Posts Tagged ‘football’

Serve It :: Simple Football Cupcakes

It’s that time of year again—football season! Chances are you’ll find yourself either feeding a hungry sports crowd or being invited to a football viewing party at some point this season. When that happens, have this easy football cupcake idea handy and you’ll be sure to please a crowd (of any age!).

You’ll first need to bake up a dozen cupcakes (any flavor will work) and then follow two simple decorating steps in order to turn your plain cupcakes into mini footballs. For decorating purposes, you’ll need one container of fudge icing and one container of white or vanilla icing.

Easy Football Cupcakes


Fill a pastry bag or Ziploc® Brand XL Sandwich Bags with the fudge icing. To make the “football” I used a pastry tip (#18) but that is not necessary. You can simply cut a hole in your icing bag.  Squeeze the icing dragging it like a zigzag (back and forth) until the top of each cupcake is covered.

make Football Cupcakes


Next, make the laces using the white icing. Place it in a separate pastry bag and trim a small hole in the end. Gently squeeze out the icing to make the “laces” of the football. Make one long line across the top of the cupcake, with three smaller lines crossing, going the opposite direction.


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Serve It :: Vietnamese Style Hot Dogs

Vietnamese Hot Dogs

This summer we’ve done our share of grilling and experimentation with hot dog toppings (remember these bruschetta topped dogs?). And now that we’re moving along into football season, I know we will have plenty chances to serve up a hungry crowd. Since I’m always looking for creative ways to spice up a meal, I decided to top these Hebrew National hot dogs with a Vietnamese style topping.

Vietnamese Hot Dogs Recipe

I love so many things about this topping. It’s fresh and crisp (think cucumber, carrots, lime, and cilantro), and it has some heat (I made a Sriracha ketchup to top it all off.


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Serve it :: Bacon French Fries

Bacon French Fries | Thoughtfully Simple

 What? I had you at bacon. I figured that might happen.

I recently decided since everything is better with bacon, that must be true about french fries as well. I was right, these babies are deliciously sinful. The bacon flavor combined with the crispy fry …. so good. Dip them in your favorite dipping sauce (recipe for this Sriracha mayo below) and you have a winner.

Bacon French Fries | Thoughtfully Simple


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Serve It :: Superbowl Food Ideas

Ready for the big game? If not, no worries — I’ve got you covered.

TeamHQToday I’m excited to kick off a week of great game day ideas from a wonderful group of home entertaining experts. We’re sharing tips, ideas and recipes for celebrating the Super Bowl at home. Be sure to visit each link for great ideas!

superbowl food ideas


Super Bowl Food Ideas

from the top

Host a beer tasting party :: Serve game day cheesecakes in cute mason jars :: Please guests with football whoopie pies (plus 10 more great recipes!) :: spice it up with these two dip recipes :: set up a sporty area for entertaining guests :: make it a soup-er bowl :: sip superbowl sangria

I hope your feeling inspired! Be sure to follow along for more tips on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #HostessHQ we’ll be posting tips and ideas all week!

You might also want to add these to your menu: bacon beer cheese dip, jalapeno cheese bread and chili cheese twists. You’re welcome, enjoy ;).

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Football fever & a simple (perfect) dip

Many of our winter weekends include gathering with friends and family watching football (and eating yummy food!). Often we gather in our home, cozy on the couch to watch the big game. These weekends are great, however the real excitement happens when we get out and tailgate! Sporting our fan gear, preparing some football food and packing up the car — always leads to a good time.

I’ve gathered some inspiration for your next tailgate event (indoors or outside):

Football Party Ideas


Football Pizza // Football SubwayPrintable // Football Brownies // Velveeta & Rotal Dip (recipe below)

Cheesy Party Dip


This dip is a go-to for “Sunday Fun Day” game-day tailgates (even if it’s in your living room). I like serving dips in individual sized portions. Here, I’ve simple used stemless martini glasses as the vessel to serve the dip. Easy to hold and you get use out of glasses you already have, score!



1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained

1 pkg (16 oz each) Velveeta® Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 Jalapeno, diced (if you like it a bit spicy)


Combine undrained tomatoes and cheese in medium saucepan.

Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently.

Top with diced jalapenos.

Serve warm as a dip with tortilla chips, crackers or cut-up fresh vegetables. I like to serve it with pita chips.

 see original recipe here

What are your favorite tailgaiting recipes? I’d love to know!



The creamy, cheesy taste of Velveeta pairs with fresh and spicy RO*TEL for a delicious Queso Dip perfect for any occasion! Plus, I love how simple it is to whip up (bonus: it will delight all of your football fans in attendance)!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by RO*TEL and Velveeta via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of RO*TEL and Velveeta.

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