Shar Pei Approved

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 2, 2010

Good morning!

Last night, I was flying solo for dinner and I was about 2 seconds away from pouring a bowl of cereal until I looked in the crisper and saw all the CSA veggies and leftovers screaming at me to eat them up.

They gave me a total guilt trip. I hate when that happens.

But, I didn’t care.

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I poured a bowl of cereal and thought about how much I didn’t want to cook.

I surveyed the scene.

I opened the crisper and closed it. Opened it again. Still there.

I sighed.

I ate more cereal.

This pepper spoke to me.

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It whispered in my ear and said…all you have to do is stuff me and throw me in the oven

So I cut off the hat and scooped out the insides.

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Don’t worry if a few seeds remain inside the pepper. They put hairs on your toes and will keep you warm over the winter.

Next, I removed the leftovers from the fridge. We have lots this week!

I used leftover Salt Kissed & Buttery Brown Rice, Homemade Chunky Tomato Sauce, and Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce.

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I mixed it together and hoped it tasted better than it looked.

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Pack it in…

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and pack it tight…before baking it for 30 minutes at 375F.

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When the pepper is slightly charred and resembles a Shar Pei, all is well in the world.

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Look at that wrinkle factor! She’s a beauty.

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Shar Pei Stuffed Pepper for One

Ingredients:

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 375F. Cut hat off green pepper and scoop out insides. In a medium sized bowl mix together the rice, sauce, and cheese sauce. pack the pepper tightly filling the interior and letting a bit come out of the top. Season. Place pepper on baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, checking frequently after 25 mins.

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It was delicious, cheesy….and easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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…and Shar Pei approved. ;)

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Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 2, 2010 at 8:28 am

That looks totally delicious!I think the best meals often come out of situations like that :)
That dog is SO CUTE!

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Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans September 2, 2010 at 8:32 am

Good use of leftovers. I hate throwing out food but sometimes leftovers aren’t as appealing so its great to be able to turn them into something new and delicious!!

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Muva 02 September 2, 2010 at 8:35 am

That looks soooo yummie…………. most definitely will try this one, thanks :))

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Michal September 2, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hahahaha. My parents’ first dog was a Shar Pei and I loved that ugly dog, so when I saw your “Shar Pei approved” on Twitter I raced over here!
This looks yum…. man, now I want to go home and cook… I bet I could stuff some of my leftover chili+quinoa into a red pepper…mmm.

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 2, 2010 at 8:41 am

I love taking leftovers and changing them up. It makes food so much more enjoyable!

I love that pic of a Shar Pei. So adorable and wrinkly!

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Faith @ lovelyascharged September 2, 2010 at 8:47 am

Mmm, stuffed veggies are amazing. Tomatoes are the best but peppers are a good close second!

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Candice @ ChiaSeedMe September 2, 2010 at 8:47 am

So cute!

Now I’m totally craving stuffed peppers. Don’t you just love it when leftoevers work out like that?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

yes it makes my day!

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Jessica @ How Sweet September 2, 2010 at 8:50 am

This made me LOL as there is a man who walks his sharpei in my neighborhood every morning!

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April @ Crazy Fabulous Life September 2, 2010 at 8:55 am

Awww, what a cute squishy puppy!

Delicious looking pepper, too :)

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 2, 2010 at 8:56 am

Haha…I hate it when my produce guilt trips me :-) Looks delicious though!

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Little Bookworm September 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

That dish looks amazing, and I agree with Freya, the dog is cute!

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

So funny. I’m planning on making stuffed green peppers tonight too!

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alexa @ Sohdalex September 2, 2010 at 9:02 am

Looks delicious! easy, and quick. 3 words that go very well together ;)

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Liza (Health Nutting) September 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

Love this post! I love stuffed peppers and that looks delicious!!! Shar Pei — ADORABLE!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

Thank you for the reminder that I absolutely love love love stuffed peppers! I like making them in red or orange peppers because they add such great sweetness… LOVED seeing your post come up on Glamour.com!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I know i prefer orange and red too!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 2, 2010 at 9:07 am

Looks good! And I love that puppy. So adorable!!

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Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 2, 2010 at 9:07 am

I love stuffed peppers, but it’s been so long since I’ve had them. Peppers haven’t exactly been cheap here, and they’re a little difficult to eat in their stuffed forms. Last time I made them I cut the pepper in half lengthwise and “stuffed” the halves and served them that way. Husband was a big fan!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

i love that idea!

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els September 2, 2010 at 9:12 am

looks lovely, the dinner as well as the cute dog :)

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[email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ September 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

That’s funny it does look like the dog.

