Gameday Party

by HEAB on January 9, 2011

A while back, Garden of Eatin’ sent me a Garden of Eatin’ Party Pack, and so today CD and I hosted a football watching/meet Summer party. Basically we missed all our friends and decided to invite them over to hang out, watch the game, visit with Summer, and eat.


Summer would like to thank today’s sponsor. Thank you Garden of Eatin’!

I was so excited when the folks from Garden of Eatin’ contacted me because I love their blue tortilla chips as they always taste so fresh and have the perfect amount of salt – not a fan of overly salted chips. The party pack included three kinds of tortilla chips, plates, napkins, utensils, a ceramic football serving bowl and a $50 Visa gift card (for party supplies), and some product coupons for our guests. I’d never tried their Red Hot Blues until today. Have you had them? Oh my gosh, they totally remind me of my favorite chips from years past…I won’t name any names…rhymes with my speedo.

Anyway, we had a great time and enjoyed plenty of tasty eats…

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I would love to tell you that I spent all morning slaving away in the kitchen, but that would be a lie. Truth be told, I opened lots of boxes and heated things. All in all, the food prep took less than an hour…


The leftover evidence. Thank you Trader Joe’s!

We enjoyed our Garden of Eatin’ chips with plenty of salsa, hummus, and spinach artichoke dip. In my opinion, you simply cannot throw a party without chips, and therefore, Garden of Eatin’ would like to offer one of you a chance to win a party pack of your own, to include three bags of Garden of Eatin’ Chips, plates, napkins, utensils, a ceramic football serving bowl and three full product value coupons. Exciting, no? I also wanted to tell you about the Garden of Eatin’ Game Day Giveaway Sweepstakes. The company is awarding 5 grand prize winners and 16 weekly winners prizes valued between $50 and $400 that will enable fans to make their indoor or outdoor tailgate party a tasty, wholesome hit, and you can click here to enter.

For a chance to win the party pack, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite food to serve at a tailgate party. I like to make my homemade pimiento cheese.

How ’bout them Seahawks?


Kate January 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

I love to serve my homemade guacamole, with fresh pico and tortilla chips. Yum!

Jen January 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

Spinach Artichoke Dip!!!

sals January 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

My favorite used to be spinach-artichoke dip, but since going vegan, I have yet to make a dairy-free version. I’ll have to try that!

sara January 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

chicken nacho dip! yum yummm

Alyson January 10, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I like to make something fancy, like proscuitto-wrapped asparagus!

jeanna January 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I love to serve a fresh salad with fruit and cheese! Its a great way to balance out all the cheese and carbs!

Shirley January 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm

pita chips and hummus!

i’ve also recently discovered hummus chips that are like crack…dangerous!

MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan January 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Does hummus count as tailgate food? Hummus and chips are the best!
You are so lucky that Summer has so much hair – mine had blonde peach fuzz forever!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Yep, hummus totally counts.

I can’t believe how long Summer’s hair is already. I was looking at her newborn photos today, and it’s grown so much. I’m going to have to buy some barrettes soon. πŸ™‚

Heather -who happens to like AB, as well :) January 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I have a soft spot for Summer, as my little guy was a 5lber and needed to supplement w/formula, too πŸ™‚ She looks so bright-eyed and adorable!

I like to be the ultimate lazy girl and let my husband make his homemade guac! (I’ve never had bettter.)

Ghirardeli brownies ARE great, the perfect blend of boxed and homemade (tasting)! They need to make a carob version for you!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Thanks for the encouragement. How long did you supplement with formula. We’re still using it, but Summer is getting more and more milk from me. It’s getting better every week. And yes, I would just about do anything for a carob brownie mix! πŸ™‚

MaryZ January 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm

YUM! I think chips and dip (of any kind) are my favorite thing at a party!

Gina January 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Baby back ribs…so so good! The Seahawks game was INsane! I live in Seattle and I swear I could hear that crowd from my apartment;)

Tami Eaton January 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I love taco dip. The chile lime chips are awesome with this!!!

Sarah January 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I like pigs in a blanket at tailgates! Little mini hot dogs in dough – yummmm

marie January 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I like to make cupcakes!

Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

whenever i have a party i head straight for trader joe’s! i think my favorite tj’s thing to heat up and serve is the spinach artichoke dip! i’m also a fan of creating a spread of multiple tj’s hummus flavors. mmm…

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

We served TJ’s spinach artichoke dip. So easy and so good!

Lisa January 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Hands down, my favorite party food to serve is guacamole!

kathleen January 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Ah. Speaking of garden of eatin’, I have been meaning to write them. I hadn’t had their chips in years and I told my husband how good the red hot blues were. That they were really spicy. I bought some and they weren’t spicy at all! They were just plain blue corn chips… disappointing.
Anyway, I am a chips and salsa person so that’s what I would serve.

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Yeah, they aren’t very spicy which is why I like the Red Hot Blues. I’m not a huge fan of super spicy foods and that’s why I never bought them. The name made me think they would be really hot.

Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I am not much of a tailgater since I don’t go to many games in person, but we have plenty of football parties at our apartment and there is almost always hummus or guacamole πŸ™‚ But we also have “themes” depending on what team is playing that night, such as philly cheesesteaks for Philadelphia, brownies when Cleveland plays and so on!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Sounds like you have fun neighbors. πŸ™‚

Kate January 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I love to make hummus, mix it with feta and parsley, and then bake it to warm it all up.

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Kate, I never thought to bake hummus. What a good idea!

Holly January 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm

For the MS State/Michigan Gator Bowl we had the ultimate tailgate serving beignets (and bourbon and bloody marys) for breakfast before frying 2 turkeys for lunch along with black eyed peas and gumbo (not to mention all the traditional eats like chips and dips)- it was New Year’s day afterall!

BOO DAT to the Seahawks. I still believe in my boys–next year Saints, WHO DAT!!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Wow, sounds like quite the feast. Delicious – I love black eyed peas as well as gumbo!

Jennifer January 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

my favorite tailgate snack is my husbands home made spicy habanero salsa…served with salty chips of course!

Alyna January 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I love salty/crunchy combo foods, so I usually have hummus and pita chips around. I also make some killer Nestle Tollhouse cookie bars :o)

(Boo hoo, my Chiefs lost yesterday)

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

If it makes you feel any better, my Titans didn’t even make it to the playoffs, and so I’m rooting for the Bears in honor of CD. πŸ™‚

Rach January 10, 2011 at 11:46 am

Buffalo wings, always buffalo wings!

Lauren S January 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

I love to make stromboli, you can assemble it ahead of time and the combinations are endless pepperoni and cheese, roasted vegetables and pesto, buffalo chicken, etc…

Allison W. January 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

I’ll go with the classic cheese and crackers. TJ’s has such an affordable variety of cheese!

