Jalapeno Deviled Eggs | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs

Spice things up with these Jalapeno Deviled Eggs. Whether you’re making them for Easter or any family gathering, this recipe is a tasty twist on a retro bite. You’ll be the hero of the party.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s hard to believe Easter is right around the corner. It still feels like the depths of winter here in Glasgow. It actually snowed last night, and I’m currently sitting under a blanket on my sofa. At least I get to experience a little daylight now. There’s always something to be grateful for. Spring is something I just have to believe will come. Sorta like the Easter bunny.

We don’t have kids at home, and we’re not religious, so we actually haven’t done anyting to celebrate Easter for years. Unless you count eating a lot of egg-shaped chocolate, which I think you should. What’s your favorite Easter candy? I love a Cadbury Creme Egg, and I’m sad that I can’t get Reese’s eggs here. But I can also dispatch an astonishing number of Cadbury Mini Eggs if given the opportunity. Let me know your favorite in the comments.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you’re dying Easter eggs this year, you might be looking for a new way to eat up all those hard-boiled eggs. May I suggest you give these Jalapeno Deviled Eggs a try this year? Guys, they’re sort of addictive. They’re not outrageously spicy, but there’s some definite heat there. If you want to go for something a little more subtle, just hold back on the cayenne a bit. I had to actively remove myself from the vicitiny of these eggs, though. I lost all will to resist.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Over the past few years, I’ve been trying to be more fancy and sophisticated with my boiled egg technique. While I was achieve a more tender egg and a more brightly colored yolk, I couldn’t ever get the damn things out of the shell in one piece. It was always a mangled mess, despite my trusted rolling method. Turns out, the trick to easy-peel eggs is to boil the hell out of them. I kind of forgot about these and probably boiled them for at least 15 minutes. They came out of the shell no problem. They were quite firm, but like I said, we still ate them all greedily.

When it comes to filling your deviled eggs with the yolk mixture, you can cut the corner off a bag or use a piping tip. Just make sure if you use a tip, it’s super wide. Even when you mix your yolk mixture thoroughly, there’s always bound to be lumps, and they can clog up the piping tip making the whole thing pointless. I just spoon in my yolk mixture here following a piping bag debacle you don’t want to know about. We’re going to garnish each on with a slice of jalapeno, so don’t fret. Make your life as easy as possible.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Enjoy something different this year, friends. Jalapeno Deviled Eggs are an awesome place to start.

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #awesomeon20.

For more deviled egg ideas, check out these Buffalo Deviled Eggs or my Secret Ingredient Deviled Eggs.

10 Awesome Things to Do in Glasgow for Free

10 Awesome Things to Do in Glasgow for Free

It’s coming up on five years since we moved to Glasgow, and I’ve grown to love this city’s unique charm. It’s truly like no other place on Earth, and I think it may take me another 50 years to truly understand it. One of the things I love about Glasgow is that there are so many cool things you can do while visiting without paying a dime. Here are 10 awesome things to do in Glasgow for free.

Glasgow Cathedral

The beautiful Glasgow Cathedral dates back to the 12th century, and you can’t help but marvel at the architecture of this space that is still being used as a church today. There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore, and don’t forget to look up. You can also pop across the street to visit some of the graves at the Necropolis.

St. Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life

Just in front of the cathedral, the St. Mungo’s Museum is small but fascinating if you’re at all interested in spirituality. You can go through the whole thing in less than an hour, so if you’re planning to visit this area, definitely pop in here and check it out.

Provand’s Lordship

Across the street from the St. Mungo’s Museum is Provand’s Lordship, the oldest dwelling in Glasgow. This is a fascinating way to step back in time and see how people lived in 1471. Mind you head on the stairs. People were shorter back then. Also, be sure to take a stroll through the medicinal garden out back. It’s lovely.

You can easily combine all three of these sites in an afternoon, and when they’re all free, what’s stopping you?

The Lighthouse

I think the Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art is pretty boring. I suggest you skip it and instead visit The Lighthouse. This Charles Rennie Mackintosh building now highlights design and architecture through various exhibits and events. There are several floors with various exhibits, but the best part is the two lookout points. One you can access via an elevator, but the other is at the top of a beautiful wooden spiral staircase. The both give you a glimpse of Glasgow’s unique and varied architecture. Don’t miss it.

