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Kitchen and Dining Room Photos

I forgot all about our current house.

For the past two years or so, the only home we've cared about has been the one we're building with Panorama Homes. It's hard to love the house we're in now - it's just a storage unit. We were able to save thousands on construction costs by purchasing all the fixtures ourselves and storing them, but it didn't take long for the stacks of boxes to suck the romance right out of the place. There has been a sauna in our dining room for more than two years. There's a clawfoot tub next to it. Oh, and did I mention the toilets? Just try to enjoy your home with three toilets stacked to your living room ceiling. I dare you.

We hadn't expected the construction process to take this long.
Also, I'm a bit of a shopaholic. If it's an open-box clearance item, it's heavily discounted, one of a kind, and this is the only chance to buy it! Did I mention we've saved thousands?
I can't wait to get all my bargains move…

Grilled Stuffed Burrito Recipe

Sexy Nerd will be quick to tell you that there are pros and cons of being married to a blogger.

On the plus side, I love to cook up tasty new foods to post on my blog. He never seems to mind this part.

Taco Bell Grilled Stuffed Burrito Copycat

(Waaaaay better than the fast food version)


 On the other hand, I may *occasionally* give him something tasty to eat...


...and then steal it away before he can take a bite.


Hey, I have to get photos, right? He should have known better than to try to eat his burrito before I was finished with it. Don't feel too bad for him. These things stay hot forever!

From age 16-18, yours truly worked at Taco Bell. I was there when the Grilled Stuffed Burritos were first introduced. So, yeah, I'm kind of an expert.

To this day, that annoying "beeeeeeeep" of the Taco Bell grill agitates me.
LambAround's Grilled Stuffed Burrito (serves 4)
1 lb Ground Beef, cooked1 C Brown Rice, cooked1/2 C Red or White Onion, diced2 cloves Garlic, minced1 R…

Construction Update: 6 Week Deadline

Our house needs to be finished by July 1st...and we don't even have our flooring, stucco, roof, or cabinets installed! In fact, I don't think anyone from Panorama Homes has even been to our house this entire week. The deadline is quickly approaching and our house is just sitting there, empty and forgotten. I email the builder and the foreman for an update and am ignored. I ask our builder in person what the plan is for next week and am told, "I don't know".

We're screwed, aren't we?

"Screwed and tattooed," my boss says. It's not the sort of language one expects to hear from a little old lady, and especially not from a children's dentist, so it sticks with me. Screwed and tattooed, I think, staring at the unfinished, well, everything. Screwed and tattooed.

On the plus side, the work that has been completed looks great. The interior walls have all been painted (Sherwin Williams Polite White), the tongue and groove ceiling is up, and Strahl…

Photos of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms in Springtime

For fun ideas for your next trip, visit my post 6 Reasons to Love Washington DC.

Sexy Nerd was in Washington DC for business last week and I jumped at the chance to join him, eager to escape the darn allergens (my annual nemesis) at home. Unlike our last visit to DC, which was so brutally frigid I actually considered death-by-icicle rather than continuing to trudge along, the weather was sunny and perfect this time. On the day we flew home to Albuquerque, the daytime temperature plummeted down to the low 40s (30s with the wind chill - brrr!) so our timing couldn't have been better. We were supposedly too early in the year to catch the famous DC cherry blossoms in bloom, with the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival still several weeks away, but I can't help thinking this year's festivities may be mistimed. By the time visitors arrive to see the cherry blossoms, they're all going to be gone!












You'd never know it from this photo, but Sexy Nerd was actually having a g…

A Warning Against Impulsiveness

My crazy, anxiety-prone brain is a real jerk sometimes. Throughout our home building process, I've been required to meet with different suppliers one-on-one at least a dozen times and usually do a believable enough job playing the part of competent homeowner. Today, however, I set out on a quest for carpet prices feeling like a meek, pitiful shell of a human, wasting everyone's time and making a fool of myself. There was no reason for it. What's so difficult about asking for a carpet price? I even had a good idea what I wanted for once, so I could skip my usual look of indecisive puzzlement.

My anxiety and I stepped timidly through the door of the flooring shop, my forehead knit with concern. I try to stop myself from doing this. The raised eyebrows don't do me, or my wrinkles, any favors. I've tried Botox to fix this bad habit, but apparently I'm immune to botulism. I even remind myself to relax my face periodically, reaching up both hands and smoothing the gr…

Charming Stone Cottage

It was fun virtually shopping for a mansion last week, but I have something even better this time.

A gorgeous home someone may actually be able to afford!

To be fair, at $757,400 (weird asking price, right?) it's still fairly steep. But with a carriage house (I'll admit I'm not entirely sure what this is) and 137 acres (holy moly!), think of it as only $5,528 per acre with a free house (and carriage house!) thrown in. Besides, it's not like anyone actually pays the full asking price. By the time you negotiate this thing down, it would be foolish not to buy it.

Yeah, I can pretty much find a way to justify anything I want to buy.

1856 Christie Lake Road, Perth, Ontario (from Sotheby's) (oooh, fancy)
On a side note, I'd actually intended to search Perth, Australia, which is where I'm from and where many of my family members still live. The Sotheby's website had other plans.







If money weren't a factor, is this a house you'd like to call home? I've also …

Best Vitamix Green Smoothie Recipe

I don't usually (or ever) post Vitamix recipes here. It's not that I don't think people would be interested in trying my homemade Vitamix recipes. My blender creations have just never been good enough to share. In fact, many of them have been borderline revolting.

After much trial and error, however, I am happy to announce that I finally have a delicious Vitamix winner! Just look at this beautiful green smoothie:

Note my dapper Frog Prince admiring its green loveliness.
(And yes, it really is a creamy "Green Smoothie", not a "Green Juice".)
LambAround's Best Vitamix Green Smoothie Recipe (Makes 40 ounces)
Throw the following into the blender: 1 Mango1 Orange (or 2 oranges, if yours are itty bitty like mine!)1 Radish1 Kale Leaf (a great, big one!)1/2 a Cucumber1 Tbsp Flax Seeds2 Tbsps Chia Seeds1/2 Can of Pineapple with Juice (10 ounces)2 Celery Stalks1 Small Parsley Sprig 1 Cup Water Before blending, let everything mellow together in the fridge for at…

Construction Update: Drywall

I've been told I need to post more photos of the construction of our new dream home. Happy to oblige!

Currently, most of our windows are covered with plastic film to protect them when the house is stuccoed, so everything has a hazy, greenish hue. Note that I said "most". Apparently, it's fine for some of the windows to end up splattered in stucco.
 Kitchen
Other side of the kitchen 
Ack! I hate that cutout along the ceiling SO MUCH. Seriously, what is wrong with our construction crew? Does that look anything like the photo to you? 
Groin ceiling inside the dining nook
Curved floor of the hallway bathroom...because why not? 
Hallway beams and my infamous crapper window
Looking the other direction down the hallway
Barrel vault ceiling 
Guest bedroom 
Double tray ceiling inside the master bedroom 
Even in a green-certified home, there's nothing green about the construction process. 
Here are our interior doors, patiently waiting to be installed. The construction c…