Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Super Bowl Party Planning Printables

Fire up the printer or head to Kinko's! Over at Hostess with the Mostess, they have several tools to print out for a well-themed Super Bowl party.  Hostess with the Mostess is a blog of all things tasteful for entertaining. Go there for any kind of party ideas.  And check out the team-colored popcorn...love it!

From HWTM...

Treat your guests to festive homemade stadium snacks served up in these fun DIY serving containers custom designed by Jen St. Clair from Little Sprout Creations
Jen is generously offering FREE downloads for all the football party printables seen here, as well as recipes forTeam Spirit Popcorn and Homemade Hot Pretzels. These printables would also be great for football themed birthday parties or super cute sports team snacks.  Scroll down for download links & details…
free football party snack printables
free football party snack printables
free football party snack printables
free football party snack printables


by Jen St. Clair from Little Sprout Creations
The collection includes: Beverage Labels, Cupcake Toppers, Pretzel Bags, Popcorn Boxes, and Snack Baskets.CLICK HERE to download everything in one zip file (PDF and jpeg file formats included)


Cheer for your favorite team with candied popcorn in your team’s colors, and serve in DIY football-print popcorn boxes.
– 4-6 cups of popped popcorn (no butter, no salt)
– 1/4 cup butter
– 1/4 cup light corn syrup
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1 (3.5oz) package of flavored gelatin, in your team’s color.
1. Preheat oven to 250F.  Grease 9×13 pan with butter or cooking spray, and fill evenly with popped popcorn.
2. Heat butter and syrup in medium saucepan on low heat until butter is melted (about 2 minutes).
3. Stir in sugar and gelatin, increase heat to medium, and bring to boil (about 3 minutes).
4. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
5. Pour mixture over popped popcorn and toss with wooden spoons until covered.
6. Bake for a total of 15 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes with wooden spoons.
7. Pour onto wax paper or parchment paper and cool for 10 minutes.
8. Break into bite-sized pieces.
9. For multiple team colors, make separate batches and combine, or serve separately.
10. For popcorn box assembly instructions, see printable sheet.


Bake up these homemade hot pretzels (or your favorite frozen pretzel) and serve in football-print pretzel bags.
{Recipe via Food Network}
– 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
– 1 tablespoon sugar
– 2 teaspoons kosher salt
– 1 package active dry yeast
– 22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
– 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
– Vegetable oil, for pan
– 10 cups water
– 2/3 cup baking soda
– 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
– Pretzel salt
1. Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam.
2. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined.
3. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil.
5. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
6. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
7. Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
8. In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
9. Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula.
10. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt.
11. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.
12. For pretzel bag assembly instructions, see printable sheet.


Serve up your favorite nachos, wings, hotdogs and other stadium snacks in these DIY snack baskets!  See printable sheet for assembly instructions.


Top off your favorite cupcakes or other baked treats with football picks!  To make these gridiron cupcakes, use a multi-opening frosting tip (wilton #233) to make a green grass surface, and pipe on yard lines.  For football pick assembly instructions, see printable sheet.


Help guests keep track of their cups and bottles with these write-on labels.  Glossy or waterproof will help ensure that moisture won’t make your ink run during use.  I’m a huge fan of Labels by the Sheet.


HWTM Editor-in-Chief

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Choose Your Chili and Have a Mojito Jell-O Shot

Chili used to basically be a conglomeration of tomatoes, red beans and ground beef.  It's a great thing that we can have chili in a lot more creative, interesting ways.  Food and Wine helps us with our Super Bowl planning by giving us their own collection of chef's chili recipes.

You can find the chili here:

Julie's Texas Style Chili with Beer
(made with beef short ribs)

And while you're over at Food and Wine, check out their entire Super Bowl culinary guide:


They have collections of recipes for all-things-Super-Bowl. Fun pizzas, burgers, hot dogs, wings, beer pairings, gooey party desserts, ice cream sundaes, drinks for a crowd and more.

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado, anyone?

                                     Or perhaps Cheddar-and-Onion Smashed Burgers?


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Would you like some ranch dressing with your cupcake?

Looking for something fun and creative for your Super Bowl?  You might flinch when you hear the terms, Beer Cheese Cupcakes with Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Frosting and Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes, but these are no joke.  Think of these cupcakes not as something sweet, but as gooey loveliness to add to your gameday appetizer table.  

Cupcake Project is a blog all about cakes in a cup and is the source for these savory cupcake recipes.

Beer Cheese Cupcakes with Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Frosting

Stef at the Cupcake Project combines brown sugar, cheddar, beer and sour cream for the base.  The frosting is sweet with the yum of cheddar and bacon combined.  

