My Inspiration . . .

I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Who doesn't love a sweet & salty combo? And, isn't anything better when it's wrapped in bacon?? These are so easy (and relatively inexpensive to make), and are always a huge hit. I promise you won't disappoint if you show up to a party with a plate full of these bad boys. You will notice that I have only posted the "before" pic - ("Why" you might ask?) They're definitely not the most attractive appetizer once they've been cooked . . . but looks can be deceiving!
{Prep Time: 15 mins / Difficulty: Easy! / Cooking Time: 15-20 mins / Yields: 25-30 dates}

1 (8 oz) package of pitted dates
30 toothpicks
1 (16 oz) package of original bacon (not the thick cut - I like to use the Hormel brand) 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Position oven rack in the center of the oven. Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil, and set aside.
2. Cut each slice of bacon into thirds. Roll each date in a piece of bacon, place seam-side down on the baking sheet, and pierce with a toothpick (to hold it in place). Repeat until all the dates are wrapped in bacon.
3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until crisp. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. These are great served at room temperature too and travel really well!

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