Awesome in May

Awesome in May

Hey there, kids. I’m still looking out for summer. We got a hint of it while we were in Berlin for four days, but Glasgow doesn’t really seem to know what time of year it is.

The highlight of this month was definitely our trip to Germany. I learned that American food has much more in common with Germany that Britain. I saw and tasted a lot of familiar things over there. I didn’t realize meat and potatoes could make me so happy. Germany didn’t feel quite as foreign as other parts of the world that we’ve visited. It was new but somehow still familiar.

My favorite day in Germany was when we walked basically across the entire city following the path of the Berlin Wall. I remember when the Berlin Wall fell. It wasn’t that long ago. This history was much easier to immerse yourself in than trying to go back five hundred years. It was exhausting but rewarding as well.

Here are some of the most delicious things I saw on the internet this month. This Cacio e Pepe Pie is my cheesy dream come true.

I really miss living around the corner from a Panda Express on night’s when I can’t bring myself to cook. I’m hoping this Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken is as good as it looks.

This Funfetti Birthday Cake is bonkers, and I want to dive in.

Amaretto Sour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes this month were Passion Fruit Green Tea, Amaretto Sour, and Parmesan Fried Gnocchi. You’re making thirsty and so happy.

In June we’re excited to drink our way through the Women’s World Cup and hope we can influence a couple more people to give women’s sports the respect they deserve. It’s gonna be awesome.

Awesome in February

Sometimes I wonder if February doesn’t work extra hard to throw you for a loop because its jealous about being the shortest month. We visited someone or had visitors three out of four weekends. Everyone seems to be extra stressed at work. We’ve been busy busy busy, but I’m not sure we’ve accomplished anything.

We had a little weekend adventure in Chester down in England, and last weekend I stuffed my face with poutine and a lychee cocktail at Big Feed Glasgow.

I’m nearly finished reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should. It’s helping me see the world in new ways.

We’re also working out way through Game of Thrones again. If you want to rewatch every episode before the final season premiere, you better get started now.

I have no idea how to pronounce it, but I definitely want to eat this knoephla soup.

These Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Brownies have all my favorite things.

This Vanilla Cheesecake Funfetti Pink Ombre Layer Cake is beautiful and looks delicious and totally worth the hard work.

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Chicken Parmesan, and White Cheddar Fondue. Sounds like the makings of a great evening.

The weather in March looks grim, but I’m holding out hope for warmer days and lighter hearts. Keep it awesome, friends.

Awesome in May

Awesome in May

Awesome in May

Okay, I know it’s already the 8th, but I’m getting old, and it takes me a long time to get over jet lag. Last night I was fast asleep by 9 pm. There’s a pile of clean laundry on my love seat waiting to be folded that’s been building since Sunday. At this point I’m thinking I should just leave it there to meet up with this week’s laundry. That’s totally normal behavior for an adult human with a full time job and a 17 year old offspring, right?

At this point it’s probably needless to say that May was jam-packed with excitement. We made our first visit to Big Feed Glasgow, an indoor food truck gathering. We visited some cool National Trust for Scotland sites with our new year-long membership, and ate some delicious halloumi fries because how can you not at a place called Halloumi. I baked some cakes and hosted a coffee morning at work. We reveled in the rare Scottish sunshine, and I took of group of teenagers on an overnight camping expedition. And that was all before we got on a plane.

Awesome in May

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we made a trip to the US at the end of the month for my daughter’s high school graduation. While in Nashville we ate some awesome pancakes, some tasty hot chicken, and some not quite as good as homemade but still better than anything you can get in Glasgow biscuits and gravy. We visited Rock City and waited in line for a hundred years at Ruby Falls.

Awesome in May

And then we ticked off an item from my personal bucket list by visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was so completely magical. I was not disappointed in any way. The lines weren’t too long, and we managed to see and do everything in the two parks that we wanted in just one day. I wanted to quit my job and make pumpkin pasties and cauldron cakes for the rest of my life. It was absolutely thrilling. We all loved it, and I think it will be a day we’ll never forget.

Awesome in May

We finished off our trip with a quick stay in Atlanta and a visit to the King Center and the Georgia Aquarium. They have four rescued whale sharks at this aquarium, and they’re so cool. They had a bunch of great exhibits, and I think it was worth the somewhat steep price to see such a big variety of wildlife. 

This ended up being a rather lengthy recap, but it was a big month. The best moment was seeing my baby graduate from high school. She worked so hard to achieve, and I couldn’t possibly be more proud of her. I can’t believe I’m about to be the mom of a college student. I absolutely cannot wait to visit her in New York.

