21 June, 2014

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

During the summer we grill all the time---like 4-5 times a week. I am fortunate to be married to a superb grilling man who really knows his way around a BBQ.  Lately, DLP and I are really loving stuffed chicken breasts on the grill.  Our favorite right now is jalapeño pepper & jack cheese wrapped in bacon (above). You can really get creative with these and wrap up whatever you like in there.  
Jalapeño & Jack cheese: serves 4
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2-4 jalapeño peppers, minced (or less if you don't like it as spicy)
4 chunks monterey jack cheese 
bacon for wrapping
salt and pepper
toothpicks (soak the in water first) 

Pound out your chicken to about 1/4" thickness. Lay them out and season the breasts  with salt and pepper.  Spread your minced jalapenos and jack cheese on each one.  Roll the breasts up tight and wrap each breast all around with the bacon.  Secure it with toothpicks to hold everything together

Grill 20-25 minutes turning every few minutes so bacon doesn't burn but gets crisp.  Grill until done (165 degrees). Don't over cook or chicken will be dry. Remove all toothpicks before serving. 

i'm so thankful for my middle son, Cayd, and his keen eyesight.  he helped me remove thousands a LOT of microscopic spines from my arm after i unknowingly brushed by the demon in a pot beautiful cactus at the greenhouse. rethinking my love for the prickly pear species. 

19 June, 2014

A Dining room...

Well, it looks as though this is my 2nd post of 2014. That's sad. I can't believe June is two thirds over already.

So, there's quite a few things i've got working this summer. Mostly though I've been working on my formal dining room.  Some old stuff & some new stuff i've collected for my dining room. Also, slowly but surely recovering a few of my dining chair seats. My main dining room wall is hung with sweet pictures by my boys, little paintings, special prints, and mementos that are meaningful to our family.  I call 'em my "love nuggets". I also love hanging them haphazardly and not perfectly on the wall. It looks so much homier and real that way.  I found the bright yellow covered urn a couple weeks ago. I love a bright yellow pop against my dark teal walls. This room has dark teal, yellow, and black as it's main colors. Here's a few pics of my dining room>>>  The color on my walls photographs totally different depending on the time of day.  I'd say the first picture depicts the color most accurately.  I found the the lamps (Chapman & Co.) at the thrift store.  I'm on the hunt for shades for them. The buffet table circa 1960's was from my parents. I love the patina on it.  My Dad made us the beautiful wine rack.  It's very special.  You can see my rug that's fairly new. My boys call it "the beehive".  Also considering curtains.  I'll take some more pictures of the room  when it comes all together and post them.