Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Salted Caramel White Russian

Add a sweet twist to a classic cocktail with a Salted Caramel White Russian. Is it dessert? Is it a drink? Who cares. Just make one and be cool.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

What kind of comedy do you like? I can’t do cringey comedy. Watching people struggle through awkward and embarrassing situations is like torture for me. I found the first season of Fleabag intensely uncomfortable. And remember Meet the Parents? I’d rather go to the dentist than watch that movie.

I’m also not that interested in gross out humor. My husband loves Anchorman and other Will Ferrel-type movies where a lot of the comedy is physical. He’s very pro-fart joke. It bores me.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m sure you’ve figured out by the fact that I’m posting a White Russian today, that I’m much more into eccentric, witty, verbal comedy. Coen Brothers? I’m all in. Does anyone remember Homestar Runner? This is 100% my wheelhouse. Make it weird. Make it witty. I’ll watch it over and over again. In fact, I might have to watch The Big Lebowski right now. For the hundredth time.

We actually have a bar/restaurant here in Glasgow called Lebowski’s. They have two pages of White Russians on their menu themed around various characters and moments from the movie. Naturally, my husband ordered the Salted Caramel White Russian and instantly proclaimed it the best drink he’d ever had. When I got home and looked at recreating it, I suddenly understood why they charged so much for this cocktail.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Rather than using specialty spirits, I’ve simply added some caramel coffee syrup which you can probably find at a well-stocked grocery store. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s still super awesome. My store was out of squirty cream, but that would be a brilliant addition here. I did keep the crumble of tablet from the Lebowski’s version. If you’re Scottish, you know this is awesome. If you’ve never heard of tablet, just skip it.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

We all need a little more laughter in our lives, no matter how we get there. I suggest you fix yourself a Salted Caramel White Russian and laugh ’til you cry.

If you’re looking for more White Russian variations, why not try a Pumpkin Spice White Russian, or a White Russian Milkshake.

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake bars are rich and creamy with a crisp cookie crust. Swirled through with salted caramel, they’re beautiful and sweet at the same time. Make these for your next celebration. Everyone will love them.

I’m in the last minute Christmas panic, trying to figure out how to rearrange my schedule to fit in everything I still need to do before the holidays. I swear someday I’m going to get myself a time turner. Can one of you people who have this whole holiday thing all figured out please come and take over my life? I’m in the weeds.

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

The crazy thing about it is that I’m more stressed out this year than I’ve been in ages, and I’m not even hosting. We’re traveling to my sister-in-law’s house. I don’t even know if I’m cooking anything. You’d think I’d be nice and relaxed. Turns out, manifesting your dream job is kind of all-consuming.

Maybe we should just all drop everything and bake. I wish cheesecake was a socially acceptable Christmas gift. I’d have it made because these Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars are absolutely swoon-worthy. The crust is buttery and crisp, and the cheesecake layer is so creamy and smooth. Most of the sweetness comes from the salted caramel that’s swirled throughout. The swirls also look amazing, so you could easily serve this as dessert for Christmas dinner. I made it for Thanksgiving this year, and it was a huge hit.

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This recipe is also much less stressful than a traditional cheesecake. We’re pressing a buttery cookie dough into the base of our pan and pre-baking it until golden. While that’s cooling, we mix up our cheesecake mixture. Pour that over the crust, then swirl in your caramel. You can make your own if you want, but I used a thick and delicious store bought salted caramel sauce that I love, and it worked great. I just popped it into the microwave for about 30 seconds to thin it out before swirling it through.

Because we’re not baking a huge layer of cheesecake, we don’t have to worry as much about cracks. Just make sure you don’t overbake it. Pull it out of the oven when there’s still a slight wobble in the center. It will continue to cook for a few minutes out of the oven and firm up when it chills.

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Soon we’ll be ready to sink deep into that holiday cheer. If there are Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Bars involved, all the better for everyone. It’s gonna be awesome.

Recipe adapted from Shauna Sever.

Looking for more awesome caramel cheesecake ideas? Try this Caramel Toffee Cheesecake.

Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding

Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re just wrapping up a glorious and much needed week off from work. We even managed to get away to Berlin for a few days, and it was great. I had never been to Germany before, and it was pretty impressive. I can’t wait to see more.

Of course, the weather has been terrible since we came back to Glasgow. Lucky for us, we’re quite content to snuggle up at home. Geoff plays video games. I watch TV and cook totally random things. I have discovered a new very old school English dessert that I think you’ll love. Hopefully I’ll be able to share it with you soon.

Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

What I’ve made for you today comes, of course, from my kitchen idol, Nigella Lawson. This Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding is a simple and classy way to use up leftover croissants, but if you want to buy a two pack a couple days ahead of time just for this, it would be totally worth it.

This recipe is so simple that you could have friends over on a weeknight and present this as dessert. It’s sexy but also homey. They flaky croissants give you a gloriously burnished crispy top, but the underside is perfectly squidgy and indulgent. It’s not overly sweet, either. If you wanted to take it over the top, a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream would be a terrific idea.

I made this in two smaller dishes, but you could easily do it all in one larger dish. The next size up I had available was just a bit too big, so I went for this option. The first time I made these, we each ate one whole dish, and greedy as we are, it was a bit much. We split them the next time around, and that was more acceptable, but I was left wanting a few more bites. You do what makes you happy.

Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Make this Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding for you and a few people you really like. It can only make things better.

Recipe slightly adapted from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson.

