Sunday, September 30, 2012

Speechless Sunday


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Speechless Sunday: 25 years + 1 day

I made it. I turned a big whopping 25 years old yesterday. Part of me has been grudgingly acknowledging this fact any time it has been brought up in conversation. Then, I came across this and thought, yes, I am thankfully 25.


I think my resentment for this birthday stems from a lot of different things I could list out, but ultimately, I'm thankful. Not every gets one more day. I have a lot of things I want to do with my life still, but I am so happy and thankful for everything I have done so far. This is a grand life, isn't it?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

I have always loved sports, but really only follow basketball, well mostly, the Portland Trail Blazers. Okay, I'm a huge Blazers fan. I could go on, but I'll spare you for now. I played fantasy basketball last year and finished second in the league - not too shabby for a rookie. This summer, I was somehow convinced to join my best guy friend Andy's fantasy football league, probably for some easy competition. At the time, I could not name more pro football players than I have fingers and I still can't tell you what position a player is on the field at any given time, with the exception of the quarterback. Being from Oregon, we don't have a pro football team so my only loose ties lie with the Seattle Seahawks by default. (I did make it to my first Seahawks game last year though!) The only tailgating I ever partake in involves Oregon State Beaver football, so going to visit Andy up in Seattle during the opening weekend of the NFL was reason enough to try out a new recipe.

Andy loves spicy food and was drooling when I mentioned making bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers for Sunday football shenanigans. I like spicy foods, but can't handle too extreme of a kick. These were very tasty, but were nearly too much for me. I am not one to eat a jalapeño by itself, but add bacon to something and it's good to go. The cream cheese helps, too. Andy scarfed about 70% of them.

Not that jalapeño poppers are rocket science, but I based mine off of this recipe from Doughmesstic. (Isn't that just the greatest blog name? Dough + mess + domestic. It's one of my faves.) Not to worry, these poppers are very easy to assemble. 

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
Makes 12

12 pieces of bacon
12 jalapeños, seeded
6-8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Partially cook bacon however you wish (stove top/oven/microwave) but just make sure you can still wrap it around a jalapeño. While the bacon is cooking, slice one side of a jalapeño lengthwise to open it up, in order to remove the seeds. Repeat for the 11 other peppers. Now, mix cream cheese with all of the spices. Spoon the cheese mixture into the seeded jalapeños. As you can see from photos, I may have stuffed my jalapeños with a little too much cream cheese, that is if you have a problem with exploding cheese. Finally, wrap each popper with bacon and place in oven safe dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until bacon is done.

Happy football season! Maybe this year I will have something more to root for (thanks to my fantasy football team) than the tailgate food. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Speechless Sunday

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I believe this 100%.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Homemade Pizza Rolls


If you've been looking for a quick and tasty food for tailgating or appetizer for you next party, you have to try these homemade pizza rolls. My sister was the one who wanted to make these and I'm definitely happy we tried them out.

It has been a while since I have made a recipe from one of my favorite food blogs The Girl Who Ate Everything. I forgot what beautiful photos she has on each post. This may be the first non-sweet I have made from her blog. This recipe is super kid friendly and super easy to make. Oh, and I would suggest doubling this recipe if you have a hungry husband, teenage son or have a hard time eating just one of anything small and yummy.

Homemade Pizza Rolls
Adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Makes 8

1 (8 oz) package refrigerated crescent roll dough
4 cheese sticks, halved
3-4 oz. pepperoni or Canadian bacon or sausage
1/2 cup pineapple, chunked (if you choose Canadian bacon)
marinara or pizza sauce or ranch, for dipping

Garlic Butter Glaze:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or oil spray.

Separate the crescent roll dough and lay flat. Place toppings at the bottom, large part of the triangle. Add half a slice of string cheese on top of the toppings and roll up.

Arrange on baking sheet, seam side down and bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.

While rolls are cooking, combine the melted butter, Italian seasonings, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.

When rolls are done, remove them from the oven and brush with the garlic butter glaze. Serve with marinara or ranch for dipping. 

Mmmm. Butter glaze. Hard to go wrong here.

If you are a fan of crescent rolls, you definitely need to try a chicken broccoli cheddar braid or baked chicken cheese filled rolls.

This post is linked up to some of the parties listed under my Show & Tell tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Speechless Sunday


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