Sunday, May 1, 2011

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited: May 2011 Edition

It's the 1st of the month!  And you know what that means.  It's time to get STUPID excited!!!!

For those of you new to my blog, "Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited" is a feature I post on the first day of each month. It's like Oprah's Favorite things - if Oprah was really cheap. And loved to shop at Kohl's.

Now, let me make clear that I am not hawking or reviewing products here. Nobody's paying me or providing me with anything. LTTMMSE is just a little outlet for me to exclaim over and dissect little materialistic things that make me ridiculously excited. Sidenote: It doesn't take much, people.

Grab the button below and link on up in the comments if you want to make your own list! I'd love to read what makes you STUPID excited too!! And if you'd like to see my past lists, they're all linked up on my LTTMMSE page.

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited


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I've got *TEN* stupid exciting things for the month of May!  Let's get started, shall we?

*One*

Oooh, toddler rain boots.  You know, I've always thought these were adorable, but a total waste of money.  I mean, who needs special boots just to walk around in the rain?!  Well, my good friends.  What I didn't realize is that your kids can also wear these boots out in the mud.  So, when the sun finally pokes out after it's rained for 3 days, put these puppies on your kids and send them out to the mud-filled backyard without a care in the world.  They're mess-free, easy to slip on and off, and are awesome for little kids who want to go outside and then come inside and then oh, my brother is still outside so here I go but wait my sister is also outside, so in I come.  Buy them ASAP - your kids' tennies (and your carpet) will thank you.  

*Two*


Um.  I just discovered these a couple weeks ago and feel like I've found the missing ingredient to my life.  Forget cinnamon and cilantro!  All I needed was a dose of white cheddar, in Cheez-It format.  I think I could totally subsist on these alone.  They are delish.

*Three*

I bought these on a whim at Target a few weeks back, and I gotta say, they are awesome.  I wear my hair back in a low chignon all the time and these things work like a dream in keeping it in place.  I really had my doubts about them, because I have very fine hair and nothing ever holds it.  But these things actually work!  And they look nifty, too. 

*Four*


I feel like a dummy for not knowing about this product until now, but I found them at Walgreens a while back (the same day I found out about Bieber's mother and had to stop for some emergency anti-aging cream).  They are $1.99 each!  And the colors are the coolest.  I'm gonna buy that Tiffany Blue color for my toes next - isn't it cute?

*Five*

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Cute Sandals from Claires

I loooooooove these sandals.  I found them at Claires when I was with my friends on Girl's Weekend.  Random!  They're so springy and girly.  Love 'em.

*Six*

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Flower Painting by Ashley Belle

Ashley painted this picture at preschool awhile back, and I think it's so cute.  I'm gonna frame it and hang it in the hallway.  Girl's got talent!

*Seven*

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Spring, or more specifically, my neighbor's Poofy Tree in the Spring

Man, I love spring.  Especially when the trees get poofy and start to look like cotton balls.  This is my neighbor's tree and I covet it.  I guess we could plant our own, but that would take time and effort, which I have neither of at the moment.  So I will just tree stalk for now. 

*Eight*


My mom found this recipe on allrecipes.com, and it is ah-ma-ZING.  I think it tastes just like the Mongolian Beef from P.F. Chang's which I lurve.  It's also super easy to make.  Add a couple frozen egg rolls and you have a gourmet Mongolian dinner on your hands.  (Wait - are egg rolls Mongolian?  Whatev.)

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 pound beef flank steak, sliced 1/4 inch thick on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 bunches green onions, cut in 2-inch lengths

Directions

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the garlic and ginger until they release their fragrance, about 30 seconds. Pour in the soy sauce, water, and brown sugar. Raise the heat to medium-high, and stir 4 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce boils and slightly thickens. Remove sauce from the heat, and set aside.
  2. Place the sliced beef into a bowl, and stir the cornstarch into the beef, coating it thoroughly. Allow the beef and cornstarch to sit until most of the juices from the meat have been absorbed by the cornstarch, about 10 minutes.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep-sided skillet or wok to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Shake excess cornstarch from the beef slices, and drop them into the hot oil, a few at a time. Stir briefly, and fry until the edges become crisp and start to brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the beef from the oil with a large slotted spoon, and allow to drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  5. Pour the oil out of the skillet or wok, and return the pan to medium heat. Return the beef slices to the pan, stir briefly, and pour in the reserved sauce. Stir once or twice to combine, and add the green onions. Bring the mixture to a boil, and cook until the onions have softened and turned bright green, about 2 minutes.
  6. 
    *Nine*
    
    You know, I swore these were actually called Chicks and Hens, not Chicks and Rabbits.  Which I suppose is a bit repetitive, but bygones.  I love these things.  I also love circus peanuts, on which they are based.  I know I may be a loner on this one, but I am not ashamed.  If you don't like them in your Easter baskets, feel free to pass them my way.  Styrofoam compartmentalized marshmallow sugar candy, party of one!  The only trouble is, I don't think anyone sells them anymore.  I could not find them anywhere this Easter.  My poor, abandoned Chicks and Hens (or rabbits, apparently) - so unappreciated by the masses.

