Top 12 Recipes of 2012

2012 has been a wonderful, busy, crazy year and I’m so glad I have been able to share it with you all! My readership and views have skyrocketed this year and it’s all thanks to you. I truly appreciate all the views and comments and just for giving me a little of your time each day! So here are the top 12 most viewed recipes of 2012. I hope you take a look and {hopefully} enjoy them again! Happy New Year!

Chocolate Cake with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
Chocolate Cake with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
Extra Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken
Extra Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken
Sweet Cornbread
Sweet Cornbread
Cheesy Bread
Cheesy Bread
Whole Lemon Blueberry Walnut Muffins
Whole Lemon Blueberry Walnut Muffins
Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
Mexican Chicken Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette
Mexican Chicken Salad
Salted Pretzel Caramel Bark
Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark
Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp
Bang Bang Shrimp
Lasagna Cupcakes
Lasagna Cupcakes


Lasagna Cupcakes

Lasagna Cupcakes

I have had this recipe bookmarked on my computer for quite awhile now and I just finally got around to making them recently. The big push to make them was when my aunt sent me pictures of the ones she made for dinner one night. She had me convinced and I couldn’t get them out of my mind.

What I love most about this recipe is that you can have a lasagna meal without all the work and time that a traditional lasagna takes.

I got mixed reviews on these though. I loved the crispy edges and the uniqueness of the wonton with the rest of the ingredients. Joel thought they were good but prefers actual noodles over the wonton wrappers. Though they don’t taste exactly like a lasagna, they were pretty darn close and a great alternative for a quick weeknight dinner.

Lasagna Cupcakes
recipe adapted from Cruftbox

24 wonton wrappers
Jar of spaghetti sauce
½ lb. ground beef or Italian sausage
12 pepperoni’s
¾ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
½ – 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray then press down a wonton into each cup. You can cut the wontons into circles if you do not like the crispy edges.

2. Place a spoonful of spaghetti sauce into each cup then place ground beef/Italian sausage into cups next (you probably won’t use the whole ½ lb. of meat). Place a pepperoni on top then a tablespoon of ricotta. Sprinkle with mozzarella.

3. Place another wonton on top of each muffin cup then layer with more sauce and top with more mozzarella. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Lasagna Roll-Ups

This has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.  Noah has been teething so life has been rough for us all.  I feel so bad for my poor little guy.  Plus it’s snowing….on April 15.  Yep, that’s right.

Luckily, these lasagna roll-ups brightened up our week a little.  I wish little man could enjoy them, maybe that would make him feel better.

These were pretty simple to make and took less time than a traditional lasagna.  Plus, they are way more fun!  I basically took the ingredients from my mom’s lasagna recipe (best ever) and rolled them up into the noodles.  So easy, so delish!

Mix the ricotta, 1 cup cheese, egg, parsley and basil.  Once the ground beef and sausage has cooled stir that in too.  Spread the meaty, cheesy mixture on each noodle then roll.

Top with lots of sauce and cheese.

Oh yum!

Lasagna Roll-Ups

8 lasagna noodles, prepared according to box directions
1 (15oz.) ricotta
2 cups mozzarella or Italian cheese blend
1 egg
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. parsley
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce
1/2 lb. ground beef
2 hot Italian sausage links

1. Brown ground beef and sausage until no longer pink.
2. In a medium bowl, mix ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, egg, basil, parsley, ground beef and sausage.
3. Combine the spaghetti sauce and tomato sauce then spread 1 cup on the bottom of a baking dish.
4. Lay noodles on a flat surface and divide mixture among the noodles.
5. Roll up the noodles and place seam side down in the baking dish.
6. Top with remaining sauce and cheese.
7. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes then serve.

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