Glasgow Apartment Move-In


Glasgow Apartment Front Door

We got the keys to our new apartment in Glasgow on Friday, loaded all of our suitcases in a taxi, hauled it all up the stairs, and called it home. We spent all day Saturday shopping and rounding up the last of our stuff from the SIL’s place. We logged over 10 miles walking that day, and I am now officially exhausted. I can’t remember being this tired in a long time. I love this space, and I think it’s going to feel like home very quickly. Want to take a quick tour? I thought so.

Glasgow Apartment Living Room

The building we live in was built in 1901, and the ceilings are probably 12 feet high. The living room has a huge south facing bay window which I hope will provide some nice light. There’s fancy crown molding and a cool disk thing in the ceiling above the light fixture. Those things probably have a name, but I don’t know what they are. You probably guessed that my favorite bit is the built-in bookcase.

We won’t need to add much to this space furniture-wise. Just a few end tables and a bar cart for now. But those walls are massive. I’d love any tips on decorating for high ceilings. What are we gonna put up there?

Glasgow Apartment Master Bedroom

Our bedroom is spacious and inviting. The main issue is that the wardrobe is probably ideal for one person, but not so much for two people, especially when one of them has a thing for scarves. Luckily, there’s a hall closet where we can keep coats and shoes. I planned on getting a dressing table where I could do my hair and makeup since having electrical outlets in the bathroom is illegal in the UK. The new plan is to get another chest of drawers, use the top drawer for stashing hair appliances and make up, and then use the rest for clothes. I hate folding my clothes in a drawer because it makes it harder to see what you have, but what’s a girl to do? Leave a comment if you have any tips for dealing with limited clothing storage.

Glasgow Apartment Second Bedroom

Our second bedroom has a lovely view of the back garden which is wonderfully overgrown. My daughter Emily is in charge of decorating this one, so it will likely be the coolest room in the house. She’s already decided on a silver and blue theme. Very Ravenclaw.

Glasgow Apartment Bathroom

The bathroom seems huge compared to our last place, and there’s a deep bathtub. I can’t wait to have a lovely spa bath and relax away all this moving tension. This room does lack storage, though, so some drawers and a basket for towels will definitely be in order.

Glasgow Apartment Kitchen

I saved the kitchen for last because you know that’s my favorite space. It’s tiny, but I’m confident I can make it work. I’ll just have to be very organized when I’m cooking. I’ll likely rearrange the cupboards at least five times. That hall closet I mentioned earlier will also serve as a pantry, so we’ll have plenty of storage. It will only feel like my kitchen, though, once I’ve replaced my beloved Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I was heartbroken to learn that they cost about twice as much in the UK as they do in the US. Can I set up a Go Fund Me?

There’s a lot still to be done in order to make this place fit for comfortable living, but I’m confident we can eventually make it completely awesome. I’ll share each room once it’s complete(ish). So now all that’s left is for you to tell me when you’re coming over for dinner. 

Secret Ingredient Deviled Eggs

Special Ingredient Deviled Eggs | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s move in day, and there’s a ton to do. It’s crazy like you wouldn’t believe, so I’m cheating a tiny bit. Hopefully, you’ll forgive me. I think you will after you try this recipe. The secret? Yeah, it’s butter. Just get yourself in the kitchen, kids. Every little thing is gonna be alright.

Secret Ingredient Deviled Eggs
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  1. 6 large eggs
  2. 1/6 cup mayonnaise
  3. 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  4. 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mayonnaise
  5. Pinch of cayenne pepper
  6. Salt and pepper
  7. Paprika
  1. Place your eggs in a medium pan and cover them with cold water. Place the pan over high heat and bring the water t a boil. Once your water starts to bubble, turn off the heat, put a lid on your pan, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Pour out your hot water and run some cold water over your eggs. Stash them in the fridge for at least a half hour so they're fully cool when you're ready to peel.
  2. Carefully peel your eggs. Cut each egg in half. Pop out the yolks into a mixing bowl and set aside the whites.
  3. Add the mayonnaise, butter, Dijon, cayenne, salt and pepper to the yolks. Mix it all up until it's smooth. You can use an electric mixer or a wooden spoon.
  4. If you want to get fancy, you can scoop your yolk mixture into a piping bag and pipe a it back into your egg whites. It will still taste as awesome if you just spoon it in.
  5. Sprinkle some paprika over the top of your eggs. Serve 'em up and be happy.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Adapted from Martha Stewart
How to be awesome on $20 a day

Awesome in September

Awesome in September

September was a paradox of struggle and excitement. On the first of the month, we left our old home behind and landed two days later on the other side of the world. We went from a land of perpetual summer to a place that rarely sees the sun. We’re still homeless for a couple of more days (a million thank yous to my sister-in-law and her future husband for putting us up for so long), and though I am no longer unemployed, the temp work I started last week is, well, less than thrilling. 

And yet there’s so much to be thankful for. We found an apartment in what turned out to be a very competitive rental market. I’m no longer making $0 an hour, and we have an absolutely beautiful city to explore. There’s already so much I can’t wait to show you.


I can’t wait to go back to Howlin’ Wolf and try their chorizo mac and cheese. The pizza at Paesano was excellent. It’s the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, though, that really has me swooning. I promise a picnic real soon.

Seriously, everywhere I look, there’s something amazing. People who have grown up here probably don’t have the slightest clue how cool it is, but to this girl who grew up in the wild wild West, it’s breathtaking. Lucky for us, wandering about gaping at buildings can be done completely for free.

You know what else is free? The internet. It’s also completely delicious. This pumpkin cake with ginger chocolate and meringue from A Cookie Named Desire is absolutely killing me. Joy the Baker set doughnut holes on fire and made me fall in love with her. And then Foodie with Family made pumpkin cheesecake ice cream, and all was right with the world.

Being homeless kinda made my blog fall off the edge of the world for a minute, but you guys still found things to love. Here’s what you thought was awesome.

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

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels are going strong. I think spicy chicken and cheese wrapped in buttery, flaky bread might possibly be the perfect food.

Caramel Toffee Cheesecake from Awesome on 20

You’re totally making me want to eat Caramel Toffee Cheesecake. I mean, it’s literally dripping with salted caramel. Come on!

Chicken Parmesan from Awesome on 20

And proving my theory that chicken and cheese is perfection, your favorite recipe this month was Chicken Parmesan. Just love it and be happy.

September was everything. Exciting and exhausting and challenging and fun. I can’t wait to show you our new apartment and share how we make it into a home. I haven’t felt properly at home in ages. Look out, October, you’re about to get awesome!

Share the awesome. Tag your photos #awesome365 so I can snoop into your awesome life. If you want to peek around at what we’re up to, let’s hang out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or SnapChat (awesomeon20). See you there!

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