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Pomegranate Martini

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Pomegranate Martini | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You guys, applying for a visa is not awesome. I mean, it’s definitely worth it in the end, but amassing the mountains of paperwork and handing over a pile of money and then waiting, and waiting… and waiting is the worst. You reveal everything about your life to some total stranger a half a world away. They’ve never met you, yet they hold in their hands the power to completely ruin your life or make all your dreams come true. All I want to do is move to a new city, get a job, and eat at a bunch of restaurants I’ve never even heard of before. Just let me in already. Why all the hassle? I’m fun, I swear.

Pomegranate Martini | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s stressful, kids. I need a drink. I was going to wait to show you this Pomegranate Martini until closer to Christmas, but we have about 15 bottles of liquor to drink in a month, so we better get to work. This is not a drink to play around with. It’s almost pure liquor. But in small doses, it’s absolutely lovely, and the color can’t be beat. You can adjust the amount of grenadine to make your martini as sweet as you like, or not.

Other good news. You can easily make this by the pitcher if you’re serving it for a gathering. It’s 2 parts vodka, 1 part pomegranate liqueur, and 1/2 part grenadine. I recommend keeping the pitcher in the fridge or on ice, though, as this drink is best served very cold. And if you want to be really fancy and aren’t moving in a month, you should float some frozen pomegranate seeds in each glass. Tres chic.

Pomegranate Martini | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This drink will get us through the piles of paperwork and on to Scotland. We’ll serve it with some vampire teeth when I force British people to get into Halloween. I’ll serve it at Christmas and watch my in-laws become quite merry, indeed. It’s worth it, kids. It’s totally worth it.

Pomegranate Martini
Serves 1
This fruity Pomegranate Martini is potent enough to get you through the toughest times, and pretty enough for any celebration.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces vodka
  2. 1 ounce pomegranate liqueur
  3. 1/2 ounce grenadine, or to taste
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shake, add ice, and shake until the outside of the shaker becomes very cold.
  2. Strain your martini into a martini glass, and sip until all your problems have melted away.
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
How to be awesome on $20 a day http://awesomeon20.com/
Awesome in July
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Awesome in July

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Awesome in July

July was a whirlwind of awesomeness. I was recovering from surgery, and Emily was here and feeling rather indoorsy. That combined with the ridiculous heat and humidity led to quieter adventures involving lots of giggling, plenty of cold drinks, and about eighty bajillion episodes of The Office. When the princess is in residence, you do as she says. I was secretly thrilled not to have to walk 10 miles in 90 degree weather.

We went out to breakfast at Hula Grill possibly too many times. I finally got up the nerve to try the fried rice. It was amazing, but definitely enough for two moderately sized humans. We ate doughnuts at Regal Bakery. Doughnuts are always a good thing. 

We watched the U.S. Women’s National Team win the world cup. It was possibly the most exciting sporting event I’ve ever seen. Not that I’ve seen a lot, but still I think it holds up as one of the most inspiring events I’ve witnessed in a good long while. 

I read about some ridiculously amazing food on the internet, including these Triple Chocolate Oreo Bars from Cookies and Cups. Oh, and then there was this Peanut Butter Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting from Brown Eyed Baker. And and Peabody put honey in the cornbread, and I fell in love.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We hung out on the internet and you loved Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels. You’re all a bunch of geniuses. You’re also obviously as hot as I am since you’ve been checking out our DIY Air Conditioner. And you’re way into Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake. My imaginary internet friends are the coolest.

July was defined by stress. Some good and some bad. First we were on pins and needles wondering if Geoff would get the job. Now we’re worried about visas and packing and starting all over. Every day the pain in my chest is less and less. Having Emily here to laugh through it all made all the difference. July was hot and heavy, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

P.S. Don’t forget to tag your photos #awesome365 because life is always awesome.

Nutella Cheesecake Parfaits

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Nutella Cheesecake Parfait | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Okay, the secret’s out. I can finally tell you. After months of dreaming and hoping and scheming and stressing, it’s final. We’re moving to Scotland!!!

For right now, I’m setting aside all the stress of applying for a visa and selling everything we own. I’m suppressing the sadness I feel about leaving my amazing job and my wonderful friends. I’m focusing on the excitement and the possibilities. I’m forgetting about soon being unemployed and dreaming about how I’m going to eventually decorate our apartment. Anything can happen.

I am already thinking about emptying out our current home, though. We’ve collected a lot of random ingredients in our kitchen, and I want to eat as much as possible before I go. Expect to see a lot of cocktails and recipes using various condiments in the next few weeks. And please come over and help us drink all of our booze.

Nutella Cheesecake Parfait | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I managed to use a whole lot of nutella in these Nutella Cheesecake Parfaits. Not gonna lie,  kinda wanted to just eat it all with a spoon, but I managed to actually make something. They turned out super tasty, but if I had to make this all over again, I’d do two layers of graham cracker and nutella cream cheese before topping it off with the whipped cream. You could also add some crushed hazelnuts and/or shaved chocolate to the top. But we’re trying not to buy anything unless we’re going to use it all. Sorry for the plain Jane parfaits, kids. This is real life.

And don’t worry, the only heat you’ll need for this recipe is to melt a bit of butter which you can definitely do in the microwave. It may be freezing in Glasgow, but it’s still disgustingly hot in my Honolulu kitchen.

Nutella Cheesecake Parfait | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Stick around, kids. It’s about to get crazy. Watch me try to figure out how to use British money, how to understand a Scottish accent, and how to find the @ key on my computer at my new job. Oh, plus totally awesome photos of a new country. It’s gonna be so so so so awesome.

Nutella Cheesecake Parfaits
Serves 4
Nutella and cream cheese are swirled together and piled high on a graham cracker crust for this totally awesome Nutella Cheesecake Parfait.
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 sleeve graham crackers
  2. 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  3. 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  4. 2/3 cup nutella
  5. 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
  6. Whipped cream for topping
Instructions
  1. Crush your graham crackers into find crumbs with a food processor or pop them into a zip top bag and give them a good smash with a rolling pin. Stir in the melted butter, then divide your crumbs among four glasses or other small containers. If you want to do a double layer, obviously, hold half back for a second round. Stash this in the fridge while you get on with the cream cheese layer.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and nutella with an electric mixer until smooth. Now ditch your mixer and switch over to a rubber spatula. Gently fold in your whipped topping until you're pretty much streak free. It doesn't have to be perfect.
  3. Divide your cream cheese mixer between your four glasses. If you're layering, here's where you'd add more graham crackers and then another layer of nutella cheesecake mixture. Finally, top the whole thing off with a fluffy cloud of whipped cream and any extra topping you might like.
Notes
  1. Note that you'll use the entire container of cool whip to fold into the nutella mixture, so be sure to have extra whipped topping or whipped cream if you want to top off your parfait with it.
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
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