Go Bears!

Marilyn January 10, 2011 at 11:31 am

Buffalo chicken dip is my favorite! Tailgates are a great excuse to make the favorite foods that you don’t want lying around the house for you to devour yourself!

Nichole (Flirting with Food, Fitness & Fashion) January 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

How about them GREEN BAY PACKERS!? Is more like it!! haha

My favorite food to serve at a tailgate party indoor preferably would be my homemade chili. I love to make 2 kinds, vegan and non. Just so those meat eaters can try my vegan chili and tell me they love it! Ha ha

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

I like to serve my crack corn (home made popcorn). It’s simple, healthy and gets rave reviews. I love how your daughter is no bigger than a bag of chips. So tiny and cute!

Heather January 10, 2011 at 10:38 am

My favorites are, of course, chips and dips and right now I like chicken salad wraps. I can’t stand the messy fingers so I go for easy finger foods and all wraps are perfect.

Mary Kate January 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

Homemade guac and queso!

Lindsey @ Dishes 'N' Diapers January 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

I’m so glad you found my site, which led me to yours. I LOVE it!

Our favorite tailgate food would have to be Nachos… the topping combinations are endless!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 10:44 am

Yeah, so nice to “meet” you. I clicked on your latest post from Meghann’s blog – it sounded like something I could relate to. Congrats on your pregnancy. Your little one is going to be here before you know it. So exciting! πŸ™‚

Tricia January 10, 2011 at 10:33 am

Mexican layer dip! And guacomole!

Melissa B. January 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

My favorite game day food to eat and serve is definitely chicken wings! I made a batch for the fiance and I yesterday. I bake/broil them in the oven at intervals, so they get nice and crispy- not greasy! This time, I made a dozen with hot sauce, and dozen with the mustard-cilantro-lime sauce from Elana’s Pantry. I have to say, they were some of the best wings I’ve ever had, and will definitely be bringing them to my next tailgating party.

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

Wish I could be at your next tailgate. πŸ˜‰

Anne January 10, 2011 at 10:15 am

haha! Summer looks teeeny compared to the bag of chips.
i’m obsessed with tj’s 5 layer dip..that and pigs in a blanket πŸ˜€

Amanda January 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

Homemade salsa and guac. These chips would be perfect to go with them:-)

Amanda January 10, 2011 at 10:03 am

Homemade guacamole of course! Avocado, a little tomatillo salsa, tomatoes, green onions & a little blue cheese. Served with homemade pita chips. Can’t beat it!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 10:47 am

Oh my gosh, I love blue cheese, and I bet it tastes amazing in guac!

Veronica January 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

wow, what a great prize to win!

My favorite to make (and eat) is homemade black bean dip made with only 5 all natural ingredients. I serve it with whole wheat pita chips. so good!!

Valerie January 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

My favorite tailgate party food is a big pot of (vegan) chili!

Casey January 10, 2011 at 9:50 am

I love to serve my homemade sausage cheese balls and hot wing chicken dip!

Pam January 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

Chicken wings for sure!

Erin January 10, 2011 at 9:04 am

I love DIPS!
All kinds: guac, hummus, spin dip, that Italian seasoning in sour cream dip, 7 layer, salsa..any and all! Yummmmm!!

Kristin January 10, 2011 at 9:02 am

Oooo I love any kind of chips and dip, especially hot dips like artichoke or cheese.

grabacokelaurie January 10, 2011 at 8:57 am

Of course chicken wings w/hubby’s homemade sauce : )

samantha January 10, 2011 at 8:55 am

i have two favorite dishes to bring, and both are dips. i LOVE chips and dip.

my pre healthy lifestyle go-to dip (and i still make it because it’s delicious and soooo popular) – chili cheese dip with hormel chili, cream cheese, and shredded mexican blend

my current party go-to dip: buffalo chicken dip – chicken breast, franks wing sauce, RF cream cheese and shredded cheddar, FF ranch, chives (seems like i’m missing something)

they’re probably pretty comparable nutritionally, i guess… but the canned chili freaks me out now for some reason

Sunshine January 10, 2011 at 8:18 am

I made 7-layer dip. Which goes fabulous with blue chips!

lara January 10, 2011 at 8:15 am

What an awesome gift! Looks like the bag is bigger than Summer…BTW, has anyone told you she looks somuch like CD? πŸ™‚

I serve my “killer spinach dip” with baguette chunks and it always scores!!

Christine January 10, 2011 at 7:56 am

homemade hummus and pita wedges!

Krista C. January 10, 2011 at 6:01 am

7 layer dip for sure! I live in Seattle and people are quite excited, to put it mildly.

Sarah January 10, 2011 at 5:21 am

I like to bring fruit pizza! Its healthy, everyone loves it, and its a nice change to all the typical foods being served.

Heather January 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

How do you make fruit pizza? It sounds yummy.

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

I’ve had a request for your fruit pizza recipe from another reader. Would you mind sharing as I’d like the recipe as well. All the fruit pizzas I’ve ever had weren’t very healthy. Thanks!

Andrea M January 10, 2011 at 5:04 am

Chips and salsa…or salsa with veggies. I can’t stay out of it!

Michelle January 10, 2011 at 3:02 am

I love serving homemade guacamole and brownies πŸ™‚

bonnie January 10, 2011 at 1:52 am

7-layer dip with chips!

Marty January 10, 2011 at 1:32 am

Seahawks, awesome! They rocked! I love close games!

Homemade blackbean hummus, homemade guac, and Organic Garden of Eatin Chips, homemade coleslaw, fresh sliced carrots, celery, olives, homemade pickled horseradish beets and onions, and a huge pot of homemade vegetarian chili made with any kind of beans or a mix of!

Can’t wait for the Superbowl! Who’s everyone rooting for?

Summer’s coming out a home par-tayee! What a wonderful idea Heather, I wish I could’ve been there!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 3:16 am

I wish you could have been here too, along with you coleslaw. Your recipes have been on my to-make list forever!

CD says the Patriots will probably win, but I hope not. Kind of tired of them winning.

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 10, 2011 at 1:16 am

Ooooh, what a crunchalicious giveaway!! Loves it πŸ™‚

Well, I’never never been to a tailgate party! πŸ™ BUT I have fantasized about the menu, LOL. For some reason my menu always includes sausage and peppers. It just seems right. πŸ™‚

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 3:18 am

Yes, sausages are required at tailgating parties – usually in the form of balls. πŸ™‚

Sarah January 10, 2011 at 1:09 am

OMG, i *LOVE* those red hot blues chips. sooo good. i live in texas, so of course there is no party without some good old fashioned tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole. my second fav serving would have to be my special black bean and corn salsa. yum.

