Awesome in November

Awesome in November

Awesome in November

Insert the usual astonishment here. How are we at the end of November already? Time is just so weird.

November was a big month. We made a trip to Washington state for my great grandmother’s 100th birthday party. I also got to take my baby to tour a university in the area. We had a blast together, but I don’t know how we got this old. We also ate a ton of greasy American food that we can’t get in Scotland. It was very indulgent. 

On the plane, I finally got a chance to watch The Big Sick. It was absolutely perfect. Such a simple and simultaneously unusual story that was deeply affecting. Luckily we were on a relatively empty flight, so no one was sitting next to me as I laughed, cried, and gasped in astonishment. If you haven’t seen this yet, you absolutely must. It’s genius.

The internet is absolutely jam packed with delicious holiday food right now. I’m hoping to try these Easy Flaky Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls because they look like a buttery bread pillow, and I want to eat ten million of them.

I’m feeling this Cheesy Herb Baked Mashed Potato Gratin because there should be a potato recipe for every day. 

This Pumpkin Buttercream Swiss Roll would be a real show stopper on your holiday table. I think we all need a bit of that in our lives right now.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

You’re in full on holiday mode. Your favorite recipes this month were Peanut Butter Fudge, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Classic Peanut Butter Cookies. Sounds like a fantastic party. 

December is obviously the best month of the year. Let’s make it extra awesome.

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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Awesome in February

Awesome in February

Can we get some sunshine, please? I’m ready ready ready for this nasty rain and snow to go away. I got to throw a last minute party for a dear friend this, and it was a blast. I got to make Swiss & Bacon Dip, and that’s always a good thing. Then I got to attend a beautiful wedding for that dear friend and watch her smile and laugh the entire day, and it was absolutely perfect.

Since the weather was so nasty, I watched approximately one billion movies. One of my favorites was Arrival. If you have a love of language and you haven’t seen this film yet, do not wait another minute. It was beautiful to look at and so thoughtful. 

I’m almost finished reading MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. Her books are so frighteningly relevant right now. If you haven’t been terrified by the Handmaid’s Tale recently, I suggest you pick up a copy.

Internet foods were on fire. This chocolate truffle cake is just bonkers, you guys! 

These pretzel dogs with cheese sauce are making me hungry. Gimme.

If a cupcake could ever be elegant, it would have to be this Valentine’s Surprise Chocolate High Hat Cupcake. It’s just beautiful. 

Chicken Parmesan from Awesome on 20

Your favorites this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Chicken Parmesan, and Passion Fruit Green Tea. Can I come over for dinner?

The days are getting longer, and I’m excited to see what’s coming my way. Be awesome, friends.

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