Best of Feast + West 2019

Here’s a look back at the last 52 weeks of 2019. The Best of Feast + West 2019 remembers my favorite posts as well as yours! Check out the most popular posts from the year. 

Our wedding cake with colorful macarons

Another year has come and gone, and HOW? It really seems like every year just goes faster and faster.

This was a big year for me personally, and for Feast + West too.

What was the biggest thing? Well, in September, Chris and I tied the knot!

Colorful wedding bouquet photo

Our colorful day was so incredibly fun. We had the best time planning it and it was so special to celebrate with all our family and friends.

And the best part is now I get to be married to the best guy ever!

I promise to share a recap with tons of wedding photos soon, but here’s our engagement story from 2018 if you are feeling nostalgic like me. I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 years since we got engaged!

Afterward we went on an epic Eastern Europe honeymoon to Prague, Budapest and a road trip in Croatia.

I am still going through the bajillion photos we took but I promise to share about it here soon too!

Dubrovnik, Croatia city walls and kayakers
Dubrovnik, Croatia in October

And I can’t forget that you guys nominated Feast + West for a Saveur Blog Award this year!

I still can’t believe you guys think I have one of the best entertaining blogs out there. Absolutely floored.

The American Sign Museum sign wall in Cincinnati
The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati in November

I spent an incredible long weekend in Cincinnati with other finalists, amazing speakers and Saveur team members.

It was a wonderful experience and I left feeling so humbled but also proud of the work I’ve done here. It really means so much. Thank you.

Chris and Susannah in Ellijay GA
Us in Ellijay, Georgia in May

2019 also brought a ton of travel. I already mentioned our honeymoon! But there was so much more.

I traveled a bunch for work this year, but had just as many fun trips too. (And work is fun!) I visited 11 states (1 new — Michigan) and 4 countries (2 new — Croatia and Hungary).

Lake Michigan as seen from Saugatuck
Lake Michigan in August

But this year has also been really hard. I feel like life has thrown blow after blow lately.

I am still dealing with my achilles tendinitis, which I told you about in this post about flying with an injury. It still has me wearing tennis shoes and orthotics most days. Thanks, I hate it.

In an effort to stay positive, it has been a good lesson in taking care of myself and developing better habits, but I can’t deny it’s been really tough.

Things that involve lots of walking (like parts of our honeymoon) and standing (like a day in the kitchen making recipes and shooting photos for the blog) can be so painful still.

Oh and car shopping. No one tells you how much walking is involved in that! We had to do it in December, as Chris’s car was totaled in an accident (everyone is fine, thankfully).

A wedding photo with my grandmother

And then there’s the heaviest of all: Losing my grandmother two weeks ago on Dec. 12.

Much of our holiday season was spent in a whirlwind of unfamiliar places — car dealerships, the hospital, a rehab center, the hospital again, the hospice center where she died. It just felt so different.

The weeks following were both empty and full.

Empty, because she wasn’t at our family Christmas party donning her signature snowman sweater and armed with a red velvet cake from her favorite bakery, later showing off her latest Zumba moves.

But full in a strange way — with memories swirling their way through everyday life, family and friends from all over making their way for the memorial services, kindness from strangers that just meant the world.

I’m still processing all of it. I plan to write a longer remembrance post soon the way I did for my Granny Nova who passed away four years ago. But I just couldn’t write this recap post without sharing all of the ups and all of the downs of this year.

Taking a trip to Louisville, Ky.? Check out where we stayed, ate, drank, shopped and explored during our weekend on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in this Louisville Travel Guide! (via feastandwest.com)
Louisville, Kentucky in March

Now, as is tradition, I’m sharing a few favorite posts — yours and mine. It’s always fun to look back at what I made in the last 365 days and to see what you guys like the best around here!

I started writing these posts one year into my blog, which pairs up nicely with celebrating her birthday. Feast + West will be 6 years old tomorrow!

I hope your year was wonderful and that your year ahead is even better. 2020 is going to bring great things, I can just feel it. // susannah 

Photo credit: Our wedding photos were taken by Mary Costa Photography

My Favorite Posts in 2019

Here are the Top 10 Posts I loved creating for you in 2019!

