Awesome in October

Awesome in October

Awesome in October

Did October even happen? Did I do anything? Let’s say we had a month of hard core coziness. And with the ever creeping darkness, it seems like exactly what we needed. 

We started the month with a day trip to Edinburgh where we walked the Royal Mile and tried to climb Arthur’s Seat. Unfortunately, the winds down in the park were already 20 miles an hour, so by the time we got to the top of the hill, it was terrifying. We got less than 50 yards from the top and had to turn back lest we literally got blown down the hill. We did visit the Museum of Edinburgh and The People’s Story. Both museums are free and a great way to wait out the rain.

We were back in Edinburgh a couple weeks later to see some family and take a ghost tour. We got to go underground into the old vaults. It was definitely creepy and lots of fun.

We did a bit too much shopping and had lunch at a new to us place in town, Max’s Bar & Grill. The vibe was very cool and the food was tasty. I’d go back for sure. 

The food on the internet is gorgeous this time of year, especially these mini chocolate chip cookie pumpkin cheesecakes. I finally got Joy’s first book, and I can’t wait to dig into it.

All foods in October should be orange. This sweet potato gnocchi with rosemary parmesan cream sauce sounds absolutely awesome. 

We get to put spices on everything this month, even our chocolate. This speculoos brownie cake look spectacular.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes this month were Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf, White Cheddar Fondue, Chili with Gnocchi. You’re obviously feeling cozy, too.

November is going to be a big month, so I’m glad we got this chance to relax. Let’s make it awesome.

18 Awesome Ways to Eat Potatoes

18 Awesome Ways to Eat Potatoes

18 Awesome Ways to Eat Potatoes

It might be National Potato Day, but even if the internet is lying to me, I want to give you any excuse to eat potatoes. I know we’re not supposed to be eating carbs or whatever, but I super don’t care about that. Potatoes are s versatile and so delicious. Oh, and so cheap. So here are 18 different recipes that will bring potatoes into your life in a most delicious way.

This Cheesy Potato Soup is absolutely unbelievable.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad is going to be your new go to pot luck recipe. 

Spicy Potato Cakes are a genius way to use up leftover mashed potatoes the next morning.

Breakfast Nachos are a solid way to start your day.

Put your entire meal in some tasty pastry with Cornish Pasties

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Bake is a simple and awesome week night meal.

Potatoes are loved around the world. Try this Potato and Spinach Curry fr a whole new flavor profile.

This Breakfast Burger has everything, including a crispy hash brown.

Dill Potato Salad is the perfect side dish on a hot summer day. 

Twice Baked Potatoes are a meal unto themselves.

Rosemary Potato Rolls always make it onto my Thanksgiving table.

The potatoes might be my favorite part of Sky High Breakfast Pizza.

Ridiculously Awesome Mashed Potatoes appear with my dinner on a regular basis. 

Indian Spiced Pea and Potato Wraps are like an Indian burrito for potato lovers.

Ham and Potato Soup is just what you need on a cold winter night.

Chicken Corn Chowder has all the flavor.

Chili with Gnocchi makes a pot of chili extra awesome by adding soft potato dumplings. 

If you want roasted potatoes with your meal, but you also want to eat right now, Parmesan Fried Gnocchi will make all your dreams come true.

Morning, noon, or night, I’m never saying no to a potato.

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I just finished watching the semi-final of this year’s Great British Bake Off. In case you’re wondering, I’m team Sophie. I absolutely love watching this show, especially since they have the refrigerator of my dreams on set. Every week I’m astonished by how the producers can manage to make baking seem so extremely tense and suspenseful. It just makes me realize there’s no way I ever would or could put myself through that.

I love to bake, but I also love to keep it simple and need to keep it cheap. Most importantly, I need to keep it delicious. I think that’s one thing about Bake Off that makes it superior to other cooking competition shows like Cake Wars and such. They really focus on flavor, so even if your bake doesn’t look completely perfect, you still get credit for how it tastes, and sometimes, great flavors even win out over beautiful spectacle.

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

All I’ve got for you are some humble Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting, and while they might not win any beauty contests, I assure you, the flavor is on point. Tons of spice comes through, heavy on the ginger and almost hot. And the cake itself is so tender. Then the maple frosting on top is sweet and deep and dreamy.

You could pipe your frosting to make them extra fancy, but I went with a scoop and swirl action, then added a hint of gold sprinkles for a bit of whimsy. It’s not a show stopper, but it’s absolutely awesome.

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting are going to make all your Fall flavor dreams come true. 

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting
Yields 15
Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting are full of gorgeous flavor and perfectly sweet.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
For the cupcakes
  1. 2 cups cake flour
  2. 3/4 cup white sugar
  3. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  8. 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  9. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  11. 3/4 cup buttermilk
  12. 2 eggs
For the frosting
  1. 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  2. 250 grams (2-1/2 cups) powdered sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and add 15 papers to your cupcake pan. You may yield a couple more or less. Be flexible.
  2. Add all dry ingredients, everything from flour to salt, into your mixing bowl and mix on low speed to incorporate all ingredients.
  3. Add butter and buttermilk and mix on medium until thick and incorporated.
  4. Add eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated.
  5. Scoop batter into cupcake pans, filling half full. This batter will rise quite a bit so don't overfill.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. Beat butter and powdered sugar together until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Dollop onto the nearest cupcake and dance with joy.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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