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.

Awesome in January

Awesome in January

January was bitterly cold and dreadfully long. We tried to stay cozy at home, and film awards season brought the perfect excuse to stay on the couch under a blanket. I especially loved season 2 of The Crown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Sinner in terms of television. My favorite movies so far have been Lady Bird and Get Out, but there’s still a lot left to watch. I have to say, I don’t understand the hype around Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I guess I don’t find rape and racism that funny. Have you seen it? What did you think?

I made Cheesy Potato Soup this month, and it was the perfect foil t the January dreariness. We got to try Pizza East which just opened up a few doors down from us. It was tasty, but I think I’ll take it home to eat next time as the seats weren’t particularly comfortable. Geoff also had the best white russian of his life at Lebowski’s West. 

I definitely want to dig into this Cheesy Tuscan Sausage Dip like now. That cheese, though!

I’m a sucker for a pretzel dog, and these Pretzel Challah Bagel Dogs are calling my name. 

I’m totally intrigued by this Oatmeal Cookie Irish Cream Cheesecake Pie. So many good things all in one dessert. Yes, please. 

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

Your favorites this month were peanut butter fudge, buffalo chicken pinwheels, and classic crunchy peanut butter cookies. All is right with the world.

February is bringing the Winter Olympics a bit more daylight, and a big change at work. Let’s make it awesome, friends.

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

I spent the first three weeks of August in my house. July was so outrageously awesome that I needed a bit of a break from life. My bank account appreciated the break as well. I watched the Olympics non-stop and loved every minute of it. Michael Phelps was awesome, Katie Ledecky blew up the world, Mo Farah might be the nicest man ever born, and Simone Biles is basically a god. I can’t wait for the Winter Games in Korea. I’m thinking figure skating, snowboarding, and non-stop hot chocolate. What were your favorite Olympic moments?

Howlin Wolf3

We also went back to Howlin’ Wolf this month and had more great cocktails and totally awesome food. I think it might be becoming my favorite. I can also recommend the milkshakes at Byron Burgers. 

I’ve been watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix, and I can’t decide if I like it or not. Rebecca is a terrible person, but Greg is exactly my kind of funny. The theatre kid in me can’t look away from a musical. Also, I was an assistant teacher in Santino Fontana’s tap class when I was in high school and he was like eight years old, so I’m pretty sure I’m at least partially responsible for that Fred Astaire number he did in episode 4.

I’ve been dying to eat the internet. Most especially, I’d like to eat Snickerdoodle Muffins, S’mores Ice Cream Cake, and Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies. Clearly I need to start jogging.

Brazilian Sunrise Cocktail from Awesome on 20

Your favorite recipes this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Chicken Parmesan, and Brazilian Sunrise Cocktails. Clearly I wasn’t the only one wishing I was in Rio.

I’m happy to have escaped the house again. Adventures await. It’s gonna be awesome!

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