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Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls are the best way to wake up on your birthday. Make these breakfast treats loaded with colorful sprinkles for yourself or anyone having a birthday to start the day, and year, off right! And don’t forget to make a wish. (via feastandwest.com)
Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls
I made these to celebrate F+W's 5th birthday on 1/1/2019. Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls are a colorful way to start your birthday! Sprinkles make these rolls more fun, from the inside to the icing.
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2
Brighten up your day with a batch of Winter Citrus Spa Water. With four kinds of citrus and sprigs of fresh rosemary, this water is both a beautiful centerpiece for a party and the most colorful way to increase your daily H2O intake. (via feastandwest.com)
Winter Citrus Spa Water
By far some of my favorite photos I took this year! You can brighten up anyone's day with a batch of Winter Citrus Spa Water. With four kinds of citrus and sprigs of fresh rosemary, this water is both a beautiful centerpiece for a party and the most colorful way to increase your daily H2O intake.
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3
decorated sugar cookies on a wire rack
Sugar Cookie Cutouts
I made these shiny silver sugar cookies for Valentine's, but they are great for ANY time! You can make Sugar Cookie Cutouts with Royal Icing for every holiday! This classic recipe will get you through every occasion.
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4
two beerita cocktails next to beer cans
Beerita
The Beerita is a beer margarita recipe that's perfect for sipping while watching the the big game! I will definitely make these beer + tequila sippers again for game day of any kind.
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5
Taking a trip to Louisville, Ky.? Check out where we stayed, ate, drank, shopped and explored during our weekend on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in this Louisville Travel Guide! (via feastandwest.com)
A Weekend on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
For my 30th birthday, Chris and I went to Louisville, Kentucky and hung out on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We visited distilleries, ate and drank well and enjoyed checking out this super cool city.
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6
A glass of scrumptious S'mores white russian cocktail.
S’mores White Russian
This is by far one of my favorite drinks of 2019. With graham cracker cream, homemade marshmallow vodka and a real toasted marshmallow, this spruced up classic is so much fun for summer, or any time!
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7
Flying with an injury is no fun at all, but it's a lot easier if you know what to do. Take my tips from traveling with an orthopedic boot on how to handle check-in, airport security and getting around the airport. (via feastandwest.com)
Flying with an Injury
While I didn't love the reason for writing this post, I really hope that sharing my experience with flying with an orthopedic boot has helped someone else in this less-than-awesome situation. Flying with an injury is no fun, but it's totally possible!
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8
A jar of cinnamon syrup and cinnamon sticks on a plate, perfect for adding a touch of warmth to your fireball or eggnog.
Homemade Cinnamon Whiskey
If you love some fire in your drinks, you will love having homemade cinnamon whiskey on hand!
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9
Glass of Christmas Spa Water
Christmas Spa Water
Christmas Spa Water is the perfect non-alcoholic, festive drink for the holiday season!
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10
Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots for Christmas
Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots
I've been working on this recipe for years, and I'm glad I finally figured it out to share with you in time for the holidays! Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots are edible shooter glasses that are filled with Irish cream and coffee liqueur. So delicious for the holidays!
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Readers’ Favorite Recipes in 2019

Here's what you guys loved in 2019!

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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 feastandwest.com)
Drunken Gummy Bears
It cracks me up how much y'all love these! Drunken Gummy Bears are the solution to summertime snacks by the pool. They're boozy, fruity and sweet. Make a big batch and share with friends!
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12
closeup of edible gold and silver stars on jello shots
Champagne Jell-O Shots
These are a sparkly gelatin alcoholic treat for New Year's Eve or any time! They are always a hit when I make them!
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13
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 feastandwest.com)
Yule Mule
The Yule Mule festive, red and green holiday cocktail with ginger beer, cranberry, vodka and rosemary. We enjoy them all holiday season, too!
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14
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 feastandwest.com)
Elderflower French 75 Cocktail
The Elderflower French 75 is a floral take on the classic champagne cocktail with lemon, gin and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. This elderflower cocktail will be your new favorite drink for toasting and celebrating!
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15
The Tootsie Roll Cocktail is a black candy cocktail fit for Halloween. Made with root beer and coffee liqueur, it tastes just like the candy. Even though it’s spooky and dark, it is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! What’s in a Tootsie Roll drink and how do you make it? Let’s find out!
The Tootsie Roll Cocktail
The Tootsie Roll Cocktail is a black candy cocktail fit for Halloween or any time. Made with root beer and coffee liqueur, it tastes just like the candy. Even though it’s spooky and dark, it is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!
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16
South African Milk Tart // Feast + West
South African Milk Tart
This traditional South African dessert is creamy and delicate. Make it for Easter, Mother's Day or teatime any day!
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17
South African Pannekoek // Feast + West
South African Pannekoek
South African Pannekoek are a traditional Afrikaans breakfast treat or dessert. Enjoy these thin pancakes with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and a drizzle of lemon juice.
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Beermosa // Feast + West
2-Ingredient Beermosa
A mimosa made with beer — perfect for brunch or watching the game! My friend wrote this as a guest post years ago and I love that you are still enjoying it!
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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 feastandwest.com)
Tiramisu Trifle
Tiramisu Trifle is a delicious, show-stopping dessert. You guys love it at the holidays, but all year long too!
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20
elderflower rose gimlet in a gold-rimmed stemless cocktail glass with pink garden roses and limes on a white background
Elderflower Rose Gimlet
A fragrant floral and gin cocktail — it's so fun for Valentine's because of the romantic rose flavor, but any gin lover will love it any time!
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