Top 17 of 2017 | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Top 17 of 2017

Top 17 of 2017 | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We survived 2017. There were plenty of days when I it seemed like it might all fall apart, but we’ve been granted one more year. If we’re going to get through this year, we’re going to need lots of comfort food to keep us from completely losing our minds. Here were your favorite recipes from 2017.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

Peanut Butter Fudge

My mom’s peanut butter fudge is back on top this year, and now I’m feeling sad that I didn’t make any. Must change that.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Can we come up with an excuse for a party so I can make these again?

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

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Nothing beats a classic.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

This drink is the bee’s knees. 

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

Passion Fruit Green Tea

It’s like the flavor of summertime.

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Double Chocolate Muffins

For when you absolutely positively have to have chocolate for breakfast.

Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

All my efforts as a meatloaf evangelist are finally starting to pay off. This one’s filled with mozzarella and topped with tomato sauce, and it’s bad ass.


Chicken Parmesan from Awesome on 20

Chicken Parmsan

Always and forever a household favorite.

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

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

Our Thanksgiving tradition is still going strong. No one has not loved it.

Buttery Nipple Milkshake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buttery Nipple Milkshake

Sign me up for a boozy cocktail milkshake any day of the week.

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

Brown Elephant Cocktail 

Amarula forever!

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Cheddar Fondue

Gooey cheese is one of the four main food groups, right?

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cornbread Topped Chili Mac

I always look forward to eating this. Opt for the extra spicy chili.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi

Best deliciousness to time/effort ratio of all time.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

This is the third meatloaf on the list, and I’m not mad at it.

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

Just try and stop eating this.

Strawberry Soju Slushie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Strawberry Soju Slushie

Mixing Korean spirits with fresh berries? What could go wrong?

Happy 2018, friends. Don’t forget to be awesome.

Awesome in December
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Awesome in December

Awesome in December

Awesome in December

December is so jam packed with awesomeness it’s almost hard to take. My favorite thing about this December was that I got to spend my birthday with my daughter for the first time a long time. It made turning 39 much less harsh. The burgers and milkshakes from Five Guys didn’t hurt the day, either.

The weather has been unforgiving which is a perfect excuse to drink all the hot chocolate. We visited the Christmas market, took in the lights, and spent lots of time at home cooking, eating, and watching all the latest Golden Globe nominees.

Santa brought me three new Nigella Lawson books this year, and I’m so excited to read every single word. So many new treats coming your way!

Food blogs were absolutely out of control with unbelievable holiday food this month. It was practically raining pomegranates out there.

I’m dying to try these Baked Brie and Prosciutto Rolls. Anything filled with cheese goes n my must eat list.

These Overnight Chai Spice Sweet Rolls seem absolutely dreamy. Why did I marry someone who hates cinnamon?

This White Christmas Sparkle Cake is absolutely gorgeous. 

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes this month were Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail, Whipped Ricotta, and the Brown Elephant Cocktail. Sounds like a swanky cocktail party. Count me in.

January is a time for new beginnings. Let’s make it more awesome than ever.

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Did we all have the most amazing Christmas? Did we all eat so much we had to be rolled to bed? No? Just me? Are we all mentally preparing for how awesomely healthy we’re going to be in the new year? Dreaming about how we’re finally going to get that super hot body that everyone else seems to have? 

I’ve given up on the idea that I can be healthy. The thought of eating green beans is basically equivalent to being forced to eat a bucket of meal worms in my mind. I have a serious psychological block against fruits and vegetables, and I don’t think I can change it. Apart from a serious slow down on the no holds barred feasting of the holidays, my plan is to experiment with some recipes that make little tweaks to foods that I can eat without gagging to make them a bit more healthy. 

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

These Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles are part of that experiment. A very successful part. This recipe features three ingredients I would normally roll my eyes at for being ridiculous and probably not tasty health fads, whole wheat pastry flour, coconut oil, and chia seeds. I am not a nutritionist, so I am not the person to tell you what’s healthy and what’s not. What I can say is that these waffles are awesome.

The whole wheat pastry flour gives the waffles a great chewy texture. The chia seeds provide a bit of crunch, and the coconut oil doesn’t make it taste like coconut, which I was worried about since that’s a flavor I cannot abide. This recipe makes four waffles, which is perfectly reasonable for a normal size family, but if you do have leftovers, these are great reheated in the toaster. And yes, in case you’re wondering, I did still slather these in butter and syrup, so I’m sure I negated any health benefits. I’m not worried.

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

A new year is almost upon us, but every day is the right day to be your most awesome self. Let’s eat waffles and fall in love with life.

Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles
Serves 4
Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles are awesomely delicious and possibly slightly healthy. You know, if you're into that.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  2. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  3. 2 tablespoons sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  8. 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  9. Zest of 1 lemon
  10. 1 egg
  11. 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  12. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  13. 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  1. Preheat your waffle iron so it's ready to go when your batter is finished.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, gently whisk pastry flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to combine and work out any lumps.
  3. In a separate container such as a large measuring jug, whisk together buttermilk, melted coconut oil, lemon zest, egg, and lemon and vanilla extracts until well combined.
  4. Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and gently and quickly fold and stir these together until combined Don't panic about a few lumps. Add your chia seeds and fold those in as well.
  5. Add the batter to your waffle maker and cook until golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside. Ever waffle maker is different, so do what works best for yours in terms of how much batter to add. I get four waffles from my waffle maker out of this recipe.
  6. Serve your waffles hot with butter and maple syrup or whatever your favorite waffle toppings are.
Adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant
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