Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Favorites

Tonight we get to officially say ‘peace out!’ to 2016!

2016 has been incredibly weird on so many levels.  So many highs and so many lows made up the year. 

On a blog related note, 2016 was my first full year of blogging here at On The Creek!  I honestly can’t believe I stuck it out for the entire year.  Some weeks/months were more consistent than others but I managed to post something every month, which I’m incredibly proud of because I’m the biggest quitter ever!  I’m so excited to continue to write and grow my blog in 2017!

Before we begin 2017, I wanted to take some time to look back at some fun stuff that happened in 2016!

keys

staircase

bathroom

After 6 months of extensive renovations, our house was finally ready to move into!  Although it seems like a distant memory now, I try not to forget the endless nights and weekends we spent working on this house.  At best, it was a labor of love and at worst, it was an enormous time suck, but I’m so glad we took this route to home ownership.  It has definitely (literally!) opened so many doors for me that I always thought were going to stay daydreams.  We also couldn’t have done this without the enormous help from my parents who were right beside us throughout the renovation process.  In November, I finally shared an in depth look at our renovation and the hurdles we encountered by purchasing an extreme fixer upper. 

watermelon sangria

cocktails

snowball cookies

I originally started this blog to document our home renovation but I’m glad it turned into much more than that.  Over the summer, I tried my hand at some recipes like this watermelon sangria.  I also made a nonalcoholic version of it too!  In November, I ran a Thanksgiving drink recipe series and had a lot of fun developing and photographing my creations, like the 4 last minute holiday cocktails.  I also ventured into baking and made these snowball cookies.  I’m looking forward to developing my kitchen skills in the upcoming year.

 

door

 

restore pitcher

restore cookie jar

The Habitat For Humanity ReStore was a huge part of my blog this year.  I have so much love for my local Habitat store!  I did 10 installments of ReStore Finds and purchased countless other items from the ReStore this year.  I love that I can always find unique items at the ReStore.  I can’t wait to visit the store in the new year!

 

rainbow

rainbow

Well, I guess that’s about it for my trip down memory lane!  See you in 2017!

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