Modern Day Romance…

I believe the most important relationship you can ever have is the one with yourself. The way you view yourself determines how you view the world and what kind of people you’ll allow into your life.  Once you’ve conquered “self” most are ready for a partnership and some are not like in the case of Lyndsey. She didn’t anticipate on marrying Joe or anyone, however, she reconnected with a familiar face that brought her back to the fantasy that most little girls have. The fantasy of being a bride and sharing a life with someone. Marriage is a hard task but Lyndsey somehow has a found a way to create the kind of relationship that works for her and her hubby Joe.  Their marriage isn’t traditional (who needs tradition anyways) but it is their version of happily after ever.

Jalapeno Recipe: That Will Blow You Away!!!

My friend gave me a recipe for bacon wrapped stuffed jalapeno peppers. It’s a really quick and easy recipe.  I have to be honest we will sometimes eat it as a meal…on my lazy days!

A few weeks ago, I  was over my friend’s house and I helped with prepping the peppers.  Afterwards, I washed my hands and headed to the bathroom… the bathroom is where you do what you do…and my hand touched my vagina and I didn’t think anything of it. It is my vagina! Well about a few seconds later I washed my hands and all of a sudden I felt a tingling sensation and I have to be honest it feel kinda of nice.  I tried to peep down and see where the tingling sensation was coming from.  As I inspected my secret garden I started to pace around because I felt like me vagina was on FIRE!!!  It was so painful and I started to panic. I wanted to go home or to the hospital!  I yelled for my friend to hand me a cloth rag. I wet the rag  with both soap water but it didn’t help, it actually made the burning worst. At this point my pants were on the bathroom floor and  I was about to cry.  I told my friend, Lisa what did she think was happening, initially she didn’t respond but then she realized it was the jalapeno peppers!  Although, I washed my hands, my hands were stained from the peppers. An invisible stain that you can’t just wash away!  I couldn’t walk because it hurt so bad! After about 30 minutes of misery the intensity of the pain subsided and  I decided to do some research and I discovered that there others like me…except one of them had enough sense to apply milk!

Check out the recipe…

Things you will need…

  • 8 unpickled jalapeno peppers
  • 8 slices of  bacon
  • 1/2 pack Cream Cheese
  • Knife & Butter knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Medium sized bowl
  • Platter
  • Oven Mitt
  • Disposable gloves (PLEASE)

The amount of peppers needed will depend on how many people you’re planning to serve.   The above ingredients will create 16 stuff peppers. The baking pan should be large enough for 16 stuffed peppers.

Step 1. Preheat oven on 375 degrees. Most importantly, put on your disposable gloves. Remove the peppers from the packaging and place them inside of medium-sized bowl. Use the knife to cut the jalapeno in half. Cut from the stem to the tip of the pepper.  Remove all the membranes from inside the pepper. I prefer to remove the stem as well.

Step 2. Use the same knife to cut the bacon down middle.  You should now have 16 slices of bacon and 16 half sliced peppers.

Step 3. Use the butter knife to fill in the jalapeno with the cream cheese and wrap one of the 16 slices of bacon around the cheese stuffed peppers. Placed your work of art on to the baking sheet.

Step 4. Place in oven. It should take 15 minutes or so for the peppers to bake. It really depends on how thick the slices of bacon are. If the bacon is thick, it will take longer for the bacon to cook. Once the bacon is done to your liking, brown & crispy. You will remove the baking pan with an oven mitt, let cool down and enjoy!

Whenever , I have something spicy, I sometimes like to have something sweet. Think about a sweet but non dairy treat that may be a nice compliment to the peppers. For example; I will sometimes add a few read seedless grapes. Maybe next time I’ll use something different.

Until next time…



Is Suburban Living Overrated?

I spent two years of commuting from North Saint Louis County to Downtown St. Louis , for work . I was driving more than twenty minutes each way for work and my son’s school. The two of us were living in a 2 bedroom rental. It was a cute little 2 bedroom house.  I had the luxury of having a driveway a designated office space and the convenience of having an laundry area in the basement!  It was nice, plenty of space, but a not so great neighborhood!  We needed a change and I grew up near the Downtown area, so it didn’t take long for me to make a decision to move back to familiar territory. This journey was a little different because I was losing a lot of space and privacy. But, I decided to make the the jump and we moved  into a two bedroom apartment right in the heart of Downtown St. Louis, there is so much history and everything is right outside my door! I can walk to work, restaurants, shopping etc.

 My son’s school  is a  less than a mile from our house.  We went from our rental to sharing a 1 laundry room that serves 90 units!  Don’t get my wrong there have been sacrifices. The driveway is now a distant fantasy and I  pay for parking in an underground garage. Climbing three flights of stairs with groceries can be a challenge but also a great way to get into shape. I knew my son would be losing out on being able to go out and play in a “traditional” neighborhood but he loves it and he attends the Boys and Girls Club .  There is so much diversity in the city, culturally, racially and economically. I want him to be prepared for the real world and be able to be around people who are different from himself without compromising his convictions. He has a long life ahead of him and so do I!

Until next time…