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Game Day Pretzels – 3 ways!

This post is sponsored by SUPERPRETZEL® Soft Pretzels Products and SheKnows Media

It’s GAME ON! with these 3 winning Game Day Soft Pretzels recipes – Cheesy Crab Dip, Chunky Buffalo Chicken, and Pepperoni Pizza!  You’ll be the MVP of the day when you serve these!

This post is being sponsored by SUPERPRETZEL® Soft Pretzels featuring their Original 6ct box and their Softstix Cheddar Cheese Filled Soft Pretzel Sticks. All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING DELICIOUS products are mine.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, football was a way of life. It was every part of your life as was going to work, grocery shopping, and church. Having 4 brothers that all played, my Friday nights were spent in the bleachers cheering them on as loud as I could. Saturdays I was outside with the youngest of my brothers holding the football tee for him for hours on end so he could practice that game-winning field goal. My family was so into football that my Dad literally built field goal posts in our one flat field. I can’t recall if that field was regulation size but my chubby little legs would tire when trying to run from one end to the other when my third brother ran drills and had scrimmages. And Sundays, well, they were meant for Mom’s homemade bread, watching football all day and eating “football foods” during the games. Oh, we still had a proper Sunday family dinner of say pot roast, mashed potatoes and the like but during the game, it was all about those football foods.

With the big game coming up, folks are already planning their festivities. If they aren’t lucky enough to score a ticket, they are settling for the next best thing – where to watch the game. Some may visit a sports bar while others may host a party at their house. But the one thing that is consistent regardless of where you watch it is the food. You want delicious, easy and something that you only need to use one hand to eat. I mean nothing is better than holding something yummy in your one hand while your other hand is in the air waving like a lunatic cheering on your team. Wait, sorry, I was talking about myself there. LOL

While I can’t help you get a ticket to the big game, I can help you make some seriously awesome dishes for it!  Now anybody can serve plain ol’ buffalo chicken dip, a bowl of pretzels and delivery pizza. Pfft – that’s so 1990!  You’re in an age where people are foodies. They want, and expect, unique, delicious and easy. That’s where these recipes  – thanks to the folks from SUPERPRETZEL® and I – come in!

 

So, who doesn’t love a hot, salted soft pretzel? I know this girl does and we won’t even discuss Mr. Fantabulous’ obsession with them. I always, ALWAYS have to have at least one box of these pretzels on hand. They do all the work for me so all I have to do is just heat and eat!  And the fact is, if you wanted, you could microwave them and have them even faster. BONUS!  These are found in your local grocery freezer section. Plus, check it out!  Head on over to their website and look for a special Coupon Promotion!  You can save .50 cents on a box of SUPERPRETZEL Original 6 ct! Download the coupon here (desktop only).
Stock up today on these pretzels and get ready for the game!

BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos

We’re talking Nacho Awesomeness here people! Crispy Chips, BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos, Caramelized onions, Cheesy Cheese and a Lip-Smackin’ BBQ Sauce!  Get your Deliciousness on!

Am I the only one that when I hear the word “Nacho” I immediately start to sing “Nacho, nacho man. I want to be a nacho man” either in my head or out loud. I’d say out loud with a caveat of if I’m in public or not but let’s be real, that’s not going to stop me. Life is too short to worry about what other people say or if they roll their eyes. I can actually sing and hey, if my little nacho song (with interpretive chair dance) makes someone giggle or smile, so be it. Why be boring, right?

And boring is something these nachos DEFINITELY aren’t!  I mean don’t get me wrong, I love me some stadium nachos with that bright orange cheese sauce that gets everywhere and takes every ladylike mannerism your Mama taught out and throws it out the window. Please, there is just no dainty way to eat nachos. And so help me God you break out a fork and knife with nachos you just need put in the corner and forced to watch paint dry. I mean c’mon. Nachos are a finger food.

And yes… I actually was out once, at a bar with a girlfriend who literally asked for a fork and knife because she “didn’t want to get her hands her nails dirty since she got them done earlier that day.” Yes for real. I literally sat there for a minute, dumbfounded as both the bartender and I looked at her, mouth agape. I then looked down at my food, looked up at the bartender, got up, grabbed my food and drink and literally moved to the other side of the bar. The bartender met me in my new seat and said, “Please tell me she’s kidding.” I just sat there and said, “Sadly no.” She just sat there said “What???” Me being me just replied, “I don’t know you.” What was even funnier is the bartender handed her chopsticks and said they were all out of clean silverware. I literally spit my drink out when I heard him and saw him hand it to her. That man got one fat tip needless to say.

Some of the best nachos you’ll ever eat!

Swedish Meatballs

These Swedish meatballs are soft, tender, and deliciously seasoned with a hint of allspice smothered in a rich and decadent beef gravy!

This post is being sponsored by Nordic Ware® featuring their 3 QT Dutch Oven and the “Jul” cookbook. All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING products are mine.