Lisa January 10, 2011 at 12:27 am

Onion dip with ruffles. I also dip pretty much anything in that dip, fingers work well too!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 3:19 am

Onion dip – always a classic. πŸ™‚

Larissa January 10, 2011 at 12:20 am

Yum sounds good! Would love to win! I love to serve Spinach Artichoke dip with chips so these would be great to go with them (:

Tenaya Roberts January 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I love to make homemade guacamole to go with those Garden of Eatin’ Chips. AND, I love to fix quesadillas with Alvarado Street Whole Wheat tortillas. Smoked salmon on Ak Mak crackers with a lemon wedge! So yummy…..

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 3:20 am

I want to come to your next tailgating party. I’ll bring the oaties. πŸ˜‰

Lisa January 9, 2011 at 11:10 pm

To keep things healthy: carrots and hummus. If healthy is not a requirement then probably brownies or chips and salsa.

Nicole January 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

My famous hot chipotle chicken wings — frighteningly spicy.

I love your blog Heather!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 3:20 am

Thanks Nicole. πŸ™‚

Neena January 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Summer is so beautiful! She has so much gorgeous hair!

My favorite tailgate snack is topping a block of cream cheese with strawberry preserves and serving it with some Triskets. Sounds totally gross and strange, yet is my most requested app.

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 3:21 am

Thanks Neena, and I don’t think your app sounds gross at all. I’ve had it with pepper jelly, but I think your strawberry version sounds better and so easy!

JW January 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Something simple like salsa, guac, and chips!

BroccoliHut January 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

So glad to see that Summer has good taste in salty snacks:)
I like to serve the Creamy Cashew Dip from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan–always a crowd pleaser! oh, and hummus of course…

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 3:22 am

I have ED&BV and have never made that dip. Going to check it out tomorrow.

Melissa January 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Totally unrelated to the competition, but… your mom looks so young!! I thought you must have mis-labeled her picture!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 3:22 am

I forwarded your comment to my mom – made her so happy. πŸ™‚

Kimberly January 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Per my fiance’s request….we usually make pigs’n’blankets but my favorite thing to make is puppy chow (chocolate, peanut butter chex mix)!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 3:23 am

I can’t believe you’re the only one that has mentioned puppy chow. I’ve never made it myself, but I’ve eaten plenty of it. That stuff is super addicting!

Dawn January 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I like to make homemade guac, but my husband loves for me to make “sausage balls”… spicy ground sausage wrapped in puff pastry. I really should come up with a better name for them… :/

Konnie January 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I make homemade egg rolls with pork and lots of veggies in them! I usually make them the night before, then we wrap them in foil the day of and heat them on the grill!

Vanessa January 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I have a recipe for stuffed mushrooms with italian sausage and cream cheese that everyone loves!

Tara January 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I love chips and salsa. Boring? Yes. But delicious? Always. I need to spice it up with some of those chips!

Amanda Y. January 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I love wholly guacamole’s guac, or using it in a 6 layer dip! I love Garden of Eatin!!! Awesome giveaway–and what a cute idea “baby meet/football party combo”

Brandae January 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Happy belated birthday, Heather! I love your recent pics of Summer!

My gave party foods are homemade hummus and spinach artichoke dips with veggies. Yum!

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 3:24 am

Thanks Brandae. πŸ™‚

Melissa January 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I like to serve Mexican Layer dip- so easy, and such a crowd pleaser!

Lindsey January 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Buffalo chicken dip and chips is the best footbal food for my southern crew!

Mary January 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Summer is adorable as well as Chris’s “mini me”.

HEAB January 10, 2011 at 3:25 am

Ha – thanks Mary. CD will be happy to hear that. πŸ™‚

Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner January 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I love to make peanut butter cookies, and guacamole with chips. πŸ™‚

Jae January 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Personally, I’ve never been to one. But at parties, in general, I LOVE having Sunchips and cheese dip to increase the cheesiness a bit more.
Cheese overload! πŸ™‚

Debra January 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I always take Skyline Chili Dip. A fan favorite for sure!

esther January 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm

hummus and guac for sure!

Vegaholic January 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I love making (and eating) baked sweet potato fries!

Amanda Y. January 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm

me too!

Kelly January 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I LOVE guacamole!!!! And red pepper hummus and veggies!! πŸ˜€

Courtney January 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I like cheese and crackers πŸ™‚

Nancy January 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

If its a special occasion party I always, always love to serve shrimp cocktail!

Cathy January 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Looks like you have a little model there! My favorite tailgate treat is 7-layer dip…yum!

Vanessa January 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm

turkey hot dogs!

Erica January 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I love making 7 layer dip for tailgate parties. It’s always a hit!

maren January 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm

i always bring homemade guacamole! and i loveeee the red hot blues to go along with it, or hint of lime, or just plain blue corn.

Helen January 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I have and always will be a dessert girl. I make homemade banana pudding if we are at home, or I will opt for a tray of homemade chocolate chip cookies and brownies if we are outside.

I am a Louisiana gal so blah to the Seahawks….sorry if it is offensive but gotta support my boys!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

No offense taken. Sorry your Saints lost. πŸ™

Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Woohoo for tailgating!! My favorite tailgate treat- popcorn shrimp. Holy cow I could go through a plate of those things and not think twice about it!

Michele January 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm

any combination of guacamole, salsa, and hummus with a veggie tray and bowl of tortilla chips; a cheese, olives, sliced pears, nuts, and crackers/flat bread tray; a fresh fruit tray.

Noelle January 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I love to bake a 4 ingredient beer bread using a hearty stout, self-rising flour, a bit of brown sugar, and butter. Go Seahawks!

Rachel January 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm

A combo of M&Ms and salted peanuts in a bowl. Too easy and too addictive πŸ™‚

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Yes! I also used to love (still do I guess) Chex snack mix plus peanut M&M’s.

Laura January 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm

My favorite game day food is turkey chili over pasta shells with grated cheddar on top. It’s great scooped up onto tortilla chips, also πŸ™‚

skinnyrunner January 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm

go hawks! my brothers have season tickets. luckies.
my fav is the 7 layer dip. so good.

Danielle January 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

My favorite thing ever is buffalo chicken dip! So full of cheesy, greasy goodness πŸ™‚ Haha! It’s definitely a special treat.

I cannot get over how adorable Summer is and how much she looks like CD!!

courtney January 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I love love love artichoke dip! AND these chips would be perfect with it–YUM YUM YUM! Glad you are all enjoying the day!

Rachel January 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm

My favorite is a black bean, corn, and avocado dip. It’s super easy and SO yummy. I always get compliments on it. Come to think of it, I think it was the my gateway into liking avocado. πŸ™‚ It’s just a diced sweet onion, can of black beans (rinsed), can of corn, a diced avocado, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup sugar (i someties do less to cut back on the sugar), and 1/4 olive oil. And it’s best to let it sit in the refrigerator over night for the onion flavor to mellow a bit in the apple cider vinegar. Hmm…thinking I need to go make this now!

