Happy New Year!! + Family Photos

December whirled by, partly because I feel like we worked through the entire month (probably took on more projects than we should have), but also because December always zooms by and it’s ridiculous to think we’re already past Christmas! Our tree is still up, or should I say my parents tree? And It will probably come done in a week or so.

I’m hanging on to the warmth and lights and fuzzy feelings that come with a home decked out for Christmas. It was weird not to be in our own home for Christmas since we are still house hunting and living with my parents, but honestly being here is as close to home as it can get! Watch our Christmas morning video clip below :).

Here’s a peek at our family Christmas morning. It’s kinda personal and cutesy if you’re into that sort of thing; complete with special snow effects by my husband :). And there is relaxing music so pump up the volume!

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Update: yeah we’re still house hunting and have been looking for 8 months. Maybe we’re too picky? But the fact that we work, and live at home makes us that way. I just know when we finally find our house, we’ll look back and realize why it took so long and be thankful to God for his good timing. And next year when I tear open all my own Christmas decor (currently packed away in storage), it will feel almost brand new and at the same time bring back warm memories of our first home, I’m sure.

Hey by the way, do you want to take our tour of our first home of 13 years that we sold this past spring? My husband put together this slideshow which I’m sure helped us sell our home and now serves as our own little keepsake. Also, it was only that clean when it was on the market. lol.

2016 Milestones

Thank you for following along with our blog. We’ve hit some really exciting milestones this year (not at all to gloat but this is you, all you)!! And I’m so grateful for each and every one of you. I consider you my friends and really Natasha’s Kitchen family! Our kitchen is always open for you!

  • We celebrated our 7 year blogoversary! Where did the time go?
  • People on NatashasKitchen.com: 2.4 million visitors this past month – get out of town!!!
  • YouTube subscribers: 74,900 – thank you for making videos so fun!
  • Facebook friends: 340,000+ Which is absolutely amazing!
  • Instagram peeps: 71,100+ I love our conversations there!
  • Pinterest followers (I don’t like that word ‘followers’, let’s call you fellow pinners): 204,000+ You inspire me daily!
  • Natasha’s Kitchen reached #19 among the most influential food blogs in America – In the famous words of my sister Sveta: “Toats ‘Ma Goats!!”

Family Photos 2016

Our kids are growing so fast which is why we take annual pictures. Here are our favorites :). These photos were taken by my friend Alla of In A Dream Photography. I love how she captures the warmth of life in a natural way. And I’m so happy to share these with you! We can pretend you’re scrolling through the family album in our living room :).

I feel undeserving and humbled by the numbers and milestones we hit this year both in our family and with our blog. God is so good and you all are absolutely the sweetest people on the planet. I’m truly thankful for your support, encouragement and for sharing my recipes with the people you love. It’s such a rewarding feeling to know my recipes are being made in your kitchen :).

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wishing you and your family a blessed and happy New Year!!

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  • Shenalie Rajapakshe
    November 15, 2017

    Dear Natasha..

    Im Shenalie and im from Sri Lanka. i visited your beautiful website and i must thank you for posting delicious recepies.
    i married recently and im searching various recepies to prepare for my husband. i think your website is the perfect place for me.
    And i must say you have a beautiful family. since i dont have kids yet im planning to be a mother soon. i wish my dream will come true…
    so God Bless you and your family….
    Take care
    with love
    Shenalie R Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 15, 2017

      Hello Shenalie! I’m so glad you found my site! Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging, thoughtful comments! God Bless 🙂 Reply

  • Sherri White
    July 11, 2017

    You have a beautiful family! Reply

    • Natasha
      July 11, 2017

      Thank you so much Sherri for your sweet compliment! 🙂 Reply

  • Janet Marzan
    January 18, 2017

    Hi Natasha, Happy New year from Toronto, Canada! I just love your family pics; you have beautiful and blessed family and you are ALL so photogenic. Thank you for sharing part of your family and professional life with all of us. I look forward to reading and trying out new recipes from you in 2017! Cheers. Reply

    • Natasha
      January 18, 2017

      You’re so nice! Thank you Janet! I hope you love everything you try 🙂 Reply

  • MG Shepherd
    January 9, 2017

    The photo array is so beautiful; what special memories to look back upon in future years. Thank you for sharing your lovely family along with your yummy recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      January 9, 2017

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment :). I agree, and love that my husband has the skills to put together family videos and slideshows. I’m so glad you like the recipes! 🙂 Reply

  • January 8, 2017

    Wow beautiful slide video Natasha darlin your cooking baking site has been such a huge time and lifesaver once upon a time I used to eat a lot of take out it’s not that I didn’t know how to cook or bake it was just that I needed some major motivation thanx to your site i go out less and cook and bake a lot of your recipes big hit with my family and friends thanx again tons and lots happy healthy sweet new year 2017 should only bring you and your family and friends much success health peace and love blessings Reply

    • Natasha
      January 8, 2017

      Thank you so much Tzivia!! 🙂 I’m so glad you find so much inspiration on my blog 🙂 Reply

      • January 9, 2017

        Yup u betcha keep it coming gurl Reply

  • Larisa
    January 7, 2017

    Nothing wrong with waiting extra for that perfect house! Especially when you can live with your wonderful parents Reply

    • Natasha
      January 7, 2017

      Thank you so much Larisa and I completely agree. It’s a great reminder when I start feeling impatient 🙂 Reply

  • Oxana
    January 7, 2017

    Hi Natasha! You have a very happy family! Love it! Reply

    • Natasha
      January 7, 2017

      Thank you so much, you’re so nice! 🙂 Reply

  • January 5, 2017

    You guys are just plain adorable! Congratulations on the blog achievements! I can’t think of anyone more deserving than you! 2.4 million visitors…shut the front door…okay I don’t usually say that but I felt like the situation called for it! Well done, my friend! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 5, 2017

      Thank you so very much Julia! We are blessed!! Reply

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