What I Made in 2013

I know this is a couple days late, but I’m never one to turn down the opportunity to do a recipe round-up. In fact, if I could get by with making my whole blog a recipe round-up I would be one happy gal. The only problem is that I like making the recipes themselves way too much so you get both!

Here are 15 recipes that I posted on my blog in 2013. They aren’t necessarily the top 15 viewed, just my favorites of the top ones.


What I made in 2013 (aka… a year-long version of WIAW):



My favorite meal of the day, so I have a lot of breakfast recipes on here.

1. Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

2. Pan Perfect Pancakes

3. Paleo French Toast Sticks


Making grain-free breads taste good is quite a challenge, so when I come up with a good one, I make sure to share.

4. Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

5. Banana Bread Bake

6. Grain-Free Cinnamon Roll Bread

Cinnamon Rolls

Can you tell that I like quick and easy recipes? Especially cute, hold-able ones like cinnamon rolls.

7. Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

8. Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls

9. Microwave Cinnamon Rolls


My desserts actually resemble all of my other recipes with the same clean ingredients.

10. Apple/Pear Crisp

11. Paleo Tagalongs

12. Pumpkin Pie Bars


I have a disproportionate amount of sweet to savory recipes on this blog. I don’t believe that is a bad thing. 

13. Grain-Free Pumpkin Calzones

14. Chili, Chips and Cheeze

15. Paleo Moussaka

Along with my top recipes, here is also my annual 2013 report for Eating 4 Balance. It gives all of the statistical details like page views, top commenters, referring sites, etc.


Looking over all that I did on this blog in 2013, I can’t help but be proud. Still, I know there is a lot of room for improvement. A couple of my goals for Eating 4 Balance in 2014 include:

  • Creating a posting schedule/plan.
  • Improving my photography/photo editing.
  • Commenting on more blogs.
  • Responding to more comments.
  • Going self-hosted.
  • Organizing my recipes.
  • Writing more personal/non-food posts.

Thank you for reading Eating 4 Balance and I hope you enjoy what is to come in the next year!


Questions for you:

  • What is your favorite recipe/post on your blog in 2013?
  • Do you have more savory or sweet recipes on your blog?
  • What blog goals do you have for 2014?
  • Is there anything that you would like to see on Eating 4 Balance?

36 thoughts on “What I Made in 2013

  1. I think its kind of obvious that I have a huge sweet tooth by all the sweet recipes on my blog. In fact, I don’t think I posted one savoury one last year… I’m making it a goal to branch out a little more in 2014, but part of me thinks I should just stick to what I’m good at and enjoy… We’ll see.

    And I just have to say… I love how creative you get with your recipes and making them allergy-friendly 🙂

  2. why thank you for putting all these top recipes in one places, now I can go see what I want to make! I have not been cooking lately, only like throwing things in an oven and calling it a day. I want to get better at that.

  3. You are a recipe queen! I envy your creative ability!
    I think I made a few nice soups last year…some nice chicken meals…but other than that nothing stands out for me. I definitely didn’t do any real baking achievement hehe.
    I hope this year I can get back into cooking some nice creative meals instead of having the same sorts of things all the time.

  4. WOW! I am so impressed! I definitely have more savory recipes than sweet ones on my blog, and one of my goals is to keep getting better at food photography too. It’s amazing how much small things can really make a difference!

  5. Wow girly, you were pretty amazing in 2013 🙂 You accomplished a ton and came up with some fantastic new recipes week in and week out, and your photos are some of my favs in the blog world 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you do in 2014!

  6. You’ve created so many fantastic recipes so far, and I want to thank you for inspiring me to bake more with coconut flour!! After making your cinnamon rolls, I went about substituting coconut flour for wheat flour in some of my favorite vegan baked goods recipes, with fantastic results. I will have to check out your other grain-free breads–I am sure they are delicious as well. I think those are practical and do-able goals for 2014, and I hope you are able to accomplish some of them! I would definitely love to see more personal/non-food posts on your blog, but only if that is something you feel comfortable with, of course:)

    • Coconut flour is the bomb. I really don’t understand why so many people are afraid to use it because it gives baked goods such a naturally sweet and amazing flavor!

      I’m glad you liked the cinnamon rolls. I think you were the first to try them and I literally sighed in relief that they worked out for you. There will be plenty more variations to come in 2014 😉

      I’m going to strive for more personal posts. I had plans to do one this week but just lost the courage. It will happen someday, promise!

  7. I love how you made 3 different types of cinnamon rolls in 2013! I need to step up my game because as much as I love cinnamon rolls, I didn’t make any : (

  8. Madison, I’m so super impressed with you and your blog. I know it’s on your 2014 list, but I think your photos improved a tremendous amount last year. That outdoor lighting can’t be beat. It lends a certain je ne sais quoi to the food. That being said, the photographer plays a huge role too.

    I have way more savory recipes than I do sweet ones, although not as many veggies as I would have expected. Apparently I just cook them and don’t share recipes for them. It’s on my list for this year. Speaking of lists, you have a whole bunch in this post (hooray) including your goals for next year, so I think you should link up to the WIR. No pressure though.

    • I’ve really tried hard with my pictures this year and I’m glad you can tell Meghan. It’s great to hear such nice feedback. Outdoor lighting is the best.

      You are certainly much better at posting savory recipes than me. I find it so hilarious because all I eat is savory foods, but they aren’t interesting enough for a recipe or picture. And I make tons of savory dishes for my family, but never post those either. I guess they just don’t photograph as well. Oh man, I really should have linked up with WIR (I love that you are using the acronym now. So fancy and professional.). I need to get back into WIR pronto.

  9. I’m surprised there aren’t more pancakes 😉 That’s a great roundup of recipes and a great recap of the year (jealous that blogger doesn’t do a cool infographic like that!)

    I love your pictures and the work you’ve put into them shows, that being said in can’t wait to see what you get up to this year!

Let me know what you think. Leave a reply!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s