Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hodgepodging with Recipes

Hello and welcome to my blog -- the final Hodgepodge of September 2015!  Thank you, Joyce! 

1. Something on your October calendar that makes you smile?

I'm a big fan of Halloween.  Other than Christmas, I have more Halloween decorations than anything else.  I do the front door, the yard, a tablescape in the dining room, the den and more.  We always give out TONS of candy -- more than 1,000 pieces -- one or two at a time.

I'm sure you are wondering if I wear a costume.  No.  Being in Dallas we have to dress up in western/cowboy attire several times a year for events and that is enough dressing up for me.  I own three pairs of cowboy boots.

2. Food for the soul or music for the soul...which camp are you in? Tell us why.

Food -- life is not worth living without my favorites.  Symphonic music is a close second -- it really fills up the soul.

3. What are two or three things you've learned recently as the result of an online search?

This morning I was looking to find out about a potential candidate for a job we have open at Community Partners of Dallas.  Linked-In to the rescue, but I prefer FaceBook for this.  

Yesterday I searched party invite text -- planning one for Christmas.  

Monday, I searched the phone number of a new florist that was recommended to me -- called and ordered flowers for someone.

4. Share your favorite game day recipe. You can describe it, post the how-to, or add a link to the actual recipe. 

Ths is my favorite and it came from my friend Jill, BUT you will notice that it is called Paige's Jalapeno Popper Dip.  That is not because I made any changes to it -- the stuff doesn't need any changes, people -- but because my mom taught me to put my name on stuff so you remember who gave it to YOU, not who gave it to your friend who gave it to you.  And I am unanimous in that.  Mrs. Slocum reference for those in the know.


2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup mayo
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (half Monterrey Jack, half Cheddar)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 (7 1/2) can chopped green chilies 
1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapenos
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (yes another 1/2 cup)
1/2 stick of butter, melted


Combine the first 6 ingredients in a mixer or food processor and blend until smooth.  You do NOT need to drain the cans of chilies or jalapenos.  Pour into a large 
quiche dish or pie plate.
In a bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and melted butter.

Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the dip and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes. 

You want the top to get browned and the dip to be heated through and bubble gently on the edges.  Serve with Tostitos (Restaurant Style) Tortilla Chips.  Enjoy!
5. What are your five essential steps for creating the perfect morning routine?
  1. Up without alarm.  
  2. Drink 32 ounces of filtered water.
  3. The Today Show.
  4. Shower and hair wash -- no styling.
  5. Drive to work and pray.
6. What small thing have you taken note of today?

Ben Rett -- the 4-month-old baby at the office.

7. Sum up your September in seven words or less.

Good deal closed.  Shocks and surprises. Normal.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Gosh, I love sushi.


  1. Sounds like a yummy recipe. I must try it!! WOW I cannot imagine having that many kids at the door on Halloween. When I was much younger my mom would get between 300-500. We are lucky if we even get to 20 at my house. And nine of those are grandkids!!

  2. Ha! I get the reference, LOL. And I love that show! It is laugh out loud funny for me, second only to Fawlty Towers of course!

  3. Thank you for you positive comment re:the medical report. Although not required in NH, it's only smart to have car insurance these days. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I like the name on a recipe tip, and will remember that one. That is a whole lot of candy! We're living in an apt right now, and there are definitely some kids in the complex. I have no idea about numbers, and we have plans on Halloween, so I'm thinking of just setting a pumpkin filled with candy on my door mat and saying Take One. I love sushi too, and was excited to hear about a good place to go near our lake house. It's a tiny tiny town, so wasn't sure we'd find Sushi (that we'd like to eat!), but college students are nearby and that always helps keep a place moving forward. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  5. That dip looks so darn yummy and even easy enough for me to make it! Have a great Thursday!

  6. I am a huge fan of Christmas, Halloween not too much but I do love buying large candy bars and handing them out to the children. They get so excited! Thanks for the recipe, I have to give it a try.