Kelly the Culinarian: 2013 Superlatives

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Superlatives

Welcome to the last day of 2013! I've had a busy, happy, satisfying year filled with some of the most amazing vistas and meals. I already did a 2013 overview, but I thought I'd take a look at the notable and memorable moments of the previous year.  Take a trip down memory lane with me!

Most popular post
My favorite foods on Weight Watchers: Readers loved this recap of delicious foods I enjoy and their corresponding point value.

Most popular recipeZero Weight Watchers Points Plus soup recipe: An easy, low-calorie way to stay on track.

Most popular dessert
Healthier peanut butter chocolate fudge: This delicious fudge recipe leaves out the butter and refined sugar in favor of coconut oil and honey, which have myriad health benefits. The end result is still a decadent, delicious dessert.

Most popular crock pot recipe
Three-ingredient pulled pork: So easy, so fast, so delicious, so popular!

Most helpful post
Ragnar Relay reflections and tips: I combined all the lessons I learned during my first Ragnar Relay to pass on the knowledge for future Ragnarians. Enjoy!

Most personal post
Why I chose an IUD: I don't mind evangelizing about my IUD, because it's been a great choice for me, my lifestyle and my five-year plan. It's still some of the best money I've ever spent.

Favorite race
April Fools 5K: This is my current 5K PR and was such a vindicating, validating experience. It was a nice little local race, too.

Favorite triathlon
Ironman 70.3 Racine: There's a reason Ironman races are the gold standard in the tri world. They put on a good show where everything is thought out. The whole community comes out and there are tons of volunteers. I worked so hard to get to the start line of this race and enjoyed every minute of it.

Best race shirt
Esprit de She Chicago 5K: This was a hot, sweaty race with an awesome post-race party. The race shirt was a cute tank from Athleta that I wear all the time.
Best post-race party
Venus de Miles Illinois Ride: So. Much. Food. The aid stations were stuffed with goodies from Whole Foods and the post-race party featured music, massages (we weren't there in time to get it), ice cream, a catered meal, vendors and giveaways.

Best race swag
Iron Girl Triathlon Lake Zurich: This was the biggest race packet I've ever picked up. There was a shirt, a custom swim cap, a personalized race bib, a ton of snacks and toiletry samples and Biscoff!

Best finishers' medal
Run River City (Peoria) Marathon Relay: This medal was so cool - it included an inset stained glass panel and 3D design on a custom ribbon. Very cool.

Favorite couples trip
Mexico: The resort needs a bit of work, but we had a great time. Lots of drinks, sites and bites made for a memorable week that fulfilled all my expectations for the honeymoon we never had.

Favorite solo trip
Sister trip to Seattle and Portland: Our first sister trip was a game changer. Mandy and I spent four glorious days tasting some of the best foods and drinks while seeing what makes the Pacific Northwest tick. I loved every minute of our excursion and hope to get back soon.
I'm looking forward to another year of races and places! Join me in 2014 as I tackle Ironman Wisconsin. Stick around, it's going to be quite a ride.


Valerie said...

That fudge and the other WW recipes look SO good...I need to focus on eating healthier and cleaner and these look great! Hopefully we can do another race together this year (and get a photo!)- F2B was so much fun!

Losing Lindy said...

You had an amazing 2013, I can't wait to watch your ironbitch 2014

Zenaida Arroyo said...

I just saw your recipe about the three-ingredient pulled pork. Looks so good!

KellytheCulinarian said...

Thanks, I hope you love it!