The Best Posts of 2021

It was fun to go back and look through my analytics recently, to see what the best posts of 2021 turned out to be.

Last year, 2020 was a pivotal year for my blog, because so much stay-home-time led to more time for baking, cooking, projects, and crafts, which led to more content for the blog.

But this year was the year that I really saw this little hobby start to turn into an actual business.

I signed on with an ad agency and started generating monthly passive income.

I partnered with Dixie Belle Paint Company and have been having so much fun creating projects for them!

I’ve worked with a variety of brands this year for sponsored posts, and affiliate content.

I’ve met so many wonderful blogging friends, who’ve taught me so much along the way, encouraged, problem-solved, advised….

And, I’ve learned more than I ever thought possible about the technical side of blogging. I’m sort of starting to feel like I might know what I’m doing!

So without further ado, here are the posts from 2021 that were the most popular on The House on Silverado.

Top Ten Posts With the Most Page Views

1. Ted Lasso “Biscuits with the Boss”

This simple little recipe for Ted Lasso’s Biscuits with the Boss was a surprise hit on the blog.

After my daughter mentioned how much she loved the show, I made a little box of these shortbread cookies to take to her on a visit.

I put the recipe up on my blog, and in a short amount of time, it was generating hundreds of views per day.

Clearly, there are a lot of Ted Lasso fans out there!

2. DIY Burlap & Ribbon Valentine Wreath

My original DIY Burlap & Ribbon Wreath is still a top performer on the blog, but the updated Valentine version is now giving it a run for its money.

These wreaths are so fun and easy to make for any season/holiday, so I can understand why they are such popular posts.

3. Vintage Button Heart on Reclaimed Wood

This simple little farmhouse-style craft is a favorite of mine, because I used buttons from my mom’s sewing room, and an old piece of scrap wood from my dad’s garage.

I think the simplicity is what draws so many crafters to it, though. Buttons, a piece of wood, and a hot glue gun are really all you need to make it.

4. Pumpkin Upside-Down Cake

This pumpkin pecan cake is a twist on the well-known pineapple upside-down cake, where you place your toppings on the bottom of the pan, and then flip the cake over after baking, making what was the bottom, now the top.

This method allows for a caramelized layer to form in the bottom of the pan, which ultimately ends up making a lovely presentation (and flavor!) on top of your cake.

It’s a different take on a typical pumpkin dessert, and around Thanksgiving, this post was consistently at the top of my pageviews list.

5. Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Lemon Blueberry Loaf with Lemon Glaze is a delicious, bursting-with-flavor loaf that is perfect to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.

The bright, cheerful flavors of blueberry and lemon work together so beautifully in this easy loaf.

In the spring, when people had cabin fever so badly, this post was really popular.

6. DIY Farmhouse Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks

This is another one of those sentimental pieces that I made with my dad’s scrap wood, and vintage hooks from the house my mom grew up in. The coffee cups displayed on it were my grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s.

It solves the problem of how to keep your mugs handy, and it has an attractive farmhouse charm to it.

It was fun seeing pictures from all of you who used my tutorial to make your own version!

7. Strawberry Crumble Bars

My Strawberry Crumble Bar recipe generated a lot of traffic all summer long when fresh strawberries were in season.

It’s an easy-to-make dessert, and so pretty, too.

Plus, it has a delicious butter shortbread crust. I mean, what’s not to like?

8. Thrift Store Farmhouse Sign Makeover

I love a good upcycle project, and apparently so do a lot of readers!

For this makeover, I bought two wood signs from a thrift store, sanded them down, and stenciled them with my own lettering. For about $3, I had a whole new farmhouse-style sign!

9. Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Custard Pie

I’m partial to anything made with rhubarb because it was one of my dad’s favorite desserts. The rhubarb I replanted and nourished back to health from my parents’ yard did so well this spring that I had to look for even more ways to use it up!

This Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Custard Pie was a winner, and clearly, you all liked it too. During rhubarb season this year, this post stayed at number one for several weeks.

10. DIY Reversible Porch Sign

I love making porch signs, and this one ended up being my favorite so far!

I used a solid piece of oak scrap wood leftover from my parents’ kitchen remodel years ago. Since it was such a nice piece of wood, I decided I could maximize its use by making a sign on both sides.

Using simple stencils that I made on my Cricut, and an antique doorknob my son-in-law salvaged for me from one of his construction projects, I made this unique reversible porch leaner.

The Post With the Most Pins

A Galvanized Christmas Bucket

This simple Galvanzied Christmas Bucket was pinned thousands of times this year, making it my most popular pin for 2021.

It’s simple, festive, and easy enough that anyone can put something similar together for their own home.

The Post With the Most Shares

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

This delicious chocolate chip pecan cookie recipe gained some traction on social media, and became my post with the most shares for the year.

It didn’t quite outpace Dutch Letter Bars from last year though, which are still my most shared post of all time.

The Post With the Most Comments

How to Make a Barn Quilt

This Barn Quilt was my first partnered post with Dixie Belle Paint Company, and had the most comments for 2021.

It was so fun to make, and I love how it turned out. What many people seemed to like is how customizable it is. You can create your own in whatever size best works for your space, using whatever colors you prefer.

My Favorites

DIY Nativity Stable

Many of my posts this year had sentimental value. This scrap wood stable is made from wood from my parents’ kitchen remodel many years ago.

Also, I made it on a day recently that was really hard for our family, and I needed something to keep myself busy. Making the stable, and having it displayed in my home has brought some needed comfort, making this project extra special.

DIY Garden Bench Makeover

My mother-in-law gave me this cute little plant stand, and it became one of my favorite makeovers of the year.

I had been thinking to myself that I needed a little bench down near our garden to set my tools, my basket, my water bottle, or even just to sit on to take a break for a minute while working in the garden.

That’s when I remembered this little plant stand and knew I could give it a makeover to use as a garden bench.

I hope you’ll visit the post to see what it looked like before, and how I fancied it up.

It looks cute sitting next to our deer-proof, raised bed garden, and it’s useful!

Pink Bookcase Makeover

My favorite project of the year is this antique bookcase that I gave a makeover to as a baby shower gift for our sweet little Evelynn Irene.

It’s waiting for her right now, in her beautiful little nursery, for the day she comes home from the NICU.

Hello 2022

A lot has happened at The House on Silverado this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2022 will bring.

Maybe, just maybe, this blog will start to shift from “Plan B” to a “Plan A”, if you know what I mean.

That’s the goal. 😍

Here’s to 2022!

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8 thoughts on “The Best Posts of 2021

  1. So many beautiful projects and tasty recipes! I just love the Ted Lasso Biscuits. That is SUCH a fun idea and I love that show. <3

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