Friday, September 9, 2011

Football Frenzy

It's that time of year, the first sign of fall, it's FOOTBALL SEASON!  Cheyenne has been to every high school game rallying her boy friends to go with her since her girl friends have not interest in football; she's planning her "Colts" shrine in her corner of the room and is wearing her "Colts" shirt today; Jon and Billy are both playing this year which means 4 games for us to watch every Monday or Tuesday, and NFL opening game was last night.  Needless to say we like football at our house.  So last night we had a celebratory dinner in honor of opening night. 

Terrible lighting and not great display, but my family barely let me do this before they gobbled it all up.
We little smokies wrapped in crescent rolls, a fantastic salad, and peanut butter rice krispie treats in football shapes, oh and Pepsi (my family out rules me.)  Great food to sit and eat in front of the tv.  I'll share my delicious recipes, every one of them from my great sisters-in-law I just realized.

Little smokies
My gourmet chef of a sister-in-law, Geri, introduced me to these fun little snacks.  Just pop open a can of crescent rolls, and join two of the triangles together, making one big rectangle.  I use a pizza roller and cut the rectangle into 4 strips and then cut those strips in half making 8 pieces.  Then just roll a little smokie up in each strip.  Bake until brown, just like you would crescent rolls.

From my sister-in-law, Kathleen,
Cilantro Buttermilk Ranch Salad

1 pkg. Rotini noodles (cooked and rinsed in cold water)
1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 can corn (rinsed and drained)
1 Buttermilk Ranch Dry Mix
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 cup Buttermilk
2 Limes
1 small can Verde sauce (forgot this item, so I dumped a small can of green chilies in the blender, it was perfect.)
4 green onions (diced small)
½ bunch cilantro (chopped fine)
4-6 avocados    Cut in half-score in shell and use spoon to scoop out.
10-12 cherry tomatoes (halved) OPTIONAL

Mix noodles, rinsed black beans and corn.  Stir good and set aside.  Make Buttermilk Ranch package, mayo and buttermilk.  Whip until smooth.  Add Verde sauce, lime juice, onions and cilantro.  Add dressing mixture to noodles.  Stir good and add cut up avocado and add to salad.  Add cherry tomatoes (optional).  Stir really good.  Best if sits in fridge for 1 hour before serving.

This is sooooooo good!! This is my lunch for today, too. :)

Finally, from my sister-in-law, Alana, Bill's new favorite treat,
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

2 c. chunky (or not) peanut butter
1 c. corn syrup
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. butter

Heat in saucepan over medium heat until smooth.  Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla.  Add 5 1/2 c. of rice krispies.  Press into 9x13 pan (I use a jelly roll pan so they're a little thinner.)  Melt 1 c. chocolate chips or 6 oz. choc chips and 6 oz. butterscotch chips until smooth and spread over top.  Chill.

Since I didn't have a football shaped cookie cutter, I improvised and squished the sides of a round cutter into a football shape.  Worked great!  Then put some white frosting in a ziplock bag, cut a tiny tip off a corner and piped on the laces on top.
Okay, these are kind of looking like leaves now, instead of footballs.

We had a great night together, sharing something we love (okay, Chloe, Maddie, and Jon weren't as excited about the football as the rest of us, but they're still young.) 
And as I'm typing this Keney Chesney is singing Boys of Fall (awesome video!) on the Today Show, how fitting.
So here's to a great season all around! Come on Bobcats, we need win!  Good luck Peyton Manning on your surgery, heal quickly (sadly he's going to break his streak of never missing a game, EVER, since he started playing in high school or before.) Good luck Broncos, Billy's team and good luck Jets, Jon's team.  Bring on the football.

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Leslie said...

Where was a fabulous receip from this sister? Ha! We all know I am not a "go to" in that department. Looks like delicious treats. Wish we were there to enjoy all the games and witness Luke and Cheyenne argue about the Pats and Colts.

Lindsay said...

Love all these recipes! I love little smokies, and that salad sounds amazing! Great job!

Kimberly T. said...

Um, Leslie, I have TONS of your delicious recipes I just didn't use any of them for dinner last night. And the Patriots are going down this year! :)

Adrianne Surian said...

They do NOT look like leaves, don't worry. :) My husband is a Colts fan as well! Oh, Peyton... :(

Thanks for linking up at Freestyle Friday!


Unknown said...

Now I am hungry...YUM!! I want to come celebrate with you!!

Marissa said...

Hello! That looks SO yummy!

Amanda said...

New follower. Love these ideas for football food! I'm a huge fan but never know what to fix! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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