After Saturday’s OT loss to ECU, my heart is a little less pumped about NCSU’s football season, but I still want to share with y’all photos from last Saturday’s game. My parents came in town for the game and my aunt Sue also went with us. The game was at noon which is my least favorite game time: less time for tailgating and right in the heat of the day. Since it was an early start, I made an apple cake, Tastefully Simple beer bread, Fiesta Dip (which I spruced with with a drained can of Rotel), broccoli, cucumber, Scoops, Bojangles chicken strips & biscuits, and fruit salad. Nine am is a little early for a cold beer, so we brought Bloody Marys & I made a Firefly Lemonade with the Tastefully Simple lemonade mix {we saved the beer for halftime}.
We also brought the new gingham table cloth my Nana made for our tailgating card table and the corn hole boards & bags Pawpaw & Nana made for us. The cornhole was a hit! Mom & Sue were cornhole newbies but they did great~ beating Jason & I in a close game. Family friends Brad C & his son Casey stopped by and pretended they were cornhole newbies. They easily beat the sisters. We switched up the teams and Brad & I were doing ok, but then the NCSU band stopped right in front of our tailgate so we forgot about the game & cheered them on instead.

As usual, I didn’t bring my camera into the game, but since I had my parents’ I took a few photos of the team coming out onto the field. Go Pack!

Go Pack!

Yesterday was the start of the college football season for us at NC State. It was a great day. The weather was perfect. The tailgating great with yummy food, drinks & fabulous friends. To make the day complete, NCSU won 48-7!!

We broke out the cornhole boards Pawpaw made this summer. This might be the LEAST flattering photo of us, but sadly, it’s the best.

Speaking of food, I made the Betty Crocker Simply Pasta Salad in Casear. I love that pasta salad ~ it’s easy & doesn’t require mayo.

I said I’d bring a dip for veggies & scoops. I wanted to use the Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic sample I received at the party last weekend. I searched for a Garlic Ranch dip and found this one on Spark Recipes. Based on the comments at the bottom of the recipe, I changed it a little.

Healthy Garlic Ranch Dip
1 packet ranch dip mix
8 oz light sour cream
8 oz plain lowfat yogurt
1/2 tsp Garlic Garlic (equals about a 1/2 tsp of dried minced garlic) It wasn’t very garlicy. I might use more next time.
Mix all ingredients together. Chill about half an hour before serving with scoops & veggies.

Kelly’s former coworker, Meghan, was up from Atlanta for the game. Beth was able to tell Meghan in person that she’s pregnant! This photo was taken right after! PS~ Kelly & I aren’t THAT tall. Meghan (4’11”) & Beth (5’1″) are just that petite!
Kelly took a few action photos during the game. Not sure which touchdown this was~yes I happily lost count!

We went out at halftime to visit with Jessica & her boyfriend. One of the boys took this photo with Kelly’s camera. I’m blaming beer & camera phone for the blurriness!
Hope everyone else’s teams did well this weekend too!

NCSU v Maryland (Chi O Homecoming)

We had a great time last Saturday with a bunch of my sisters tailgating before the game then watching the Pack win!! We were a little worried there at the end but then so glad they pulled out the W!! I made thanksgiving Pillsbury cookies (which looked like lil VT hokie cookies) and Trader Joe’s pumpkin muffins (with cransins). I think both went over well. Here’s a few pictures from tailgating. The top is all the Chi Omegas there at that point; I think I few others came & went. The bottom is my rencent favorite picture of Jason & I.

Spinach Dip

I also got this recipe from Kelly’s Korner’s recipe blog. Its a lil twist on the normal spinach dip. I made it last night for a Chi O Alum event that I hosted. I think everyone enjoyed it~ there was none left at the end of the night! I made this in my mini crock-pot instead of baking/microwaving as her recipe says.
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach
8 oz cream cheese (used light)
8 oz monteray jack cheese (I used mozzerella because I had that already, but I think the extra spice from the jack would’ve been good)
6 oz parm cheese
1 can rotel tomatoes
Thaw spinach & drain. Add ingredients to crock pot. Served with pretzel chips & melba toast.
Kelly’s recipes says to cook spinach, add cheese & microwave (3-5 mins) until melted & liquid. Add rotel and mix.


My parent’s came into town this weekend. We have a tradition of going to the NCSU/WF game with one of my good friends from college and her parents. I made blueberry scones for breakfast, whipped together a parm/ranch veggie dip (using a herb pack given to me by a friend, ranch dressing & sour cream), and a layered Mexican dip (except that I used HT’s refried black beans and omitted the olives & onions b/c I didnt have them on hand). All three got rave reviews! We also had beer, mojitos, bloody marys, Bojangles chicken, slaw & beans, and birthday cake (yay for Brett turning 30!). Even though it rained a little bit, we didn’t mind and we were prepared this time with raincoats & ponchos.
To make it an even better weekend, NCSU won! I’m such a huge NCSU football fan and am thus so excited that they won the game Saturday night. I’d resigned myself to them losing, but it’s so much more fun when they win! My dad laughed and said they only have to win out to go to a bowl. Not sure that’ll happen, but I’ll be wearing red the next two Saturdays to support the pack. 🙂