Has it Really Been Four Years? {Giveaway}

Giveaway Winner - comment #7Congratulations to Carol D, comment #7. Random Number Generator selected your comment as the winner of the giveaway. Watch your email for details.

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who commented. I do hope you’ll keep reading!

Could it possibly have been four years since I sat down to write the very first blog post on Never Enough Thyme? Nah. It couldn’t! Could it? Oh yeah, it could. I’m telling y’all…time flies. Like a jet plane. And it’s true that the older you get, the faster it goes.

A lot has happened in the last four years. When I started Never Enough Thyme, our grandbabies were 8 and 2. A third grader and a toddler. Today they’re 12 and 6. A young man and a first grader! Oh, my. How did that happen? And our daughter was a stay at home mom taking care of her family. Well, she’s still taking care of her family, but today she’s well on her way to completing a double major in sociology and women’s studies all while maintaining a nearly perfect GPA. She’s one amazing girl.

Speaking of major accomplishments over the last four years…did you know that BeeBop has written a series of four young adult novels? Two of them are now in print! And the third is with the editor. I can’t tell you how proud I am of him.

Of course, I’ve been busy here on the blog. Over these past four years, I’ve written 428 posts and you have posted 7,975 comments on those posts! Wow.

So, what have been the most popular of those posts? Let’s see…

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

The single most popular post on Never Enough Thyme, hands down, is the Cilantro Lime Shrimp. That recipe was posted on June 7, 2011 and has been viewed 342,623 times. Right behind the cilantro lime shrimp is the Crispy Roasted Potatoes and my BLT Pasta. Rounding out the top five are Chicken Pot Pie and my mama’s Turkey and Southern Cornbread Dressing. Every one of these recipes is special to me. Not only because we enjoy them, but because they make your families happy, too.

Chocolate Little Layer Cake

Chocolate Little Layer Cake

However, there are a few others that are very dear to my heart. They’re mostly recipes from my childhood that hold very precious memories.

So what are my personal favorites? It’s hard to choose but…my own favorites include my mama’s Charlotte Russe, the Old-Fashioned Southern Teacakes, Chicken and Dumplings, and my Georgia BLT. Oh, and I can’t forget the Fried Catfish with Cheese Grits and Chicken Jallop (a Southwest Georgia specialty). There’s also the Chocolate Little Layer Cake and Pimiento Cheese.

I need to just stop here. There are too many favorites to include in this post.

It has been a great four years but none of it would have been possible without you. Those of you who visit here, who read and try my recipes, and most of all those who leave a comment to let me know it’s worthwhile…you make it possible and encourage me to keep walking down this path.

In appreciation of you readers and because I believe that feeding your family is about more than just the cooking, I’m giving away four four-piece place settings of Fiesta® dinner ware. The winner can choose from any colors currently offered by Fiesta®. Choose four place settings in all the same color or get different colors to mix and match. It’s up to you!

In order to enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what you’d like to see in the coming weeks and months on Never Enough Thyme. Maybe it’s a recipe you remember your mama making for you, or maybe it’s just something you think sounds good. That’s all. No jumping through hoops – just a simple comment.

Sweepstakes entries will remain open through midnight Friday, February 8, and a winner be selected on February 9. Open to residents of the continental U. S. only.

And once more, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for making it so much fun to do this.

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  1. Sue says

    I think you should share Brunswick Stew with those who don’t know about it. It’s perfect fall or winter dinner or supper. Mama and ’em are having it tonight.

  2. Mary Susan Seley says

    Congratulations on four years Lana. I would love to see a chocolate pound cake. Mama made a good one and I cant find recipe. Also I’m a sucker for any easy recipe with only a few ingredients.
    Looking forward to future posts.

  3. Doris C says

    I love your blog and the recipes you post for us. I am always looking for MORE dessert recipes but will welcome anything you post.