In the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, you can easily fit this in with a day of shopping or pub hopping.

Glasgow Green & People’s Palace

If you need a hit of trees and grass, Glasgow Green is a lovely little park near the city centre along the River Clyde. Take a nice long walk, and pop into the People’s Palace museum for an hour to get some history of what Glasgow was like for the working class. And be sure to check out the cool fountain in front of the museum as well.

Glasgow Botanic Garden

Heading into Glasgow’s West End, things get distinctly more posh. My neighorhood looks nothing like this. For a healthy dose of nature and some incredible exotic plants, explore the grounds and greenhouses of the Glasgow Botanic Garden. If you want to make it into a nice long walk, follow the Kelvin Walkway to Kelvingrove park and the next museum on the list.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is one of the strangest museums I’ve ever visited. The collection varies from modern art to taxidermied animals to mummies. There’s a lot to see her, so luckily there are lots of restaurants nearby.

Riverside Museum

The Riverside Museum is Glasgow’s transport museum, so it’s filled with planes, trains, and automobiles of all sorts. There’s also a tall ship outside. I think this museum is especially fun for kids, but curious adults will love it, too.

Scotland Street School Museum

The Scotland Street School Museum is for all you obscure history lovers. We loved this museum that shows what life was like for Glasgow’s children way way back in the day. There was also an exhibit of old photos of Glasgow’s poorest neighborhoods when we were there, but I don’t know if that was a permanent exhibit.

Pollok Country Park

On the south side of Glasgow, there’s a massive expanse of green space called Polok Country Park. Explore the expansive grounds, have a picnic, and visit the Highland Cows. This park is also the home of another cool art and antiquities museum, The Burrel Collection. Unfortunately, it’s currently undergoing renovations and is not due to re-open until Spring 2021.

Maybe Glasgow doesn’t have quite the same reputation as Edinburgh, and when people visit Scotland, they tend to give it a pass. I assure you, though, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I hope you visit our quirky and vibrant city soon.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of my favorites. They’ve got all the texture. Chewy and crunchy and sweet. Plus, the real maple syrup gives them a unique depth of flavor. Get your glass of milk ready, kids. Let’s get into it.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m determined to have my own business someday. I’d like to be well on my way to that by the end of the year. I don’t know if this blog is going to make it, though. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to keep working at it, but the evidence that I can make money at this is not strong. Lucky for me, I have about ten thousand business ideas. If only I had as much money to invest in them.

One of the things I’ve been toying with is selling cookies online. Based on my experience, people like to read my blog, but they actually just want me to make the treats and feed them endlessly for free. As much as I love sharing my leftovers and experiments with my co-workers, baking for people on demand for free gets tiresome. I’ve seen mail order cookies and brownies, and it doesn’t seem terribly complicated. I’m sure I’m missing something, though. Most of the cookies you can buy in my city are pretty mediocre. I think I could do better.

I’m curious, is this something you’d be into if it was offered in your area? Would you buy a box of cookies to be delivered to you or your office by mail? Would you give this as a gift? What about a monthly cookie subscription box? Let me know in the comments if you think this sounds like a great idea or a total disaster.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If I did have an online bakery, these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies would feature prominently. They’re a classic for a reason. The oats are so chewy, and the brown sugar and maple syrup bring a deep caramel flavor. Then you hit that burst of chocolate and you just want to sing and dance. I can’t stop eating them.

Baking these cookies is pretty basic. The only uncommon ingredient is the maple syrup. Use the good stuff. All we do is combine the dry ingredients, then cream together butter and sugar. Next add egg, maple syrup and vanilla, and finally, fold in the dry stuff and the chocolate chips. Give these cookies plenty of room to spread out on the cookie sheet. They’ll be thin and crispy on the edges. AKA totally awesome.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Does my future involve me being up to my eyeballs in cookie dough? I kind of hope so, especially if I get to enjoy a few of these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies along the way.

