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Today, Let's Visit the Wildlife West Zoo in Edgewood, NM

Our last trip to the zoo together was so much fun. Today, let's visit Wildlife West in Edgewood, NM.
Did you remember to dress in layers, put on gobs of sunscreen, bring an oversized hat, wear comfortable shoes, and protect your eyes with big, dorky sunglasses?
No??

The best thing about Wildlife West is that all of the animals are rescued. It's easy to see that they're all well cared for.


Well, okay, maybe not this fellow. This poor guy has some stress! I don't think it's the zoo's fault though.


















What does the owl say to us as we're leaving?  "T-HOO-da-loo!"

Sorry. Wildlife West was a bad influence on me.

Lamb Soup Recipe

The following is a guest blog post recipe from Amber, a self-described heathen with an unnatural love for chocolate, innuendo, and sarcasm. You can enjoy her nonsensical rants at Le Meh.
LAMB SOUP RECIPE

Ingredients:
4 med. tomatoes 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 lb. lean lamb, cut in 1 inch strips 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1/8 tsp. ground tumeric 2 onions, finely chopped 1 tbsp. chopped parsley 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 3 1/2 c. hot meat broth 1 c. broken home style egg noodles 2 eggs 2 tsp. lemon juice Pinch of ground cinnamon

Peel tomatoes; remove and discard seeds. Chop tomatoes. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add lamb; cook, stirring constantly, until brown on all sides. 

Stir in ginger and turmeric. Add chopped tomatoes, onions, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir well; add broth.
Cover and simmer 45 minutes. Add noodles; return to boil. 
Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes longer. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, beat eggs with lemon juice and cinnamon; stir into hot soup. Reheat soup; do not boil. Serves 4.

Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to Me

I've been depressed lately, which I know is stupid and doesn't make any sense, but I can't shake it. There was even a party for me at work yesterday and I couldn't enjoy it. Afterward, my coworker asked if I felt like I could burst into tears at the drop of a pin. I hadn't realized it was so obvious. Random, bad things in my life that normally wouldn't be a big deal have all been piling up. To top everything off, something ridiculous happened last week that has my hormones completely out of whack, making me feel like I'm not myself. It feels like I'm losing my mind. It's exactly what I didn't need right now.

But today, I'm 30.


Things are looking up.

Easter Nests Recipe

Easter is nearly here! Have you made Peeps Nests yet?

"Peep! Peep!" What You'll Need
(makes 10 super-cute Peeps nests)
7oz melted chocolate chips (approximately 1 1/4 cups)5oz Fiber One bran cereal (Chinese Noodles work fine as well, but they're terrible for you...unlike chocolate and Peeps!)10 Peeps chicks20-30 Jelly Beans Not a photo of worms in a bowl, I promise!

Combine the melted chocolate chips and the cereal. To melt the chocolate, I've found that microwaving it in a glass bowl on half power works well, stirring every 45 seconds. The 7oz were fully melted after about 3 minutes.
Such a healthy cereal, such an unhealthy use.
Then again, I might be looking at this all wrong. With all these nifty vitamins and minerals, surely these Peeps nests are good for me, right? No more multivitamins for this gal.
Behold, a healthy mound of chocolaty goodness.
An ice cream scoop makes these nests the perfect size, with very little mess, especially when dropped onto a silic…

Dutch Baby Recipe Fail

For Easter breakfast, I thought I'd be a sweetheart and surprise Sexy Nerd with one of his favorite breakfasts, a Dutch Baby. The recipe is foolproof - or so I thought!

Strawberries were recently on sale for $0.88/lb and I had overly stocked up, (I may have a problem) (yes, I certainly have a problem) leaving us with a fridge full of mushy red fuzzies. Why is it that strawberries are Sexy Nerd's favorite fruit only until I purchase 10 pounds? Then, he turns his nose up at them. They're moldy, he complains. You're going to kill us both, he whines. Bah!

Just cut the furry parts off, Sexy Nerd!

I decided a pink Dutch Baby would be the epitome of Easter goodness and threw a handful of strawberries into the blender. I photographed the resulting batter, certain I was in the midst of a new winning recipe for my blog, the strawberry Dutch Baby.

See all the air bubbles? They're a surefire sign that we were in for a delicious Dutch Baby.
I baked it for 10 minutes on the lo…