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Jalapeños and Bacon

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Fresh jalapenos (we went for the 3” or so long ones)

Onion and Chive soft cream cheese

Thick cut hickory smoked bacon (we used Oscar Meyer)

Preheat oven to 385 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut peppers in half so you get two complete “boats”. Remove seeds and membranes (leave more or less if you like heat).  A grapefruit spoon is perfect for doing this. Fill with cream cheese. Wrap with a third of a slice of bacon. You can use a toothpick to anchor or do like we did and just put the seam on the bottom on our broiler pan since it has those convenient divots.

Bake for 40 minutes (this got the bacon well cooked but not hard and the peppers soft).   Let sit for about 5 minutes after removing from oven. Our peppers had a nice hit of spicy heat but weren’t so hot that I couldn’t snaffle them down in short order. 10 peppers make a good meal for two people, you may go for fewer if you have a side.

For a beverage you need something that can stand up to the peppers, for that we looked to Franzia Dark Red Blend – a dark red blend for their premium line.   It’s a very nice blend, not too tannic or too soft, and for around $20 for 5 liters, its worth a look

(Cribbed from the Wife)

Hexographer

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I’ve been a gamer since 1979, starting off with a D&D box set and  chits instead of dice. (you young folks don’t know how good you got it with your fancy dice!)  I’ve used hex paper and colored pencil to create many a world for D&D and Traveller (and others)

Maps have come along way, but I still have a place in my heart for the old fashioned hex based mapping and adventuring in the wilderness.  Hexographer by Inkwell Ideas is a great tool to create even whole world maps for your games.  They are currently in the middle of a KickStarter for the Worldographer update to the software.  It’s worth a look and I feel it’s a good investment in the next version.  They will have the ability to drill down from a planet size map to the specifics of the area, as well as add notes to the various features.  They’ve been supporting the software for a good long time and have a solid rep.

Check em out.

Vaping

Yes, I vape.  Not to cut back on smoking, just for the clarity it gives my brain. Yeah I do it for the nicotine.  I don’t generally have an addiction prone personality and when I went to Gen Con for a week I had no nicotine and suffered no ill effects. I use 6mg nic in a Kangertech subbox mini (Sort of a starter kit)  I tried higher doses but they gave me an uncomfortable lightheadedness and one time a bit of nausea.  Smokers probably don’t have that as much of an issue as they are already acclimatized to the nicotine.  Part of the problem is I like to blow clouds of smoke and the higher nic levels were just too strong.

Currently I’m vaping Drip Hype Vape Cake Rasberry, not that thrilled with it, initially the berry flavor was good, but since it was a large bottle the flavor has gone off over time.  I’m very fond of Fittyz DooWop which is strawberry flavored and Colossus Vanilla Custard.  The flavor comes through in the first couple hits but fades over successive hits.  That’s when you know to take a break.  The Subbox mini is serving me well, though sometimes the temp setting seems to be ignored and after charging I sometimes have a variable strength hit, not enough to worry about and I’m pretty happy with it.  No burnt flavor yet. Continue reading “Vaping”

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