Here it is, April 5th and I am writing my first blog post in forever.
If that fact is not lost on you or you have noticed my absence, thank you friend for noticing.
Truthfully, you probably weren’t surprised and just though I decided to leave the country, go into hiding or simply never show my face on cyberspace again after that … Super Bowl game.
I can’t believe I just mentioned it. Out loud. Well, kind of.
Really, I just whispered it in that sort of painful rasp that barely escapes clinched teeth. You know the one. That particular method of communication reserved especially for a disrespectful child who has inundated you with repeated arguments over why he should be allowed to take his skateboard down the slide and how you are so mean and just don’t understand his needs, conversation before coffee or the profession of great shame like … oh, I don’t know the acknowledgement of an epically disastrous, horribly embarrassing, absolutely unfathomable, Super Bowl.
You’ve missed my crazy tangent laced run-on sentences, haven’t you?
Yes, you might think after going on and on about the Broncos, declaring my allegiance, professing my love, turning my back on my Seahawk heritage, that it was all just too much.
And yes, while that game was ugly and painful and seemed as if it would never end (kind of like the last few paragraphs I would imagine), thankfully, when all is said and done, it is after all – just a game.
So, I am okay. My husband is getting there; I asked him this morning if he would like to say anything for the post – “no comment” was all I got in a clenched tooth rasp. Really, he’s getting there. We are still Broncos Fans. All is well.
On the bright side, we got to have a party and spend the afternoon with friends and eat great food. And regardless of the outcome, I would still like to share the party with you – even if it is April and I should really be talking about spring and gardening and Easter. I must finish what I started. So, a Super Bowl wrap up it is!
The day started with a happy optimism and a lot of team spirit!
And team effort, including some last minute sprucing up and decorating. This is how a 6 year old who is watching the outdoor patio TV helps wash peanut butter fingerprints and doggie nose smears off of the door. That would be by barely moving the cleaning rag while staring hunched over, mouth agape at said TV. Fitting really as we were getting ready to watch football. Ugg, caveman child clean window.
I’m not really an artificial turf table cloth kind of gal so my Super Bowl decorating was more of a “nod” to team spirit. Okay, so the flag was a little “in your face” but the blue and orange edible foodie centerpiece was subtle. While peppermint patty candies and tangerine Jelly Bellies do not really taste great together, the colors were perfect so they were forced to get along.
Orange sparkling soda and blue solo cups kept the team spirit going at the drink station.
I shared my party menu with you in my last post but since that was a really, really long time ago, here it is again …
- Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Slaw
- Crispy Hot Wings with Blue Cheese
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
- Pigs in a Blanket Bites (for the kids) with ketchup and mustard for dipping
- Veggie Tray with Hummus
- Relish Tray
- Chips and Dips
- Broncos Cupcakes
- Beer, Iced Tea, Lemonade and an “Orange Crush” Cocktail
That was my plan and it did come together, mostly. The cupcakes didn’t happen but thankfully friends brought a huge tray of cookies and a cheesecake so all was not lost. The “Orange Crush” cocktail became beer in a cooler and a last minute add of Disaronno and diet coke – which tastes just like Dr. Pepper if you didn’t know. I guess you could just drink a Dr. Pepper, but what fun is that?
Relish trays are one of my favorite things to do for a party. Yes, they are an old school appetizer but they don’t have to be. There are so many ways to jazz them up and limitless fun options. For this particular tray, I chose items that could pull double duty as toppings or were a good accompaniment for the pulled-pork sandwiches that were my main dish.
Browse the pickle/olive and condiment aisle and be adventurous. Then just arrange your selections on a tray and you have a fun, easy and versatile appetizer. As “Tessa” would say (that’s what Nathan calls Ina) “now that’s a relish tray with the volume turned up!”
I found this adorable tray at Tar-jey in the home decorating section. Not safe for food use. Whatever. That’s what parchment paper is for. Sadly, a large portion of “pigs in a blanket” were wiped out by grabby little fingers before I could get a decent photo but this was a really fun way to serve them along with the accompanying condiments.
Could I have just a moment please and ask you to take notice of my phone in the background. Top left corner. Yes, there it is.
A. It is hard to stage good photos while feeding people at the same time. My friends already think I am a weirdo for always photographing food before they can eat it. Imagine if I fussed over stuff in the background too.
B. Now, could we just observe a few seconds of silence as that phone has since taken a swim in the toilet and is no longer with us. When you pee and try to play Angry Birds at the same time, your mom’s phone can fall into the toilet. Let this be a lesson.
I’ll bet this is the only blog you have read today that hopes to share appetizing food and party ideas and then talks about pee in he same post. Welcome new readers.
Allow me to redeem myself. I could not let this post hit the internet without sharing my friend Lindsey’s awesome football crockpots with you.
Yes, she filled them with a really yummy dips but the important thing for you to know that she is also a crafty, party planning, down to the last detail weirdo too. She is also our Kindergarten’s Classroom mom so she is actually even worse than I am. Ha! And that is why I love her. Well, one of the many reasons.
Pulled Pork Teaser …
I promise, I will tell you all about it sometime soon (remember, in my world “soon” is relative). Yes, those are all of “Tessa’s” cookbooks in the background. Every. Single. One. She’s my girl.
So that was it, our Super Bowl Party. Great friends, great food, really bad game.
Oh, I almost forgot …
The Jalapeno Poppers and Hot Wings (no picture – too busy with hot oil and everything) I told you all about, they were both a big hit.
Thankfully, there were actually a few poppers left over so we were able console ourselves with a really amazing breakfast the next morning.
Bacon always makes things better.
As always, thank you so much for reading and for continuing to stop by – especially these days when even I don’t stop by as often as I should.
Thankfully, I think that season is behind me and I’ll be back to regular posts!
I’ll explain a bit more next time. For now, let’s just say my absence is due to the fact that I am “That Mom”, or so I’ve recently been told.
Next week will be all about Easter so come back and visit.
You are always Welcome Company!
I wondered what happened to you, so sorry about the loss. That had to hurt. Time heals all wounds and the Bronco’s will live to play another game and hopefully win the super bowl.
Hey Suzanne! It was a terrible game but just a game! I am glad to be back and look forward to visiting with you and the pugs soon!
I have missed you. But I knew you were busy doing the things that comes first to you – your children and your family. I am not a regular blogger any more. Blogging for the sake of a blog post is not why we are here for – hope you agree with me. I am happy you found a bit of time for us. So glad you are here again! 🙂
I absolutely agree with you Debjani. I really do love blogging (it is fun and does good things for my soul) and love the blogging friends I have made but sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. As you know, it takes a lot of time to put a blog post together! I have a million things stacked up to write about and they will make it here in due time. 🙂 I don’t ever want it not to be an absolute pleasure! So good to touch base with you again, I can’t wait to visit and see what you’ve been up to. I’ve seen your FB posts about the Lentil contest. Good luck to you friend your entries look amazing!
So good to even hear from you here! I make my own blogging rules and that is blog when your soul absolutely is ready to and not because the calendar is asking you to. I will stick to that. 🙂
Yes, the lentil contest! I enjoyed taking part. I was in another contest and I won it. Haven’t made an announcement on the blog yet though. I will in time. 🙂 About the lentil contest: I have 5 lentil recipes back to back. And the judges are giving 10 points towards the approval comments of other bloggers. So if you are curious, take a peek and leave me a comment. I hope you don’t hate them. 🙂 BTW: those poppers….i have never fried them – you have put something in my head all right! 😀
I did take a peek and I did leave a comment. And as always, I am so impressed and inspired by you! The fried poppers were some of the leftovers that had been baked the day before. I fried them just to heat them up a bit. With that egg over the top, they were heavenly!
Thank you so much Danielle! You never leave a less impressive comment. Thank you for that, because it means a lot to me. Egg on top of those fried poppers….I’m coming over….
Also, I sent you a little birthday message on your FB inbox. I think you never saw it…maybe hidden in spam file? 🙂
Would love for you to come over anytime. We would have way too much fun cooking and antiquing together! So sorry about the message Debjani, I checked FB again and couldn’t find anything. Is there a FB spam file? I didn’t even know that. Any thoughts on where I should look? Regardless, thank you for thinking of me and sending me a birthday message. I hope you little one’s day was wonderful too. Can’t believe it is coming up again here soon!
It’s what is called the ‘Other’ right next to inbox! 🙂 it might still be there. And yes….she is getting ready for her 4th birthday….time flies 😦
Thank you so much!!
Welcome back, Danielle!
Thanks, Dolly. Can’t wait to visit and see what you’ve been up to!
Great post! So funny! Glad you wrote again!
Thanks girl! Me too. Thanks for always reading friend!
Yay! You are back. 🙂 We certainly were and still are happy over here in Seattle, as you can only imagine. A huge victory. But, I won’t mention it again… Those jalapeño poppers were so delicious! The peppers were a really hot bunch so we suffered a little, but in a good way. Welcome back!
I know you are and you should be. I meant to offer congratulations in the post and somehow left that out. 😉 I’ll have to go back an do an after publication edit. So glad you liked the poppers! That spicy hurt, it’s a good hurt! I’m glad to be back, thanks for visiting. I can’t wait to stop by and see what you’ve been posting lately!
Hello there beautiful!! SO lovely to see a post form you again! So sorry to hear about the Broncos loss… being an Aussie, the whole Superbowl thing is completely lost on me (other than the Budweiser commercials which seem to hit my facebook feeds) but I do understand what it’s like to passionately support a footy team. THis is an incredible post. The food (particularly those bacon-wrapped jalapeno wonders) looks drool-worthy. I do hope that you’re going well outside of the blogging world xxx
Thank you Laura, it is so nice to hear from you – you always leave the most thoughtful comments and I appreciate it so much. I am doing great – just took on way to much and extended myself way too far. As we all so often do. I need to work on my boundaries! The poppers were pretty tasty, especially the next morning with a runny fried egg. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!
So nice to meet up with you again out here on the www. I took a formal blogging vacation for the month of March, but in addition to that have been very challenged to read and comment on other blogs. I feel bad about that, but the reality is that for me (and all of us) there’s only so much I can do. Life, being life, throws us other challenges and priorities sometimes and we just do our best!
I think the best blogging buddies are those you can catch up with in an instant, even if there’s been an absence of several months or 30 years (yes, that’s happened to me, but not with a blogging buddy because there was no www 30 years ago, but you get the drift).
Your party looked like a blast, although I’m sure the outcome of the game (of which I was only vaguely aware since I’m not a football fan) cast a pall over things. There’s always next season!
Hi Marlene! How are things through the kitchen window? I agree with you whole heartedly! It is so tough to get in all that we would like and I am so thankful for the blogging buddies I have that I can easily pick back up with. Food people are such good people. Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello! I will stop by soon and see what you’ve been up to!
Welcome back! I just loved the stacked tray for serving the pigs-in-a-blanket..and I’m totally with you…parchment paper has multiple uses! Looks like a great party food and friend-wise! 🙂
It is good to be back! I love the tray too – I love anything galvanized and was really excited when I found this! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello. I hope everything is wonderful with you!
Hi! I was totally thinking of you and cringing for you during that game… Glad you popped in.