Awesome in September

Awesome in September

Awesome in September

September has been chilly and cloudy and all the things that Autumn should be. Of course, August was pretty much the same, so it doesn’t quite have the same effect here. But you can get a pumpkin spice chai, and isn’t that what September is really all about?

We started off the month with way more burgers than is probably decent, including a trip to NYC Glasgow and one final grill out before the rain set in. Then at the end of the month, we had a cozy, quiet long weekend that included Geoff’s birthday. I promptly proceeded to eat a ridiculous amount of desserts, including some amazing chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. In between all that, we managed to squeeze in an afternoon in Largs for a Viking Festival and an ocean view.

I also read a fantastic book called When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe. It takes place in the Philippines during World War II. It was a bit of history I had never really considered before. If you enjoy historical fiction, I definitely recommend this book.

Gorgeous Fall food is starting to show up all over the internet, including this One-Bowl Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

This Salted Caramel Yogurt Shake will ease you through to Fall if it’s still blazing hot where you live. If not, just eat it while under a blanket.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is actually tempting me to eat vegetables.

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

Your favorites this month were all on the cozy side, too. You’re totally into Double Chocolate Muffins, Frito Chilli Cheese Wraps, and Corn Bread-Topped Chilli Mac. Let’s eat it up. 

Before we know it, daylight will be a distant memory. I plan to have as many adventures as I can until then. 

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

August started out with such promise. I felt motivated and inspired. I was taking care of business and trying new things. It was a beautiful couple of weeks. Then the kids came back to school and that weight settled back on my shoulders. Some inexplicable decisions were made that adversely affected people I love, and I almost let it drown me. But right now I’m feeling a glimmer of hope. Maybe I can pull it back. Maybe I can have it all. Or at least most of it.

August is always an austere month following a month of summer fun. We did manage to make it to the movies to see War for the Planet of the Apes. Somebody please give Andy Serkis some trophies. We also tried out the new Glasgow location of The Counter. It was just as good as I remembered it.

I read Walter Isaacson’s Einstein biography. I’ll admit that a lot of the science was over my head, but the personal stuff was fascinating. How does the man who’s name now means genius go about being an actual human in the real world? The answer is with great difficulty just like the rest of us.

Much of the states is still crippled by insane heat, but we’ve had miserable rain all month. I’m already getting excited about sweaters and boots and pumpkin spice chai. 

I’m also ready to eat these Egg & Cheese Hash Brown Waffles. I’m up for waffling everything.

This Six Layer S’mores Cake is bonkers.

And please can we have these Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups because the world needs more happiness, and I think this is it.

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

Your favorites this month were consistent and strong. Peanut Butter Fudge, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Passion Fruit Green Tea. I’m into it.

Time passes whether we’re ready for it or night, so I guess we better get on board and make it amazing. Let’s go live, friends.

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Awesome in May

Awesome in May

Awesome in May

May was miles long, and an emotional roller coaster at that. We reveled in the sunny days that May brings by grilling out, enjoying brunch at Cafe Hula, and taking plenty of long walks, including 10 miles along the Kelvin Walkway. We hit up a mediocre food festival where we nonetheless ate some awesome cheese fries. We watched Portugal win Eurovision with a truly beautiful song. And most importantly, I avoided Mother’s Day like a boss. When your mom is dead and you also happen to be in the top 10 of worst moms ever, it’s a horrible horrible holiday. We wrapped it all up with pizza from Pizza Punks before I have to head off on another dreaded camping trip. Looks like June’s gonna be a doozy, too.

What else is up? I finally finished reading The Stand after more than two months. It was good, but not life changing. I just felt so accomplished getting through 1325 pages. We also saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and were thoroughly entertained. 

The internet is delicious as always. This Golden Chai Layer Cake is just completely beautiful. I love a spice cake, but this is just next level gorgeous. 

I definitely want this Minty Mango Margarita Punch to show up at my next party. 

It’s a struggle to find a proper buffalo chicken sandwich in Scotland. This Healthier Oven Fried Sweet Tea Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is singing my song.

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Your favorites this month were cheese-stuffed meatloaf, classic crunchy peanut butter cookies, and double chocolate muffins. As always, I’m coming over for dinner. 

June’s a deep dive into summer mode. Get ready to celebrate.

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