Awesome in October | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Awesome in October

Awesome in October | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve only been back for two days, and I’m already doing a catch up post. It’s cool because October is the best, even when you do practically nothing.

We finally found a good Mexican restaurant in Glasgow. If you haven’t been to Bibi’s Cantina yet, book a table right now. It’s small and intimate, and if you show up and there’s not a table available, you’ll be really sad. They give you a sample of their margarita as soon as you walk in, and there’s complimentary chips and salsa, as there should be. Everything was awesome, and I want to go back.

We’re also in the planning stages of remodeling our bathroom. We currently have the dumbest bathroom on the face of the earth, so I can’t wait to gut the whole thing and start again. Do you want to see the progress?

I’m currently reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I’m possibly the last person on Earth to read this book, but just in case you haven’t, it’s so funny and engaging. I love a book that keeps me laughing. Once I’m finished, we’re going to watch the Amazon Prime series, so I’d love to hear your feedback if you’ve seen that, as well.

I’ve mostly been reveling in the change of the leaves. Autumn is my favorite time of year, even though it doesn’t actually get hot here in the summer. There’s something magical about the blazing trees and the crisp air that I never get tired of. The colors can make even the most depressing places suddenly beautiful. It’s all a matter of perspective.

This might also be my favorite time for internet food. Here’s what I loved.

Are we still allowed to eat things for breakfast that aren’t covered in avocado? I hope so, because I’m dying for these Chocolate Cardamom Morning Rolls from A Cozy Kitchen.

Whenever I go to a new to me Italian restaurant, I always order the Bolognese because if that’s good, everything else will be. Can’t wait to try The Best Bolognese recipe from Broma Bakery to see if it stacks up.

Michelle of Hummingbird High is out with a new book, Weeknight Baking. It looks amazing, and I hope I can get a copy soon. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake has got me swooning.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes during this very quiet month on Awesome on 20 were Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Parmesan Fried Gnocchi. We’re feeling savoury this month, I guess. I like it.

I’m diving into big changes right now, and I hope you’re with me. Let’s make it awesome.

Awesome in September | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Awesome in September

Awesome in September | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

It’s been about a million years since I got on here and shared a catch up post like this. Mostly because we’ve been really busy without actually doing much lately. We’ve stayed close to home after a whirlwind August where I guess I was too busy to post about real life. I’ve just been wandering around with my head in the clouds. It’s been pretty awesome, actually.

My yoga class sadly ended, so I’ve been spending my Tuesdays going to a contemporary class with Dance Glasgow, and it’s been amazing so far. The class is simple and gentle, exactly what I need after a more than 10 year break from modern dance.

I also started reading Good Omens by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. I’m probably the last person on the planet to read it, but I wanted to finish the book before we tried the TV show. I’m absolutely loving it. It’s been a while since I read any Neil Gaimen, and it’s like catching up with an old, quirky, totally hilarious friend.

We’re getting into my favorite time of year for internet food, and I’m particularly excited as I’ve been paying much closer to the cycle of the seasons lately. Here’s what I’m loving.

Molly made Sesame Pretzels with Za’atar and Mozzarella Sauce, and I’m totally hooked on za’atar after these crazy good flat breads, so this can only be awesome.

I’m diving into a giant bowl of this Creamy Butternut Squash Alla Vodka Pasta. Looks gorgeous.

Finally, I’d like to eat my weight in Apple Cider Doughnuts for now and forever.

Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Whipped Ricotta, and Peanut Butter Fudge. I feel like we’re going back to school, but it’s fancy.

Will things get back to normal in October? Do we even know what normal is anymore? I don’t know, but it’s gonna be awesome.

Awesome in February

Sometimes I wonder if February doesn’t work extra hard to throw you for a loop because its jealous about being the shortest month. We visited someone or had visitors three out of four weekends. Everyone seems to be extra stressed at work. We’ve been busy busy busy, but I’m not sure we’ve accomplished anything.

We had a little weekend adventure in Chester down in England, and last weekend I stuffed my face with poutine and a lychee cocktail at Big Feed Glasgow.

I’m nearly finished reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should. It’s helping me see the world in new ways.

We’re also working out way through Game of Thrones again. If you want to rewatch every episode before the final season premiere, you better get started now.

I have no idea how to pronounce it, but I definitely want to eat this knoephla soup.

These Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Brownies have all my favorite things.

This Vanilla Cheesecake Funfetti Pink Ombre Layer Cake is beautiful and looks delicious and totally worth the hard work.

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

Your favorite recipes this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Chicken Parmesan, and White Cheddar Fondue. Sounds like the makings of a great evening.

The weather in March looks grim, but I’m holding out hope for warmer days and lighter hearts. Keep it awesome, friends.

Awesome in July

Awesome in July

It’s been a blissfully quiet month. We’ve been sticking close to home, dodging the rain, and eating a lot of burgers. The best burger this month that I didn’t make myself was for sure from DogHouse in Merchant City. We’ve been continuing on with our Marvel film festival now that the World Cup is finally over, and I finally saw Black Panther. I absolutely loved it. Thor: Ragnorak was also really fun. Captain America: The Winter Soldier had the best fight choreography.

I also managed to finish three books this month; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Between the World and Me was definitely my favorite of the three. 

I have a powerful need to try out this Baked Honey Hot Chicken Sandwich

I’d never heard of Smith Island Cake before, but I’m certain I need to eat it.

Also please hook me up with a bucket of Cinnamon Harissa Caramel Corn.

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

Your favorite recipes this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Peanut Butter Fudge. These are the best of the best, friends.

August means back to school and back to insanity. I’m reveling in the peace and quiet while I still can. Make it awesome, kids.

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. 



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