Showing posts from September, 2013

Smoky Cheddar Bacon Pepper Poppers

Do you love Jalapenos? Bacon? Smoked Cheddar Cheese? Then these slightly sweet Pepper Poppers are for you!! The amount of heat is up to you. Whether you leave in the seeds or take them all out. If you keep them in you will want something cold to drink right after eating one, but in my opinion they are best with most of the seeds in. I like them spicy! 2/3 cup smoked cheddar cheese, shredded 3 Tablespoons Bacon Bits  ¾ cup cream cheese, softened 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1 Tablespoon horseradish ½ teaspoon dried onion flakes Freshly Cracked Black Pepper 12-15 Jalapenos, halved bacon strips for wrapping In a bowl combine the first 6 ingredients and mix well. Slice peppers in half (wear gloves) and take out the seeds you don't want and discard. Stuff the peppers with the cream cheese mixture and wrap with a piece of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. I trimmed a lot of the fat off of the bacon so it took about 1 piece for each pepper half. Refrigerate until the cream cheese is hard aga…

Browned Butter Vanilla Caramel Icing

I've been eating this Caramel icing practically since I was born but never took the time when I prepared it to brown the butter and add the Vanilla till yesterday. Yes, I know! I'm behind the times!!But, no matter, I've caught up now, just a little.:) I chose a Favorite Buttermilk Cookie recipe to pair with the icing for a little bit of yummy. Okay, a lot of yummy! The photo above looks innocent, but don't kid yourself, some cookies are not as innocent as they appear. Yikes! I'm storing them in the basement fridge so I don't have to look at them all the time. You know, out of sight, out of mind! haha Back to the icing: ¾ cup salted butter, browned 1½ cups brown sugar 2/3 cup (5 oz.) evaporated milk 1/3 teaspoon salt 2½ teaspoons vanilla extract 2 -2½ cups powdered sugar Brown (do not burn!) the butter over medium high heat stirring constantly. Transfer immediately into a clean saucepan. Add the sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

A Few Fall Favorites

There's a difference in the air out there. Cool mornings, gorgeous warm days with beautiful blue skies and amazing sunsets in the evening. Fall weather! and  I couldn't be more excited! It's invigorating to say the least. The beginning part of this week was used filling an order for cheesecakes for a wedding. 18 of them. That translates into 54 lbs. of cream cheese and 16-20 lbs. of sugar!! It was a lot of fun but I was ready to do something out of the kitchen after that. :) These are two of 4 the kinds I made. The other two are not on the blog yet. They were a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and a Plain New York Style. Both delish! White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl White Chocolate Pumpkin This one reminds me so much of My Mom's Pumpkin Custard Pie. Yum!!
And the cooler weather always makes me think of these.

Roasted Mushroom Soup

Creamy Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup with Cheddar Gruyere Toasts

Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Chowder

Turkey Mushroom Zuppa Toscana

And finally, …

Milestone Birthday!

Happy 18th Birthday to our firstborn! 18!! To say that this number boggles my mind is an understatement! Time marches on I guess and waits for no one! Andre loves being outdoors and is an avid hunter. He is quiet and easy going, enjoys children and is a loyal friend. He's very athletic and enjoys playing any action or contact sports with football being his first choice. He also volunteers on the local Fire Company with his Dad and brother. He is enjoying his Senior year in High School. :) May God grant another year of blessings to the wonderful young man we call Son! We love you Andre!