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Happy Friday!

We’ve got another weekend packed with football.  Whether it’s college or NFL, you might be heading to a watch party and need a little something to take with you.  This has become one of my favorites quickly thanks to one of my book club friends.  You’re the best Aimee!


This can be put together quickly and is rather addictive.


Mix all the ingredients together except for the reserve of cheese.  Personally I prefer to shred my own cheese, but this was purely out of convenience and we were hungry.


Looks kind of gross….I know.  Just be patient, it will come together.


I spread the mixture into a pie plate.


And before I added the remainder of cheese, I added more Franks….

because I put that stuff on everything;)

j/k…I like it, but not that much.


And after time in the oven…you have a WHOLE bunch of dip.  This is for a crowd, so if it’s just your family affair, then i would cut the recipe in half.


I’m just warning you now….don’t sit next to this dip;)

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Mix together:
1 block softened cream cheese
8-12 oz. sour cream
1/4 cup franks red hot
1can chunk chicken
1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Spread mixture into an oven safe baking dish and then add the additional 1/2 cup of cheese to the top (I used slightly more just to cover the surface)  Also add any more Frank’s if you prefer a little extra spice.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350.

Serve warm.

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Happy Friday!!


Heading into the weekend, I thought I would share with you a drink I created on the spot for our tailgating at Ole Miss last weekend.  I was planning on making Blueberry Lemonade (from a previous post) and Peach Tea for the non drinkers.  I had started preparing the Peach Tea at my sister’s home, and she said…”do you want to add a little something to that?”

Roger that!


She pulled down a bottle that I had heard and seen some commercials for…. but had yet to find a need to buy.  Looks like I found one:)

It reminded me of the Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon that I used in another drink, the Firefly Bourbon Sunrise I made for our Mardi Gras shrimp boil earlier this year.  It is quite smooth and added just the right touch to my Southern concoction.  Most of my family does like a little something extra, so only a few virgin drinks wouldn’t be out of the norm.


I have been in love with jars now for awhile.  They  made the perfect vessels for a tailgate while allowing me to premix the drinks and transport them without incident.  I used the cardboard packaging that the jars came in.  The jars are quite durable, so you don’t have to worry about breaking them.  And it’s more environmentally friendly than using plastic cups.  But the best part is that they are leak proof (if the lids are screwed on properly).

Back to the good stuff….


Fill the jar full of ice half full of tea.  (I used prepared tea for convenience)


Continue filling the jar almost to the top- gotta leave room for the HONEY.


Add your Jim Beam (a shot is perfect, but of course it’s up to your discretion) and your good to go.  What a sweet southern treat, with a smooth kick.

Have a great weekend and enjoy all of the football, tailgating and the fast approaching arrival of Fall.

I think we may head out to an Apple Orchard…

Quick shout out to my bestest friend for her birthday today!!!

Everything counts in large amounts:)

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When I feel that chill, smell that fresh-cut grass

I’m back in my helmet, cleats and shoulder pads

Standing in the huddle, listening to the call

Fans going crazy for the boys of fall

-Kenny Chesney

It’s that time again, minus the chill in the air …


College Football started last weekend, and the NFL officially started this past weekend.  My husband has already tailgated with some of his boys with his setup including a dish TV and a playstation 3 at Georgia Tech. But our whole family headed to Oxford Mississippi to experience a tailgating experience in the infamous Grove.


We had planned this excursion for about a year.  My father graduated from Ole Miss many years ago but has not been back without his alumni association to tailgate.  He wanted his whole family to experience the legendary Grove.


Some things looked very familiar.


But not THIS!!!


The Grove is located in the center of the University of Mississippi on 10 acres of land filled with oaks, elms and magnolia trees.  It’s been described as the Holy Grail of tailgating and the #2 top tailgating school according to ESPN.  After my experience, my opinion is the South at it’s best.  I have tailgated in several places in the south,  but nothing compares to this scene.

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Another ritual that I’ve been anxious to see is the “Walk of Champions”.  How intimidating but exciting would it be to walk the length of the Grove lined with fans cheering and wanting to give you a high-five.  We could tell who the freshmen were.


All of these traditions are steeped in grace and dripping in Southern Hospitality.  Ole Miss is proud of their school and even prouder of their tailgating.   My husband and I wanted to take the challenge of tailgating on steroids, so I copied an idea I saw on pinterest around the Superbowl this year.

  The Snackadium……


We had some help with some construction possibilities, but in the end…it turned out exactly as I had pictured it.


This had to be a disposable structure.


This is a five layer mexican dip…refried beans, salsa, sour cream seasoned with taco seasoning, shredded cheddar and shredded lettuce.  Sour cream represents the not proportionate yard lines while slim jims stand tall for the goal posts.  Finally I’ve been told the olives are representing a 4-3 defense and a single back offense.  (Sounds like someone plays NCAA Football too much)


I went the extra mile with some cut and paste.  It turned out well and we were pleased.  I hated to eat it, and it was even worse when we had to walk away from it.  But it served it’s purpose, and we’ve already discussed future construction upgrades.


Farewell University of Mississippi.

  Thank you for sharing your hospitality and unsurpassed tailgating.  We have already talked about revisiting, but still have other schools on our list.  Notre Dame and LSU…. you’re at the top.

Have a good week as we start the count down until next weekend;)

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