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

Awesome in December

Awesome in December features my favorite things from the past month. Read on to find out what I loved, as well as your favorite recipes from December.

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

December has been an absolute whirlwind. It’s only been the last day or two that I’ve actually been able to slow down. I set an intention to work hard, and I guess the universe heard me. I’ll be more careful with my words next time.

We did get to spend time with family over Christmas, which was lovely. I also got to eat some mac and cheese chicken and waffles from Buck’s Bar before seeing the new Star Wars film. Turns out the chicken was the highlight of the night. Have you seen Star Wars yet? What did you think?

The Golden Globe nominations have led me to some great viewing this month, though. I loved Unbelievable on Netflix. Well, maybe that’s not the right word for a show about a serial rapist, but I found it deeply compelling, well-acted, and important.

I also enjoyed Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. It was definitely not a typical Tarantino film, but I found myself engrossed nonetheless. Marriage Story on Netflix was also engrossing, if painful to watch. Divorce is painful. That’s all I’ll say about that just now. But Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver were both terrific.

Awesome Recipes

December is the biggest month for food bloggers, so they’re pulling out all the stops.

Have you seen these Giant Crinkled Chocolate Chip Cookies from The New York Times? Apparently you have to stop and bang them on the counter like three times? Is it worth it? Only one way to find out.

These Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread Muffins from Broma Bakery are a great idea. Ingenious for sharing.

In case you feel the need to eat something other than cookies, this Potato Sausage and Rosemary Galette from The Candid Appetite looks so delicious and elegant.

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Three of your favorite recipes this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, White Cheddar Fondue, and Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies. Sign me up.

January is a fresh start. Not only a new year, but a new decade. I hope it’s completely 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.

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 July

Awesome in July

It’s been a blissfully quiet month. We’ve been sticking close to home, dodging the rain, and eating a lot of burgers. The best burger this month that I didn’t make myself was for sure from DogHouse in Merchant City. We’ve been continuing on with our Marvel film festival now that the World Cup is finally over, and I finally saw Black Panther. I absolutely loved it. Thor: Ragnorak was also really fun. Captain America: The Winter Soldier had the best fight choreography.

I also managed to finish three books this month; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Between the World and Me was definitely my favorite of the three. 

I have a powerful need to try out this Baked Honey Hot Chicken Sandwich

I’d never heard of Smith Island Cake before, but I’m certain I need to eat it.

Also please hook me up with a bucket of Cinnamon Harissa Caramel Corn.

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Peanut Butter Fudge. These are the best of the best, friends.

August means back to school and back to insanity. I’m reveling in the peace and quiet while I still can. Make it awesome, kids.



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