Awesome in October | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Awesome in October

Awesome in October | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve only been back for two days, and I’m already doing a catch up post. It’s cool because October is the best, even when you do practically nothing.

We finally found a good Mexican restaurant in Glasgow. If you haven’t been to Bibi’s Cantina yet, book a table right now. It’s small and intimate, and if you show up and there’s not a table available, you’ll be really sad. They give you a sample of their margarita as soon as you walk in, and there’s complimentary chips and salsa, as there should be. Everything was awesome, and I want to go back.

We’re also in the planning stages of remodeling our bathroom. We currently have the dumbest bathroom on the face of the earth, so I can’t wait to gut the whole thing and start again. Do you want to see the progress?

I’m currently reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I’m possibly the last person on Earth to read this book, but just in case you haven’t, it’s so funny and engaging. I love a book that keeps me laughing. Once I’m finished, we’re going to watch the Amazon Prime series, so I’d love to hear your feedback if you’ve seen that, as well.

I’ve mostly been reveling in the change of the leaves. Autumn is my favorite time of year, even though it doesn’t actually get hot here in the summer. There’s something magical about the blazing trees and the crisp air that I never get tired of. The colors can make even the most depressing places suddenly beautiful. It’s all a matter of perspective.

This might also be my favorite time for internet food. Here’s what I loved.

Are we still allowed to eat things for breakfast that aren’t covered in avocado? I hope so, because I’m dying for these Chocolate Cardamom Morning Rolls from A Cozy Kitchen.

Whenever I go to a new to me Italian restaurant, I always order the Bolognese because if that’s good, everything else will be. Can’t wait to try The Best Bolognese recipe from Broma Bakery to see if it stacks up.

Michelle of Hummingbird High is out with a new book, Weeknight Baking. It looks amazing, and I hope I can get a copy soon. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake has got me swooning.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes during this very quiet month on Awesome on 20 were Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Parmesan Fried Gnocchi. We’re feeling savoury this month, I guess. I like it.

I’m diving into big changes right now, and I hope you’re with me. Let’s make it awesome.

New Home Tour

You’re probably sick of hearing me talk about moving by now. We’re 99% unpacked and mostly living normal every day lives at this point, even if we don’t quite have a space for everything yet. Although there a lot of things we want to change over the next few years, I think I really love this flat.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

My favorite thing about this flat is the high ceilings. I love the sense of open airiness it lends to the space. The entry way is moderately functional. I have a plan to make this space bright and eccentric. There are some unsightly meters that need to be covered up, and the front door is absolutely hideous, but we’ll get there in the end.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Emily’s room still needs some furniture, but we’re waiting for her input before we make any major decisions. I think we might try to find some funky pieces for her at a charity shop. She’s sixteen, so I’m not about to presume what she would like.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Our bedroom has a ton of space, so we really need to look at some art for this space. I’m hoping to add a dressing table. We’re thinking navy with accents of orange and yellow for a color palette. My heart’s desire is to have a big fox print hanging above the bed.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The bathroom is definitely the most lacking, mainly due to the fact that there is absolutely no storage in this room. It’s also the room I care about the least. We’ll get to it eventually.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The living room is massive and structurally in good shape. This space really just needs decorating more than renovation. We are, however, thinking of building a bar in the alcove and a window seat in the bay window. We’ve had an idea to build a shelving unit around the tv for additional storage. I also have a project in mind to update the fireplace. Those brown tiles are not awesome.

New Home Tour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The whole reason I was sold on this place is the spacious kitchen/dining area. For a tenement flat in our price range, this kitchen is downright massive. Eventually, the whole thing is going to get overhauled. The whole house is getting wood flooring, and additionally, we want to install white streamline cabinets, butcherblock countertops, and one of those oversize white farmhouse style sinks. If all my dreams come true, we’ll have an additional row of lower cupboards with additional counter space and a light blue vintage style fridge to match my KitchenAid mixer.

I can’t wait to test this place out by throwing our first party. This is going to be a wonderful home. Eventually. Let’s do it.

Awesome in October

Awesome in October

Awesome in October

The end of October marks our first month in our new apartment. It’s so close to being completely put together. Just a couple more pieces, and I won’t have to figure out how to get furniture home without a car for a good long while. We won’t discuss decorating. Blergh!

We set our clocks back last week, so it’ getting dark around 5:00 pm now. That’s definitely a huge change from the past six years. It’s all dark and gloomy in my apartment today. Does this mean I’m allowed to curl up in bed with some hot chocolate and a Harry Potter book all day? Okay, thanks!

We had delicious doughnuts at Nic’s NYC Deli, an outrageous spicy chicken burger at NYC Glasgow, and some serious poutine at Bloc+ this month. The restaurant scene in Glasgow is solid, and I can’t wait to share some of my new favorites with you. 

Exploring: Clitheroe, England

We also took a weekend trip down to Rishton and Clitheroe to visit family. England is so beautiful, it nearly breaks my heart. We won’t be dressing up for Halloween this year because we’re spending the night in London. Don’t tell my husband how excited I am. He’s from Winterfell, so he’s honor-bound to be anti-King’s Landing.

The internet has been exploding with awesome Fall dishes this month. Jessica made Cider Cheese Soup Shooters in adorable pretzel bread rolls. Ridiculous! 

This Pumpkin Butterbeer Hot Chocolate over on Half Baked Harvest ticks so many of my boxes. It’s like she’s in my head. 

