Have an Awesome Christmas

Have an awesome Christmas

Hey, friends! I hope you’re having an absolutely beautiful day doing exactly what you want with people who make you laugh. You are all a gift to me. Thank you so much for reading my words and cooking the food I share.

I hope you have an opportunity today to find of moment of peace, light, and hope and truly look in awe at this amazing complex, terrifying and unbelievably beautiful universe we live in.

Be merry, friends. Lots of love to you.

Awesome in December

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

December has been brilliant. Apart from the minutes dragging by at work leading up to a Christmas break so close you could taste it, this month has been full of love and celebration. I turned 40 without becoming hysterical, and was overwhelmed with love from so many people in ways I didn’t expect.

Christmas brought joy, great food, and a now complete set of Nigella Lawson books. I’m too spoiled. And even though I’ve started talking to myself a lot more, I’m still not over having time off from work. I’ve got another week to just chill and be entirely myself, and I’m very into it.

I’ve been watching lots of Golden Globe nominated movies and shows. We finally finished watching all six seasons of The Americans. I don’t know anyone else who watches this show, and I can’t understand why because it’s incredible. Seasons 1-5 are available on Amazon Prime (in the UK for sure). Get on it. I’ve also really enjoyed A Star is Born (I was surprised by how much I loved the music), as well as Homecoming and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, both on Amazon Prime.

The most delicious things on the internet come out at the end of the year. The holiday season is a big money maker for food bloggers, and they pull out off the stops.

Check out this gorgeous Sparkling Pomegranate Punch from Sprinkle Bakes.

I’m looking for an excuse to make this Baked Brie and Bread Wreath from The Candid Appetite right now.

And this Pink Peppermint Cake from How Sweet Eats is just everything.

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

Your favorites this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Chicken Parmesan, and Brown Elephants Cocktails. It makes me happy to think of people enjoying Amarula at Christmas. Wish Santa would bring me a bottle.

I hope you had a wonderful December and an absolutely amazing 2018. I’m ready to start the new year fresh. Let’s do it.

Awesome in November

Awesome in November

Awesome in November

This month somehow seemed to stretch on and on for ages while simultaneously being completely uneventful. We spent two of our weekends being “taught” how to ride mopeds by a pack of racist misogynists and one really nice guy which was cold and awful, but I’m now legal to ride a moped in this country. Our new moped is currently stuck in red tape land while we wait for the registration to be processed, but I’m pretty excited that my bus days will soon be over.

I watched some fireworks, failed to solve a murder mystery, and made a kick ass Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family. And we started celebrating my birthday weeks ago. Oh, and my husband took me to see the Bolshoi Ballet. It was in a movie theatre, but it was still so cool. I feel pretty damn loved.

There’s so much good food on the internet leading up to Thanksgiving, that I hardly know where to begin. How about with these gorgeous Garlic & Herb Parker House Rolls? I mean come on!

These Cookie Butter Snickerdoodles are just ridiculous and I need at least twenty.

I think this Double Crust Pumpkin Chocolate Pie is pure genius.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

Your favorites this month were Peanut Butter Fudge, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail. Somebody’s having a really great party.

December is going to be the greatest. May your days be merry and bright and so very awesome.

 

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

Drinks

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

Desserts

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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