And super excited about the give away. Their blue corn chips are my favorite! I buy them now whenever we get chips.

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Thanks for sharing the recipe – sounds so simple and delicious. Definitely going to make for my next gathering.

Rachel January 10, 2011 at 10:08 am

You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. And I didn’t put this in the details above, but you drain the can of corn.

Colleen Stewart January 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm

LOVE Red Hot Blues! We have been eating them for as long as I can remember πŸ™‚ In fact there are some in the cabinet right now!
I love all party food πŸ™‚ Right now my favorite is spinach dip with big chunks of rye bread!
Summer = Cutie!

GirlonRaw January 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Would you think I was crazy if I told you that every work trip as a flight attendant that I used to make to the states, I ENSURED I had a packet of these Blue Corn chips (at least 1) in my suitcase to come home…. πŸ™‚

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

No, definitely not crazy. I would have done the exact same thing. If makes you feel any better, I always filled my suitcase with Digestives when I travelled to the UK. πŸ™‚

nicole January 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Oh my, how crazy was that game? Seahwaks and their losing record?? I love the playoffs!!

At my tailgate/Superbowl/sport parties, I love to serve homemade pizza, cheese and crackers, and/or a taco salsa dip with cream cheese, taco meat, lettuce, tom., etc. (7 layer? 5 layer? I don’t remember) If it’s a baseball party (which I do a lot of!) I do BBQ.
I agree with you about their Blue corn chips-I love them because of the salt to chip ratio. By far my fav. tortilla chip. (not just saying that I swear!!)

Chelsea January 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

chips & guac are the perfect football snack!

Courtney January 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Love tailgating and miss it so much! When I lived in Hawai’i we would tailgate at all the UH home games. One staple was grilled Kahuku Sweet Corn. Oh I miss it so.

Mandy (theamazonprincess) January 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm


I commented here for the first time probably about a year ago, but I finally started my own blog so I’m getting back to commenting on others’ blogs! πŸ™‚ My favorite food to serve for tailgating is definitely homemade guac with tortilla chips… I’d like to try those Garden of Eatin chips…they look yummy!

kelli January 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

seven layer dip(vegan)! or hummus!

Baking 'n' Books January 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I don’t usually do the hosting, but I would bring something like veggies and dip.

Pita bread and hummus, and cupcake-size brownies are always easy and good too.

What a great give-away from Garden of Eating! I’ve always wanted to try the Blue Tortilla Chips.

Alyssa January 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Another one who makes my own guac. Avocados, crushed garlic, salt and a squeeze or two of lemon.

Tracie January 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

The good old stand by of Velveeta cheese with Rotel tomatoes in the crock..yummy

Astrid January 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Swedish Meatballs!!

Natalia - a side of simple January 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

My favorite is really just chips and salsa. Can’t go wrong there! Summer’s presence wouldn’t be a sore sight, either πŸ™‚

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I love homemade pita bread with homemade hummus!! yumm…

Laura January 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Pizza roll-ups! You just take a triangle of crescent roll dough and add some mozzarella, a few pepperonis, and roll them up. Bake using the directions on the package of crescent roll dough and serve with tomato sauce for dipping. Everyone loves them!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Yeah, I’m pretty sure I would love those too. πŸ™‚

SillyGooseMama January 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Layered bean dip with refried, avo, olives, tomatoes etc–yum!

Liz @ IHeartVegetables January 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Summer looks adorable! She’s getting so big! πŸ™‚

Brandi b January 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Chicken enchilada dip

mama January 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

i like to make 7 layer taco dip!

Lori January 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Buffalo chicken dip is always a hit. But I love to put hummus and olive tampenade out for some healthier options!

kellyO January 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Guacamole is a must!

Yvonne January 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Anything involving cheese! I don’t even like football but I love throwing/attending game-watching parties. Would you mind sharing your pimiento cheese recipe? I’m always on the lookout for a new variation. Thanks!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Sure. I grate one block of cheese (8 ounces). The key is grating it yourself into bigger shreds. Much better than the finely shredded cheese from a package. I used sharp cheddar and then stir it together with a 1/4 chopped vidalia onion, 2 to 3 heaping spoonfuls of mayo, and chopped roasted red peppers instead of pimientos. It’s really roasted red pepper cheese. πŸ™‚
So easy and always a hit!

Yvonne January 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Heather, thank you so much for the recipe! I knew you had a little trick up your sleeve– I’ve never seen one that calls for Vidalia onion. That sounds delicious! Thanks again!

brandy January 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Crack dip! aka, Buffalo chicken dip served with celery and baguettes. So good!

Natalie S. January 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Spinach dip and guac! Yum!

Jennie (in Wonderland) January 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

My favourite thing to make for parties….

Either layer dip, with sour cream, salsa, lettuce, chopped veggies and salad, or homemade bruschetta on garlic toasts. Mmmm!

Fallon January 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I love making jalapeno popper dip for football parties. The guys LOVE IT!

maya January 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

mine is totally non traditional, but i am always happy to oblige the requests (pleas) for my coconut walnut chocolate truffles- they are like a cross between german chocolate cake and a chocolate torte…
decadent and healthy as i make them with 85% dark chocolate don’t use refined sugars!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I want to come to your next tailgating party! πŸ˜‰

Tracy January 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Chips and black bean salsa are a must!!

Summer is a DOLL! She’s growing so fast!

Katherine: Unemployed January 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

summer looks so thrilled to have yummy chips

Kari January 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm

It’s a toss up between homemade guac, homemade salsa, and homemade bean dip. Garden of Eatin’ have become a staple in our home.

Go Lions!

Kirsten January 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I love my spinach artichoke dip – chopped spinach, artichokes, sour cream and cream cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic, hot pepper flakes – so good!

Caitlin (EatFeats) January 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm

OMG Marshawn Lynch–that touchdown was incredible! My hero. I just wrote an entire blog post about him. Go Bears who are now Seahawks!

My favorite party food is my aunt’s dip. It is made from tomatoes, onions, avocados, black beans, etc. It’s delicious, totally healthy, and totally vegan.

Dorry January 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Fun party with friends and fam! I love to make hummus or guacamole & salsa with chips. For a sweet treat, I’ve been making chocolate-covered pretzels – everyone loves them!

Molly January 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I love to bring homemade black bean dip. Also guacamole is a favorite of mine.

Svitlana January 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I like to make a Tuscan white bean dip and rosemary crackers with almond flour (a recipe from from Elana’s Pantry website). And home made pita chips.

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I’ve seen that recipe on Elana’s site. Sounds so good!

Carbzilla January 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm

We were out of our minds over the Seahawks! I got so nuts over that long run that the dog got all crazed and jumped on the couch while barking (and that was even with me trying to be quiet while cheering).

