Cornbread Muffins...with Hot Dogs and Spinach!

OMG! These cornbread muffins are yummy!You know that feeling you get when you eat sooooo much? The feeling where you just want to waddle around the rest of the afternoon and do nothing but complain about how full you are? I'm there. I had the day off from work and decided to do some much needed tidying up around the house. While cleaning out the pantry, I discovered a few pouches of cornbread mix. Printed on each was Better If Used By 21NOV2009. 2009?? Not wanting to let my purchase go bad, (though, some would probably argue that it already had gone bad) I sprang into baking mode, conveniently leaving no-fun-whatsoever cleaning mode in the past.

I had no intention of blogging about this, but the finished product was just too tasty not to share. Look at all that muffiny (yes, muffiny!) goodness.

Pigging out on cornbread muffins isn't that bad if 9 are mini muffins, right? Really, it's like I've had just 2 muffins.

By moving all the muffins out of the pans, Sexy Nerd has no way of knowing how many I've eaten. Muah ha ha! (evil laugh)

What makes these so insanely good? What makes them green?? As I had just finished cleaning out the fridge, I had lots of other things to use up. It may have influenced this recipe.

Everything Cornbread Muffins
  • 2 pouches of Cornbread mix (13oz total if using a different size/brand than the tasty Betty Crocker one shown above)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2/3 C milk (I used nonfat milk - important to note if you're going to gorge yourself on muffins!)
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic
  • 1/2 a white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 a can of corn
  • 3 hot dogs, thinly sliced (I used low fat turkey dogs - thank goodness!)
  • 1/4 C diced jalapenos (Of course, use your discretion here.)
  • 1/2 C grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 C grated Gouda cheese
  • 1/2 a bunch of chopped spinach
  • 1/2 tsp brown mustard
Preheat your oven to 400F. Stir all your ingredients together until just combined. Put batter into greased muffin cups, filling about 3/4 to the top. For regular size muffins, bake for about 14 minutes. Bake mini muffins for about 10 minutes.

Uh oh. We lost 2 more big muffins and 2 more mini muffins while I wrote this post. Sexy Nerd had better get home soon if he wants any of these!

Sexy Nerd got home about 10 minutes ago. He has already polished off the remaining mini muffins and is now working on the large muffins.

He's worse than me!

As a side note, did you notice his fancy new ring? It's unbreakable!

Snazzy Website Full of Snazzy (and REAL!) Deals

Today I am going to let you, my fabulous readers, in on a snazzy website that’s full of great deals. My mom was actually the one who found it first. She told me that she received an email telling her to go to a site and hand over her credit card information in exchange for a coupon she could print herself. Can you guess what my reaction was? Oh yes, I thought that whoever it was over in Mauritius or wherever these wacko emails originate had found the perfect sucker and that she had been ripped off big time.

My mom continued to call and pester me about whether or not I’d visited the site yet. “Yeah, it’s great,” I told her, rolling my eyes. Links from her email address flooded my In box. Finally, just to prove what a waste of time and money the website was, I took a look.

Damn. She was right. I purchased a coupon for $140 worth of fancy spa services for $70 and another coupon for $15 worth of fancy (everything on the site seems fancy to me) food at a restaurant in Old Town for just $7. As a self-proclaimed champion of finding the “best deals EVER” online, I hate when my mom is right about these things.

So, what is this fabulous site, you wonder? It’s GROUPON! They feature a different deal every day (except during the weekend, which is a tad bit annoying) and allow you to search in different cities, which is perfect for the travel-addicted types like Sexy Nerd and me.

What’s the best part about Groupon? If you refer someone and they make a purchase soon after, (I think it has to be within 48 hours) you get a $10 credit! Okay, this part sounds a bit shameless, but that’s because it is. Click on my link for Groupon RIGHT HERE and sign up and buy something so that I get $10! (I warned you this part was shameless) Then, refer all your other bloggy buddies and get $10 for yourself. And, hey, if you want to post about this on your own blog and say how Lamb at LambAround told you all about Groupon and how you absolutely LOVE the LambAround blog, that’s just fine with me as well!

What was that snazzy referral link again?

Sign up and help feed my insane chocolate addiction. You know you want to!

Does This Mean We're Divorced?

*For part 2 of this post, please Click Here.

