November hit like a cold brick wall here in Glasgow, and I wasn’t prepared. When you only allow yourself to spend $20 a day (or now I guess it’s £13), it’s tough to amass an entirely new, seasonally appropriate wardrobe. I’m working on it, but we have a long way to go in the warm department. At least I now have a few pairs of shoes that aren’t flip flops.
I also started a brand new, real life, full-time job at the beginning of the month, and it was simultaneously awesome and exhausting. Learning the culture and vocabulary of a new organization really takes it out of me. I just hope the people who pay me realize that when I’m staring off into space, I’m actually working deep inside my brain.
Between the non-stop rain and the fact that it goes dark at 4 pm, we haven’t been getting out much, but we did make a special trip to Howlin’ Wolf. We also managed to grab a burger at Gourmet Burger Kitchen. I’ve been testing out all the seasonal hot chocolate flavors all the coffee shops are offering, and so far, my favorite is the Black Forest Hot Chocolate at Costa Coffee.
Sadly, my constant brain fry means I also haven’t spent much time reading about food on the internet, but I did manage to find some tasty stuff for you.
These Red Velvet Nutella-Stuffed Cookies from Cookie Named Desire look pretty dang rad.
I’m desperately wishing I was cool enough to hang out with Joy the Baker, eat Chili Cheese Dogs, and talk about winter coats and global warming.
And Brown Eyed Baker solved my “no Pilsbury dough in a tube” problem by teaching us how to make our own Homemade Crescent Rolls. Thanks internet!
Finally, here’s what you thought was awesome this month.
You were feeling sweet and frugal this month and making lots of Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding. You’re so smart.
Everybody’s finally gotten on board the meatloaf for Thanksgiving bandwagon I’ve been driving for the past four years. You loved Cranberry-Glazed Turkey Meatloaf. You’re so right.
Everybody’s favorite is always Peanut Butter Fudge. I’m planning on making myself a batch next week for my new work friends. I think they’ll like it.
Don’t forget to share your photos on Instagram and tag them #awesome365. It’s a beautiful world out there, especially in December. Bring on my birthday. Bring on Christmas. Bring on my baby coming home to Scotland. I’m so ready.