Saturday, January 7, 2012

Red Couch Recipes Most Read Posts for 2011



Welcome to Red Couch Recipes.  Today I share with you my Top 10 Posts for 2011.   I am a little late to the game, but that is how life has been lately.   The fun Internet tool Pinterest has really shaped and increased my readership during the latter part of 2011.  I am by nature a real holiday girl, so it should be no surprise that all of my top five posts are holiday-related.  I want to thank you for reading my Red Couch Recipes posts this past year.

1st Most Popular Post -- Grandma Utahna Felix's English Toffee



I am pleased, that with Pinterest, Grandma Utahna's English toffee received an astounding 50,700 views!  It really is the best toffee recipe ever.  I made six batches myself this Christmas.  I know that my husband's grandma would be pleased that so many of you tried her toffee recipe -- it's a no thermometer recipe that whips up in no time!  Grandma Utahna passed away over 22 years ago and it is fun to see her remembered with this recipe.  Thank you to those who commented or e-mailed me to tell me how much you liked the recipe.  Never before, have I received so many comments about a recipe.

2nd Most Popular Post -- Patriotic Groove Cookies


I developed these cookies from an old, tried and true, Betty Crocker Recipe.  Someone who administers this blog, posted it on the Betty Crocker Facebook page and almost 8,000 people viewed this recipe.  One commenter on the website on the Betty Crocker Facebook page said something like this , "I see something like this everyday when my preschoolers play with play-dough!"



This was a popular Halloween Post made by Zoulah in 2010 and 2011 with over 6,500 views.  I had so much fun developing the concept and making these with my children.  They are easy to make and your imagination is the limit.




Zoulah needed a new pair of shoes, so I created her several pairs.  These little shoes come together in a hurry and are so verstalie for many holidays and reasons.  I have made some for Christmas and they are just the perfect size to tuck a few treats in for someone you want to treat special.  Zoulah's Witch Shoes was a popular post in both 2010 and 2011 with over 5,000 views.



I saw the concept for these cookies in a summertime issue of the Martha Stewart Magazine and knew I was going to make them.  They are so fun, and easy, to make and I love the effect!  I love a good, soft, thick sugar cookie and if they are frozen, they are not safe in my kitchen.  Click on the link above the picture for my favorite sugar cookie recipe and for a diagram on how to swirl the royal icing.  This posting received over 4,000 views and 64 comments This was the only posting that I made in 2011 that made it in the Top Five for this year.

Thanks for reviewing my Top Five Most Popular Posts in 2011 and dropping by Red Couch Recipes!

14 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I made the toffee Joni, very tasty and easy-thanks! Congrats and looking forward to 2012:@)

Tricia said...

I'm not surprised so many of your posts end up on Pinterest! You always have super-creative ideas to share! Congrats on your popularity!

Leslie said...

All of your recipes look creative and delicious, but I do want to give that toffee a try! I've never made it before, although I love eating it! I'm so glad your blog is doing so well--I can see why--you're a wonderful hostess!
Blessings,
Leslie

MySweetCreations said...

Everything looks so delicious!

Beth said...

Congratulations, Joni! I have always loved your Halloween posts. You are very creative!
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Michele said...

I just have to say that I love reading your blog. My blog is all about crafts but I am a big follower yours. I am looking forward to what this new year bring. Thanks for posting all that you do.

Diane Hodrick said...

I feel like I haven't been able to visit in so long....thrilled to see your top 5 recap. I missed the toffee recipe. My daughter would love that one. Off to print it. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Joni, how did I miss that toffee? It all looks divine too. Thanks for a stroll down memory lane!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I am not at all surprised those are your top posts. The toffee just looks amazing! I joined pinterest over Christmas, but I haven't even looked over there yet. I have no idea what it is, what I'm supposed to do and I had no idea it could attract people to our blogs??? How does that work?

Mary said...

I can see why each of these entries had such a great response. This is my first visit to your blog and I spent some time browsing through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jacqueline said...

Wow, over 50,000 and it will continue to climb and again next year!!!! I love Pinterest, it is now my biggest generator of traffic too, but nothing like that. All of these are great. Everything you make is beautiful and eye catching. Keep up the fun!

Miss Merry said...

You do have such creative ideas with food! I love to read and see your posts. I am not surprised you are a Pinterest All-Star! My only trouble with Pinterest is that I seem to lose hours when I click the button.

Sue said...

Somehow I missed the toffee the first time around, so I'm glad you did this list, Joni!!!

Debbie said...

Over 50,000 views on one post? Wow. Just Wow.
Pinterest sucks me in, too.

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