Monthly Archives: August 2014

08/25/14

Gameday Tailgating Recipe Roundup!

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It’s that time of year again!

My blood boils.

My heart rate picks up a bit.

The legendary Dawg Walk at UGA! Awesome! #dawgnation

My entire wardrobe becomes overrun with red and black ensembles.

When Monday morning conversations around the water cooler start with, “Wow! Did you see that play?”

It’s the return of college football, y’all! And if you are anything like me, you have had a countdown going for the last 30 days or so.

Oh, who am I kidding? I started the countdown February 1st.

UGA!

So, in celebration of this time honored tradition, I am spilling all my favorite tailgating recipes in this Tailgating Recipe Round-up to get you ready for gameday! Because we all know that a great game day starts with a great spread…

a great tailgating spread that is.

These are recipes that are tried and true, delicious at room temperature, transport well, and feed the hungry fans!

Best Ever Texas Caviar 

love this stuff! I eat it before football season, during football season, long after football season has ended… I eat it year-round!

It is so fresh, so easy to make, and even easier to gobble up. Pack a few extra bags of chips… you are gonna need ’em!

And because one dip isn’t ever enough…

Delicious Best Guacamole 

Best Guacamole Recipe - What's Gaby Cooking

For someone who used to not like the icky green stuff, I have become quite the guac connoisseur! This recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking is perfectly simple with just a few simple ingredients. Mix it up the night before the big game, store it in the fridge, and let the flavors blend.

Gameday perfection!

Special Cheez-Its 

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An addictive munchy, crunchy, salty & tangy snack that I just can’t seem to get enough of!

Great for road-trip games!

Apple Dip(s) 

Spiced Caramel Apple Dip Recipe.  YUM.

One of my tailgates would simply not be complete without a sweet apple dip. It’s a family tradition for about 8 seasons now.

I have two dips that I love- a Caramel toffee dip & the new-comer, an Apple Pie Spice dip. Both have similar ingredients and both will keep you coming back for more!

M&M Chocolate Cookie Bars 

Because every tailgate needs a little sweet treat…

Who doesn’t love cookies and who doesn’t love M&Ms?

You could even customize your cookie bars with M&Ms in your team colors. Can’t you just see little pops of red & white ribboning through that luscious chocolate cookie batter?

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels 

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels

A pinwheel is a great make-ahead, handheld game day snack and these bacon cheddar ranch ones are so, so good!

They make me want to do the touchdown dance.

 

So, do you have any fan favorite game day recipes? Share them with me! I am always looking for new ideas and recipes.

So, have a great opening week end and….

Georgia, Hail to Thee!

GOOOOO DAWGS! Sic ’em….

xoxo

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08/21/14

Insecurity

“Insecurity kills all that is beautiful.” — Demi Lovato 

Well said, Demi.

Recently, while surfing my favorite sites, stumbled upon this post from Edie on Life{in}Grace blog.

I met Edie at the Allume women’s blogging conference last October in Greenville, SC. She was every bit as friendly and welcoming as you imagine her to be.

This post struck a chord with me. It spoke to me, and my inner 7th grader. Hearing the stories and testimonies of coworker’s children’s first few days of school, all those memories came flooding back.

The anticipating of the first day.

Changing over & over until you feel confident in your outfit. And then changing again.

Practicing that “walking-into-class-swagger”… I mean, these people haven’t seen you all summer! Gotta take the room with confidence!

I was insecure as an adolescent, and in some ways, I still am. It creeps up on me when I least expect it.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I am a strong, independent, outgoing woman, and most would never guess that I am insecure and shy at times, but I am!

Read Edie’s words as she battles her own insecurities recently when she spoke at a women’s conference. The enemy really, really likes to remind you of your shortcomings & imperfections when you are about His work. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book.

“A Peptalk for your Inner 7th Grader” 

Edie Wadsworth

I spoke at a women’s conference last weekend, which besides being a wonderful place of inspiration and creativity, can be the scariest place on earth.

“A conference where 550 women descended with their cute shoes and their cool jewelry and their beautiful hair.  I have never struggled with insecurity much.  I’m not plagued with self-consciousness and I’m pretty sure I’ve been too insatiably curious about other people to worry too much about what other people thought of me. I realize now what a gift that is.   I came to the conference with good friends and other than having to speak, I was just happy to be there, to see old friends and to meet new ones.

Until I walked into the cafeteria alone.

My group was already in there eating somewhere and I knew from a text in what general direction they were sitting in the room.  But I walked into a large dining hall carrying my tray and unable to find my people and I had a moment of anxiety.  I remembered watching my son do this in 4th grade in his first day of public school as I watched from outside the cafeteria doors.  I saw him with that same look of anxiety and panic.  Who do I sit with? Where are my people?  Do I have people?  I was 8 months pregnant with my 3rd child at the time and so hormonal that I started sobbing for my son.  I went to find a teacher and ask her if she could help him find a seat.  Now, here I was, the girl who is almost never insecure in social situations, feeling that old anxiety that we all know so well.  Like being in 7th grade all over again and worried sick about how and where and under what conditions I might fit in to this impossible group of people before me.

When I found my people, I met Kari for the first time.  And you know what she did?  After she made us laugh hysterically about her size 12 jeans, she sat right down and told us about her struggle with weight loss. I wanted to cry.  She made herself so vulnerable to us.  It was a beautiful thing.  But that’s so rare, isn’t it?

The truth is, this anxiety we have about being with each other doesn’t end in 7th grade.   We all wish it did but 7th grade girls became middle aged women and sometimes it seems like not much else changes, in us or them.  We’re competitive and fragile and often downright mean.  But behind the unkindness is often just a paralyzing insecurity.

It was a good life lesson.

So, before all my talks I gave my pep talk about how to get the most out of conferences, which seems to apply to almost every social situation I can think of.

I started the pep talk by showing this picture.

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I’m pretty sure I even thought I was cute back in 1984.  The mullet, the acne, and the knee high tube socks tell a different story but I say never let a good mullet go to waste.

That middle schooler is still lurking around in all of us.  (Yours was probably cuter, but whatever.)

The one who so desperately struggles to be herself.  The one plagued with insecurity and self-consciousness. The one who abhors lunch time because the prospect of finding someone to sit with is so overwhelming.  The one who is always feeling like she doesn’t measure up—she’s not thin enough or cute enough or smart enough or popular enough.

So I encouraged the people in my session to turn this all around.  Because at the end of the day, our  self-consciousness and our insecurity often just lead to self-centeredness.  We’re so worried about ourselves that we forget why we’re here–to bless and serve others.  I encouraged them to go into these (often scary) situations with an others focus.  When you train yourself to focus on other people, you don’t have time to worry about all your insecurities.  They evaporate.  They become shadows instead of giant obstacles between you and your neighbor.

Think of situations you face everyday where this applies and remind yourself that this is not about you.  This is about them—learning to see them,worrying about them, wondering if they’re okay,  meeting their needs however we can, finding them a place to sit among the crowd.   I train (more like harp on) my daughters to do this too.  They’re both in middle school so I know full well how hard this can be.

So, there’s your pep talk.

Turn your insecurity into blessing by training your inner 7th grader to stop worrying so much about herself and instead turn the table and the spotlight and the energy towards her neighbor.

You’ll both be glad you did.”

Thank you for sharing Edie.

We need to adopt this ‘others focus’, don’t we?

 

*Read more at http://www.lifeingraceblog.com/2014/08/pep-talk-inner-7th-grader/#hkgpUG5od8OUXK4Q.99

 

xoxo

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