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The Birch Cottage’s Top 10 Posts of 2016

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Happy New Year! I thought I’d start 2017 off by sharing my top 10 posts of 2016. I’m really proud to share this collection of the most popular recipes, DIY projects and printables from The Birch Cottage blog for 2016.

The top 10 posts of 2016 from The Birch Cottage blog is a collection of recipes, DIY projects and printables.

2016 was a great year for The Birch Cottage blog. I celebrated my one year blog anniversary and reached multiple goals and milestones. I met a lot of genuinely kind readers and have been humbled by their kindness. I have a lot of ideas for projects and recipes that I plan to share in 2017 and I’m really looking forward to getting to know you better.

Rustic, whimsical yet classy plaid Joy Christmas prints are free to download from The Birch Cottage

Top 10 Posts of 2016 – #10 – Plaid Christmas Prints

I had a lot of fun creating Plaid Christmas Prints this year. 2016 was the first year I offered these plaid Christmas printables. You can find and download the free plaid Christmas prints here.

The Birch Cottage shares 5 Reasons You Need A Bread Machine

Top 10 Posts of 2016 – #9 – 5 Reasons You Need a Bread Machine

I’ve dusted off my bread machine late in 2016 and shared my first bread machine recipe with you in December for English Muffin Bread. If you haven’t tried this recipe in your bread machine, I urge you to give it a try! I’ll be sharing more bread machine recipes in 2017.

Top 10 Posts of 2016 – #8 – Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

I actually shared this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe as a DIY Christmas Gift Idea on Kenarry: Ideas for the Home. You can whip up a batch of this mix in no time and keep some on hand for those unexpected guests. Pair the Hot Chocolate Mix with some movies and popcorn and you have the perfect hostess or housewarming gift.

This Homemade Windshield De-Icer contains three ingredients. Say good-bye to scraping windshields!

Top 10 Posts of 2016 – #7 – Homemade Windshield De-Icer

My #7 of the top 10 posts of 2016 is my homemade windshield de-icer. You can make a batch or two of this windshield de-icer and keep one in your house and one in your car (it’ won’t freeze) so that you always have some handy.

Super Moist Meatloaf by The Birch Cottage

Super Moist Meatloaf

Top 10 Posts of 2016 – #6 – The Secret to Moist Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of those things that people typically either love or hate. When Lenny and I travel, we never eat meatloaf when dining out. Meatloaf comes in a thousand different varieties. However, I just happen to know the secret to moist meatloaf. I promise, if you make this meatloaf, your family will thank you. I’ve had several readers contact me to tell me this is their new go to recipe for meatloaf.

DIY Sugar Hand Scrub Printable Labels for large mouth Mason Jars by The Birch Cottage. Using Dawn Ultra Hand Renewal with Olay Cucumber Melon and sugar to make this sugar hand scrub, print labels for the perfect gift!

Top 10 Posts of 2016 – #5 – Sugar Hand Scrub Printable Labels

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that #5 on my top 10 posts of 2016 is my sugar hand scrub printable labels. Have a favorite scent of Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Soap with O’lay? I’ve got you covered with a variety of printable labels. You can also find my DIY Sugar Hand Scrub here.

Chicken Lombardy Recipe from The Birch Cottage

Top 10 Posts of 2016 – #4 – Chicken Lombardy Recipe

My fourth most popular post of 2016 is my Olive Garden copycat recipe for Chicken Lombardy. This recipe, with the creamy Parmesan sauce is amazing. My boys, especially, love Olive Garden and Chicken Lombardy is one of their favorite dishes. As much as they love Olive Garden, they love this recipe even more!

The creamiest Creamy Parmesan Sauce by The Birch Cottage

Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Top 10 Posts of 2016 – #3 – Creamy Parmesan Sauce Recipe

My #3 of the top 10 posts of 2016 is my Creamy Parmesan Sauce Recipe. This recipe is the creamiest and makes the best Parmesan sauce you will ever taste. Ever. Promise.

Barbecue Sauce and Grape Jelly Crock Pot Meatballs recipe is easy and a family favorite!

Top 10 Posts of 2016 – #2 – Barbecue Sauce and Grape Jelly Crock Pot Meatballs

There’s hardly a family gathering, picnic, 4th of July or New Year’s Eve celebration where we don’t have Barbecue Sauce and Grape Jelly Crock Pot Meatballs. They are a family favorite recipe and they’re super easy to make.

DIY Sugar Hand Scrub by The Birch Cottage

Sugar Hand Scrub

Top 10 Posts of 2016 – #1 – DIY Sugar Hand Scrub

The #1 post of 2016 was also the #1 post of 2015. This DIY Sugar Hand Scrub is a favorite of my readers and my family. Each year for Christmas, I start getting questions from my daughters wanting to know if I’m going to make more sugar hand scrub. The girls love it! And our sons love it! If you have a gardener in your family, this scrub is perfect! If you have someone who likes to tinker with cars, ditto! This sugar scrub works great at not only softening hands, but removing the toughest of dirt and grime on your hands. It’s simple to make and works perfectly!

The top 10 posts of 2016 from The Birch Cottage blog is a collection of recipes, DIY projects and printables.

You know, none of this would be possible without you! You are what made this top 10 posts of 2016 possible. I am truly grateful that you visit The Birch Cottage blog. I have been overwhelmed by your kindness and I so look forward to getting to know you better and sharing with you in 2017.

Til next time…

Pam from The Birch Cottage

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Carrie at Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

Pam, congratulations on a great year! It's so fun to see which posts were people's favorites isn't it? I know my sister and I (and my 4 year old) loved making your Pomegranate Sugar Scrub as holiday gifts for friends and teachers this year -- using your beautiful free printable labels too! I'm so impressed that some of your top posts for the year were also ones you published late in the year. YAY! Here's hoping they circulate even more in 2017 -- I can't wait to see what all you do in the year to come!

Hugs, Carrie

Pamela Baker

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Carrie, you are absolutely the sweetest! Thanks so much for taking time to share your comments. My family loves the Pomegranate Sugar Scrub. In fact, they request it all the time!

I am looking forward to 2017 as well. Thanks for being so gracious!

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