Hello, 2016!


Happy new year! Doesn’t it feel so good? I rang in the new year with new friends here in Charlotte and spent the first day of the year cleaning the kitchen and attending a yoga class. It was refreshing and renewing! 

Over the weekend I spent some time reflecting on my 2014 and 2015 goals for Feast + West and for myself. This year I’ll be posting a lot less — around three posts per week instead of five. This will allow me more time to rest, spend time with friends and family and practice self-care, but more importantly it means I will have more time to develop quality content for you! I have been known to stay up until 2 a.m. just to get out a blog post for the next day — and I know I can do better than that. You and I both deserve better than that.

I have lots of new things in the works, too. Crazy exciting collaborations, more newsletters, a bunch of brands I want to work with and a growing list of recipes to try. A new look, too — coming soon! I’m really, really excited about all that’s in store for 2016. I’m no longer worried about sticking to my resolutions — I’ve proven to myself every day for the last two years (yes, two!) with this blog that I can do it! (Happy birthday, Feast + West!)I do hope you’ll follow along!

So much happened in 2015, though. Good stuff, yes, but some darker things too, of course. But overall, it was a good year. I was daring and worked hard. Here’s a quick recap, Ann Friedman-style.

Taught you about bourbon, tequila and sparkling wine. And whole bunch of other spirits. Brought in 45 bloggers to tell you about the hidden gems in their cities. Celebrated Hot Breakfast Month, Popcorn Week, Ice Cream Week, Popsicle WeekPumpkin Week, Cookie Week and Wine Month. Made a ton of new friends at Food Blog Forum in Orlando. Visited South Africa and let some friends run the show for a bit. Introduced you to 16 of my favorite makers through my Dream Jobs series. Shared my go-to packing list. Drank martinis. Was featured on BuzzfeedThe Huffington Post and InstagramStarted a company. Styled the most gorgeous summer supper. Visited the Florida Space Coast and explored Orlando, Cape Town, Seattle. Raleigh, Charlottesville, Asheville, Chapel Hill and Myrtle Beach. Said goodbye to my beloved grandmother. Co-hosted the second annual Blogsgiving. Threw a smashing holiday party. Participated in my second food blogger cookie swap. Drank all the cocktails and ate all the desserts.

Thanks for making 2015 so great. This blog wouldn’t be here without you to read it, and I’m so grateful for your support. What were your favorite posts of 2015? I scoured my blog analytics and drummed up my top 20 posts. Click through to see them all! // susannah

Click through to see the top posts of 2015!

Rosemary Sparkler, a rosemary champagne cocktail made with rosemary simple syrup and vodka // Feast + West

20. Rosemary Sparkler

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Popcorn // Feast + West

19. White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Popcorn

Molasses Chai Cookies // Feast + West

18. Molasses Chai Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Wolf Gourmet — the perfect make ahead holiday cookie for every kind of cookie lover // Feast + West

17. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark // feastandwest.com

16. Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark

7 Must-Have Travel Apps for International Travel

15. 7 Must-Have Apps for International Travel

Drunken Gummy Bears // Feast + West

14. Drunken Gummy Bears

Baby Guinness Irish Coffee Jell-O Shots // Feast + West

13. Baby Guinness / Irish Coffee Jell-O Shots

How to Cook with Champagne and Sparkling WIne // feastandwest.com

12. How to Cook with Sparking Wine

Hidden Gems: Charlotte, N.C. travel guide // Feast + West

11. Hidden Gems | Charlotte Travel Guide

The Tootsie Roll Cocktail — a sophisticated candy cocktail for Halloween // Feast + West

10. Tootsie Roll Cocktail

Bright Blog Bash Holiday Party | Sparkly Pastel Metallic details | Greensboro, NC | feastandwest.com & twinstripe.com

9. Bright Blog Bash Recap
(Photo by Sara Logan Photography)

Instagram 101: How to edit your photos for a gorgeous feed // Feast + West

8. Instagram 101: Editing Your Photos

Meyer Lemon Drop Champagne Punch // Feast + West

7. Meyer Lemon Drop Champagne Punch

This Bloody Mary Salsa is a fun twist on the classic chip dip. // Feast + West

6. Bloody Mary Salsa

Mexican Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies // Feast + West

5. Mexican Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bright Blog Bash Holiday Party | Sparkly Pastel Metallic details | Greensboro, NC | feastandwest.com & twinstripe.com

4. Maple Leaf Cocktail
(Photo by Sara Logan Photography)

Cinnamon White Russian, the perfect holiday after-dinner cocktail. // Feast + West

3. Cinnamon White Russian

Dirty Chai Cinnamon Rolls // Feast + West

2. Dirty Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Three Ingredient Pesto // Feast + West

1. 3-Ingredient Pesto — Featured on Buzzfeed!

Champagne Jell-O Shots recipe // Feast + West

Honorable mention: Champagne Jell-O Shots — I guess technicallyI shared this at the end of 2014, but it was by far my most popular recipe in 2015! It was even featured on Mashable and Brit + Co!

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  1. Erika says

    Happy New Year, and congrats on all your accomplishments in 2015!! I can’t wait to see what your blog has in store for this year. 🙂

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