Posts Tagged ‘Super Bowl’

It’s that day of the year again!  The annual gorge fest of all things fried, sauced, cheesed and washed down with beer or worse yet sugary soda!

This is the one Sunday in the year when all Pfiizer executives gather in the company head quarter’s conference room around a giant TV screen gleefully counting their shares of stock.  Just think what this day means to Lipitor sales!!!!

We start out on the wrong nutrition-health-wise foot early in the day with pre-game munchies:  Cheese Nachos are a favorite – Just open up a bag of Tostados or other fried corn chip laden with sodium and cholesterol and melt American cheese (the high fat content kind)  on top with a little melted butter and there you have them – Quick Cheese Nachos.   Put out a few bowls of  Honey-roasted peanuts (certainly not almonds!), and  some bowls of buttered popcorn.  I especially like making a 7 Layer Dip which has at least a couple of ingredients from the food pyramid such as sour cream and cheese (dairy), salsa, onions and olives (vegetables) and refried beans (fiber).  Also popular is the thick and creamy spinach and artichoke  dip which affords you the opportunity to use pita bread, chunks of pumpernickel, Fritos, potato chips or corn Bugles for dipping.

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Pizza Bagel Bites

Once the empty beer bottles start lining up on the counter, you know it’s time to bring out round two of the food! Hey-did the game begin yet?  Favorites include pizza in almost any form.  You can buy pizza rolls, pizza bagel bites  or make your own pizza bites  by spreading Ragu tomato sauce on a toasted English muffin, sprinkled with Kraft Parmesan cheese (the kind in the green cylinder container).  Oooh yummy!

Probably the best-loved dish of the day is Buffalo Wings!   Really, what would any Super Bowl party be without some hot and spicy wings?  You can buy them in most grocery stores this weekend, sometimes fresh but certainly frozen.  OR you can make them;  You start with (skin-on) chicken wings and after coating them with butter and flour,you fry them AND then sauce them with a mixture of Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper and  garlic powder.  Some people bake them but that really eliminates a lot of the fat content, and who wants to do that?

By Halftime, the crowd, now a bit fuzzy from carb-overload and alcohol, gets up and stumbles around to grab a bowl of chilli.  There are SO many chilli recipes with the bean-n0 bean rivalry, it’s hard to pick one that pleases everyone.  Fortunately at this point in the evening, no one really cares or wonders if the chilli is made with beef or turkey or with or without beans as long as the side dishes of sour cream, sliced jalapenos, sliced black olives and guacamole are out

Do we have more beer in the refrigerator?

Monday Morning Quarterbacking begins early tomorrow, so make sure to call your cardiologist early in the morning for an appointment!

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Go G-men!     

Oh yeah!!!!!

The New York Giants are going to the Super Bowl where they will meet up with the Boston Patriots.  A great day for the East Coast!  The Empire State was bathed in blue lights tonight!  Yes,  they had to go into overtime but win they did with a 31 yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.

New York Giants Blue

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There are so many reasons to celebrate – of course if you listen to the news or read it online you might wonder whether you should party hard or not. How confusing!  “…the national debt is skyrocketing mortgage rates are at all time lows…unrest in the Middle East continues….President O’Bama announces troop withdrawl in Afghanistan…the polar ice cap is melting…scientists have cloned a sheep…and on and on and on and on.

I have a better idea!  Let’s  just celebrate!!! I found this vintage Hors D’oeuvre cookbook from 1981, written by two women from Santa Maria, CA.  The title caught my eye, Company’s Coming. I thumbed through it and fairly quickly determined there was hardly a recipe in there that I might make.  But then I noticed the first chapter was titled Planning It and as I began to read I found myself smiling and nodding –  this is great!

To quote the authors; ” We believe in entertaining 52 weeks of the year with a few days off  in between for getting back into shape, working, and planning the next party…”   “Our motto – ‘Any excuse for a party is a good one’ – is demonstrated by the following list of ideas for giving an hors d’oeuvre party’ .”

According to my calculations we are in the 9th week of the year.  The cookbook lists a reason for celebrating each week and as I read through the list, I realized a couple of holidays and celebrations have been moved around.  For instance, Super Bowl Sunday now takes place in February and not January and the Oscars have been pushed back too.  However, I would like to keep to their schedule so if along the way you notice the dates are off a bit you’ll know why.

Here are their first 9 weeks of ideas and hey, the way I look at it, I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t play catch-up!

  1. WACKO – (Willey’s Annual Convention of Krackpots in Orcutt) – Happy New Year!
  2. NEW YEAR’S DAY – Recovered from last night in time to watch parade and get our second wind for the Bowl games.
  3. BREAKING NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS – Ours never last any longer than this.
  4. P.O.P. – “Pity Old Pop” for now he has to figure out how to pay all those holiday bills.
  5. SUPERBOWL – We decorate the house with our favorite team’s colors
  6. HOBO – Since we are so poor, we eat out of tin cans and drink from Mason jars.  Dressing the part is always fun.
  7. GROUND HOG DAY – Whether we see our shadows or not, it’s another excuse to party.
  8. PRESIDENTS – Everyone gets in the act.  We come as our favorite President or First Lady and try to guess who’s who.
  9. VALENTINE’S DAY – It’s a real romantic night…Keep an eye on your spouse!
  10. 50’S – Dust off the old 45’s and your records too!

