Aside from the happiness caused by half days of school to protect the little kiddies from heat exhaustion, and an excuse to jump in the lake, we have discovered an unexpected reason to celebrate these 100+ degree days: A bumper crop of peppers.

When I laughingly planted seeds from our New Mexico Ristra, we expected maybe ONE pepper. With our lovely heat wave, however, we have been enjoying these fresh stuffed peppers from the garden. I have even started experimenting on making my own Ristra! Unfortunately, it will be a small one if I get it going because we can't stop adding stuffed and baked peppers to everything!

Coming soon - what to do with too many Jalapeno peppers - We will try to make this sauce: