August 23, 2017

Are You Ready for Game Day? (Or Fun Food?)

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Packer familyPacker cheesehead

Yes, my husband grew up in Green Bay. That says it all. We bleed green and gold and even have our own brick at Lambeau field with our kids names listed followed by “Pack fans since birth.”

If you throw a soccer ball to my hubby, he plays football. If you throw a basketball to him, football. You can imagine the excitement that game day brings in our home. 

It’s a fun tradition to be part of this Cheesehead family, even if we do live in Panther territory now.

That picture above are the good ole days when we all watched the games together. Win or lose, it was a family affair. Now that we’re spread throughout four states, game days look a little different, but one thing remains the same, win or lose, it’s a family affair.

A few years ago, I started a family group chat. It’s been one of the best mothering moves I’ve made and I highly recommend it for all family. It’s so much fun. We share serious requests, updates, funny stories, but during our son’s college football season and the Packer game, we watch games as a family.

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It’s so much fun!! This is one screen shot of at least 100 texts that flew back and forth during the game and yes, our daughters got in on it too. You know the girls join the group chat when two lines of emojis start happening. (We love our clapping hands, football and fist bumps.) 😉

If you watched the Packer vs Dallas game last Sunday, you know these texts were at the beginning of the game. By the end, there were lines of “I feel sick. I’m going to throw up. This is too intense,” and more.

Love these Taquitos - the perfect snack

With the hundreds of football games I’ve watched, I know how to bring the food. During our college game days, we are always on the road, so it’s straight up tailgate food and personally, our team families kill it.

This year, I’m organizing all the tailgates and Furman gear , plus simple football tablescape fun lines the tables. Whenever I see inexpensive football items, I pick them up. Just a few items makes it so much more festive.

We send out a simple sign up sheet for hot foods, chips, drinks, sides, desserts and then always have a “I’ll bring something, but can’t commit yet.”

We can never get enough Mexican inspired food in our home and Salsa, Guac, Taco dip, Taco Salad are continuous staples, so I combined the best of both worlds by heating up José Olé Chicken & Cheese Taquitos as well as their Beef & Cheese Mini Tacos and Nacho Bites

Perfect Tail gate foodsGame food for football tailgating

We are awfully excited about this week, but the nerves are running high for our guys. I love my Packers, but after the very difficult and emotional college season we had as a family, my emotions are not quite there over guys I don’t know in real life. (Shhh, don’t tell my boys.)
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WAtching the Packer game

I melted some extra cheese on top, added side of guac and dolloped our favorite salsa and sour cream for a perfect game day food. It saves me so much time and they love them!

Perfect Solution to feeding a big group

Eddie Enjoying His Jose Ole snacks

And of course, many of you know my daily visiter, my special blessing nephew, Eddie. He had to show off his portion and he polished them off in seconds.

The perfect appetizers
If you’re looking for some quick game day snacks and want something that will save you time, try the José Olé appetizers. While I partnered with them on this post, I buy them all the time for our family.

If you’re looking for some more game day inspiration, here are a few more of my favorites. I have so many more appetizers. We are kind of an appetizer type of family, so find some more here. 

What are some of your favorites? I’d love to try a new one.

One of our favorites - Vadalia Onion Dip. So much creamy goodness!

Easy Cheesy Vidalia Onion Dip

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Beer-Dip-for-Pretzels

My infamous Beer Dip Recipe.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jose Ole . The opinions and text are all mine.


Comments

  1. Go pack go! I knew there was another reason I loved your blog so darn much!
    Sad loss to the Falcons, but there’s always next year.

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    Jen Reply:

    Oh gosh!! Wasn’t that the worst? I kept watching the first half and wondering what high school team had showed up, but the Falcons deserved it. They showed up to play and wanted it bad. They were unstoppable.

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