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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Awesome in February

Awesome in February

Can we get some sunshine, please? I’m ready ready ready for this nasty rain and snow to go away. I got to throw a last minute party for a dear friend this, and it was a blast. I got to make Swiss & Bacon Dip, and that’s always a good thing. Then I got to attend a beautiful wedding for that dear friend and watch her smile and laugh the entire day, and it was absolutely perfect.

Since the weather was so nasty, I watched approximately one billion movies. One of my favorites was Arrival. If you have a love of language and you haven’t seen this film yet, do not wait another minute. It was beautiful to look at and so thoughtful. 

I’m almost finished reading MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. Her books are so frighteningly relevant right now. If you haven’t been terrified by the Handmaid’s Tale recently, I suggest you pick up a copy.

Internet foods were on fire. This chocolate truffle cake is just bonkers, you guys! 

These pretzel dogs with cheese sauce are making me hungry. Gimme.

If a cupcake could ever be elegant, it would have to be this Valentine’s Surprise Chocolate High Hat Cupcake. It’s just beautiful. 

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Your favorites this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Chicken Parmesan, and Passion Fruit Green Tea. Can I come over for dinner?

The days are getting longer, and I’m excited to see what’s coming my way. Be awesome, friends.

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Harvarti & Dill Popovers and The Perfect Egg

Havarti & Dill Popovers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I freakin’ love eggs. There are few things in the world that can’t be improved by putting an egg on it. I mean, what’s sexier than a runny egg yolk? I love them on toast, on hash browns, on burgers, on nearly anything. I even convinced my husband to let us get two chickens just so I could have fresh eggs any time I want. It was a brilliant idea.

When I saw that Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park from Spoon Fork Bacon were doing an egg book, I knew I had to check it out! The Perfect Egg is everything I hoped it would be. The photos are just as beautiful as you’ve come to expect from these two, the recipe headers are personal and endearing, and the variety of recipes is truly awesome.

The Perfect Egg

There’s a bit of background knowledge about eggs, some tips on basic egg preparations, and a whole host of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. The recipes range from simple and familiar to complex and exotic. There are way too many things I want to try.

The first thing I hit up was the Harvarti & Dill Popovers. I’ve always loved the idea of popovers but have never tried making them because I don’t have the required pan. But since I had fresh dill in my fridge and this book gives an adaptation for making them in a regular muffin pan, I decided to give them a go.

They turned out pretty great for my first try at a dish that is known to be finicky. The only thing I’d change would be to hold back on the added salt just a bit. Cheeses can definitely vary quite a bit in saltiness, so I say, taste your cheese first before adding any extra salt to your batter.

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 If you’re an egg lover, I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy of The Perfect Egg. It’s pretty awesome!

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Havarti & Dill Popovers
Yields 8
Crusty, fluffy, cheesy, and awesome, these Havarti & Dill Popovers can be made in a regular muffin tin.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
  2. 1/4 shredded Havarti cheese
  3. 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 cup milk
  6. 1 cup all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 and brush the inside of 8 cups of your muffin pan with the melted butter. Be sure to get complete coverage.
  2. Mix together the cheese and dill and set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and remaining melted butter until combined. Add the flour and gently but quickly stir it in with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. A few lumps are okay.
  4. Put one scoop of batter into each prepared muffin cup then add a fat pinch of cheese and dill to each one. Top up each muffin cup with the remaining batter.
  5. Bake your popovers at 450 for about 15-16 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 10-11 minutes until your popovers are brown and puffy.
  6. Allow the popovers to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then carefully remove and serve warm.
Notes
  1. Make your life easy and cut your dill with scissors.
Adapted from The Perfect Egg
Adapted from The Perfect Egg
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