Yesterday was Thanksgiving. Well, at least in Canada. And since I married a Canadian, it meant it was Thanksgiving in our house. We invited some of our favorite friends over for a full-out Thanksgiving meal. As expected, we all went around the table and said what we were thankful for.
It made me realize something. I have the greatest life. I grew up in this quinessential small town where when you go to the grocery store, you know every single person there. I was raised by a mom and a dad and a brother and a sister–a family who doesn’t always agree but always believes in the importance of standing up for what you believe in.
I married a man who loves me just as much as I love him. Who honestly would do anything to make me happy-including toying with the idea of buying me a french bulldog despite his so-so feeling about owning a puppy. I married into a family that is extremely loving and welcoming.
My cellphone is filled with numbers of friends from across the states. Sure, some numbers haven’t been dialed in months, but the voices at the end of line are comprised of friendships that allow us to pick up right where we left off. I don’t know about you, but to me, that’s what it means to have a solid friendship. And all of that, equals the greatest life. Sure, there are things that could make my life easier, better, less of a hassle. But I’ve never wished for a perfect life. Just a happy one. And there is nothing greater than that.
And just as Minnesota is notorious for, we skipped straight from summer to a cold fall. Because of the early morning frosts, our garden had it’s last harvest. I completely stripped my plants from any and all usable ingredients. It was overwhelming how fruitful my hall was! I felt so lucky to have so many fresh veggies to work with at this late in the season.
Per usual, my jalapenos grew out of control! I wanted to figure out something fun to make with them! And that’s how my bacon-wrapped jalapeno boats were born!
- 12 jalapenos, halved and seeded
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay
- pinch of salt
- 4 pieces of uncooked bacon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray non-sticking cooking spray onto a baking tray. Cut the jalapenos in half and deseed them, creating a mini-boat. Wash to remove seeds.
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and spices. Mix well. Scoop mixture into each jalapeno boat. Set aside.
Cut each piece of bacon in thirds. Wrap each jalapeno boat with a bacon (snug but not too tight) and place on baking sheet. Pierce each boat with a toothpick in the middle to keep the bacon from slipping off. (I didn’t have any toothpicks and most of the bacon stayed firmly on the jalapeno boats)
Cook jalapeno boats for approximately 40 minutes. Remove and enjoy!