Since writing a little “2017 recap” in my recipe for a Pomegranate and Plum Cocktail, I wanted to write a “since then”. Every single day this blog manages to surprise me – the amount in love and support flooding in I’ve had from family, friends, friends I haven’t seen in decades, old colleagues, and of course amazing new friends who are teaching me the tricks of the trade. Its been a real adventure, and 2018 has not disappointed thus far!
I created this blog because I love the idea of recipe blogs. They’re my go-to, but so many times I’d be working on a recipe, and find myself inventing something totally new. Since my kitchen is tiny and I’ve experience in cocktails I decided to focus on that for the time being. In just a few months its been a huge success, I’m so happy. Thank you for giving me a chance with this, for supporting me – because really, I couldn’t do it without you! Yes you!
In terms of the blog (okay anyone reading this who has been established for years, this may sound laughable), daily views, subscribers, and generally lovely comments has increased massively! On the 14th of January 2018 we hit a peak of 630 views in one 24 hour period. Since then, I’ve been averaging a little under 100 views a day. I don’t know where you guys are coming from, but I really appreciate it! Even clicking this far on this post you’ve made my day!
Social media has been fun too. The ones I feel most comfortable on so far include Instagram, where I hit my target of 600 followers this January. I know, its quality not quantity though, and I can safely say I’ve made some incredible friends on Instagram! You know who you are if you’re reading this!
My next big goal is to get 1,000 followers on each bit of social media. Its anyone’s guess when I’ll hit it, but just for a personal record (and one day it will be fun to read back on this post), my current statistics are:
I’ve also been broadening my own abilities and horizons. From learning and implementing chiaroscuro style photography, to spending a day perfecting an historical daiquiri recipe which is now my absolute favourite thing in the world. The Mairi of a year ago was happy drinking double vodka lemonades and pitchers of heavily sweetened Long Island Iced Teas.
If you’re here to hear about me though, nothing too new to talk about! Living post-marriage has been wonderful, although not a whole lot different. A lot of people told me that would be the case.
Its lovely to know my little brother (who incidentally has his own blog you can check out) is looking out for me though!
In other news, on Saturday 20th of January I also got a new tattoo! Its Van Gogh’s “Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette”, stylised by the fantastic Adrian de Largue of Santo Cuervo. When I have tattoos done, I always come out thinking “had I known how painful that would be I’d not have had it done“. But that’s silly! Its gorgeous, and well worth it. Plus, tattoo artists will always make you feel super comfortable so I wouldn’t let the pain put anybody reading this off. See below a photograph from the tattoo artist himself!
Skull Smoking a Cigarrette from Van Gogh’s painting. Thanks a lot @citrus_cinnamon !!! #tttism #lovettt #onlythedarkest #btattooing #blxackink #blackwork #blackink #ink #darkart #darkartists #blacktattoo #linework #linworktattoo #blacktattooart #blacktattoomag #blacktattooing #uk #londontattoo #london #hackney #darkartists #blackworkerssubmission #londontattooartist #stabmegod #btattoing #blacktoptattoing #uktta #veganink #theartoftattoos #skulltattoo #dotwork
Another highlight of January was attending a cookery class with one of my closest and oldest friends – it was for Chicken Shawarma, flat breads, tzatziki and a tabbouleh salad. This was a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law, and I had a lot of fun! All piled on together was delicious!
I definitely have some ideas for working on this recipe at home – a little extra yogurt in the flatbread batter, a mix up of some spices. Perhaps I’ll make a post about it! In the mean time, I’m keeping this tasty little dinner a secret to myself.
A final highlight was a dear friend celebrating her 30th Birthday. You can read all about it by following that link – but I had so much fun working on that recipe, perfecting it all week in the run up to her ‘Hygge’ party, and the party itself was wonderful. Met some great new friends plus an adorable new 4-legged friend named Teddy.
Anyhow, at the risk of rambling, I’ll wind down this post by saying its been a fantastic January and here’s to many more fun filled, smoothie mixing, day drinking, friend-making years to come!