Swedish meatballs were something Mom seemed to ALWAYS make when she didn’t know what else to make for dinner in the winter. They were inexpensive, you could feed a huge family fairly inexpensive and they were so filling that you didn’t have to worry about starving later that night. Now full disclosure, I didn’t like Moms. Now don’t get me wrong as I have her recipe and absolutely love them now but when I was little, my tastes were very, VERY immature. If I could have lived on mashed potatoes, corn, butter bread and dippy eggs I would have. I was a ridiculously picky eater. If I even saw the teensiest trace of an onion I was convinced the dish was poisoned and if I ate it horrible things would happen to my body.

Swedish Meatballs

However, one thing my parents didn’t do was cater to us. If we didn’t like what we were served, we either ate it or we went to bed hungry. And you can be certain there was no dessert involved if you didn’t eat your dinner. And let me tell you what folks, you would have eaten a whole raw onion for a slice of my Mom’s blackout cake! HEAVEN! But Mom’s Swedish meatballs recipe I covet and yes I put onions in it like she did. I’ve actually grown to appreciate and dare I say, love them, in foods. Now I won’t go so far to say I’ll eat a raw one but if they are cooked I’m your girl!

Truly a classic, comfort food!

O’ Christmas Avocado Cheese Spread Tree

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplyAvocado #CollectiveBias

Get festive this holiday season with this Christmas tree shaped, avocado covered, herbed cheese platter!  A sprinkling of toasted pine nuts and pomegranate seeds finish this tree off deliciously!

Oh TKW Family have I got one AMAZING recipe for you today!  Forget about everything you knew about ‘cheese balls’ and holiday parties as this one is a true game changer!  Anyone can make a cheese dip and shape it the shape of a ball BUT only a few, the dedicated can (and will) go that extra step and make it into a festive Christmas tree! But why stop there? If you’re going to shape it, you need to decorate it, right?!  I mean set your dish apart from everyone else!  You have 2 things going for you with this recipe – presentation and FLAVOR!!

I’ve teamed up with the amazing folks at WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™ today to feature their most delicious (and one of my favorites) new products – SIMPLY AVOCADO™! Like everyone else on the planet, I’m obsessed with their guacamole flavors so when they released their new SIMPLY AVOCADO™ flavor I was super excited. They were looking for easy, delicious and a great holiday recipe. Check, Check and CHECK! I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys. It’s super adorable and OMG insanely delicious!

O' Christmas Avocado Cheese Spread Tree

Now I’m sure at least once, in your life, you’ve been to a holiday party or family get together where there’s a cheese ball on the table. It’s either homemade or store bought and pretty much surrounded by crackers. Most are hard in texture so when you go to get some out of the ball you have to stab at it with a knife and then when you try to put it on a cracker, you end up shattering the cracker in a bajillion pieces because the cheese simply doesn’t spread.

That’s not the case here! It’s luscious, thick, creamy, spreadable and one of the best cheese spread ball dips I’ve ever made!
Fa la la la… tis the season!

Tony’s Pizza with Touchdown Nachos

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WinWithTonysPizza #CollectiveBias

Be the MVP of Friday Night high school football with these Loaded Touchdown Nachos and a few Tony’s Pizzas!  Cheer on your hometown team to victory and serve them up some deliciousness to celebrate their win!

From the time I was 3 I can remember spending every Friday night either at my high school football stadium or at the away game. Having 4 older brothers that all were deeply-seeded in football we lived and breathed high school football. I can remember being an honorary member of the team wearing the smallest jersey they had (which was the length of a nightgown on me) and a scuffed up helmet that wobbled on my head. I would stand on the bleachers sipping my hot cocoa, cheering on my South Park Eagles as loud as I could and doing all of the cheer moves the cheerleaders were doing. I LOVE High School football! It’s what I was raised on. When I got old enough I joined the band for two reasons – because I loved to play the sax and because I got to be at the games.

Touchdown Nachos
The cold bleachers, the snowy nights where you’d shiver and wrap yourself in a warm blanket, numerous cups of cocoa and the lights of the field. God I love that. Today I’m teaming up with Tony’s Pizza, the makers of Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Pepperoni Pizza, Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza, Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Cheese Pizza, Tony’s® Pizzeria Style Supreme Pizza, and Tony’s® Pizzeria Style MEAT-TRIO® Pizza today to showcase one of my favorite dishes to serve with their awesome pizzas. Tony’s Pizza is all about hometown pride. “We got spirit, yes we do! We got spirit, how about you?” Well Tony’s Pizza has spirit and they want to hear about yours!.  Enter their sweepstakes today for a chance to win $3000 in cash prizes for a qualifying high school team as well as Walmart gift cards!

#WinWithTonysPizza #Sweepstakes – Walmart (9/19 to 10/17) Go team, GO! Go get Tony’s Pizzas!

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