June 19, 2014

Roasted Raspberry Chipotlé Sauce Stuffed Jalapeños

It’s that Improv time of the month, again! Kristen challenged us to use berries and cream in creative ways. I so wished to make yet another gluten-free dessert, but that would’ve probably been too self-serving… Winking smile

Fischer & WieserAbout ten years ago our family encountered this incredible sauce at a tasting booth in Costco. We immediately bought it & used it on everything we grilled! raspIt soon became our favorite appetizer iconically poured over a block of cream cheese & served with crackers. And this combo, dear friends, became my inspiration for today’s challenge.ejroastedraspI made the sauce a day prior to using it in my jalapeño peppers. ejroastedraspsPretty sure my tummy was growling the entire time it was roasting in the oven! ejroastraspovenThe remaining ingredients ejroastedrasp (14)were stirred in. ejroastedrasp (17)It was given time to cool downejroastedrasp (18) and then it thickened quite nicely in the fridge.ejroastedrasp (27)ejroastrasprecipe

The hubs got a lovely jalapeño roaster for Father’s Day, but it didn’t quite fit the bill…ejjalapopsI had the brilliant idea to use my corn stick pans, and those peppers seemed to be quite happy to be roasting there!ejroastjala

The ingredients for the filling stirred together quickly. ejalafill(Since the jalapeños wouldn’t be left whole for roasting, I used a spoon instead of pastry bag to fill…)ejalafilledI read somewhere that any filled jalapeño is a “popper” whether you bread it, fry it, roast or grill it.ejroastedrasp (46)

These made for a delicious dinner -- especially when wrapped in a warm corn tortilla.ejroastedrasp (56)

ejpopperecipePlease check these berries and cream recipes from my friends:

June 17, 2014

Über-handy phone wallet

I so my hipster. It’s perfect for keeping the phone close by… But I still had to use a wallet to carry cards & cash.
Then wonderful Reen from Embroidery Garden designed a new bag for containing it all. Her Phone Wallet has a pocket for the cell, slots for cards and a zipped area for coins & bills.  (A snap tab secures the phone & cards.)ej4bekahThis one was custom-made for my friend Rebekah. She had some darling fabric left from a tote she’d made for herself that she wished used in the wallet.ejbackShe’d never owned anything with her 3-letter monogram, so we decided to incorporate that. ejmono(This gorgeous monogram alphabet was purchased from Designs By JuJu.)

4saraMy dear friend Sara shops. She shops A LOT. She & her husband are constantly going to auctions. (Oh, they operate at least four booths in antique malls to justify this addiction of theirs… Winking smile) DSCN0762Anyhow -- I figured she could make good use of one of these wallets. She loves it!
Here are a few more I’ve stitched:
ejOHSNAP“Snappy” is for sale (has wrist-strap option)
FURREVERas is “Pink Furr-ever!”