Sunday, July 31, 2011

Not Baaad Sundays BLOG HOP - Lazy Monday Edition

Welcome to another Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop! Yes, I'm posting this a little (okay, a lot) late this weekend, but I have a good excuse. Spread the word to your friends that the linky is up - encourage my laziness!

I've been having a blogless weekend. Sexy Nerd and I rode the Rail Runner to Santa Fe, we baked our own pizza, made two kinds of hummus, watched Next Food Network Star (love it!) and I created a Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Cake. Plenty of blog fodder for the future, as soon as I get off my lazy rump and write the posts.

Link up all day Monday. I also have another snazzy, spectacular bunch of blogger nominees for the Best in Show award. However will you choose a favorite?


Voting (right sidebar) will run throughout this week. The popular blogger with the most votes will find themselves with their very own, customized Best in Show award, as well as a dedicated post on LambAround! Good luck, my bloggy friends.

Now, let's link up! Please visit at least TWO of your fellow linky party bloggers and feel free to take a LambAround button (right sidebar).

Friday, July 29, 2011

And the Winner is...

...the super duper blogger who posted this:
Who else here wants to rescue the baby from the cricket? He likes bugs, but still...blech!
 and this:
Too early to think about February, you say? Nonsense! The grocery stores here in Albuquerque are already stocked for Halloween. Valentine's Day is going to be here before you know it.

Congratulations, Kara at The exception, not the rule...the Swindells! For your Best in Show award, I have two buttons for you to choose from this week:

On a side note, I keep getting the feeling that there is a bug crawling up my foot. Thank you for that, Kara ;)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop! Check back this weekend for another fun link-up party and another chance to win the Best in Show award!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Toaster Oven/Convection Oven Smores

If you're a fellow Family Guy fan, you might remember the episode where Peter and Bill Clinton have the munchies and talk about stealing and eating a pig. It went something along the lines of "We could totally eat that pig, man. It could be in our stomachs in, like, a minute." People, these smores are your one minute pig.

If you're not a fellow Family Guy fan, I've surely just lost you forever as a LambAround reader. Sorry.

These are perfect when you're craving a quick, sugary treat. They work equally well in a toaster oven and a convection oven. Best of all, compared to eating an entire bag of Oreos, (something I have never done!) they're quite healthy.

What's that, you say? You already know how to make smores in the toaster oven? Well, la dee dah for you! Now, sit back and enjoy the ooey gooey marshmallowy photos.

(And if you're someone who works with me, please keep the "I've seen her polish off an entire bag of Oreo cookies" nonsense to yourself.)

 Step 1: Put desired amount of graham crackers on a toaster oven/convection oven-safe pan.

Looks like it's time to clean this pan, Sexy Nerd

Optional 1st step, which is Sexy Nerd's favorite: Spread peanut butter on each graham cracker. I'm not much of a peanut butter fan so I skip this step.

Cover with yummy marshmallows.

Top with chocolate chips.

Place in the toaster oven on the lowest setting, or the convection oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep an eye on them. They go from not quite done to overdone insanely fast! About 3 minutes usually does the trick.

How did that marshmallow get there?? Ah, the mysteries of a convection oven.

I've got my one minute pig right here.

I could press each half together into a traditional smore, but then I would only have one.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Not Baaad Sundays BLOG HOP

Link up below! First though, be sure to vote for your favorite blog post (right sidebar). Be ready to open a bunch of tabs. This week's nominees are:

Blissful & Domestic  (best photo ever!)

Congratulations to all the impressive nominees! And good luck too! Now the fun really begins. Voting (right sidebar) will take place all week, leaving just one of the above bloggers with the one and only Best in Show award. Nominees, here is a button to help:
Now, let's link up! As always, be sure to visit at least TWO of your fellow linked bloggers. No one likes a party pooper.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Winner of the Best in Show Award

After an exciting week of voting, a winning blog has jumped ahead of all the competition.

Cue snazzy music!
The winning blog can teach you how to make these easy (and sooo yummy looking!) cheesecake bars.

The winning blog has super-cute photos! See that little guy on the right? He recently had a birthday party.

And, of course, the winning blogger receives a fancy schmancy award from LambAround:
Ta da! Fancy schmancy, right?

Congratulations, Everyday Easy! I hope my readers will stop by today with some bloggy love for you. Leon is so stinking cute. I think Pica and Biscuit are a little jealous!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop. Stay tuned for this weekend's linky, which will be up tomorrow, along with another fabulous bunch of Best in Show nominees to vote for.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Puppy Wearing a Cone!

After she was spayed, Sexy Nerd and I requested that Pica be sent home wearing a cone (really, how much can you trust a Jack Russell not to chew her stitches?) The veterinarian thought it was unnecessary, but complied.
 Post-surgery and drugged out of her little mind, we put Pica straight to bed.
After she had rested, the real fun began...

I love when she walks into the lamp. Bonk!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Giveaway! 16x20 Photo Canvas from UPrinting

I just created a photo canvas on and am pleased to report back that it couldn't be easier. I love the "make background' option (perfect when your original photo and your desired photo are different dimensions) and it's even possible to design a collage. A canvas print (ooh, or canvas prints!) with wedding photos sounded good at first, possibly in a variety of canvas sizes, but I soon realized that I was more interested in making a ginormous version of this:

Remember when I dyed my hair blonde and asked if it would be too weird to have this photo enlarged and hung on my wall? I decided to do it anyway, weird or no weird.
(And I think we all know which of the two this is.)

