Be Awesome: Feel It All

Be Awesome: Feel It All

Be Awesome: Feel It All

I started this blog as a way to force myself to be positive and find the things in my life that are awesome and beautiful. I knew I needed to search for the light even when we were being crushed by financial pressures, when I was doubting my purpose because I wasn’t being challenged at work, or even those phases where depression’s crushing grip felt like it could never be undone.

I’ve always been an oversharer, so much so that I set up a website so that anyone on this glorious blue dot in space could read my words and share my stupid, pointless, insignificant feelings if they wanted.

If you read this blog regularly, you may have noticed things have been slow and times have been hard. I found myself feeling compelled to apologize for simply being alive and having feelings. I’ve been trying to stay in control and act “normal.” I saw beautiful things happening in the world around me, I knew that the light existed, but it wasn’t penetrating. I wanted to stop feeling so no one would see or be stained by my misery.

This space is where I get to tell you how stupid that is. Why does our culture find feelings so obscene? You should be allowed to feel exactly whatever it is that you need to feel. There’s nothing wrong or stupid or selfish about any of it. It’s who you are, and who you are is beautiful and truly, truly awesome.

If you want to dance and sing in the street, do it. If you need to go home and punch your pillow or kick the shit out of the dummy at the gym, do it. And most especially if you just can’t handle it anymore, ask for help. How you’re feeling is very real, and it matters. You matter. I promise.

Negativity is poison and must be purged. Do not keep that crap in for the sake of others. Find a way to release it. Maybe you can’t tell your boss or your neighbor to suck it. That’s probably not prudent, but tell a friend. Don’t worry that you’re bothering them or bringing them down or any of those other excuses we make up to be nice. Just be you.

Possibly one of the best things about this beautiful terrible world we all share is that happiness, joy, and love are contagious. If you’re having an amazing moment, don’t hide that either. So what if people stare. You go right on being just as awesome as you possibly can be. Come and find me so I can give you a high five.

The urge to apologize for this emotional rant is strong, my friends, but I’m not going to do it. I’m going to allow myself to feel. Loudly and publicly. I’m going to let go of what hurts and seek joy. It might be a little easier if we do it together. Are you with me? Let’s be awesome!

10 Awesome Chocolate Recipes

10 Awesome Chocolate Recipes

10 Awesome Chocolate Recipes

February is Chocolate Month, and I think every last human should take advantage of it. Chocolate plays nicely with so many things. Let’s get them all together and have some delicious fun. Here’s my top 10 awesome chocolate recipes!

10. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from Awesome on 20

This pie is a showstopper, and there’s no need for you to tell anyone how simple it is to make. 

9. Classic Fudge

Classic Fudge from Awesome on 20

Chocolate Fudge is worth every bit of attention it takes to get it just right. Pure chocolate delight.

8. Better Than Sex Cupcakes

Better Than Sex Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

I’ll let you decide whether or not the name is appropriate. These cupcakes are pretty extravagant, though. They have everything that turns me on.

7. Semi-Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Semi-Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Make your life easy and delicious at the same time. Take some help from the store and enjoy a cupcake that will blow your mind.

6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

I obviously love the chocolate peanut butter combo, and this cheesecake is every bit as awesome as it sounds.

5. White Chocolate Chip Brownies

White Chocolate Chip Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The first time I made these brownies, I couldn’t believe how good they were. They’re so fudgy, I couldn’t stop eating them. Just do it.

4. Mint Brownies

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This layered treat is as cute as it is tasty. There’s nothing too complicated to this recipe, but you do have to have some patience.

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Basically a peanut butter cup in cake form. Get on it.

2. Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding from Awesome on 20

I love the contrast of flavors and textures you can get from a bread pudding, and chocolate is the best possible accompaniment to squishy bread and custard.

  1. Double Chocolate Muffins

Double Chocolate Muffins from Awesome on 20

For breakfast of dessert, these non-stop chocolate muffins will make you happy.

Get out there and indulge, friends. Chocolate is what February was made for.

Grasshopper Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Grasshopper Pie

Grasshopper Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hey, kids! Let’s step off the emotional roller coaster for a hot minute and get ourselves a drink and some pie or some pie that’s a drink. 

It’s been so amazing having this grasshopper pie in my fridge this week. Having that deliciousness to look forward to at the end of a stressful day has made everything better. This is exactly while I’ll never ever have a dancer body again. Pretty sure I don’t care.

It was also totally worth it wandering all over downtown Glasgow trying to find creme de menthe and creme de cacao. These pretty little bottles may have a bit of an investment, but I’m already looking forward to all the possibilities.

Grasshopper Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

A Grasshopper Pie is smooth, light, sweet, and just the right amount of minty to make it fresh. A grasshopper cocktail can get a bit toothpastey, but this pie is nothing like that. The lightness of the whipped cream and the sweetness of the marshmallow fluff balance with the creme de menthe to make it all so perfect.

And the chocolate cookie crust is the perfect contrast. Fluffy plus crunchy equals everything. I could maybe eat this every day forever.

Grasshopper Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Every little thing is gonna be totally awesome. Keep smiling and have some dang pie.

Grasshopper Pie
Serves 10
Grasshopper Pie is light, fluffy, minty, and perfect at the end of a stressful day.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
For the crust
  1. 28 chocolate sandwich cookies such as Oreos or bourbon biscuits
  2. 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter, melted
For the filling
  1. 3 cups mini-marshmallows
  2. 1/2 cup whole milk
  3. 1/4 cup creme de menthe
  4. 1/4 cup creme de cacao blanc
  5. 1-1/2 cups heavy cream or double cream
  6. Green food coloring, optional
For the crust
  1. Smash up your cookies into crumbs in a food processor or in a bag with a rolling pin. Mix crumbs with melted butter. Press your crumb mixer into the bottom and up the sides of a 10-inch tart pan. Put your crust in the fridge while you get on with your filling.
For the filling
  1. In a small sauce pan over low heat, stir together marshmallows and whole milk until the marshmallows are melted and the mixture starts to foam. Remove the pan from the heat.
  2. Whisk in creme de menthe and creme de cacao blanc. If you want to add food coloring, add it to your marshmallow mixture now so you don't overmix your cream later and risk it curdling. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat your cream until it just barely starts to hold a peak. If you overbeat it, it will be tricky to mix later.
  4. Add your marshmallow mixture to your cream and fold and gently stir the two together until smooth. This should be a light fluffy, wet mixture. You'll worry that it won't set, but it will.
  5. Fetch your crust from the fridge. You might want to place it on a plate in case any of your filling leaks out. Pour the filling into the crust. If you have an extra cookie lying around, you can crush it on top for garnish.
  6. Put your pie in the fridge and wait (NOOOOOOOO!!!!!) a day. I really recommend letting this one set overnight as it's quite a light mixture and you'll risk your pie oozing everywhere if you try to serve it too soon.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
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