Sunday, May 26, 2013


Who doesn't like brownies???? anyone..anyone.... that's what I thought..everybody LOVES brownies... they go great with picnics, BBQ's, or just any old time.  These are easy, and oh so good.  You can frost these with your favorite frosting, but I like them just plain.   Make these will love them....Enjoy


1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
2 sticks of butter, melted & cooled
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups flour
1 1/2 t vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 bag chocolate chips, melted and cooled

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 9x13 baking pan.

In large bowl place melted butter, melted cooled chocolate chips, 4 eggs (slightly beat with a fork before adding them in), vanilla & sugar.  Mix well with wooden spoon.  A flour, baking powder & salt mixing just until combined.  Pour into pan and spread into an even layer.  Bake for around 32-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  DO NOT OVERBAKE.  Remove from oven, let cool, cut into squares and enjoy...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Jalapeno Popper Dip

I came up with this dip recipe for my wonderful hubby Ian.  A while ago, he asked me why haven't you ever made me jalapeno poppers?  I stopped and said, huh I have never thought about it.  Then when I got to thinking more about them, I thought cause what a pain in the neck.  They are so time consuming and when you have a 3 year old, sometimes time is of the essence... or in other words ..3 year old's can be very demanding of your time... not to mention "terrible 3's" have hit our house... I going to make it past these 3's??? Well I do have a 20 year old as well so I know that the time does go by super quick, so I am trying to savor each and every moment...
 So anyway back to this delicious dip.  I thought what would I like in my jalapeno poppers.  Sometimes they are way too hot, sometimes not flavorful enough.. and as you all know I like the volume turned up.  Not persae spicy hot, but really, really flavorful.  So this is what I came up with.. a hot, creamy, melty dip with bacon, cheese, jalapenos  yum... isn't everything in life better with bacon & cheese??? I mean what's not to like with that? If you like it hotter add more jalapenos, and hot sauce.

I served this with tortilla chips, but crackers or breadsticks would work just as well.  Try this today... enjoy

**NOTE** I used diced pickled jalapenos, and I like Mt. Olive brand, just my humble opinion but oh so good.

Jalapeno Popper Dip

8 oz. cream cheese ,softened
1/2 c mayo
1/4 c shredded parmesan
1/4 c sour cream
1/4 c jalapeno peppers
1 T. jalapeno pepper juice
2 dashes hot sauce
1/2 cup shredded co-jack cheese
1/4 t garlic powder
1/3 c real bacon bits

1/4 stick butter, melted
1/4 bread crumbs
1/4 grated parmesan
1/4 cup french fried onions

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray a 8" baking dish with nonstick spray.
In bowl place softened cream cheese, mix well with fork.  Add mayo, parmesan cheese,sour cream, jalapeno peppers, jalapeno juice, hot sauce, co-jack cheese, garlic powder & bacon bits, mix well.   Spread into prepared baking dish, and bake 10-15 minutes. 
While dip bakes combine topping ingredients mixing well with fork until crumbly.  Remove dip from oven and sprinkle topping over the dip.  Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until dip is hot.  Remove from oven and serve with tortilla chips or crackers of your choice.  Enjoy