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Jalapeño Poppers

Today I harvested a bunch of jalapeño peppers from my jalapeño plant in my teeny tiny garden.

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Jalapeño peppers from my garden.

My jalapeño plant is turning out to be quite prolific and a worthwhile buy.  🙂  I was kind of at a loss as to what to do with my bounty.  Then it dawned on my that I could make jalapeño poppers!  I love the ones that come in a box from the freezer section of the grocery store, but I’m sure they’re full of all kinds of chemicals and preservatives.  I like to pretend that my version is better.  Different, but better.

Jalapeño Poppers

Ingredients:

-Seeded jalapeño peppers
-Shredded cheddar cheese
-Milk
-Eggs
-Flour
-Salt
-Vegetable Shortening

Method:

1.  Cut the tops off the jalapeño peppers and remove the seeds.  I chose to hollow mine out with a paring knife like so:

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Hollowed Jalapeño Peppers

Yes, it was time consuming.  In the future I think I’d choose to just half them.

2.  Stuff each pepper with shredded cheddar cheese.  You could substitute the cheddar cheese with any filling of your choosing.  I believe cream cheese and bacon are pretty popular fillings.

3.  In a bowl, mix together the eggs (I used one for 8 small peppers) and a splash of milk.  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and salt.  You’ll have to make an executive decision on how much salt to add.  I didn’t add much, but I’m pretty sure the poppers from the store have a ton of salt in the coating.

4.  Dip the peppers in the egg mixture, then dip them in the flour mixture.  Once all your peppers have been coated, heat up a pan of vegetable shortening.

5.  While the shortening is heating up, do one more round of dipping.  This will make the coating on the peppers a bit thicker.  You could try dipping them a third time, just remember to allow the peppers some time to dry between each dip.

6.  Set the peppers in the hot shortening and allow them to cook until golden brown.  Mine didn’t take long, only a couple minutes.  This probably varies according to pepper size.  My peppers were pretty little.

***Warning – If the cheese starts to bubble out, remove the peppers.  You don’t want to lose all the cheese during frying!

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Jalapeño Poppers!

There you have it.  Homemade jalapeño poppers.  I’m sure I’ll be making lots more of these as the summer progresses.  I’m totally trying cream cheese next!

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Building Stock

I did it.  I cast my mom’s sweater aside and started another project.  Shame on me.  :/

I started a scarf, which is equally inappropriate for the present weather conditions, but it marks the beginning of something wonderful – my first made-to-sell piece.  A while back I set up an Etsy shop to sell my wares.  I never put anything in it, but that was mainly due to time constraints.  Now that my schedule has drastically changed, I think I’m up for the challenge.  My goal is to build up stock during the summer months so I can “launch my line” in the fall.  I haven’t a clue how this will all pan out, but I’m excited to see!

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As you can see, I’m starting simple.  I’m going to experiment a bit before settling on my favorite styles.  Right now I’m exploring chunky rib.  Can’t get much closer to instant gratification than that!


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Mom’s Owl Sweater – Fourth Progress Report

I guess I should post a little update on my knitting since this is a knitting blog an all.  🙂

I haven’t been doing too much knitting, I’m afraid.  My mom’s sweater has definitely crossed over into boring territory.  That tends to happen when I work on big projects.  :/  I keep telling myself I’m not allowed to start something new until this dang thing is done, but I’m afraid I’m close to losing that fight.  I try to rationalize straying by telling myself that the sweater won’t be useful until the winter, and that I have lots of time to start something new.  See?!  Someone save me from myself!

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Above is a picture of the progress I did make.  The body is done and on holders, and the first sleeve is over halfway done.  I’ve got somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 more inches to go.  I’m not even going to attempt to give you a timeline of when I think I’ll be done that sleeve, because I would just be lying.

Hopefully I can hold out and not start a new project like that hummingbird cross stitch kit I bought or items for my future Etsy shop.  I’ll have plenty of time to work on those things after the sweater is done, right?


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Tomato Salad

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Tomato Salad

Today was one of those unbearably hot days where no one felt like doing anything, and as such, nothing got done.  I managed to carry out one of my minimum duties, though – making dinner.  Kai wanted something cold to eat since he’d been out all day, so I settled on tuna with a side of tomato salad, his favorite “healthy” dish. 

