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Super Bowl Sunday

It is officially SUPER BOWL Sunday! It is such an exciting day because we get to gather with friends and family and come together over something that pretty much everyone can enjoy. I know what you’re thinking well I don’t care much for football.. guess what? You have the amazing commercials to look forward to and this year the tell all episode of This is Us on how Jack finally died. Besides who doesn’t love a perfectly good excuse to throw a party?

Okay, let’s start with the decorations. No matter who is playing you can’t go wrong with classic “football colors.” For example this year my New Orleans Saints (WHO DAT?!) didn’t make the cut, so I really don’t have a dog in this fight. If you’re like me go with some light blues and greens if you want to keep it neutral or you can just do a variety of both teams colors. However, I do like to avoid using the logos something about the simplicity of just the colors is very appealing to me. In a football situation some great go to decorations are streamers, balloons, banners, photo props, and cute football dodads here and there.

Thanks to the flu I am having to sit out hosting this year — these photos are from a previous Super Bowl party I have hosted.

What I loved about this party was how the streamers really brought everything together — they were super festive and also worked as a great backdrop for photos with my guest. You know us millennials love a good place to take an Instagram picture. Okay, back to the point the streamers were super easy to hang and really spiced up the party. I also placed a mason jar of photo props on the table for easy access to snag a photo while the action wasn’t happening.

Here I used my dessert as the center piece for the table. I was able to find this super cute football field table runner with no team logos on it to really tie the table together. I am a HUGE balloon fan — like I want to use them any chance I get — so of course I placed just a small bundle in the corners on a balloon weight that way there was a splash of color and festive feeling everywhere.

If you know me then you probably know that baking is one of my favorite past times. I think it is a great stress reliever as well as a fun way to make tiny creations that bring joy and happiness. My favorite thing about any football party is how easy it is to make a festive cupcake. Now these are similar to the ones pictured above, but these are the ones I made for the party I am attending today.

To make these I used the Wilton grass tip; which pretty much looks like a flat piping tip with a bunch of little holes in it. I like to make this icing a little bit thicker so the grass keeps its shape. ( I will include all recipes at the bottom of this post) I mix in a little green food coloring and get to piping. I don’t think it really matters how perfect the grass height is because you’re going to either finish it off with a football tooth pick or maybe a team logo pick. This year I did half with toothpicks and then I made a separate chocolate buttercream and piped on little hand drawn footballs and accented with the grass. Oh, and one not important detail — I made chocolate cupcakes because I like the idea of eating grass and biting into that dirt colored cupcake but vanilla would work just fine.

Of course, I had to make some chicken wings even though I don’t personally consume meat, but other people do and it’s all about getting together and being happy. So this year I decided to do half sweet and spicy bbq and half classic hot wings. I baked these in the oven to make them quick and easy as well as less messy.

For the cauliflower wings (now we are talking my language) I went ahead and did the same thing — half sweet and spicy bbq and half classic hot wing. I think the best part about these is that even if you do eat meat these are just as tasty and less than half the calories. Plus no animals.

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday!!

Ashton Nicole


SUPER BOWL RECIPES:

Classic Buttercream:

1 1/2 Stick of Butter (soft to the touch, but not room temp)

1 TBS Vanilla Extract

2 1/2 C Powdered Sugar (have more on hand in case you want to sweeten it up)

1-2 TBS Heavy Whipping Cream (to only be used if the mix is too thick)

Directions:

1. In an electric mixer combine butter and vanilla. Beat on high until a smooth creamy consistency.

2. Add in powdered sugar 1/4 C at a time. This creates less of a mess. Combining at a slow speed on your mixer. Once sugar is mixed turn up the speed and beat on high for 2-3 minutes. Really making sure it gets nice and creamy.

4. At this point you can add in any food coloring or cocoa powder to make this a chocolate butter cream.

If you notice the mix is too thick add in a little heavy whipping cream at a time.

Oven Baked Crispy Chicken Wings:

24 frozen or fresh chicken wings

1 C Whole Wheat Flour

1 TBS Garlic Powder

1 TBS Onion Powder

1 TBS Chili Powder

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Paprika

1/2 C of your favorite bbq sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’sSweet Baby Ray’s best)

1/2 C of your favorite hot wing sauce (Can’t go wrong with Franks)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450: cover a baking sheet with foil and grease well. I use Pam.

2. Rinse and lay dry your wings. If frozen make sure they are completely thawed out.

3. Combine flour and spices in a large bowl. Toss wings in mixture to ensure they are completely covered.

4. Place on tray close but not touching. Baking 18 minutes. Flip. Bake 18 more minutes.

5. Remove wings from oven. Place oven in broil. Brush sauces on both sides of the wings. Place tray of wings on the top rack and broil for 5 minutes.

6. Let cool and serve.

Crispy Cauliflower Wings:

1 Head Cauliflower

1/2 C Almond Milk (unsweetened and unflavored)

1/2 C Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 C Corn Flakes (crushed)

1 TBS Garlic Powder

1 TBS Onion Powder

1 TBS Chili Powder

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Paprika

1/2 C of your favorite bbq sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s best)

1/2 C of your favorite hot wing sauce (Can’t go wrong with Franks)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450.

2. Cut cauliflower into bite size pieces.

3. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and place almond milk in a separate bowl.

4. Toss cauliflower in almond milk and then transfer to flour mixture. Coating evenly.

5. Place on a baking sheet close but not touching. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until crispy.

6. Remove from oven. Place oven on broil. Brush sauce all over cauliflower bites. Broil for 5 minutes. Let cool and serve.

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