maybe some printable, cut vinyl? (Silhoutte-call me!)

Pipe Cleaner Turtles

2. Crafts for Kids: Pipe Cleaners-I have to say, I'm at loss as to why this one was so popular. I mean it as some cute photos of projects my daughter and I created using pipe cleaners, but I didn't share a tutorial. Maybe it's has really good keywords? I'll take it though and hope that it introduced some new readers to my blog.

Survive the Stomach Flu:www.laurabraydesigns.com

1. How to Survive the Stomach Flu-Again, I'm guessing I did a good job of using keywords on this post, but I would also like to think that it has some really good information. I worked hard on this post and I wrote it because I really love to help people heal themselves and their children as naturally as possible.

What's interesting to me about this list is that none of the posts I wrote in 2014 were the most popular! Which makes a girl wonder…am I losing you? I'm taking this list to heart and studying it because I want to offer content that interests my readers and is helpful to them. If I have failed in that this year, I want to win you back. If you want to help me out, let me know what your favorite posts are. Or tell me which ones you hated.

And, if you have a blog, I highly recommend doing this exercise for your blog too. You learn a lot about your writing and the reading interests of your readers. It's a great launching place for some new business goals! Happy New Year!

Eggnog French Toast

Eggnog French Toast Recipe from Laura Bray Designs

This is the easiest Christmas morning breakfast ever! And so fancy too! Ingredients: Day old french bread Eggnog-homemade or store bought. I used the stuff in the carton it was great! (Mine was rum-free. Not sure how it would taste if it was "Drunk" French Toast. Let me know if you find out!) Instructions: CutContinue Reading

Baked Potato Buffet

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We cook and eat at home a lot and the majority of what we eat is fresh or homemade food. I'm not going to lie. It's hard work to cook-especially from scratch, but I do have quite a few tricks I use to make things easier. A "Baked Potato Buffet" dinner is one of myContinue Reading

Soup & Sandwiches

Black Bean Soup & Quesadillas::LauraBrayDesigns.com

Is there anything better than soup and a sandwich when you need comfort? Grilled cheese sandwiches (muenster cheese on sourdough please) and tomato soup are my usual choice but lately I've changed it up with a Southwest twist. Delicious black bean soup (from The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One MealContinue Reading

Italian Baked Eggs

I know I've been MIA lately. It's summer and I'm focusing on my little family. I will occassionally drop in here with some updates, but if you want to see what I'm up to on more a regular basis you may want to start following me on Instagram. My handle there is laurakbray. I'm lovingContinue Reading

Cocktail Napkins (and my favorite cocktail recipe!)

French Horn Cocktail Recipe

Summer is almost here! One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to have family & friends over for a little cocktail break in our backyard. There's something so relaxing about sitting amongst the growing plants in our garden, sipping cocktails, and visiting. My favorite time to host is late afternoon-when theContinue Reading

Tahini Cookies

Tahini Cookie Recipe

I love "grown-up" cookies. Grown-up cookies are baked goods that appeal to a more sophisticated palette. They are cookies that go as well with a nice port of a glass of wine as they do with milk. For me, grown-up cookies tend to be sweet and savory. In the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living,Continue Reading

Chinese New Year Recipes & Crafts

Chinese New Year Recipes and Crafts

Just in case you are looking for a chance to party again, or if you need to "restart" your new year's resolutions (ahem), today is the Chinese Lunar New Year. We are ushering in the Year of the Horse. The wood horse in fact so there's lot of fun crafting ideas you can do withContinue Reading

Sunday Breakfast Bread Pudding

Breakfast Bread Pudding

We have a tradition of cooking a big, family breakfast every Sunday morning. My husband and I take turns trying out fancy breakfast recipes. The problem is, I'm the night owl of the family. My husband is out of bed at 6am whether it's the weekend or not and my daughter usually gets up betweenContinue Reading

Menu Planning

Menu Planning

If one of your new year resolutions is to eat healthier and/or cook at home more, then menu planning can help you. Before you start complaining, please believe me when I tell you that I once thought it an impossible feat too. I was very resistant to the idea, but knew that dinner was alwaysContinue Reading