Awesome in March

Awesome in March

To be honest, my friends, March hasn’t been that awesome. Having two wires coming out of your little finger is more restrictive than you might imagine. The wires should come out in about a week and a half, but my finger will be in a splint until at least the 1st of May. I realize that a broken finger is no great tragedy and that there are people struggling with much more than this. Injuries and poor health get me down, and I haven’t yet figured out how to stop that.

We did manage to get out and do a few things this month. We celebrated our 8th anniversary by getting into our wedding clothes and going out for pizza at Pizza East. We drank Toffee White Russians and toasted my mom’s birthday at what we thought was The Duchess but was actually in the process of becoming Palais. We hope to get back there soon and try out the new menu.

We also finally managed to eat some really good Eggs Benedict at Hutcheson’s. I don’t think we’d be able to afford to eat there any other time of day, and while the brunch menu is a bit pricey, it’s not outrageous, and the quality definitely matches the price.

We also saw Captain Marvel and had a lot of fun. I liked that they never made any comment about her being a woman (apart from in her past human life), her appearance was never an issue, and she never had to use sex to get what she wanted. I also loved the 90s music and her simple grunge look. Oh how I wished I could look that effortlessly good in jeans and a t-shirt. I’m sure I’ll be taking a picture of Brie Larson with me the next time I get my hair done. But beyond that, it was a really fun super hero movie, made all the more brilliant by the presence of Samuel L. Jackson. Go see it. Take all the girls.

Here’s what I want to eat this month. If I could wake up to this Shakshuka Chilaquiles, I think I would be happy all day.

I’ve loved cornbread since childhood, and this Polenta Cornbread looks absolutely beautiful.

This Oatmeal Cream Pie Cake looks like it might make all my texture dreams come true.

Your favorite dishes this month were Passion Fruit Green Tea, Parmesan Fried Gnocchi, and Mint Brownies. You guys are geniuses.

April is going to be rough. Let’s find some beautiful moments, friends. Be awesome.

Awesome in February

Sometimes I wonder if February doesn’t work extra hard to throw you for a loop because its jealous about being the shortest month. We visited someone or had visitors three out of four weekends. Everyone seems to be extra stressed at work. We’ve been busy busy busy, but I’m not sure we’ve accomplished anything.

We had a little weekend adventure in Chester down in England, and last weekend I stuffed my face with poutine and a lychee cocktail at Big Feed Glasgow.

I’m nearly finished reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should. It’s helping me see the world in new ways.

We’re also working out way through Game of Thrones again. If you want to rewatch every episode before the final season premiere, you better get started now.

I have no idea how to pronounce it, but I definitely want to eat this knoephla soup.

These Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Brownies have all my favorite things.

This Vanilla Cheesecake Funfetti Pink Ombre Layer Cake is beautiful and looks delicious and totally worth the hard work.

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

Your favorite recipes this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Chicken Parmesan, and White Cheddar Fondue. Sounds like the makings of a great evening.

The weather in March looks grim, but I’m holding out hope for warmer days and lighter hearts. Keep it awesome, friends.

Awesome in January

Awesome in January

Okay, January, you can just chill the f*** out now. This month felt like it well never end. It started out beautifully then sucked me into a vortex of mild misfortune that I’m still trying to escape. It’s hard to believe that the first six days of this month were spent chillin’ on the couch watching TV. Since I’ve been back to work, I had one good week followed by nonstop illness and injury. I’m completely over it. End of pity party.

We did still manage to do some cool stuff this month, including our first date to the symphony to see the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Sci-Fi Spectacular concert. Fingers crossed for a staff discount to the Harry Potter concert in March. We also treated ourselves to lunch at Eusebi Deli, and the pasta was spectacular. Can’t wait to pop in one day for one of their gorgeous sweet treats as well.

I watched so many great movies and TV shows this month I can hardly remember them all. What immediately comes to mind is Sharp Objects, Can You Ever Forgive Me, and If Beale Street Could Talk. I have lots of thoughts. What have been your favorite Oscar and Golden Globe contenders this year?

The internet is usually full of healthy food in January, which is no fun, but I’ve still managed to find some delicious-looking favorites.

Molly Yeh went to Maui and then came home and made Manapua, and I’m not sure which one I’m more jealous of. If you know where to get great char siu bao in Glasgow, please tell me immediately.

January also brings out Super Bowl food, which is the sport’s only redeeming quality, in my opinion. I hope to dive into this Frito Chili Cheese Dip one day soon.

Finally, citrus season brings us beautiful things like these Old-Fashioned Blood Orange Donuts. They’re almost too gorgeous to eat, but I think I could manage five before regret really sunk in.

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

Your favorites this month were Peanut Butter Fudge, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Passion Fruit Green Tea. Nobody comes here when they’re on a diet.

February is short and sweet, so surely not too much can go wrong. I hope you eat well and feel loved.

Awesome in December

Awesome in December | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

December has been brilliant. Apart from the minutes dragging by at work leading up to a Christmas break so close you could taste it, this month has been full of love and celebration. I turned 40 without becoming hysterical, and was overwhelmed with love from so many people in ways I didn’t expect.

Christmas brought joy, great food, and a now complete set of Nigella Lawson books. I’m too spoiled. And even though I’ve started talking to myself a lot more, I’m still not over having time off from work. I’ve got another week to just chill and be entirely myself, and I’m very into it.

I’ve been watching lots of Golden Globe nominated movies and shows. We finally finished watching all six seasons of The Americans. I don’t know anyone else who watches this show, and I can’t understand why because it’s incredible. Seasons 1-5 are available on Amazon Prime (in the UK for sure). Get on it. I’ve also really enjoyed A Star is Born (I was surprised by how much I loved the music), as well as Homecoming and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, both on Amazon Prime.

The most delicious things on the internet come out at the end of the year. The holiday season is a big money maker for food bloggers, and they pull out off the stops.

Check out this gorgeous Sparkling Pomegranate Punch from Sprinkle Bakes.

I’m looking for an excuse to make this Baked Brie and Bread Wreath from The Candid Appetite right now.

And this Pink Peppermint Cake from How Sweet Eats is just everything.

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

Your favorites this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Chicken Parmesan, and Brown Elephants Cocktails. It makes me happy to think of people enjoying Amarula at Christmas. Wish Santa would bring me a bottle.

I hope you had a wonderful December and an absolutely amazing 2018. I’m ready to start the new year fresh. Let’s do it.

Merry Christmas from Awesome on 20

Hello, friends. I hope you’re spending this Christmas with someone you love, and in case you’re not, know that I love you. The world is rough right now, so be gentle with yourself. I hope this Christmas brings your joy and light, and maybe a little chocolate. Be awesome, my darlings.

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