Sunday Afternoon Housewife

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Super Bowl Party Planning February 4, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,craft,Football,Recipes — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 4:17 pm

Well, if you are a football fan, and even if you aren’t, the Super Bowl is this Sunday and that means a few things around where I am: eating, drinking, and eating while watching football! I’ve done my best to bring some football crafts to the blog the last couple of weeks, but honestly they are few and far between, so what I want to focus on as all of us fantastic hostesses start to get ready for the big game party is the food!

One of my new favorite blogs, Hostess with the Mostess, has a delicious Super Bowl menu posted on the blog. It looks like they swiped it from Rachel Ray, but wherever it came from, it looks really good! This menu is from a couple of years ago, but it still looks really yummy- especially the beer margaritas-which I have tried before and I have to say are pretty tasty!

If you are looking to make a fun center piece, Hostess with the Mostess also has a fun wheat grass football field center piece which you could make to dress up your dinner table during the game.

The Food Network is another great website to check out if you have a big party coming up this weekend. One of the coolest ideas I thought they had was a potato skin recipe for each and every NFL team. Of course I’m right in the middle of Colts country, and their suggested Colts potato? Fried Pork Potato Skins!

If you are a Saints fan (which is fine by me as long as you can handle loosing to the Colts!) then the Muffuletta Potato skins are the route Food Network suggests. These look loaded!

Of course, they have all the others teams too, so if you are looking for another team, you can find the list right here. If you are like me though, these potato skins are a bit on the meaty side. I’d much prefer a cake, and the Food Network has a beautiful Game Day Cake (though I suppose you’ll need to update the numbers on the front to 44, or XLIV, since this cake must be from last year).

I hope that all of these recipes and ideas will help you to have a great Super Bowl party. What are you favorite recipes? Do you think you might try any of these recipes? I know I have plans to make some Super Bowl cupcakes. I have a grand design in mind. I wanted to share, but it’s a few days early to make, so check back next week when I post about cupcakes and share my Super Bowl cupcake creation!

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Football Craft Saturday January 23, 2010

Filed under: craft,Football,football brooches,Tutorials — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 4:10 pm

I had a lot of fun picking out some football crafts to share last Sunday while I was watching the Jets beat San Diego, so I said  if you checked back on this  Sunday I would have more football crafts for you to look at and work on while watching the Colts beat the Jets. As I was getting ready for the blog, I realized that it would be a lot better for you to have these craft ideas the day before the games this week, in case you wanted to bake the fantastic cupcakes I found on hostessblog.com, or one of the football brooches I am going to show you how to make in today’s blog. So, I finished up making the brooches  earlier than I planned so I could share with you. It’s a pretty quick tutorial. I will apologize in advance for the lower than normal picture quality. It’s been so gloomy and rainy this week, and it is harder than I ever imagined to get a good photo in my house where there is zero natural light (yet another reason to invest in a light box I suppose).

So, what I made for this week’s football crafts are cute little football and Colts brooches (I suppose if you like another team then you can adjust the colors!)

For the brooches you will need the following materials:

blue felt, white felt and brown felt

brooch/pin backs

a needle and a small amount of thread or embroidery floss

fabric glue (I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue)

scissors

So, let’s go through the football directions first because it is a bit simpler. What you’ll need to do is cut 2  football shapes of equal size from brown felt, and one long “lace” and 3 short “laces” from the white felt.

Use your fabric glue to glue the long lace down the center of one of the football shapes, and then glue the 3 shorter laces equally over the longer one.  With the other football shape, use your needle and thread to securely sew the pin back to the center of the felt football.

The last step is pretty simple. All you need to do is spread some glue all over the back side of the football with laces on the front, making sure to get it to the edges, and place it on the back side (pin-less side) of the other football and glue it together by pressing it together and making sure it is lined up on all edges. If there is a bit of overhang, you can trim it up with scissors after the glue dries. Once the glue is dry you can pin it on your sweatshirt on game day, or put it on your coat lapel and show your love for the sport up through the Super Bowl!

Ok, now for the Colts brooch. What you’ll need to do first is cut two circles of the same size, one from blue felt and one from white. What you need to is use your needle and thread to sew the pin back onto the blue circle of felt.

Next is the tricky part. You’ll want to maybe draw a horseshoe outline on the white felt. Since it is a horseshoe, you can fold the circle in half as you cut to make a more even horseshoe. When you finish this step, you will have these two pieces:

Next you’ll want to apply a bunch of fabric glue all over the back of the white piece of felt,

and then press it onto the blue piece. One thing I forgot to mention is that you’ll want to make sure the center “tab” part of the horseshoe covers the threads from where you stitched on pin back. And here you go, after the glue dries, you have a great and fast Colts themed brooch that you can wear all weekend long to show your support for the team. Go Colts!

Ok, if you are feeling super crafty and like baking, I found this link via Twitter. It’s a blog called Hostess with the Mostess and it looks pretty great overall (hello!  chocolate mustache lollipops), but these cupcakes alone are pretty amazing. My favorite is the Football Cupcake. It’s totally amazing!

I also really like this team color cupcake, too. This one looks great with the orange frosting, but of course I would have made it blue! (Go Colts!)

One last football thing I found this week that I really liked and wanted to share was this super cute (and chocolate) football soap from LoveLee’sSoap over on Etsy. If you don’t feel like making any football crafts, you can still pop over to Etsy and buy these!

