These Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers are a simple appetizer with 3 easy ingredients.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

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The Nester (Myquillin Smith) and I met online 5 years ago, through our blogs (and Melissa), and then were roomies several times at conferences. We had lots of fun! Right away we connected with each other, both having a similar message when it comes to our homes and entertaining. Forget about image, embrace reality, and love on people! For Nester it was: Embrace the home that you are in!

“When I’m in a perfect home, all I can think about is how to act and how my home compares. I get all caught up in myself and miss the real purpose of beig there: connecting.” – The Nester

Her message.

Nester is also known for her “It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful,” message, which has helped millions of women, including myself. Sometime I chant my inner-Nester, when I start getting stressed out with entertaining! It brings me back to reality, that having people into our home for dinner is not about perfection, but all about the rich relationships. Amen!

The Nesting Place giveaway

Her book.

Recently, Nester wrote a book called The Nesting Place, (#1 on Amazon Home Decor books right now!) which is full of her very simple decorating ideas (in a home bursting with 3 boys, pets, and general messes that occur in a busy, active home). In her book, she tells her story and journeys through the homes she has lived in (both owned and rented) and how she took risks to transform her home into an inviting place. I love the chapter, The Gift of Messes, Mistakes, and Other Beautiful Imperfections. You just have to read it.

She shares a trillion decorating ideas, on a budget, painting tips, DIY ideas, makeover and thrift store tips, how to repurpose, barter, move stuff around, shop the house, window treatments, how to bring in nature, go with the trends, marry furnitiure, and more.

She always comes back to this thought: Perfection is overrated!

Perfection is overrated

Rest and joy.

Doesn’t it sound like a fabulous book? I have a copy and have read it from beginning to end, and I’m so inspired with the love on every page. Thank you, Nester!

Whether you’re being called to be a homemaker, or you work outside the home, you love to entertain in your home, or you’re scared to death, you have a gorgeous giant home, or you rent a small apartment, our homes can be–should be–places of rest and joy.

The Nesting Place

Nester gives us affirmation in believing that it is from our homes that we become all that we are created to be.

“You don’t have to wait for perfect conditions. Create your home now, wherever you are. You have everything you need.” – The Nester

Simple appetizer.

Recently we had a small dinner party in our home with 2 doctors I used to work for, and their wives, and another couple. A simple appetizer was served, Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers, with 3 easy ingredients (so easy to buy at Costco or Trader Joe’s and keep on hand for last-minute company), which I’m sharing today.

I love to entertain, and I love to keep it simple. I realize that our home will never be perfect (3 outdated bathrooms, and lots of “originals” in our home), but I move beyond my fears anyway and tell myself that people are not coming to see my home. And then, we end up having the best time – in any area of the house!

The giveaway.

If you’d like an opportunity to win a copy of Myquillian’s new book, I’m giving away 3 copies!

The Nesting Place, is also available on Amazon.

If you’d like to be entered to win a copy today (US residents only), please leave a comment letting me know:

What areas do you struggle in, making your house a home?

{Entries accepted through 11:59pm PT, April 29th.}

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers with Pesto

Easy entertaining: Be prepared, pick up a bag of peppers at Costco, along with goat cheese and pesto. You’re set for an easy appetizer!


  • 1 dozen mini sweet peppers, red, orange, and yellow
  • 4 oz semi-soft goat cheese, cream cheese works, too.
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pesto


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare the peppers by slicing off the “top” (concave) side of the peppers, leaving the stem.
  • Scoop out the seeds and the membrane.
  • Combine the softened goat cheese with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon the herbed goat cheese into the peppers.
  • Arrange the peppers on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Bake for around 15-18 minutes until peppers are softened and cheese is hot and bubbly.
  • Serve on a platter with a separate bowl of pesto for dipping.
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