Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve lamented on several occasions the 90’s revival we seemed to be trapped in currently. I guess it just makes me feel old. There was one late 90’s pop culture trend I could just never get behind, and that’s Sex in the City. I know a lot of women my age are obsessed. I’ve tried to watch it a couple of times, and I just can’t. There’s just something about it that makes me feel slightly nauseous.

I do appreciate it for creating a surging popularity in pretty, sweet cocktails. I know there’s a huge backlash against that right now and everybody’s drinking Negronis and Manhattans and putting bitters in anything that will stay still long enough, but I’m still firmly in the sweet drinks camp. Come on over. We’re having lots of fun here.

Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The cosmopolitan is the classic 90’s cocktail throwback, and I’m not afraid to say I love it. There’s something about drinking from a martini glass that makes me feel girly in a way that I usually pretend to abhor. This drink is sweet but not syrupy and potent without tasting like pure alcohol. 

If you order this at a bar, you’ll probably pay something ridiculous, but you can make it at home with ingredients you probably already have on your bar cart and in your fridge. And if not, they’re easily obtained. Nothing fancy here. 

Hopefully I won’t get any hate mail from all you Carrie Bradshaw fans out there. Let’s talk it out over a couple of Cosmos.

Cosmopolitan
Serves 1
Go back in time just a little bit with a sweet and sassy Cosmopolitan
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  2. 1 ounce cranberry juice
  3. 1/2 ounce triple sec
  4. 1/2 ounce lime juice
  5. Ice
Instructions
  1. Pour everything in a jar or shaker over ice. Shake well and strain into your favorite cocktail glass. Drink while gossiping.
Adapted from Tequila Mockingbird
Adapted from Tequila Mockingbird
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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

When you really love someone, you go out of your way to give them what they want. When you really love someone, you find little ways to show them you’re thinking about them. When you really love someone, you surprise them with cute paper straws and washi tape and let them go to Five Guys late at night after too many drinks because you know it’s their favorite thing in the entire world. When you really love someone you find a way to let them know.

I really love my amazing husband who does so many wonderful things for me, so the least I could do was make him one of his favorite foods, even if I had to jump through some ridiculous hoops to make this very American food in Scotland.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are absolutely jaw dropping. They’re a bit time intensive, but super easy to make. It’s mainly construction. But trust me, everyone will love them. You should really make these for your next party. Or, you know, just for your husband because you love him so much.

If you’re outside the US, you may have a problem tracking down some of these ingredients. Ranch seasoning can be ordered through Amazon. So far, the only place around Glasgow I’ve been able to find jalapenos is at Whole Foods in Giffnock. This is definitely NOT near where I live, but I’ll do anything for love. As you can see, they’re a bit on the small side, but they were all eaten in about ten minutes, so I’m sure the flavor is fine. If anyone knows another source for jalapenos, definitely leave me a comment.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Some people might not think you can say I love you with food. Those people would be wrong. Nothing says I love you like Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Say I love you with Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers.
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz cream cheese, room temp
  2. 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  3. 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack or other spicy cheese
  4. 6-8 jalapenos
  5. 6-8 slices of bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and cheese in a mixing bowl. I used my stand mixer because I'm lazy, but you could mix it by hand.
  3. Cut the stem off of your jalepenos then slice them in half lengthwise. Remove the ribs and seeds. I use a spoon to scrape out the insides. Just make sure you wash your hands a lot. Arrange jalapeno halves on a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Cut your bacon slices in half.
  5. Fill the cavity in each jalapeno half with the cream cheese mixture, then wrap a half piece of bacon around it and secure with a toothpick.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until your bacon has reached desired crispness.
  7. If you want them to be less greasy when you serve them, place them on a wire rack over foil to cool.
  8. These are good hot or at room temperature.
Notes
  1. You'll likely have some of the cream cheese mixture leftover, so if you want to a few extra, just increase your jalapenos and bacon accordingly.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Awesome in July

July is always such a whirlwind month for us. It’s the one time of the year when we focus almost exclusively on being chill and having adventures. Emily is with us, so we try to have the most fun possible. And I think we did.

We had some adventures around Glasgow, took a trip up to Inverness and spent a lot of time on a boat, hopped over the Belgium and Luxembourg where we ate all the frites and waffles, and spent a week in a performing arts workshop where Emily and I got to dance and sing together. It was a pretty amazing month. I could not possibly be more proud of that kid of mine.

I’ll tell you a lot more about our travels and share more photos over the coming months. 

The internet made me very hungry for Nashville Hot Chicken which I don’t actually think I ever ate while I was in Nashville. Now I can make my own, and I’m so excited. 

Everyone’s making ice cream something, and these Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie, Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches look completely awesome. 

I’m also in love with the idea of these Simple Jam Hand Pies. Joy knows everything.

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

This month you totally loved Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Double Chocolate Muffins, and Chicken Parmesan. Yes to all of that. 

July always ends on a sad note for me, but August is like New Year’s Eve in the education world, so I’ve got all kinds of goals for nearing perfection to keep me distracted until I’m back with my baby again. Let’s go get everything.

 

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