February 2, 2017

Super Bowl LI (51st) 2017

What you need to know:

New England vs. Atlanta 
at NRG Stadium in Houston, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox)

This is the Patriot's NINTH Super Bowl appearance! 

National anthem - Luke Bryan
Coin toss - President George H. W. Bush &  First Lady Barbara Bush
Halftime show - Lady Gaga

Who are you rooting for?
Where are you watching the game?
What are you eating/drinking?

I am rooting for the Falcons. I typically root for the underdog in these instances. We will be watching the game at home. One eye on the TV and the other eye on the 2.5 year old. 

I am probably going to make some buffalo chicken dip and I am going to attempt to make bacon cheeseburger bombs. Here are my recipes for both. Cheers!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

2 (10 ounce) cans chicken or a deli rotisserie chicken works well too
2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese
3⁄4 cup hot sauce
1 cup ranch dressing
2 cups mild cheddar cheese

Mix chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, cheese, and ranch together.  Add a handful of cheddar cheese for the top. Cook on high for about an hour then keep heated on low. You can serve on baguettes or corn chips.

Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs

1 can Refrigerated Biscuits (10 biscuits)
1 pound lean ground beef
½ onion, chopped
3 slices of bacon, chopped
⅓ cup cream cheese
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
5 oz cheddar cheese, chopped into 10 squares
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large pan, brown ground beef, bacon and onion until cooked. Drain any grease. Add cream cheese, ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Stir over low heat until cream cheese is melted. Allow to cool. Roll each biscuit out very thin. Place 2 tablespoons beef mixture on each biscuit and add 1 square of cheese. Wrap the biscuit around the beef/cheese and tightly seal the edges. Place biscuits on a parchment lined pan seam side down. Brush with egg white. Put them in the oven and turn down the heat to 350 degrees. Bake 13-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

January 3, 2017

Tailgate Spices and Rubs in Infinity Jars

I am a big fan of grilling and also using spices and rubs in my tailgate recipes. I am also a big fan of a local spice purveyor here in the Dallas area, Penzeys Spices. I normally do not get the chance to visit their store very often, but when I do, I usually stock up. Their pepper line is one of my favorites. I was introduced to the California pepper seasoning by a friend. I don't particularly like black pepper but these combinations peppers add just the right flavors needed for my meat dishes I prepare.

Luckily, the folks at the Infinity Jars company reached out to me recently and sent me some of their jars to test out. I immediately transferred my 3 peppers from Penzeys into their airtight, glass jars. They help protect and preserve the freshness of whatever you are storing in them.

Since the season is almost over now, I know many of you have packed away your tailgate equipment and that includes your special rubs and spices you use for grilling. I recommend that you look into using the Infinity Jars to help with any loss of flavor while we wait for the next season to begin. (Hopefully that doesn't take too long!)

In other cooking news, I receive a pressure cooker for Christmas and I am ecstatic. Actual tears were wept when I opened the package. I've already made some of the best beef stew in it!

December 20, 2016

All In One Cooler and Grill.....with Wheels

Leading up to the end of the year, I thought I would highlight my favorite tailgate products of 2016. Here is the first one!

This all-in-one cooler and grill from Picnic Time is what every tailgater had designed at one point in the their head or on a bar napkin. It had everything you need to tailgate in one portable, roll-able product. It's a grill. It's a cooler. And it even stores your utensils. It's awesome!

December 6, 2016

Tailgate Giant Jenga Game

Giant Jenga sets are very popular at tailgates across the country. I like this option from Etsy, you can customize it to your team colors and it's the best price. Definitely a great Christmas gift! 

You can always go with a traditional, licensed college set like this one from Victory Tailgate or Amazon has inexpensive options as well. 

If you are a DIYer you can make your own set. 

November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving - Turkey + Football

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and one of my favorite holidays. Well, to be honest, between Halloween and New Years, I'm all blissed out in my happy place. I love all of the events surrounding the holidays, family time and lots of good food.

Speaking of food, I've got a lot of cooking to do today so I will make this short and sweet. I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with all of your favorite things, including pie and football.

I've never, ever gone out to shop on Black Friday. Thank goodness for the internet, I can shop from home in my PJ's. There are a ton of great deals out there and I've added some more cute gift ideas to my SHOP page.

Here are the top items on my wish list;

1. Check out this amazingly cool mug that regulates beverage temperature.
2. These gold Deer earrings are ridiculously adorable.
3. This Tarte Pro Palette is gorgeous.
4. A classic pair of Hunter boots has been on my list forever.
5. I love the design, color and functionality of this rose gold Kate Spade smartphone case pocket.

Many thanks to those of you who have been following along on my blogging adventures. I really, really appreciate your support! Happy Thanksgiving!