Awesome in March

Awesome in March

Awesome in March

Work nonsense aside, March turned out to be pretty damn awesome. We celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary with brunch at The Bungo, and I managed to fit into my wedding dress with no trouble. I was pretty sure that wasn’t going to happen.

We followed up that act with a stroll along the Clyde Walkway and a visit to Bothwell Castle. It’s as close as I’ll ever get to hopping in that time machine.

I made doughnuts, celebrated what would have been my mom’s 56th birthday, and cuddled a cat, but all this was a just a prelude to the real excitement.

Emily was here for a week this month. We went to London and visited the Marx Memorial Library and checked out the dinosaurs and more at The Natural History Museum. But right smack in the middle of all that was a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. It was so amazing, I could barely contain my excitement. I’m sure I was much more giddy than any of the kids who were visiting that day. It was worth every penny we spent, even if we were there two weeks before they opened the Forbidden Forest exhibit.

The internet was so so tasty this month. This Layered Irish Cream Pretzel Pie is dreamy. 

I’ll have the Crispy Baked Basil Chicken Cordon Bleu with a side of roasted garlic mashed potatoes, please. 

Why yes, I would like some Homemade Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts. How did you know?

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Your favorites this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf, and Transformer Chicken. I’m coming to your house for dinner.

But that’s all just stuff compared to getting to spend time with my baby. It’s my absolute favorite thing. There aren’t enough words to tell you how she fills my heart. I am so very proud of her. She’s a million times more amazing than I’ll ever be. We’ve already bought her tickets for coming to visit this summer. I’m holding my breath until then.

 

Awesome in February

Awesome in February

Can we get some sunshine, please? I’m ready ready ready for this nasty rain and snow to go away. I got to throw a last minute party for a dear friend this, and it was a blast. I got to make Swiss & Bacon Dip, and that’s always a good thing. Then I got to attend a beautiful wedding for that dear friend and watch her smile and laugh the entire day, and it was absolutely perfect.

Since the weather was so nasty, I watched approximately one billion movies. One of my favorites was Arrival. If you have a love of language and you haven’t seen this film yet, do not wait another minute. It was beautiful to look at and so thoughtful. 

I’m almost finished reading MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. Her books are so frighteningly relevant right now. If you haven’t been terrified by the Handmaid’s Tale recently, I suggest you pick up a copy.

Internet foods were on fire. This chocolate truffle cake is just bonkers, you guys! 

These pretzel dogs with cheese sauce are making me hungry. Gimme.

If a cupcake could ever be elegant, it would have to be this Valentine’s Surprise Chocolate High Hat Cupcake. It’s just beautiful. 

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Your favorites this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Chicken Parmesan, and Passion Fruit Green Tea. Can I come over for dinner?

The days are getting longer, and I’m excited to see what’s coming my way. Be awesome, friends.

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Awesome in January

Awesome in January

Awesome in January

Yes, I know we’re solidly in February by now, but January completely kicked my ass there at the end. A bunch of stupid crap that nobody cares about has sapped my energy, but to be honest, I almost wish I had been in a coma for the past couple of weeks so I wouldn’t have to wake up every morning and read the horrible, scary news. But guys, we’re gonna get through this together and be more awesome than ever before. The struggle is real, but so is my love for humanity and my desperate desire to evolve into Star Trek culture where we finally figure out that we’re all connected and can stop wasting our energy fighting each other and start focusing on sharing some damn compassion.

Woe, that went off the rails a bit. Right. January. Good stuff.

I saw La La Land and was totally won over. I’ve had crushes on both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling for ages, but they really broke my heart here. If only they’d spent a couple more weeks in dance class working on their arm extension and general epaulement. If you’re not a former dance teacher, you’ll never notice it, and even if you are, City of Stars will still make you cry. This film is completely immersive. See it in the theatre to be fully transported.

Or if you’re not up for leaving your house, watch Sing Street on Netflix. I promise you’ll be very very happy.

I ate some outstanding schnitzel at Bavaria Brauhaus in Glasgow. The food was stellar. You’ve gotta check it out. We also had some fancy burgers at Drygate Brewery. I’d definitely do that again.

Best news of all, we got a cat!!! I am a full on cat person, but because we were renting, I’ve lived in a cat free home since 2009. I’m so happy to have Leeloo in our house running around chasing shadows, knocking stuff over, and being generally awesome. I will never stop posting her picture. She’s a beauty.

Internet food is always my friend. Scottish people do a lot of things well, but they don’t really do Mexican food. I can’t wait to try making my own Spicy Chorizo Queso Dip a la Love and Olive Oil. I just hope I can find the right cheese.

Also, Taco Frachos, ’cause duh.

I’m totally smitten with these Chocolate Hand Pies from Sally. They’ve almost got me wanting to be into Valentine’s Day. 

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Your January favorites were Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies. I could probably eat about 47 peanut butter cookies right now.

February will be over in a flash, and before you know it, the light will be back and we’ll be singing in the sunshine. Get into it.

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