Awesome in July

Awesome in July

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.

 

Giant Peanut Butter Cups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Giant Peanut Butter Cups

Giant Peanut Butter Cups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I have a hardcore love of peanut butter. And a very specific type of peanut butter. It’s gotta be the super smooth American peanut butter that basically takes any hint of health out of the game. Jif is my favorite, but I’ll go for Skippy if I need to. Do NOT ask me how much money I’ve spent on a jar of peanut butter while living in countries where it’s really hard to get the good stuff. 

For as long as I can remember, my favorite candy has been Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. There was a short period in seventh grade where I didn’t eat them because of the over-packaging, but it didn’t take me long to get over myself and start devouring them again. I actually just had a dream about eating these babies. Best nap ever. They don’t sell Reese’s in Taiwan. When someone brings them back from the states, those things are more precious than diamonds.

Giant Peanut Butter Cups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I recently discovered that it’s super simple to make your own Giant Peanut Butter Cups. They’re made in a mini tart pan, These things are three inches in diameter and heavenly to eat. It’s a lot of chocolate peanut butter intensity, though, so unless you’re a champion eater, you’ll want to share one with someone you love.

All we’re doing is melting some chocolate, whipping some smooth peanut butter with powdered sugar, and bringing them merrily together in a mini tart tin. You can easily make more if you need to. It just takes a bit of patience to get the chocolate coaxed into all the corners and some will power to let them chill out in the fridge to set.

Giant Peanut Butter Cups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you have a deep and abiding love of peanut butter, Giant Peanut Butter Cups are about to be your new favorite.

Giant Peanut Butter Cups
Serves 4
Giant Peanut Butter Cups are a hardcore peanut butter lover's dream come true.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup chocolate chips (you might not use all of this but better to have too much than too little)
  2. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  3. 1/4 powdered sugar
  4. 2 mini tart pans
Instructions
  1. Melt your chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a glass bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water. Make sure the water doesn't touch the bowl. Stir every couple of minutes until the chocolate is melted and smooth, then remove it from the heat.
  2. Spoon a couple tablespoons of chocolate into the bottom of each tart pan and gently tilt and prod the gooey chocolate to cover the bottom and work it's way into each of the little fluted bits of your pan. If you want to get really fancy, you can also coat the side of your tart pans with chocolate, but I was too lazy for that. Allow these to set up in the fridge for half an hour.
  3. While your bases are hanging out, mix together peanut butter and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until you have a smooth paste.
  4. Divide your peanut butter mixture evenly between each tart pan, and use an offset spatula to smooth this evenly over your base. Remember to get right into the fluted edges.
  5. Finally, add more chocolate to the top of each pan and once again prod and and tilt your chocolate into those pretty corners.
  6. Allow this to sit up in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.
  7. I like to let the tarts sit out at room temperature for about 10 minutes before eating so that the chocolate isn't rock hard.
Notes
  1. If you're really trying to impress, you can line the bottom of your tart pans with parchment for easier removal. I just served them still stuck to the bottom of the tart pan because I'm lazy.
Adapted from Sweet ReciPEAs
Adapted from Sweet ReciPEAs
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Awesome in June

Better late than never, June. You’ve been a challenge and a joy. You’ve been totally stressful and totally chill. You’ve been rather damp. Most importantly, you’ve been delicious.

My constant nagging self-doubt has been particularly strong this month, but we’re not here to talk about that. This is where we pretend that everything is awesome. I’ve had a couple of late starts at work which means I can stop off for a roll and sausage and a cup of tea and show up to work without looking like a zombie. That is awesome. I’ve gotten to eat out with my love a few times, including an epic chicken burger at NYC Glasgow. That was definitely awesome. We traveled to England and managed to actually see some sunshine. Truly, truly awesome.

My blog reading has been slow lately, but there’s been plenty of internet deliciousness I’m needing to put in my face.

These shoyu pulled pork sliders are giving me some hardcore homesickness for Hawaii. 

S’mores Doughnuts? Oh my god, yes!

I’m completely in love with the color of this cherry frose. Dangerous.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This month you loved Passion Fruit Green Tea, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels. Who needs a bikini body anyway? 

I’m so excited for July and time with my baby. We’ve got some big adventures planned. Let’s do it.

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