So now you have many reasons to celebrate and as you can see, the party doesn’t have to be BIG, or elaborate – maybe just another couple or a few friends over.  Time to put JOY back in our lives – CELEBRATE!

The 50’s will be easy for me – I might just rock and roll to a few tunes with Peter in our living room.  And those of you who know us, know that we definitely have the 45’s and the record player aka turntable to play them on.  Probably also those clever little yellow discs.

yellow disks, 45 rpm records

45 RPM Record Disks


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Future Shock



and some OBSOLETE ones too

In one week I heard three almost-obsolete phrases used…so you can safely assume I’m hanging out with people my own age, lol, lol.  With language changing at a speed equivalent to Alvin Toffler‘s Future Shock,  that is phrases, terms, and words I grew up with are now nearly obsolete and now there is a host of new words or rather in my opinion old words and the younger generations have assigned new meanings to them – but more about that later.

First off, I heard someone say, “You don’t know diddly-squat about….”.  So what exactly is diddlysquat? I think you can pretty much guess that anyone under the age of 50 is going to say, “you don’t know shit and that’s the meaning of diddly-squat.  Actually in this case, squat is a euphemism  for the word shit.

The original term doodly-squat dates from about 1934.  There is no definite origin except that the word doodly was used to refer to: a fool, a Union soldier, a penis, cheating…well you get the gist.  And squat was the nice way to say shit.  About 1963 Diddly-squat appeared in dictionaries and in 1964, Diddly-shit.

Then in a TCM movie (do we ever watch anything else !!??), one of the characters went “on the lam”.   The roots of this term are in Old English; lam, lammister, on the lam all refer to a hasty departure and were common in thieve’s slang.   The allusion in lam is to beat or beat it in Old English meaning to leave.

Lastly, I heard the term larder which I know to mean a cool place built to store the food supply prior to refrigeration or ice boxes.    Larders were small rooms or areas usually adjacent to the kitchen.  This room would have shelves and maybe a small window covered in fine mesh to keep air circulating but flies out.  Some would have hooks on the wall to hang a slab of meat.

I know this next is worthy of a blog post unto itself so I will only use one word as an example and I know I used it before.  Today’s younger generation and I’m embarrassed to say that my soon-to-be-34 daughter, wife and mother of two darling little girls uses this term regularly.  As in, “so we went to this random restaurant” and “I don’t know, it was some random girl” and “why don’t you just get some random toy” – WTF?  A new language in the making.  RANDOM means: adjective


proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern: the random selection of numbers.

Statistics . of or characterizing a process of selection in which each item of a set has an equal probability of being chosen.

Building Trades .  


(of building materials) lacking uniformity of dimensions: random shingles.

(of ashlar) laid without continuous courses.

constructed or applied without regularity: random bond.


Chiefly British . bank3 ( def. 7b ) .


Building Trades . without uniformity: random-sized slates.


6. at random, without definite aim, purpose, method, or adherence to a prior arrangement; in a haphazard way: Contestants were chosen at random from the

studio audience.

I’m going to start taking note of more of the new meanings  being assigned to words  and in the future we can explore  just what they are really saying. LOL

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Pepsi logo (2003-2008). Pepsi Wild Cherry and ...

Warm Pepsi

I thought I was too young to be senile and forgetful, early dementia but then I found out I really have A.A.A.D.D and that explains it all.  Our kids and grandchildren may have A.D.D. but not to be outdone by the younger generation, many baby boomers have their own disorder de jour!

Thank goodness there’s a name for this disorder.  somehow I feel better even though I have it!!

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D.Age Activated Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.  As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the shed for the hose pipe etc.,  I notice letters in the mailbox.  I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table.  Put the junk mail in the little recycle bin under the table, and notice that the bin is full so need to take it out to the green recycle box.  So I decide to put the bills back on the table and take the rubbish out.

But then I think,  since I’m going to be near the rubbish anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the  table, and see that there is only one check left.  My extra checks are in my desk in the lounge, so I go inside the house to the desk where I find the can of Pepsi I’d been drinking.

I’m going to look for my check, but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so I don’t accidentally knock it over.   The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.  As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye-they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been  searching for all  morning.  I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.  I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.  Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when I go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the remote, but won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.  I pour some water in the flowers but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.  So I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.  At the end of the day: The car isn’t washed, the bills aren’t paid.  There is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter.  The flowers don’t have enough water, there is still only one check in my checkbook,  I can’t find the remote, I can’t find my glasses, and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.  Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I’m really tired.

Do me a favor.  Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don’t remember who I’ve sent it to.  Don’t laugh ~~if this isn’t it you yet, your day is coming!!

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If there was ever a day to eat junk food and/or fattening, artery-clogging food, THIS WOULD BE THE DAY!

But wait, not necessarily! Here is a quick and simple and heart-healthy quesadilla – perfect for the game tonight.


4 oz goat cheese room temperature

4 6″ whole wheat tortillas

1 ripe mango thinly sliced

1 jalapeno pepper thinly sliced (seeded)

1/2 red onion thinly sliced

fresh cilantro leaves

Spread the goat cheese on the whole tortilla and then layer mango, onion, pepper and cilantro on one half.  Fold over and brown and crisp in a large skillet over med-hi heat.

Quick and delicious!

Recipe from Martha Stewart‘s Everyday Food

Super Bowl Sunday snack, heart-healthy

Goat Cheese and Mango Quesadilla


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