Tomato salad is really easy to make and takes hardly any time at all.  It’s pretty low-mess, too.  I’m including the recipe, here, so that anyone who’s interested can try it.

Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

-3 large tomatoes
-1 clove garlic*
-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
-1/2 tablespoon salt

Method:

Prepare tomatoes for peeling by placing them in boiling water for 10 seconds.  Allow to cool, then peel skins.  (You don’t want to cook the tomatoes, you just want to loosen the skins!)  Cut tomatoes into wedges and place in a bowl.  In a seperate bowl, mix together salt, extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.  Peel and crush a clove of garlic and add it to the oil mixture.  Pour oil mixture over tomatoes and toss.  The salad can be served immediately, but for best results, refrigerate overnight.  Occasionally I add small bits of cucumber or pepper for added flavor and color.  In the picture at the beginning of this post, you can see I added chopped red pepper.  Usually I use green, but red is all I had.  This recipe serves 3 to 4 people or one Kai.  🙂

You may prefer more or less garlic, or more or less salt.  Season to taste!

*I’m sure I’m stating the obvious here, but the garlic isn’t meant to be eaten.  It just serves as a flavor enhancer.  I suppose, if you’re dead set on ingesting it, you could mince the garlic and mix it in, but I can’t guarantee that the resulting salad will be edible.  🙂


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The State of Our Yard

I thought I might update you all on the state of our yard seeing as we have been in this house for almost a year now, and we’ve done a lot in that time!

First up, I bought a hook to hold my bird feeder since the squirrels were feasting on my expensive bird food in the feeder’s former location.  I have a thistle feeder way up in one of the trees, so I’ll be adding that to the other side once Kai retrieves it.

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It’s only been up for a few hours, but I’ve already seen goldfinches using it.  In addition, I saw a female blue grosbeak and a house wren land on it.  My adult male bluebird quickly dive-bombed the wren.  Good for him.  🙂

My pansies and violas filled out quite nicely in the beds around the house.  Here’s a picture of the front of the house, complete with cluttered porch:

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And here’s one of my lovely violas:

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The livestock is looking healthy as well.  My pot bellied pig is quite happy:

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Darby Doodle

As is our resident king of Persia:

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Xerxes-Jerksees

My security team is well rested and prepared to lick any intruders to death:

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Although they’ll probably be spending the better part of the week digging holes in the yard instead of patrolling.  Kai filled in all of their existing holes, and we can’t have that!

I’m pretty pleased with what we’ve accomplished outside.  Now I’d like to get to work on the inside!  There’s still lots of pictures that need to be hung, and we could stand to do a little rearranging/decluttering.  I’m going to take it one day at a time.  🙂


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Pathetic Garden Update

I thought I’d share with you all a few pictures of my very pathetic garden.  I’m still holding out hope that it’ll perk up a little.  :/

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Teeny Tiny Garden

Unfortunately my peppers I grew from seed aren’t doing that well.  I bought the jalapeno plant, which is doing okay, and I also bought the two tomato plants.  In addition, I have two more tomato plants in pots off-camera.  I’m waiting for Kai to add onto my garden so I can plant them.

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Jalapeno Peppers

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Roma Tomatoes

I have cages for the tomato plants, but they’re still at my mom’s house.  I’ll probably bring them over this weekend.  My hope is that the tomato plants will flourish and provide me some sort of reward for my gardening efforts.  I suppose I should be impressed with any and all gardening triumphs, no matter how small, when I take into consideration Eva’s presence.  She’s not exactly pro-activities not related to Eva at the moment.  🙂


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Mom’s Owl Sweater – Third Progress Report

I’m almost ready to start the first sleeve.  I had my mom measure her torso, and it turns out she only needs 16 inches of length, not 19.  (I’m not complaining!)  Right now the body measures 15 and 3/4 inches.

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You can see in the photo where I increased for the sleeve seams.  In retrospect I should have just started with the required number of stitches at cast on instead of following the pattern and increasing for them.  Oh well, can’t fix it now!