Sayonara, 2012!

If you could summarize 2012 in a few words, what would those words be? If you could depict a year in photos, what would they look like? Can you quantify your triumphs? Devastations? The amount of times you laughed or cried? Can you wrap up the year in a neat package complete with ribbon and set it to the side to begin building a new one? Or simply build upon it?

Whatever your view is on the new year, a symbol of resolution, turning over a new leaf, or ambivalence – perhaps just a day for drinking fancy champagne – you must have some Best Ofs. Some 2012 Greatest Hits.  I would like to share my favorite Roasted Root recipes from 2012 and also some of my favorite photos and experiences.

Favorite 2012 Recipes:

Barbecue Pulled Chicken Chili


Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal


Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Lime Sauce


Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables


Chili Verde Chicken Enchiladas


Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes


Hoisin Turkey Stir Fry Bowls


Pancetta, White Bean & Swiss Chard Pot Pies


Believe it or not, aside from photographing food, I absolutely love snapping pictures of the world around me. I particularly love photographing old barns and nature. Here are some of my…

Favorite 2012 Photos:



Yellow Lilly


Highway 88, California


Lavender Ridge Wines


Star Valley, Wyoming


Cheese, glorious cheese!


Wine Tasting at Coppermine Winery


Red Barn, Sonora, CA

Feel free to chime in – send me recipes for your favorite 2012 eats or tell me your most memorable experience from the year! Thank you for joining me on The Roasted Root during 2012 and have a safe and fun New Year!


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  1. Abby

    Gorgeous photos, seriously, you live in such a beautiful part of the country I’m glad you’re enjoying it!! (and cheese, what is life without cheese? 🙂 ) Happy New Year!!

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, Abs! Cheese certainly is marvelous and I feel lucky to live in a place with a lot of natural beauty. You live in a gorgeous area, too my dear!!

  2. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

    UGH Julia, that first paragraph hit the nail square on the head – questions I keep trying to answer as I head into 2013. It seems like for me this year was filled with an equal number of ups and downs – but watching my best friend get engaged and married was certainly a tremendous highlight.

    Happy new year to you, my friend. xoxo

    Ps – beautiful photos! 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks for sharing with me – it’s great hearing about others experiences and be able to relate and buildt a sense of kinship. If there’s one thing 2012 brought that I’m very excited about, it would be the friendships I’ve made with other bloggers like you! These relationships mean so much to me! Happy New Year, lady!!


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