Are we hanging out on Instagram? We totally should. And for more cookie love, why not try these Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits

These Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits are light and fluffy, but also filled with awesome flavor. They’ve got a bit of heat from red jalapeno, and they’re deeply savory from the addition of cheddar and fresh chives. Bake them up for breakfast with a fried egg and bacon, or serve them alongside your favorite soup or chili. Get baking, kids.

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hate wasting. I keep ill-fitting clothes and unflattering makeup for ages because I can’t bear to throw things away when they’re perfectly usable. There are probably some very out of date condiments in my fridge. Oh, and lots of half-empty bottles of flavored spirits used in a few cocktails and forgotten. None of it is going anywhere until it gets used. Otherwise, you might as well throw your money in the garbage.

This refusal to waste is exactly why I usually make square biscuits. It’s so much more practical. When you cut biscuits into a round shape, there’s always scraps of dough left behind. Yes, you can reform and cut again, but you can never use it all. If you want to use up all your biscuit dough, simply pat the dough into a rectangle and instead of using a round cutter, use a pizza cutter to cut it into square or rectangles. Nothing gets left behind. You get to eat every last bit. There are probably some minor scientific flaws in this plan. It’s never held me back.

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

These particular Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits bake up light and fluffy with lots of layers and a crisp outer texture. The heat from the jalapeno is subtle and builds as you get through your biscuit. They’re at their best when eaten fresh out of the oven with plenty of salted butter. My husband likes to take the heat to another level with a drizzle of honey habanero sauce. You do you.

This recipe comes from that genius Joy Wilson’s first book, The Joy the Baker Cookbook. She really knows her way around a biscuit, and these ones turned out beautifully. We start by mixing dry ingredients together in a big bowl, squishing in lots of cold butter with our bare hands, tossing in the jalapenos, cheddar, and chives, then finally stirring in some buttermilk to bring it all together. Lightly knead the shaggy dough together on the counter. Then we cut it into delicious squares, and bake it in a super hot oven until fluffy and golden. Biscuits take a little practice, but we’ll all get there.

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits are where it’s at. Make them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Never stop. It’s gonna be awesome.

Love biscuits? Try these Self-Rising Biscuits. For something a little extra, go for Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits. They’re both super awesome.

20 Awesome Cookie Recipes

20 Awesome Homemade Cookie Recipes

20 Awesome Homemade Cookie Recipes

I’ve put together a list of 20 awesome homemade cookie recipes just for you. No store-bought cookie can ever compare to a fresh baked cookie out of your own oven. Plus, I’ve never heard of a bakery that lets you sneak some cookie dough between each batch. Get to baking, friends.

Caramel-Studded Snickerdoodles – the traditional cinnamon cookie made extra awesome with bits of chewy caramel throughout

Caramel-Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies – made with an entire box of apple cider powder mix, these cookies are seriously tangy and sweet with a chunk of chewy caramel hidden inside

Chocofied Peanut Butter Cookies – a big pool of chocolate right at the center of your peanut butter cookie

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

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms – a chocolate chip cookie with a peanut butter cup nestled in the center

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies – just when you thought peanut butter cookies couldn’t get any more awesome

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies – fudgy cookies with delicious peanut butter chips

Chocolate Wafer Cookies – A great palm oil-free alternative to the store-bought version

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

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies – the taste of childhood

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies – basically the best thing ever

Gingerbread Dudes – crispy ginger people without any gross molasses

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Andes Mints chopped up and tossed in with a classic cookie dough

No-Fail Sugar Cookies – beautiful but also seriously delicious

Nutella No-Bake Cookies – you don’t even need an oven for these

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – these ones are extra awesome with pure maple syrup mixed in

Stem Ginger Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Stem Ginger Biscuits – packing a punch with some serious ginger heat

Super Simple Shortbread – crisp and buttery with only three ingredients

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies – add crunchy bits of sweet toffee to a classic cookie

Triple Chocolate Cookies – that’s right, three kinds of chocolate

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies – all the textures are happening in this one

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – chewy, tart and sweet all in one

For more awesome cookie ideas, follow my cookie board on Pinterest.

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