Well, this ends my football craft round up for this week. I hope you liked the second installment. I’d love to hear if you have done any football related crafts, and would love if you would share them. Maybe I’ll feature it on Super Bowl weekend Football Craft Round Up!

 

Football Craft Sunday January 17, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,craft,crochet,Football,free patterns,knitting,Recipes — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 7:46 pm

I’ve really been getting into football this season in a big way. It really helps that my fave team, the Colts, are doing fantastically well, but I must admit, I’ve been watching football even when the Colts don’t play. I even watched a lot of college ball this year. So, now that I have made that admission, I must say that I have been thinking about some football related crafts as we get closer to the Super Bowl. One of my favorite things about watching football is getting together with friends and eating great food, and cooking is a craft for sure! One of my favorite things to eat in winter and for football games is chili. I’m also a big fan of the cheesy salsa dip with tortilla chips, but that isn’t much of a craft as it is dumping a cheese log in a crock pot and turning it on. Today, I’d like to share my chili recipe with you as well as share some other football related crafts that I found out on the internet.

FIVE BEAN CHILI

My chili is a vegetarian chili, but it is very hearty and really can fill you up after one bowl. It’s a fairly simple recipe which I have been working on for several years. One thing about it that is great is that it requires very little measuring (well, I barely every measure it, so you’ll have to take these measurements more as guestimates) and you can cook it on the stove if you want it ready fast, or you can put it in the crock pot (preferred method) and let it go for three or four hours until it is perfectly cooked and all the flavors really have a good time to simmer together. Ok, here’s a list of what you need

3 medium onions, peeled and diced

5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

3 tbs. vegetable oil

1 32oz can crushed tomatoes

1 32oz can petite diced tomatoes in own juice

5 cans of beans- you may use ANY kind of bean, but I prefer using garbazo beans (chick peas), black beans, red kidney beans, white canellini beans, and great northern beans. You’ll need to drain and rinse all the beans.

5 dried california chili peppers, top stem and seeds removed (available at Mexican grocery stores and many regular groceries, too)

3 tbs. chili powder

1 tbs. ground cumin

1 tbs. ground coriander

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbs. soy sauce

2 tbs. red wine vinegar

optional: 1 bag of Morning Star Farm meatless veggie crumbles

Ok, the first thing you want to do is cut the top off the dried chili peppers and shake out as many of the seeds as you can. Fill a bowl with really hot water and put the chili peppers in and set aside to re-hydrate until they are soft ant pliable.

Now, dice your onions, mince your garlic, and put in in a saute pan with the vegetable oil and cook, stirring as needed, on medium-high heat until the onions are translucent and start to brown on the edges.

Meanwhile (if you can multi-task, then while onions are cooking), open all the cans of beans and tomatoes. Pour the crushed and diced tomatoes into the crock pot (don’t drain the juice off the diced tomatoes, put in in the crock pot, too). After draining and rinsing the beans, pour them into the crock pot with the tomatoes and mix them all together well. You can turn your crock pot on high at this point.

Now, back to the onions: Once they are translucent, pour the chili powder, cumin, and coriander into the saute pan and cook for a couple of minutes until the spices are very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Use about 1 tbs. off soy sauce to “deglaze” the saute pan (basically just make it easier to get all the spices out). Pour the onions into the crock pot along with the spices, the rest of the soy sauce, and the red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. If you are adding the meatless crumbles, pour them in now, too. Mix it all again.

Get your food processor or blender out and strain the re-hydrated chili peppers out and into the food processor. Add about 1/4 cup of pepper soaking water to the food processor with the peppers and process until the water turns bright red and the peppers are very well minced. Pour the whole pepper mixture into the crock pot and give it one more good stir.

Put the lid on the crock pot, stir occasionally, and now you just have to be patient and wait a couple of hours for the chili to become piping hot, and then you know it is ready to serve.

Some of my favorite toppings for this chili are sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and sliced pickled jalapeno peppers from my garden. Of course it goes great with corn bread, but it isn’t a necessity because this chili is really going to feel you up!

Alright, now if your chili is on and you need something to work on before the game starts, or while the game is on here are a few more fun football crafts to occupy your time.

Knit Football Washcloth

I found this great pattern on Ravelry. It looks like a pretty fun pattern and I think that if you knit a lot, you may well be able to finish this in one, if not two games.

The free pattern for this washcloth can be found on Ravelry, but if you aren’t a member you can also get it from BunnyStamping Blog.

If you are a crocheter instead of a knitter, you could buy the super cute Football Star Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from Owlishy on Etsy. I’ve done a couple of her patterns and find the fantastically written and easy to read.

I am sure you could go all out and customize this guy by switching colors so he is in your teams favorite colors, and you could even put your favorite players number on him, too (mine would probably be #85 Pierre Garcon)!

If you feel like crocheting something a little more functional than cute, you could also buy the pattern for a mere $3 to make this Football Beverage Cozy by Laura’s Left Hook.

If you are still in need of inspiration for more football related crafts, Craftster hosted a “Are you ready for some football?” swap back in November, and there are ideas (no tutorials, just lots of pictures) for quilted banners, hair ties, crochet baby pants, and even these super cute football shoes, which I’m sure you could make for your favorite team with the proper paint and glue and logos printed off.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration to make a craft that supports your favorite team. I sure got a lot of inspiration while looking around for these crafts, and next Sunday you should check back and see MORE football crafts and a new football recipe.