Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jumping On The Year-End Review Bandwagon

Happy New Year! Sexy Nerd and I will be celebrating at the zoo. Yeah, we're fun and dorky like that.

Sitting here trying to eat my toast (yeowch!) it seems like an ideal time to look back on 2011. Let's see...

  • I stepped outside (waaay outside) my comfort zone and attended Camp Blogaway. It's not something I would do again, but I'm impressed with my shy self for going.
  • We bought 13 acres in the mountains for our future dream home!
  • Sexy Nerd and I became an uncle and aunt...fear of babies be darned.
  • We traveled to Santa Fe (does this still count when you live in Albuquerque?) and San Francisco.
Hmmm...what else?
Pica resolved to act smarter in 2011. It didn't stick.

 I showed you my pale, hairy leg. Here at LambAround, being classy is #1.

As for 2012, I'm hoping we'll finally make it to Australia to sight see and visit my family. Sexy Nerd and I have been together 8 years and he still hasn't met my Papa! Craziness.

Will we have a baby in 2012? Don't be silly. Would you want to sit next to us and our newborn on the 30 hour flight to Perth?

I'm also optimistic that when I go back to the orthodontist next month, he'll say something along the lines of "WOW! Your teeth are moving so quickly! Another week and you'll be done!" It certainly feels like they've moved enough. I'd settle for having my braces off by the end of the year, in time for our Australia trip. I guess my teeth just don't like New Years. Remember how I started 2011? That's right - recovering from wisdom teeth surgery.

I'm a party animal.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Braces - 3 Weeks In (50+ To Go!)

My teeth are loose - a very unnerving quality as an adult.

You always wanted an up close and personal view of my funky teeth, right?

Despite having the nicest orthodontist in Albuquerque, there's no denying that braces suck! Oh, my poor teeth are killing me. Teenage Me, who swore she would never get braces, is very upset with Grown Up Me! She was right all along.

Seriously, everyone told me that my teeth would hurt for the first few days but then be fine. It has been 3 loooong weeks and my teeth are just as sore as when my braces were put on. Sexy Nerd says I'm a wimp. My boss, the pediatric dentist, says I really shouldn't expect to or try to eat anything solid, like a sandwich (!) until the braces come off and that a liquid diet would be best.

I would probably lose a ton of weight over the next year...but chocolate cake, ice cream, and pudding are all so wonderfully soft!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Avocado and Egg Salad

LambAround's Avocado and Egg Salad

(serves 4)
  • 1 diced avocado (2 if you want to be fancy and serve this inside the shell)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • Diced red onion (just a sprinkling, unless you really love the taste of raw onion!)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I use low fat with olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (I use nonfat)
  • Generous sprinkling each of Dill, Paprika, Garlic Powder, and Oregano
  • 20 crumbled crackers (Add right before serving) 
How to Make Avocado and Egg Salad
This recipe is so easy peasy, let's learn it through pictures. You're really just throwing everything together in a big bowl.
    We aren't the only ones around here who looove avocado.

    This photo shows "sliced", not "diced". Tsk, tsk!

    You'll want to squeeze out most of the juice. Don't be a dope like me and realize, halfway through, that you should pour the flavorful tomato juice into a jar of tomato sauce, not down the drain!

    Some feta-y goodness.

    Red onion! The first time I made this recipe, I went way overboard and threw in an entire half a red onion, which was overpowering. My Avocado and Egg Salad was still tasty, but expect people to take a step back from you if you choose to go the onion-packed route.

    Next up, it's time for the eggs, mayonnaise, sour cream, and spices. I don't have photos of those last ingredients (perfect for a recipe "through photos") but, hey, aren't my eggs pretty?

    You're almost done! Once everything is mixed up in the bowl, and right before serving, stir in 20 crumbled crackers. I've made this using Saltines and Ritz crackers and both ways are delicious.

    Wasn't that so simple? If you're feeling fancy, you can use the avocado shells as bowls for your Avocado and Egg Salad. So much more impressive than a paper plate!

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Easiest Sugar Cookies

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    The key to these yummy, soft sugar cookies is not to over mix the batter. I slice them up into 24 cookies straight out of the oven with a pizza cutter. They're always gone by the end of the day!

    These are the cookies I'm bringing to our cookie exchange at work. I had the image above printed at CVS as 4x6 photos. Feel free to "borrow" my recipe card for yourself! I also included the recipe with each of my Christmas cards this year. You know, the 3 cards I got into the mail. How can Christmas possibly be here already?!

    Saturday, December 17, 2011

    Link Your Favorite Posts! BLOG HOP

    Come share your awesome blog posts! And don't forget to enter my FREE EGGS coupon giveaway. It ends tonight and a whopping 4 people have entered so far. With 4 prize packs to send out, at this point you're almost guaranteed to win!

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    4 Winner Giveaway! Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs

    This giveaway has ended and the 4 lucky winners have been emailed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter!

