Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Jalapeno Poppers~

When planning a get together a spicy, hot or zippy appetizer is not usually on my menu.
I usually go for the more traditional treats, but I'll definitely be branching out after tasting this!
When we were in Texas my dad whipped up this little bit of zip! Now I'm not crazy about spicy things. I can do a salsa or peanut sauce, but I don't go for the heat like my husband!
This Jalapeno Popper is the perfect combination of flavor and spice! The "Popper" itself isn't all that hot once you clean and remove the seeds from the pepper, but the sauce...now that's a different story! I liked it exactly like the recipe I'm sharing, but you can turn it up or down to your liking!
 For the peppers you simply need:
Jalapenos cut in half, cleaned with seeds and pulp removed
Small slices of Monterrey Jack Cheese
Bacon, cut into aprx. 1 1/2 - 2 inch pieces
Shrimp, cut in half down the middle
*Take 1/2 of pepper, place 1/2 pc of shrimp in it, top with slice of cheese and top with a small slice of bacon.
Place in oven on broil for long enough for the bacon to sizzle and you should see the shrimp turning pink on the outside.
For the Sauce: {Captain Morgan Sauce}
1 Cup of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1 Cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Franks hot sauce
Pat of butter
*Mix Captain Morgans and Brown sugar together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Simmer until the alcohol is gone.
Melt butter and mix in Franks hot sauce~ then pour into CM & brown sugar mixture.
Ready for drizzling over the Poppers and to eat!
These are seriously REALLY crazy good!


Friday, July 12, 2013

Homemade Heart Flag~

Years later and I still LOVE my cricut!!
I can hear my hubby asking, "Do you really need that? Won't it just end up in the closet?"
No, no and absolutely NOT! I'm surprised at how much I've used it! It was more than worth it to get up at 3a.m to hit the Black Friday Sale! Heck, I would have paid full price knowing what I know now! {But glad I didn't have too!}
I don't have every cartridge under the sun, like some, but I have a good handful. My go to favorites are Plantin Schoolbook (letters, hearts, shapes, gift bags) and
Serenade (trees, fruits, butterflies, flowers, bird cages).
For this little project I clearly needed hearts, which can be used on almost anything!
I started with this paper backing...
and quickly decided that it wasn't "rustic" enough to leave out for longer than the month of July.
So, I went to another love of mine, burlap! It warms anything up!
I cut a piece big enough to cover the back side,inked it up a bit to "weather" it and used spray adhesive to attach it.
Being addicted to inking, I inked all the edges of the hearts as well. It takes them from sticking out like a sore thumb, to warming into the project. I simply stuck those down with a glue stick!
This is where this little baby resides and I think it fits into my warm country decor year round if I so choose!
Don't you think a flag can stay out year round?
I think it wold have looked really cute with the blue being cut into stars as well...that was an after thought once it was completed! (;
                                           Enjoy your