2012: A Year in Review + Some Tasty Food

2012 has been an amazing, busy, fun, exciting and crazy year. I survived a blog redesign, we moved to a beautiful new home, I joined the Instagram-ing world and I made red velvet cake. Simply Scratch was named by Huffington Post as a Top Ten Food Blogs for both October and November which was so totally amazing! I made a lot of messes, did my share of dishes and loved every minute of it.

2012 in photos

I felt an overwhelming amount of pride watching my oldest daughter pitch in her first of many softball games and then at the end of the season accept an award for most strikeouts! And a giant lump formed in my throat when my husband and I sat at our youngest daughters’ parent-teacher conferences {in her new school} and we were told that we have a very gifted writer on our hands, one of the teachers best she’s ever had in all her years of teaching. I mean what could possibly top that?

I can only imagine what 2013 will bring. I feel all giddy entering my 4th year of blogging imagining all the possibilities. What food will I make? What friends will I finally meet {I’m talking to you JessicaRachel, Lauren, Megan, Cassie and Bev!}?

I’m open to whatever… bring it 2013.

Now, let’s celebrate a fantastic year passed and an even more fabulous year ahead… with food!

Okay so wanna know what’s funny. I had to ask my husband if there’s football on New Year’s Day. Yup… that’s how in touch I am with the sporting world. Sure I get into sports when, let’s say, the Tiger’s are in the World Series… but that is as far as it goes for me.

However, I know there are a TON of people who do sit, snack and watch football. SO since I may not know who’s playing whom on Tuesday and I may even question if it’s college or the NFL {because I really have no clue}…  I can at least help you out in the food department. Cool?

Here are my ‘Top 2012’ appetizers from the past year and from here on SS and some of my most favorite blogs!


Bacon & Gorgonzola Guacamole

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Chili Butter

Brie Toasts with Basil, Pine Nuts and Golden Raisins


Beer Battered Mini Corn Dogs with Chipotle Ketchup 

Baked Chili Cheese Fries

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Cantaloupe Bruschetta with Balsamic of Modena Glaze

Caramelized Onion Spinach Dip {Reduced Guilt!}


Homemade Kettle Chips with Onion Dill Dip

Prosciutto Wrapped Persimmons with Jalapeno


Rainbow Pizza and Truffle Fries with a Wine Dipping Sauce


Spicy Corn Fritters

Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

Sweet and Tangy Balls

Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Tater Tot

White Pizza Dip

Eat well, drink responsibly and have a Happy New Year!




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35 Responses to “2012: A Year in Review + Some Tasty Food”

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Girl, you are totally on my list for 2013. Cannot wait to hug you in real life. You have had a rockin’ 2012…can’t wait to see how good 2013 is for you! xoxo (PS- thanks for including my dip!)

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 2nd, 2013 @ 3:28 am

      I agree! Cannot wait!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — December 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Tasty roundup, I’m eying those mini corn dogs! Happy new year to you 🙂

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 31st, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

      Thank you Gerry! {I’m gonna have to make those sucker soon!}

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Great roundup. Would love to dive into all these dishes. Wishing you have Happy New Year and a fabulous 2013! 🙂

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 2nd, 2013 @ 3:32 am

      Ditto Jennifer!! 🙂

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — December 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    What a delicious looking roundup! Happy New Year to you and here’s to kicking butt in 2013!!

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 31st, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

      Happy New Year Lauren!! XO

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Seeeeeeeeeriously! We’ll meet in 2013. Fo’ real. Thank you for the link love!


    • simplyscratch replied: — December 31st, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

      Cheers BEV!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    My kids would die over those mini corn dogs–do’t know how I missed them the first time!

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 31st, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

      I know Sommer… they’re such a good idea!

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    Rachel Cooks — December 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Uhh, yeah. We live way to close to each other to NOT meet in 2013!

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 31st, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

      It’s gonna happen friend… soon! 🙂

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — December 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Great round up, thanks for including my Corn Dogs! I SO hope to meet you in 2013 🙂

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 31st, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

      Yes Jackie! Me too!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 31, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I need those fritters in my life!!!!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — December 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    What a great post! Happy New Year Laurie… cheers to 2013!

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 1st, 2013 @ 1:14 am

      Thank you Carrie! Happy New Year! XO

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — December 31, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Congrats on kicking butt during 2012! Great round up of recipes and Happy New Year to you and ur family. Hope 2013 is 10x more fun an exciting for u Laurie!

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 1st, 2013 @ 1:14 am

      Thank you Haley! XO

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    Karen Goke — January 1, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Happy new year. I’m a new reader of your blog in 2012, and I absolutely love your recipes, photography, and commentary. Thank you for introducing such easy and delicious recipes into my household!

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 2nd, 2013 @ 3:29 am

      Thank you Karen!! Happy New Year!

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    dvaaunaturel — January 1, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Love your site! Many blessings to you for a fantastic 2013!! Congrats on all you have accomplished and thanks for sharing!

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 2nd, 2013 @ 3:29 am

      Thank you so much! Happy New Year!

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    Emmanuelle — January 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Many thanks for sharing all these great and inspiring recipes with us, and congrats for that well-deserved nomination in the Huffington Post! A very happy New Year from France for you and all your family!

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 2nd, 2013 @ 3:33 am

      LOVE! Happy New Year!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Amazing round up! Appetizers and snacks are my favorites, sports or no sports! Have a wonderful New Year!

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 2nd, 2013 @ 3:32 am

      Yessss! Happy New Year Miss!

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    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — January 2, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Happy New Year! Your blog is simply fabulous lady! Can’t wait to see what you’ll post throughout 2013. Take care!

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 2nd, 2013 @ 3:33 am

      Thank you Whitney! 🙂

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    Deborah — January 2, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Happy New Year! Now I want some more appetizers!

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    Kathryn — January 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Congratulations on all your awesome achievements in 2012 and I hope 2013 brings you even more happiness and success!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 3, 2013 at 3:00 am

    What a great 2012! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for 2013

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