July has been one of the busiest, worst, most stressful, hellacious, defeating months on record in this house. It seemed like we moved from problem to problem and drama to drama until here we are, the last day of the month, and everything is caught up, all my deadlines are met, bills are paid, and all is right with the world…finally.
Have you had months like that?
Here’s the thing. Everything that is stressing you out all month long is almost always fixed, handled, or dealt with by the end of the month. Continue reading
Filed under Main Dish, Meat
Mention bacon and I will start salivating. Bacon is the stuff that dreams are made of – an aroma and flavor that tempts even the most dedicated vegetarian.
I should know, I was once a dedicated vegetarian. I will agree with anyone that says bacon is good with almost anything – except Jack. Jack-in-the-Box came out with a bacon shake that Ethan and I had to try.
Try it we did and at first sip I found my mouth filled with scorched vanilla. There wasn’t much bacon (if any) but they had added a glug of artificial smoke flavoring to a vanilla shake. Imagine drinking a vanilla shake as you were leaving a burning building. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. However…candied bacon in cookies and breads, crisp bacon in side dishes, bacon on the plate? I heart it all.
I have a confession. One that may come as a surprise to my internet friends but is well known to those who know me in real life.
I don’t talk.
First of all I am shy. No, really I am. I can write words on a page, instant message, trade witty comments on facebook and twitter, and generally communicate all day long. Put me in a group of people, even people I know well, and I turn invisible – by choice. It wasn’t always this way but there ya go. I am an introvert in person.
So see? You really don’t want to meet me. Reading is much better. Continue reading
You know that you do not want to be stuck in the kitchen New Years Eve OR New Years Day. I don’t. I want to spend time bonding with fifty of my closest friends and a bottle of expensive champagne. O.k. ten of my closest friends and a Dr. Pepper – but let’s not get picky, o.k.?
Probably the hardest thing about hosting a New Year’s Eve Party is deciding on the appetizers you want to serve. You want something that says you have taste but will not stain your carpet when someone has imbibed just a bit too much.
Love bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches? Yep so do I. And this dip has definitely got the flavor. A big plus is that it is quick and easy, you can make it a day ahead of time, and it won’t cost you an entire month’s pay to create. Most of us will have the ingredients on hand – or most of them. Continue reading