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When Charisse got married last year she gained a son and we gained a grandson. Gabbi is on the Pom team and KJ (short for Kaleb) plays football which means it’s going to be a busy season for us. Around here we’re more excited about our grandkids sporting team than the more nationally known college and professional ones. We love cheering them on and I thoroughly enjoy whipping up some snacks for them after the game.
They’re both in middle school and last weekend was homecoming for their companion high school. It rained but Gabbi still had to participate in the parade and KJ’s game went on. Poor kids! Since it was homecoming weekend I put on my party hat and came up with some easy ideas for homegating. Nothing like a little Game Day spread! What better reason than football to get the family together and you know I don’t need much encouragement to put on my party hat.
Easy Table Set-up and Décor
There’s a long time between now and the end of football season so I invested in a grass flannel look backed table cover and the huge Party Zone sign. Both from our local party supply store.
The galvanized pail I already had as well as the bleacher style risers which are actually spice racks.
This old football has been around here since our sons were in high school and the cutlery container and the one holding napkins are tin cans. They are each wrapped with a theme appropriate sweatband.
Easy Party DIY
Scrapbook paper is a reliable and economical decorating tool. Here I used a sheet to decoupage a wooden square that was previously used as a charger. It’s set upon an aluminum duct collar that I scored from my local home improvement store. For this craft these are the supplies you will need.
- 12-inch wooden square
- theme scrapbook paper
- craft/decoupage glue
- Optional: spray sealer
Trim edges of scrapbook paper if necessary to fit the board. Next, apply a layer of craft glue to the board. Carefully place the paper on top taking care to make sure all edges are aligned. Allow this to dry for at least an hour and then apply another coat of glue. It will dry with a clear finish. Optionally, you can seal the paper with a spray sealer.
My intention was to have these printed at the office supply store. In my haste I forgot to save the printables to my flash drive. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that until I was at the store going through the files on the drive with the clerk. To make the tags at home here’s what you will need.
- lightweight cardstock cut into 3 ½ x 4 ½ pieces
- computer printed labels
- football picks
- double-sided tape
Cut out each food label and fold cardstock in half to make a tent. Set these aside. Snip ends from football picks. Then cut small pieces of double sided tape and apply to back of each football pick and backside of each food label. Adhere food label to center of cardstock. Stick football pick to the upper left corner of food label. Easy peasy!
We have so many Kroger stores in our city and one is just a couple minutes away. I made a quick trip there and picked up some Coca-Cola, Wheat Thins, RITZ ®, and TRISCUIT for the snacks I had planned. You can find everything you need for your game day snacks at Kroger and no doubt there is one near you. This handy store locator will show you exactly where they are as well as their banner stores.
Easy Recipes for Homegating
As parents and grandparents, we sometimes want to go all out for our families and put on fancy spreads. I for one do that often. What usually happens is that I’m worn out by the time the food is on the table. The recipes I chose for this party rely on some ready-made items. These shortcuts are just as tasty and will get me off the sideline so that I can hang out with my family and friends.
Hearty Coca-Cola Baked Beans in Cornbread Cups
Wheat Thins w/Sriracha Sweet Onion Jam
RITZ ® w/Cookie Butter and Honeyed Candied Pistachios
TRISCUIT w/Dilled Chicken Salad
- 1 (55 oz) can baked beans
- 4 slices of thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
- ½ medium green pepper, diced
- ½ medium onion, diced
- ¾ cup Coca-Cola
- 4 TBS vinegar
- ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 TBS chili powder
- 3 TBS Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp spicy seasoned salt
- Corn Muffins ready-made or from favorite recipe
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl to thoroughly combine.
- Place in a 9x13-inch baking pan prepared with nonstick spray.
- Cover and bake for 50- 60 minutes.
- Score the top of cornbread muffins with small lid or cookie cutter.
- Scoop out the middle of the muffin to make a deep well for your baked beans.
- Reserve the insides to serve with the baked beans when the muffins are gone.
- Fill insides with baked beans and serve warm.
Dilled Chicken Salad
12 oz prepared Chicken Salad
3 hardboiled eggs, chopped
1 tsp dried dill weed
Scoop chicken salad into medium size bowl.Add in chopped boiled eggs and dill weed, mixing thoroughly to combine. Spoon into small ramekin and serve with Wheat Thins. Serves 6
Cookie Butter with Honey Candied Pistachios
3 TBS sugar
2 TBS honey
Dash of vanilla
1 cup shelled pistachios
In a medium pan over medium heat, combine the sugar and honey. Let cook until sugar is dissolved.
Add pistachios, vanilla and a pinch of salt (unless your pistachios are already salted), stirring to combine. Turn the heat to medium high, and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the syrup evenly coats the pistachios and is very thick.Dump pistachios in an even layer onto a piece of parchment or silpat to cool. The coating will be sticky, but will harden as it sits. Let cool completely. Spoon cookie butter into small ramekin and serve with Honey Candied Pistachios and RITZ® Original Crackers. Makes 1 cup.
Sriracha Sweet Onion Jam
½ cup sweet onion jam
1 tsp Sriracha
Combine jam and sriracha in small bowl and mix well. Transfer to ramekin and serve with TRISCUIT crackers. Serves ½ cup
This group is always down for some game day treats and the kids are ready to play and cheer!
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