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1.2.14

Easy Jalapeno Popper Dip from French's Mustard

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You know what?
The BIG GAME is tomorrow night and I am excited for it!
To be honest, I am not sure what has me more excited... the game or the commercials!!!  
But one thing is for sure...
I am excited for all the yummy food to be enjoyed!

No matter if you are having a party, or a quiet night at home with the immediate family, there is an excuse to eat all sorts of yummy treats that you might not enjoy at other times throughout the year...
What do you eat?

Pizza?  Burgers?  Hot Dogs?
All sorts of appetizer / munchies?  
I have already been thinking about what all I want to have here... but the thing is, we aren't having a party... So I don't need to have ALL that I want!!  I do know that since reading the recipe provided to me by French's Mustard, I do believe I will be trying this dip out... It sounds so good... and is EASY to make!

JALAPENO POPPER DIP
This dip has all of the great flavors of jalapeno poppers without the work.  The hardest thing about this dip is not eating it all yourself!

Prep Time: 10 minutes       Cook Time: 0 Minutes

1 pkg.                         (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup                          mayonnaise
1 cup                          shredded Mexican blend or cheddar cheese
¼ cup                         French’s® Classic Yellow® Mustard or French’s® Spicy Brown Mustard4                                  jalapenos peppers, seeded and diced or 1 can (4 oz.) diced jalapenos, drained2 tbsp.                        Panko bread crumbs, toasted (optional)

1.    Combine all ingredients except bread crumbs in a medium bowl.
2.    Sprinkle bread crumbs over dip just before serving.
3.    Serve with tortilla chips.

Makes 3 cups

Tips: For a hot dip, turn into 1-quart ovenproof dish; top with bread crumbs. Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes or until hot.

I think I will try it HOT -
which way sounds best to you?  

Very Chaotic Week, To Say The Least...

I just wanted to say sorry for basically falling off lately...
The last week and a half has been absolutely chaotic and emotional...
That is putting it mildly.

My father-in-law passed away and that was a very emotional time.
Having to tell my husband that his dad passed away was a very hard thing for me...
Add to it that I had to do it over the phone... and while he was at work... Yeah, that made it a million times more difficult...
I thought that was the hardest thing I had to do... but it did not prepare me for having to tell Broxton that his Papa John had passed away... To be honest, I thought that was going to be sort of easy, as he really doesn't understand death... but when I told him... and his tears started flowing, yeah... mama was crying right along with him.

We ended up having to go to Louisiana to help in the funeral preparations of it all...
I sort of took control of "speaking for the family" and luckily it was all technical paperwork information...
It was just difficult to do, since we are in Georgia... he was in Louisiana with a daughter and then the rest of the family is in California.  All was going okay (as can be expected) until I started doing the finalization for his service to be in Arlington National Cemetery...  That was when it hit home...

We planned to get home safe and sound... but then we were stuck down there due to the ICE.
Roads were closed and our truck even got ICED in the parking lot... leaving us no choice but to stick it out in the hotel...  We weren't the only ones, over 100 people ended up having to extend their stay due to the roads being closed to the airport...
We FINALLY were able to head home on Thursday... and we eventually made it...

We did see several wrecks on the way home... People sliding because of the Ice and what not...
We got home Thursday evening, after being on ice at times as well...

Anyways, we are FINALLY home... and I am still working on the funeral arrangements for Arlington.
*They say it can be weeks / months before his service.  

I am trying to get through my emails now... and back to blogging soon....
Hope you all bear with me at this time!

How is the weather where you are? 

26.1.14

Really? Twenty Years?! @ChickenSoupSoul Anniversary Book

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Being an avid reader my whole life, I was one of the ones that enjoyed Chicken Soup for the Soul when it came out 20 years ago... I remember my days as a teenager, we would go and "hang out" at the mall for hours... Walking around... Meeting up with friends...  Goofing off... and of course, I would have to stop in the book store to see what all was available.  (Okay, I had to check out the music store too, but this is about the books!)
I am sure I could find some of the original Chicken Soup Books if I look through my "library." I know there is the original... and probably a couple of the teenage ones as well!  
Talk about showing your age... Chicken Soup for the Soul just released their "20th Anniversary Edition" of the original book!  This one also includes 20 new bonus stories to carry us through the next 20 years too!!


The Chicken Soup for the Soul Stories that Changed Your Lives
Twenty years later, Chicken Soup for the Soul and its stories are still changing lives! This special twentieth anniversary collection celebrates the power of storytelling. Readers share their personal, inspiring stories about how a Chicken Soup for the Soul story made a difference in their lives, paired with the life-changing story itself. It's a double dose of inspiration!

Chapters:
On Love
Learning to Love Yourself
On Parenting
On Learning
Living Your Dream
Overcoming Obstacles
Eclectic Wisdom

Did you read the original Chicken Soup for the Soul when it was first released?  
 
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