Quinn is good at sharing. Whether you want to or not…
Quinn is good at sharing. Whether you want to or not…
He’s our new houseplant. I can’t kill something that has a name and personality! Therefore, Harold, the shy and bashful houseplant has half a chance. He’s a Majesty Palm.
I got him at the local Exotic green house. That place is amazing. I spent a lot of time just wandering around!
There’s room after room of neat plant stuff. I’m glad I didn’t wear a coat; it was a balmy 80 degrees. There’s even a whole Citrus section – with FRUITING TREES!
And flowers. So many Flowers. I forgot it was 20 degrees outside!
There were also cats. Cats everywhere. Okay, I exaggerate. There were only a half-dozen cats wandering around. One was sunbathing:
I’m coming back to this place when it gets warmer. They also have a lot of herbs and things I’d want in this year’s garden.
The Husbeast likes Harold. The dogs are still leery. They get really suspicious when we bring parts of the outside inside. They will get used to him.
As an insurance policy, I’ve already set up reminders on my phone to water him. I haven’t killed two dogs, a husbeast or a baby, so I think I can handle a Palm tree…here’s hoping!
Every few months, my cousins invite me to their potluck get-togethers. This time around, the theme was apps and desserts. I took the opportunity to try something new in the appetizer department. Some say never use party guests as guinea pigs for new recipes. I say: why not?!
Baked Jalapeño Poppers
2 cans of Seamless crescent rolls.
1 small container of sour cream (if you like the poppers with cheese, I would just get cheddar cheese sticks)
2 cans of whole pickled jalapeño peppers
Prepare the peppers by draining them and halving each pepper. Remove the seeds and ribs. I used my salad spinner and some paper towels to make sure the peppers were nice and dry. If you don’t dry the peppers enough, you will have a soggy mess!
Take the peppers for a spin and lay them out on some paper towels.
While the peppers are drying, prepare your dough. At first, I was baffled on how to wrap the peppers. I decided not to do anything fancy. Just cut the dough into squares.
Now, turn all your peppers around so the inside is facing up. Time to fill them! I put the sour cream in a plastic bag and piped the sour cream into the peppers.
It’s time to wrap your pepper!!! (snickers uncontrollably)
Take a filled pepper. Lay it in your non-dominant hand. Take a dough square. Carefully flop in over the pepper and stretch the dough around it. The seam will be on the bottom of the pepper. Seal the dough and don’t let too much air get under the dough. Your pepper should look like this:
Continue. Depending on how many peppers you have, there may be some leftover dough. I used it up and made fun shapes. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them. You want golden, brown and delicious.
A little spicier than I was expecting, but delicious. I love the baked, biscuit-y breading instead of the fried batter kind; it feels like I’m eating healthier…no? Serve them warm or room temp. They are a little more mild at room temperature.
They were a hit at the party. Not as big of a hit as my cousin’s meatballs, but I’m totally cool with that because I love balls. (snickers intensify.)
If you try this recipe or any of my others, let me know how it goes!!
Woot! Woot! I was called to the podium today!
So I didn’t finish them during the games, but I tried! I got just before the heel. No biggie. I spent much of my knitting time yesterday working each heels. I’ve never knit heels in this technique; I’m not sure how I feel about them. I love doing two at a time socks but you still can only work the heels one at a time.
Also, as expected, I have to gripe (yet again) about Noro. In some places, the yarn get so thin that it breaks or it’s over/under twisted and doesn’t play nicely. rawr. On the bright side, so far there are no knots. This is also my last ball of Noro…ever. I’m swapping what left in my stash. If you ever hear or see me go for a ball of Noro, immediately slap me.
Anywho, here are the socks today. It looks like I’m going to have Opposite Socks. The colors are just about to bypass each other:
There’s still quite a bit of yarn left too. I have a feeling these will become my bowling socks. As many of you know, I always wear crazy socks to bowling, just so everyone knows I’m practicing proper bowling hygiene. These just might make mid-calf or knee socks.
I was going to do another product review for those new “Recipe Makers” from Kraft. Then I read the box and was like “Nah, I’m going to do my own this.”
I will start out with I bought this only because I had a coupon. The idea of the “Recipe Makers” kinda goes against everything I’ve said about cooking. (I can’t find the post but somewhere in the archive is the post against hamburger helper.) Anyway, since the box only includes the sauce and not the pasta or packets of unidentified powder, I decided to give it a go…with my own twist.
I decided this recipe rebellion would involve Quinoa. I love Quinoa. It kills me that apparently my love of Quinoa is ruining the lives of farmers in South America. Thankfully, I have only ever bought one bag of Quinoa because Costco sells it in the lifetime supply size.
Anyway, I browned some ground beef with peppers and onions:
Then I added the “Finishing sauce” and black olives. The “finishing sauce” just seems to be verde salsa.
No complaints. It actually tasted pretty good at this point. Next, I added the cooked Quinoa and the “filling sauce.” This sauce seems to be a jazzed-up ranch dressing.
I stirred it all up and here’s the problem with Quinoa dishes: they don’t look pretty. Quinoa has a tendency to make things looks oatmeal-y. The sauces gave the dish an odd color too, like a pinky-brown. It may not look pretty, but it was diddly-damn delicious.
I topped it with cheese and inhaled it.
I have more coupons for the Recipe Makers, so I think I will be trying more varieties. My advice would be to not follow the instructions, use the sauce and do your own thing. It was fast and easy, I cooked this dish in less than a half hour – including prep.
Sorry about the radio silence for the last week. Things have been cray-cray around here. As you know, I finished my shawl for the games but I’ve come up short on finishing my socks. I underestimated the power of teething and didn’t have a chance to pick up my needles as often as I would have liked. I’m not too bummed, I made good progress and I’m almost to the heel.
I will try to knit during the closing ceremonies, but who knows. Every evening has been an adventure.
Along with the Spawnbeast teething, I’m getting into this new chapter of my life. I usually try to leave subjects that don’t revolve around craftiness and cooking off the blog, but some very kind followers have asked so I will divulge.
Things have been good. Different, but good. I seem to find myself in a “new groove” every few weeks. Spawnbeast has weaned, so I find I have a little more free time. Although, this free time has been taken up by the new routine of bottle washing and the experimentation of solid foods. I am very glad I made a bunch of food ahead of time.
On the career front, I’ve gotten much more comfortable with the idea of stepping away. It took some adjustment, but for me, I feel like I’m doing the right thing. It helps that I’m not just doing the mom thing. I’ve actually started a few things that I never would have done before becoming a stay-at-home-mom (that was weird to type.) For one, I’m volunteering. I’ve always wanted to do something in the community but working always came first. The place I’m at is really great and they seem to need someone like me. I’m actually hoping my volunteer work will help me get into a new career in the future. I’ve also dipped my toes into selling Scentsy.
It’s win win. I get to be social and share stuff that I’ve enjoyed. When I wasn’t washing bottles and reading pop-up books, I’ve been hosting/planning a few parties and organizing my business. I’m not a sales person, in fact I was hesitant to do anything like this because I hate the idea of asking people to buy stuff. Thankfully, I get to share my experience and get myself out there and it has been awesome so far. It actually has helped me reconnect with people I haven’t seen in forever because they go “you do what now?! OMG i love Scentsy!”
Enough about that, I also get asked about the dogs A LOT. They are doing great. They love the human puppy. It’s cold and we had a foot of snow, so that was an adventure. Both Enza and Quinn have adjusted really well to the new changes around here. Hopefully their funny antics will return to the blog soon.
Ok, I could be knitting instead of writing a small novel but I wanted to update you cool cats.