Monthly Archives: June 2014

You had me at “Bacon”

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t venture out much when it comes to cooking.  There’s a safe place between chocolate chip cookies and baked chicken.  Branching out isn’t easy, and it most often means you don’t even know where to start to find what you need.  It is a little unnerving to wander through the grocery store looking angrily (let’s be honest) for an ingredient I cannot find because I’ve never used it before.  And maybe this seems a little simple to you guys because this ingredient isn’t uncommon, but I could not find pitted dates for the life of me this week.  And I was so frustrated I wore a blister on my foot stomping around two different stores, true story.

Why dates, you ask?  Only for a recipe that rocked my socks.  Bacon-wrapped dates, exactly.  I had them recently at a cookout and it practically changed my entire outlook on the world.  You know how it is, when you go to a potluck event and you make something delicious and sure to please?  It’s nice to be the one that brings the most delicious thing, the thing that people have to have the recipe for.  But it’s also nice to be the one that discovers the most delicious thing and get the recipe for yourself.  So thank you, Christine, where ever you are and in whatever way we are connected through mutual friends, thank you for the game changer.  Yeah, did you hear me? 

 

Bacon.  Wrapped.  Dates.

 

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 Simple enough.  Buy a bag of Sun-Maid pitted dates and your favorite bacon.  Cut each bacon piece into thirds (width wise) and wrap around the date, secure with a toothpick.  Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 for 35 minutes.  Eat it!

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28 Spanks.

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That’s right yall….I turned 28.  Last year, when I turned 27 someone mentioned to me that I was “pushing 30.”  I staunchly refuted that statement at the time.  I guess there’s no point in denying it now though.  I’m kicking 20’s ass and I’m bumpin’ up on 30 like it’s my job.  And for the last five years (the length of my tenure as an oncology nurse, no coincidence) I’ve been highly aware of my mortality and the privilege of another beautiful birthday.

So I just wanted to take the time to thank all of you.  I’ve truly been blessed with incredibly thoughtful gifts.  I’ve had the pleasure of the company of close friends.  My fridge was littered with cards from friends and family near and far, many of which revolved around margaritas.  I don’t know what yall are trying to say?  I’ve read and reread all the texts and Facebook messages and I’m touched by your kind words.  Yall know how to make an old girl feel good!

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May truly got away from me though. I was honored with not one, but two prestigious awards at work.  I watched friends get married.  I’ve celebrated Mother’s Day and birthdays until I’m pooped.  But it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy so I won’t complain!  Hope everyone has a great week!