We’ve got a few more days of nice weather on the horizon, but we’ll be doing absolutely nothing in June, as our recent trip was definitely not $20 a day. Apparently there’s some football to watch or something. Come hang out while I’m being boring. I’ll still make you cake.

Awesome in April

Awesome in April

Awesome in April

April was a bit bi-polar. I spent most of the month wandering around in an ovenless daze. The weather was completely crazy. Two weeks ago it was sunny, and I was spritzing on the sunscreen as I hiked through the Scottish hills. Then two days ago, it was snowing. I’ve gone down the rabbit hole, and I’m completely lost in Wonderland. Nothing is what it is because everything is what it isn’t. 

We had a visit from one of our favorite munchkins. I spent an aimless week at work without any wonderful but smelly teenagers, I danced my heart out on a boat with a series of large glasses of rosé in my hand, and I got in touch with nature. It was a gorgeous month of shenanigans.

Bread Meats Bread

We tried a new to us burger place, Bread Meats Bread. They make a very solid, respectable burger. I enjoyed it a lot and would definitely go back. It’s just not quite as good as Handmade Burger Company which is on the other corner of that block and usually has more open tables. Too many good burger joints is a great problem to have. 

We also explored Pollock Country Park, Loch Lomond Shores, and the Riverside Museum. Me and Scotland are getting to be best friends. There’s so much to explore here. Imagine me with a car. I’d go crazy. Also, don’t ask about my current obsession with opening a cat cafe and becoming a fox foster mom. 

In the realm of delicious internet things, it appears that the lovely ladies of A Beautiful Mess share my chips and dip obsession. They made a pretty bad ass Cheesy Baked Bean Dip I desperately need to try out.

Foodie with Family is making my sweet and salty heart sing with a gorgeous Chocolate Pretzel Sheet Cake with a ridiculous peanut butter drizzle.

And I’m considering becoming a bourbon person. It seems like all the cool kids are doing it. Who’s cooler the Jessica? What’s more lovely than this Amaretto Bourbon Punch? Yeah, I couldn’t think of anything, either.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

This month, you loved Peanut Butter Fudge because you’re smart and you know it’s the most addicting food ever created.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You threw caution to the wind and decided to make Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf. High fives for you!

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

And your true love this April was Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies. Look at ’em. Aren’t they just lovely?

April in Scotland is pure insanity. It already stays light until about 8:30. I’m in a whole new world, and it couldn’t be awesomer. Come on, May. Bring it!

Awesome in March

Awesome in March

Awesome in March

Well, my husband just told me that he paid for another year of hosting for my site, so I guess you have to go on reading my self-indulgent blathering for a little while longer. I tried hard to quit, but he wouldn’t let me. At the moment, I have a screaming headache and my level of self-loathing is approaching legendary status, so let’s dig deep, kids, and find the awesome.

March came in like a tough little lamb with the promise of sunshine despite the harsh bite to the air. We celebrated our wedding anniversary by putting on our wedding clothes and eating greasy American food. It’s a little tricky to be conspicuous in a wedding dress in a place where there aren’t brides on the beach every night of the week. I did it anyone. If that’s not awesome, I don’t know what is. 

After that, I promptly got sick, which means I’ve been indulging in all the comfort food I’ve ever wanted since then. One of these days I’m going to have to share the amazing burger deals on Tuesday nights at Bloc+.  It’s a great little midweek treat.

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

We went to a few other great restaurants as well, including Paesano Pizza. We also played hometown tourist over the Easter weekend. I was pleasantly surprised by the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. It was much cooler than I anticipated, and it’s free. It’s definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been before. 

My favorite foods on the internet were all clearly in the comfort food category. I’m clearly a person currently in need of a lot of love. Or maybe a kick in the ass.

This Burrata Breakfast Pizza from How Sweet It Is is completely gorgeous and has so many of my favorite things, including sexy egg yolks.

When I saw this Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake from Cookies and Cups, I kind of wanted to eat my screen. You guys! Need!

Salty Dawgs from The Sugar Hit are sort of everything. Malted chocolate plus salted caramel? I told you. Everything.

Cheddar Habenero Corn Bread | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorites this month were of the savoury and somewhat spicy variety. You loved Cheddar Habanero Cornbread, and you’re absolutely right.

Transformer Chicken | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your practical side said let’s make chicken, but let’s make it easy. Transformer Chicken give you time to play and still eat well. It’s the wave of the future.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels are still going strong. Start out with that Transformer Chicken to make it even awesomer.

March is out like a lion, and I’m feeling the claws. Let’s all try to be a little kinder to ourselves in April. Let’s feel the warmth and share the growth with the universe because there’s no going back. All we can do is get more and more awesome every day. And you know we’re better together. Stay strong, kids. Stay awesome.

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