January has gone by and, as usual, I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to talk about what I’ve been into for the past month.
I read a total of 10 books in January, mostly (but not exclusively) YA fantasy. My favourites in that genre were Katherine Arden’s The Girl in the Tower (the sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale) and Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. I also found Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder stunning, thought-provoking, and troubling. As usual, you can track my reading progress here.
I actually saw three whole movies in theatres this month: Jumanji, The Greatest Showman, and Lady Bird. A bit of an eclectic mix, but I enjoyed all three. We also saw a live production of The Lorax in Toronto and I especially enjoyed the way the team of puppeteers animated the Lorax.
TV-wise, I’ve been following all the usual shows. This new season of Call The Midwife looks amazing! And Rita Moreno definitely has my number in the latest season of One Day At A Time.
This Is Me from The Greatest Showman gets me in the feels every time.
The Steven Curtis Chapman episode of Good Christian Fun had me feeling all nostalgic, so I did a lot of listening to his greatest hits.
And I found a copy of The Piano Guys’ CD at Thrift on Kent and I’ve really been enjoying it.
Blood oranges are back in stores, so I made these chocolate dipped blood orange madeleines
I also made this apricot ricotta cheesecake (sugar-free!) for a friend’s going away party and it was delicious.
This year I’ve also been making an effort to make recipes from my cookbooks instead of just relying on Pinterest. My favorites of the month were this pasta with arugula and ricotta pesto and these chocolate cherry biscotti.
For the online recipes I’ve tried this month, you can check out my monthly What I’m Into Pinterest page.
I finished another cross stitch at the start of the month, and got it framed along with the cross stitch I finished last month. Honestly, getting cross stitches custom framed makes such a difference, I wish I were independently wealthy.
Also, I’ve discovered some new and exciting friendship bracelet patterns that blow the ones I learned as a kid out of the water.
And I did another Paint Nite with a friend, which resulted in this. As usual, they always look better when I don’t have the instructor’s example to compare it to anymore.
Torrid had a massive sale on clearance accessories, so I picked up this awesome clutch and I can’t wait to break it out.
And, after waiting for a week because it wasn’t available in Canada, but the Google Arts and Culture App finally made its selfie art feature available in Canada, so I had some fun finding my art doppelgangers.
That’s it for me for the month. Be sure to head over to Leigh’s blog for more submissions