Awesome in August

Awesome in August

August has been a month of extremes. From being absolutely desperate for air conditioning in Greece to strongly considering turning on the heat in Glasgow. From being obnoxiously bored to gloriously bored to so busy I could barely breathe. From being in a city buzzing with visitors to a quiet Greek island where there seemed to be as many cats as people. August has shown us a lot.

We went on vacation to Kefalos on the island of Kos in Greece just before the kids came back to school, and though I’m usually an obnoxious busy body, I managed to embrace doing a whole lot of nothing other than reading on an island in the Aegean. I also managed to consume my body weight in hummus and gyros and gelato. Not sorry.

Before we left, we managed to sneak a peak of one of the cycling road races while the European Championships of several different sports were being held in Glasgow. It was exciting to be in a city with a major event like that, provided you weren’t trying to take a bus through the city centre.

I’m thinking I definitely need to give both these Savory S’mores and these S’mores Fudsicles from Spoon Fork Bacon a try. They’re both gorgeous!

While we’re at it, let’s make some Root Beer Float Caramel Bars as well. If you’re really nice, I’ll share them with you.

Chicken Parmesan from Awesome on 20

Your favorites this month were Chicken Parmesan, Passion Fruit Green Tea, and White Cheddar Fondue. Clearly I’m not the only one who can’t figure out what season it is.

I’m ready for sweaters and boots and all things pumpkin spice. Hey September, you’re such a babe.

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Awesome in July

Awesome in July

It’s been a blissfully quiet month. We’ve been sticking close to home, dodging the rain, and eating a lot of burgers. The best burger this month that I didn’t make myself was for sure from DogHouse in Merchant City. We’ve been continuing on with our Marvel film festival now that the World Cup is finally over, and I finally saw Black Panther. I absolutely loved it. Thor: Ragnorak was also really fun. Captain America: The Winter Soldier had the best fight choreography.

I also managed to finish three books this month; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Between the World and Me was definitely my favorite of the three. 

I have a powerful need to try out this Baked Honey Hot Chicken Sandwich

I’d never heard of Smith Island Cake before, but I’m certain I need to eat it.

Also please hook me up with a bucket of Cinnamon Harissa Caramel Corn.

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Peanut Butter Fudge. These are the best of the best, friends.

August means back to school and back to insanity. I’m reveling in the peace and quiet while I still can. Make it awesome, kids.

Awesome in June

Awesome in June

Awesome in June

Did June even happen? We’ve made it to the end already? Are you sure?

I think this month could be defined by one word: STREEEEESSSSSSSS!!! Is going on vacation even worth it? When you come back you have a million things to do and no money to take your mind off anything. I think the answer is to just stay on vacation forever.

Let’s focus on the awesome. Scotland is having the most beautiful summer for once. We’ve had I think three out of four weeks of warm, dry weather. I think the country doesn’t even know itself anymore. I’m getting to wear all my old favorite clothes, and I’m loving it. I’ll even put up with being a little sweaty for a real life summer.

We’ve been under a self-imposed house arrest to avoid spending money, but the World Cup is keeping my husband well occupied. His team is actually doing well for once, and at the moment, he’s riding high. Have you been watching? 

I’ve had plenty of time to read about other people’s interesting and exciting lives on the internet, and it’s making me pretty hungry. 

Sarah from Broma Bakery made all of the muffins and posted the most hilarious InstaStory about it. I hate fruit and I still want to eat like half of these. She’s beautiful and her work is perfect and it spikes my envy so hard but I can’t look away. (or use commas)

These Toasted S’more Chocolate Ice Cream Cups from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest are hard core, and I want five of them. 

And then there were Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Mac & Cheese Balls on Bakers Royale, and I died. 

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorites this month were Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms, Passion Fruit Green Tea, and Chicken Parmesan. I could eat all of those right now. Maybe we should make it happen.

I’m determined to turn July around. We’re digging in and doing the work and looking forward to awesome moments. Keep it coming.

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