French Toast Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

French Toast Muffins

French Toast Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’ve had the most lovely weekend, and it’s not even over yet. A long weekend is such a precious and beautiful thing. I’m always torn between wanting to go a mile a minute and accomplish things and wanting to chill out and do absolutely nothing. With an extra day or two, I can do both. I can let myself relax without feeling guilty. It’s fantastic.

I can even make something special for breakfast, like warm homemade muffins.

French Toast Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

French Toast Muffins are tender, dense, and just slightly sweet. There’s a hint of cinnamon to make them extra awesome. They’re perfect for eating on the way to work or after a long day with a cup of tea.

They come together in about 20 minutes, and if you bake regularly, you probably already have all the ingredients on hand. The only ingredient you might not have is buttermilk, but did you know you can substitute regular milk by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a cup of milk? So easy. So tasty.

French Toast Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Relax. Take it easy. Eat French Toast Muffins.

French Toast Muffins
Serves 12
French Toast Muffins, with a hint of cinnamon and maple, are perfect for a lazy morning or a portable treat.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
  9. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  10. Maple syrup and powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C), and put your favorite papers into 12 muffin cups.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, gently whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl or a large measuring cup, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently fold them together with a rubber spatula until just combined. A few lumps are not the end of the world.
  5. Scoop the batter into your muffin papers, filling each one about half way. These muffins rise beautifully, so don't overfill.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Once your muffins are out of the oven, drizzle a little bit of maple syrup over each muffin so that it can soak in. Allow to cool enough that they won't burn you to death, about 15 minutes or so. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
Adapted from Dinners, Dishes & Desserts
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Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Lemon Champagne Punch

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This is the part where I usually say something silly about life and pretend it’s interesting. I admit, I’m not feeling particularly interesting today. I’m emerging from the dark side but still finding my footing. I’m making a concerted effort to relax and be happy, but it’s still feeling a bit foreign, a bit undeserved. These are the weird, illogical things that go through the mind of a depressed person, or at least this depressed person. Being happy takes work. 

But enough of that nonsense. Let’s talk about what I’ve got for you. It’s good.

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I come bearing gifts for your sunny days. We have one more day of sun promised before the rain comes back, but you hopefully have lots of sun, maybe even unbearable heat in your future. You need some fizzy, sweet, and boozy. I like to give the people what they want.

 This Lemon Champagne Punch is sweet and tart, so get drinking. Just dump a bunch of lovely things into a lovely punch bowl or pitcher, give them a gentle stir, then sip until you couldn’t be happier.

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You deserve to be happy. 100%. A little Lemon Champagne Punch could only help.

Lemon Champagne Punch
Serves 8
Lemon Champagne Punch is sweet and tart and bubbling with happiness.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  2. 1/2 cup caster sugar
  3. 1 cup vodka
  4. 1/2 cup limoncello
  5. 1 tablespoon vermouth
  6. 1 bottle (750 ml) dry sparkling wine, chilled
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients with ice in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Enjoy with friends.
Adapted from Emeril Lagase
Adapted from Emeril Lagase
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Loaded Baked Potato Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Loaded Baked Potato Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The long weekend is so close I can almost smell it. It smells like a backyard barbecue.

This long weekend is much needed. Between battling work stress and a bout of obnoxious depression, I’m completely exhausted. My weather app is promising that there will be at least one day of warmth and sunshine. It’s gonna be Scotland hot, and I fully intend to get a mild sunburn. I’m going to eat whatever I want, wear flowery, fluttery clothes, and chill the f out. Don’t you dare try to stop me.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope you have lots of basking in sunshine and setting fire to things and then cooking many meats and ears of sweet corn. If this is in the cards for you, please, in the name of all that is delicious, do not serve your friends and family store bought potato salad with its sad potato bits, horrible celery, and way too much mayo. Not when totally awesome potato salad can so easily be made in your own kitchen.

This Loaded Baked Potato Salad is loaded up with all the good stuff, like cheese and bacon. You know I don’t play around. You will need to plan ahead a bit because this needs to chill in the fridge for at least four hours, but other than that, it’s super simple. Fry some bacon, boil some potatoes, stir a few things together, and then eat totally awesome potato salad that will keep you well away from the deli counter for the rest of your life.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope your future includes burger, loaded baked potato salad, Pimm’s, and a really cute hat. You deserve to be awesome. Let’s do it.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Serves 6
Loaded Baked Potato Salad with cheddar and bacon will make you forget all about store bought.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 kilo (about 2 pounds) baby potatoes, quartered
  2. 5 ounces bacon
  3. 1 cup sour cream
  4. 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 2 green onions, chopped
  9. 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Chop your potatoes into bite size chunks. This may be in half, quarters, or even smaller depending on how baby your baby potatoes actually are. Just make them into a size that would easily fit on the end of your fork then in your mouth. Add them to a big pot, and cover them with cold water. Add a fat pinch of salt, slap a lid on, and cook your potatoes over medium high heat for about 25 minutes or until they can be pierced with a fork. You want them tender but not mushy. Drain the potatoes.
  2. While your potatoes are doing their thing, chop or scissor your bacon into a large skillet and cook up the pieces until their crisp. Drain your bacon on a paper towel lined plate.
  3. As your bacon is working in the pan, you can also get your dressing ready. In a large mixing bowl that you can fit your potatoes in later, whisk together the sour cream, mayo, salt, pepper, garlic powder and chopped green onions. If you wanted to sneak in a dash of cayenne here, I wouldn't complain.
  4. Once your potatoes are drained, add them to the sour cream mixture along with your bacon pieces. Give everything a gentle fold to coat all everything in the dressing. The dressing will get thinned out from the heat from the potatoes, but don't worry, it will all come back together in the fridge. Put some plastic wrap or a lid on your bowl, and stash it in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours.
  5. Before serving, stir in the shredded cheddar. Serve cold next to your favorite burgers and hot dogs.
Adapted from No Ordinary Moments
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