I can’t remember the last time I made anything for a football party but it would be 7 layer dip!

Side story: When I was little, we’d have Granny Goose hot & spicy tortilla chips, and even though I probably wasn’t even 6 years old I would eat the whole bag while watching The Monkees. The Red Hot and Blues totally remind me of that!

Christine January 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

My family loves to make ‘party girls’ using a vintage Sunbeam Party Grill that my parents received as a wedding present. As a child I misunderstood ‘party grills’ for ‘party girls’ and the name stuck. They are little pockets made using bread, cheese and hot dogs. So yummy!

carlee January 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Love easy appetizers! Your look wonderful!
For a second I thought the words “my brother”, etc were actually on their shirts! Like they were made like that! lol

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Hehe – guessed you realized I photoshopped it after seeing “My Dog” πŸ˜‰

Kat January 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I love to make guac or homemade salsa – not terribly original, but everyone always loves it!

vanillasugarblog January 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm

we don’t watch football :::gasp::: I know I can hear the sounds now. BUT I do make dishes for people that watch it sooooo, everyone wants my asian meatballs, reuben dip, cheez it bark. those are the popular ones. that photo of summer is too CUTE!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Yes, I love your reuben dip. My mom made it for my baby shower, and everyone went crazy over it!

Quix January 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Holy yum – I used to (and still when I find them out and around at a party or somethin’) love the chips that rhyme with my speedo too. πŸ™‚

I’m not much of a sports fan, but my fave thing I make for parties is veggies and my homemade dip – sweat onions and garlic in some olive oil in a pan (not quite caramelized, but definitely clear and starting to turn color), mix it with sour cream, feta, ranch (or ranch seasoning), dill, rosemary, pepper. Let the flavors mingle together in the fridge overnight (it CAN be served the same day but it’s not nearly as yum), and top with green onions because it looks UGLY.

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm

It may look ugly, but your dip sounds delicious!

Robin January 9, 2011 at 11:50 am

Usually I am the designated brownie-bringer (thank you Ghiradelli brownie mix for making it seem like my brownies are homemade!), but during this pregnancy all I want is salt, salt, salt! I’ve been wanting to make the buffalo chicken dip that I’ve seen on so many blogs…maybe this Super Bowl!
PS Summer looks like she’s growing beautifully, I hope this means your breast feeding is going well!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm

The breast feeding is getting better every week! We still have to supplement with formula, but Summer is getting more and more of her milk from me. Yay! Also, one of our friends brought us dinner a few weeks ago along with some delicious brownies. I called her for the recipe…Ghiradelli brownie mix from Costco. πŸ™‚

Jill L. January 9, 2011 at 11:47 am

I love to make the buffalo chicken dip or homemade guac…yum!

Tracy January 9, 2011 at 11:32 am

Crockpot meatballs!! So tasty and only require a few ingredients πŸ™‚

Saba @ Less is More (Fun) January 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

Not very natural, or healthy, but my go-to would have to be the basic Velveeta & Rotel queso. People just seem to love that stuff. I’m not a big sports fan, but I do love all the snacks. πŸ™‚

Heather January 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

My favorite snack to make is my white bean dip with homemade pita chips. It’s nutritious but totally a party hit and delish!

Stacy January 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

Loaded nachos are the best football party snack!

Hallie January 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

Definitely guacamole!!

Kelly Michelle January 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

looks like fun! I love to make hummus with various things to dip, like veggies and chips!

Heather January 9, 2011 at 11:01 am

Those chips sound great! I’m not a big fan of super salty things either. I actually prefer unsalted pretzels over the regular ones!

Great spread! It’s good to take the “lazy girl” approach sometimes to prep for a party. Nothing like being dead on your feet from slaving around in the kitchen before your guests arrive!

Gosh, every time I go to a party, I make something different. I get a lot of requests for my loaded baked potato salad though. Think lots of cheesy, bacon-y goodness in a 13×9 baking dish! πŸ˜‰

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel January 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

There’s a mexican restaurant near us that serves, according to Brent, incredible wings. They actually have seitan wings, too, with the same sauce, though I’ve never tried them.

We go to a big superbowl party every year, and always buy a tray of the wings to bring with.

Now ask me about my favorite food to serve at Oscars parties πŸ˜€

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm

What is your favorite food to serve at Oscar Parties? πŸ™‚

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel January 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I’ve been holding a big Oscars party for about 10 years, and each year guests are encouraged to bring themed food, based on the movies nominated. Everyone votes on the best dish at the end of the night, and whoever wins gets a prize (this is in addition to Oscars ballots, movie trivia, etc…).

Last year, I was pretty proud of my entry – Nazi Scalps (or homemade chocolate dipped strawberries), a la Inglorious Basterds.

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Oh my gosh, that is so fun. I love watching the Oscars – your party sounds so fun, and your dish from last year was quite clever. πŸ™‚

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel January 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm

You should come up to Philly for the party this year πŸ™‚

Michele January 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

I love guacamole and hummus, just too lazy to make my own!

Tess January 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

Garden of Eaten food is delicious! The party looks fun and Summer is ADORABLE!!!! I like to serve chips and avocado cream. It is a recipe I saw on Pure2raw. It is avocado, apple cider vinager and nooch. Lurve it πŸ™‚

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Well that sounds easy. Love those Pure2Raw girls!

Elana January 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

Spinach & artichoke dip… yummmm. So incredibly unhealthy, but so delicious!
Though one of these days I’m going ot try for a healthy makeover..

Katie January 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

I take the easy way out – hummus and veggies is my staple. I love it, so at least I know there will be something there that I love!

Kristy January 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

Cheesecake πŸ™‚
I always bring dessert and it’s my favorite to make!

Emily @ One Sweet Vegan January 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

My favorite (and highly requested) thing to make is my vegan artichoke dip. SO GOOD!!

Darien January 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

oh goodness, pigs in a blanket are a staple. tortilla chips and homemade pico, extra lime and cilantro!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

It looks like you had a ton of fun with this! I love taking hummus anywhere I go! It is the perfect party food! I love that shot of Summer with the chips. Can you say little spokes woman? Too sweet!

Sarah R January 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

I typically make a sweet treat for parties that we attend–usually cookies of some sort. Totally not healthy. If I can find good avocados, I also love making some good guacamole.

Bailey January 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

My favorite tailgating food is pretty much any kind of dip! Hummus, salsa, artichoke dip, etc. I also love serving fruit pizza as a sweet alternative!

amy January 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

Always meatballs! PS Cute Outfit on Summer πŸ˜‰

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm

CD loves that outfit, and everyone at the party thought she looked so cute. Thanks again! πŸ™‚

PB&Jenny January 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

my mom makes a MEAN taco dip!!!!

sounds like a fun night πŸ™‚ did you see the “miracle run”?? craziness!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Yes, CD called me into the living room to watch it. Thankfully, we’d DVR’d the game, and so I got to see it. So exciting!

