Syncopated Mama's Top 16 Posts of 2016

Revisit your favorite posts or discover some you might have missed with this list of the top 16 Syncopated Mama posts of 2016!

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I almost forgot to include this post - too many great things to write about, not enough time!

Luckily, I remembered how much you all enjoyed 2015's post review, so I bumped what I'd had scheduled in order to fit this one in.

I'll be back to my regular Latticed Learning schedule next week, but in the meantime, take this little stroll down memory lane with me and see which posts were the most popular for the past year.

1.  Monthly Crafting Book Club Series

Gv and I have had so much fun this past year participating in this fun and creative project!

Each month, bloggers create a craft to go along with the chosen book or book theme. I've created a photo scavenger hunt, foldables, a dice game, a lantern and more throughout this series.

Check out the snowflake craft we did this past month and find links to all the other posts in the series as well.

2.  5 After 5 Lists

I've really enjoyed bringing you this link party each Saturday. Not too many of you have written your own posts on the given topics to link up with me each week, but many of you have told me you enjoy these lists and I always have fun reading yours in the comments!

This dessert edition was an especially popular topic this year!

3.  Friday Frivolity Fun

Each week, the other hosts and I bring you some of the silliness that we've found for a particular topic and then you link up your fun, funny, hopeful and happy posts from the week.

It has been such a fabulous experience being a part of this link party - I've gotten to know so many of you better and love hearing how much you all enjoy the party!

The Thanksgiving Edition was one of the most popular weeks around here.

4.  Passport to Fun Trips

This has turned out to be one of the best things we've done as a family all year and you all have told me that you love jetting around the world with us each month!

We've "visited" countries and continents all over the globe and you especially enjoyed this trip to England earlier in the year.

5.  Latticed Learning Explorations

I started working on this series with Gv last year and we have had such a great time exploring the Bible, different learning topics and fantastic resources.

Our week spent studying Joshua was one of the most popular of all.

6.  Healthy Homemade Snacks

We're big on snacks around here and some of last year's top recipes continue to be big hits.

This year, crackers are still a popular choice and this recipe for homemade wheat thins was the most viewed.

7.  Homemade Bread Secrets

I've shared several amazing homemade bread recipes with you and even though I always take the lazy way out and just dump everything in my bread machine and walk away, you kept asking if it was possible to bake the different breads without a bread maker.

This post was an answer to all of those questions. I walk you through how to create just about any bread machine loaf without a bread maker!

8.  Homemade Cheese!

It had been a goal of mine forever to make my own cheese and 2016 was the year I finally did it!

It was way easier than I'd ever imagined and you all loved my recipe for Homemade Mozzarella just as much as I did!

9.  Delicious Desserts: Baklava Cheesecake

This recipe blew your minds as much as mine - if you haven't had a chance to make it yourself yet, put it on your list!

Click over here to see how to create this divine dessert right away.

10.  Delicious Desserts:  Avocado Quinoa Brownies

Once you got over the shock of adding things like avocados and quinoa to brownies, you were excited to try these yummy morsels for yourselves.

Mmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about these delicious treats!

11.  Delicious Desserts:  Rainforest Cookies

These and my pumpkin cookies have been our "standards" for the year.  I just love it when a cookie is healthy enough to grab for breakfast while running out the door and these cookies are packed with all sorts of healthy goodness.

12.  Dinners That Feel Like Fun Food

Sometimes dinner food can feel dull and boring, but it's not always difficult to jazz things up a bit and these Salmon Meatballs do just that.

I've doubled and tripled the recipe all year, but somehow we still always manage to gobble them all up in one sitting...

13.  Great Reading Resources

It's no secret that I'm passionate about reading, so I'm always sharing the great reading resources that I discover with you.

This post on A Year of Read-Aloud Classics was a huge hit - have you read any of the titles on this list yet?

14.  Frugal Tips

You can always count on me to keep the costs low with whatever I'm talking about. We're on such a tight budget, I'm always finding ways to live life a little cheaper.

Gv's fantastic Flowerpot Costume was an idea you especially loved this past year.

15.  Creative Stocking Stuffers

One of my favorite projects all year was to collaborate with my good friend the Guilty Chocoholic Mama on this Stocking Stuffer A-Z post.

Add things to your list for next year or just have a few laughs as you play "The Alphabet Game" along with us.

16.  New Christmas Traditions

I was so excited to start a new Christmas tradition with Gv this year and now that we've completed everything, I can honestly say that it far exceeded our expectations.

Learn all about The Shepherd on the Search and his amazing journey around the world here.

So, did your favorite post from 2016 make the list?  What was it?  Which topics do you want to read more about in 2017?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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