How to Throw a Football Tailgate Party

When fall rolls around, my family is ready for some football! Here in the Pacific Northwest we get a little, ok a lot, of rain, so anytime you can take a party outside, you better believe that’s what we’re doing! Let’s kick off the season with friends and family, and of course, football! Tailgating is about good food, but food that is easy and travels well. If you have an SUV or a large and open trunk, then you are set for a true tailgate! So, grab your portable grill, ice chests, and my easy appetizers of Roasted Rosemary CashewsBuffalo Cauliflower Bites, and a Rice Krispie Football Treat and find the nearest game day parking lot!

Disclosure: As an OTC blogger, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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A fun touch for any party is adding fresh flowers..so adding a bouquet to your tailgate set up gives that feminie touch!

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For this party, we changed up some of your usual Game Day snacks of peanuts and wings with delicous recipes for Roasted Rosemary Cashews and Buffalo Cauliflower Bites!  And what about a fun take on the usual Rice Kirspie treats with this giant football!

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Here are a few tips for tailgating:

  • Think of it as a “picnic”. Bring food that is simple and easy to transport
  • Bring items that can pull “double duty”. A picnic basket can hold food inside, and then once you arrive it becomes a styling tool!
  • Don’t forget to add your team spirit with garlands, pennants and flags.
  • Make sure you have lots of water and other non-alcohol drinks on hand to stay hydrated.
  • Bring anti-bacterial wipes, Kleenex, and extra chairs and blankets.

I’m sharing all the details from this fun Game Day celebration over on the Fun365 website by Oriental Trading.  Be sure to check out the full Football Tailgate Party Ideas article!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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It’s fall, and that means one thing in my house: football season! Everyone loves a good buffalo wing when watching the big game but sometimes I like to give it a fun veggie twist: yummy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites dipped in bleu cheese dressing with bleu cheese crumbles. This is a great recipe for vegetarians – or just a fun way to get your kids to eat their veggies!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2T Olive Oil
  • 1t Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
  • Bleu Cheese Dressing
  • Bleu Cheese Crumbles

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Break cauliflower into bite sized pieces and place in a medium bowl.

 

Drizzle cauliflower with olive oil and add in smoked paprika and toss together.

Spread out onto a baking sheet. Roast for 25 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes until golden brown and tender. Remove from oven.

Place cauliflower back into a medium bowl, and add Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce. I started with a 1/4 cup and added until I got the spice I wanted.

Toss well. At this point you could add crumbled bleu cheese and toss if you would like.

Cut up 5 stalks of celery into bite sized strips. It’s nice to have that extra bite of something fresh in case your cauliflower is a bit too spicy!

Pour your bleu cheese dressing into a bowl and add bleu cheese crumbles. Place in a serving dish, or serve in a NFL Snack Helmet like I did representing your favorite team! I also love using these bamboo cocktail forks when serving. This is such a fun way to eat cauliflower, and honestly, not as messy as buffalo wings.

You can find more delicious recipe ideas on my full Football Tailgate Party Ideas post!

 

 

Rosemary Brown Sugar Bacon

You had me at bacon!  I LOVE bacon…I will admit though it is not something I buy or make on a regular basis.  However, every single time I make this recipe my family ALWAYS asks “why don’t you make this more often??”

The best part of this recipe is that you cook your bacon in the over.  If you are not doing that by now, it is time to start!  One pan, no splatters…easy peasy!  So here you go, a delicious sticky sweet bacon with the perfect hint of rosemary…your bacon game will never be the same!

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  • 1 lb thick cut bacon
  • brown sugar
  • fresh rosemary chopped

Lay your strips of bacon on a baking sheet (you can cover with foil or use a rack..I never do!)

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Sprinkle with brown sugar and chopped rosemary.   My family loves lots of brown sugar!

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Bake at 375 for about 15 min depending on how crispy you like it!

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That’s it!!  So easy, so delicious!

