Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Double Chocolate Muffins

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m curious. How do you feel about perfectionists? Are they striving for greatness or suffering from some sort of mental illness? I’ve fought against this urge to be perfect for a very long time. I’ve never come close to achieving my unreasonable expectations for myself. Most days I can be okay with that, but sometimes the personal disappointment is borderline debilitating.

My goal these days has been to strive for balance. I’ve been making talking myself into doing what I want to do instead of what I need to do. This may seem easy, but believe me, the internal debate is harsh. I have strong feelings of guilt when I sit down to watch a TV show or read a book knowing that I should be writing a blog post. I’m probably deeply disturbed. You should stop reading now before I corrupt you.

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

In the vein of pure indulgence, I’m trying to feed you chocolate for breakfast with Double Chocolate Muffins. You’ll definitely have to turn off the voice in your head that shouts at you to eat more carrots. Just drown it out with the voice that thinks chocolate is one of Earth’s greatest creations. 

Double Chocolate Muffins are pretty simple to make. Just a bit of measuring and stirring. No machine required. I use a big ice cream scoop to fill my muffin tins, so it’s not even that messy. And the result is heavenly. Use chocolate chips or chunks, whatever you have on hand, and please please please eat them while they’re still warm for maximum pleasure.

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Tell yourself you’re awesome even when you don’t tick off everything on your to do list. Then go eat a Double Chocolate Muffin. Everything is gonna be alright.

Double Chocolate Muffins
Yields 15
Double Chocolate Muffins are so good, you forget to feel guilty.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 270 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  2. 92 grams (3/4 cup) cocoa powder
  3. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 263 grams (1-1/4 cup) sugar
  7. 113 grams (1 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled (Just melt your butter first thing. It will be cool enough by the time you get to it)
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 cup buttermilk
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  11. 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 and grease your muffin pan.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together sugar, melted butter, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and quickly fold them together with a spatula. Work as quickly and lightly as possible. Try to make sure everything is moistened, but don't worry about getting out all the lumps. You'll end up with tough muffins if you overwork it.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop your batter into your muffin pan. The cups will be nearly full.
  7. Put the pan in the oven and increase the heat to 400. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Turn out your muffins as soon as possible. You can give them a couple minutes to cool off so you don't burn your fingers off. If you leave them in the pan to cool, they may have soggy bottoms and you won't get that lovely muffin crust.
  9. Serve warm.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
http://awesomeon20.com/
Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

A few years ago, Emily had a slight obsession with the Loch Ness Monster, so when we were deciding what we wanted to do this summer, Inverness and Loch Ness seemed like an obvious choice. Of course, the weather was very Scottish, so I didn’t get to take many photos, but we endured the rain to have some adventures nonetheless. 

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Geoff got to tick an item off his bucket list by seeing a wild dolphin. He booked us a a dolphin-watching cruise with Dolphin Spirit. We spotted the same dolphin twice, and it was super cool. The guide on the boat was also fun and informative. We also spotted some seals, otters, and sea birds. Apart from being soaking wet, it was a great experience.

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

We also did a combo coach and boat tour with Jacobite Tours. We hopped on a bus to Loch Ness, boarded a boat to cruise the Loch, and got dropped off to explore Urquhart Castle. On the way back, we got to stop off at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition to learn more about Nessie, and of course, a chance to shop for souvenirs. 

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

In addition to all this organised fun, we explored the local museum and enjoyed a beautiful river walk.

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Inverness was a beautiful town and a great base from which to explore some beautiful and historic bits of Scotland. We didn’t make it out to Culloden this time, but I’m sure we’ll get another chance. I’d definitely recommend a visit. Just don’t expect a wealth of sunshine.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, we actually had sunshine today in Glasgow. I thought maybe the sun had stopped working, but it’s back, and I love it. That doesn’t mean I’m going to run outside for a hike or something crazy like that, but I maybe I’ll treat myself to a cocktail before the sun goes away for good and we start marching toward the long winter.

I never got sun guilt when we lived in Hawaii, though a know a lot of people did. You could count on the sun to shine there. Here, if I don’t get outside on a sunny day, I never know when I might get another chance. It’s so precious here. It just makes you want to quit your life and give yourself over to the warmth.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

A great way to enjoy the sunshine would be to have a picnic and bring along some white chocolate raspberry blondies. These little beauties have a hint of caramel flavor that compliments the tart burst of fresh raspberries. If you can summon the patience to wait for them to cool completely, they’re easy to slice and transport, making them perfect to take along to any sun drenched eating experience you may desire.

These are so simple to make. It’s really just dumping some stuff into a mixer, pouring it into a baking dish, and sprinkling on some toppings before popping it all in the oven. These are good if they’re slightly on the gooey side, but they shouldn’t be wobbly when you pull them out of the oven. If you can resist the urge to dig in until they’re cool, you won’t regret it.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Don’t let the sunshine pass you by. And don’t wait for an excuse to make white chocolate raspberry blondies.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies
Serves 12
White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies will bring some sunshine into your life.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 grams (7/8 cup) unsalted butter
  2. 150 grams (5 ounces) white chocolate chips
  3. 300 grams (1-1/2 cups) light brown sugar
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 200 grams (1-3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1 small carton of fresh raspberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and butter a 9x9 inch baking pan.
  2. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, then cook on medium low for five minutes.
  3. Stir in half of your chocolate chips until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Beat brown sugar and eggs together until light and smooth, about the color of peanut butter.
  5. Slowly stir in flour, salt, and vanilla.
  6. Fold in butter and white chocolate mixture until smooth.
  7. Pour batter into pan, then scatter raspberries and remaining white chocolate chips over the top.
  8. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and not wobbly.
  9. Cool completely in tin, then pack up and take on an adventure.
Adapted from How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day
Adapted from How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day
http://awesomeon20.com/
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