It is a typical January night in Rhode Island. It’s 28 degrees and the Patriots are taking on the Chiefs tonight in the NFL Playoffs. For those of you who do not know, the Patriots ( or Tom Brady & Co. ) are a BIG DEAL around here. My principal and assistant principal at the school I am currently teaching kindergarten in encouraged us all to wear Patriot logo gear yesterday.
Today, I need to be extra warm but also have extra sparkle ( cheering for Tom) so I am opting for this ‘Clara’ dress from Aventura which is easily found here: http://instagram.com/aventuraclothing Aventura uses organic and sustainable fibers to make fashionable clothing with with low environmental impact. All the eco-friendly dresses from Aventura are ultra soft and flattering, made with organic materials and easily snazzed up for festive occasions. This dress could be very casual if left unadorned and worn with casual boots, however that’s not my style, even for watching football.
I added a sequin vest and boots, both found at thredup.com, a faux pearl statement necklace from http://dalexandercollections.tictail.com/product/pearl-statement-necklace and bracelets from http://www.alexandani.com/.
I live by this quote and admire others who share a bit about themselves through their clothing and accessories. I don’t wear sports motto apparel but I will cheer on my favorite team with a special ensemble (sequins and ‘Cheers’ bracelet set) and of course, special treats.
Caribbean Chicken Wings
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup teriyaki marinade and sauce (from 10 oz. bottle )
1/4 cup honey
2 cloves garlic
2 pounds chicken wing drummettes
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In 1 quart saucepan, heat all ingredients except chicken to boiling, stirring occasionally. Place chicken in pan, pour sauce over chicken.
3. Bake uncovered about 1 hour, turning chicken 2 or 3 times, until chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone.
4. Spray inside of 3 1/2 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in slow cooker. Cover; keep warm on Low heat setting.
Roast Beef Bruschetta
You will need:
1 loaf (1 lb) French baguette bread, cut into thirty 1/4-inch slices
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup chive-and-onion cream cheese spread ( from 8-oz container)
1/2 pound thinly sliced deli roast beef
1/4 teaspoon coarsley ground pepper
4 plum (Roma) tomatoes, thinly sliced
8 medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Brush both sides of bread slices with oil. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 5 minutes or until crisp. Cool 5 minutes.
2. Spread cream cheese over each each slice. Top with beef; sprinkle with pepper. Top with tomato slice and green onions.
28 slices baguette French bread
Olive oil cooking spray
1/2 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
2/3 cup Alfredo pasta sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 large tomato
1 can (2.25 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Chopped fresh parsley
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line large cookie sheet with foil. On cookie sheet, arrange bread slices with sides touching. Spray tops of bread slices lightly with cooking spray. Bake 6-8 minutes or until light golden brown.
2. Meanwhile, in 10 inch skillet, cook sausage over medium high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking into small pieces, until no longer pink; drain. Stir in Alfredo sauce and Italian seasoning.
3. Spoon sausage mixture evenly over bread slices. Sprinkle evenly with tomato, olives and cheese. Bake about 6 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot.
Hot Buttered Rum Batter
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 cup whipping ( heavy) cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For each serving:
2 tablespoons rum
1/2 cup boiling water
White chocolate curls, if desired
1. In medium bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed, about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in whipping cream and powdered sugar alternately on low speed until smooth. Stir in nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Use immediately or freeze up to 3 months.
2. For each serving, place rum and 2 tablespoons Hot Buttered Rum Batter in mug. Stir in boiling water. Sprinkle with nutmeg and white chocolate curls.
Hot Spiced Wine
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 cups orange juice
1 cup water
Peel of 2 oranges
6 whole cloves
3 whole allspice
1 four-inch stick cinnamon
1 bottle dry red wine or nonalcoholic red wine
Orange slices, if desired
Additional whole cloves, if desired
1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven, heat all ingredients except wine, orange juice and additional cloves to boiling, stirring occasionally; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 15 minutes.
2. Remove orange juice and spices. Stir in wine. Heat just until hot ( do not boil). Serve hot in mugs or heatproof glasses. Garnish each serving with orange slice studded with additional whole cloves.
6 oz frozen ( thawed ) limeade concentrate
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 cups citrus flavored vodka or orange juice
1 cup orange flavored liqueur or orange juice
4 cups 100% cranberry juice blend
1. In blender, place limeade concentrate and powdered sugar. Cover; blend on high speed until well mixed.
2. In 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish, stir limeade mixture and cranberry juice until well mixed.
3.Cover; freeze at least 8 hours until slushy. Stir before serving.
Whether the Patriots win or lose, I will always support my favorite local team and I will always do my best to make game day special. I was thinking of purchasing this set I saw https://www.aliexpress.com/popular/patriots-bracelets.html for the Super Bowl.
I’d love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on Eco-Friendly Fashion ? Do you have any kind of Game Day traditions? What types of foods do you find work well when entertaining a crowd of people for a casual event? And lastly, do you prefer sequins or team- logo attire for cheering on your favorite team?