Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jalapeno Poppers

A popular tailgate staple at our games is bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers.  I first got the recipe from a coworker after my dad's that made them for an office party.  My dad liked them so much he had my mom make them, and given her extreme allergies she ended up in the emergency room.  

Don't let that scare you away from making them though-I make them all of the time, I just wear gloves and I've never had a bad reaction.  
And they are always a crowd pleaser. 

I don't know what I did with the original recipe and I think it was a Pioneer Woman recipe, but I just go without some of the ingredients I can't remember and they're still tasty.

What You'll Need:
1 block cream cheese
1 package finely shredded cheddar cheese
16 jalapenos
1 package bacon
BBQ sauce (I prefer John Boy & Billy's)

1.  Put the cream cheese and cheddar cheese in a bowl and leave out to soften.
2. WEARING GLOVES, use a knife and spoon to scoop out all of the membranes/seeds.  If you like a little kick leave a few seeds thrown in here and there, but be careful-1 seed alone packs quite a kick!


3.  Once soft, stir together the cream cheese and cheese and spoon into the jalapeno shells.

4.  Cut bacon strips in 1/2 and wrap around the jalapeno.


5.  Brush with BBQ sauce (or don't-I was making these at 6:45 am this past weekend and forgot the BBQ sauce and they were still good). 

6.  Bake at 350 until the bacon looks crispy (about 30-40 minutes).



Enjoy!!



Monday, October 29, 2012

What. A. Game

Tropical Storm Sandy was not going to keep us away from the Carolina-State game this year and the game did not disappoint!


We were a mixed crowd, with some Carolina fans, some State fans and some that couldn't decide.  Notice all of the combo-colored/neutral colored outfits?

Although the weather was cloudy and windy-the kind of windy that comes from all directions and leaves all sorts of tangles in your hair-the rain held off and we didn't feel a drop throughout the entire game.  


And what a game it was!
It stayed close the entire game, and after Carolina tied it with a field goal with about a minute left then managed to force State to punt it looked like we'd be heading to overtime.
And then Giovani Bernard returned the punt 74 yards to score a touchdown. 

It was amazing.

I've never liked attending games and not cheering for the home team and that game is why.  There's nothing like jumping up and down in excitement along with an entire stadium of fans, high-fiving strangers and belting out the fight song.  It's why fans attend games.  

And when it all comes together, it's so stinking fun.   



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall Activities

This past weekend we didn't attend the Carolina-Duke game for the first time I can remember (maybe why they lost for the 2nd time in my lifetime?), so instead we decided to cram all of the fall activities we could into one weekend. 

After grilling some delicious food and enjoying the weather Friday night, Saturday we met my sister, her boyfriend and our neighbor Christopher at the Clayton Fear Farm (minus the fear for daytime goers).  Dan picked on us for being the only ones over 12 but without kids of their own that wanted to do every activity but I say kids know what's up in the having fun department.  We took a hayride, went through a 3-D house, jumped on a pillow thing (not sure what you should call it?) and climbed around on a rope spider web before hitting the main attractions-the corn maze and pumpkin patch.

 The corn maze was 5 acres of amazingness.  I'm so impressed by the design they were able to do, which said Count on Chris (local meteorologist) and had the abc logo.  We had fun just wandering aroud it and weren't too worried about how long it took to find our way out, but we did run across a mother with a toddler desperate for one of our maps.  

A little Forrest Gump re-enactment..."dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far, far away from here"
After making it out we set out to find the perfect pumpkins and cut them off the vine ourselves.  This was a first for me, and I have to say I prefer the stems dried up rather than green and filled with water.
Sunday after church we went to Dan's parents house for a Halloween brunch and to carve pumpkins.  We didn't think to grab stencils or anything so we went for a simply silly Jack-o-Lantern face.  Dan's brother got it into his head to do a Ducks Unlimited pumpkin, and it turned out pretty neat!


To finish up the weekend in Halloween spirit, I made mummy cupcakes for Dan to take to work for a Relay for Life bake sale, idea courtesy of pinterest.  All in all a good start to fall, minus fall weather.  Don't let our fall clothes in the picture fool you, we were sweating like crazy.  All part of the experience. 




Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall Happenings

Fall is trying to make an appearance around here, but I can't say today's rainy, cold weather was the start of fall we've been waiting for.  

October for our family always kicks off with Elizapalooza, my sister's birthday that shuts down the federal government.  We have honey baked ham, dressing, green beans, sweet potato biscuits...pretty much Thanksgiving dinner.  It's warm-up for the real thing, I guess.  



This year I tried making the dressing from the "recipe" entitled "Grandmama and Eva's Stuffing-for Thanksgiving or Christmas".  I call it a "recipe" because it was really just guidelines, with an ingredient list that included "regular ole biscuits", "1/2 stick of butter (but probably more)", "a lot of chicken broth" and "A LOT of pepper" and ended with "cook until hot".  Surprisingly, it received good reviews so I must have gotten somewhat close.

Our neighbor also got my sister the coolest cake ever.  Pippa is obsessed with painting her nails.  Obsessed.  When she sees me she names what color nail polish I'm wearing.  You know, because all normal people can do that.  Her boyfriend has even made her a set of shelves the size of nail polish bottles for her wall.  So, enter the perfect cake for Pippa.


Later that week we met up with our favorite world travelers to have dinner while they were in town in between ending their season in Vancouver (by winning the championship!) and leaving for winter season in Australia.  Rough life for manager of the year :-)

     
And then I made these bad boys.


Reese's Pieces Cookie Cupcakes. (recipe found here)
You should probably go make some right now.  
Then hop a treadmill because you'll eat the whole batch.  



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