Tasty Tailgating with Easy Finger Foods

Tailgating before a big football game is awesome, but cleaning up the messy grill or smoker… just the thought makes me want to put down my tongs.  I created some finger foods that are as easy to transport as they are to eat. One bite of these Smoked Chicken Stuffed and Bacon Wrapped Jalepenos will get you ready for a cold night watching some good football! I teamed up with Ozarka, the official bottled water of the Southlake Carroll Dragons, to share some of my favorite tailgating recipes including Frito Pie Biscuits and Mini Pulled Pork Sliders. Imagine Texas Chili, smothered in sharp cheddar cheese, folded into a warm biscuit and coated in crunchy crushed Fritos, Yum! I chatted with tailgaters, tasted what they were cooking on their smokers, talked football and drank some refreshing Ozarka Water.  It was a great night! Happy tailgating and please send me your favorite way to enjoy the football season.

 

 

Fun Texas Facts with Ozarka, the Official Water of Southlake Carroll Dragons

Football and Texas are synonymous, the same way tailgating with foods like brisket sliders and Ozarka Texas Spring Water remind us of our Texas roots.  I teamed up with Ozarka and hit a Southlake Carroll Football pre game tailgating bash.  I tested fans to see how much they know about our great state.  You might be surprised to learn these fun facts.  See my Q&A below.  And pick up a […]

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How we do Homecoming in Texas

You’ve probably heard the term that everything is bigger in Texas. The same can be said for our football Homecoming celebrations.  Down here we wear mums, they’re like giant corsages, and they can get pretty elaborate.  It started as a simple chrysanthemum flower with a few ribbons to show off school pride, but over the years they’ve evolved into enormous decorations that are personalized with symbols from the girl’s favorite […]

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Halloween Entertaining: Food and Wine Pairing

When I realized I was too old to trick-or-treat, I decided it was time to start dressing up and stay IN for Halloween!  It’s such fun inviting guests over, decorating and serving some spooky inspired nibbles and sips.  Here are a couple recipes I made and wine I plan on serving.  But before we get to that, I wanted to share some tips for flawless entertaining.
Don’t overcommit. When someone offers […]

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Halloween Cocktail, Black Widow Martini

When Halloween rolls around, I’m in the mood for a sultry drink that is both devilish and angelic.  I created this recipe using two of my favorite new liqueurs, a chocolate and Mexican chili infused tequila called Patron XO Cafe Incendio, and an orange infused tequila called Patron Citronge.  With a splash of (good) coffee and cream, it’s sweet, spicy and packed with depth and flavor.  The best part is, […]

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Halloween Inspired Food Kids Will Love

Monster Mouths, recipe below
Before the kids head off to trick-or-treat on Halloween, I like to feed them a balanced dinner packed with protein and fruit.  But it doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Here are some Halloween inspired finger foods that kids (and adults will love).  Mummy hot dogs, ‘vampire’ sandwiches and ‘monster mouths’, it doesn’t get more creative or fun than that! Give these easy recipes a […]

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DIY Halloween Decorations

Command Party Banner Anchors, Command Party Mini Spring Clips, Command Party Ceiling Hooks
Halloween decorations can transform your home into a creepy witches den, but if you’re like me, it’s easy to get carried away and blow your budget on too many Halloween ornaments.  Instead, ask your kids to help out and make this Candy Corn banner.  The video tutorial shows how to paint and assemble it, along with how […]

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Halloween Foods To Make with Kids

When you bring your children into the kitchen, cutting, stirring, folding and mixing, they learn where their food comes from and what a labor of love it is to prepare your own meal.  I loved getting my boys together to make these Halloween treats, even if they made a little mess! We used cookie cutters to make ‘frightening’ sandwiches in the shape of ghosts, scary cats and pumpkins.  Plus we […]

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Candy Corn Whoopie Pie

Candy Corn Pebbles Whoopie Pie

How can a Halloween classic, Candy Corn, get any better? How about making them into whoopie pies, complete with flecks of orange, yellow and white.  I found this box of Pebbles Candy Corn cereal with a simple recipe on the back so I tried it out and it was delicious.  My son, Baer, especially loved licking the cream filling off the whisk, and we enjoyed […]

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Switch Up Your Lunchbox Routine!

Right about now you’re slapping some mayo on a couple slices of bread, throwing in some turkey and calling it lunch.  That’s not just a sorry excuse for a sandwich, it’s also a boring way to break up mid-day monotony! Lunch is to be celebrated people, so let’s rethink even the simplest lunchtime staple, the turkey sandwich, and add some crunch and flavor.  I love to make these ‘Sushi Sandwiches’, […]

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