Be Awesome: Be Social

Nerd Fighter


If you’ve been paying even the slightest bit of attention, you’ve noticed by now that I’m a socially awkward super nerd. But hey, you’re here, so maybe you’re into that. Maybe, like me, you spend way too much time online because you don’t have any friends in real life. Did I just say that? 

The point is, we should totally hang out more. Let’s meet up on Facebook where I sometimes share random thoughts and the most ridiculous videos. If you’re sense of humor is as odd as mine, we’ll have lots of awesome times.

We should also hang out on Twitter, where I say the most truly ridiculous and random things. Don’t leave me all alone with my random self. There are also plenty of money saving RT’s coming your way because I’m very generous about letting people know how they can be cheap. It’s what I do best.

Want to see what my awesomely cheap life looks like out here in the middle of the ocean? Hit me up on Instagram. It’s not too scary. I promise.

See lots of weird, pretty, and ridiculously yummy things on Pinterest. All the cool kids are doin’ it.

And just in case you’re not getting enough of How to be Awesome, be sure to subscribe by email (in the sidebar) or RSS feed or follow me on Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss a cheesy moment.

Okay, was that enough disgusting self-promotion? Seriously, though, the world needs more love, and we all need more friends. Let’s hang out! It’ll be awesome.


Calzone grilled cheese from Awesome on 20

Calzone Grilled Cheese

Calzone grilled cheese from Awesome on 20

They tell me it’s National Sandwich Month. I’m ready to celebrate, as I’m a carboholic and wrapping food, especially cheese, in bread is sort of my favorite thing. I think I can get into this. Let’s celebrate.

August also means it’s time to go back to school. When I was a teacher this meant that the rest of my life completely fell apart. After the slow long summer evenings, the shock of returning to work left me exhausted. Putting my high heels back on left my feet stupid tired. Cooking dinner was pretty much the last thing I wanted to do. Grilled cheese seems doable. And delicious. And almost as comforting as a pillow.

Calzone grilled cheese from Awesome on 20

And here’s a crazy thing. This grilled cheese has a vegetable. What? Yes, that’s spinach in there. Between two slices of melty provolone is a blend of ricotta, parmesan, and chopped spinach. You’re gonna have bulging forearms in a second. Watch out!

This grilled cheese has all the gooey wonderfulness of a calzone without that whole yeast dough folding baking taking forever making your kitchen hot thing. Plus, dipped in tomato soup, as all grilled cheese sandwiches should be, it’s almost like dipping your calzone in marinara sauce. And there’s crunchy bread. It’s pretty awesome.

Calzone grilled cheese from Awesome on 20

Happy Sandwich Month! Crunchy, gooey, wonderful. Do it!

Calzone Grilled Cheese
Serves 4
Melty provolone and a ricotta spinach mixture come together in a grilled cheese sandwich packed with cheese and vitamins
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 1 box frozen spinach, thawed
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 10 grinds pepper
  6. 2 shakes ground nutmeg
  7. 1 cup ricotta cheese
  8. 1/3 cup shaved parmesan (or grated, use what you have)
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  10. butter, softened
  11. 8 slices sandwich bread
  12. 8 slices provolone
  1. Ring out as much water as possible from your thawed spinach.
  2. In a skillet, add oil and heat to medium. Cook garlic for about a minute or until you start to smell it.
  3. Add spinach and break it up in the pan. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg and cook until heated through.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, mix spinach and garlic, ricotta and parmesan cheeses, and oregano. Adjust seasonings if needed.
  5. Place a slice of provolone on one piece of bread, spread two or three heaping spoonfuls of spinach ricotta mixture over bread. Top with another slice of provolone and then your second piece of bread.
  6. Butter the outside of one piece of bread and place your sandwich, butter side down, in a skillet over medium heat.
  7. While cooking, butter the outside of the other side of the sandwich.
  8. Cook 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  9. Cut in half, dip in soup, and see how far you can stretch your cheese.
Adapted from Rachael Ray
Adapted from Rachael Ray
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Awesome in July

July has been an extremely difficult month for us. We’ve had thousands of dollars in extra expenses this year, and not enough work to go around. But this blog is all about keeping it awesome even when the money is tight. We did manage to experience some super awesome stuff in July, all made even better by the very special human we got to share it with.

Kiss My Grits

Awesomest way to get your Southern food fix in the middle of the ocean: Kiss My Grits

I think my new favorite restaurant in Honolulu is Kiss My Grits on University Ave. in Puck’s Alley. I lived in the South for 12 years, and I learned to love a good biscuit, salty ham, and hushpuppies that will still burn your fingers. Kiss My Grits serves all this and more. I’ve been there twice now, and I still need to go back several more times to try all the things I want to check out on their menu. Except for the things that swim, I pretty much want to try everything on the menu. I also love the bottomless mason jar of sweet tea. So far, I’ve tried two of their cat’s head biscuit sandwiches (as in, biscuits as big as a cat’s head.) They were both a perfect blend of Southern flavors made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. And I didn’t manage to finish either one. It’s not Southern food if you don’t leave the table feeling like you might slip into a coma.


Awesomest way to see a city destroyed: Pacific Rim

We saw Pacific Rim on $6 movie day, and I think I have a new favorite summer movie. The spectacle of giant sea monsters and giant robots smashing up cities is something you must see on the big screen. This film does a great job of cutting through all the convoluted exposition and blending story and action. They use a great narrative voiceover to keep the story moving forward, and they let the subtext speak for itself without having to make every feeling explicit. Also, there’s Idris Elba. If you just said “Who’s Idris Elba?” you need to rush to your Netflix and watch Luther and become a huge fan. Run out and see Pacific Rim right this minute.


Awesomest book to fill you with righteous anger: Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

This month, I read Two or Three Things I Know For Surea memoir by the brilliant Dorothy Allison. I’ve also read her beautiful and tragic novel Bastard Out of Carolina. Both of these books were heartbreaking and beautiful. They deal with the difficult subject of sexual abuse of a child. Bastard Out of Carolina is told from the point of view of the child whose courage is remarkable. If you haven’t read anything by Dorothy Allison, please give her work a try. It’s powerful and difficult and necessary. 


Awesomest kid on the planet

I got to spend the month of July with my baby who is about to become a teenager in just 11 days and is nearly as tall as me. It’s a bit difficult to grasp. I love every moment that she gets to spend with us, which is never enough. We played silly games, had Uno tournaments, took funny and artsy photos all over the island, cooked together, read together, and hugged a lot. My baby is the super awesomest and I can’t wait until she’s back for Christmas. 

Things you found awesome

You were super stoked about double chocolate muffins.

You also love to spice things up with bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers.

And mostly, you love to feed your feathered friends with this DIY chicken feeder.

Exciting things are coming our way in August. I’m not sure what they are yet, but I know it’s gonna be awesome!

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