2021 was an incredible year for Juggling Act Mama and this collection contains our top ten recipes that YOU, our readers, loved the most.
If you're like me, you've been spending the last few days thinking about all that has happened in 2021 and what might be different in 2022.
I'm not big on resolutions, but I do get excited about actionable goals (one of which includes this decluttering challenge).
But before I can move on from last year, there's one last thing to do, and that's to share what YOU, my amazing readers, have loved the most this year.
1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles
Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles - Our number one post in 2021 blew everything else out of the water. These delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles went viral - and for good read, too. They are absolutely incredible! Afterall, who can resist the combination of pumpkin spice and cheesecake??
2. Petite Sirloin
Petite Sirloin - Confession - I'd rather eat petite sirloin than filet mignon. True story! It's so tender and a fraction of the cost. This recipe, made with our popular Cowboy Steak Rub, made it's debut in 2019 and has been a beloved recipe ever since.
3. Cowboy Butter
Cowboy Butter - from grilled meats and veggies to wings, garlic bread and more, our Cowboy Butter is one of our most loved recipes.
While this recipe only contains a few simple ingredients, it's one with some major staying power as it's been on our top recipe list since we first shared it back in 2014.
Over the years, we've developed loads of recipes using this flavorful compound butter including:
- Garlic Butter Chicken Wings
- Buttery Dinner Rolls
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin
- Cowboy Burger Recipe
- Crispy Fingerling Potatoes
- Unbelievable Butter Burger
- Grilled Ribeye Steak
- Steak Bites with Garlic Butter
4. Cowboy Spice Mix
Cowboy Steak Rub Recipe - a mixture of 8 spices and herbs, a little brown sugar and a bit of coffee (yep, you read that right) are all you need to make this. The spicy and smoky seasoning mix is one of Mr. Juggling Act's favorite to use, especially during grilling season.
As a mentioned above, this rub is used with our yummy Petite Sirloin, but it's super tasty on all types of beef.
5. Red Velvet Cake Balls
Red Velvet Cake Balls - Our readers really like sweets, which is good because I love developing dessert recipes (especially the taste testing part!) These Red Velvet Cake Balls are a great Christmas or Valentine's Day treat. They're super easy to make, and are a nice homemade gift, too! Year after year, they continue to be a big hit with readers.
6. Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin - Not only is this on our top ten list, but it's on my meal plan just about every other week because it's so delicious. My family gobbles this up every single time I make it. The secret is, of course, the Cowboy Butter which keeps the pork moist and adds loads of flavor.
7. Puff Pastry Chicken
Puff Pastry Chicken - With a creamy filling, these chicken pockets are an awesome snack for game day and are great for potlucks and parties. They're also pretty awesome as a meal with a side salad. You really can't go wrong with these!
8. Mermaid Drink
Mermaid Drink - Using Midori and Blue Curacao, this fun Blue-Green Lemon Drop cocktail is great for summertime. With a little sugar syrup, lemon and vodka, you've got yourself a fruity drink that's worthy of any mermaid!
9. Tropical Storm Punch
Tropical Storm Rum Punch Cocktail - Not to be outdone, our original rum cocktail is still on the top ten list after almost a decade! It's made with passion fruit rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice, along with a few other tasty ingredients. If this doesn't scream luau, I don't know what does!
10. Cotton Candy Fudge
Cotton Candy Fudge - Every now and again there's a recipe that really surprises me. I thought this Cotton Candy Fudge, or Unicorn Fudge, would be a fun whimsical post that readers might enjoy pairing with our Unicorn Popcorn for a kids' party. Who knew it would skyrocket to a spot on our top ten list!?
While these recipes didn't make our top ten list, they're some of my personal favorites.
- Sheet Pan Pancakes with Pancake Mix - New in 2021, this recipe was immediately popular. It's such a super easy way to make a whole lot of pancakes at one time.
- Honey Teriyaki Chicken Wings - This recipe goes way back to my very early days in blogging. It got a makeover this Fall with new images. The recipe itself hasn't changed because these are the best baked wings I've ever tasted!
- Banana Pudding Cupcakes - When I posted these in the Spring of 2020, they went bananas (pun intended). I thought that they would stay on the top ten list in 2021, too. Although they've fallen off, they continue to big a big hit.
- Authentic Italian Meatball Recipe - this is my husband's recipe and has been a reader favorite for the last couple of years, but was edged out by a few new things this year.
What was your favorite Juggling Act Mama recipe?
Did it make the list? Leave me a comment below - I love hearing from you, and know what you loves help me craft great content for the future!