Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

A few years ago, Emily had a slight obsession with the Loch Ness Monster, so when we were deciding what we wanted to do this summer, Inverness and Loch Ness seemed like an obvious choice. Of course, the weather was very Scottish, so I didn’t get to take many photos, but we endured the rain to have some adventures nonetheless. 

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Geoff got to tick an item off his bucket list by seeing a wild dolphin. He booked us a a dolphin-watching cruise with Dolphin Spirit. We spotted the same dolphin twice, and it was super cool. The guide on the boat was also fun and informative. We also spotted some seals, otters, and sea birds. Apart from being soaking wet, it was a great experience.

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

We also did a combo coach and boat tour with Jacobite Tours. We hopped on a bus to Loch Ness, boarded a boat to cruise the Loch, and got dropped off to explore Urquhart Castle. On the way back, we got to stop off at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition to learn more about Nessie, and of course, a chance to shop for souvenirs. 

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

In addition to all this organised fun, we explored the local museum and enjoyed a beautiful river walk.

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Inverness was a beautiful town and a great base from which to explore some beautiful and historic bits of Scotland. We didn’t make it out to Culloden this time, but I’m sure we’ll get another chance. I’d definitely recommend a visit. Just don’t expect a wealth of sunshine.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, we actually had sunshine today in Glasgow. I thought maybe the sun had stopped working, but it’s back, and I love it. That doesn’t mean I’m going to run outside for a hike or something crazy like that, but I maybe I’ll treat myself to a cocktail before the sun goes away for good and we start marching toward the long winter.

I never got sun guilt when we lived in Hawaii, though a know a lot of people did. You could count on the sun to shine there. Here, if I don’t get outside on a sunny day, I never know when I might get another chance. It’s so precious here. It just makes you want to quit your life and give yourself over to the warmth.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

A great way to enjoy the sunshine would be to have a picnic and bring along some white chocolate raspberry blondies. These little beauties have a hint of caramel flavor that compliments the tart burst of fresh raspberries. If you can summon the patience to wait for them to cool completely, they’re easy to slice and transport, making them perfect to take along to any sun drenched eating experience you may desire.

These are so simple to make. It’s really just dumping some stuff into a mixer, pouring it into a baking dish, and sprinkling on some toppings before popping it all in the oven. These are good if they’re slightly on the gooey side, but they shouldn’t be wobbly when you pull them out of the oven. If you can resist the urge to dig in until they’re cool, you won’t regret it.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Don’t let the sunshine pass you by. And don’t wait for an excuse to make white chocolate raspberry blondies.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies
Serves 12
White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies will bring some sunshine into your life.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 grams (7/8 cup) unsalted butter
  2. 150 grams (5 ounces) white chocolate chips
  3. 300 grams (1-1/2 cups) light brown sugar
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 200 grams (1-3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1 small carton of fresh raspberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and butter a 9x9 inch baking pan.
  2. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, then cook on medium low for five minutes.
  3. Stir in half of your chocolate chips until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Beat brown sugar and eggs together until light and smooth, about the color of peanut butter.
  5. Slowly stir in flour, salt, and vanilla.
  6. Fold in butter and white chocolate mixture until smooth.
  7. Pour batter into pan, then scatter raspberries and remaining white chocolate chips over the top.
  8. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and not wobbly.
  9. Cool completely in tin, then pack up and take on an adventure.
Adapted from How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day
Adapted from How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day
http://awesomeon20.com/
Buffalo Chicken Tacos | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Buffalo Chicken Tacos | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

After a month of pure indulgence, I’m working on taking some control over my body. I’m trying to alternate jogging and yoga, with a weekly dance class thrown in. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep my dancing addiction under control this time. We’ve also started intermittent fasting again. The first week has been tough but encouraging. I’m already starting to feel better.

People love to tell me I’m dumb for only eating 500 calories in a day, but this is the only thing that works for me. In most other diets, you have to restrict yourself all the time, but with fasting, I can eat pretty much anything I want five days a week. So even when I’m super hungry on a fast day, I know that I just have to keep myself distracted until bedtime, then in the morning I can eat something tasty without feeling guilty. And if I want t have a doughnut every once in a while, I can just do it.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This probably doesn’t have anything t do with Buffalo Chicken Tacos except for the fact that I can eat them on a non-fast day and feel totally awesome about it. They’re somewhat indulgent with two types of cheese and a drizzle of ranch dressing, but they’re not outrageous. You could even add avocado for a hit f healthy fat if you’re into that sort of thing.

My favorite thing about buffalo chicken anything is the contrast. These tacos marry spicy chicken breast chunks with the funk of blue cheese, the creaminess of cheddar and ranch, and a bit of crunch from a sprinkling of green onions. It’s all wrapped in a chewy whole wheat tortilla. I could eat eight of them, but I don’t because fasting also helps to keep you focused on your goal and recognize the difference between hunger and cravings. I’m in it for the flavors, and the flavors in Buffalo Chicken Tacos are seriously good.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Go on, indulge a little. Make yourself some Buffalo Chicken Tacos. It’s gonna be awesome.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos
Serves 2
Buffalo Chicken Tacos are a delicious bundle of contrasting flavors.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. Ingredients
  2. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size chunks
  3. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  5. 2 tablespoons corn starch
  6. 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  7. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  8. 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
  9. 4 taco size whole wheat tortillas
  10. Toppings
  11. blue cheese, crumbled
  12. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  13. chopped green onions
  14. ranch dressing
  15. extra buffalo sauce
  16. Whatever else you think is awesome
Instructions
  1. Place chicken pieces in a small mixing bowl. Season your chicken pieces with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
  2. Sprinkle corn starch and flour over chicken pieces and toss the chicken with tongs to coat them in the flour.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Give the chicken pieces a gentle shake to get rid of any excess flour before adding them to the pan. Cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  4. Remove chicken to a clean bowl, then toss with buffalo sauce.
  5. Assemble your tacos, wrap 'em up, and go to town.
Adapted from How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day
http://awesomeon20.com/
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