Tangy Dr Pepper® Chicken and Grill-gating Fun

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Tangy Dr Pepper Chicken and Grill-gating Fund

It’s that time of year again! Time to break out your favorite fan gear, whip up your favorite recipes, and get ready for fun-filled football Saturdays!  Every fall I enjoy sitting in front of the television with my husband on Saturdays and watching our favorite college football team (and any other college team who’s playing).   Whether we have a house full of people or it’s just our family at home, we always have a good time, and we always enjoy our share of delicious homegating and grill-gating food!  Today I’m going to share a recipe for grilled chicken.  It features a Tangy Dr Pepper® marinade, and can be used for your chicken fingers, boneless and bone-in wings, or any other meat of your choice! [Read more…]

Celebrating College Football with Dr Pepper® and HOT POCKETS®

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I love this time of year.  Where I live, the temperatures were in the upper 80s and low 90s throughout September, so it didn’t feel like fall weather, but football season is definitely in the air, and that is a great thing! Dr Pepper®  is a sponsor of college football and the college football championship, and they are teaming up to offer shoppers great deals at Publix for all their football watch party and tailgating party needs.  Since our Saturdays are filled with football, family, and food, I have to keep a lot of drinks and snacks on hand, and I’m always happy to find deals on the snacks we love.  Today I’ll be sharing a few of my ideas for how you can take advantage of these great deals at Publix and make Dr Pepper and Nestle HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches a part of your football celebration.

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Prepare to take your college football experience to the next level! Dr Pepper®, DIGIORNO®, HOT POCKETS®, EDY’S® and STOUFFER’S® are giving you the chance to win tickets to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game in Tampa, Florida! Three lucky winners will receive two tickets to the game, airfare and hotel accommodations! In addition, Publix gift cards will be awarded to several other lucky winners. Don’t miss out! Visit CollegeFootballChampSweeps.com for your chance to win. Enter between 10/1/16-10/21/16.

Dr Pepper can be found in the drink aisle at Publix. Be sure to be on the look out for the special limited edition 2016 College Football Packages. Publix also has great deals on HOT POCKETS® and other frozen snacks from Nestle.  Look for these in the freezer section.

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You will be the star of your own football party when you create your very own Dr Pepper Floats Bar.  This is such a fun and delicious idea!  You’ll of course need some and a couple of flavors of ice cream for the main ingredients of the floats.  Here I used French vanilla and butter pecan, but I have to tell you that chocolate ice cream is great for  Dr Pepper  floats as well!

And of course, you will need glassware.  I like to put out a couple of different sizes and types of glasses out, simply because in our family one person may want a large float, while someone else may want just a small serving.  You should also have some toppings and add-ins like chocolate syrup, whipped cream, cherries, and candy toppings.  And if you’d like to give your guests the option of blending their float, you should have a blender or hand blender on hand.

As you can see, it is a very simple, yet nice and presentable set up.

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Apart from floats, I absolutely love blended floats and shakes.  Today I’ve got a very simple recipe for Dr Pepper Shakes.

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Recipe for Dr Pepper Shakes

Ingredients:

1 cup french vanilla ice cream (or other flavor of your choice)

2/3 cup milk

1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

1/2 cup Dr Pepper

splash of Dr Pepper to create foamy top (optional)

Directions:  Blend together ice cream, milk, and chocolate syrup.  Mixture should be pretty thick; if it seems thin, add additional ice cream and reblend.  Next blend in your Dr Pepper.  Pour shake up into a glass and add a splash of Dr Pepper to create foam at the top.

Other Topping Options and Substitutions:

  • Whipped cream and cherry.
  • Whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
  • Whipped cream with chopped candies or sprinkles.
  • You can also leave the chocolate syrup out and go with plain vanilla, or use other syrups like caramel, butterscotch, and strawberry.
  • To change this recipe from a shake to a blended float, leave out the milk and add extra Dr Pepper.

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Just as the Dr Pepper can be used as part of a float bar, the HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches can used in a bar of their own.  This works out great for us, because we  like to put out a number of finger foods and snacks so that everyone can come, eat, and go, as they please, and making your own HOT POCKET® is as easy as you can get!

Simply lay out a few of your favorite HOT POCKETS® flavor options.  I love Ham & Cheddar, but the rest of my family love the Cheddar Cheeseburger and the Pepperoni Pizza varieties.

