Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Jalapenos

Happy Monday Friends!

I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend. I have to admit that we went apple picking AGAIN for the 3rd time this season :) I just can’t get enough!

I’ve found myself “playing” on Saturday’s and spending Sunday after church with my little man at lacrosse practice then grocery shopping and trying new recipes.

Ever since I saw this bacon wrapped Jalapeno recipe that Michael from Inspired By Charm posted I knew I had to try them! You guys, they did NOT disappoint! Michael posts the most amazing recipes and cocktails and his blog is always my ‘go to’. You can check his recipes out here.

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This might be the most yummy appetizer I’ve tried in a long time and it’s so easy…literally 3 ingredients (can you guess what they are?)!

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The recipe came at a perfect time because we have jalapenos in our garden that were ready to be picked and I’ve been trying to decide what to make with them. Aren’t they pretty??? Oh yeah, we grew these!

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First, cut your jalapenos in half and scoop out the insides with a spoon. Michael recommended using plastic gloves but I didn’t, oops! You know I like to take short cuts :)

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Fill each one with the softened cream cheese. Michael used a cream cheese and craisin mix but I didn’t have any craisins on me and I’m trying to each less carbs these days so I left them out.

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I definitely used Michael’s instructions for cooking the bacon on a pan covered in tin foil for 8 minutes on 350 first just to get the bacon cooking. Then I wrapped the bacon around the jalapenos and baked them for 25 minutes. If you cook the bacon some first by the time everything is finished baking the bacon will be crispy. I don’t know about y’all but I don’t like partially cooked bacon.

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Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

Jalapenos

Cream Cheese, softened

Bacon

Instructions

Cut your jalapenos in half and scoop out the insides with a spoon. Place your bacon on a cookie sheet covered in foil and bake for 8 minutes on 350. I used half a slice of bacon each because my jalapenos were small to medium sized but if they were large I would use the whole slice. While the bacon is cooking fill the jalapenos with cream cheese. When the bacon is finished let it cool enough so you can pick it up and wrap it around the jalapenos. Place them seam down on the same cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes on 350.

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This is a delicious and low carb appetizer that is so easy to make! What do you think? Do you love bacon, cheese and jalapenos as much as I do?

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Make sure to check out my easy honey and goat cheese app and avocado dip!

Honeycomb & Goat Cheese App

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One Room Challenge Fall 2014: Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the ORC y’all!

You can check out the link up today at Calling It Home.

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I just have one question for you…

It gets worse before it gets better…RIGHT???

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This is the state of my bedroom with EVERYTHING emptied out of the closet. It’s like my closet threw up in here, it’s disgusting!

You know what I’ll be doing this weekend :(

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So as always design plans change when the brain gets to thinking and the fingers get to searching the internet!

After removing the wire shelving on the back wall I couldn’t stomach leaving the rest up. I dislike them that much!

I have always liked the Martha Stewart Closet Organizer systems at Home Depot and I happened to find the one I wanted on sale! The sale price is gone now but I ended up getting it for $183 (with free shipping) which just seemed like a no brainer.

I’ve decided to utilize the right wall that doesn’t have an angled ceiling for my clothes storage. I’m planning to use the left wall for shoe storage and jewelry and accessories.

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We finished sanding and spackling and got everything painted! The paint color is Filtered Shade by Valspar Reserve, the same as the bedroom, and I love it!

Also I acquired this mirror below (for free) so I’m going to use it instead of mounting one on the wall. I think I’m going to like having the full length mirror in here. Don’t worry, there will be a little DIY to the frame going on!

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And here is a little teaser of something fun to come!

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Progress Update

1. Remove wire shelving at the back of the closet (I removed it all!)

2. Add a mirror and dresser, shelf for sweater storage

3. Remove florescent light fixture and add a chandelier

4. Add a cozy rug, artwork and a possible ottoman

5. Create new shoe storage

6. DIY jewelry storage

7. Purge and organize clothes (in process as you can see!)

8. Add baskets for storage

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So I feel like I’ve made some decisions and a little progress but I definitely have a busy week ahead!

Have a lovely weekend friends!

If you missed the plan and need to catch up here are Week 1 and Week 2 posts!

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One Room Challenge Fall 2014: Week 2

Hi friends, how are you? I hope you’re having a great week!

Did you check out all of the One Room Challenge participating blogger’s spaces yesterday? If you missed any of them you can find the list over at Calling It Home.

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This week I did a lot of planning and researching so I haven’t made a ton of actual progress in the closet but the plan is coming together! If you missed last weeks plan you can find it here.

I did get all of the clothes and shoes out of the back of the closet and here they are. This is a little ridiculous, right?!?! Actually it’s not quite as bad as it looks because a lot of this is stuff is worn out (aka old boots) that I haven’t gotten around to throwing away. But there’s still so much I don’t wear.

When I see it all laying there I feel guilty, guilty that I have all of these clothes that go unused. Guilty about what it cost to build up this wardrobe that I don’t even really like. I feel convicted to simplify and donate. I also want to change my thinking about clothes and “things” in general. I want to make better decisions when I’m shopping for something I need. I hope this is going to be as much a part of the story as the design and decorating is!

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Here is me showing you the closet again (with clothes in the back gone)! Little man really wanted to play photographer :)

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And here are the silly wires shelve. They were held onto the wall with plastic anchors and these weird flat head nails. I thought they were going to be hard to remove but I used a flat head screwdriver to wedge them loose then just popped them out with needle nose pliers.

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The holes that were left were pretty big so I had to sand them down and spackle them. I used my finger to press the spackle into the holes first because the holes were so deep and then I used the spackling knife to fill them more and smooth it out. I’ll probably sand and spackle one more time before I’m finished.

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So this is the mirror that I already have at home that I’m thinking of using but I think it needs to be much bigger! I’m still hoping to find the perfect thrift store mirror that I can paint.

I can’t believe I’m even posting these pics but little man thought this one was a keeper (me, not so much)!

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This is the mirror that I’m coveting from HomeGoods! I think it was $129.99 but a girl can dream, right?!?!

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I definitely see some of these colorful hangers from HomeGoods in my closet’s future. And hopefully I’ll have a lot less clothes to hang up so I can afford a few packs.

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If there is anything left in the budget I’m going to pick up some baskets to store scarves, belts, hats, etc. These are also from HomeGoods.

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I’ve decided that I’m going to move the capiz shell chandelier from my dining room into the closet. This is one of my favorite lights so I would never get rid of it but it’s nice to be able to move things around so they can stay fresh and you don’t get tired of them.

I would say this is probably one of my top design tips! Move things around before you get rid of them and see if they work in another space. This just might rekindle your love for the piece but if not you know you can toss it!

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I’ve been dying for this large white drum shade from Ikea so I think this is going to be a little splurge for the dining room!

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I’m still trying to come up with a solution for a dresser or chest of drawers. I don’t have a lot of money to spend so hopefully I’ll find something I can refinish. I have an old chest of drawers here that might be an option but it’s not really the style I’m going for so we’ll see.

I’m also still deciding on a paint color or wall treatment for the back wall. I want a bit of drama but I haven’t settled on anything yet. What do you guys thinks? Any suggestions?

You can see my most recent fall home tour here:

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and my first ORC reveal here:

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Thanks so much for visiting friends and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week! Make sure to check out all of the other linkups here!

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