Pepper Jelly Bacon Cheese Dip

So I’m half way through my 30 Day Challenge or working out every day    , and I can proudly say that I have held true thus far.  I haven’t missed a day, and I haven’t cheated.  That being said, not every workout has been a stellar, balls-to-the-wall sweat fest– they have ranged from a 15-minute pilates session before work, to a 60-minute elliptical followed by lifting.  Although I have been sleeping better (which is huge for me), I’ve had some irritations that make me question whether or not it’s worth it:

  1. Because I have this obligation, I have to find time to fit it in around my schedule.  So sometimes, if I have plans after work or know I will be working late, I will need to get up early and workout before I leave the house in the morning.  I HATE that.  I hate working out in the morning, and I really don’t like waking up earlier than I need to.
  2. I am sore.  All the time.  My body is in a constant all-over ache.
  3. I have not seen any changes in my body for the better.  I have actually gained some weight, and not the good kind.  All in my belly.

Let’s talk about that last one.  Why have I not been “torching belly fat” like every workout video, gym, and fitness magazine promise if I get off my lazy (and giggly) behind?  Easy:  because I my mentality around consuming has changed, for the worse.  I think because I am burning off more, I can consume more/worse.  Don’t get me wrong:  endulging every now and again is a good thing, but I have definitely given in too much, justifying that I can burn it off (not when you’re 29 vs when you’re younger), and it’s caught up to me.

For example:  this Pepper Jelly Bacon Dish.  I was at a friend’s house, and she made this for a get-together she was hosting.   There is absolutely nothing healthy about this dish,FullSizeRender (14) but it is one of the best tasting things on the planet.  Warning:  like me, you might not be able to control yourself around this stuff.  That’s okay though:  you and I can go for a 20-mile run later and burn it all off 🙂

NOTE:  We honestly ate the dip so fast, I couldn’t even snap the final product pic. The end product is from my pal Averie.


  • casserole/baking dish
  • mixing bowl
  • spatula


  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened (room temp is best)
  • 8 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 jalopenos, diced
  • 1 small jar of pepper jelly
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheddar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl using a spatula until well combined.FullSizeRender (11)FullSizeRender (12)
  3. Press mixture into a casserole dish.  Pat down into one even layer.FullSizeRender (13)
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden-brown on top.
  5. Enjoy with pita crackers or regular crackers.




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