How to Celebrate the Super Bowl Like a Champ

Super Bowl Party Like a ChampAre you ready to party?! This Sunday is Super Bowl 51, where the Atlanta Falcons will face off against the New England Patriots.

The last time the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl was way back in 1999, so it’s been a long (and often hard) wait. After a rocky start to the season, the Patriots have fought their way back to the big game. Whether you’re cheering for the underdog Falcons or the comeback Patriots, ladies and gentlemen, it is time to get our party on!!

You know Super Bowl parties are all about the food, so check out these mouthwatering menu ideas and get ready to party like a champ!

Patriots Jell-O shots

Patriots Jell-O Shots from Delish

First Things First

Enjoy the pregame and kickoff with some adult beverages, like these simple Red, White and Blue Layered Shots for Patriots’ fans. Or Falcons’ fans can try this Dirty Shirley cocktail.  Into Jell-O shots?  These can be made to support the Falcons or the Patriots! You can also create the perfect drink for your party with Gatorade Jell-O shots!

 

 

Easy Potato Bites

Easy Loaded Potato Bites from I Heart Naptime

The Main Event

Munch your way through the first quarter with tasty apps like Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites, Loaded Nachos, and Panko Mozzarella Sticks.

Got bacon lovers in the house? Serve up some Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs or Beer Candied Bacon (yes, beer-candied bacon is for real, and you must try it!).

Then enjoy the Super Bowl halftime show with these show-stopping Honey Mustard Fried Chicken Sliders and Easy Loaded Potato Bites.

 

Falcons Rice Krispie Treats

Falcons Rice Krispie Treats from Two Sisters Crafting

And for Dessert?

Finish things off with some sweet-as-victory Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots Rice Krispie Treats. Or make some fresh and festive Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs.

Be sure to check out our Super Bowl Party Pinterest board for more mouthwatering inspiration, and enjoy the game!

How to Have a BLAST on Your Next Snow Day

Are you dreading the next snow day?  Don’t want your kids to be cooped up in the house all day with nothing to do?  Here are 4 tips that will help you and your family have a blast on your next snow day and make great memories!

Bundle Upwinter boots snow

Go outside and play in the snow!  You’ll make great memories with your kids and wear them out in the process.  Need more ideas of things to do outside?  Blow bubbles and watch them freeze if the temperature is under 32°!  Whip up some snow paint with just water, food coloring (or Kool Aid), and squirt bottles.


Burn It Off!

kids laser beam obstacle course

Laser Beam Obstacle Course

If your kids aren’t worn out after playing in the snow, choose one of these awesome games to get them moving indoors.  First, grab an over-sized t-shirt for each child to wear, and stuff pillows inside.  Then clear out some space in your living room, and let them sumo wrestle!  Looking for an activity to do in a more contained space?  Make a laser beam obstacle course with your kids in a hallway and then watch in amazement how many times they’ll go through it!  Use painter’s tape, crepe paper or yarn and masking tape for easy clean-up.

 

Crafting FTW 

paper snow flake

Lisa Griffith’s 3-D Snowflake Tutorial

Need to do something a little quieter in the house?  3-D Snowflakes keep kids busy for ages, and older kids can do this craft by themselves after you show them how to do the first section of the snowflake.  If your kids enjoy science-themed activities, try making Borax Crystal Snowflakes with pipe cleaners!  Simply dissolve Borax in water and let the snowflake-shaped pipe cleaners sit in the Borax solution overnight.  The next morning, they’ll be amazed at the crystals that formed and can play with their creation without it breaking!


Sweet Break

white blue hot chocolate

Elsa White Chocolate from Baking Beauty

Don’t forget to take a time out from your day to enjoy a sweet treat!  After all, a snow day is the perfect (and, really, the only) time to make Snow Ice Cream.  Make this dessert by mixing together milk, sugar, salt, vanilla, and, of course, lots of clean snow.  Want something to warm you up instead?  Check out this easy recipe for Elsa-inspired White Hot Chocolate that just calls for milk, white chocolate chips, vanilla and blue food coloring.  Don’t forget to add Bailey’s in mom or dad’s hot chocolate or snow cream to take it to the next level! ;-)

Want to really get prepared for more snow days?  Check out this link with tips on how to make your own snow day box!   See our other blog post with even more tips on how to have a fun-filled, family snow day!

Last-Minute Neighbor Gift Ideas

Looking for some easy, no bake, last-minute gifts for neighbors, teachers, mail-carriers or friends?  Look no further!  Here are the top ideas for gifts that you can whip together in no time.

Easy Does It!

Here are some super simple gift ideas that you can simplify even further.  Don’t have time to make tags for the reindeer noses?  Leave them out altogether!  Want to skip the sprinkles in the Christmas Crack Chex Mix?  Do it!

Mason Jar Reindeer Noses

Make these Mason jars of Reindeer Noses with Whoppers and red gumballs for the noses.  Just glue the antlers, googly eyes, and pom pom nose, and you have a cute, delicious present.

