Pigskin Wrapped Poppers

Poppers

The Big Game is coming up in just a couple weeks, and that means parties and lots of yummy football snacks. I don’t know about you, but we really like football at my house. Unfortunately our favorite team, the Raiders, hasn’t won a championship in a while, but we will find someone else to cheer for. Plus the commercials are always awesome!

We will be watching the big game after we come home from church, so I will need some snack foods that will be easy to make. I am always looking for quick and yummy recipes to take to parties, so I decided to create one that I knew I would love. Do you like spicy appetizers? Do you like bacon? Doesn’t everyone? If so, try this recipe for bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. These bite-size pigskin poppers will satisfy your snack craving while you’re watching the pigskin get thrown around on tv. If you’re like my family and love anything with jalapeno or bacon, you should make a couple batches, because they won’t last very long. And make sure you have lots of beverages handy, because these have a kick to ‘em. They are best served warm, but you can make them up ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator until it’s time to pop them in the oven.

Need an appetizer for the Big Game-Try these poppers!
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Here’s the recipe:

Pigskin Wrapped Poppers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 20 poppers

Serving Size: 2 poppers

Ingredients

  • 10 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package thin-sliced bacon
  • 1 (16oz) package of cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut jalapenos lengthwise and remove seeds and membranes
  3. Fill each half with approx 2 TB cream cheese. It's easiest to just cut a slice off the block of cheese and fit it into the jalapeno.
  4. Cut bacon in half and wrap each half around one of the cream cheese filled jalapenos.
  5. Arrange in a single layer in baking dish and cook for 25 minutes or until bacon starts to crisp.
  6. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!
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Valentine’s Day Blog Hop

 Some amazing bloggers have gotten together to do a Fantabulous Valentine’s Day Favorites Linky Party!

The hosts of this blog hop have their posts linked up to the beginning of the linky at the bottom of this post. You can link up your own Valentine’s Day posts below, and we will pin many of them to our Pintabulous Mom’s Valentine’s Day Favorites Pinterest Board.

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For Valentine’s Day this year, my family is doing a Love Letter Mailbox. Just click on this picture and it will take you to the post with instructions on how to make your own.

Family Love Note Mailbox


You can go to the following blogs to see their Valentine’s Day posts and to link up your own posts:

Creative K Kids:  Printable Frozen Valentine’s Day Cards
Gypsy Road:  Melt Their Hearts with Handmade Gourmet Chocolates
My Life Abundant:  Love You More
Tag Thoughts, Recipes & Reviews:   Welcome Love ~ A Valentine’s Door Wreath
A Life in Balance:  13 Valentine Gifts for Kids at School
Rahab To Riches:  Make A Family Love Note Mailbox

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We would love you to link up any Valentine’s Day post that you have.   (They do not have to be craft/diy posts, but we would ask that it would be family friendly and related to Valentine’s Day.)   This linky will stay open until February 14.  We would love it if  you would like to get our button to remember to come back or to put it on your party page,  but it is not a requirement!

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Make A Family Love Note Mailbox

Family Love Note Mailbox

My children love writing notes and drawing pictures for our family and their friends, so that is why I decided to make a mailbox for our home for Valentine’s Day.

From now until February 14, the whole family is going to write love notes to each other and “mail” them in our Love Mailbox, and then on Valentine’s we will open the box and read all the sweet notes we have sent to each other over the course of the previous month.

The only problem I see is that in a family of 7, I may have used too small a box! My children are so excited over this idea they have been writing love notes like crazy! I may have to put a limit on the number of notes to be mailed each day so our box doesn’t run out of room. Or I could always make another one; it only took a couple hours, and most of that was drying time.

If you want to make a mailbox for your family, or even for your classroom, you just need a few basic supplies.

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I seem to have tons of Young Living boxes lying around my garage (I love my essential oils!), so I used one of the NingXia Red ones. It is about the size of a shoe box, but really any size or type of box will work.

First I pulled off the plastic tape that was holding the ends together, because it is difficult to paint over plastic, and then closed the ends back up with plain paper masking tape.

Then I cut a mail slot into the top with my box cutter. If you are doing this with kids, an adult should handle the box cutter. My husband cut his hand with one at work once and needed stitches, so it’s not something you would want a child to get a hold of.

Then I painted the top and sides of the box in Tuscan Red acrylic paint. I needed 2 coats to fully cover the writing on the box. You can see in this picture that I used the slot to steady the box while painting the sides.

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Next I used 3D paint in Iridescent Gold to write on the front and make the hearts on the top, and 3D paint in Gold Glitter to outline the slot. You could really let your imagination go wild at this point and decorate it however makes you happy, though. You could put stickers, cut-out construction paper hearts, whatever you want.

To make the flag, I painted a craft stick black and used Elmer’s Glue to tape it to the side of the box. I cut a triangle out of cardstock, painted it gold, and glued it to the top of the stick.

That’s it. Super simple project. It only took me half of an afternoon, and like I said before most of that time was waiting for the box to dry between coats of paint. I let it dry completely overnight before the kids could start mailing their letters.

Here are a couple more pictures of the finished project:

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Let me know if you made one. I would love to see how yours turns out!

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His Mornings Are Magical

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We were sitting on the couch, half asleep, watching some random television show together.

It had been a rough couple of weeks, but also a special couple of weeks. We had a new baby in the house, so sleep was hard to come by.

Finally, for what seemed like the first time in ages, all 5 children (baby included) were in bed and we were enjoying just relaxing together.

Someone on the tv was making a joke about how when you are a parent, mornings are the worst part of the day because before you even open your eyes there are little people screaming for your attention.

I was sitting there in my sleep-deprived stupor, hanging on every word he was saying and nodding right along, when I caught my husband grinning out of the corner of my eye.

As I was turning to look at him, I started to voice my agreement with tv man, when the most beautiful words came out of my man’s mouth and stopped me in my tracks.

“My mornings are magical.”

He then went on to explain how much he loves it when, every morning, our children come one by one and get into the bed to cuddle with him. He said it was the best part of his day.

“And then when you give me the baby, it gets even better.”

If hearts could pop from being overwhelmed with love, mine would have burst out of my chest.

Here is this man, this amazing man, saying that he loves it when our children wake him up in the morning. He loves it when I hand off the baby to him after a night of waking every every hour to nurse so I can finally get a little bit of sleep.

I thank God for bringing us together. We are so different, but I’m starting to see how well that works. I am a night owl. And his mornings are magical.

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