Enjoy

xoxo~Dawn

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake!

I love having a protein shake as the way to break my fast…by that I mean I intermittent fast, so I eat my first meal at 11am and stop eating at 7pm.  I kind of naturally eat this way, but I have just noticed such a difference in my eating habits by making this my daily habit.

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This shake is my go-to.  I am a huge chocolate-peanut butter fan ( hello, Reese’s)…so this is a great way to satisfy that craving!  Here’s my easy recipe!

I hope you enjoy this as much as i do!

xoxo~Dawn

*this post contains affiliate links, but all thoughts and opinions are mine!

Red White and Blue Desserts

Well, here we are, two weeks from the 4th of July!  Not really sure how that happened, but here in the Pacific Northwest, the 4th symbolizes our kick off to Summer!  I love the feeling of pride when I see these colors.  I am currently prepping my 4th porch, which I will share soon, but in the meantime I thought it would be fun to give you some dessert inspo for that bbq you’re planning or the one you are attending.

With the internet, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel here people.  Pinterest has let millions of creative gems out there share their creations with you, and imitation is the best form of flattery..am I right??

So here you go!  I’ve rounded up a few fun patriotic sweet treats and a yummy drink for your celebration!

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Pretzel Rods

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Strawberries

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Rice Krispie Treats

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Kabobs

You can follow me on Pinterest for lots of other inspiration!

xoxo~Dawn

Decadent Chocolate Orange Truffles

This might just be the easiest truffle recipe you have ever made!  I am a HUGE fan of Lindt Excellence chocolate bars, so incorporating my favorite one into these truffles was an easy YES!!  Make these for your next baby or bridal shower, grad party, or a fun easy dessert!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3 Lindt Intense Orange Chocolate bars
  • Cocoa powder

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~Chop up your chocolate bars into small pieces and place in a heat safe bowl.

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~To a saucepan add 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, and over medium heat stir constantly until almost boiling. Pour the heated whipping cream over the chocolate and let sit two minutes.

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~Stir the chocolate mixture until all the chocolate pieces have melted. Cover and place the chocolate mixture in the refrigerator for 2 hours until solid.

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~Once chilled, scoop chocolate and roll into balls of your desired size. These are very rich, so I recommend about a 1-inch diameter or less.

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~Roll each truffle in cocoa powder. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. These would also be amazing rolled in chopped almonds or coconut.

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These truffles are so delicious and can be made a variety of ways. You could use plain chocolate and add in extracts or liqueurs of your choice. There are also so many amazing candy bars available that you could use as well.

Let me know if you make these yourself!

xoxo~Dawn

 

A Peep Four Ways!

Are you a fan of Peeps??  You know, those sugared covered marshmallow bunnies and chicks that used to only come out at Easter??  Now they make an appearance for every holiday AND they are now in Oreos!!  Heaven help me!

I am a fan!!  Yep, right here!!  However, my favorite way to eat a Peep is after it has been out of the package 1 day!  I like when it tends to have a little more “bite” to it than the squishy soft right out of the package texture!

I thought it would be fun to show you Peeps 4 ways!  Two ideas you can eat, but if eating them is not your thing, you can always decorate with them!

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How about Peeps and jelly beans lining the inside of my trifle bowl, and a vase of tulips stuck in the center!  Super easy and a darling Springtime centerpiece!

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My kids always get Peeps in their Easter baskets..some love them more than others, but everyone loved this S’mores Peep dip!  Just line the bottom of a 9×13 pan with chocolate bars, lay your chicks in a row, and bake at 300 until the chocolate is melted.  Use graham crackers for dipping!

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I am crazy for these Peeps Pops  I found on Pinterest from Gimmie Some Oven…this is what I’m making this year!

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Ok…and is this not the cutest wreath ever from Tried and True Blog???

So whether you love ’em or hate ’em…maybe you could decorate with ’em!

xoxo~Dawn