Hold That Thought | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hold That Thought

Thoughts and feelings are swirling right now, friends, and I’ve made some decisions. The past few years, I’ve been really inconsistent and non-committal with this blog. I didn’t give it the energy that it really needed to be properly nourished.

In the past I’ve taken long, unplanned breaks because I just didn’t feel like I had anything to say. This is different.

I wanted to let you know that I’m taking a planned, totally intentional, and completely focused break this time. There won’t be any new posts here for a couple of weeks at least. In the meantime, we’ll be doing a bit of tidying up in this space. Cleansing. Renewal.

I’m still sorting through exactly what that will look like, both literally and figuratively. Some archived recipes might disappear from the feed to give us a fresh start. Or not because you can’t erase your past. Renewal is a process, and I’m still working through it.

What I do know is that I’m committed. I want to have my own business someday, and I feel like this blog could be the key that unlocks that door, or maybe even the door itself. We’re making things happen, friends. Come along for the ride.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear your feedback. What kind of content do you most enjoy? What else would you be open to reading about? Where do you like to hang out on social media? Leave a comment and let me know.

I hope those of you who read this blog will stick with me. If you visit and things look a bit wonky, extend a little patience and know that it will all pay off. I’m here for it all. It’s gonna be awesome.

Awesome in September | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Awesome in September

Awesome in September | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

It’s been about a million years since I got on here and shared a catch up post like this. Mostly because we’ve been really busy without actually doing much lately. We’ve stayed close to home after a whirlwind August where I guess I was too busy to post about real life. I’ve just been wandering around with my head in the clouds. It’s been pretty awesome, actually.

My yoga class sadly ended, so I’ve been spending my Tuesdays going to a contemporary class with Dance Glasgow, and it’s been amazing so far. The class is simple and gentle, exactly what I need after a more than 10 year break from modern dance.

I also started reading Good Omens by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. I’m probably the last person on the planet to read it, but I wanted to finish the book before we tried the TV show. I’m absolutely loving it. It’s been a while since I read any Neil Gaimen, and it’s like catching up with an old, quirky, totally hilarious friend.

We’re getting into my favorite time of year for internet food, and I’m particularly excited as I’ve been paying much closer to the cycle of the seasons lately. Here’s what I’m loving.

Molly made Sesame Pretzels with Za’atar and Mozzarella Sauce, and I’m totally hooked on za’atar after these crazy good flat breads, so this can only be awesome.

I’m diving into a giant bowl of this Creamy Butternut Squash Alla Vodka Pasta. Looks gorgeous.

Finally, I’d like to eat my weight in Apple Cider Doughnuts for now and forever.

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

Your favorite recipes this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Whipped Ricotta, and Peanut Butter Fudge. I feel like we’re going back to school, but it’s fancy.

Will things get back to normal in October? Do we even know what normal is anymore? I don’t know, but it’s gonna be awesome.

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 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 March

Awesome in March

To be honest, my friends, March hasn’t been that awesome. Having two wires coming out of your little finger is more restrictive than you might imagine. The wires should come out in about a week and a half, but my finger will be in a splint until at least the 1st of May. I realize that a broken finger is no great tragedy and that there are people struggling with much more than this. Injuries and poor health get me down, and I haven’t yet figured out how to stop that.

We did manage to get out and do a few things this month. We celebrated our 8th anniversary by getting into our wedding clothes and going out for pizza at Pizza East. We drank Toffee White Russians and toasted my mom’s birthday at what we thought was The Duchess but was actually in the process of becoming Palais. We hope to get back there soon and try out the new menu.

We also finally managed to eat some really good Eggs Benedict at Hutcheson’s. I don’t think we’d be able to afford to eat there any other time of day, and while the brunch menu is a bit pricey, it’s not outrageous, and the quality definitely matches the price.

We also saw Captain Marvel and had a lot of fun. I liked that they never made any comment about her being a woman (apart from in her past human life), her appearance was never an issue, and she never had to use sex to get what she wanted. I also loved the 90s music and her simple grunge look. Oh how I wished I could look that effortlessly good in jeans and a t-shirt. I’m sure I’ll be taking a picture of Brie Larson with me the next time I get my hair done. But beyond that, it was a really fun super hero movie, made all the more brilliant by the presence of Samuel L. Jackson. Go see it. Take all the girls.

Here’s what I want to eat this month. If I could wake up to this Shakshuka Chilaquiles, I think I would be happy all day.

I’ve loved cornbread since childhood, and this Polenta Cornbread looks absolutely beautiful.

This Oatmeal Cream Pie Cake looks like it might make all my texture dreams come true.

Your favorite dishes this month were Passion Fruit Green Tea, Parmesan Fried Gnocchi, and Mint Brownies. You guys are geniuses.

April is going to be rough. Let’s find some beautiful moments, friends. Be awesome.

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