Then add a few dipping sauces to add on the side.  A few suggestions I have are ranch dressing, ketchup, mustard, honey mustard, and barbecue sauce.  You’ll also need some ramekins for your sauce, food plates, and forks.

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In about 2 minutes anyone can fix up their own snack. (That means it can even be done during the commercials!)  And the best part is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time in your kitchen cooking while everyone else is enjoying the games.

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For more fun ideas for the college football season from Dr Pepper and Nestle, check out visit this site.

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Homegating with Skittles® and Printable Football Party Activities

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Homegating with Skittles

My family is so excited about football season being back again! How about you?  Each week of football season, we watch many games, but our favorite thing to watch is college football on Saturdays, and for this, we always like to have a lot of food and snacks on hand!  With football season starting in September and going through and past the New Year, I find it’s important to mix things up and come up with great menu items each week.  For example, we may have pizza and wings one week, and the following week we may have pulled pork sandwiches or hamburgers and hot dog.

But for me, football food doesn’t always have to be about the savory; it can also be about the sweet.  For the sweet, I like everything from fruit and cream cheese dip to cupcakes and cookies, to candy!  For the first Saturday of college football, we had an array of delicious foods to serve, including one of my favorite candies, Skittles®.  Today I’m going to show you some ideas for homegating with Skittles.  I’ll show you how I added Skittles to our party menu, and I’m going to show you how you can use Skittles to bring a little fun to the party! [Read more…]

Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Nachos + How to Create a Multi-Game Viewing Experience at Your Football Party

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Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Nacho Basket

Coca-Cola is my go-to drink on any day, but when game day rolls around, it is an absolute must for the family and any guests who may come around.  Not only is it the perfect drink to serve, but it’s also a key ingredient in a lot of the appetizers and desserts that I make.  Today I’m going to share a delicious recipe for Coca-Cola Pulled Pork, and I’m going to show you how I use the pulled pork to make the most delicious Pulled Pork Nachos!

AND…as I much as I love game day, I have to admit, we wouldn’t have game day if there weren’t actual games to watch, so today I’ve also got a tutorial on how to create a multi-viewing experience at your football party! [Read more…]

Big Game Snacking with Cheez-Its and Pringles + Spinach Dip Recipe

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Big Game Snacking It’s hard to believe football season is almost over! But with one more game still to go, there’s still plenty of time for Big Game Snacking.  Last weekend we enjoyed a small football party with family and friends and an array of food, decorations and fun!

Easy Party Decorations

Finding party decor and activities is as easy and affordable as 1-2-3.  I used a great set of printables from Dazzle Expressions for the table decor.  And for kids, there are a lot of free printable activity pages like this Football Bingo Game from Pretty Providence.  My friend Ami of AliLily also has a great post of 42 Football Party Ideas which includes a great collection of party games and activity sheets, as well printable decorations.  And then I just got a simple green table cloth and few other party supplies from Walmart to decorate the table.  Easy peasy!

Cheez-It and Pringles

As for food, I make parties easy with a couple of savory appetizers or main course items.  Last week we had a pizza and some Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Subs.  But on other occasions, I’ve served chicken tenders, wings, meatballs, little sausages, cheese sticks, and other tasty appetizers.  And then apart from that, I MUST have at least kind of dip to serve.  And where there’s dip, there has to be something to eat with the dip.  Enter Cheez-Its and Pringles!

Our pantry is always stocked with various flavors of these tasty snacks.  Not only does our son love them, but so do my husband and I.  And both snacks are very affordable! [Read more…]

Game Time with Coke, Ritz and DiGiorno® Pizza and Ritz Balls Recipe

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Game Time with Coke Ritz and DiGiorno

Are you ready for the Big Game? Great brands like Coca-Cola, DiGiorno® Stuffed Crust Pizza  and Ritz Crackers make it easy and affordable for anyone to throw a great football party! Last weekend we enjoyed a day of football and food.  Today I’m going to share my recipe for Ritz Balls and I’ve got some other tips for how you can creatively use these products to make your football party food fun and fresh! [Read more…]

Party Time with Oriental Trading

Easter at Oriental Trading

 

I’m very excited to be a part of the Oriental Trading blogger program.  They make it easy to throw a party, stuff gift baskets and bags, come up with arts and crafts activities for kids.  Whether you’re looking for VBS activities, throwing a wedding or shower, or hosting a Hawaiian luau, you are sure to find everything you need, from decorations to favors and more! [Read more…]