Admittedly…these are not very West Coast/health-conscious of me, but I’m a firm believer in “moderation in all things” – including indulgence. The combination of spicy peppers with gooey cream cheese, lime zest and crisp bacon, is undeniably delicious. What a perfect appetizer for your Labor Day barbecue menu. Paired with a delicious cold microbrew… maybe Fat Tire? You have a winning duo that will send your Summer out with a bang. Bless up and enjoy these bad boys with a smile.
Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Time: 35 minutes Serves: 4
4 fresh Jalapeno Pepper (OR small green Poblano Pepper for less heat)
8 oz. cream cheese – whipped
2 strips of thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon – cut in half
Zest of one (1) lime
½ lime – juiced
2 Tbsps. chopped fresh cilantro
Garlic Salt & Chili Powder – to taste
USING RUBBER GLOVES* – make a small slice ¾ way up each pepper, from tip to the stem edge, and remove and discard all seeds. DO NOT cut completely in half, leave the stem intact as it will hold your cream cheese in during barbecue. *I’m not joking about the rubber gloves, the oil from these seeds can be extremely painful to your hands, eyes, or any skin/membrane surface that it comes in contact with. Use caution and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Our lungs were actually burning! Oh, but …it was worth it.
In a small bowl, add cream cheese and stir in lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, chili powder and garlic salt to taste. Mix thoroughly.
Fill each pepper with cream cheese mixture.
Wrap each pepper with a piece of bacon, making sure to not overlap as this will make bacon thickness and cooking times inconsistent. Bacon should be wrapped snugly and pepper should be as “closed” as possible. Insert a toothpick through center of pepper to hold bacon in place.
Barbecue over low-medium heat for roughly 20 minutes, turning every few minutes to prevent burning.
Once peppers look soft and bacon is cooked, remove from grill and let stand for several minutes to cool. With respect for the erratic heat each pepper may offer…take caution and ENJOY.
I love Samoas cookies from the Girl Scout’s but no matter how many boxes I buy they never last until the next time the girls come around. I found this recipe for Samoas Cupcakes from Spice Is Nice to hold me over until I can stock up again. Besides looking so delicious, everything is homemade-the cupcakes, icing & chocolate syrup!
Chambray shirts are huge. They may seem difficult to wear but it’s really simple to pair with outfits. I like to think of it as the next “white tee”. Very versatile and can be dressed up or down and take you from day to night. Check out some of the ways we love to wear the iconic chambray shirt.
(staysassy.livejournal.com) Wear it as a jacket. Throw it over a neutral tank or tee paired with sandals and statement jewelry for a comfy and chic look.
(chicatopia.com) Wear with boots. With autumn approaching fast, a few of us at Totsy can’t wait to break out our boots. We love this casual and put together look – chambray shirt, black denim and sleek knee high boots.
(washingtonian.com) Denim on denim is effortless as long as they are noticeably two different shades. Love these cobalt denim jeans paired with a chambray shirt.
(cupcakesandcashmere.com) Add some texture to your wardrobe by pairing a chambray shirt with a floral and feminine skirt for a date night look with hubs. Pair with a black pencil skirt and classic pumps for work.
(jcrew.com) Not a fan of skirts to work like mentioned above? Pair the chambray shirt with cropped slim fit trousers or wide leg trousers for a more professional, wear to work look.
Whether your a parent, grandparent or a babysitter, kid’s tend to be famous for two words-“I’m bored.” This tends to be the case during summer, weekends, break from school or whenever they run out of things to occupy them. So how does one keep the kiddies busy for days upon days? Well naturally we would all turn to Pinterest for help, which is how I stumbled upon this darling idea from Shabby Beach Nest! Create an “I’m Bored” Jar filled with 101 ideas to cure boredom. Visit the Shabby Beach Nest for 101 free printables!
This time of year makes me nostalgic for the summers I had as a kid.
Now that I have my own kids I want to pass those memories on so they remember their childhood summers as fondly as I do.
One of my favorite memories is the blueberry festival in Poplarville, MS. My great aunt and uncle loved it and rarely missed it.
This super easy recipe recalls those summer days for me, but instead of the big, giant, difficult and time-consuming cobbler my aunt and uncle made, these individual versions are super gooey, buttery and delicious because each one gets its own pat of butter and its own 1/4 cup of blueberries. EVERY SINGLE ONE!
Plus, all the kids I know like to have their own. Sharing is tough – even tougher when it’s blueberry cobbler!
PS: Even if the fresh berries have passed your region up already, you can sub in frozen ones any time is year.
½ cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
¾ cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
2 cups fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cut butter into eight pieces, place one piece in each of eight ¾ cup (6-ounce) baking cups.
Set cups on rimmed baking sheet, place in oven until butter melts, about 1 minute.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine flower, sugar baking powder, and salt.
Add milk, whisk until a smooth batter forms.
Divide batter equally among baking dishes, add 1/.4 cup blueberries to each cup.
Bake until the batter forms a golden crust on top and the blueberries bubble, about 30 minutes.
Serve warm. Or bake earlier and reheat in a 350F oven until warm.