Beer Cheese Super Bowl Cupcake Recipe
Yield: About 18 cupcakes 
  • 1 cup beer (I used Bud Select. I'm not usually a Bud gal, but they do sponsor the Super Bowl, so I had to go there.)
  • 1 stick, plus 1 tb, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup grated cheddar (I'd go for the good stuff here. Get something nice and sharp, not the cheap stuff that comes shredded in a bag.)
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tb vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  1. Heat beer and butter in a large saucepan on medium-high heat until butter is melted.
  2. Add cheddar. 
  3. Remove from heat, and whisk in the sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla.
  5. Mix the sour cream mixture into the beer mixture. 
  6. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda.
  7. Fold flour mixture into the batter. 
  8. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 fill.
  9. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes, or until inserted cake tester comes out clean.

Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
  • 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar
  1. 1 cup bacon bits (I made my own by cooking some bacon in a glass pan in the microwave for 3 minutes between paper towels and food processing it.)
  2. Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. 
  3. Add grated cheddar.
  4. Slowly mix in powdered sugar. 
  5. Stir in bacon bits.
Read more: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2008/01/beer-cheese-cupcakes-with-bacon-cheddar.html#ixzz1kLuqKsX0

But Stef takes this idea a little further and has created another cupcake appropriate for Super Bowl 2012...Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes.  I have to admit, this recipe takes some convincing for me.  Reading this from the Cupcake Project convinced me:

"After hearing that I was going to bake buffalo chicken Super Bowl cupcakes (with hot sauce and blue cheese in the cake and a blue cheese buttercream frosting), one of my friends asked if I would be baking the cupcakes as as a joke.  "Are they just supposed to be funny, or will you actually enjoy eating buffalo chicken cupcakes?"  Having not yet baked the Super Bowl cupcakes, I told them that I was baking them mostly for the fun of it.  I didn't expect them to be particularly good.

When my house started to smell like buffalo wings (there was no chicken involved at this point), I knew I had the flavor right.  When I took a lick of my cupcake batter-laden finger, I began to suspect that I was going to like the buffalo chicken cupcakes.  When I tasted the cupcakes hot out of the oven, I realized that I had created a new crowd-pleasing Super Bowl tradition."

These cupcakes have what it takes to be the little edge that makes everyone remember your Super Bowl get together.  Give them a try and let Gameday Style know how they turn out!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Celebrating Houndstooth

It's been a whole week since Alabama secured their 14th national championship and Gameday Style would like to honor the Crimson Tide with some houndstooth adoration.  I love the fact that an entire fan base has embraced a classic fabric pattern from a hat and practically turned it into one of their school colors!  The beloved Bear Bryant's famous houndstooth Trilby (some say Fedora, but technically it's a Trilby) hat...

Find a houndstooth huggy, Toms and rain boots at crimsonhoundsooth.com.

Houndstooth flip-flops and jewels at redelephants.com

Houndstooth wrapping paper, cooler carts, makeup bags, napkins and earmuffs at houndstoothhut.com

Houndstooth has always been popular with Bama gals, but the fashion world took notice that it was a trend in the fall of 2009...right before Alabama won their 13th national championship.  The houndstooth look is still around in high fashion and maybe it's a good luck charm for the Tide.  This look is from Erdem on netaporter.com.

lovemaegan.com tells us how to make (yes, I said "make") our very own 
houndstooth shoes...

This is all enough to make me think of a couple other famous Alabamians, Forrest Gump and his shrimpin' buddy Bubba.  Instead of Shrimp Gumbo, Shrimp Etouffee, Fried Shrimp, Shrimp and Grits, shrimp, shrimp, shrimp, it's houndstooth coozy, houndstooth scarf, houndstooth door wreath, houndstooth shaker, houndstooth nail polish....

How could any stylish someone not love houndstooth?  You've got gameday style if you're wearing it, no matter what team you're cheering for.

Congratulations, Alabama, on #14!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Happy Gameday!

The Denver Broncos are playing this weekend and today's gameday vintage photo is a Broncos cheerleader circa 1960s.  
Go over to SI.com for the fantastic gallery of "Cheerleaders of the 1960s"....a group of classic looking ladies (and a G.W. Bush mixed in there too).

