I got caught in the middle of the top-secret of all surprises, wearing a pink leopard print apron with a chocolate covered spatula in hand. There are surprises that if discovered before their time maybe bum the surprise-giver out for a split second, but really aren’t that big of a deal. Like when you plan a birthday breakfast in bed, but your spouse wakes up early and finds you mixing a bowlful of eggs in your jammies. You easily just snap with a smile, “get back to bed!” and continue whisking. Then there are those top-secret surprises that are a really really big deal and your brother would probably kill you if you spoiled it. Like when he plans a surprise proposal to his girlfriend (Alexis) of 5 years on a hike with her best friend, followed by a surprise engagement barbecue with family and close friends. And there you are, baking a two-tiered deep chocolate layer cake in your parents’ kitchen on a Friday night for the engagement barbecue the next afternoon when your mom texts you, “Alexis is bringing me home from dinner, HIDE ALL EVIDENCE!”
I recently saw some Jalapeno Ketchup at a grocery store the other day and was intrigued by the idea. I thought about buying it, but it seemed like such a simple thing to make on your own. Sure, you could whip something up from scratch, but what about on the nights when you really don’t feel like fighting with the kids to eat and just want to serve up some chicken nuggets?
Yay.. every parents favorite dinner right? Well, this is a perfect excuse to make a quick Jalapeno Ketchup and snazz up dinner for the parents!