Potato Bar for Super Bowl

A Super Bowl Potato Bar

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Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this year? A baked potato bar can be a great Super Bowl menu idea that both pleases everyone and actually allows you to relax and enjoy the game (and the commercials!) Add a few other make-ahead snacks such as chips and dip, buffalo wings,  a salad, and some brownies, and you’ll be all set before kickoff!

Here are some items to include with your spuds:

  • Butter or margarine (roasted garlic butter is an especially yummy option)
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa or pico de gallo
  • Taco sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Chili
  • Taco meat or shredded chicken
  • Bacon bits
  • Cheese — shredded cheddar, mozzarella, or even gorgonzola
  • Broccoli
  • Olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Green onions
  • Chives





Want some more Super Bowl party food options? Take a look at Today.com for a great list of amazing recipes.

Also, be sure to check out our Creative Party Themes football party page for loads of Superbowl party ideas to help you  host an amazing event.

Super Bowl Chili

Super Bowl chili recipe

Next Sunday, February 4th, is the Super Bowl! This year will be Super Bowl LII, held in the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Whether you are a football fan, or just tuning in for the half time show and all the great commercials, one thing guaranteed to make Super Bowl Sunday better is some amazing Super Bowl chili!

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We have a tradition in our house every year of getting together with friends on Super Bowl Sunday, and this recipe, commonly referred to by all the kids as “Super Bowl Chili”, is always the much anticipated highlight. It is an adaptation of the recipe originally found in The Silver Palate Cookbook, and it makes enough to keep a hungry group fed (with leftovers)! Here is how to make it:

SUPER BOWL CHILI RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lb. yellow onions (approx.), coarsely chopped
  • 1 lb. sweet Italian sausage meat, taken out of casings
  • 4 lb. ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 12 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 1/2 oz. cumin
  • 2 oz. chili powder
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. basil
  • 2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 3 lb. canned Italian plum tomatoes, drained (about 2 1/2 -3 cans each 2lb. before draining)
  • 1/4 cup Burgundy wine
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill  (**I think the dill gives this chili it’s great flavor, so I sometimes add a bit more)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 cans (16 oz. each) dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cans (5 1/2 oz. each) pitted black olives, drained

** For garnishing at serving time you will also want to have sour cream, chopped white onion, grated cheddar cheese, and Tabasco for those who like extra heat.




DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat oil in a very large soup kettle. Add the onions and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, or until they are tender and translucent.
  2. Crumble your meats into the kettle and cook them at medium-high heat, stirring often, until they are well browned. Spoon off as much fat as possible.
  3. Over low heat stir in black pepper, tomato paste, garlic, cumin, chili powder, mustard, salt, basil, and oregano.
  4. Add the drained tomatoes, wine, lemon juice, dill, parsley, and drained kidney beans.  Stir well and simmer, uncovered, for another 15 minutes.
  5. Taste to see how the flavors are and make any adjustments. Add olives and simmer for another five minutes to heat through.

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For more ideas to make your Super Bowl Sunday special, be sure to hop over to our Football Party Ideas page!

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Penguin Themed Snack, Craft, and Party Ideas

Today we’re all about the penguins! Who doesn’t love these sophisticated, yet adorable little waddlers on a blustery winter day? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite penguin themed ideas, including a healthy penguin snack, a wintery penguin craft, and of course, lots of penguin themed party ideas. Have fun!

penguin olive party snacks

These olive and cream cheese penguins are easy to make and the perfect healthy snack for a birthday, a class party, or just a novel way to get your kids to eat some veggies! Here is how to make them:

Penguin Olive Appetizers

Ingredients:  (makes 18 penguins)

  • 18 jumbo black olives, pitted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 18 small black olives
  • 1 large carrot
  • 18 toothpicks

Directions:
1. Cut a small slice from top to bottom in the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into the slit to resemble the penguin’s white chest.

2. Slice the carrot into eighteen 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a triangle out of each carrot slice to form the penguin’s feet. Save the cut out piece to use as the penguin’s beak.

3. Cut a small horizontal slit into the smaller olive and insert the carrot triangle beak.

4. To assemble your penguins, stick a toothpick into the carrot feet base. Then add the large olive body, hole side down. Finish by adding the smaller olive head to the top

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Soap Snowball Penguin Craft

soap snowball craft

Aren’t these  soap snowballs totally cute? They are a fun and easy craft for a stay at home winter day. They make great stocking stuffers too! You can fill them with any small plastic toy.  A couple of years ago we posted a complete tutorial on how to make these soapy snowballs.

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Penguin Themed Party Ideas

penguin party ideas

Have you guessed that we love penguins? Click on the link to see an entire page full of penguin party ideas on our website full of inspirations for penguin themed invitations, decorations, activities, crafts, games, and food ideas. Everything you need to plan and host an amazing penguin party! Have fun!

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Snowflake Window Clings

Let it snow,  Let it snow, Let it snow!

Well, the Christmas decorations have all been taken down and the confetti swept away from New Year’s, and things were looking a little bare around here.  So, I kept up my twinkling snowflake lights and the kids and I made these snowflake window clings to add some wintery fun.

Snowflake window cling craft
Materials

  • Ziplock bags
  • Three Dimensional Paint-we used Tulip Glitter in ‘Diamond’
  • Snowflake templates

how to make snowflake window clingsSnowflake window cling directions

 

 

 

 

 

Directions

  1. Print snowflake template or make your own.
  2. Cut it out and place in Ziplock bag.
  3. Trace the lines with the tube of paint.
  4. Let dry over night, or about 6 hours.
  5. Peel off the snowflake and attach to the window.

This would also be a great craft and decoration for a Winter Wonderland Party




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