Don’t want to make your own gift tags?  These are elegant and simple and will go well with many gifts.  This round-up post includes templates for gift tags, gift card holders and even winter crafts for the kiddos in your life!

Sweet & Salty Treats

Christmas Crack Chex Mix - sweet and salty with a touch of peppermint!

Christmas Crack Chex Mix

If your favorite neighbor or teacher likes sweet and salty treats, then we’ve got you covered!  This recipe for Chex Mix Christmas Crack has Bugles, white chocolate, peppermint, and more.  Mix your dry ingredients together first, then coat with melted white chocolate, and let dry.  Break apart and give away in a cute holiday tin!
Love chocolate and pretzels?  Easily make this White Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel recipe by melting white chocolate with a little bit of shortening in a tall glass or container.  Dip the pretzel rods halfway in chocolate, sprinkle your favorite sprinkles on and let dry.
These classic Christmas Pretzel M&M Hugs can be made in 30 minutes or less.  First, line the pretzels on a baking sheet with the Hugs on top of them and bake.  Then put an M&M on top of each Hug and press down.  After they have cooled, put them together in a clear gift bag!

Fudge for All

Easy Salted Caramel Fudge | www.somethingswanky.com

Easy Salted Caramel Fudge

Love to make fudge, but want to give your recipients something they won’t get from anyone else this holiday season?  Try these three easy fudge recipes!

Use sweetened condensed milk to make the base of this easy Salted Caramel Fudge.  Then pour melted chocolate and sprinkle sea salt on top, and you’re done!
Want a holiday variation on an old favorite? Try this Chocolate Peppermint Fudge made with Andes Mint chips, and add sprinkles to take it to the next level.  Ready for something sweet that’s not chocolate?
This non-traditional Gingerbread Fudge will knock your socks off with molasses and seasonal spices.  Bonus points if you use a cookie cutter for that adorable gingerbread shape!

Gifts Ready in 5 Minutes!

Cinnamon Roll Neighbor Gift Idea

Cinnamon Roll Rollin’ Gift Tag

And, last but not least, here are the ultimate easy, last-minute gifts for that person who you almost forgot about…

If you want to give something a little less sugary that still packs an aesthetic punch, make a Clementine Wreath!  Simply lay out 6 to 8 clementines on a piece of cellophane, wrap up, tie together in a circle, and add a gift tag to complete the gift.

Who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls, especially in the winter?! With the cute (& free) printable, you don’t even need to wrap this gift.  Your recipient can enjoy hot cinnamon rolls with minimum effort as a special treat either during the holidays or the first snow of the season.

So which gift (or gifts!) will you give this week?

Fabulous Holiday Dinner Party

It’s that time of year again!  Whether you’re hosting a dinner party for local friends or out of town house guests, here’s a meal plan that will take the stress out of cooking for a crowd.   Having loved ones in your home can be a blast if you plan ahead of time, so check out this easy and delicious meal plan to help you enjoy your guests and not be stuck in the kitchen the whole time!

Starters

Pick up your favorite bottle of wine, or try this 3-ingredient Cranberry Vanilla Mimosa as a fabulous cocktail option!  Looking for a healthy starter? These adorable Cucumber Tomato Santa Hats are made with cucumbers, grape tomatoes and a mixture of Ranch dressing, cream cheese and mayonnaise.  Prep the dressing the day before, and assemble these the day of your party and keep refrigerated until your guests arrive.

 

Want a hot appetizer for your guests? Try heating up Martha Stewart’s Spinach Dip or this delicious Baked Brie Recipe with pita chips or whole-grain crackers.  To make the Baked Brie, spread your favorite jam on top of a wheel of brie. Next, wrap in uncooked crescent rolls, and bake on a pizza stone or baking sheet.  You can even put these appetizers in your toaster oven if you’re running out of oven space.

 

 

The Main Course

Next, chop your Brussel sprouts and prep your roasted thyme carrots to roast in the oven and mix up the seasoning for the pork tenderloin.  Cook the brown rice on the stovetop or rice cooker to go with the dinner.  While the tenderloin is cooking, put the Brussel sprouts and carrots on their respective baking sheets. Then, put them in as soon as the tenderloin finishes cooking.

Then, while the vegetables are roasting, the tenderloin should be able to rest so that the meat stays juicy and moist.  After 5 to 10 minutes, slice the pork tenderloin and dish up the Brussel sprouts and carrots.  Enjoy your easy, fabulous meal with your guests!

 

 

The Grand Finale

Finish the night by celebrating with a satisfying dessert!  Make sure to make dessert the day before your party or earlier that day so that it will be ready when it’s time for dessert.  Serve the simple, yet festive Eggnog Pie or the stunning Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cake (use meringues from Trader Joe’s or your local grocery store to cut down on the prep time, or leave them out all together!).

 

Enjoy your guests and delicious food this holiday season!