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House Ramblings

This weekend, we are finally going to decide, once and for all, whether or not to buy the house we've been waffling over.

I think we will buy it.

No, we really shouldn't.

But maybe we should.

It's going to be a loooong weekend! Really, my great fear is that we might lose a bunch of money selling our current house, even though we've completely remodeled it with high-end upgrades. Not that knowing that makes the decision any easier!

Have a great Easter, everyone!

Baked Lemon Ricotta Donuts Recipe

Raise your hand if you've ever found yourself focused on something online, only to get completely sidetracked by some unrelated search result.
My hands are waaaay up in the air. When you drop your Las Vegas getaway research to spontaneously bake, all because you saw Lemon Ricotta Filled Donuts featured on a celebrity chef restaurants in Vegas menu, you have to raise both hands.
Easily distracted, I may not be visiting chef Mario Batali's Las Vegas restaurant, Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, anytime soon. I can at least enjoy his Lemon Ricotta Donuts though!
The best thing about this copycat recipe is that my Lemon Ricotta Filled Donuts are baked, not fried, so you won't end up looking like the chef.

Okay, *technically* these are muffins. Think of them as the most donut-like muffins around. Feel free to deep fry the batter instead of baking it. As for us, Sexy Nerd and I have been hitting up Happy Hour a bit too often for that. I choose fried artichoke hearts, fried duck eggr…

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Happy weekend, everyone!
(FINALLY!!!)
Are allergies bad in the rest of the country? Here in Albuquerque, everyone is in a medication-induced fog. Darn you, juniper.
That's enough complaining though. I'm looking forward to seeing all the great links this weekend! And now...

Adult Bullies

I'm writing this during my lunch break, feeling sad.

When you make a phone call, if you're the type of person who is mean to the stranger on the other end, you're an adult bully. I tried to help you schedule your 3 year old for a filling. I want your children to be our patients and am happy to hear that their current dentist recommended us. I can even get you in this week. Yes, you do need to set up a consultation appointment. No, it is not free, but most insurances do cover it. You can threaten me and say you're going to speak directly to my boss, but if you refuse to give me your insurance information, how am I supposed to get an estimate for you? I understand that you called me while you are driving. I understand that you have triplets. At your insistence, I called your other dentist to find out the details of your insurance. As expected, they would not provide me with your information. I called you back at the number you told me. The recording said your mailbox is …

My Mini Maniac

Sexy Nerd's dream since before we even met has been to own a Mini Cooper.

Yeah...that was news to me too!

Clearly, jealousy has been eating away at Sexy Nerd ever since I got my 2013 Chevy Volt. Poor guy.

I personally have never understood the Mini Cooper appeal. In fact, I tried to sway Sexy Nerd's choice from a used Mini Cooper S Hardtop to a Scion iQ while we were negotiating a deal at the Toyota dealership. It was brand-new, got much better gas mileage, and cost less than the used car he wanted. It even looked just as goofy! I don't get it.

He sure loves his new (to him, at least) car though.

"Did the Scion have a sunroof?" smart-alec Sexy Nerd just asked me, knowing full well that it did not.

He loved the Mini Cooper even more after removing the stinky air fresheners hidden inside every vent.
At first, Sexy Nerd had his heart set on British Racing Green, but he came around on this color after deciding that it complements his hat.
British Racing Green...we to…

Linky Party! It's time for a Blog Hop

Sexy Nerd has been looking forward to today. He has the day off and his plan was to "walk off into the mountains with Pica". I'm fairly certain he meant he was taking her hiking, not ditching me and Biscuit forever, but either way, the weather today is lousy.
And the allergens! Oh, it's awful here in Albuquerque.
AH-CHOO!
At least Sexy Nerd had the day off. I'm typing this from my computer at work.
It's my lunch break. Really truly!

And now...

Lemon Lime & Bitters Recipe

This was my go-to drink while Sexy Nerd and I were visiting my family in Australia. Interestingly, we were told this drink is often served to children because the alcohol content is fairly low.

I really can't imagine that going over well in the US!


Why isn't Lemon Lime & Bitters popular here? It's so good!

Same question of Vegemite and Violet Crumble bars, while we're at it.

Me with my mum's cousin - we're like twins!

While I may not be able to recreate my beloved Vegemite (though I've seen a few disastrously messy blog posts where people have tried), making Lemon Lime & Bitters is easy peasy, lemon (lime and bitters) squeezy.

See what I did there? Yeah, I'm pretty impressed with myself.


Lemon Lime & Bitters
Recipe for 1 drink (8oz)

Add the following ingredients, in order, to a glass:
Ice 6-8 drops of Angostura Aromatic Bitters15 mL Sweetened Lime Juice (not really the same thing as simply squeezing fresh lime juice into your drink, but that wo…

Pasta With Tuna And Bok Choy Recipe

It's ridiculous how quick, easy, cheap, and delicious this recipe is. And by using bok choy, people will think you've cooked something fancy!

I used this flavored tuna, but regular tuna would work just fine. You can always squeeze a little lemon juice into it if you want.

I had a coupon!
Start some spaghetti boiling, then fry bok choy, bell pepper, and garlic. I only had 1/2 of a bok choy to use. An entire bok choy would have been much, much better!
Add tuna.
You see why I wish I'd had more bok choy? Wimpy!

Now, doesn't this look so much better than boring old spaghetti with marinara sauce?

Pasta with Tuna and Bok Choy:
1 can or pouch of tuna8oz spaghetti1 bok choy1 Tbsp minced garlic 1/2 C diced bell pepper 3 Tbsp olive oil1 Tbsp PepperSprinkle of onion Salt2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning Juice from 1/2 a lemon (optional)2 Tbsp ButterParmesan cheese Boil spaghettiWhile spaghetti is boiling, heat olive oil in a frying panAdd bok choy, garlic, and bell pepper to oilWhen the ingr…

Linky Alert! BLOG HOP with LambAround

No new (old) house yet.

Hmmm...what to do? WHAT TO DO???

On one hand, our current house is perfect, except for the neighborhood.

On the other hand, the prospective house is awful, except for the neighborhood.

(In other words, I would appreciate some advice from my genius blog readers!)