I grew up watching Michigan football and was lucky to visit the Big House for a few games during my childhood, I always loved the atmosphere and of course the marching band. It’s a good thing because Hail to the Victors is a cheer I hear every Saturday during college football season. My husband Chris is an alumni and a big fan, he hunkers down on the couch with his cell phone (so he can text his buddies) and a beer (to calm his nerves) and wishes he was still in Ann Arbor sitting in the student section on game day.
We have a few Michigan photos and prints in the office to keep us in the Michigan zone all year long, the print above is the Michigan alphabet, I purchased it on Etsy and framed it myself, it is hanging next to the one and only Shaky Jake. Jake was given to my dad years ago by his friend Gary Jones and it was passed on to us when we were married. He sure is a conversation starter!
We also have this great Michigan barn photo that my parents bought for us at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. I love photo editing, I framed it in a reclaimed wood frame to mirror the barn wood…
My favorite part about fall and football season is the food, friends and tailgates. From time to time we watch the game at a sports bar in Los Altos but typically stay home. For the Michigan vs. Notre Dame game last weekend we had our friends Ed, Russ, Laura, and their daughter Sarah over for some tailgate treats. The game turned to be full of suspense, I am so glad we were able to win in the end, go Blue!
For the little game day party I tried to be festive and decorated the mantle in the living room with yellow pumpkins and roses, it turned out really cute.
I think I will keep up the look and change out the flowers each week, good thing I have roses in the backyard!
Of course game day would not be complete without our team shirts, I usually wear a sweatshirt but it has been so hot out that I broke out a short sleeve t. Chris wears the same shirt EVERY Saturday, it is completely faded and has holes in it, I keep telling him that he needs to replace it but he refuses.
Now on to the recipes, I love bar food on game day, especially nachos, spinach dip, and hot boneless wings. For our party I tried 3 new recipes so that I could recreate my favorites at home.
First let’s start with the layered bean dip. This recipe is from Cooking Light and skips the guacamole and the cream cheese (if you like that check out my slim tex-mex dip) to save on calories. There is a blend of black olives and corn on top, something I haven’t seen in other dip recipes but I really liked it.
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (16-ounce) can organic refried beans (such as Amy’s or Eden Organic)
1 cup organic bottled salsa (such as Muir Glen)
2/3 cup frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped black olives
3/4 cup (3 ounces) preshredded 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese
3/4 cup (6 ounces) light sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Preheat oven to 350°, Combine juice, cumin, and beans in a medium bowl, stirring until well combined. Spread mixture evenly into an 11 x 7–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread salsa evenly over beans. Combine corn, onions, and olives; spoon corn mixture evenly over salsa. Sprinkle cheese over corn mixture. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Top with sour cream; sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.
The next recipe (and crowd favorite) was the spinach and artichoke dip. This is also a recipe from Cooking Light, it was very easy and made great left overs. We all agreed that this recipe tasted better than any restaurant version. Here is the recipe…
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high.
The party was a big hit, we all ate way to much and enjoyed the game. Russ and Laura’s daughter Sarah is such a cutie, I caught this picture of her while she was over, looks like she is cheering for Michigan too!
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy Touchdown Week! If you are interested in participating in my next themed week let me know, I am looking for guest blogging for Holiday Decor Week in December.