Carrie January 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

7-layer dip!

Laura (LunaChickRuns) January 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

I love to make homemade hummus and serve it with tons of sliced veggies and tortilla chips!

Ashton January 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

I love to serve my Mac and Cheese, its horrible for you…made with roux and tons of milk and cheese (I’ve never actually eaten it haha) but it disappears as soon as I put it down, and I get lots of compliments!

Sarah January 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

i love making skyline chili dip!

1 can chili (or 8 oz homemade)–> could make vegetarian?
1 package cream cheese
1 package cheddar cheese (grated)
1/4 cup diced onion

YUM. so easy and can be dipped with chips and veggies alike!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Skyline chili! One of my friends from OH made that for me years ago – I remember lots and lots of cheese, and I think there were noodles involved?

Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

In terms of food that I actually make- I love making this one fruit dip. It is delicious and then there is one thing that is marginally healthy at the party!!

At most my parties, though, I take twizzlers and put them in champagne flutes. I know that sounds strange, but they drape over the sides of the flutes and it look really pretty!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Cute idea. I’ll have to remember that one. πŸ™‚

missy January 9, 2011 at 9:50 am

I could be happy just making the cold spinach dip with Knows vegetable soup mix. I use Greek yogurt to make it a bit healthier!

Shannon C. January 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

I make a cheeseball out of cream cheese, green onions and black olives rolled in chopped pecans – super simple – and then shape it into a football shape and serve with buttery crackers! (Of course I make the same cheeseball shaped like an alien head at Halloween…)

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

That’s the good thing about cheeseballs. So versatile. πŸ˜‰

Heather C January 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

How FUN! My favorite thing to serve is spinach & artichoke dip with little toasted bread pieces!

Eliz@The Sweet Life January 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

Glad to see you’re starting Summer on blue chips young! My favorite is classic pita chips with either hummus or guac. I could stand by the bowl for hours and just keep mindlessly eating!

Stephen January 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

If I’m going sweet I’d have to say fudge, savory would be bean dip. Oddly I’m not really a chip person but I love dips!

Clairerose77 January 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

I’m all about making this chicken and bean dip
I came up with. I threw a bunch of yummy ingredients
Together once and,luckily, everybody loved it.
It’s been my go to ever since.go Jets!! Hehe:-)cc

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Go Jets indeed. Exciting game yesterday!

Jessica January 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

I make a really good guac that has become my staple – it is awesome!

Summer is adorable : )

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Thanks Jessica. πŸ™‚

Christina January 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

Summer is so cute!!! hfjdkaslfdajkssl cute overload!!!!! <3<3 And isn't TJs great? Love their frozen goodies

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Thank you and yes, TJ’s saved me!

rachael (peace, kale, and yoga) January 9, 2011 at 9:18 am

Summer is so cute! My favorite game day snack is guacamole.

Evan Thomas January 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

Definitely guacamole. Who doesn’t love guac?

Therese January 9, 2011 at 9:06 am

I haven’t hosted my own Superbowl party yet, but my favorite thing to EAT at them is spinach artichoke dip with rye bread!

Heather January 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

Yes, how ’bout them Seahawks?!? Yay!
My tailgate/viewing party staple is Pigs in a Blanket. Very little nutritional value but tons of taste. Pepperidge Farm Lil’ Smokies and Crescent Roll dough. They’re the very first thing my grandmother ever taught me to cook, so they also have high sentimental value. I like mine with spicy mustard.

Gloria January 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

In college, when our football team had an away game (Go Gators!), we’d make mexican 7-layer dip every Saturday and sit down to watch college football all day. Refried beans, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, cheese, guacamole, black olives… Mmmm. I think I need to bring this back for Monday’s National Championship game πŸ™‚

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Yes, I think you do. War Eagle! πŸ™‚

Sarah January 9, 2011 at 8:57 am

guac. it’s gooooooooooooood!
and queso made with rotel and velveeta (have not indulged in that in quite some time)

Victoria (District Chocoholic) January 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

Guacamole! With blue corn chips.

Jonna Green January 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

Hi, My favorite thing to serve would be home made guacamole pate which is coated on the outside with chopped pistachios. It’s fabulous served with tortilla chips or veggies.

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Wow, that does sound fabulous!

KatieF January 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

I’m a big fan of cheesy dips, like taco dip, or buffalo chicken wing dip, or pizza dip. Kill my stomach, but taste so good. πŸ™‚

Krista January 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

I make an awesome 7 layer Mexican dip! And of course you can’t have that without awesome tortilla chips!

Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) January 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

Love the pic of Summer with the chip bag πŸ™‚

I love gameday! I like to make a chili cheese dip the guys go craaazy for. Not light by any means but delicious and fairly healthy when I use all natural ingredients!


Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner January 9, 2011 at 8:39 am

My favorite food to serve is chips and GUAC. Mmm…

Ana January 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

I like to make guacamole to eat with the chips besides the salsa!
Now this would be a giveaway my husband would like if I won! haha!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 9, 2011 at 8:21 am

How fun! Those products look great! I love making this black bean avocado dip for parties – it is always INSTANTLY gone!

Jessica January 9, 2011 at 8:15 am

I love to serve stuffed mushrooms and buffalo chicken dip! Both are always a hit!

melissa @ the delicate place January 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

hahah i totally laughed at the first pic! her face is priceless! i am so excited to be moving back to an area with a TJ’s. i have missed it! don’t know how i lived without it πŸ™‚

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Yes, I feel the same way. Nashville didn’t have a TJ’s for so long, but now I don’t know what I’d do without it!

Kathryn January 9, 2011 at 8:07 am

Summer is so adorable! I love to serve spinach and artichoke dip!

chelsea January 9, 2011 at 8:03 am

Hey Heather,
Happy New Year!
How has the breast feeding going? You haven’t really mentioned if things were getting better…although I am assuming they are so YEY!
Also have you lost all your baby weight yet? Do you mind me asking how much you ended up gaining? My first one I almost put on 50 pounds, we are thinking about trying for another one and I plan on doing EVERYTHING different.
Just curious.

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

The breast feeding is going so much better. Thanks for asking. We’re still having to supplement with formula, but my supply seems to be gradually increasing. So, Summer is getting more and more milk from me.

I gained about 20 pounds with the pregnancy, and I weighed myself a week after Summer was born. At that time, I was about 7 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. However, I then started taking an Rx to increase my milk supply and gained 9 pounds in 4 weeks. It was crazy. I weaned myself off the medicine as it wasn’t helping, and I’m now about 10 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight.

