Oh, just look at that little nose up there in the window – does it get any cuter? If there is one thing that without a single doubt that makes me happy, it’s the sweet little face of Sophie. She was so sick in January and spent 2 1/2 days at the vet because she wouldn’t stop throwing up. Let me tell you, there is nothing worse than seeing your tiny, seven pound pup with an IV attached to her that is as big as her body. Luckily we found the culprit (she swallowed half a Moroccan-spiced new potato whole) and she’s making a full recovery and is back to her mischievous self.
If I were to describe January in one word it would be “meh”. It’s not that anything particularly difficult happens in January, it’s just that nothing really good happens either. Do you know what I mean? There were quite a few things in January that didn’t quite play out the way I thought they would, but curve balls, while being a little disappointing, are kind of inevitable at this point. But I also believe that everything happens for a reason and I’m finding that things have a funny way of working themselves out, sometimes it just takes a little longer than expected. What is it they say about patience again?
We’ve had a pretty mild winter so far, and even though it hasn’t been freezing, this month was definitely a bit more of a cook and binge-watch shows on Netflix sort of deal. I’m currently enthralled with Suits, have you watched this show? Highly recommended, there are some stellar one liners.
January 2016 Recipes
I shared five new recipes in January. These recipes have quickly become favourites, especially my 20-minute marinara sauce! I also shared a couple of recipes for chicken legs, which are cooked using completely different methods. There are my crispy Buffalo Chicken Legs and then my slow-cooked chicken legs with sun-dried tomatoes. There was a delicious brunch recipe using kale, sweet potatoes and chorizo and finally, a flavourful and budget-friendly slow cooker black bean soup. What a month of delicious eats!
Like I said, this month was a little bit quieter, but it was a nice slower pace after a whirlwind end to 2015. I attended the launch of the new tapas menu at Maman in Toronto. It’s such a beautiful cafe in the financial district and they are now serving nine different tartines inspired by the South of France (the first picture in the collage) and delicious cocktails. The standout favourites for me were the jambon de Serano with sundried tomato and the pork country pâté with pickles. If you ever find yourself in downtown TO and are looking for some delicious baked goods, killer cocktails or a quick bite, head to Maman.
I also launched a refreshed look for Living Lou meaning last month was filled with lots of work on the computer. (If you’re getting this by email, be sure to click through to see the updated look!)
I took my friend visiting from Vancouver out for her first pho experience, I think it was life changing for her to say the least.
Finally, the month came to a close with a talk I gave on building a personal brand. It was so nice to share my journey of Living Lou and what it’s allowed me to do with my personal brand; the group was so engaged and passionate about creating their own personal brands, totally inspiring!
What’s coming in February
January Throwback Recipes
I always love looking back at the recipes I’ve shared over the almost 6(!) years that I’ve been blogging and January seems to be when I have the best ideas because every January I’ve posted my most popular recipes.
January 2015: One of my most popular recipes from last year, my slow cooker balsamic jalapeno chicken legs.
January 2014: This is my all-time most popular recipe, butter chicken made in the slow cooker.
January 2013: My first foray into exploring Moroccan flavours was this recipe Moroccan Chicken Soup.
January 2012: Lentils are super on-trend right now, but I shared this recipe for Lentil Soup four years ago.
January 2011: The early, early days of Living Lou included this recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken Drumsticks.
Lou Around the Web
I wrote two new pieces for Chatelaine.com in January, I dug into the difference between ricotta and cottage cheese and shared seven healthy ingredients to try this month. I also shared a new video on my YouTube channel all about making a homemade buttermilk substitution. Check it out:
Thanks for joining me for another fabulous month and new year, I’m so glad you’re along for the ride.