Saturday, December 31, 2011

A New Year, A New Me

Has 2011 been a less-than-fun year for you? It's amazing how many people have told me that 2011 just wasn't a great year for them. Well, I must say it wasn't a fantastic year for me either. My husband of just 14 months and I got a divorce this year.
While I know that I am far from perfect and that it takes more than one person to end a marriage, if it were up to me we would still be married today. Did I do everything right? Definitely not. If I could go back, are there things I'd do differently? Absolutely. Would the marriage have lasted forever? Looking back, I don't think it would have. But if I'd been able to have my way, we would at least be TRYING to make it work.
Unfortunately, marriage just wasn't what my ex-husband expected it to be, and he had no desire to try and work anything out. While this still makes me angry pretty much every time I think about it, my New Year's resolution will be to just NOT think about it anymore. What's the point, right? Being mad or sad or 'what-ifing' everything is no way to live. But it doesn't help that my ex has quickly moved on to someone else...nice & classy, huh?
Anyway, my divorce was what really brought me into the world of blogging. I needed something to do during the hours I was alone and home at night. Blogging is a fantastic distraction. There's no pressure to do anything, but there's always something to do if you're looking to keep yourself busy. As I stated a few weeks ago, I also have a teaching blog that I enjoy updating a *little* more frequently than I update this one. I'm also a MAJOR Pinterest's pretty amazing.
So, my dear little blog, thanks so much for being a nice distraction :) To all who are reading this, thanks so much for following the {infrequent} updates about my life and my food. I hope that 2012 is a MUCH better year than 2011 for you, me, and everyone else!

Happy New Year {and enjoy my fun, holiday blogimations}!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Recipe: Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

Hello! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the new year! I know I certainly am. 2012 will definitely be better than 2011 (look for a New Year's Day post to find out why). I found this little recipe over on a new favorite blog, Closet Cooking. Man oh man, was it ever delicious! Unfortunately, my grocery store was out of jalapeno peppers (SERIOUSLY???), so I had to improvise a little bit! Head over to his original post to see the original version of this recipe. Kevin is obsessed with grilled cheese sandwiches and is always inventing a new one. I think he and I would get along just fine! He has a million delicious recipes on his blog, so PLEASE go check it out ASAP.


Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Modified
Original recipe by Kevin at Closet Cooking can be found right HERE

1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies
4 Tbsp. cream cheese, softened
1 c. shredded Co-Jack cheese
4 Tbsp. crumbled tortilla chips
8 pieces good quality white bread
Butter, softened

Spread one side of each piece of bread with butter. Be liberal with your butter, I probably used almost 1 Tbsp. per side -- my cholesterol didn't thank me, but my taste buds did! Divide cream cheese, green chilies, shredded cheese, and chips evenly among 4 of the slices of bread, layering in that order. Top each with another slice of bread, butter side up. Grill on medium heat until golden brown on each side. Serve immediately with chips and sing a Hallelujah chorus ;)

One side of the finished product. My terrible iPhone picture does NOT do it justice :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Recipe: Peanut Butter Fudge

I am so sorry that I've neglected my blog for so long! The holidays have been CrAzY busy lately! Anyway, I'm back with a new recipe for you that I have linked up to one of my favorite teacher blogs, TBA. This isn't an original, but it is a favorite!

Peanut Butter Fudge
(a Jif recipe)

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup PET® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 2/3 cups Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

  • Line a 9x9 pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. In a large sauce pan, combine butter, sugar, and milk. Cook over medium heat until boiling, stirring constantly, then continue to boil 5 minutes while still stirring. Add the peanut butter and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture into a heat-proof bowl and beat in the vanilla and marshmallow creme. Pour fudge into prepared pan and allow to cool. Store in a covered container.

    This may not be an "original family recipe", but it sure is good! If you're a teacher blogger, head on over to TBA's Recipe Swap and link up your favorites!

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