Wednesday, May 30, 2012

World Wide Frybread Association

Sexy Nerd and I spent Memorial Day Weekend enjoying a kick-butt road trip. We found something awesome/weird/funny within the first few hours of our vacation!

We stopped in Gallup, NM for lunch at Jerry's Cafe, which I had read excellent reviews of before hitting the road.
Can you see why Jerry's Cafe in Gallup is so highly rated? YUM!

 They were packed when we arrived at 1pm, but we were helped to a table within just a few minutes by one of many friendly servers. How friendly were they? Sexy Nerd and I are budget travelers. Our order of two waters and sharing one of their cheapest (though super-yummy) dishes, the stuffed sopapilla, wasn't met with any eye rolls and they even divided up the entree for us. Above is one of two plates we received - most restaurants don't even offer us a second plate!

Anyhoo, this post is not intended to be a Jerry's Cafe review. It's actually inspired by the artwork that was above our booth. Presenting...

"Approved By The World Wide Frybread Association"

Yeah, you read that right. At the time, we thought it was just meant to be funny. Going through my photos today though, I did a little online search.

Here is what I found:

"The World Wide Frybread Association (WWFA) helps unite the frybread community from around the globe. We know that there are many different types even names for frybread. Our mission is to become the regulatory body for the frybread community. When you think frybread we want you to think of us."

It's a real thing! Road trips are the best.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cake Mix Cookie Bars (That Actually Taste Like Cookies!)

Confession: I want to eat chocolate chip cookies ALL THE TIME. There's really no wrong time for a cookie, though society would have you believe otherwise. Ummm, what exactly is the problem with a bowl of oatmeal, cup of coffee, and a side of chocolate chip cookies?

Unfortunately, chocolate chip cookies are time consuming and, frankly, kind of a pain to make, especially when you just want to eat the cookies right this instant. So, you try to save time and effort by baking a batch of cookie bars, but they often end up tasting more like cake or brownies. Cookie bars don't really taste like cookies, do they?

Until now!


Quick & Easy (I Promise!) Recipe
1 Box of White Cake Mix (I usually use Pillsbury Funfetti - a relief after you saw that neon photo above, right?)
1 Egg
1/3 C Vegetable Oil
1/3 C Milk (any)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp Almond Extract (optional)
1+ C Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 350F. By hand, mix all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips until just combined. I've made this recipe many times and have found that it's best to work out any lumps in the cake mix before adding the other ingredients and that a stiff spatula works better than anything else for stirring. Not overly mixing is the secret to making these taste like actual cookies. If you mix this to the consistency of cake batter, you're going to end up with Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. Not that cake is bad, but you're going for cookies! Now, add in the chocolate chips. Press the "cookie dough" into a greased 9x13 pan, spreading out the mixture evenly, which will result in a fairly thin layer. The back of a spoon works well for this. Bake on the center rack for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown slightly.


The perfect Nascar-watching snack? Let's see if they pass the Sexy Nerd approval test:

Cautiously taking a bite and wondering why on earth I used Funfetti 

So far so good?

The recipe is a success!

Some Sexy Nerd mind reading: I agreed to be in your silly cookie bars post for one photo. Now get out of here!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Overachiever

Sexy Nerd has enrolled in a second Master's degree program. All I have is my measly Bachelors. This isn't the overachiever part though.

He's going to get a jump start on his new degree by taking classes this summer instead of waiting for the fall semester.

Nope. That's not all.

His first class is online. Sexy Nerd got a hold of his syllabus a week before class began.

He completed and submitted his first assignment, which was a long essay.

Class hasn't even started and he has already turned in his first homework assignment!

It was fun for him.
I love you, Sexy Nerd, but classmates like you used to really annoy me!

It's a good thing his class is online. Sexy Nerd is totally that guy who raises his hand with a question right after the teacher says they're going to let everyone out early.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Biker Superstar, Take Two

Since writing my last bike post, in which attempting to ride just about killed me, I have become a bike riding pro. Okay, maybe not a pro in the eyes of actual bike riders, but I did recently pass an obese rider who looked impressed.

