So last weekend was the Big Championship Games and we all know how they turned out! Joy for some ANGUISH¬†for others!¬† If you are a Ravens Fan like I am you know exactly what I am talking about!!!¬† So joy or anguish the line up that we have for next Sunday is the line up that we have.¬† I can’t go back and change things so I guess I will have to toss a coin to see who I am going to Cheer for on Super Bowl Sunday! In 2008 I was all behind the Giants and super excited when they won! I usually go for the underdog.¬† I am by no means a big football fan, I enjoy the get together and the party WAY More than the game, but I have for the past 5 years called the winner of the game by nothing more than a gut feeling.¬† This year I don’t know…. I just can’t get my heart to Cheer for either of these teams!¬† I am at this moment making my Husband very angry as these are his 2 Fav¬†teams! I think I will keep debating Pats Vs Giants and reserve my decision for Feb 5th!!
Until that time we all have 1 week to get ready and prepare our menu’s for the big game! I am lucky this year and I get to be a guest so I only have to bring some treats! Yippee!!! I did host the Championship Games last Sunday.¬† It was very impromptu.¬† At 10 am Steve told me that 10 or more people would be at my house in 3 hours!!! Yikes!!¬† I ran to store and this is the party that I threw together in¬† such a short amount of time!
Beer Dip, Spicy Nut Brittle, Assorted Chips and Dips, Veggie and Fruit Tray, Little¬†Debbie Brownie¬†Footballs (no time to bake) and a Chicken Noodle Casserole!¬† Thank heavens that I am Southern Living at Home addict (now called Willow House) and I have tons of pretty serving platters and bowls that make even plain old Lays Potato Chips look Pretty and Special!
Luckily every one was super nice and they thought I had worked for days other than just a frantic dash to get it all together!
|Beer Dip with pretzels||
- 2 packages cream cheese (I used Fat Free) Softened
- 1 package dry ranch dressing mix
- 1/3 cup beer (I just grabbed the one my husband popped open and he yelled at me)
- 1/2 shredded cheddar cheese ( I used 2 handfuls)
- In a mixing bowl combine beer and cream cheese and beat with a mixer til smooth
- add the ranch mix and the cheddar cheese
- serve with pretzels
Just take an assortment of your favorite nuts! I used peanuts, cashews, sunflowers seeds, and wheat chex¬†cereal. Melt 6 tbs¬†unsalted butter and 1/2 cup light corn syrup in a sauce pan add 1/3 cup brown sugar and 2 tbs¬†curry powder and 1/2 tsp cayenne powder.¬† Cook itll all is melted.¬† No salt is needed if the nuts are salted.¬† I couldn’t find unsalted¬†ones on such short notice.¬† Place the nuts and cereal in a 9 x13¬†baking dish and pour syrup over nuts and toss to coat.¬† Bake at 300 for 30-40 min.¬† Let cool and break up into bite sized pieces.
For the Chicken Casserole I made my Cauliflower and Noodle Au gratin http://www.pandpkitchen.com/2011/07/11/cauliflower-and-noodle-au-gratin-2/I
I just substituted¬†diced chicken breast that I saut√©ed¬†in a pan to brown first for the cauliflower.¬† It was s quick and filling item to add to the menu!