    Just in time for all your holiday baking, I'm giving away 4 Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs coupon prizes! The odds of winning are HIGH, especially because this giveaway ends in just 4 days.

    What can you make with Pasteurized Eggs? Anything you would make with regular eggs, of course. Recipes involving raw eggs (chocolate chip cookie dough, anyone?) are especially perfect for these. Might I suggest a little Chicken Mayonnaise?
    The Prizes
    There are 4 prizes that include 1 coupon for $2 off 2 dozen eggs and 1 coupon for $0.75 off 1 dozen eggs. One of these 4 prizes will also include 1 coupon for a FREE dozen eggs!

    How to Enter
    Like all my giveaways, there are a ton of entry options. Choose whichever one (two, three, etc.) you want! Just leave a comment for each.

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    Saturday, December 10, 2011

    Link Up/Blog Hop with LambAround

    It's time for another Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop! Share any post you're proud of.

    As for me, I will be going out to see either Midnight in Paris or 50/50 today, hopefully with Sexy Nerd...though I'm sure he'll say "But I hate going to the movies! Can't we just watch those at home?! I don't want to see either of those movies anyway!" just as soon as I tell him.

    (fuddy duddy)

    We're Reluctantly Engaged!

    Our engagement was a bit of an uncomfortable situation. We'd hardly been dating a year and, having just gotten out of the *worst*relationship*ever*, (with this loser, if you're wondering) I was barely keen on dating Sexy Nerd. One weekend, he checked us into a local hotel for a "romantic surprise". Ummm...yeah.

    Room service came into our room with champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and to sprinkle rose petals on our bed. Yes, rose petals on our bed! Supposedly, the plan was for them to do this when we were out to dinner, but they were running behind and instead set this up right in front of us. Awkward, you think? Oh yes.

    Almost as soon as the two men from room service had closed the door, Sexy Nerd got down on one knee and pulled out an engagement ring. This is the part where, on TV and in movies, the lucky girl bursts into tears and throws her arms around her new fiance. I am not that lovey dovey, hearts circling the air around her head, wedding planned since age 2 kind of girl. I had been on the fence about dating anyone at all, and now Sexy Nerd was proposing?! To be fair, he had mentioned it, and I had said that, sure, we should get married. But lots of guys told me that and I always told them the exact same thing!  It's just one of those things that get thrown around.

    It was quite a pickle I'd gotten myself into. So, what did I do? Well, we are happily married (with our wedding date three years after this story) so you must already know that I agreed. But not without having a panic attack. Literally. As Sexy Nerd tells the story, I started shaking, then laughing, but not the kind of laugh where something is funny. More a panicked, bide-my-time-while-I think-of-a-way-out-of-this-mess laugh, which was appropriate, as that was exactly what I was doing. I needed time to properly weigh the pros and cons of the situation, all while being stared at with an increasing look of concern and dread. Sexy Nerd insists that I was in my own giggly world for over five minutes.

    I think my official answer to him was "I guess".

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    If you're reading this, Sexy Nerd, (you do read my blog, don't you?) just know that I love you very much ;)

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Real Estate Listings: What NOT To Do

    Real estate listings are great for ideas on what we should and should not do when we finally build our dream home. There are some doozies out there, but I had never seen a home bad enough to blog about.

    Friends, that changed today when I found the Best.House.Ever., located in Holladay, Utah. It's very...uhh...retro.

    Just try to keep a straight face while browsing through their listing photos. And remember, the photos you are about to see are all from the same house. The last one will blow your mind!

    Orange, shaggy stairs!

    Carpeted shelves. Was this a 70s thing?

    So much hippie madness in one bathroom! Out of everything, the counter is what really *calls* my attention. Why, oh why, would this be in the bathroom?

    If orange shag (and orange wallpaper) is not your thing...  

    ...there's plenty of shaggy green goodness to go around!

    Wood paneling could come back into style, I suppose. What is that on the balcony though?
    Living room tiki hut. Enough said.

    For goodness sakes, close the closet door when trying to sell your home.
    (Not that it actually matters at this point.)
    This photo makes me giggle. Does that built-in TV have a knob?

    Someone in this house really has a flair for style.

    Clowns all around me

    I wasn't alive during the 70s. Can someone please tell me what that contraption is above the stove? My first guess was microwave, but I see one of those on the counter. And is it actually attached to the stove?

    Crazy stairs!

    I can't figure out what's going on with that pink lamp in the corner, among other things.

    OMG! Sadly, I don't think this room can be blamed on the 70s.
    The best part? The asking price for this gem of a home is a mere 1.2 million dollars.

    Saturday, December 3, 2011

    Blog Hop! Not Baaad Sundays Link Party

    Brrr! It's our first snowy day of the season here in Albuquerque, NM. I'm blogging beneath an electric blanket and am planning to veg out in my pajamas and drink hot apple cider all day. How about you?

    Have a wonderful weekend, my bloggy friends!
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