Posted by on Saturday, January 5, 2013 in Bits & Bites

Hello there! Here’s some of the mostly-random stuff that’s been on my mind this week.

Best of 2012

So many of my favorite blogs featured “best of” 2012 posts, and I had so much fun reading them. It’s so interesting to see what both bloggers and readers tend to love the most.

Selfishly, What I Ate This Week: 2012 Favorites from Oh My Veggies was my fave. Kiersten writes a fabulous, consistently drool-worthy weekly series entitled “What I Ate This Week.” And she eats some amazing-looking stuff. So why did I say “selfishly?” Because she included my very own creamy pumpkin-baked rigatoni in her list! Yay! (Seriously though – check this one out for all the other amazing-looking recipes that made the cut).

I also loved this piece from Aimee of Simple Bites. Though I had to avert my eyes, ears, and everything else when she shared candidly about harvesting her own chickens, I adored just about everything else Aimee and her contributors shared this year. This recap reads like an uplifting journal entry and glows with positivity (especially that bit about the food blogger community at the end).

As far as Kitchen Treaty goes, I opted not to post a best-of list this year. For one, this blog has only been around since March 2012 – and the black-and-white, analytical side of me couldn’t get over the fact that I didn’t have an entire year of data to pull from. But if I had to share the top five most popular recipes, off the top of my head I’d say that white strawberry-lemon sangria, white pizza grilled cheese, the best macaroni and cheese ever, fluffy Nutella buttercream, and cold-brewed iced coffee took the top spots. All top picks of mine personally, too!

Getting Healthier in 2013

This past couple of weeks, I’ve gone on a bit of a bender collecting a bunch of whole-food, real-life, calorie-cutting (or calorie-burning) ideas that, when done consistently for one year, should each result in a five-pound weight loss. My thinking is this: One pound is worth 3,500 calories. So five pounds is worth 17,500 calories. Over the course of the year, each five pounds boils down to about 50 calories per day. And implementing several ideas that have me cutting/burning 50 calories per day, to me, isn’t nearly as intimidating (or potentially unhealthy) as, say, a full-on fasting detox, right? Small changes, slow (and realistic) progress, hopefully big rewards.

(I toyed with the idea of writing a blog post with all my ideas, but it felt so … gimmicky. So I’m thinking I’ll just share now and then.)

Here’s one I’ve already started: Drink two cups of green tea per day. Two to three mugs per day can help you burn up to 80 calories per day, says nbc.com. (I know the green tea thing is hardly news, but I didn’t realize that the calorie burn was quite that significant. Go green tea!)

They say two or three mugs of green tea can help you burn up to 80 calories per day (which, over the course of the year, equates to at least 5 pounds lost. I'm down with that.) | Kitchen Treaty

They say two or three mugs of green tea can help you burn up to 80 calories per day (which, over the course of the year, equates to at least 5 pounds lost. I’m down with that.)

Okay, so far, these are way more than little “bits and bites.”  Here are a few more, better-abbreviated mentions for other stuff I’ve been loving this week :

Especially Scrumptious-Looking Recipes

Savory Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with White Beans and Kale. Source: The Kitchn

Savory Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with White Beans and Kale. Source: The Kitchn

Products I’m Digging

Dining room measuring spoons from Anthropologie

Dining room measuring spoons from Anthropologie

Oldham + Harper Birds Glasses from Fishs Eddy

Oldham + Harper Birds Glasses from Fishs Eddy

That’s all I’ve got. Hope you’re having a happy weekend!