Friday, January 13, 2012

Tackle this Pepperoni Roll

Now that we can fully concentrate on the NFL season and we are enjoying the playoffs, it's time to get serious again about lots of gameday food.   Today I want to feature a Pepperoni Roll.  I found this through Twitter from Grilling 24x7.  Grilling 24x7 is a website dedicated to, well....grilling.  He gets this recipe from the book,  John Madden Ultimate Tailgating and even gives us instructions on re-heating the roll on the grill at the tailgate so it is piping hot at the games.  I love that for those fellas that have their grill at the stadium.  Since I'm a grill-free girl at my tailgates, this would suit my Gameday Style for after the game with my crew at home or on a Sunday afternoon at home watching some games.  

love the addition of banana peppers!

Pillsbury Pizza Dough
1/4 lb genoa salami
1/4 lb sandwich pepperoni
1/4 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
1/4 lb sliced provolone cheese
Mild banana peppers
ground corn meal

Now head on over to Grilling 24x7 for the fantastic how-to photos.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

Folks, It's Gameday!


Mix up some dips...

Learn some more about the game...

Put together a Bloody Mary bar...

Mix up some LSU or Alabama themed cocktails...
(choose between the "Roll Tide" or the "Les is More")

Enjoy your gameday with some style...it's been a fun college football season!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy Playoff Gameday!


The NFL Playoffs begin today:

source: ESPN.com


No. 6 Cincinnati (9-7) at No. 3 Houston (10-6), 4:30 ET (NBC)
Reliant Stadium

No. 5 Pittsburgh (12-4) at No. 4 Denver (8-8), 4:30 ET (CBS)
Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Throw together this Beer Cheese Soup for something great to eat during the games.  Evan Benn, St. Louis food expert for the Post-Disptach sifted through many recipes and found this one to be the best.  He even has a video to show you how to do it!  Click the link and eat some soup!


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Primer for the BCS National Championship

from the SEC Digital Network

BCS National Championship Game Preview

7:30 p.m. CT
January 9, 2012
New Orleans, La.
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (75,000)
SiriusXM: 84
Overall: 13-0, 8-0 SEC
Head Coach: Les Miles (Michigan, '76)
Overall/Years: 103-38 (.730)/11th Season
LSU/Years: 75-17 (.815)/7th Season
In Bowl Games: 6-3 (.667)
In BCS National Championship Games: 1-0 (1.000)/2008-def. Ohio State, 38-24
National Rankings: BCS (1); Harris (1); USA Today (1); AP (1)
LSU in Bowl Games: 22-19-1 (.536)
LSU in BCS National Championship Games: 2-0 (1.000)/2008-def. Ohio State, 38-24; 2004-def. Oklahoma, 21-14, in Allstate Sugar Bowl
Formations: Offense - Multiple • Defense - 4-3
[Brent Musberger, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, color analyst; Erin Andrews, sidelines; Tom Rinaldi, sidelines]
Overall: 11-1, 7-1 SEC
Head Coach: Nick Saban (Kent State, '73)
Overall/Years: 140-54-1 (.721)/16th Season
UA/Years: 49-12 (.803)/5th Season
In Bowl Games: 6-6 (.500)
In BCS National Championship Games: 2-0 (1.000)/2010-def. Texas, 38-21; 2004-def. Oklahoma, 21-14, in Allstate Sugar Bowl
National Rankings: BCS (2); Harris (2); USA Today (2); AP (2)
Alabama in Bowl Games: 33-21-3 (.605)
Alabama in BCS National Championship Games: 1-0 (1.000)/2010-def. Texas, 38-21
Formations: Offense - Pro-Style • Defense - 3-4


CB Tyrann Mathieu (5-9, 180, So., New Orleans, La.)
Recipient of Chuck Bednarik Award as nation’s top defensive player ... First-team All-America cornerback by AP, ESPN.com, Rivals, Walter Camp, CBS Sports.com, FWAA and SI.com ... First-team All- America return specialist by Rivals, CBS Sports.com and SI.com ... First-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches and AP ... 2nd in SEC and nation with 16.15 punt return average ... Leads SEC with six forced fumbles ... Has 70 total tackles this season (53 solos) and two interceptions. 

CB Morris Claiborne (6-0, 177, Jr., Shreveport, La.)
Recipient of Jim Thorpe Award as nation’s top defensive back ... First-team All-America by AP, ESPN.com, Rivals, Walter Camp, CBS Sports.com, AFCA, FWAA, PFW and SI.com ... First-team All-SEC by league’s coaches and AP ... 2nd in SEC and 9th in nation with six interceptions (173 yard, 1 TD) ... 9th in SEC with 12 pass deflections. 

DE Sam Montgomery (6-4, 245, So., Greenwood, S.C.)
First-team All-America by FWAA and PFW, second-team by SI.com and third-team by Rivals and AP ... First-team All-SEC by league’s coaches and AP ... 13 tackles for loss this season, 9th in SEC ... Sixth in SEC with 9 sacks (-55 yards). 

