Monthly Archives: September 2010

tonight!

Eeeek!! I am so pumped.

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munich-bound

In honor of my “it’s one-week until vacation so time stands still” blues, I will be purchasing this lovely art to be placed on my mantle when I return to brighten my day… and hopefully, until then, make the days go by a tad faster.

 

loving

How cute is this cupcake ring from sudlow? Tasty.

envy

It’s no secret that I’m a pushover for everything Etsy. I love the simplicity, the ease, the creativity… you name it. I will catch myself getting lost browsing all of the shops to see what I need to have and can’t live without.

So when I stumbled across dearcolleen, I knew I had come home.

Not only does she refer to one of my all time favorite movies, her prints are amazing! They had me cracking up.

Swoon-worthy and soon to be purchased.

when you REALLY appreciate someone

I found a way to tell them how you truly feel.

i’m loving

stuffed jalapenos

Last night, I’m not going to lie. I was absolutely craving stuffed jalapenos. I don’t know what came over me! I was sitting at work and seriously it was all I could think about. Yummy, delicious, roasted jalapenos. My mouth was watering.

A year or two ago, Ellen introduced me to this super simple recipe — which is also great for parties! — so I couldn’t resist and made them last night. It’s pretty simple: breakfast sausage and cream cheese stuffed in a jalapeno half and roasted in the oven until the jalapeno skin is a lovely shade of roasted brown. So simple and such a crowd pleaser!

To start, pour yourself a glass of wine.

Last night was a cab. Yum.

I love the Waterford wine glasses because they are huge and to scale, that looks like your normal, run of the mill, amount of wine.

In actuality, it was almost half a bottle.

No, mom, I didn’t finish the glass.

But I digress.

My grocery store had some of the largest jalapenos and they were on sale! I guess since it is the end of the season, they are trying to push them out but really. Send them my way.

Up next on my list was real cream cheese.

Not reduced fat.

Not fat free.

The real stuff.

Meanwhile, I started browning the breakfast sausage. Since I was only chopping up 6 jalapenos, I used about ¼ of the package.

The whole spread!

Notice how clean the stove is? Yes, I spent Saturday morning up to my elbows in grease getting that range under control. I even went and got new drip pans since I am pretty sure they had never been cleaned and I wasn’t about to spend all Saturday afternoon cleaning those and instead opted to run to Home Depot.

So much nicer.

While I was admiring my handy work, I halved, deveined, and seeded the jalapenos.

About halfway through, I started crying.

No, not because I realized “The Bachelor Pad” finale was last night and I was going to miss that show… but because the jalapenos were ridiculously spicy. Couldn’t breathe, not pretty tears, sneezing, spicy.

Blonde me had also forgotten to take out her contacts so I took one for the team and slept in them last night.

That spicy.

Sorry, mom. And Dr. Ton. I promise it was a onetime occurrence.

So I decided to forgo the last two jalapenos and only chop up 4.

In hindsight, this was an excellent idea. My body thanked me.

After the sausage is brown, mix in the cream cheese and turn off the heat.

Doesn’t look appetizing but I promise… It is!

I then took that mixture and stuffed them into the jalapeno halves.

At this point, I believe Ellen would make a comment that you need to cover your pan in foil but I knew that I wasn’t making that many so I wasn’t too concerned about them sticking to the pan.

But, if you are making them in large quantities, foil is recommended.

I stuck the batch into a preheated oven and watched them.

After about 30 minutes, just about the time for me to be at the starving point of no return, they were ready to be devoured!

Brown, tender, and oh so delicious.

Normally, at this time, I would have taken pictures and sent it to everyone I know about what they were missing out on.

Oh wait! I did that too.

YUM.

Plated! Chopsticks optional. I can’t help it. I live with Asians. But chopsticks surprisingly come in handy rather frequently.

As a side note, this cream cheese, breakfast sausage mixture also tastes delicious stuffed in mushrooms or bell peppers and cooked the same way.

Thanks, Ellen! SO YUMMY!