Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Salted Caramel White Russian

Add a sweet twist to a classic cocktail with a Salted Caramel White Russian. Is it dessert? Is it a drink? Who cares. Just make one and be cool.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

What kind of comedy do you like? I can’t do cringey comedy. Watching people struggle through awkward and embarrassing situations is like torture for me. I found the first season of Fleabag intensely uncomfortable. And remember Meet the Parents? I’d rather go to the dentist than watch that movie.

I’m also not that interested in gross out humor. My husband loves Anchorman and other Will Ferrel-type movies where a lot of the comedy is physical. He’s very pro-fart joke. It bores me.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m sure you’ve figured out by the fact that I’m posting a White Russian today, that I’m much more into eccentric, witty, verbal comedy. Coen Brothers? I’m all in. Does anyone remember Homestar Runner? This is 100% my wheelhouse. Make it weird. Make it witty. I’ll watch it over and over again. In fact, I might have to watch The Big Lebowski right now. For the hundredth time.

We actually have a bar/restaurant here in Glasgow called Lebowski’s. They have two pages of White Russians on their menu themed around various characters and moments from the movie. Naturally, my husband ordered the Salted Caramel White Russian and instantly proclaimed it the best drink he’d ever had. When I got home and looked at recreating it, I suddenly understood why they charged so much for this cocktail.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Rather than using specialty spirits, I’ve simply added some caramel coffee syrup which you can probably find at a well-stocked grocery store. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s still super awesome. My store was out of squirty cream, but that would be a brilliant addition here. I did keep the crumble of tablet from the Lebowski’s version. If you’re Scottish, you know this is awesome. If you’ve never heard of tablet, just skip it.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

We all need a little more laughter in our lives, no matter how we get there. I suggest you fix yourself a Salted Caramel White Russian and laugh ’til you cry.

If you’re looking for more White Russian variations, why not try a Pumpkin Spice White Russian, or a White Russian Milkshake.

Top 19 of 2019 | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Top 19 of 2019

Top 19 of 2019 | How to Be Aweome on $20 a Day

I’m so excited to share the top 19 recipes of 2019. You know how much I love a list, so I always look forward to this. Let’s see what you’ve been cooking up this year.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

19. Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf – I hope my Thanksgiving tradition is finally starting to find it’s way into other people’s homes.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

18. Spaghetti Quesadilla – I haven’t eaten this in forever, and that’s making me sad because this is my favorite way to use up leftover spaghetti bolognese.

Frito Chili Cheese Wrap from Awesome on 20

17. Frito Chili Cheese Wrap – Another delicious thing I’m sad I haven’t eaten lately. Someone send me some Fritos from America so I can remedy this.

Chili with Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

16. Chili with Gnocchi – It’s the perfect time of year for this big pot of goodness.

Buttery Nipple Milkshake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

15. Buttery Nipple Milkshake – Perfect for when you can’t decide if you want a cocktail or dessert.

14. Spam Mac & Cheese – I was surprised to see this one on the list. I was also surprised by how much I still liked this when I made it recently.

13. Mint Brownies – Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with the pop of minty green in these fudgy brownies.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

12. Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta – This recipe makes a huge batch of pasta, so perfect for feeding a crowd.

Chicken Parmesan from Awesome on 20

11. Chicken Parmesan – I still remember when my husband said this was the best chicken he’d ever had.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

10. Passion Fruit Green Tea – Takes me back to Taiwan every time.

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

9. Brown Elephant Cocktail – If you’ve never tried Amarula, you definitely need to change that in 2020.

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

8. White Cheddar Fondue – You can’t go wrong with a big bowl of melty cheese.

Amaretto Sour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

7. Amaretto Sour – I love that this doesn’t need a store-bought sour mix.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

6. Parmesan Fried Gnocchi – The best five-minute side dish ever.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

5. Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail – Another one of my holiday traditions conquering the world.

Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

4. Whipped Ricotta – I love how you guys are as crazy about cheese as I am.

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

3. Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels – Party food extraordinaire.

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2. Peanut Butter Fudge – Always a favorite.

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
  1. Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies – Another classic recipe that reminds me of my mom.

This list is making me so hungry for 2020. Let me know what kind of recipes and posts you’d like to see more of in the comments. And don’t forget to tag me in your creations on Instagram or use #awesomeon20.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail

This Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail is both sweet and sophisticated. It’s perfect for when you want something a little bit fancy but not straight up boozy. You’re gonna want to drink this the entire holiday season.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

As I write this, we are on the eve of a general election here in the UK, and it’s really messing with my holiday spirit. Just when your days start feeling merry and bright, somebody does or says something ridiculous on the news, and you wonder if we’ll even survive to next year. The world feels totally out of control, and I don’t know if we’ll actually be okay.

Christmas and Yule and so many other winter solstice traditions all have themes of hope and renewal. I feel like we really need to tap into that right now. We’ve been wading through a dark time. It’s a natural and necessary cycle of death, but late December signifies the return of the light. It comes slowly, but every day from December 21st will start to be just a little bit longer than the day before. And then all of a sudden we’ll start to see crocuses and remember what color is. Life always come back. Let’s hold onto that feeling.

Or maybe we just need to chill out and drink cocktails until we forget for a minute that the world is falling apart around us. I don’t know.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you are going to make yourself a cocktail, make this Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail. It’s absolutely delicious, guys. It’s sugar and spice and Christmas cheer and bubbles and fun. I’m into it.

A little vodka and a little non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider get mixed together with a homemade spiced simple syrup made with orange juice, sugar, and a mix of winter spices. We use ground spices because this is real life, and that’s what you probably have in your kitchen. I strained my syrup through a coffee filter to try to get rid of some of the bigger bits, but you’ll still have some ground spices in your syrup. Don’t sweat it. Just make sure you give everyone something to stir their drink with. A cinnamon stick is super cute. Go to an Asian market to get cheap whole spices. Save your money for gifts.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I don’t know what’s going to happen with Brexit or impeachment or any of that. I do know that, barring some type of comic book-level catastrophe, the Earth will continue to journey around the sun, and the light will slowly but surely return to the Northern Hemisphere. In the meantime, I’ll be over here drinking a cocktail. You should join me. It’ll be awesome.

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you make this cocktail. I can’t wait to see .

Ultimate Awesome Holiday Recipes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Ultimate Awesome Holiday Recipes

Ultimate Awesome Holiday Recipes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve gone through my archives and put together the ultimate list of close to a hundred totally awesome holiday recipes. There’s everything you’ll need for brunch, dinner, parties, and more. I’ve got your holiday cooking sorted.

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Breakfast & Brunch

Do you do a big breakfast spread on Christmas morning? I actually prefer it to Christmas dinner. All of these recipes would be a hit.

Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes

Pancetta & Goat Cheese Quiche

Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Breakfast Pizza

Cheesy Sausage Squares

Herbed Biscuits & Creamy Sausage Gravy

Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants

Breakfast Pot Pie

Pumpkin Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Blender Pancakes

Brown Sugar Syrup

Spicy Potato Cakes

Maple Bacon Pancake Syrup

Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding

Dutch Baby Bunny

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream

Cayenne Candied Bacon

Holiday Brie from Awesome on 20

Starters, Snacks & Nibbles

If you’re hosting an open house or a holiday cocktail party, these recipes are sure to impress your guests.

Wheaten Biscuits

Whipped Ricotta

Bacon Parmesan Cheese Ball

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert

Swiss & Bacon Dip

Brie en Croute

Cranberry Brie Bites

Goat Cheese Crostini with Macadamia Nuts & Honey

Cranberry Soy Sausages

Holiday Brie

White Hot Chocolate | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cocktails & Drinks

There’s something to drink for grown ups and kids alike in this collection.

