Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

When we moved to Texas, I don’t know what happened to us but I don’t think I had ever eaten a whole jalapeno pepper in my life and now, we eat them all the time . . in our scrambled eggs, in our tuna salad, in our gravy . . it’s like something is missing if there isn’t a jalapeno pepper somewhere in there.

Over the weekend while Vince was dragging me all over town, I found this cute little jalapeno cooker!

Jalapeno Cooker

Jalapeno Cooker

Last night I picked 6 jalapenos out of the garden and stuffed them.

Stuffed Jalapenos

Stuffed Jalapenos

For the stuffing, I fried some bacon and crumbled that, used goat cheese instead of cream cheese, and a bit of cheddar.

Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Then I wrapped each pepper in half a strip of bacon. To secure the bacon, I just ran a toothpick through the bacon but didn’t make a hole in the pepper because I didn’t want all the stuffing to melt and run out.

Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Onto the grill they went. It took about 35 minutes for them to get completely tender but they were fresh off the vine and rather crispy . . sometimes the ones in the stores aren’t so crispy/crunchy.

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

They were so delicious!  I think I need a double jalapeno cooker because 6 just isn’t enough for the two of us and I’d hate for Vince to have to sit and watch me eat them and not even get to taste one!  :)

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Pepper

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Pepper

I wonder if one can get addicted to jalapeno peppers. I think I might be . . 

Dinner

Dinner

We did have other stuff — cabbage, lamb chops, we split a steak and Vince had eggplant salad. For some reason, I don’t really like the eggplant salad too much but he loves it so I fix it for him. Good wife, huh?

 

What Knitting Time?

Four days ago, there were still three full days left in June, and I was quite enthusiastic that I would get the Vitamin D project finished before time to begin the second Camp Loopy project.  July 1 is here and that’s when I can begin working on Project #2. Since I’m making Carabe for Nicole, I need to get started as soon as I can. It’s a sweater with long sleeves and color changes and button holes and . . it’s going to be tough for me to get it done in a month.

So . . do you think I’ve finished Vitamin D? No. Do you think I’ve worked on Vitamin D at all since Friday? No!

Saturday –  Vince offered to help in the garden and I wasn’t about to turn down that offer. We ended up working well past noon, then we had errands to run, then  . . there might have been a long afternoon nap! Then there was dinner to fix and . . knitting was never touched.

Sunday – Vince wanted to go to town and do a few things. He wanted me to go with him so I did. I got something I want to show you and he said NO! I can’t show you. It’s purple and I love it!  Anyway, we came home and he decided he needed to go back to town . . retirement is going to be so much fun!  :(  We went back to town and while we were there, we decided to run by Kroger. They had mushrooms marked down and I bought 8 pounds.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

That’s a heck of a lot of mushrooms! I washed them and sliced them. Then my friends on Facebook told me that an egg slicer works great for mushrooms. A little late but I ordered one. I’ve never had one!

Monday (yesterday) – The mushrooms had stayed in the dehydrators all night so I got those out and vacuum sealed them in jars. I ended up with 10 pints.

Dehydrated Mushrooms

Dehydrated Mushrooms

Then I began working on the onions, then I did something else and something else and I never touched the knitting! 

I would love to start Carabe today and I need to start Carabe today but worse, I need to get all the short rows done on Vitamin D before I stick it aside again. It’s so hard to figure out where I left off so this afternoon, I am going to knit and hope I can get through at least the first batch of short rows done today or tomorrow. That will make it much easier to pick up where I left off when I can work on it again.

Who else is doing Camp Loopy? What did you decide to to?

A Broody Chicken

Some days I do believe raising chickens might be more mentally taxing than trying to raise a 13 year old son! That was pretty mentally taxing but these chickens can be quite challenging.

I did find a home for one of the extra roosters. He’s getting picked up today. Two more to go and we may have someone who wants one, or both, of them.

We think we’ve managed to whittle (not literally) the raccoon population down so that they aren’t such a menace. I haven’t had anything show up on the trail cams for the last five nights. That could be a record.They must have spread the word that Vince was on the warpath after something got the turkeys.

But . . this little doll . . 

Della

Della

Her name is Della and she’s a Black Tailed White Japanese Bantam. She probably doesn’t weigh one pound and she’s so soft. Instead of feeling like she has feathers, she feels more like she’s covered in silk . . like one of the silky yarns from The Loopy Ewe!  :)

Della is in the pen with the 10 mean red hens but so far, they’ve been nice to her. Did I say that Della has the shortest little legs? She is so cute!  Probably week before last, she began laying. In fact, she began laying while we were on vacation, so she’s been laying about 2 weeks. Saturday I thought she was spending an awful lot of time on the nest. Surely it wasn’t taking her hours and hours to lay an egg. No . . it wasn’t! She’s already gone broody. 

The 10 red hens are still laying smallish eggs but Della steals all their eggs and tries to sit on them. The main problem is . . none of those eggs are fertile. I move her around and take all the eggs she thinks she’s going to hatch but then someone else will come in and lay another egg and Della is happy and content once again . . til I find another egg under her.

Yesterday I went and got four eggs from the Dominique chickens. I put a big black “X” on them, so I know they’re Della’s eggs. She’ll keep taking all the eggs that the red hens lay and they’re never going to hatch, so I’ll remove them from underneath her and let her keep the four with the “X” on them.

I’m guessing about July 20, we should have 2 or 3 . . maybe even 4 baby chicks.  Just what I need . . more baby chicks.

Vince and I talked about it and I think it’s worth keeping a bantam in every coop since they love to sit on eggs. It’s a whole lot easier than using an incubator and they’re pretty dependable sitters. I just wish I had some Iowa Blue eggs that I could have Della hatch for me but for now, we’ll be happy if we get a few more Dominique babies. Della will never know that they aren’t really her offspring. She will love them like they were her own flesh and blood. Chickens are like that, you know?  :)