Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sexy Nerd Quote of the Day - Good Reading

Sexy Nerd was shopping on Amazon.com for a fancy battery. He announced that PetsMart is a rip-off, selling the same battery that's $1.49 online for $10.99. Since the price was so low, he elected to buy a package of 10 (we go through 1 every 2-3 years, but that's a different story). After adding the batteries to his cart, Sexy Nerd decided to see what else he could find on Amazon.

A few minutes go by...

"I just bought the coolest book! It was written by the guy who was in charge of the Soviet Union's nuclear weapon program," Sexy Nerd announces. Suddenly, his enthusiasm disappears. "I hope it isn't in Russian."

Five bucks says it is.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Picaaaa!

In keeping with the tone of my blog, I will try to refrain from swearing in this post.

&*#%!!!

I'm home from my big adventure and am contemplating whether or not to break Pica's legs (To Readers: Of course I would never do this. To Pica: You're dead meat, you little punk!) I was walking her and Biscuit to the mailbox today. When we were almost there, Pica's leash detached from her harness. It just kinda slipped off and rested on top of her. I tried to act like nothing was wrong, hoping to inch close enough to Pica to pick her up. She bolted!

She just ran and ran and ran. So what did I do? I ran and ran and ran too, faster than any person should ever run (and especially faster than I should ever run. Whew!) First I was dragging Biscuit behind me, then I used her harness to pull her up, bungee-style, like some kind of flying, daredevil chihuahua that will probably haunt her for the rest of her life. This made it easier to run but much more difficult to grab Pica. Eventually I had to stop to rest.

That smart-ass Pica stopped too, looked back at me, then took off again (&*#%!!!) I watched as a car swerved just in time not to kill her. The woman driving, who I found out is a fellow Jack Russell Terrier owner and therefore knew exactly what was going on, (did you know that even the dog from Frasier couldn't be trusted off a leash if not contained?) opened the passenger door for me.

I know, I know. You're not supposed to accept rides from strangers. In Biscuit and I hopped anyway, slamming the door and holding on as the driver did a U-Turn (pretty sure our HOA frowns upon that) and sped off after my rotten little dog. Pica, who had been content to run along the street, turned to run down the arroyo and disappeared. I thanked the woman and resumed chasing Pica on foot, Biscuit still in tow. We couldn’t catch her. I wandered, calling her name for about an hour before heading home.

Sexy Nerd, who wasn't home yet, called me on my cell phone. A girl had caught Pica and called the number on her collar. When I called to arrange pick up (and in my fantasy, a beating) of my brat dog, I was told some unsurprising news. Pica had been found, but had escaped, once again darting merrily down the street (damn that wiggly little dog!) Exhausted, I hung up and made a stack of lost dog posters.

Good news (though this would have been better before I printed 50 posters): The girl who caught Pica originally had been walking her dog and, as they continued on their way, she came across Pica again, this time being adored by a group of kids. The girl was able to hold onto her, firmly, long enough for me to drive over. That crazy dog made it all the way to...ummm...well, I don’t remember exactly where, (it has been a very long afternoon!) but it's quite a few miles from my house.

 Save the cute look for some other sucker. Pica, your walking days are over!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Feeling the Stress Melt Away

My Hot Ham and Cheese Crepes (and fun giveaway!) have been featured on TasteSpotting!

(pink circle: proof that my computer really is sooo ridiculously slow)
(purple circle: always looking for that next fabulous cruise deal - it has been over 13 months since I've been on a cruise ship!)


This is the first photo that I've had accepted to TasteSpotting. I'm feeling pretty darn great about myself right now!

On a side note, I was not feeling great at all before finding out this TasteSpotting news, courtesy of the dummies at the Target pharmacy. Shouldn't you have to have at least a little common sense to work at a pharmacy? Ooooh, I'm so ticked off at them right now.

More to come.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Crepes Recipes and Frieda's GIVEAWAY

*While you're here, why not enter my $50 Old Amsterdam Gouda Giveaway too? It has even lower entries than this one and ends Monday!*

Behold...the 50 Calorie Giant Cookie!

 
Giant YUM!

And only 1 measly gram of fat. Can you believe it?

Best of all, with the help of your toaster oven, these mega-cookies crisp up in less than ONE minute! Prepackaged crepes, where have you been all my life?

Of course, it couldn't be easier to fancy up a crepe. Filling them with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows before their party in the toaster oven gives you smores crepes. Blueberries and whipped cream (skip the toaster oven!) is also yummy.

But, have you ever thought to make a savory crepe?

Broccoli and Cheese for Mees, Please!

LambAround's Hot Ham and Cheese Crepes
Serves 4
  • 4 Frieda's French Style Crepes (available near the berries in most produce departments)(Ralph's if you're in Southern California, you lucky duck)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (diced)
  • 1/4 C Onion (diced)
  • 2 C Spinach
  • 1/2 C Broccoli Crowns (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/4 C Water
  • 8 Slices of Ham
  • 4 Slices of Cheedar
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan on mid-high heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until onion is translucent.
  2. Add spinach, broccoli, crushed red pepper, and water. Cover and let cook until water is gone, approximately 8 minutes.
  3. While the vegetables cook, prepare each crepe by layering 2 slices of ham topped with 1 slice of cheddar on each crepe. Go close to, but not touching or over, the edge of the crepes.
  4. Spoon the hot vegetable mixture evenly over each crepe.
  5. Roll each crepe and place, seam down, on a nonstick or greased pan. Bake at 300F for 5 minutes (another instance where a toaster oven is ideal!)
For something so simple, don't these look so fancy?

