Wow, time flies. It has been since 2013 that I took a break from this blog and just when I feel I can dedicate more time to it…tailgating is done for my football teams. Most teams actually. Why the sabbatical? Same boring stressors everyone has: work, family, health issues etc. getting in the way. But mainly because my heart wasn’t into it anymore. I started viewing tailgates differently. They weren’t fun. They were draining. They were a lot of work. We are the first to arrive and the last to leave. They were turning into events where I felt my friends & family were getting taken advantage of. I still tailgated, but I didn’t want to write about it as if it was such a [&hellip

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In no particular order, I present to you, the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions (according to a random Google search) with a tailgatist twist: 1. Stop Start Smoking…more meat…seriously, we have not explored our new smoker to it’s fullest potential. We need more ribs and bbq! 2. Get Fit…walking to the stadium does count but adding in a few more laps around the tailgate lots would be great.  Added bonus: acquire more tailgating ideas from walking around and possibly meet new friends. 3. Lose Weight…Just say no to greasy chips.  Focus on lightening up the tailgate table with creative, healthy snacks. 4. Enjoy Life More…remember to have fun and not get caught up in the details of planning a weekly event. Don’t try to do it [&hellip

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Need an appetizer or bite-size breakfast idea? Here’s a recipe that is sure to please…unless you hang out with people that don’t like tater tots or bacon. Is that possible? Maybe they haven’t met bacon yet, and in that case, it’s practically a public service to introduce them to these tasty treats.   The recipe is simple: 1) Bacon 2) Frozen Tater Tots Preheat Oven to 425°. Take a pound of thin-sliced bacon (thick does not work well) and cut the slices in half. Wrap half slice around a frozen tot. Place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Makes approximately 30 wrapped tots per pound of bacon. For a large family sized bag of tater tots, I used 2 lbs. These will disappear very [&hellip

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I forgot to take a photo of the finished product (uhhh the actual martini) – we were having too much fun staining our crafty tailgate wooden crates!! I will add one when I mix these up again in a few days… Ingredients for one serving: –  1 part Pinnacle Vodka – Pumpkin Pie Flavor (I found at Total Wine & Spirits in Atlanta) – 1.5 parts Bailey’s Irish Cream – .5 part Frangelico (or other brand hazelnut liquer) – dash of pumpkin pie spice I used a medium sized shot glass as a “part”. Add all of the ingredients except the pumpkin pie spice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake shake shake! Then strain/pour into a martini glass. Lightly dust with the pumpkin pie spice! [&hellip

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The more stuff you acquire, the more creative ways you need to display, store, pack and move it all around! So when Ali G. and I saw a tailgating post on the Apron Blog (Home Depot’s tips & style blog), we were fascinated by the use of a crate in one of their posts (cool, right?). While the product as shown was available through the Home Decorators Collection website, we were not fascinated with the 4-pack of multiple sizes for $69. We only wanted 1 or 2 and in a larger size…so we were inspired to create our own using our own team colors and a whole lot less green ($$). We found similar, unfinished crates online and simply picked up the other necessities.  Given [&hellip

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Who doesn’t love fun quizzes that give us all a little feeling of superiority in the name of competitive spirit? 1.  All of the following are brands of grills except: A  Weber  B Char-Broil   C Aussie    D Glacier Bay 2.  How many hours before kick-off are you allowed to start tailgating in most stadiums? A  1-2 hours before  B  3-7 hours before  C  8-12 hours before  D  More than 12 hours before 3,  According to tailgatist tradition, is it ever “too early” to tailgate on a game day? A  Yes B  No 4,  A hard-core tailgater is known to have a few games on hand. Which game does not belong at a tailgate? A  Ladder Golf B  Cornhole C  Beer Pong D  Flip Cup [&hellip

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