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The Thanksgiving of Sports

Don your helmets, bring on the jerseys, call your friend with the huge screen TV and don’t forget massive amounts of goodies – it’s Super Bowl! Super Bowl is the Thanksgiving of Sports; when it comes to snacks for the day, there needs to be plenty of them. Here are my ideas for what to cook up for the big game!

Chicken Wings are hot! They have become the food of choice and rank as the most popular food for Super Bowl gatherings. Alton Brown shares his recipe for the best chicken wings on Food Network; his secret – cook them twice. If you are looking for some new twists on the classic hot wing, check out this Squidoo page for ideas.

Football Fans will love these Meatball Parmigiana Sliders and Cheesesteaks with Peppers and Onions from Delish.

On to dips! Check out Rachel Rays Lucky 7 Layer Dip.  Another all time favorite is Guacamole. Bobby Flay has a yummy recipe that will have all your guests saying “Ole!” Guaranteed to disappear quickly is Dill Dip in Rye Bread; make sure to start this recipe the day before so the flavors can meld.

Don’t forget to put out some bowls of snack mix! Check out these ideas from Cooking Light.

Oreo-Football-Cookie-Balls-52162Finally, and perhaps most important (at least in my book), dessert! Score one for the team with Oreo Football Cookies; easy, fun and perfect for the day. These Touchdown Cupcakes will definitely clear the field.  Or you can just take everything yummy, throw it in a bowl and you’ll have Kitchen Sink Super Bowl Bars – your team will totally be cheering you on when they taste these.

Enjoy the game, the food, the commercials, the social media and the fun!!! And may your team win – go team!


On Being Thankful

I love the food, I love the day off, I love the parade, but my most favorite part of Thanksgiving is the opportunity to be with my family and the opportunity to pause and say “Thank You!” I am thankful for so much in my life.

I am thankful for my husband, Rick. We have been married for 32 years now (we were only ten when we got married – hee, hee). Rick and I have been through the poor times, the rich times and the just comfy times. We have three amazing sons who have brought us love, as well as times of worry and angst as well (parent-hood, right?).

I am so thankful for our son, Bryan, and his wife, Erin, who currently have two children – my adorable grand children Ella and Brody. They are adorable, just look at the picture I included on this blog. This coming February, they will have their third child. Another baby girl for me to spoil rotten! Yay!

I am also thankful for our son Jason who is currently building a business managing a Cutco knife enterprise.

I am thankful for our son Michael, who is home from the Marines, healthy and fine and going to school to be a paramedic. I am so very proud and thankful for this.

I am thankful to my clients, they continually put their confidence in me to find the perfect location for their meetings year after year. I love what I do and I feel honored by those that believe in me and trust me with their business.

I am thankful to the meeting planning industry (I have been in it for 18 years!) for never being boring, for keeping me on my toes and for introducing me to an amazing group of planners that I get to talk to daily on my Facebook page. And thank you for reading these blogs!!! There is nothing more fun than introducing myself to a meeting planner only to have them say, “I love your blogs!” Yes, that’s me blushing.

I am thankful that I still enjoy traveling even though airlines consistently lose my luggage (many of which contain my amazing shoes – I do not travel light), the TSA constantly harasses me, I have to practically undress to get on a plane and work to fit many a lotion and potion into approved 4 ounce or less bottles.

I am thankful for health, fun days, warm weather, a bit of snow, cars that run, happy (cooperative) people, good friends and all that makes my life run on a pretty even keel.

Thank you to you all, have an amazing Thanksgiving!

Your friend and colleague,
Jill Stone