Then I met my husband.
The man LOVES football. In our early dating days, he explained the game to me. And for some reason, I found myself actually interested. (The things we'll do for love, eh? ;) I learned about yards and downs and extra points and punts. I learned about fumbles and interceptions and sacks. And Sundays changed for me. Now that I knew what was happening, it was kinda fun to watch. Trust me, no one was more surprised than I was!
Shock of all shocks, we started a family fantasy football league that year (10 years ago - and it's still going strong), and I created a team! ME! The family started coming over on Sundays, sometime in the late morning to watch the 1:00 games, and would stay well into the 8:00 games.
And Football Sundays were born.
We eat. We eat. And we eat some more. We don purple and black and yell at those who don't dress accordingly. We have a few drinks. We play cornhole at halftime. We eat a little more. In between all this, we laugh A LOT. I cook my behind off, and don't end up actually watching most of the game, but it's all good. Even though I do like watching it, I love entertaining more. It all starts on Thursday nights: I grab my favorite cookbooks, and now my laptop since Pinterest is FULL of yummy football food now, and find a handful of munchies to try...
I go shopping on Friday for all my ingredients. Come Sunday, Paul and I are on a mad dash to make the house look like we don't live in filth in about an hour, while our kiddos usually look something like this:
I get the menu up...
So then the guests start arriving and head downstairs to our half Ravens territory/half kids playroom;)...
Book Nook on the right there? Yeah, we could use a bigger basement on Sundays!
Kickoff begins and we start to stuff our faces...
|the 1st Day of School Cookie in the shape of a football|
Now if you'll excuse me, there's a game on tonight and I still have yet to put my Fantasy players in...better get to it! I've got Tom Brady as my QB playing against our beloved Ravens - what to do, what to do...(for the record, it still cracks me up that I say AND understand sentences like that one;)
Some of our favorite Game Day munchie recipes:
Cheesy Potato Rounds
Stuffed Crust Pizza Snacks
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
Hot and Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Hot Reuben Dip
Ham and Spinach Pinwheels