Like many, I’m glad to see the end of 2016. I was doing pretty well avoiding whole scale resentment for the year, and then George Michael died. And my reaction was, really 2016? Bowie, Prince and George Michael, all in the same year? And in case you are wondering if my musical tastes are primarily stuck in the 80’s, I’m incredibly sad about Ralph Stanley, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen, and Sharon Jones, too.
On the other hand, I’ve cooked a lot of good food this year, including the five most popular recipes here on Fix Me a Little Lunch.
Eggnog Ricotta Pancakes were hands down the most popular recipe this year. I can see why – who doesn’t love eggnog? These pancakes were so fluffy and so very, very rich – I’m thinking I’ll be making them again for New Year’s Day brunch.
My Crockpot Posole was also quite popular this year. It’s such a great slow-cooker recipe, I wasn’t surprised. We made up a batch of this for Christmas Eve this year and froze several more nights worth. One of my favorite things about this recipe was that it was the first time I participated in Cook the Books. I’m really excited about all the inspiration that will come from next year’s book picks.
Greek Spaghetti Squash was a big hit this year, as well. This was my last office lunch for the year, as we ended up with four snow days and then vacation right around the same time I made this.
I had a great time this fall going out to Sauvie Island to get winter squash. As always, I bought a few too many squash, but it wasn’t a problem, since my over indulgence inspired me to make Winter Squash Stuffed Shells with Pesto. If I had to pick a favorite of my own from this year, it might be this one – mostly because I love cheese, squash and pasta.
And last, but certainly not least, is my Mandarin Orange Mule. I’m glad I finally got with the times and bought a copper mug for Moscow Mules, as they are now high on my list of favorite cocktails.
So there we are – the top five from 2016.
I’m looking forward to 2017. I know there are likely to be some major changes on the way (more on that in future blog posts, I’m sure), but I’m hopeful they won’t impact my time working on my blog. I like to spend a little time reflecting on the year before, as well as looking forward and setting goals moving forward. So – in no particular order – here are my five goals for Fix Me a Little Lunch for 2017.
- Keep improving my photography. I had one photo accepted by foodgawker this year for my Red Kuri Risotto recipe and would like to keep working on lighting, composition and so on in 2017.
- Create and mostly stick to an editorial calendar. I started working on this in December and realized it wasn’t that hard to plan out December 2017’s blog posts. Now let’s see if I can fill in all the other months of the year. Some of this is product dependent, of course, as I’m committed to keeping Fix Me a Little Lunch all about seasonal foods and recipes.
- Continue to be inspired by blog challenges – Cook the Books and Food n’ Flix were my favorite inspirations this year. The books and movies kept me inspired, as did the community of other food bloggers who created some really fantastic recipes.
- Explore the whole affiliate/sponsored post thing. I’m a little wary of ads – I’m not a huge fan of navigating them on others sites, so not sure I want to do this on my own blog. On the other hand, I’d love to share some of the products that I love with my readers.
- Grow my email list to at least a 1,000 subscribers. Right now, I have seven. I love those seven people who are interested in reading my posts regularly – and would like to find some more. To this end, I’ll be starting a monthly newsletter in January that will include a round up of my favorite recipes from the month before, a bonus recipe featuring a seasonal veggie or fruit, and a profile of a seasonal veggie or fruit. Sign up to be on my email list and be on the lookout for my first newsletter.
Happy Near Year everyone! Let’s hope that 2017 is prosperous and happy, and let’s keep eating good food!