This morning, I awoke to the sound of something hitting the tile floor in the bathroom, followed by "OH NO!" When I went to investigate, I found Sexy Nerd with his arm underneath the vanity, attempting to retrieve whatever it was he had dropped. It was his tungsten carbide wedding band.

Now, who here knows what happens when you drop your tungsten carbide ring on your porcelain tile floor at just the right angle?

Oh no, indeed, Sexy Nerd!

I just noticed that Google has put an ad for "Tungsten Forever" wedding bands at the bottom of my blog. LOL! If only they knew...

*For part 2 of this post, please Click Here.

Oprah Is Taking All My Money!

Have you seen this months issue of the Oprah magazine? They have a section called "25 for $25 (or Less!)", which is full of beauty bargains. Usually, I breeze through features like this, scoffing at their so-called "deals" for items I either would never want to buy or items I can find for even less. This 3 page section was different though. It had 3 items I wanted and if I bought all 3, I would be spending $75, plus shipping, but the regular price of the items would be $360! All I had to do was use the coupon code OPRAH or OPRAH25.

I know, I know. It doesn't matter if the regular price was $5000 if I wasn't going to buy the products to begin with. True, I hadn't even heard of these before, but after reading about them, I had to have them! Or (cheap side kicking in) at least one of them!


Despite the super good deals, I just couldn't bring myself to part with $75 for face creams. After comparing products online and reading reviews, I decided to buy the Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Creme, partly because of the impressive reviews but mostly because you get a whopping 3.4 ounces, verses the tiny 1 ounce bottles of the others. Seriously, for $100 and up, 1 ounce is ridiculous. That's like the size of a free sample!

I couldn't just stop with my 1 bottle of face cream though. Shipping was going to be $10 - almost 1/2 the price of the product! But it would be free if I spent $50 (don't you just love where this is going? Admit it, this has happened to you too!) So, I have a bottle of Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Creme (I cut/paste this insanely long name, of course) and a $32 bottle of Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid Clarifying Tonic coming my way. Oooh, and some free samples too (what a deal!)

8.5oz for only $32? Aren't I a lucky girl!

I'll post some product reviews just as soon as these *bargains* arrive!

Not Feeling Particularly Great Right Now, But No Regrets

It’s 6:48pm on Wednesday (and I am loving the future post option on Blogger). Roughly 48 hours have passed since I opened the 2 pound box of chocolate. It is empty. I even ate the yucky ones (truffles). Willpower? What’s that? It was one heck of a ride. Two of the chocolates were filled with (cue suspenseful “duh nuh na nuh” music) toffee-covered popcorn!

For those of you thinking to yourselves SHE ATE 2 POUNDS OF CHOCOLATE IN 2 DAYS?!? you will be relieved to know that I had a light, healthy breakfast on both days, so my overindulgence really wasn’t all that bad.

Aaaaaah, chocolate!


The "toffee-covered popcorn" was Moose Munch, which Harry & David is known for. Why did it take me so long to figure that out? What has all this chocolate done to me?? Clearly, I'm suffering mental side effects from chocolate withdrawl. In the interest of my health, I will need to go acquire more chocolate immediately!

Harry & David Chocolates

Sexy Nerd and I stopped by the outlet mall in Santa Fe. There, we found the BEST DEAL EVER! Two pounds of Harry & David chocolates sure you're ready...


That's like $0.13 per piece, people! Ahh, I've been living in chocolate bliss ever since. Here, let me share the deliciousness with you.
Layer 1 of chocolatey goodness

Followed by...
Another layer! Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!

That's all the writing I have in me for now. I've been apart from my new love interest long enough.

Sexy Nerd Quote Of The Day

Sexy Nerd, looking over my shoulder while I'm online: "Did that say 'pimp my baby'?"

I was looking at I wonder if I should be concerned about what goes on in Sexy Nerd's mind.

 Hey, Sexy Nerd! Don't pimp Biscuit!

Crazy Hair

And now, simply because I think people will get a kick out of this, here are two photos of me. One has been adjusted with a photo editing tool:

This first photo is not too shabby. I had just had my hair cut and thought I looked fairly decent. However, after adjusting the lighting and colors of the photo, it was revealed that my snazzy new haircut was not as neat and tidy as I had thought...


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