According to Marinelle at, who contacted me for this giveaway, is an online printing company that has earned customer loyalty by offering more customizable offset printing and digital printing options than other online printers. They are popular for their Free File Review, a complimentary proofing service which requires no upfront payment.

Want to make your own eclectic, larger-than-life print of your dog wearing a wig? I thought so. is giving away one 16"x20" rolled photo canvas to one lucky LambAround reader! You can make yours with a 2" border or no border at all. Whatever floats your boat. UPrinting will ship the canvas to you sooo fast - they have 1 business day turnaround! Entering is quick and so, so easy.

Do I sound excited about this giveaway? I am.

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment on this post. Any comment at all! 
(Any comment at all, but you should probably be warned that "Lamb Sucks" is going to significantly hurt your chances of winning. be darned.)

Optional Entries (leave 1 comment per entry method): 
1. Visit and tell me about another product you might like to order in the future. 
(I would choose some LambAround business cards - perfect for when I win that trip to BlogHer!)
2. Follow LambAround via GFC (right sidebar).
3. Follow @LambAround via Twitter.
4. Follow via Twitter.
5. Follow LambAround on Facebook.
6. Like on Facebook
7. Subscribe to LambAround via email (right sidebar). 
8. Share this giveaway on your blog, Twitter, or Facebook. 
9. Stumble this post.

The Fine Print:
Open to US residents, age 18+ only. Giveaway ends at 6am (MST) on 8/1/11. Winner can not have won a canvas within the last 6 months. Prize will be sent by by 8/31/11 at the latest. The winner will be selected using and will be contacted via email.

This giveaway is sponsored by For my participation, I will be receiving one 16x20 rolled photo canvas. All of the opinions expressed in this post and on LambAround are my own.

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

Saturday, July 16, 2011

BLOG HOP! Vote and Link Up

Friends, welcome to another Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop! The past few weekends have been dedicated to the BEST of the Best in Show competition, so we need to play a little bit of catch-up with the Best in Show nominees.

Wait! Keep reading! I promise you it's more fun than I just made it sound. Three weeks worth of linky parties have created the following drool-inducing list of nominees, in what can only be summed up as the Best in Show Sweet Treat Edition:

(You're welcome.)
Eat Cake for Dinner - my kinda blog title and general rule of life.

Prunille Fait Son Show ("Prunille Puts On a Show")

Pinch of This, That, & the Other - Pancakes aren't your idea of a sweet treat? These are made with cake batter! Mmmmm.

Screaming Sardine - No worries. The title of the blog is no indication of the "surprise" in this German Chocolate Surprise Cake.

The Sweet Details - I'm fairly certain the sunflower seeds qualify these cookies as healthy.

The Garden of Yum - Complete with a Funny Story!
(However will you decide which of the 3 cookie posts above to make? Lamb says, "why choose?")

Sweet Simple Stuff - See that adorable ladybug? It's an M&M in disguise.

Readers, if you are ("were" now that's you've read this post) on a diet, I sincerely apologize. Then again, I know none of my amazing and pretty readers would ever need to diet, so that's just silly talk. And as for my impressive nominees, I hope you'll give yourself a pat on the back for all your blogging awesomeness. Want to win the Best in Show (*extra-special Sweet Treat edition*) award? I encourage you to take a button:

Voting (right sidebar) will run through the end of the week. Now, for another shot at the highly coveted Best in Show award, let's link up!

1. Post the Not "Baaad" Sundays button (right sidebar).
2. Visit and comment on at least TWO other posts. Say LambAround sent you!
3. All posts are welcome, as long as you're proud of them.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chocolate Pudding with Coconut Milk and Coffee

You know that 1/2 can of coconut milk that's leftover after you make curry? The 1/2 can that is going to go to waste because your Sexy Nerd whined when dinner what served that he hates curry (maybe someone should not have pretended to love it just to impress me when we were dating, but whatever.)

Fellow thrifty-minded bloggers, don't you dare throw that coconut milk away! It's the secret ingredient to making a plain Jane instant chocolate pudding taste fancy.

Especially fancy if you serve it inside a dainty Australian china teacup.

This recipe couldn't possibly cost any less to make. $0.33 a box? You know there are about 20 of these in my pantry.

While creating my fancy schmancy pudding, I decided to throw in a little bit of coffee. There was none left in our coffeepot, so I swiped the rest of Sexy Nerd's morning cup when he wasn't looking.

I then confessed to my crime so that I could share his ridiculous coffee mug with the world.

Is that frog...ummm...nevermind. This was also a gift from my family in Australia. Sexy Nerd loves this cheeky mug!

If you serve this for dessert, no one will guess that it's simple boxed pudding mix. Best of all, you can taste the coconut milk and the coffee but they aren't overpowering. Chocoholics, I'm pleased to report that my Chocolate Pudding with Coconut Milk and Coffee is still nice and chocolatey.

Chocolate Pudding with Coconut Milk and Coffee
  • 1 package of instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 can coconut milk (light is fine)
  • 1 cup milk (again, feel free to use the light stuff)
  • 1/8 cup strong coffee
Whisk all ingredients together. Let chill in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Easy peasy, right?
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