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2017 Recap, Top 10 + Annual Reader Survey!

The year has quickly come to a close and with a new one on the horizon, I thought it would be fun to share the 10 most popular posts from 2017 along with some of our family favorites. But first, I’d like to do a quick recap of our year. 2017 was a full of change.

In February Life Made Simple got a fresh new look. Out with the old and in with the new! Then we found out my husband was chosen as a JAG for the Coast Guard. We knew that we’d be moving a few months later, but what we didn’t know was that I was pregnant with baby #3! We were totally shocked! In May we moved to Florida, and then in July to D.C. Summer and fall were long and hard. Stephen was gone for 15 weeks. I was getting big, the kids kept getting sick, and we were still trying to settle into our new home, but we survived. He came home in October and we welcomed our newest addition in November. He was two weeks late! We’re still trying to figure out life as a family of 5. I’m still trying to figure out how to juggle being a mom of three little ones and keep the blog going. We’re all learning as we go!

Thank you for your support and kindness over the past year, it means so much to our family! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2018! Happy New Year friends!!

P.S. I would love to learn more about you! Each year I do a reader survey to help me plan content and set goals. It takes about 5 minutes to complete.



1. Perfect Rice PilafPerfect Rice Pilaf |

2. Sausage, Pepper and Rice SkilletSausage and Pepper Rice Skillet |

3. Chocolate Blackout CakeChocolate Blackout Cake |

4. XL Browned Butter Chocolate Chip CookiesXL Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies |

5. 30 Minute Toasted Tortellini with Pesto30 Minute Toasted Tortellini with Pesto |

6. Heavenly Lemon Poppy Seed BreadHeavenly Lemon Poppy Seed Bread |

7. Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup |

8. Chocolate Molten Lava CakesChocolate Molten Lava Cakes |

9. Fudgy Brownie CookiesFudgy Brownie Cookies |

10. Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese FrostingLemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting


1. Lemon Almond Poppy Seed SconesLemon Almond Poppy Seed Scones |

2. Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed PotatoesCheesy Broccoli Stuffed Potatoes |

3. Easy Restaurant Style Black BeansEasy Restaurant Style Black Beans |

4. Mom’s Green EnchiladasMom's Green Enchiladas |

5. Greek Grilled Chicken PitasEasy Grilled Greek Chicken Pitas |

6. Insanely Good Chicken LasagnaInsanely Delicious Chicken Lasagna

7. Perfect Chocolate Chip MuffinsPerfect Chocolate Chip Muffins |

8. Summer Corn and Zucchini ChowderSummer Corn and Zucchini Chowder |

9. Foolproof Cinnamon Raisin Pecan Artisan BreadFoolproof Cinnamon Raisin Artisan Bread |

10. Chunky Homemade GranolaChunky Homemade Granola |


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