  4. Judith says

    With Lent coming up, I’d like to see fish/seafood recipes. FYI – I found your blog via Bree’s Mackinac Island blog – keep up the great work!

  5. Michele says

    Congratulations Lana on your four year anniversary! I love your blog and recipes, so my comment is, “Keep the great recipes coming!”

  6. Mike says

    Congratulations for hanging in there so long! I forget exactly how I found Never Enough Thyme, but it was one of the first recipe sites I subscribed to in my reader. I try to keep the total of food sites/blogs capped at around a hundred, adding some, deleting others all the time, but this site is a keeper. Besides, it has one of the best names of any I’ve seen!

    What would I like to see? Gee, I dunno. I can’t remember ever being disappointed in anything you’ve posted. I’ll cast my vote w/ Doris up above and wish for more dessert recipes. Try a mayonnaise cake!

  7. Carol D says

    I’d love to see must-try Georgia recipes. My daughter recently moved to Georgia from our home in NY and your website/recipes have been a blessing. Sometimes you touch people without even knowing it. Thank you and congratulations on 4 years :)

  8. JD says

    Sometimes life and time gets away from all of us. I would appreciate hot weather meal ideas. Not right now but later since I live where it gets scorching hot.

  9. Deb says

    I really enjoy your blog – Mike is right about your blog being a keeper. I am always looking for tasty side dishes. Also looking for any Easter recipes.

  10. barbara n says

    Happy 4th anniversary to you! Love your blog! Would love to see more ideas for breakfast treats…breads, danish, coffee cakes. I love to sit with a cup of coffee and a sweet in the morning checking my email or reading the newspaper

  11. says

    Lana, congratulations on four very successful blogging years! I don’t think anything spells “home” more than great home cooking and that is exactly YOU! You make me feel like a good friend and make me look good to my family and their appetites. I couldn’t agree more that a chocolate pound cake would be right up there with me being able to bake a perfect loaf of bread! I would LOVE it! So, bring it! :D

  12. Miss P says

    Wow. Four years. Hard to believe. Yet, for all of those years that we shared a room growing up, seems like four is a small number. I am more than proud of you. Your talents perfectly combine in this forum.

    What next? Well, I love it all, so it’s hard to say. I love anything you cook.

    Again, I am proud of you. Keep it up. And, if you can make Aunt Virginia’s chocolate pound cake, or her German Chocolate Cake, hooray!

    Miss P

  13. Christine says

    Congratulations! I’ve been inspired by many of your recipes. Thank you! I’d love to see some breakfast casseroles to make for my family so they have quick options other than cereal or toast :)

  14. says

    Wasn’t your blog originally called something about the view from Nana & Bebop’s? (That’s how long I’ve been following you!)

    My favorite post is the one you did about Boiled Peanuts.


  15. says

    Loved the recipe for Chinese Chews … you don’t have to save these for just Christmas. Good anytime. Happy Anniversary and keep up the good work. Love your blog …

  16. Delilah A. says

    I really enjoy your blog – you are a true Southern cook!! Keep posting recipes from “down home”.

  17. Cathy Hooks says

    Congrats on your blog and I would say just keep doing what you are doing! All of your recipes are amazing!! Thanks for all that you do!!

  18. says

    Macaroni & Cheese. I don’t eat it much any more but it would be sooo worth the calories if it were a really good recipe.
    PS. I’m a UGE Fiesta fan. Thank you for the giveaway & Happy Blogaversary!

  19. says

    I would love to see a recipe for potato burritos with green chili! I can’t find one anywhere! They are so tasty I could eat them daily! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  20. says

    I’d love to see make ahead crockpot meals that are still tasty but can be thrown together with minimal effort if needed. Thanks for doing a giveaway! hope I win :-)

  21. Kristin says

    I would have to agree with a poster above that I would like to see more recipes for one pot meals. Makes cleanup super easy!