What camera do you use??????

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Canon 30D :)

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Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

Ah cute! I always thought for some reason you had to make stuffed peppers in a Crock Pot (which I don’t own), silly me. So glad you can just throw those babies in the oven. Delish!

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Jessie (Bites and Pieces) September 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

This meal looks perfect! I love using leftovers to create something even better the next day. That Shar Pei is too cute!

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Christine September 2, 2010 at 9:21 am

Now that you point it out, it does look like a Shar Pei! Not that I *ever* would have noticed that on my own!

The stuffing looks pretty good to me! I’d eat it by itself with no pepper! Though I guess that defeats the point of using up the CSA veggies. Still, an amazing use of leftovers!

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veronique @ hooked on health September 2, 2010 at 9:21 am

Awww that puppy is super duper cute!!! :)
The stuffed peper looks amazing too, I will try that. I have always wanted to adventure into the pepper-stuffing world. You take wonderful pictures by the way!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

thank you :)

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Lizzie September 2, 2010 at 9:22 am

Angela, enough already!! Stop posting delicious looking, healthy recipes when it’s not close enough to lunch yet!! :) You have put my PB and toast to shame. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

haha tomorrow I will post just saltines and water ;)

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Lizzie September 2, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Hmmmm . . OK . . that’s a slight improvement :)

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Alison September 2, 2010 at 9:25 am

those peppers look amazing! totally feel ya about telling myself that i need to eat the vegetables that are in my fridge.

but sometimes you just want a delicious bowl of cereal and no dishes!

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

Oh I love stuffed peppers! I love being creative in the kitchen too. Usually I freeze half of my leftovers in order to save them for easy lunches down the road.

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Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous September 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

Haha! What a cute post.

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Heather (Heather's Dish) September 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

k, so i just died of cuteness. OH my goodness that photo is so cute! and i love the correlation you made with the pepper…adorable!

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Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) September 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

What an adorable dog!!! That pepper looks yummy. We have some in our fridge right now…maybe I’ll make a stuffed pepper for dinner? Not sure, but anyways cereal is always my go-to when I don’t feel like making anything else–it’s just soo addicting! I have a hard time stopping at one bowl! (Sigh)

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Bess @ Bess Be Fit September 2, 2010 at 9:54 am

I agree sometimes cereal is just the best and easiest thing in the world….but your stuffed pepper looks delicious and the shar pei is so cute :)

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Marina September 2, 2010 at 9:55 am

I love stuffed peppers!
But cereal is amazing too, so comforting and tasty :)

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

I love how you’re still able to make incredible meals even when you don’t want to cook. When that happens I usually just throw a bunch of stuff in a bowl and call it a night. :P

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

Yummmmm I love stuffed peppers! The cashew basil sauce sounds quite tasty as well. Full marks for you on the wrinkle factor! :)

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Allie Finch September 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

That looks fantastic–often the best meals are simply thrown together out of desperation & lack of desire to “cook”–I cannot wait to try the Cashew Basil Cheese!
Question about the Stuffed Portabella Pizzas: Would they be good cold or reheated as leftovers? We are camping with my family, which means I need to come up with simple, delicious & healthy meals & snacks that can be thrown together easily or made before hand that won’t leave me feeling awful by the end of the weekend [which is what will happen if I eat what everyone else is]. I really want to try something with the cashew cheese.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I did eat one out of the fridge and while it wasnt as good as it was hot I still stuffed it in my face haha

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Allie Finch September 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Ha, nice. I actually had a stroke of genius thinking [I hope]: I am going to assemble it in advance & keep in the cooler wrapped in tinfoil; then, throw it over & top it with a few coals from the fire to warm/melt it. I’m excited!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

GENIUS!!! Please please send me a pic!

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Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes September 2, 2010 at 10:16 am

Love how creative you get with your veggies!!!

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Chelsea September 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

Oh. my. gosh. That picture of the Shar Pei is so adorable. I just want to go cuddle with it! That stuffed pepper looks great too, creative use of leftovers!

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Caitlin (EatFeats) September 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

Cereal was always my dinner of choice after long swim practices. Healthy. That pepper looks great–what a resourceful and creative recipe!

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Wei-Wei September 2, 2010 at 10:38 am

LOL Sharpei. You make me laugh on a regular basis, Angela. Sometimes with you… and oftentimes at you. ;) Heh.

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MoniMeals September 2, 2010 at 10:40 am

So cute! The Sharpei looks like my dogs (English Bulldogs). Love anything to do with bell peppers, Great name!! YUM.

