30 Days Of Gratitude: Day 4

Yesterday was a good day. I absolutely KILLED it on Fantasy Football. Too bad my Vikings went down to the Lions…

Today I am grateful for:

  • A clean house. During law school, I picked up a habit of cleaning whenever I was stressed out (or just felt like procrastinating from studying). The upside, is a clean house always makes me feel better. Things look nice and are put in place, and chaos has momentarily been stayed. So Sunday mornings are a favorite of mine – lots of coffee, vacuuming, mopping, and good tunes (or football!) being played throughout the house.
  • Pharmaca. Pharmaca is my local drugstore/health store. Not only can I pick up my prescriptions from there, but they have an amazing line of organic, environmentally safe products for the body and mind. I’ve picked up essential oils, my favorite Acure Organics body line, treats like dark chocolate, and the occasional gift from there. If you live in San Diego you should definitely check it out!
  • Tree pose. It’s such a powerful, grounding pose. Whenever I feel like I need a lift in my spirits, or to gain some confidence, a few moments in tree pose ALWAYS helps.

So These Were Made

Admission: these were made a few weeks ago. Two weeks ago to be precise? They were made to celebrate the start of the NFL regular season (Sunday…Thursday didn’t count).

So here’s the deal: I like spicy food but I don’t like anything that is overwhelmingly spicy. Just like there is such thing as too much cheese, good CAN be too spicy. Thank goodness this had just the right amount of kick. Also, it had just the right amount of bacon. Bacon makes everything better.

I think these would be equally great for a lazy Sunday watching football or a dinner party. They were seriously SCRUMPTIOUS!

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

(Adapted from this recipe. )

Serves: 6

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook times: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 slices of thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • 1 tsp lime zest (optional)
  • 12 toothpicks (do not eat!)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, soak toothpicks in water for at least 2o minutes.
  2. Slice jalapenos lengthwise and remove all seeds
  3. In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, mozzarella, and salt and pepper. Stir until combined.
  4. Place approx. tbsp of cheese mixture into hollowed/seeded jalapenos.
  5. Wrap a piece of bacon over each cheese-filled jalapeno halves and secure with toothpick,
  6. Heat grill to high heat. In a grill basket, or “basket” made of foil (I took an extra long sheet of tin foil, folded it in half and placed the jalapenos) place jalapenos on grill and allow to cook until bacon is cooked and crisped (approx. 15 – 20 minutes)
  7. Remove jalapenos from grill and transfer to serving plate.
  8. Enjoy hot or cold!

Serve these with chips and salsa (or guac!) and you’ve got yourself a legit fiesta.

I know for a fact that these salty, spicy, cheesy suckers will be making many appearances this football season.

P.S. Vikings….WTF???