Happy 4th of July, U.S.A. And earlier in the week, Happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the north. Linking up today with Shelly of The Queen in Between and Anne in Residence for Currently, 07.2018. We will be sharing what we’re currently baking, celebrating, loving, visiting and wearing. Here we go!
Does making those cinnamon rolls in the can that you crack open on the edge of the kitchen counter count as baking? If not, I am in trouble because there hasn’t been a lot of baking going on around here. Unless, unless you count my baked jalapeño poppers!! Oh, girls, these are so good. And they go so well with the 4th’s fireworks displays!! They will rock your world and your 4th of July, if you put some together today.
Found this recipe, here, on…yup, Pinterest.
12 jalapeño peppers
4 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated (you know me, I use whatever cheese I have)
3 ounces cream cheese (low-fat or fat-free)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 large eggs (one egg, one white when I make them)
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
Sour cream (for dipping) (we use sweet and sour sauce)
Peppers and Filling:
1. Cut each jalapeño pepper in half lengthwise. Scrape out and discard seeds and ribs.
2. In a small bowl, combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, garlic powder, and chili powder.*
Prepare Your Assembly Line:
3. In a small shallow bowl, lightly beat eggs until frothy. In another small shallow bowl, mix together Panko bread crumbs and salt. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange your ‘assembly line’ for easy preparation – halved jalapeños, cheese filling mixture, beaten eggs, Panko, and then your prepared pan.
4. Fill each jalapeño pepper half with a little of the cheese mixture. Roll each pepper half in egg, and then in Panko (the Panko will stick a lot to the cheese filling, but just a little to the jalapeño itself). Place each pepper on the baking sheet.
5. Bake at 325 degrees until tender and lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Serve warm with sour cream for dipping.
Source: The Kitchen is My Playground
*I have made these about a half-dozen times. PC loves them. I mix up more of the cream cheese filling than the recipe calls for (of course, I never measure) because I really stuff each pepper full.
Our country’s birthday. If my brain (and computer’s calculator) serve correctly, this is America’s 232nd birthday. Oops, double-checked that math and it is the 242nd birthday. I always have trouble when you carry that 1 over to the next column. And the old gal is holding up pretty well despite what the news would have us believe. There’s no place else I’d rather live. Six years of living out of the country convinced me of that. For our Independence Day celebrations we are torn between celebrating on post at Pop Goes the Fort (Bliss) or attending festivities a little closer to home with Music Under the Stars at Cohen (baseball) stadium.
A week from today, 07.11.2018, my Prince and I will celebrate 10 years of wedding bliss. Yay for US!!
Loving – not to be confused with Running
When Anne sent out the email invitation and reminder for Currently, 07.2018, it listed baking, celebrating, running, visiting and wearing as the topics of conversation. But then she quickly sent a second email explaining that darn auto-correct, in its infinite wisdom, had ‘corrected’ loving to read running. The real prompt was loving. So loving it is.
And that’s an easy one. At the risk of sounding like a Miss America contestant, I love my husband, PC, my daughters, Brennyn and Lauren. Brennyn’s husband Mustafa (his family) and my granddaughter Cadence. Lauren’s husband (his family) and my granddaughter Lucia. My parents, my sister Valerie and her family, my brother Kevin and his family. The Clingan family. The Roberts (my maiden name) family. My friends, virtual and those I have hugged in real life. The children with whom I have had the pleasure of working. My kitties, present and past, and all of my pups, fish, turtles and rabbits.
Also loving the gals in my virtual book club. They have been so great! So active, supportive, fun. I truly started the book club on a whim and it has turned out to be a delightful activity. Join us?
Guess what? My baby sister is coming to visit. On Monday!! And before that Lauren, Lucia and Francisco will be here over the weekend for a whirlwind trip. I need to get this house cleaned up, you guys! Started today, managing to get two bathrooms cleaned and then I pooped out. Pun intended!
Gingham. Okay, not yet. Well, once. But I have purchased a total of 3 pieces of gingham and can’t wait to wear all of them. Not all at one time, however.
You might remember my gingham skirt shared in a recent post. Maybe I will wear it on our anniversary date! Or my gingham pants from Gap.com or my gingham OTS top from Yoins that I first saw on my pretty pal Kellyann at This Blonde’s Shopping Bag.
Hope to do a gingham post from my fashion haus very soon.
Tell me true, what’s going on in your world currently? What have you been baking, celebrating, loving, visiting and wearing? It’s funny, when I first see the prompts for each month, I am immediately stumped. What am I going to say for baking? What am I wearing besides the obvious…clothes! But as I begin to write my Currently post, I am inspired – if you can call what I turn out here inspired! These are fun challenges that make me think about what I am doing currently in a new light.
Off to the gym, then floating about in the pool this afternoon and grilling burgers for my Prince. Fireworks on Ft. Bliss tonight. Enjoy your day and be safe out there, my sweets!
Hugs and kisses,