    *Ten* 


    So yesterday I decided that it was finally warm enough to wear shorts, so I put some on and then almost passed out from the blinding glare of my whiter than white skin.  So I decided, "This will not do," and went outside to "get a little color."  Well, I got a LOT of color.  A lot of RED color.  My legs feel like little crispy sticks today, and Banana Boat aloe is my new best friend.  Excuse me while I go smother myself in more of it.

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    And that's it for this month, people!  Hope you enjoyed the May edition of LTTMMSE!

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    22 comments:

    Funny in My Mind said...

    I keep meaning to buy some cute rain boots for myself, then it stops raining and I forget til it rains again.
    I discovered that polish a couple years ago. I love most of them but 2 of them i got went on really shiny and faded to a matte color after they dried. For 1.99, I don't care but OPI is my favorite long-lasting polish and I have 2 bottles I rotate.
    My son is addicted to those white cheddar crackers with squeeze cheese on them.
    Loooove the adorable shoes!
    Thanks for a new recipe. My favorite right now is Pioneer Woman, yummo.

    Holly Ann said...

    Always love to read this, Megan!! I also have an Easter treat that everyone seems to disagree with me on: Peeps. Damn, I love those things. :)

    Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

    Your poor little crispy legs! I so hear your pain on that! I'm so scared of what will happen to my legs!

    Love those sandals, BTW!

    Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

    I'm playing along this month...this recipe reminds me of one that Pioneer Woman does with flank steak and snow peas...TO.DIE.FOR!

    http://thejoyofivf.blogspot.com/2011/05/little-things-that-make-me-stupid.html

    Brandy@YDK said...

    Great list. I think I want to try those spin pin things. They do look a little intimidating though.

    Jen said...

    Love the sandles!

    And I totally want to try that recipe. I recently discovered this dish and can't get enough of it. Now I can make it at home.

    Yeah.

    sara said...

    My dad is a circus peanut freak. I got him soap that looked and smelled like them for his birthday last year. Cracked me up!

    I've seen them all over recently. I've I'm out and they still ahve any I'll grab you some :)

    gringationcancun said...

    "tree stalk" haha

    My toenails are blue right now!! We'll match!

    Kristen said...

    I hear you on the toddler rain boots! :)

    Also, funny you have blue nailpolish listed -- my 2 1/2 year old picked some out this weekend for herself. :)

    MommaKiss said...

    I need some of that nail polish.

    Sarah said...

    I love toddler rain boots. Something about the cute little handles. But we have a pair of old school yellow hand-me-downs for my son, so my husband says no new boots. This year anyway...

    Ruth Anne said...

    White Cheddar Cheez-Its are The.Bomb.

    Also, I got sunburned too. But only on half my face. And I was wearing my glasses. So I have half a raccoon that stepped in red paint going on.

    I'm fabulous.

    wonderchris said...

    I can imagine my hair getting supremely stuck in the spin pins!!

    Great list!!

    Happy LTTMMSE!

    Suze said...

    Those Cheez-its are a staple of mine every time I go to the beach! (I've brought the Reduced Fat regular ones, and they are just not that tasty for the beach!). And I picked up 2 bottles of the Sinful Colors nailpolish at Target this morning - not as daring as the blue, but one was a coral color and another a lighter pink. I'm usually an OPI or Essie girl (nail polish is one of my obsessions), but I'd heard about this brand and wanted to try it...you inspired me to go grab some!

    championm2000 said...

    I have been eyeing rain boots for Em. Unfortunately, they would be more like hip waders this year. Plus, she doesn't walk. Or go out in the rain. But they are really, really cute...next year, rain boots, watch out!

    I *love* reading your lists, and because we all need a reason to get stupid excited as often as possible, I decided to play along:

    http://mamemusings.blogspot.com/2011/05/little-things-that-make-me-stupid.html

    Barbara Manatee said...

    I bought my twins rain boots last spring and they've obviously outgrown them (& I sold them) and they keep asking where they are...guess I should buy another pair!

    I saw those hair pins and wondered if they were any good.

    Those nail colors look fun! I need some new polish for spring!

    Those sandals are cute! They remind me of a pair I had last summer. they were cute AND super comfy!

    Jenner said...

    I love rain boots! Heck, *I* would wear the firefighter ones if they came in my size. Too darn cute! I'm glad to see another Stupid Things post and can't wait to participate! You need to make this a blog hop! :)

    Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

    I am loving those sandals So cute!
    My twin boys love their rain boots. They look so funny when they wear them with shorts. It makes me crack up.

    Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

    Hi Megan Here is my list.

    http://afamilyoflooneys.blogspot.com/2011/05/little-things-that-make-me-stupid.html

    Tasha said...

    Just found your blog from MaMe Musings. I love this stupid excited post thing!!!! And I love the Sinful polish...have you tried the Shining Heart color? My favorite! Hope it is not too late to join in....hopefully tomorrow. I'll come back to let you know.

    Tasha said...

    Here is mine......
    http://thefontenotslife.blogspot.com/2011/05/little-things-that-make-me-stupid.html

    This was so much FUN!!!

    Shelagh said...

    I love circus peanuts! My mom used to buy them for us, or more likely for herself, but she was nice enough to share with me and my brother. Yum! I have candy/sugar issues.
    I also now love one of the items on one of your past lists: Lean Cuisine Spring Rolls! I even got my hubby hooked on them.