Entries Tagged as 'superbowl'

Super Bowl XLVIII

February 5th, 2014 · No Comments


Super Bowl 48: A quiet, relaxing night. Never thought I’d use those words to describe Super Bowl Sunday! Makai and I bypassed all the madness to spend the evening with Jen and Chad and Quinn. We played board games with Quinn and played with Makai while watching the game. Like most people I know, I didn’t really care who won the game, the Broncos or the Seahawks. I was cheering for Manning, but at the same time wanted the Seahawks to win. In the end the game was a total blowout, with the Seahawks winning 48-8.

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Praline Cookies

March 15th, 2013 · 1 Comment


Jen and Chad hosted a New Orleans-themed Superbowl party a while back. I was bringing cookies and wanted to stay on theme, so I made praline cookies.


Here‘s an interesting history of pralines. I definitely think New Orleans when I see them. I even learned to make pralines once while I was visiting.


Aunt Mary Dillon’s Praline Cookies
From: Martha Stewart Living, February 2000

Yield Makes 3 dozen

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups light-brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream, plus more if necessary
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 cup pecan halves, toasted and broken into large pieces

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and 1 1/2 cups light-brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until fully combined. Add dry ingredients, and beat on low speed until combined.

Drop batter in rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake until firm and barely golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies from pan to wire rack.

In a small saucepan, combine remaining 1 cup light-brown sugar and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add confectioners’ sugar, and whisk until smooth. (If frosting thickens, thin with cream.) Add pecan pieces. Place cookies on a cooling rack over a lined baking pan. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon praline mixture onto each cookie.

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Superbowl XLVII

February 4th, 2013 · No Comments


For Superbowl XLVII (47) we went to Jen and Chad’s house. They somewhat recently painted one of their kitchen walls with the chalkboard paint. I’m sure this was for Quinn, but it worked great for the squares game!

No one really cared very much who won the game, except Chad’s dad, who was cheering for Baltimore because he used to live there. Since the game was in New Orleans, Chad and Jen had a New Orleans-themed party. Danny cooked chicken and sausage gumbo and crawfish etouffee. Jen made andouille cheese dip and jalapeno poppers stuffed with crab. Brian and Jill brought king cake. Another friend brought hurricane punch. To contribute to the party and to be on theme, I made praline cookies. More on that later!

The best part of the Superbowl this year was Beyonce’s halftime show. I thought it was really great. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. After the half time there was a power outage. San Francisco was way down and tried to make a big comeback, but Baltimore won in the end.

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