Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve lamented on several occasions the 90’s revival we seemed to be trapped in currently. I guess it just makes me feel old. There was one late 90’s pop culture trend I could just never get behind, and that’s Sex in the City. I know a lot of women my age are obsessed. I’ve tried to watch it a couple of times, and I just can’t. There’s just something about it that makes me feel slightly nauseous.

I do appreciate it for creating a surging popularity in pretty, sweet cocktails. I know there’s a huge backlash against that right now and everybody’s drinking Negronis and Manhattans and putting bitters in anything that will stay still long enough, but I’m still firmly in the sweet drinks camp. Come on over. We’re having lots of fun here.

Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The cosmopolitan is the classic 90’s cocktail throwback, and I’m not afraid to say I love it. There’s something about drinking from a martini glass that makes me feel girly in a way that I usually pretend to abhor. This drink is sweet but not syrupy and potent without tasting like pure alcohol. 

If you order this at a bar, you’ll probably pay something ridiculous, but you can make it at home with ingredients you probably already have on your bar cart and in your fridge. And if not, they’re easily obtained. Nothing fancy here. 

Hopefully I won’t get any hate mail from all you Carrie Bradshaw fans out there. Let’s talk it out over a couple of Cosmos.

Cosmopolitan
Serves 1
Go back in time just a little bit with a sweet and sassy Cosmopolitan
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  2. 1 ounce cranberry juice
  3. 1/2 ounce triple sec
  4. 1/2 ounce lime juice
  5. Ice
Instructions
  1. Pour everything in a jar or shaker over ice. Shake well and strain into your favorite cocktail glass. Drink while gossiping.
Adapted from Tequila Mockingbird
Adapted from Tequila Mockingbird
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Cranberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cranberry Margarita

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

I think one of the things I love about being in the kitchen is the quiet simplicity of it all. If I listen to music instead of news podcasts, I can sort of shut the world out for a moment and just focus on the food. I can avoid the seemingly endless stream of violence, cruelty, and hate that have been so sadly dominant lately. I can stop being baffled by our inability to comprehend our interconnectedness. I can escape politics and nationalism and territorial disputes. For a few minutes, I can focus on something else, and I really need that in my life.

Food brings people together. Even when it is scarce, most people are happy to share a meal with others. When I feed people, and I see a smile on their faces, I know I’ve taken them away from their troubles and fears for just a moment. We all have to eat, but when food brings us together in a joyful moment, there’s nothing better in all the world.

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

This Cranberry Margarita is another spontaneous recipe made from things I already had in my house after Thanksgiving. It’s Christmas red, and the cranberry sugar rim reminds me of snow and holly and general cheerfulness. If you have any frozen cranberries left in your freezer, they make excellent ice cubes. Sadly, I was all out.

Here’s the deal. Most of us want the same things. We have to start focusing on what unites us rather than what divides us. We have to realize that every life is as precious as we believe our own to be, and that none of us is alone. Christmas seems like a great time to do that. 

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

You are so awesome. Let’s share a drink and a laugh and toast to the uniqueness that makes us each so wonderful and the magic that binds us all together. Cheers!

Cranberry Margarita
Serves 1
Cranberry Margaritas practically scream holiday cheer!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, chopped finely
  3. 1 ounce tequila
  4. 1 ounce triple sec
  5. 6 ounces cranberry juice
  6. Lime wedge
Instructions
  1. To rim your glass, you'll need to combine the sugar and dried cranberries on a small plate. Wet the rim of your glass with water and place it upside down on your sugar plate. Use your fingers to gently press the sugar and cranberry bits onto the edge of your glass. Turn the glass upright and allow it to dry for a minute or so.
  2. In a measuring cup or another container (something with a spout will be less messy) stir together tequila, triple sec, and cranberry juice.
  3. Carefully place some ice in your rimmed glass and pour your cocktail over the ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime to squeeze in just before drinking.
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Cranberry Brie Bites | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I got so excited about Thanksgiving last week, that I completely forgot to add the groceries I needed for blog posts to my delivery order. I’m so dumb sometimes. Having your groceries delivered is absolutely amazing. I don’t have to go out in the rain and carry heavy bags home. I pick stuff out online, and some dude brings it right to my door. It’s amazing. Except when you forget stuff.

I’m still getting used to a few things. Not having a vehicle is tricky. Not living next door to Safeway kinda sucks. But mostly I don’t know what a lot of things are here. Many products are roughly the same, but somehow slightly different. Brands I trusted aren’t available. Better options are definitely out there. It will just take me some time to find it, test it, and share it with you.

Cranberry Brie Bites | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Since I didn’t get my act together, I had to go into my kitchen and wing it. I think I came up with something pretty tasty. These Cranberry Brie Bites are simple to make and awesome to eat. And you only need three ingredients. I happened to have them all in my fridge, and you might, too.

The sweetness from the cranberry sauce compliments the creamy brie, and the flaky puff pastry is as perfect as it always is. Next time you’re having a gathering, pop some Cranberry Brie Bites in the oven, and make everyone smile.

Cranberry Brie Bites | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Planning is good, but surprises can also be awesome. Eat more cheese. Have more fun.

Cranberry Brie Bites
Yields 12
A little bit sweet, totally creamy, and completely awesome, Cranberry Brie Bites are perfect for any party.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 sheet puff pastry
  2. About 6 ounces brie (a small wheel or a wedge would work)
  3. 6 tablespoons cranberry sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375.
  2. Use a pizza cutter to cut your puff pastry into 12 squares. Gently press one square into each cup of a muffin pan.
  3. Cut your brie into 12 chunks. I used a small wheel of brie and had a bit of cheese left over at the end. Place one chunk of brie into each pastry cup.
  4. Spoon 1-2 teaspoons of cranberry sauce into each cup as well.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown. (I should have let mine cook longer.)
  6. Allow these to cool for about 10 minutes before gently removing from the pan and serving to your adoring guests.
Adapted from Tablespoon
Adapted from Tablespoon
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