That's the magic of crepes!

Ready to play around with your own crepe ideas? Frieda's Produce is giving away a prize package to one lucky reader! The winner will receive:

A package of Frieda's French Style Crepes

A copy of The Purple Kiwi Cookbook by Karen Caplan, which features recipes for exotic ingredients, like Sunchokes, Kiwano, and Cherimoya (and, thank goodness, tips for buying these crazy fruits and veggies!) Just imagine the look on your coworker's faces when you go into work and say you made Southwestern Corn and Cactus Chowder for dinner last night.

The winner will also receive coupons for Frieda's products and a Frieda's totebag! Entering is easy peasy.

*This giveaway has ended. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment on this post telling me how you would prepare your crepes if you won. Would you smother them in Nutella and caramelized bananas? Drizzle them with honey? (Can you tell writing this post is making me hungry?)

Oodles of Optional Entries (leave 1 comment per entry method): 
1. Visit Frieda's Produce and tell me your favorite recipe from the site.
2. Follow LambAround via GFC (right sidebar).
3. Follow @LambAround via Twitter.
4. Follow Frieda's through Twitter.
5. Follow LambAround on Facebook.
6. Like Frieda's on Facebook.

The Fine Print:
Open to US residents (sorry, my Australian friends!) only. Giveaway ends on 7/11/11. The winner will be selected using Random.org and will be contacted via email.


In the meantime, I'll be teasing Pica and Biscuit with giant cookies that they're not going to get.

*I was not compensated in any way for this review and giveaway. I'm optimistic that the fabulous Miss Hazel Kelly at Frieda's Produce will like this post so much that she can't resist sending me a few (or more!) packages of yummy crepes ;)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Even Creepy Guys Can't Keep Me From the Mailbox

Remember the last time I wrote about walking down to my mailbox? Well, even creepy creeps aren't going to stop me from checking the mail every day. I've been getting too many nifty things!

Look what has arrived within the past week:



I looooove blog giveaways! Really, most of them only seem to have ~100 entries or so. I like those odds! Thank you, Kara at Mine for the Making and Michele at The Scrap Shoppe for my pretty ring. I wore it to work last week and received so many compliments!

I also won a giveaway from Megan at Half-Pint House. See if you can decipher my fancy new art tile:
(Hint: It's my last name)

Hmmm...if you already know my last name, I guess that's less of a hint and more of me just ruining the game.
Sorry!

I like this cute goose (swan?) the best. And an extra-special thank you to Sue at Spell-It-Out Photos who helped me design my tile, even going to the trouble of providing a specially requested background color. Her service was top notch!

That's not all I received in the mail this week though. Most exciting off all was a package from Nikki at The Best Part of Believe. I hadn't won a giveaway from her and wondered what the heck it could be. She emailed me ahead of time saying "I have a present for you and I need to get it in the mail. I saw it and totally thought of you!"

Friends, in the blogging world, I think that's quite the compliment!

 Baaaa!


Thank you, Nikki, for making my day! I love my sweet little lambs!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Stupid Work Story

This is my job. I answered the phone on Monday and an angry man yelled at me, demanding to know the phone number of our collection agency. I told him.

Angry Man: I have a business and my number is just a digit off from that! All day, every day, people call saying F-this and F-that and it's all because the numbers are so close!

Awkward Silence

Me, as sweetly as possible (which I've found really annoys people like this): Well, unfortunately, I can't think of any way to stop people from dialing the wrong phone number.

More Awkwardness

Angry Man, no longer angry: I appreciate your time, ma'am.

I don't have a photo from work, but I think my Monster Jam expression sums up my thoughts on this quite nicely.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Blonde! Blonde! Blonde! Hair Color

Remember the other day, when I accidentally (well, technically Sexy Nerd accidentally) dyed my hair gray? I couldn't go around as a 27 year old with white, X-Men highlights, so I made an appointment to have my hair color corrected. I've toyed around with the idea of going from brunette to blonde many times, as well as the notion of adding bangs. As long as I was paying for a fancy pants hair salon, why not just do both?

Presenting...Lamb, the blonde siren!

Hubba, hubba, right?

Who's fancy? I am!

Yeah, I think I'm pretty hot stuff right now.

I do have one very important bit of brunette to blonde hair dying info for you though...
...
...
...
...GOTCHA!

Why would I dye my hair blonde when everyone knows brunettes rule? 

Thank you to CostumeDiscounters.com for sending me this Deluxe Sunny Blonde Angel Wig. Messing with people is fun! For Halloween this year, I'm going to use it to dress up as my friend Marie, who has the exact same hair. I have to say, browsing the costumes and costume wigs selection is addictive. They have the cutest baby costumes ever! I could (okay, I did) spend hours looking at all the adorable photos.

