Awesome in October

Awesome in October

Awesome in October

Did October even happen? Did I do anything? Let’s say we had a month of hard core coziness. And with the ever creeping darkness, it seems like exactly what we needed. 

We started the month with a day trip to Edinburgh where we walked the Royal Mile and tried to climb Arthur’s Seat. Unfortunately, the winds down in the park were already 20 miles an hour, so by the time we got to the top of the hill, it was terrifying. We got less than 50 yards from the top and had to turn back lest we literally got blown down the hill. We did visit the Museum of Edinburgh and The People’s Story. Both museums are free and a great way to wait out the rain.

We were back in Edinburgh a couple weeks later to see some family and take a ghost tour. We got to go underground into the old vaults. It was definitely creepy and lots of fun.

We did a bit too much shopping and had lunch at a new to us place in town, Max’s Bar & Grill. The vibe was very cool and the food was tasty. I’d go back for sure. 

The food on the internet is gorgeous this time of year, especially these mini chocolate chip cookie pumpkin cheesecakes. I finally got Joy’s first book, and I can’t wait to dig into it.

All foods in October should be orange. This sweet potato gnocchi with rosemary parmesan cream sauce sounds absolutely awesome. 

We get to put spices on everything this month, even our chocolate. This speculoos brownie cake look spectacular.

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

Your favorite recipes this month were Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf, White Cheddar Fondue, Chili with Gnocchi. You’re obviously feeling cozy, too.

November is going to be a big month, so I’m glad we got this chance to relax. Let’s make it awesome.

Awesome in September

Awesome in September

Awesome in September

September has been chilly and cloudy and all the things that Autumn should be. Of course, August was pretty much the same, so it doesn’t quite have the same effect here. But you can get a pumpkin spice chai, and isn’t that what September is really all about?

We started off the month with way more burgers than is probably decent, including a trip to NYC Glasgow and one final grill out before the rain set in. Then at the end of the month, we had a cozy, quiet long weekend that included Geoff’s birthday. I promptly proceeded to eat a ridiculous amount of desserts, including some amazing chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. In between all that, we managed to squeeze in an afternoon in Largs for a Viking Festival and an ocean view.

I also read a fantastic book called When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe. It takes place in the Philippines during World War II. It was a bit of history I had never really considered before. If you enjoy historical fiction, I definitely recommend this book.

Gorgeous Fall food is starting to show up all over the internet, including this One-Bowl Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

This Salted Caramel Yogurt Shake will ease you through to Fall if it’s still blazing hot where you live. If not, just eat it while under a blanket.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is actually tempting me to eat vegetables.

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

Your favorites this month were all on the cozy side, too. You’re totally into Double Chocolate Muffins, Frito Chilli Cheese Wraps, and Corn Bread-Topped Chilli Mac. Let’s eat it up. 

Before we know it, daylight will be a distant memory. I plan to have as many adventures as I can until then. 

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

August started out with such promise. I felt motivated and inspired. I was taking care of business and trying new things. It was a beautiful couple of weeks. Then the kids came back to school and that weight settled back on my shoulders. Some inexplicable decisions were made that adversely affected people I love, and I almost let it drown me. But right now I’m feeling a glimmer of hope. Maybe I can pull it back. Maybe I can have it all. Or at least most of it.

August is always an austere month following a month of summer fun. We did manage to make it to the movies to see War for the Planet of the Apes. Somebody please give Andy Serkis some trophies. We also tried out the new Glasgow location of The Counter. It was just as good as I remembered it.

I read Walter Isaacson’s Einstein biography. I’ll admit that a lot of the science was over my head, but the personal stuff was fascinating. How does the man who’s name now means genius go about being an actual human in the real world? The answer is with great difficulty just like the rest of us.

Much of the states is still crippled by insane heat, but we’ve had miserable rain all month. I’m already getting excited about sweaters and boots and pumpkin spice chai. 

I’m also ready to eat these Egg & Cheese Hash Brown Waffles. I’m up for waffling everything.

This Six Layer S’mores Cake is bonkers.

And please can we have these Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups because the world needs more happiness, and I think this is it.

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

Your favorites this month were consistent and strong. Peanut Butter Fudge, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Passion Fruit Green Tea. I’m into it.

Time passes whether we’re ready for it or night, so I guess we better get on board and make it amazing. Let’s go live, friends.

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