P Brad Wing (6-3, 175, Fr., Melbourne, Australia)
First-team All-America by AP, SI.com and CBS Sports.com ... First-team Freshman All-America by CBS Sports.com and Rivals ... First-team All-SEC by league’s coaches and AP ... First-team Freshman All-SEC by league’s coaches ... 3rd in SEC and 15th in nation with 44.14 punt average ... 23 of his 50 punts were inside the 20-yard line (46 percent). 


RB Trent Richardson (5-11, 224, Jr., Pensacola, Fla.)
Recipient of Doak Walker Award as nation’s top running back and finalist for Heisman Trophy ... First-team All-America by AP, ESPN.com, Rivals, Walter Camp, CBSSports.com, AFCA, FWAA, PFW and SI.com ... First-team All-SEC by league’s coaches and AP ... SEC Offensive Player of the Year by league’s coaches and AP ... Leads SEC and 7th in nation in all-purpose rushing (164.67 per game) ... First in SEC and fifth in nation in rushing with 1,583 yards ... 23 TDs scored this year is second all-time in SEC history ... 138 total points scored this season is tied for third in SEC history. 

OT Barrett Jones (6-5, 311, Jr., Germantown, Tenn.)
Recipient of Outland Trophy as nation’s top interior lineman ... First-team All-America by AP, ESPN.com, Walter Camp, CBS Sports.com, AFCA, FWAA, SI.com ... First-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America ... Second-team All-America by Rivals ... First-team All-SEC by league’s coaches and AP and recipient of SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy as league’s best blocker (vote by coaches). 

LB Courtney Upshaw (6-2, 265, Sr., Eufaula, Ala.)
Finalist for Lombardi and Butkus Awards ... First-team All-America by ESPN.com, CBS Sports.com, FWAA, PFW and SI.com ... Second-team All-America by AP, Rivals and Walter Camp ... First-team All- SEC by league’s coaches and AP ... 2nd in SEC with 17 tackles for losses and tied for 4th with 8.5 sacks. 

SAF Mark Barron (6-2, 218, Sr., Mobile, Ala.)
Finalist for Jim Thorpe Award ... First-team All-America by AP, ESPN.com, Rivals, Walter Camp, CBS Sports.com, AFCA, FWAA, PFW and SI.com ... First-team All-SEC by league’s coaches and AP ... Has 66 total tackles (42 solos) ... Has two interceptions and seven pass deflections this season. 


Record: UA leads, 45-25-5 • Last: LSU, 9-6, OT (Nov. 5, 2011 at Tuscaloosa) 

GAME NOTES: The game is the first intra-conference matchup for the national championship in the BCS era ... The game assures the SEC of its sixth straight national championship and 8th overall in the BCS era ... LSU has won two BCS National Championships – 2004 and 2008 (both coming at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans) ... LSU won a 9-6 overtime thriller in Tuscaloosa earlier this season. This will be the first rematch for a National Championship since the 1996 season when Florida State defeated Florida, 24-21, in their regular-season meeting, followed by the Gators rolling to a 52-20 win in the 1997 Sugar Bowl to earn the national title ... Alabama won the BCS National Championship in 2010 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif ... Alabama and LSU are 1-2 in the best records in the SEC since 2007. The Crimson Tide are 49-12 (.8033) and the Tigers are 53-13 (.8030) ... Alabama has the most defensive shutouts in the SEC since 1992 (17) and LSU is second (16) ... Alabama and LSU are 1-2 in least offensive TDs allowed this season (Alabama-9 / LSU-13) ... Since 2000, the average winning margin in LSU-Alabama rivalry is 11.00 points per game. Seven of the 11 games have been decided by 9- points-or-less ... LSU and Alabama are 1-2 in SEC in points per offensive drive this season. LSU averages 2.75 points per drive (413 points/150 drives started) while Alabama averages 2.59 points per drive (373 points / 144 drives started) ... LSU and Alabama are also 1-2 in the SEC in drive efficiency. LSU scores on 48.0 percent of its offensive drives while Alabama scores on 46.5 percent of its drives. LSU scores touchdowns on 37.3 percent of its offensive drives while Alabama scores TDs on 34.0 percent of its drives ... Alabama leads SEC in defensive 3-and-outs, stopping opponents without a first down 50.3 percent of the time (72 of 143). LSU is seventh at 31.5 percent (51 of 162) ... LSU and Alabama are 1-2 in least amount of turnovers and least amount of opponents scoring off of its turnovers ... LSU and Alabama are 1-2 in fourth quarter scoring margin this season.