And Molly’s Glazed Apple Cider Donuts are basically the epitome of Fall. Makes me wish I could go apple picking like you wouldn’t believe.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You’re feeling cozy this month, too. Your favorite recipes were Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf, Transformer Chicken, and Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf. We’re all ready to turn that oven back on and get dinner on the table.

November will bring all sorts of new adventures, including a new job. I’m so ready. Stay warm and stay awesome!

Glasgow Apartment Front Door

Glasgow Apartment Move-In


Glasgow Apartment Front Door

We got the keys to our new apartment in Glasgow on Friday, loaded all of our suitcases in a taxi, hauled it all up the stairs, and called it home. We spent all day Saturday shopping and rounding up the last of our stuff from the SIL’s place. We logged over 10 miles walking that day, and I am now officially exhausted. I can’t remember being this tired in a long time. I love this space, and I think it’s going to feel like home very quickly. Want to take a quick tour? I thought so.

Glasgow Apartment Living Room

The building we live in was built in 1901, and the ceilings are probably 12 feet high. The living room has a huge south facing bay window which I hope will provide some nice light. There’s fancy crown molding and a cool disk thing in the ceiling above the light fixture. Those things probably have a name, but I don’t know what they are. You probably guessed that my favorite bit is the built-in bookcase.

We won’t need to add much to this space furniture-wise. Just a few end tables and a bar cart for now. But those walls are massive. I’d love any tips on decorating for high ceilings. What are we gonna put up there?

Glasgow Apartment Master Bedroom

Our bedroom is spacious and inviting. The main issue is that the wardrobe is probably ideal for one person, but not so much for two people, especially when one of them has a thing for scarves. Luckily, there’s a hall closet where we can keep coats and shoes. I planned on getting a dressing table where I could do my hair and makeup since having electrical outlets in the bathroom is illegal in the UK. The new plan is to get another chest of drawers, use the top drawer for stashing hair appliances and make up, and then use the rest for clothes. I hate folding my clothes in a drawer because it makes it harder to see what you have, but what’s a girl to do? Leave a comment if you have any tips for dealing with limited clothing storage.

Glasgow Apartment Second Bedroom

Our second bedroom has a lovely view of the back garden which is wonderfully overgrown. My daughter Emily is in charge of decorating this one, so it will likely be the coolest room in the house. She’s already decided on a silver and blue theme. Very Ravenclaw.

Glasgow Apartment Bathroom

The bathroom seems huge compared to our last place, and there’s a deep bathtub. I can’t wait to have a lovely spa bath and relax away all this moving tension. This room does lack storage, though, so some drawers and a basket for towels will definitely be in order.

Glasgow Apartment Kitchen

I saved the kitchen for last because you know that’s my favorite space. It’s tiny, but I’m confident I can make it work. I’ll just have to be very organized when I’m cooking. I’ll likely rearrange the cupboards at least five times. That hall closet I mentioned earlier will also serve as a pantry, so we’ll have plenty of storage. It will only feel like my kitchen, though, once I’ve replaced my beloved Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I was heartbroken to learn that they cost about twice as much in the UK as they do in the US. Can I set up a Go Fund Me?

There’s a lot still to be done in order to make this place fit for comfortable living, but I’m confident we can eventually make it completely awesome. I’ll share each room once it’s complete(ish). So now all that’s left is for you to tell me when you’re coming over for dinner. 

Cheap Furniture Love with Awesome on 20

New Cheap Furniture

I told you about my sudden compulsion redecorate the house, and we’re focusing first on the living room and the bedroom. We still have a few pieces to buy and plenty of projects to personalize our space, but we have managed to pick up a few bits of furniture without going broke. There’s also a large pile of clutter in the corner that is conveniently covered by some new red drapes. I’m pretending it doesn’t exist for now.

Cheap Furniture Love with Awesome on 20

Buying furniture without owning a car can be a bit tricky, so for the biggest piece, our new sofa, we went to our local discount furniture place and found this small sectional on sale. It happened to be exactly what we were looking for, so we set up a delivery time, paid the inevitable fee, and waited around for it to show up at our house. You’ll have to ask my husband to tell the story about how to remove a sofa from your house that doesn’t fit through your door. Let’s just say one of my old kitchen knives is definitely useless now.

Cheap Furniture Love with Awesome on 20

I also wanted a new TV stand with some storage so I could make space in the living room for a desk. I’m completely over writing all my posts from the couch. Everything that looked perfect was a bit too expensive, so we went to a nearby hardware store and bought a simple, cheap bookcase and a couple of cloth boxes. All together, we paid about $75. Geoff can also tell you a great story about carrying that bookcase home from the hardware store.

Cheap Furniture Love with Awesome on 20

I found this jewel blue throw blanket at Ross weeks ago, and decided that I wanted to do our bedroom in blue and gray. You’d be surprised how hard it is to find gray bedding at a discount store. Eventually we managed to pick some up, and I also found some lovely silver gray drapes to lighten up the room. I’m also excited about finally having a mirror and an electrical outlet in the same room so I can actually see my hair while I’m applying hot metal to it.

Cheap Furniture Love with Awesome on 20

Other than those two pieces of furniture, we haven’t spent more than $20 on any single item so far. There may be some shelf painting in our future. There will definitely be some photograph printing. We might even attempt some art. We also need a desk and an ottoman, but it’s all coming together. We’ve gotten most all our accent pieces from Ross. The trick is to go often and visit different stores if there’s more than one in your area. 

The rooms are already much better. It feels like a grown up space. It may not be as stylish as a more upscale house, but it suits us. And yes, there’s definitely a huge pile of laundry or a pile of shoes just out of frame on several of these shots. It’s real life, my friends. You have to work with what you’ve got.

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