Mistletoe Mocktail

White Hot Chocolate

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice

Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail

Cranberry Mule

Cranberry Margarita

Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One

Chaitini

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

Brown Elephant Cocktail

Pomegranate Margaritas

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail

Red Currant Glazed Ham | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

For Dinner

Are you cooking for a crowd? Just having a quiet dinner with just the family or your partner? Either way, you’re gonna want to go all out. These recipes are well-loved in our home.

Basically Awesome Roast Chicken

Red Currant Glazed Ham

Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy

Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steaks

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

English Potato Gratin

All-American Sweet Potato Casserole

Ridiculously Awesome Mashed Potatoes

Glazed Carrots

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter

Sweet Potato Gratin

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Sweet Potato Rolls

Rosemary Potato Rolls

Buche de Noel | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Desserts and Sweet Treats

The holidays are the perfect excuse to have dessert or linger over an afternoon cup of tea or coffee with a sweet treat. There are plenty of options here, from simple to showstopper.

Chocolate Orange Scones

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake with Lemon Glaze

Baci di Ricotta

Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Vanilla Ice Cream

Cranberry Bakewell Tart

Buche de Noel

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake

White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

Winter-Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake

No-Churn Two Ingredient Ice Cream

Maple Cheesecake

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake

Double-Glazed Chai Spice Muffins

Chocolate Orange Mousse

White Chocolate Chip Brownies

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Toffee Muffins

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cookies & Sweets

It’s probably not a holiday party in America without cookies. I think we should spread this tradition around the world. Make some cookies as favors for your holiday parties.

Stem Ginger Biscuits

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms

Gingerbread Dudes

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

No-Fail Sugar Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic Fudge

Jam Tarts

Caramel-Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

Peanut Butter Fudge

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

Don’t forget to share photos of your awesome recipes on Instagram with the hashtag #awesomeon20!

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch is tasty make-ahead drink for your holiday table or party. It’s low in alcohol, so you can keep the party going all night. Plus, it tastes just as awesome as it slowly melts. You should definitely give it a try.

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I love planning party menus. The second someone mentions they’re having a gathering, my brain instantly switches into menu planning mode, even if I’m not invited to the party. What would I make? How much cheese can I get away with serving? What’s for dessert? It’s gotta be something awesome?

A crucial element of the party menu is the drink. You want to be able to offer someone a beverage as soon as they come in and take their coat off. But maybe you also need to be in the kitchen finishing things up. It’s gotta be something simple. Something you can make ahead or something your guests can easily assemble themselves. And it can’t get watered down through the night. That would ruin everything.

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

That’s where this Apple Brandy Frozen Punch comes in. It’s made ahead of time so you don’t have to be mixing fancy cocktails for each guest. It’s not crazy alcoholic, so you can have multiple cups without getting out of control. And it starts frozen so you can serve it almost as a slushy or top it up with sparkling wine for some added glamour. Then as it melts it stays awesome because you’re not adding any water to the drink.

You can serve this in a pitcher or a punch bowl. When it’s really frozen, it’s easier to scoop it out then pour it. Garnish it with apple slices and cinnamon sticks and anything else you think is autumnal and beautiful.

The easiest way to freeze this is in a plastic or silicone resealable bag. You can just go to the freezer every hour or so and kind of squish it a bit to make sure it doesn’t get too solid. I’m cutting back on single-use plastic, so I didn’t have any bags. I froze this in a food storage container, and just took a fork to it, scraping up the ice crystals as they formed. Even if you freeze it over night and it seems a bit solid, the sugar and alcohol will keep it from being a total block of ice. Just keep scraping, and you’ll end up with lovely ice crystals.

Apple Brandy Frozen Punch | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Every party needs a good drink,. This Apple Brandy Frozen Punch is where it’s at. Give it a try. It’ll be awesome.

If you make this recipe, be sure to share a photo in Instagram. Tag me use the hashtag #awesomeon20 so I can see your awesome creation.

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