Best of Feast + West 2018

Here’s a look back at the last 52 weeks of 2018. The Best of Feast + West 2018 remembers my favorite and most popular posts from the year. 

Feast + West Best of 2019

Wasn’t it just the other day I was here writing The Best of Feast + West 2017? You mean to tell me an entire year has passed? 


Father Time does it again. 

A San Fransisco Engagement Story (via

2018 was a fine year. Some quick highlights: This year, I… 

  • Got ENGAGED to my sweetheart, Chris, in San Francisco! (This one had to go first, duh.)
  • Visited 15 cities and nine states. Most of them for work, but a few for fun too. One of those states, Utah, was for the first time! Just eight states to go before I hit them all… 
  • Attended the first-ever Pinterest in the making event in San Francisco — so amazingly cool. 
  • Saw my pal Meghan get married in Denver! The best. 
  • Went to my brother’s wedding in the summer and welcomed my sister back to the U.S.A. after living abroad for 10 years — so happy for them both! 
  • Checked out The FOMO Factory in Austin on a date with myself. 
  • Saw Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. 
  • Finally ate at Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar! (It was delicious and worth the hype.) 
  • Went ice skating for the first time in probably 15 years. I did not last long but it was so fun! 
  • Took a cocktail class from one of my local idols, bartender Colleen Hughes. 
The FOMO Factory

Writing this out, it makes me realize what a busy year it was. Definitely a mixed bag. 

Looking back on my plans for 2018, I hoped to give myself more me-time, space for personal growth and grace for not getting more done. I didn’t want to be so stressed and anxious all the time. And it worked, mostly. 

I got back into yoga and in general spent more time away from the computer outside of work. I even found time to delve into craft projects like embroidery and handmaking lots of my Christmas gifts this year. (I see you, Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur.)

For the first time maybe ever (but hopefully not the last time), I had all my presents wrapped before Christmas and I felt so organized and light. 

A San Fransisco Engagement Story (via

At the same time, 2019 also feels like it wasn’t so busy. 

Here on the blog, I only posted 38 times, making this my slowest year yet, in some ways. (Hi, I’m trying not to beat myself up over here. I miss you guys!) 

But! On the other hand, it’s also been a great year of growth.

Even though I haven’t been posting as frequently, I’ve been working on things behind the scenes, such as rephotographing, videoing and updating older but popular recipes.

This is so that when new folks find them, they are current and of the same caliber of the newer content I’ve been creating the last few years. 

I also taught myself to edit video and animate illustrations (with lots and lots of help from Chris!) but it’s been really fun, and challenging, to learn. 

Also, my blog traffic and advertising income are more consistent and higher than ever, and that’s in large part due to the hard work I put into the blog in previous years. Go you, Past Susannah! (That’s me, giving myself grace.)

Not to mention all the new things I’ve learned via blog posts, conferences, courses and podcasts. 

A San Fransisco Engagement Story (via

Oh, and Chris and I started planning our wedding! Which is a whole other thing. We’re tying the knot here in North Carolina in September 2019, and I absolutely cannot wait. 

But good gosh, wedding planning is definitely time-consuming. I’m having so much fun but trying not to get too caught up in the details and stress. 

One of the perks of a long engagement, though, is that you have plenty of time to plan! 

2018 was definitely a learning year for me, and I hope 2019 is too. I never want to stop learning. 

I’ll be sharing more about what I anticipate for 2019 soon, but in the meantime I wanted to take a moment to share the best posts on F+W this year — your favorites and mine. 

Without further ado… let’s hear it for the Best of Feast + West 2018!

Here were the posts that were my favorites last year:

