Awesome in September

Awesome in September

Awesome in September

September has been chilly and cloudy and all the things that Autumn should be. Of course, August was pretty much the same, so it doesn’t quite have the same effect here. But you can get a pumpkin spice chai, and isn’t that what September is really all about?

We started off the month with way more burgers than is probably decent, including a trip to NYC Glasgow and one final grill out before the rain set in. Then at the end of the month, we had a cozy, quiet long weekend that included Geoff’s birthday. I promptly proceeded to eat a ridiculous amount of desserts, including some amazing chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. In between all that, we managed to squeeze in an afternoon in Largs for a Viking Festival and an ocean view.

I also read a fantastic book called When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe. It takes place in the Philippines during World War II. It was a bit of history I had never really considered before. If you enjoy historical fiction, I definitely recommend this book.

Gorgeous Fall food is starting to show up all over the internet, including this One-Bowl Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

This Salted Caramel Yogurt Shake will ease you through to Fall if it’s still blazing hot where you live. If not, just eat it while under a blanket.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is actually tempting me to eat vegetables.

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorites this month were all on the cozy side, too. You’re totally into Double Chocolate Muffins, Frito Chilli Cheese Wraps, and Corn Bread-Topped Chilli Mac. Let’s eat it up. 

Before we know it, daylight will be a distant memory. I plan to have as many adventures as I can until then. 

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

A few years ago, Emily had a slight obsession with the Loch Ness Monster, so when we were deciding what we wanted to do this summer, Inverness and Loch Ness seemed like an obvious choice. Of course, the weather was very Scottish, so I didn’t get to take many photos, but we endured the rain to have some adventures nonetheless. 

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Geoff got to tick an item off his bucket list by seeing a wild dolphin. He booked us a a dolphin-watching cruise with Dolphin Spirit. We spotted the same dolphin twice, and it was super cool. The guide on the boat was also fun and informative. We also spotted some seals, otters, and sea birds. Apart from being soaking wet, it was a great experience.

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

We also did a combo coach and boat tour with Jacobite Tours. We hopped on a bus to Loch Ness, boarded a boat to cruise the Loch, and got dropped off to explore Urquhart Castle. On the way back, we got to stop off at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition to learn more about Nessie, and of course, a chance to shop for souvenirs. 

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

In addition to all this organised fun, we explored the local museum and enjoyed a beautiful river walk.

Explore: Inverness & Loch Ness

Inverness was a beautiful town and a great base from which to explore some beautiful and historic bits of Scotland. We didn’t make it out to Culloden this time, but I’m sure we’ll get another chance. I’d definitely recommend a visit. Just don’t expect a wealth of sunshine.

Awesome in April

Awesome in April

Awesome in April

I think I’ve finally recovered from accompanying 11 young people on an overnight camping expedition that included an 8 mile hike each way. Don’t worry, I had four other amazing adults with me to keep me sane. But add in snow and the world’s most uncomfortable hiking boots, and hopefully you can see why I was a bit traumatized. At least I didn’t bring home any ticks this time.

This month we ventured out to see the Falkirk Wheel, tried a few new restaurants, including Smoak, which was pretty spectacular, and ate more bundt cake than is appropriate for a normal human.

Speaking of bundt cake, can I get a piece of this chocolate peanut butter bundt cake, please? 

Let’s follow it up with with these raspberry lemon meringue tartlets in the hope that spring will bloom forth in all it’s sunshiney glory.

And we can have one more dessert because this one is low fat. Dish me up some secretly healthier chocolate mousse

Buttery Nipple Milkshake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Passion Fruit Green Tea, and Buttery Nipple Millkshakes. I think we might be in a party mood.

May is upon us, complete with two long weekends. I plan to relax to the best of my ability and smile whenever possible. Love it, kids. Every minute.

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