  22. Lauren says

    Happy 4 years! I would love to see cheap, quick easy meals. Though I would most likely love anything you post. :)

  23. Renata says

    Happy 4th Blogoversary! I really love your creative ideas and recipe tips to incorporate in my own meals! I would enjoy learning some more quick dinner ideas to whip up right after work that don’t take much time and are really easy for the non-cook!
    Thanks for the beautiful giveaway too!

  24. Linda S. says

    I’d love to see some recipes from my mom’s era: there was a cinnamon cake that I haven’t found the recipe for… and I remember her making duck one time in an adventurous burst. And cinnamon apple streusel muffins (I think those came from the bakery, though).

  25. Laura LaPrad says

    I’ve just discovered your blog and have already fallen in love with your Shepherd’s Pie and Lasagna recipes. I would love to see a good seafood gumbo recipe or a strawberry shortcake recipe for summer. Thanks for sharing so many good fixin’s with us!

  26. Angela says

    I have enjoyed the many recipes that you have shared. It would be hard to think of something that you haven’t shared. I just recently had a brown sugar pound cake with a white pecan glaze that was delicious. I have been looking for a recipe like this.

  27. Lauren Smith says

    My husband is from the South and my dad’s family as well. My husband’s grandmother made a bread pudding with a thin white icing. Do you perhaps have or know of a similar recipe?

  28. Betty Jo Toole says

    Thank you so much for sharing such good recipes I have enjoyed reading your recipes and your blog. I would like quick and easy dishes that I can prepare in a short time

  29. sarapete says

    Savory crepes. Maybe the basic crepe recipe (whole wheat even better) and then various filling options!

  30. Kimberly P. says

    I want to see more of what you’re already posting. Your recipes are straightforward and delicious. Thank you!

  31. Phyllis says

    Would love to see a really good recipe for pot roast with all the fixings. Not made in the crock pot… the good old fashioned way.


  32. says

    I am now starving, Lana! All of those dishes just make my mouth water and you definitely have shared some GOODIES! I have to tell you, we’ve (my son) loved reading BeeBop’s books and can’t wait for the third one.

  33. Sharon says

    I wish you many more years of blogging. I would like to see more recipes featuring side dishes incorporating fresh garden vegetables. By the way, my favorite post was setting a proper table. Have a great year.

  34. Gail says

    How about something that you grew up eating – something your Gram made or your Mom or Aunt – something special to your family. Love your blog

  35. Marta says

    Congratulations on being able to blog for so long! My family loves your butter chicken. Thank you for the nice ideas.

  36. Lindzi says

    I have loved visiting your website for more ideas on recipes that can warm the hearts of any family. Pound cake recipes are some of my favorite desserts to try in the kitchen. My family has two- a lemon & an almond. Do you have any up your sleeve, besides the chocolate walnut?

  37. says

    Happy Anniversary!!! Congratulations!! I concur with those who’ve said breakfast and slow cooker recipes :) Thanks so much for the giveaway. A setting for four is perfect for the hubby and I. xo

  38. Kristen M. says

    I’m getting excited for spring so I’d like to see some “picnic” foods – easy to prepare, don’t need to slave over a store kind of fare.

  39. Rachel Freeman says

    Thanks for the great job you’ve done so far. I’ve really enjoyed your blog. I enjoy being surprised by what you’ll come up with next.

  40. Mary N says

    Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and I’ve tried many delicious recipes. My family especially likes the Chicken Pot Pie, and Never Fail Pound Cake. I’d like to see more quick week night dinners.

  41. Dawn says

    Love your blog and hope you’ll keep it up for many more years! I’d love more kid-friendly dinner ideas, for my Sunday Family Dinner with my grandkids.

  42. Faye says

    I enjoy your blog…from the south, but live in the north now. Some things will always be “southern” comfort for me!!!

  43. Clint says

    Lana, congratulations on your successes – and, yes, I’m giving you at least partial credit for your husband’s and daughter’s successes! I know I’m a late comer to your website, but I’ve looked at all your recipes and love your style! I’m here for the duration!