Chelsea January 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Hey Heather
That’s so great that bf is working out. I wish I could have held on longer than four months…(again will do things differently with baby #2) hahh poor first children they are always the trial and error kids.
20 pounds! Thats WONDERFUL you are so my inspiration! I started cutting out sugar meat and dairy for a month and I cant believe how good I feel! So I am hoping that when I do get pregnant for the second time I can continue eating that way…:)
Summer is gorgeous by the way πŸ™‚

Ilana January 9, 2011 at 7:59 am

Guac, homemade hummus, and marinated grilled chicken breasts! Vegan myself, I only know how to cook chicken one way, marinate them (usually I do lime juice, cilantro, and salt), then roast them under my broiler for a few minutes on each side. They’re easy, not to expensive, and a crowd pleaser. Even if I don’t eat them, they’re always gone by the end of the night.

ann January 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

I love to make pepperoni bread with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and pizza crust which I then make into a roll.



Lew ( January 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

Heather, here is my plank time post… by the i videoed it, 2:15 Thank you for the Fit Blogger Challenge it is a blast

Danielle January 9, 2011 at 7:47 am

My husband makes the best buffalo chicken dip in the world, but after I went vegetarian I was sad about missing it. He devised a new tofu buffalo dip and not only did we both love it but so did all of our friends. The red hot chips would be perfect for dipping!!

Marisa @ Loser for Life January 9, 2011 at 7:47 am

Wow, Summer is getting so big already! She is really precious, Heather!

My favorite thing to serve at a tailgate would be spinach dip and pita chips. It is always a hit!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Thanks Marisa. πŸ™‚

Stefanie January 9, 2011 at 7:46 am

Chips and dips would be at my party. I would serve hummus and some type of taco dip.

Jessica (Dalyauthenticity) January 9, 2011 at 7:42 am

MMMM! Those chips looks awesome! We also threw a party last night for the game. It was a crazy one, wasn’t it?!?

My favorite party fare is tiny appetizer meatballs made with a combination of grape jelly and chili sauce!

Summer is too cute for her own good!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Thank you and yes, 2 very exciting football games yesterday!

Grape jelly meatballs. Mmm, I bet those are tasty as I love a good savory/sweet combo.

Kara January 9, 2011 at 7:38 am

Summer is looking more and more like a baby (rather than a newborn) So cute!

My favorite dish to bring is a tray of veggies and salsa!

Amy Cook January 9, 2011 at 7:27 am

Buffalo chicken dip and tortilla chips or chili and cornbread. Mmmmmmm!

I love your blog, Heather!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Thanks Amy. πŸ™‚

Lauren at KeepItSweet January 9, 2011 at 7:27 am

I love making my healthier version of pigs in a blanket.

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I love pigs in a blanket and would love to know your recipe if you don’t mind sharing.

Lauren at KeepItSweet January 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I just use the 97% fat free hot dogs (“healthy” depending on how you think about it), but you could probably do something else even like chicken sausage and wrap them with reduced fat Pillsbury crescent rolls. I cut the hot dogs in quarters and the crescents in thirds.

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Great – thanks Lauren. I love the idea of using chicken sausages. Yum!

Hands in Namaste January 9, 2011 at 7:03 am

That’s a tough one! I LOVE raw veggies + a good sour cream dip, but I can’t forget the hot spinach-artichoke dip!

OH MY Look at Summer! She is beautiful!

lindsay January 9, 2011 at 6:59 am

summer is on good looking side dish to go with those chips, i could just eat her up. haha!
Favorite game day snack, guacamole or hummus (homemade)!

Annalisa January 9, 2011 at 6:49 am

I like Hawaiian meatball w/ peppers made in the crockpot. I also make rice crispy treats πŸ™‚

VeggieGirl January 9, 2011 at 6:25 am

My favorite food to serve at a tailgate party = my mom’s homemade spinach dip in a pumpernickel bread bowl. The bread that’s hollowed out from the middle of the giant circular bread loaf is cut into cubes and served as “scoopers” for the dip.

Jess S. January 9, 2011 at 6:20 am

homemade soft pretzels. they’re actually really easy and everyone always thinks they’re so much fine.

Gill (snaxandthecity) January 9, 2011 at 6:05 am

I’m in the UK so not eligible either, but I’d definitely have home-made hummus, tzatziki and roasted pepper dip! With heaps of guac too πŸ™‚

Alli January 9, 2011 at 5:19 am

How about them Seahawks!?!?! Being from WA it was great to see them play like we know they can….. Goodness what a pleasant surprise πŸ™‚

Ahh tailgating. I love the typical foods (beer, hummus, chips, guac) but my fav would have to be hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps heated on the camp stove on the tailgate. What a wonderful way to stay warm those chilly fall days πŸ™‚

Joy January 9, 2011 at 5:15 am

My favorite party thing to bring is always fruit kabobs grapes watermelon orange segments strawberries etc on a skewer

However the one I get most requested (but I have never tried so I make no promises) is cereal treats – marshmallows and whatever cereal I have on hand (last week it was cinnamon toast crunch peanut butter captain crunch and oats n more) made like rice crispy treats but with whatever

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Joy, I grew up on Captain Crunch, and I know I’d love your cereal treats!

Lexi January 9, 2011 at 4:08 am

I love huge fruit platters! πŸ™‚

Monica January 9, 2011 at 2:59 am

Good old guac! πŸ˜€ Gotta love the green stuff! And maybe spicy chicken wings..

Kayla @ Let's Live Wholesome January 9, 2011 at 2:54 am

Even though I’m sort of dairy intolerant, I suck it up and indulge is spinach artichoke dip! It’s nothing fancy, but totally delicious πŸ™‚

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:44 am

I did a little damage to the spinach artichoke dip today as well. It’s hard to resist. πŸ™‚

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 9, 2011 at 2:45 am

I love Garden of Eatin goodies! I got a few of them myself πŸ™‚

I actually did a party post too! I have a whole post filled with Game Day Recipes…everything from homemade chips (kale) and dips (hummus, guac, noochey-based cheezy dips) to homemade desserts, I rocked my own lil game day action.

I cannot believe you are a new mom…and hosting game day parties! You amaze me my friend! πŸ™‚

And you’re taking a page from my book with the late(er) night post! I am such a night owl. Guess you are too…or else this didnt hit my reader til really late which is possible πŸ™‚

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:47 am

Mmm, I love your kale chips with the cashew cheeze sauce. Yeah, I used to be a morning poster, but now I squeeze them in when Summer sleeps. So, my blogging is now all over the place – just do it when I can.

