Awesome in April

Let’s just skip over all the parts where I was freaked out with stress and didn’t accomplish anything. This month was a blur, but we did see Avengers End Game yesterday, and I have all the feels. I also have strong feelings about Captain Marvel’s hair situation if you care to discuss.

Game of Thrones has been cooking at about an 8 so far. I’m hoping we get to some action soon and step away from the clunky dialogue. To be honest, I don’t see how anyone survives the next episode, so I can’t wait to see what happens next.

I also tested a couple of recipes this month that I cannot wait to share with you, so I better get my act together and actually start writing this blog again. I swear, I love it really.

All the real food bloggers have been cooking from Aloha Kitchen lately, and it’s making me homesick. I cannot wait to try making my own Hawaiian Sweet Bread Rolls because they are the greatest.

Sign me up for Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake because I’m actually a child.

Can you imagine how awesome your day would be if you woke up to this Moist Cinnamon Crumb Breakfast Bread?

Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This month you loved Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Whipped Ricotta. It’s gonna be awesome.

My splint should come off May 1st, and we’ve booked a trip to Berlin. Things are looking up, friends. Let’s get through it together.

Awesome in January

Awesome in January

Okay, January, you can just chill the f*** out now. This month felt like it well never end. It started out beautifully then sucked me into a vortex of mild misfortune that I’m still trying to escape. It’s hard to believe that the first six days of this month were spent chillin’ on the couch watching TV. Since I’ve been back to work, I had one good week followed by nonstop illness and injury. I’m completely over it. End of pity party.

We did still manage to do some cool stuff this month, including our first date to the symphony to see the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Sci-Fi Spectacular concert. Fingers crossed for a staff discount to the Harry Potter concert in March. We also treated ourselves to lunch at Eusebi Deli, and the pasta was spectacular. Can’t wait to pop in one day for one of their gorgeous sweet treats as well.

I watched so many great movies and TV shows this month I can hardly remember them all. What immediately comes to mind is Sharp Objects, Can You Ever Forgive Me, and If Beale Street Could Talk. I have lots of thoughts. What have been your favorite Oscar and Golden Globe contenders this year?

The internet is usually full of healthy food in January, which is no fun, but I’ve still managed to find some delicious-looking favorites.

Molly Yeh went to Maui and then came home and made Manapua, and I’m not sure which one I’m more jealous of. If you know where to get great char siu bao in Glasgow, please tell me immediately.

January also brings out Super Bowl food, which is the sport’s only redeeming quality, in my opinion. I hope to dive into this Frito Chili Cheese Dip one day soon.

Finally, citrus season brings us beautiful things like these Old-Fashioned Blood Orange Donuts. They’re almost too gorgeous to eat, but I think I could manage five before regret really sunk in.

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

Your favorites this month were Peanut Butter Fudge, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Passion Fruit Green Tea. Nobody comes here when they’re on a diet.

February is short and sweet, so surely not too much can go wrong. I hope you eat well and feel loved.

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 June

Awesome in June

Awesome in June

Did June even happen? We’ve made it to the end already? Are you sure?

I think this month could be defined by one word: STREEEEESSSSSSSS!!! Is going on vacation even worth it? When you come back you have a million things to do and no money to take your mind off anything. I think the answer is to just stay on vacation forever.

Let’s focus on the awesome. Scotland is having the most beautiful summer for once. We’ve had I think three out of four weeks of warm, dry weather. I think the country doesn’t even know itself anymore. I’m getting to wear all my old favorite clothes, and I’m loving it. I’ll even put up with being a little sweaty for a real life summer.

We’ve been under a self-imposed house arrest to avoid spending money, but the World Cup is keeping my husband well occupied. His team is actually doing well for once, and at the moment, he’s riding high. Have you been watching? 

I’ve had plenty of time to read about other people’s interesting and exciting lives on the internet, and it’s making me pretty hungry. 

Sarah from Broma Bakery made all of the muffins and posted the most hilarious InstaStory about it. I hate fruit and I still want to eat like half of these. She’s beautiful and her work is perfect and it spikes my envy so hard but I can’t look away. (or use commas)

These Toasted S’more Chocolate Ice Cream Cups from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest are hard core, and I want five of them. 

And then there were Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Mac & Cheese Balls on Bakers Royale, and I died. 

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorites this month were Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms, Passion Fruit Green Tea, and Chicken Parmesan. I could eat all of those right now. Maybe we should make it happen.

I’m determined to turn July around. We’re digging in and doing the work and looking forward to awesome moments. Keep it coming.

Awesome in February

Awesome in February

Awesome in February

February went down in a vortex of overtime, non-stop Olympic viewing, illness, and a big fat pile of snow. My job ranged from ultra-glam (for work) video projects to muddy days outside in the snow with teenagers showing true resilience while I cowered in the car trying not to get pneumonia. I had been reading about all the American bloggers getting struck down with nasty colds and flu and was feeling so lucky to still be holding onto health until last Saturday when I was knocked over by a bad cold myself. Still waiting on recovery. 

I finally saw Coco, and it was absolutely darling. I’m on a slow slog through the Alexander Hamilton biography. It’s interesting, but it always takes me ages to finish non-fiction books. I’m also a little over halfway through season 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale which is completely amazing but differs from the book quite a bit. I haven’t yet decided how I feel about that. I guess I just feel this is one case where it’s super important to read the source material if you haven’t already. Margaret Atwood is such a genius, there’s no excuse not to.

Some of the most memorable moments from the Olympics were Shaun White winning a truly triumphant third gold medal, the Shib Sibs pouring their beautifully synchronized hearts out on the ice in the long dance, and the legendary BBC commentary in the freestyle snowboarding and skiing, capped off by a bronze medal win for Team GB’s Billy Morgan in the men’s big air competition . 

All that time in front of the TV gave me plenty of opportunities to catch up on my favorite food blogs. Somebody please throw a party so I can bring this gorgeous Lemon Sheet Cake from How Sweet It Is. 

I wish I had stockpiled the ingredients for this Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese. It looks like a perfect snow day feast. 

I sadly missed out on a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with this stupid cold. How perfect would these Funfetti Chip Scones been for just such an occasion? 

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

Your favorite recipes this month were Double Chocolate Muffins, Passion Fruit Green Tea, and Chicken Parmesan. As always, your taste is impeccable. 

March is introducing itself with a red weather warning that’s already been deemed a second snow day. As happy as I am to have some extra time to recover from my illness, I’m holding out hopes for a hint of sunshine in the near future, even if I have to create it myself. Don’t forget to be awesome, kids.



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