    I’m blessed with memories of coming from a family with amazing southern cooks – my grandmother, my mother, and my aunt. Today, only my mama remains with us, and her memory is such that she can’t share with me those recipes I grew up with. I’ve never found recipes that compare with my mom’s amazing buttermilk biscuits, my aunt’s sawdust salad, or – perhaps most especially – my grandmother’s walnut cake. Anything you can do along those lines would be most appreciated!

    Continued success,


  44. says

    Thank you so much for the opportunity! I just started collecting Fiestaware at Christmastime and am in love. I’d so enjoy adding to the collection. We’re starting to eat healthier meals (whole, clean, whatever you want to call it). So tasty, healthy, full of good stuff recipes? (I also love sweets though, so anything in that realm too)

  45. LM says

    Love the site and Fiesta! I would love to see some cooking tips in addition to the fabulous recipes. Maybe some tutorials for the novices on the basics of baking? All my attempts at baking usually aren’t too successful – flat cookies and cakes. :(

  46. LaDonna G says

    Thanks for the chance to win! Quick, easy, kid friendly meals are best for our busy family!

  47. Christy Dixon says

    I love the dessert recipes! How about some recipes for those non-alcoholic cakes like a Daiquiri cake? Or Margarita Cake? Or Pina Colada cake? Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on 4 great years!

  48. Sheila Cohen says

    Congratulations on four years. I am always looking for delicious recipes that are easy to make (but taste like you spent a lot of time on them).

  49. says

    Congratulations Lana!! oooh… what would I like to see… hmmm….traditional southern recipes!!! I find that when you post recipes from your family I always learn something new!!

  50. says

    Congratulations, Lana! I remember the first post that I ever read on your site; “Right in Your Own Backyard…” from August of 2010. One that, uncharacteristically, does not feature a recipe; but does feature some great “roadside wonders” :)
    I’ve come back time and again and made more than a few of your recipes ever since.
    What I’d like to see in the future?? Well I love just about everything you post … so just eep doing what you’re doing!

  51. betty says

    congrats on your 4th anniversary!
    Love the idea of crock pot meals. They work so well during the cold weather

  52. nancy scaggs says

    Congratulations on four years . What an amazing accomplishment! I’d like to see a recipe for chocolate gravy, and for easy biscuits.

  53. Julie says

    I think it would be super helpful to me to have a few grain free dinners!! My son is gluten intolerant so we all eat like that at as well.
    OH and a great appetizer or snack too :)
    Just things to get us through winter!!

  54. Kylee says

    Any kind of good home cooking is awesome! And I loveeee fiesta ware! I’ve started a collection and I’m always looking to add to it! :)

  55. grams says

    Your recipes are just great. Always love slow cooker recipes and lemon desserts are an awesome springtime treat!

  56. Melissa K. says

    I’d love to see a recap of your favorite recipes, or some new ideas for an Easter lunch. Anything would be great, really.

  57. Patti M. says

    Thanks for many good recipes! I would like to see some “recipes for two”, and some easy weeknight recipes. Thanks!

  58. Cindi Lou says

    Congrats on 4 years!! Love your blog and follow you on FB and Pinterest! I would love a recipe for some good ole Chicken and Dumplins!

  59. Beverley Justice says

    Congratulations on your success! I really enjoy the inviting yeast breads and desserts.

  60. Thea Cooper says

    Great blog. Working mom here – would love to see some southern recipes adapted for the crockpot. Congrats on four years.

  61. Gladys says

    Congratulations! I would love to see either more breakfast recipes or easy one skillet dishes.

  62. Trish says

    Love your blog! My answer — Home baked breads! I love them and am always looking for new recipes.

  63. Denise says

    Hopefully your deadline is in California time!! How about some soup recipes. It’s definitely soup weather right now.