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Ashley September 2, 2010 at 10:56 am

HAhahaa too funny!! We had a SharPei [ginger] growing up :)

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Sara September 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

Do you guys get poblano peppers up there? Stuffed peppers are exponentially more delicious in a poblano because when you roast it like this it gets this delicious complex smokey flavor that a bell pepper could only dream of having!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

YES i got some in my CSA yesterday!!!! ahhhh

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Allison September 2, 2010 at 11:24 am

Yesterday my roommate had a pepper that was getting a little old and i told her to stuff it:) Small world lol but since shes not a vegan she was going to use regular cheese:(

I have been craving cereal like crazy but i dont have any since i dont let myself by processed products:( I think I’ll “borrow” some from the roomie:):)

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Ѽ HefiA September 2, 2010 at 11:29 am

Haha! Angela, you are quite a storyteller! My little preschoolers would be fascinated by the story of the green pepper that came to life. :) Your kids must love your bedtime stories!! I know I would!

We make stuffed pepper soup in Romania, and it’s REALLY good! But this recipe looks pretty Dee-licious as well! I should try it out soon.

Shar Pei is so stinkin’ cute! I never thought I wanted a dog…until now :)

Ѽ HefiA

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

No kids yet, but if you are referring to Sketchie and Eric, yes they love my stories (some of the time) ;)

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

I am SO glad to know I am not the only one who thinks veggies and leftovers speak to me. I have serious guilt issues about those. Love your use of leftovers :)

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Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

I love stuffed peppers! Never thought about them like Shar Peis though!

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Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 2, 2010 at 11:44 am

I love stuffed peppers. So easy and so tasty. I think if I was already eating the cereal there is no way I would have went back to cook something fresh. I would have just called it a day!

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Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' September 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

I love stuffed peppers, too! And yours looks so easy with all those leftovers on hand!

That Shar Pei is so darn cute!! ;)

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Meg September 2, 2010 at 11:50 am

Ahhh! That shar pei is too cute for words!

I love stuffed peppers, they’re so versatile. I was really intimidated by them at first becaue they looked so complicated. Boy was I wrong!

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chelsey September 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm

mmm I love stuffed peppers! They are my favorite!

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Erin September 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm

That combination of stuffing ingredients sounds delicious! If I was feeling lazy, I’d just eat the whole pepper raw :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I love stuffed peppers. All those leftovers look like the perfect filling!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm

It’s funny how often this sort of thing happens to me. I’m not a huge fan of stuffed peppers because for some reason bell peppers turn me off but when they’re really well cooked I like them better and this one looks really good!

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[email protected] ReshapeYourLife September 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I love that you can make simple leftovers into something so delicious! I never think about mixing my leftovers, I’ll have to think more out of the box!

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jamie @ jamelafamela September 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I hate when my produce guilts me into things… :)

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Christy McCreath September 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

What a great idea! I love this recipe.

I often find myself pouring a bowl of cereal for dinner when I’m flying solo and when I don’t feel like cooking. How funny :)

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Hehe I’ve never thought of a roasted bell pepper as a sharpei but it totally works. How adorable :)

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Sarah September 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm

That looks AWESOME!

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Jenny September 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Stuffed peppers are my absolute favorite. ohhh my ..yum.

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Maura September 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Haha, such a cute post! Especially the pic at the end ;) Adorbs!

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Katelyn September 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I have been *dying* to try some stuffed veggies! That is a genius (and gorgeous, I might add) way to use leftovers and veggies – I love the simplicity of everything you make, it’s so freshing :)

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Katelyn September 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm

oops, I meant RE-freshing! :)

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Laura (spokesnoats) September 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm

LOVE the closing picture!

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Lisa September 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm

That pepper looks delicious! Brown rice and peppers couldn’t be a better combo! Cannot wait to try this out! =)

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Heather September 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm

OMG I just want to squeeze that puppy!

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Lisa September 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm

oooh stuffed peppers are one of my fav meals!!!

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Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow September 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Oh how perfect are Shar Pei’s? I adore those wrinkles. And I adore the pepper! Looks delish. So simple…no excuse for me to throw together dinner now either!

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Gina September 2, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Yum!

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Allison @ Girl in her Kitchen September 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Oh. My. Gosh. That pepper looks fantastic. I haven’t made stuffed peppers in forever! Thanks for reminding me how tasty they are!

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Kristen September 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I love stuffed peppers. Yum.

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Sana September 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I was reading this post in class, and the people behind me awwed when I got to the cutie pic at the end :)!

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