Celebrating another year? Blow out your candles, make a wish and take a sip of a Birthday Cake White Russian! With extra sprinkles on the rim and a birthday candle cocktail stirrer, of course. (via
Birthday Cake White Russian
Make Valentine's Day a little sweeter with a cozy cup of Rose White Hot Chocolate. Sharing a batch of this creamy, floral nectar is just as romantic as giving (or receiving) chocolates and a dozen roses! (via
Rose White Hot Chocolate 
Homemade Spiced Rum is the queen of all spiced rums, because you can flavor it yourself! It's so easy, and way better than storebought. It makes the perfect addition to every drink from a Cuba Libre to a tiki cocktail. (via
Homemade Spiced Rum
Strawberry Mimosas just make brunch rosy! Whether you make them for a weekend with gal pals, a wedding shower or a celebration like Easter, Mother's Day or Valentine's Day, these sparkling pink mimosas are the perfect way to toast the day ahead. (via
Strawberry Mimosas
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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are the perfect make-ahed breakfast for busy mornings! Prepare a ton in advance, get them ready the night before and enjoy a nutritious breakfast on-the-go. A dozen jars of almost-ready-to-eat meals make great gifts, too. (via
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats 
Beat the heat this summer with Frozen Lemon Daiquiris reminiscent of the New Orleans classic cocktail. Sweet and tart, this citrus and rum cocktail is like a fresh frozen lemonade. (via
Frozen Lemon Daiquiris
Make S'mores Rice Krispies Treats for a party to enjoy all the pleasures of camping in one easy, no-bake dessert. Cereal bars are dipped in melted chocolate, then topped with graham cracker crumbs and toasted marshmallows. (via
S’mores Rice Krispies Treats 
A Chai Old Fashioned Cocktail is the fall and winter nightcap of your dreams. Made with chai tea ice cubes, the chai spices infuse slowly as the ice melts into the whiskey, letting more flavor seep in with every sip. (via
Chai Old-Fashioned Cocktail with Chai Ice Cubes
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Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are a festive holiday cookie to share with friends and family! Sweet with a hint of sourness, these cookies are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. And they're delicious warm with a glass of milk! (via
Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Warm up a winter evening with a mug of Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Featuring homemade peppermint vodka, this easy minty hot cocoa drink is made on the stove with real chocolate. (via
Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate
For that in-between time between Christmas and New Year's, enjoy a Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail! Equal parts both holidays, this sparkling cranberry cocktail is worth toasting the holidays with. (via
Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail
Make Homemade Honey Whiskey liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. Sip it on the rocks or use it to make hot toddies and other whiskey cocktails. (via
Homemade Honey Whiskey

And here were the posts that were your favorites last year:

Champagne Jell-O Shots are the best way to celebrate any occasion! Use lemonade, real sparkling wine, vodka and gelatin to create this festive party treat and welcome the new year. (via
Champagne Jell-O Shots
Based on the traditional Moscow Mule, the Yule Mule is a holiday cocktail featuring ginger beer and cranberry juice. Garnish it with rosemary and fresh cranberries for a cocktail that tastes just like Christmas! (via
Yule Mule
This sumptuous Tiramisu Trifle makes a statement for any party! Layers upon layers of espresso-soaked Italian ladyfinger cookies and tiramisu cream make for a show-stopping dessert. (via
Tiramisu Trifle
Looking for an easy boozy treat? Alcohol Gummy Bears are easy, fruity and sweet. Make a big batch for a party or a small batch for you and your best friend. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong! (via
Drunken Gummy Bears
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Say cheers to the new year with an Elderflower French 75! It's a floral take on the classic champagne cocktail with lemon, gin and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. (via
Elderflower French 75 Cocktail

No-Bake Avalanche Cookies
Cinnamon White Russian, the perfect holiday after-dinner cocktail. // Feast + West
Cinnamon White Russian
The Tootsie Roll Cocktail — a sophisticated candy cocktail for Halloween // Feast + West
The Tootsie Roll Cocktail
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South African Milk Tart // Feast + West
South African Milk Tart
Russian Tea makes for a flavorful winter warmer. Serve this Southern punch at a party or sip it on a cold day. // Feast + West
Russian Tea
Gourmet Apple Cider Bourbon Jell-O Shots are not your average Jell-O shot, and they will be the star of your holiday party. Infuse bourbon with cinnamon and combine with Martinelli’s Apple Cider, sugar and gelatin to make this festive holiday treat that’s fun for the whole (21+!) family. (via
Apple Cider Jell-O Shots with Bourbon
Elderflower Rose Gimlet, a refreshing floral cocktail // Feast + West
Elderflower Rose Gimlet
That’s a wrap on 2018, y’all! Thank you so much for reading — it means so much to me. 2019 is going to be a killer year, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us. // susannah

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