Joan Hayes, whose ultra popular blog Chocolate, Chocolate and More, was very dear to me. We chatted almost daily, we got each other through some very difficult personal times, were each other's business sounding boards and we gabbed about the things that girlfriends gab about. She passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the end of October, at the age of 49, and there's an empty space in my heart and in my days now. I miss you, my friend. You made my life sweeter.
Because I've written about her several times, you all know that I am blessed with another sweet friend, my life long dearest, Denise. She moved out of state this year and my heart nearly broke at the thought. But, actually, she left an intense job that gave us only snippets of time together, for an easier schedule and far more time for me. She may not be in New York but she can now be a far more regular part of my day and that's brightened my life more than I can describe.
I'm ready to welcome a new year and while I don't make resolutions per se, I do make plans. Personal growth, professional growth, health and mental well being are all on my to-do list in 2016. I can't control the discord that fills our world these days but I can control how much of it I take in and let affect me. And so I will concentrate on what is good and, of course, on what is delicious.
It's always fun to look back at my stats and see what your favorite recipes were each year. This time it was an even toss up between sweet and savory and so I will continue to give you both in the coming year. Here then, are the top 10 most popular recipes on my blog in 2015. As always, thank you for coming here, reading what I write, trying my recipes and telling me what you thought of them. I appreciate it every single day. Happy New Year!