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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40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine

40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine

 

40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine We’ve been having one of those days where it’s cold and rainy but also sunny at the same time. It’s a horrible trick. Rude almost. I’m done with the wind and the rain. I’m ready to hold onto that sunshine. I don’t know whether or not Scotland will deliver, so I’m going to turn to my kitchen . If we can’t have real sun, at least maybe we can put some sunshine on a plate. Or in a glass, as the case may be. 

Here’s 40 awesome recipes to bring some sunshine into your life, whether or not you’re getting any out your window.

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Breakfast

Feta & Strawberry Salad from Awesome on 20

Sides, Snacks, & Appetizers

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Lunch & Dinner

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Drinks

Citrus Bundt Cake from Awesome on 20

Desserts

I hope you have lots of sunny days full of al fresco dining. If not, at least you can eat and drink some sunshine.

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Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

Not gonna lie, kids. One of the reasons I wanted to move to this neighborhood was so that I could be closer to Dennistoun Bar-B-Que. Who wouldn’t want to live on the same street as burgers the size of your face, and some of the best fries I’ve had in Glasgow.

Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

Their burgers are made fresh with high quality ingredients. Because their so huge, I opt for a simple cheeseburger, and it’s awesome. Their menu is creative, and you can get your burger loaded sky high with all sorts of toppings. I could never finish it in a million years, though, so I go pure and top my burger with some of their smoky barbecue sauce. 

Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

As the name suggests, Dennistoun Bar-B-Que also has a smoke pit, and you can get some stellar pulled pork here as well, which is what Geoff opted for. As you can see, they serve their burgers and sandwiches in a bowl. That’s how ridiculous they are. You should probably consider fasting for most of the day before you come here.

Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

Most people know I don’t really care about french fries. I’ll eat a few out of boredom, but normally I don’t even bother to order them. The seasoned fries were absolutely perfect. Crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and perfectly seasoned, I couldn’t stop eating them. That almost never happens to me.

One other little thing I love about this place is that you can order a can of root beer. It’s hard to come by in Scotland, so I always indulge when I can. It tastes like home.

You get a lot of burger goodness for your money here, and the staff are friendly. There’s a bit of a wait for you food, but you know it’s super fresh that way. The restaurant is small, and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. It’s perfect for an afternoon of stuffing your face with the best burgers around.

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