40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine

40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine


40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine We’ve been having one of those days where it’s cold and rainy but also sunny at the same time. It’s a horrible trick. Rude almost. I’m done with the wind and the rain. I’m ready to hold onto that sunshine. I don’t know whether or not Scotland will deliver, so I’m going to turn to my kitchen . If we can’t have real sun, at least maybe we can put some sunshine on a plate. Or in a glass, as the case may be. 

Here’s 40 awesome recipes to bring some sunshine into your life, whether or not you’re getting any out your window.

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day


Feta & Strawberry Salad from Awesome on 20

Sides, Snacks, & Appetizers

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lunch & Dinner

Raspberry Lemonade | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day


Citrus Bundt Cake from Awesome on 20


I hope you have lots of sunny days full of al fresco dining. If not, at least you can eat and drink some sunshine.

Summer of Awesome

Back to Reality

Summer of Awesome

Hey guys! I haven’t seen you in ages. I bet I missed you more than you missed me! 

We’ve been everywhere! London, Paris, Amsterdam, Liverpool, Chester, Edinburgh. It was our 2016 European headline tour! I’m exhausted.

After an absolutely amazing, unforgettable summer, my baby’s gone back home, the house is empty, and work is real. You can live the dream, but not every day. Unless you’re rich, maybe? Do rich people do that?

I’m ready to dig in, cook you some food, take it’s picture, and ramble endlessly. I hope you’ll go with me. 

What was the most awesome thing that happened to you this summer? I hope it was outrageously dreamy!

Have an Awesome Summer

Have an Awesome Summer

Hey, kids. I hope everyone is having a truly spectacular summer. I’ve decided to take a little break from blogging over the summer. It’s weird to write those words. I feel like we’re breaking up.

I’m sure you’re thinking “Take a break? Girl, please!” I know, I haven’t been posting much really for the past year since I went into the hospital. So I’m officially taking a break so I can stop feeling guilty about it. 

This blog has been a part of my life for over three years, and it means a lot to me. I don’t want it to be anything but awesome, so I want to be able to give it the energy it deserves.

I’m going to spend the summer travelling and spending time with my baby. I’m going to rejuvenate and refill my notebook with awesome ideas to share with you. And then I’m going to come back in the autumn all fresh and fabulous. 

Make sure you’re following on Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat {awesomeon20} to keep up with the awesomeness over the summer. I hope you’ll still be here when I come back because it’s gonna be awesome! Love ya, kids!

Fun, Teenager-Attracting Summer Activites

Kayaking with family is a fun way to exercise and bond.
Summer fun is bound to come!

Summer’s coming to an end for the kids in the South and Hawai’i, and we’re all pretty bummed (myself, Emily, included). All us teens can remember right now are the amazing memories since Day One of Summer 2014, and we just can’t get over it all. So, I’m here to tell you the spectacular things I’ve done this summer, to share and give suggestions for those who have a little bit of a longer break than I. Maybe you could even try some of these things out next summer.  So, ladies and gentlemen, hang on to your pens and pencils, don’t you dare drop that summer bucketlist, because not only am I gonna knock your socks off, but you’ll be adding new activities to your to-do lists.  Let’s go!

1. Go to a lonely pool with friends.
This was the first thing I did as soon as summer started. A few friends of mine went with me to an empty pool for us to goof around in and hit each other with noodles, and because it was empty, no one complained. It’s a super fun, even relaxing things to do when you’re bored and can’t think of any possible way to get the summer started.
2. Water fights.
No matter whether this is with family or friends or teammates, it’s always a blast to throw a giant cherry bomb at someone’s back.  Am I  right? This summer, me and my friend figured out all kinds of things we could do with water. We had water balloon tosses, races with cups of water on the top our heads, we even just plain threw cups of water at each other. It’s super fun, it cools you off, and it’s a great way to find revenge.
3. Play sports.
This isn’t for everyone, but I do indeed love sports. Whether I’m at volleyball camp, try-outs, winning championships with my team, or casually playing a game of catch with my dad or best friend, sports get me pumped. They help you stay active and healthy throughout a summer where you could just lie in bed all the time. So, over these two glorious months, maybe play a few games of kickball with your family. Maybe play a quick scrimmage of whiffleball with your friends. I promise, you’ll end up enjoying yourself.
4. Spend a little time with your family.
Especially if you have a large amount of relatives, you might be that one teenager who has little time with their friends, and lots of time with their aunts and grandpas and far away mom. Don’t just get upset that you’re not at some dumb party where everyone is dancing like a maniac, have some adventures with your own kin. It’ll make the day seem far more grand if you spend the day swimming in a lake with your cool, twenty year old aunt, opposed to moping about so-and-so’s big Quincenera that you’re missing out on.
5. Read.
When you have a little downtime at the end of the day, put down your phone, and read a good book. It’s good for the imagination.
6. Explore.
If you’re not traveling anywhere, and you’re just stuck in your boring town, take a walk around your neighborhood. You may find your new favorite breakfast place, or a shop with cute shoes, or a hip art exhibit. Ya never know.
7. Hit up a local event.
Here in Hawai’i, there’s a thing called “Eat the Street.”  A bunch of food trucks come to one parking lot, and usually serve their normal food, and one or several dishes that have to do with whatever the theme of that month’s food is.  It’s a great way to try new grub, and be adventurous with your eats.  In Nashville, there is an Art Crawl every  first Saturday of the month, where you admire all the art local artists put out.  Local events like this are great, and are usually inexpensive ways to to experience new things, and find some hidden talents or interests you have.

8. Go shopping.

Now, if you have a summer job, or if you have some money saved up from babysitting or chores or birthdays, this is your chance.  If you go shopping, it gives you the opportunity to give yourself a change and show a different side of yourself through fashion. 

9. Visit scenic views.

To soak up nature’s beauty, you can go hiking, go to a tide pool, a beach, a waterfall, even the top of a balcony or hill overlooking a city.  It’s your choice on what to enjoy around you.

10. Try new things.

Food, movie-making, boogie boarding, cooking, baking, kayaking, hiking, tide pools, beaches, teas, chess, decorating, styling, concerts, music, dinner parties, snorkeling, dancing, endless possibilities to pair up with your summer.  Find something new, find something great, and enjoy it.

2014 Hawaii Summer Bucket List

2014 Hawaii Summer Bucket List

2014 Hawaii Summer Bucket List


Emily arrives Monday night, and holy monkey, I’m so excited! We have a million things we want to do, starting with at least ten million hugs. Here’s her summer bucket list for her visit to Hawaii. We’d better get busy being awesome!

  • Snorkel at Shark’s Cove & Hanauma Bay
  • Kayak to the Mokes
  • Hike to a waterfall
  • Find a new beach
  • Go to a fair
  • See a movie
  • Make a movie
  • Visit the Kaneohe Sandbar
  • Check out a tide pool
  • Invent a new food
  • Hang out at the bookstore
  • Play step-ball, football, and volleyball
  • Have a barbeque
  • Throw a birthday party
  • Hit up Eat the Street
  • Dance in the park
  • Host water balloon Olympics
  • Go shopping
  • Drink bubble tea
  • See fireworks
  • Have a fancy dinner party
  • Try boogie boarding
  • Play chess
  • Jam out 
  • Watch Firefly
  • Redecorate the kitchen to look like a cupcake shop
  • Make Thai iced tea

I really can’t wait to get started!


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