Happy Monday! Here is a recap of our Superbowl gathering from yesterday. The menu consisted of: chili (thank you G), pasta salad (thank you Sylv) Polish sausage, baked ham and cheese sandwiches, meatballs, a bloomin’ onion loaf, hot swiss cheese dip with crumbled bacon, chocolate chip cookies, salted caramel cheesecake bars, Rice Krispie treats and adorable football and turf cupcakes (thanks Sylv). All-in-all, entirely waaaay too much food, but still fun to try a little of everything. Too bad the game wasn’t exciting, but Bruno Mars had a spot-on performance and this is coming from a girl who changes the station every time his overplayed songs come on the radio (entirely not his fault). Sorry Bruno. I would love to see you in concert.
The Superbowl XLVIII Commemorative ball. This is my husband’s idea of accessorizing our entertainment center. I admit that it looked sharp for the game.
Here are the girls getting ready for the arrival of their friends. Sydney is sporting a 2 bar Jets helmet from the 1960s (left)and Olivia is wearing a throwback helmet from the 1950s (right). Unfortunately, I was not able to take as many photos of the food as I would have liked, but hey, catching up with friends is definitely more important.
Baked ham and cheese sandwiches. They were good, but maybe a bit too sweet so I would cut back on the brown sugar next time. The recipe is below.
Caramel Cheesecake bars. These were awesome! Recipe in tomorrow’s post. Promise! Another great thing about game day-using low maintenance plastic utensils and paper plates and napkins.
Turf cupcakes brought by my friend, Sylvia and mini Rice Krispie Treats. Love the football cupcake wrapper.
An easy game to whip up for the kids was Pin the Football On the Goal Post. Do I even need to mention that I got this idea from Pinterest? Cut out the goal post using yellow construction paper, then just have the kids design and cut out their own footballs, attach some tape to the back, grab a blindfold and voilà! You’ve got yourself a fun highlight for their night.
Now that football season is over let’s gear up for baseball…and warmer weather. Go Cubs!
Bloomin’ Onion Bread
One round loaf sourdough bread
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tsp poppy seeds
1/2 cup chopped green onions
6 ounces sliced Monterey jack cheese
2 tsp garlic salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice sourdough loaf without cutting all the way to the bottom. Turn loaf and cut crosswise creating little squares. This part is a little tougher, but the sourdough is strong enough to take it. Place sliced cheese in between the bread squares that you just created. Combine melted butter with garlic salt, green onions, poppy seeds. Pour mixture over sourdough bread. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake covered for 15 minutes. Take off foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
16 white sandwich buns
Honey baked deli ham
Sliced Provolone cheese
3/4 cup melted butter
3 tbs brown sugar 2 tsp yellow mustard or 1 tsp dried mustard
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs poppy seeds
Assemble ham and cheese sandwiches in a 9×13 pan. Combine melted butter, brown sugar, mustard, poppy seeds and Worcestershire sauce. Pour mixture over sandwiches. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours if not overnight. Do not allow to sit for longer than 12 hours or bread may be soggy. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake covered for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve warm.