Salted Caramel Pudding

Salted Caramel Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

For at least a week now, writing this blog post has been at the top of my to do list. For some reason, day after day, I knew I needed to finish it, but I just kept looking the other way. Seems I’ve been avoiding a lot since getting sick and then injured. I guess I’ve learned that my physical health and my mental health are closely tied. When I get knocked down, I lose momentum, and it takes my forever to get back up again. My mood and motivation seem to stay down the longest.

It seems lately all I want to do is eat. Just stare off into space and eat things I shouldn’t and feel sorry for myself and go to bed as early as possible and read. Maybe writing about how I don’t want to do anything will be a gateway out of this depression. At least I’m doing something which is a little bit more than the nothing I did yesterday.

Salted Caramel Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

No matter what your mood, you should make this Salted Caramel Pudding. At the very least, it will keep you busy for a while. There’s nothing particularly difficult, but there are a lot of components, and it requires a bit of your attention. You’ll also have a lot of dishes to wash when it’s all done. But after a few hours, you’ll be eating a sweet and slightly salty, luscious, and creamy dessert. What could be better?

Salted Caramel Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

My mantra lately has been something like “There’s always tomorrow.” Maybe that’s when I’ll finally get it together. In the meantime, make Salted Caramel Pudding today. It will give you something to smile about.

Salted caramel pudding


4 servings

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

30 minutes



For the crust

  • 5 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 0.75 ounces salted butter, melted

for the pudding

  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • 3/8 cup brown sugar
  • 3/8 cup water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 0.75 ounces salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon coffee liqueur
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Your favorite salted caramel sauce
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate cookie crumbs


  • To make the crust, add your cookies to a food processor and blitz until you have fine crumbs.
  • Add the melted butter and process to combine.
  • Divide the mixture between four small jars or bowls. Gently press the crumbs into the bottom to flatten out the crust. Stash these in the fridge while you get on with the pudding.
  • For the pudding, we need to get a few things ready to be mixed together at the proper moment. Start by whisking together the corn starch and 1/4 cup of your milk until combined. Set this aside.
  • Next, measure out your remaining milk into a microwave safe container, and heat it up in the microwave for two minutes or until it starts to steam. You could also, obviously, do this on the stove. Remove it from the heat just when you start to see bubbles forming around the edge. Set aside.
  • Add your egg yolks to a large mixing bowl and whisk with an electric mixer on medium high for about three minutes until pale and foamy.
  • In a medium saucepan, stir together your brown sugar and water just until combined, then get rid of your spoon. You don’t want to stir it anymore once you put it on the heat. Attach a candy thermometer. Cook this mixture over medium heat until it reaches 210 degrees. Remove from the heat.
  • It’s time to go back to the egg yolks. Turn your mixer back on low, and slowly drizzle in your hot milk mixture. Next add the milk and corn starch mixture, and finally the caramel. Be very careful with this as it will still be quite hot.
  • Once everything’s been fully combined in your mixing bowl, turn your mixture off then transfer the whole mixture back to the saucepan. Cook this mixture over medium low heat, stirring gently all the while for about five minutes or until it reaches 175 degrees. It will seem like it will never thicken, and then all at once it will magically turn to pudding.
  • Off the heat, stir in the butter, coffee liqueur, and salt.
  • Evenly divide your pudding mixture into your four containers with the crust. Put these back in the fridge for at least four hours.
  • To serve, add a layer of your favorite salted caramel sauce, some whipped cream, and some cookie crumbs. Enjoy!
34 Awesome Thanksgiving Recipes

34 Awesome Thanksgiving Recipes

34 Awesome Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving always sneaks up on me here in Scotland because I’m basically the only person I know who even cares about its existence. It’s my favorite because the food is the star, and I don’t have to worry about finding the perfect gift or looking a certain way. I just have to put a beautiful meal on the table for people I love, and even though it can get stressful, it’s also so much fun.

I may be a failed blogger and a million years behind the times, but just in case I’m not alone in not yet planning my Thanksgiving menu, here are the 34 absolutely awesome recipes I’m going to choose from for my dinner next Saturday. Enjoy your days off, American friends. I’ll be at work remembering how thankful I am to have a job that allows me to pay for imported cans of pumpkin puree.

Cranberry Mule | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day


Cran-Orange-Apple Juice – for anyone who doesn’t want alcohol, or as a mixer for anyone who does.

Cranberry Mule

Cranberry Margarita

Apple Margarita

Orange & Amaretto Cider

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

Pumpkin Spice White Russians

Apple Brandy Punch

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

To Get Things Started

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert

Cranberry Brie Bites

Apple Butter & Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese – cut into cute little triangles for snacking

Cranberry Shoyu Sausages

Holiday Brie

Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The Main Event

Red Currant Glazed Ham – because there’s no law saying you have to serve a big turkey

Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy – for a traditional meal for a small crowd

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf – our family tradition

Rosemary Potato Rolls from Awesome on 20

Sides (obviously the best part)

Sweet Potato Rolls

Ridiculously Awesome Mashed Potatoes

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Maple Butter

Rosemary Potato Rolls

Sweet Potato Gratin

Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream – to go with all your pie

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Maple Cheesecake

Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake – this one tastes most like traditional pumpkin pie

Baked Sweet Potato Brulee – simplest “dessert” of all time

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Pumpkin Cake

No-Bake Double-Layer Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Spice Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cakes

Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast (for your overnight guests)

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin Scones

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