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First Football Game

Zach & Lucy experienced their first football game last Saturday. And I’m not talking about a pee-wee or HS game. We started them out right- a home NCSU game!

We enjoyed years of season tickets pre-babies but didn’t make it to a game last year. I really hoped we could make it work for a game this year.

When my dad, as a former football player, received the info on their annual Varsity Club game weekend, we jumped on it. With the help of my parents & aunt, Lucy & Zach experienced our traditional tailgate {if you sub milk for beer :)}. Friends stopped by, they saw the band perform the fight song & cheered for the players as they got off the bus. L&Z tried Bojangles chicken for the first time {big fans}, practiced saying hi & loved walking around checking it all out.

We left one ergo in the van, so Mom wore Zach while my aunt & I took turns with L inside the stadium. Seeing it all through their eyes {when they weren’t napping through the game} was so awesome. I might’ve teared up as the players came running on the field while she clapped at the fireworks. Sharing something you love & have waiting so long to experience as a parent is just the coolest thing.

Zach-and-Lucy's-first-football-game

Arriving at CFS, Chi O friends with our babies & baby-on-the-way, Lucy & Zach taking in the tram ride, entering the stadium excitement, crappy pic of 3 generations of TOMS wearers.

I laughed with my friend Melissa that we had a goal of making til half time with all our kids. Not sure about her, but we were back snacking in our tent in the rain of halftime & the 3rd quarter.

We decided the day had been a success & made it home in time to watch the Wolfpack lose. So L&Z might’ve not been the good luck charms the pack needed last week, but it won’t be our last game for sure!

Snack Day Recipes

My work had their annual ‘snack day’ last Thursday. It’s a 60 person pot luck which equates to an all day eating feast!

I brought in cranberry white chocolate cookies that I’ve made for years because they’re delicious & look festive for the holdiays.

There were lots of biscuits, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, sausage balls & meatballs. But what stole the show for me was the two recipes below. I begged for the recipes before 10 am & just had to share {plus posting them helps me remember the recipe}!

Fiesta Dip

8oz cream cheese, softened
16 oz sour cream
11 oz can sweet yellow & white corn, drained
15 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
1 1/2 tbsp taco seasoning
2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

I love the easy directions. Just dump it all together, mix it up & cover for at least 24 hours. It can be served cold or warm with tortilla chips. It had just the right hint of spicy to counter all the sweet dips & cookies I’d eaten that day. Perfect for any event.

Chicken Salsa Wraps

1 can chicken, shredded
1 container garden veggie cream cheese
1/2 c thick & chunky salsa
tortillas

Mix the chicken, cream cheese & salsa together in a small bowl. Spread thin layer on tortilla. Roll up the tortilla & slice in approximately 1 inch pieces. My coworker served them with extra salsa on the side & red & green tortilla chips!

Five in a Row

Saturday I helped cheer on my NCSU football team as they beat UNC for the fifth season in a row! I think there was fourteen or so of us at the tailgate. We munched on Krispy Kreme donuts, my scones & cookies, ham & turkey biscuits, veggies & dips, & Bojangle’s chicken. My friends drank beer, mimosas, & skinny firefly. I drank water. Lots of water. I took 70+ photos & wish I’d taken more. Here’s a few of my favorites.

Tailgating Fun

We came back out at halftime for a few more snacks & drinks. But we made it back before the 4th quarter & excitedly high-fived friends as we watched the Pack win!

Wolfpack Win!

Hope your team had as good of luck as mine this weekend!

Family Football Day

Last Saturday was NCSU’s Varsity Club football game. Since my dad played football {he was an offensive guard ’73-’77}, he’s invited back with a couple of free tickets to the game. My parents came down & we invited Kelly’s parents & some other friends as well to have a big tailgate party before we watched State beat Central Mich.

The 1o of us split up into two cars. I was in the SUV that parked where we were tailgating, so while the others walked over, Brett, the dads, Kelly’s brother & I got the tailgate all set up.

A few rounds of cornhole was played with Kelly & whoever was on her team winning time & again.

Quality Tailgate if I do say so myself

We decided to break out the grill for hamburgers, hot dogs & bean burgers for me. Jessica & Michael brought their much beloved veggie dip {the hidden valley packet & sour cream} as well as veggies. I made those pumpkin surprise cupcakes, a pasta salad, & also brought chips & salsa. Sarah & Mike joined us & brought hummus & pita bread as well as some delicious toffee chip cookies. We had quite the spread of food as well as enough beer to go around {& around}.

I ended up with an extra ticket I wasn’t able to sell {husband working yet another Sat}, but Mom & I did make it in to see American Idol winner Scotty sing the national anthem & see the plane flyover.

Hometown kid Scotty sings, kick off, & Touchdown!

Mom & Dad’s free tickets were way up high on the sunny side of the stadium. After sweating through the first quarter, we moved over to my normal section where people were wrapped up in coats {NC in Oct is crazy}.

We walked out at halftime to Mike & Sarah’s kickass parking spot for a little snack & another quick drink {or two}. After chatting & a few group photos, we headed back in to see the rest of the game.

Trophies are from bowl games my Dad played.

Go Pack!

Burgers anyone?!

So the food treats here have been lacking recently. Not holding out on y’all. I just haven’t cooked or baked much recently. First it was my work traveling, then just being out of habit, then it being hot out & Jason working late, but yeah I think it’s mostly lazy.

I’ve been trying to do better, but admittedly, most of our “cooked-at-home” meals recently have come from store {aka rotisserie chicken} or freezer {pizza, pasta bag}.

But since this was cooking-at-home for us, I thought I’d share Tuesday’s dinner. Kraft Caesar pasta salad mix {on sale for 94 cents at Food Lion} & burgers. Angus Bubba burgers cooked in the skillet for Jason & microwaved black bean burgers for me. Both topped with fresh tomato slices & served on 100 calorie white wheat buns. The pasta salad was enough for us & then again as a side for lunches.

Easy, simple, pretty quickly put together home-made meal.

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