Blair January 9, 2011 at 2:27 am

Guacamole! I love blue corn chips, but I don’t think I’ve ever had Garden of Eatin’s… have to look out for them for next time

Maija January 9, 2011 at 2:15 am

Oh my gosh! This post gets me even more excited for the upcoming BCS Championship game- I’m an Oregon Duck and I am sooo proud and excited that they’ve made it to the championship for the first time this year!!! I remember my mom throwing tailgate parties all the time while I was growing up and I always looooooved the homemade guac (I’ll definitely be scarfin’ some on Monday evening)!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:48 am

I went to Auburn – should be a good game. Enjoy your guac! πŸ™‚

Jen January 9, 2011 at 2:14 am

Summer is so cute and tiny!
My favorite thing to make is guacamole and homemade pita chips, everyone always seems to love a healthier option

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:49 am

Thanks Jen – can you believe she has almost doubled in size from her lowest weight? It’s weird to think she was ever that small.

christie January 9, 2011 at 2:01 am

i like to make mini pigs in a blanket and secretly use low-fat turkey sausage- no one can tell the difference πŸ˜‰

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:50 am

I ove pigs in a blanket. I’ll have to try your version one of the days.

Stephanie January 9, 2011 at 1:44 am

chips and guac!

Lea @ Healthy Coconut January 9, 2011 at 1:42 am

What a fun gift pack, I’ll definitely want some. I’m hosting a baby shower for my sister on Super Bowl Sunday and I would love to have the party pack for my guests.

That’s smart party planning right there, especially when you have a cute little one needing your attention. Buy, heat and serve is the way to go.

Lucy January 9, 2011 at 1:31 am

A yummy blackeyed pea salsa with tortilla chips– delish!

Danielle January 9, 2011 at 1:28 am

Pigs in a blanket!

sarah January 9, 2011 at 1:27 am

Yay for baby football parties! My favorite (not terribly healthy) thing to make for tailgating parties are cheese straws. Puff pastry, shredded cheddar, cumin, grated parm all baked together in a delicious heaven.

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:51 am

Love cheese straws. Never made them myself though. Those things are addictive!

Diana @ VEGeneration January 9, 2011 at 1:26 am

My favorite: chips and hummus πŸ™‚

elaine January 9, 2011 at 1:23 am

the food looks great Heather! I love to make my version of a Spinach and Artichoke Dip with spinach and goat cheese (i use a soft goat cheese and then top it with grated hard goat cheese so it melts!). i’ll have to pair it with the Red Hot Blues chips because alas my favorite chip is the one that rhymes with speedo as well!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:52 am

I would love your version of spinach artichoke dip – what a great idea to use goat cheese, and I bet it’s so good paired with speedo chips. πŸ˜‰

Erika January 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm

I love to make qeuso dip with chips or apples with a cinnamon cream cheese caramel dip.Everyone loves that dip. There is never any left.

s January 9, 2011 at 1:19 am

hummus, salsa and cucumber/dill/yogurt dip, with tortilla chips.

Meg January 9, 2011 at 1:15 am

Hello Vegan 7-layer dip! Yum!

Claire January 9, 2011 at 1:12 am

Looks like an awesome little get together! And It’s great that you got to hang out with friends and that they got to meet summer~ I’m sure you’ve missed them!

I think that Seven Layer Dip is the best! Especially when I make it with homemade refried beans and guac!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:53 am

Yes, love Seven Layer Dip!

polly January 9, 2011 at 1:01 am

ooooooooooooooh CHIPS.
Favorite thing for party day?
CHIPS with blended beans and lots of tomatoes, and more chips. πŸ˜€

Lurve you!

Summer is a Dorito. YUMMY! πŸ˜‰
My fave was the nacho cheese original doritoes dipped into my moms sloppy joes and baked beans all in one big mess. mmm!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:55 am

I thought of you so many time today – whenever I ate a blue chip in fact. πŸ™‚ Loved your different breakfasts this week – especially the egg tacos!

Doritos + sloppy joes, huh? I’d eat it. πŸ˜‰

Melissa M January 9, 2011 at 1:00 am

I’m another Guac fan or I make a great cheeseball.

Karina January 9, 2011 at 12:55 am

I love to make rotel and velvetta….LOL I know bad but soooo good!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:56 am

That was a staple in my house growing up – we never need a party to make it. Ate it all the time, and you’re right – sooo good!

karina January 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm


Kristina @ life as kristina January 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

Love garden of eatin’ even converted my fiance to be obsessed too!
I’m known for buffalo style periogis!

Sheema January 9, 2011 at 12:51 am

It’s all about the GUAC!

caronae January 9, 2011 at 12:49 am

I have actually never hosted or been to a tailgate party! I’m not really big on sports I guess, lol. But my favorite general party dish would probably be guacamole. Because it’s healthy, right? πŸ™‚

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:56 am

Right. πŸ™‚

Abbey January 9, 2011 at 12:46 am

How fun! My favorite party food to serve is probably a really good melted cheese and tortilla chips. A bit hoosier, but so freaking good! I also have healthier choices but this is the first thing devoured. Always.

Kris | January 9, 2011 at 12:40 am

Cute pics doll!!!

My favourite muchie to serve is my roasted red pepper {tahini free} Hummus and homemade gluten free bread!! Mmmm I could eat some now πŸ™‚


Robyn jones Clark January 9, 2011 at 12:31 am

black eyed pea dip πŸ™‚ it’s yum!

sonia January 9, 2011 at 12:28 am

i love to make fritatas on game day! i know it sounds weird but i make it into squares so you can just easily pop them in your mouth!

janetha @ meals and moves January 9, 2011 at 12:27 am

oh my goodness look at how tiny summer is next to the bag of chips! i love her.

Christin@purplebirdblog January 9, 2011 at 12:23 am

Guacamole for sure!

Disturbed January 9, 2011 at 12:22 am

I actually make this vegan cheese salsa when my dad had one of his football get togethers (which is like every weekend it seems). Everyone loves it, and nobody really realizes it is vegan till they see me eating it.

Kellie January 9, 2011 at 12:22 am

I am a lazy hostess. I love the salsa over a block of cream cheese. It is easy and everyone loves it.

nicole January 9, 2011 at 12:20 am

i love to make the little hot dogs in bbq sauce. my kids love them!

Hannah January 9, 2011 at 12:15 am

Hmmm, I’m probably not eligible as I live in Australia, but just in case… I like to make the Union Square roasted spiced nuts πŸ™‚ Almost no one can resist them!

HEAB January 9, 2011 at 5:58 am

I had to google Union Square nuts, and yeah, those sound delicious. πŸ™‚

Sarah January 9, 2011 at 12:15 am

I like to take a Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip with chips and french bread. AND a big YES! to the Seahawks πŸ™‚

Dea January 9, 2011 at 12:11 am

(Oh my husband would be so happy to win this one!)
I am also a guac girl, I’d make 2, one spicy for my husband and one with only lime and salt for me, yummm!

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood January 9, 2011 at 12:07 am

My own homemade guacamole! It’s so feisty with tons of spices that it keeps ’em coming back for more! πŸ˜€

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