I can’t believe it. Another year has flown by, and we’re moving on to 2014!!

That number just looks so weird to me. 2-0-1-4. It makes me feel old. Does anyone else feel that way?


To celebrate this past year, I wanted to write down an event or accomplishment of mine from each month within 2013. I feel like in the midst of things, when I’m just living my life, I forget how much I am actually capable of and how blessed I am to have all of these opportunities. I really don’t want this to read like I’m bragging…I often think of my site as not only a place to connect with people and share recipes, but also as a type of journal. It will be so fun to look back on these types of posts!

January: I began my final semester of university courses.
February: I was a finalist contestant in the Incredible Edibles contest, and I went pescetarian for the whole month.
March: with my grandpa’s passing, I attended and had a part in a funeral of a family member.
April: I posted two of my top recipes this month! (See below.)
May: I entered and ran my first 5K.
June: with my family’s help, I threw a surprise birthday party for my parents, and had a load of fun doing it.
July: we took a wonderfully relaxing vacation to North Carolina’s coast, and I ran essentially two 5Ks on the beach.
August: I attended my first ever PD (professional development) days within a high school setting.
September: I began student teaching some of the best students and with some of the best teachers, making it one of my favorite experiences I’ve ever had.
October: I turned 22!
November: I hosted my first blog giveaway.
December: I graduated university with a bachelor’s degree in English education.


And now, for a little celebration of my blog! I’m sorry to say I had to be a bit neglectful of it the latter third of the year due to student teaching. That was my job, and I loved devoting time to it, but I am a bit sad to see how “down” my site has become. However, I had more hits and made more “friendships” this year than I ever expected, so it’s been a good one. I’m also pleased that my top posts of 2013 are all recipes! Exactly why I started LLL – to reach out to others with allergies and to show those who don’t have them how delicious, interesting, and exciting allergy-friendly food can be. 🙂

Brownie Batter Pancakes.

IMG_1409It’s funny, because I’ve only made these a couple of times, but they’re very popular on Pinterest and are one of my top hits!

Black Bean Brownies.

IMG_1899Sadly, I can’t claim this recipe as my own, but it is my top pinned recipe post, and I have no problem giving props to the creator!

Easy Key Lime Pie.

IMG_1357Definitely a favorite in my house, and it couldn’t be easier! Now if only there was a way to make it healthy…

All-Natural Green Tea Lemonade.

IMG_1773One of my favorite ever drinks. I’ve had people on all forms of social media tell me they love this drink, and I love to hear that.

Homemade Clif Bars.

IMG_1218This recipe isn’t from this year, actually, but it’s my most popular ever. That makes me happy. 🙂


Many thanks to everyone who has reached out to me through blogging, everyone who has continued reading for the past two years, and everyone who supports me on a daily basis in blogging and elsewhere. I hope you all have wonderful last day of 2013, and ring in the New Year well!



  1. Congratulations on graduating w/ your bachelors degree in english education. What a huge achievement. Can’t wait to find out all the amazing things that are to come for you in 2014. Happy New Year’s Eve, Liv!

    1. Thanks, Jessie! Happy New Year to you too!

  2. I can’t wait to go back and look at all these recipes… yummmm. happy new year!

    1. Haha thanks! Happy New Year to you too!

  3. A very happy New Year to you! Here’s to many more achievements in 2014! And yes, it makes me feel old too 😉

    1. Thank you! I figured I wasn’t the only one. 😉

  4. It looks like 2013 was a great year for you! And you definitely came up with some delicious recipes. 🙂 I hope 2014 is full of joy and great times for you! Happy New Year!!

  5. Congratulations on graduating!!
    Also, there is a WHOLE lot of yum in this post! 🙂

  6. Happy New Year to you too! I really enjoy reading recap posts or anything where lists are present. I’m doing a WIR: New Year’s Resolution Edition tomorrow, where we talk about last year’s successes and/or this year’s goals. Feel free to link this post up.

  7. Happy new year! I totally made those pancakes and pie you posted and am obsessed with both 🙂

    1. Happy new year to you too! Thanks, that’s nice to hear! 🙂

  8. Happy 2014! I can see why those pancakes were so popular on your blog. They sound amazing! 🙂

    You had a jam packed year full of wonderful events. I hope the next is just as good, if not better.

  9. What an fantastic year 2013 was for you! So many personal achievements and fab recipes!
    I hope 2014 is going well for you so far ♥ January’s flown by for me!

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