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

Awesome in February

How does tiny little February somehow always seem to go on forever? The weather was horrible pretty much every day, but let’s focus on what was awesome in February.

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

I went to the wedding of a dear friend this month, and it was lovely. Other than that, I’ve barely left my house. We did go out for dinner on Valentine’s Day. How you know you’ve married the right person? They take you to Five Guys for special occasions. I never get tired of a good cheeseburger and a thick milkshake. And when you can share that experience with someone you love, that’s pure heaven.

While being cooped up in the house avoiding one storm after another this month, we watched the final season of The Good Place. While it wasn’t as strong as the first two seasons, I was still so sad when it ended. It’s like saying goodbye to friends.

We also watched Parasite, and guys, it’s everything everyone has promised. It’s visually stunning, hilarious and horrifying. If you’re still resistant to watching foreign films, this is the time to get over it. After a few minutes, you forget that you’re reading. This story is completely engrossing, and you must see it.

Internet food is starting to become more enticing this month as we’ve all given up on our new year diets. Refried beans are always my favorite part of any Mexican meal, so I’m pretty excited about these Easy Refried Beans from Two Peas & Their Pod.

Speaking of Mexican food, maybe I can serve those refried beans with these incredible looking Saucy Chipotle Chicken Skillet Enchiladas from How Sweet Eats. So what if you have to go to a specialty shop in the West End to get chipotle peppers in Glasgow.

Do I have to wait all the way ’til next year to try this Pull-Apart Biscuit King Cake from Joy the Baker? I don’t know if I can wait that long.

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

Your favorite recipes this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, White Cheddar Fondue, and Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies. I’m so into it.

They say Spring is coming. It’s keeping itself well hidden for now, but we know it’s out there. Just keep turning your face toward the sun.

Awesome in January | How to Be Awesome in $20 a Day

Awesome in January

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

January always feels so long. From the hope and celebration of New Year’s day to the dreary cold work days at the end of the month seems like a million miles. But we made it friends. Here’s what was awesome in January.

We actually left the house at one point and went on a date. We tried burgers and shakes at a place that already appears to have shut down. So, I gues we got there just in time. I gave them a solid B so…

We also went to the theatre to see 1917. It was beautiful and horrible and intense and visceral and so so good. I’ve enjoyed a lot of Sam Mendes’s films over the years. This one was intense. My heart was racing, and I was squirming in my seat probably enraging the people around me. If Roger Deakins doesn’t get a damn Oscar the world has gone mad.

I’ve watched a lot of other good films this month as well. I enjoyed Rocketman more than I expected. It was remeniscent of All That Jazz but more mainstream.

I’m a huge fan of Knives Out and think that’s probably a movie I’ll watch again and again.

I can see why Jojo Rabbit might not everyone’s cup of tea, but I was all in. It’s definitely my pick for best production design, and Jojo’s pal is the most adorable child actor I’ve ever seen. Can I move into Jojo’s house and get Scarlett Johansson’s entire wardrobe?

I also felt myself strangely invested in Ford v Ferrari. I thought Matt Damon was great, and they somehow got me to care about car racing. This is some quality story-telling.

We also watched Chernobyl and were stunned and horrified the whole way through. If you missed this series, go back and give it a watch.

Somehow I also managed to finally finish a novel this month. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon took me a while to get into, but it eventually hooked me, then completely mesmerized me. The language is highly stylized, and there are a lot of characters, some of whom have nicknames. There are also some non-linear points in the timeline, so you need to really be paying attention. It’s worth it, though, to get an in-depth glimpse of a very specific time and place.

In amongst all the salads and veganuary dishes, the internet did still offer up some tasty treats this month. I’m totally into this Poutine with Waffle Fries from Spoon Fork Bacon. Can you imagine the texture?

Can you believe I’ve never had Tres Leches Cake. This one from A Cozy Kitchen looks beautiful.

I would be so happy to wake up to this Cinnamon Streusel French Toast from Two Peas & Their Pod.

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

The posts you thought were most awesome in January were Whipped Ricotta, Frito Chili Cheese Wraps, and Amaretto Sours. That’s quite a span of tastes. I love them all.

My favorite post from January was definitely Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche. I’m eating that whole loaf by myself.

I hope your January’s been beautiful, friends. There’s more light on the horizon. It’s gonna be awesome.

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 November | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Awesome in November

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

November has been busy but awesome. I’ve been dedicating so much extra time to this blog, it’s almost like having two jobs. Except I don’t get paid for one of them. Yet. Hopefully, you’ll help me change all that.

We started off this month with a short trip to Chester. It was so restorative. Exactly what I needed in these dark months.

Have you been having your heart broken and your mind blown by Seven Worlds One Planet this month? We could probably watch nothing but David Attenborough nature documentaries forever. I can’t believe the shots they’re able to get. So beautiful. It’s on the BBC in the UK. I hope it’s showing somewhere in America as well.

I’ve also taken a couple of free webinars this month. They’re helping me focus on improving my food blog and turning it into a real business. I don’t have the money to take the courses that these free webinars are selling, but both Beth Kirby of Local Milk and Sarah Fennel of Foodtography School and Broma Bakery have given me a lot to work with. I definitely recommend subscribing to their email lists if you want to improve your photography. They have some free resources and great tips to improve your online images, and I feel like they have a really healthy and realistic approach. If you get to take or have taken their courses, let me know how they went.

Internet food is so good right now. This Sheet Pan Egg in a Hole with Sausage and Breakfast Potatoes is such a genius idea. I never want to stop eating this.

Mac and cheese is a controversial Thanksgiving side dish, but I think this Pumpkin Mac and Cheese should definitely count.

My Thanksgiving hot take is that traditional pumpkin pie is not that great. This Classic Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Whip could change my mind.

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

Your favorite posts this month were Whipped Ricotta, Poinsettia Champagne Cocktails, and Peanut Butter Fudge. It feels like we’re having a party, and I’m totally into.

November is always tough. The darkness is real. But Christmas is right around the corner, and we’re bringing in some extra light. 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.

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