Not that I have baby madness or anything. Obviously.

Dragonsaurous Infant Toddler Costume (awww!)

Put Out the Fire Costumes 
(Bwah ha ha ha! Can you believe this men's Halloween costume really exists?)

Okay, I would never actually buy this one, but it just goes to show that Costume Discounters really, really does have any costume you're looking for.


Now, let's have more fun with that blonde wig!

"The Morning After"



Pica put up with this dog in a wig nonsense much longer than I'd expected!



 
Who else thinks Biscuit looks even better as a dog wearing a wig?




Would it be too weird to have this photo blown up and framed?


Gimme about 3 more years and you'll be seeing Nuke (Nukette? Nuka?) wig photos. That's one of the reasons you have a baby.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Popovers with Onion and Gouda

I think it's safe to say that popovers are on my Top 10 list of favorite foods. They're a bit below chocolate, bananas, and Ramen noodles, but certainly ahead of cherries and the apple things I make.

(While blogging this, I asked Sexy Nerd what he'd say are my favorite foods, to which he listed "smores, those apple things you make, cherries, chili cheese burritios, green tea, McDonalds Cinnamelts, and the burritos I make with couscous". No chocolate or Ramen? Really, Sexy Nerd? And tea isn't a food, my love!)

 
I came up with this recipe while playing around with uses for cheese (nifty cheese giveaway coming soon!) and think it's a real winner. Remember the last popovers I made, which were perfect with jelly? These are delicious, but the complete opposite of those. Popovers with Onion and Gouda are ideal for a dinner party or simply to elevate an average meal into something a bit more special.

Sexy Nerd and I polished off all 12 within an hour.

Start off by throwing 1/2 a cup of diced onion into a pan of hot oil. Stir it and watch as the little onion pieces turn translucent and oh so yummy. Remove them from the oil when cooked, about 5 minutes, and throw into a large mixing bowl. If you have a stand mixer, save some dishes and use that.

Toss 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, 1 chicken bouillon cube, 3 eggs, and 1 Tbsp melted butter in with the onion. These seasoning packets really pile up at my house because I prefer curry powder (Even Better Ramen Recipe here). This is an ideal use for them.

I see a dog smiling. Possibly drooling. Possibly something worse. Bad dog! How about you?

Now is a good time to preheat your oven (I hate recipes that tell me to preheat waaaaay before I'm ready to use the oven. "Preheat, mix everything, then refrigerate the dough overnight." Phooey!) We're going for 425F for 15 minutes.

Mix, mix, mix! I love to turn my stand mixer on to the highest setting, but most recipes recommend 'medium' and to be careful not to overmix. Friends, for this recipe you can crank that baby up! 

No mixer? A blender would work well or, you poor dear, your hand and a whisk. While these are baking though, I really think you should Google "refurbished stand mixer". Mine is a refurbished KitchenAid Heavy Duty Plus and I've never felt anything short of love for it.

Add about 1/2 a Tbsp of butter to each cup of a standard (12 cup) muffin pan. Stick it into your preheating oven to get nice and melty. Use a brush to distribute the heated butter onto the sides. Stuck popovers are just sad.

Next it's time to, you guessed it, pour the batter into the pan. If you're clumsy like me, pouring it first into a container with a lip can make a huge difference in how much actually makes it into the oven. Bonus: if, also like me, you're 6 muffin cups in and have only 1/2 a cup of batter remaining, you know you're doing this wrong! Ideally, each cup will be filled about halfway.

Gouda! After your popovers have baked for 15 minutes, stick 2 chunks of cheese into the center of each. And isn't my photo pretty? I'm quite proud of myself.

Drop the heat to 350F and bake for another 20 minutes, during which your house is going to smell soooooo good!

TA DA!!!

They "popped" up. Go figure, right?

They're slightly crisp on the outside, but have a soft, almost chewy layer on the inside. Oh, and they're darn good.

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!

Popovers with Onion and Gouda Cheese
Makes 12 awesome, savory popovers
  • 1/2 C diced onion
  • 1 C milk (nonfat works fine!)
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube (or seasoning from a Ramen Noodles package)
  • 3 eggs
  • 7 Tbsp butter
  • 24 bite-size cubes of Gouda (Old Amsterdam is a yummy choice!)
  1. Cook onions in hot oil until translucent.
  2. In mixing bowl, add the onions and remaining ingredients, minus the Gouda and butter. Combine with 1 Tbsp melted butter and mix thoroughly.
  3. Preheat oven to 425F.
  4. Butter a 12 cup muffin pan. 1/2 a Tbsp per cup works well and just a minute in the preheating oven will melt the butter enough to spread onto the sides of each muffin cup.
  5. Distribute the batter into each muffin cup, filling about halfway.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven. Insert 2 Gouda cubes into the center of each popover.
  8. Reduce temperature to 350F. Return the pan to the oven for another 20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!


*If you make these (or any of my recipes) and blog about your experience, let me know. I'll gladly link to your post!
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