Thursday, July 26, 2012

Delicious: Bacon-Wrapped Cream Cheese Jalapenos

Keeping up with the food theme, I wanted to share my mother-in-law's recipe for a delicious snack to prepare the next time you have friends over for a poker night. Or a Super Bowl party. Or just over for a movie. Here you go:

Bacon-Wrapped Cream Cheese Jalapenos

1. Get jalapenos, cream cheese, and bacon. Each jalapeno pepper will make two servings. I used one Philadelphia cream cheese block for 15 peppers to make 30 jalapenos. 

2. Next, cut peppers in half length-wise and scoop out the insides with a spoon (a grapefruit spoon works great!). Please wear gloves during this stage because jalapenos are very hot, and you do not want to get their juice into your eyes. 

3. Fill up each half with cream cheese. A butter knife would work. 

4. Cut each bacon piece in half and wrap jalapenos, so that the edges of the bacon are on the back side of the peppers. 

5. Place jalapenos on the baking sheet and preheat the oven to 400 F. Bake for about 45 min or until bacon turns golden brown. 

6. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Learn How To Cook

Have you ever taken a cooking class? I had not until yesterday, and let me tell you: it was fun!!! Kandy Steen taught us how to make several Cajun dishes, even though I thought we would be making only one. The kitchen was filled with wonderful aromas, and we cooked amazing things, including bacon-wrapped shrimp, soft-shell crab in lemon butter caper sauce, and shrimp etouffee. Now I know what to make when we have guests for our house-warming party. We actually found a wonderful place near Nashville and will be moving there in the middle of August. So, back to the cooking class. It is better to use butter with seafood, but oil with chicken and beef. The secret to a good cake lies in the filling and frosting, not in the cake batter itself. You can make a box cake and add great filling to it to have the best cake ever.

If you ever find a cooking class, make sure you go! Wonderful time of meeting new people, making good food, and worshiping the Lord. 

Cooking with wine makes it extra fun
Just fried the soft shell crabs!
About to bathe them in the lemon, butter and capers
Learning how to make roux

Make sure to finish your feast with Nutella Chocolate cake!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I Love My Huge Family!

People say that when you get married, you marry not only your husband, but also his whole family. I have heard about many families struggling when a husband's or wife's parents do not like their child's beloved. 

My husband and I have been greatly blessed with each other's families. David met my parents on our very first date when he came to pick me up, and he was lucky my Mom liked him. I say he was lucky because if my Mom did not like him, we most probably would not have ended up together. My Mom has proved that she is much wiser about life than me, and by the time I was 20, I finally got it and started listening to my Mom (better late than never!). I would have trusted her if she told me that David was not right for me.

David brought me to Houston to meet his parents around Christmas time, about 3 months after we met. I did not realize that I was being brought to his home as a future bride, but since I was the first girl ever whom he brought home, I guess that was to be expected. David's parents have a wonderful philosophy: they trust their kids (all seven of them) in their choices of life partners. I doubt they would say anything to my husband even if they did not really like me because they trusted he was wise enough to make a responsible choice. Plus, they know that the Lord will take care of their family and bring just the right partners into their kids' lives. Therefore, they welcomed me as a family member from the very beginning. 

We have been to Houston for five days, and it has been wonderful. I love my in-laws and always look forward to meeting with them and with our numerous nieces and nephews. We even got to go to the beach the other day, and the kids kept us busy. 

I cannot imagine having any problems with my in-laws or David having any trouble getting along with my parents. And I hope we will never have to experience that. Good relationships are always important, and more so within your family. Life can be hard, and having support (and knowing that you will get that support when you are going through tough times) from your family is life-saving. I hope that the Lord will bless all of you with amazing parents and in-laws, like ours!