Sexy Nerd and I took our bikes out this morning and are so fitness minded that we even passed up the opportunity to buy ice cream when we stopped at the grocery store. Even though it would have fit nicely in my super-stylish basket:
The Kent La Jolla Women's Cruiser Bike
Ain't She a Beaut', Clark?

Yeah, that's a big lie. The entire reason for stopping was to buy ice cream. I just cheaped out. Did you know that Dryer's has replaced their tiny ice cream cartons (which I'm pretty sure they slyly downsized to get more money for less product not too long ago) with new, 1/2 gallon cartons? They want $7.99 for them! WTF?! Dryer's has clearly gone bat crap crazy, along with anyone who would fork over that wacky amount.

It also helped that we had ice cream waiting for us at home. It still counts as exercise right, even if you pig out on chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, straight from the carton, immediately following your bike excursion? We...ummm...may also have stopped at McDonalds for breakfast during our ride.

I just love those sweet Cinnamelts.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Cake VS Ice Cream - The Ultimate Smackdown!

Q. Would you rather have all the ice cream you want for the rest of your life, in all sorts of yummy flavors and with exotic toppings and mix-ins but you could NEVER have any kind of cake again, ever...

...or vice versa?
Stumped? Be glad I didn't propose a choice between cake, ice cream, and cookies!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Giveaway! Easy Canvas Prints 8x10

**UPDATE**
This giveaway has ended and the winner has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter! 

Just in time for Mother's Day, Easy Canvas Prints and LambAround have teamed up to give one lucky reader a free 8x10" canvas print. And, yes, shipping is included and the print can be your very own design. It even comes framed!

I just tested out the software for myself. In less than 5 minutes, I was able to turn this photo from our San Francisco vacation into a work of art:

Taken outside the Exploratorium, where I often visited as a child and was so happy to return to last fall, this time with my very own science nerd to explain all the craziness!

Want to win your very own Easy Canvas Print? Or, you know, your very own Easy Canvas Print to give to your mom?

(Sorry, mom, but I fully intend to keep mine. You can see it when you visit.)

(Geez, that sounded more cold-hearted than I'd intended!)

How to Enter (Mandatory) (So Easy!)
'Like' Easy Canvas Prints on Facebook by clicking here and leave a comment below saying you have done so.

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 Good luck, everyone!

The Fine Print
 U.S. only, excluding Hawaii and Alaska (sorry, but you people are expensive to ship to!)
The winner will be selected using Random.org and will be notified via email.
The giveaway ends Friday, May 11th at midnight, mountain time.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Athlete Smathlete

On Friday, I purchased the 2nd bike I've ever owned in my life. Well, I guess the 3rd if you count the pink and purple plastic one I had when I was four.

It was stolen from our yard and I've been grouchy about it ever since, BTW.

Saturday, Sexy Nerd and I went for a bike ride.

Holy freaking heck. I suck at bike riding. It kicked my ass. That's the only time I've ever written that word on my blog, out of 600 or so posts. I'm writing this shortly after returning home from said ride and my mind is in a swearing kinda mode.

Okay. To be fair, I just searched my site and the word 'ass' has actually appeared a handful of times. It's a small handful though. I'm a lady.

Coasting downhill is great! I could just sit there on my pretty new bike and coast forever. Well, except that the seat is a bit firm. And my thumb keeps accidentally dinging the little bike bell. And the wind hurts my ears.

Which reminds me of my pre-ride preparations. I packed water, a sweater, gloves, and sunglasses in my new bike's basket (you see what I meant about being a pretty bike?) and I specifically asked Sexy Nerd to lend me his earmuffs (you know, of Pica and Biscuit face smushing fame). He denied my request. Denied it! "Your ears will be fine, you big baby" were his specific words. Bah!

Wheeeeeww. I am wiped out. I knew I was maybe ever so slightly out of shape, but for a while on the bike, I think my lungs tried to climb out and run away.

While riding, I kept thinking how surprising it was that this was so difficult. When we went to San Francisco last year, Sexy Nerd and I rented bikes using our Go Card and I actually rode all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge and down to Sausalito. And I survived! I was a hardcore, super-biker!

Then I came back home and pulled up my photos from the trip:

Literally keeled over from too much exercise.

Sexy Nerd is sitting beside me as I type this, browsing on his laptop for an electric bike converter kit. I love him.
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