December 6, 2012

The hotter the better!

I haven't posted any recipes in a while. A year or two ago I think I had a new one up each week, as I was busy experimenting in my kitchen all the time. But these days I've been sticking to a lot of standard recipes for dinner that are already in my pocket. I do however, continue to try new appetizer recipes, because that's the 'meal' we enjoy the most on weekends. I want to share a super yummy one with you today, and it will definitely be served during Super Bowl this year! If you don't like jalapenos, perhaps you can try it with sweet peppers. Not really sure, we love to eat hot, so I haven't tried them any other way!

Jalapeno 'Poppers'
4oz cream cheese
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
3-4 pieces cooked bacon
12 jalapenos

1. Clean and cut jalapenos lengthwise(I wear gloves)
2. Combine cheeses and crumbled bacon
3. Boil jalepenos 5-10 minutes (the longer you cook them, the less hot they will be)
4. Fill jalapenos, bake at 400 degrees for 5-8 minutes

They are quick and cheap to make, and DELISH! Way better than store bought fried poppers. Let me know if you try them! :)

December 4, 2012

Hi, My name is Allison, and I have a Pinterest problem...

....A big Pinterest problem. Like wake up and grab the iPad before coffee kinda problem. Like lay in bed at night and torture my guy by showing him things I'm pinning kinda problem. It was dormant when the site first started, I signed up the day it launched, but only in the last few months has it truly interfered with life.

I know deep down some of you have this problem too. I want to share with you the red flag, early warning signs that you too may be at risk. I know I have a Pinterest problem because:

The only reason I have crayons is to melt them.

Weekly trips to Hobby Lobby cost me considerably more than they should.

The food shopping list revolves around new pinned recipes.

Friends that don't pin look at me like I'm crazy.

Hours blend into each other, and there's 10 lists open on the iPad app that I've been browsing non-stop.

My next baby would be announce by cutting into a cake for the color.

I start a lot of sentences with 'I saw this thing on Pinterest....'

My dream closet would take me a lifetime to pay for.

I giggle to myself, shake my head in agreement, and just keep clicking 'pin it'.

My nails have never been so decoratively beautiful.

But now, today, it's gotten worse. Holiday pinning! My head started spinning this morning when I saw all he new crafts pinned with ornaments, omg, I should go check that out now......

December 1, 2012


With a little more spring in my step lately, a little more organization in my life, and a whole lot of love, I feel I finally have time to come back to my blog. I love my blog. I miss my blog. It not only helps me to think things through, but I feel it's a great way to capture thoughts and memories for my boys(now to only figure out how to save the whole blog!).

I saw many people on Facebook doing a daily 'what I'm thankful' for leading up to Thanksgiving. Kinda sad that people have to wait until November to think about it, talk about it, and most importantly tell others how thankful they are to have them around. I try to do it often nowadays. Knowing where my life was 4 or 5 years ago, and where and who I am today, well it's just plain super. I knew I'd be able to dust myself off, I knew I'd be able to move forward for the sake of my boys if nothing else, but I never thought I'd be this far ahead.

*I'm obviously oh-so-thankful for my boys. They help me learn, help me grow, and help me to cultivate my patience on a daily basis.

*I'm thankful for my job, my home, and financial stability(might sound silly to be thankful for that, but being able to dig out from divorce 100% is a real workout!)

*Thankful for my family, as crazy as we all are, and that we are tight no matter how many miles are between us.

*Most of all, I'm thankful for this wonderful man I call mine. I think some of my other 'thankfuls' are possible in part to him, but even if they weren't, he's my guy. My rock. My friend. He helped me to find my smile and laugh again, and I hope we are blessed with decades more of giggles as a big happy family.

So sorry if I'm a little late to the thankings, but we are only knee deep into this crazy holiday season, so I think I'm right on time. :)