Fancy Antlers

Category: Family

Last minute Superbowl party!

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Clockwise from top: Beer Candied Bacon, Tide and Thyme; Meatballs Collection, William Sonoma; Tailgate beer bucket, Celebrations.com; Chips and French Onion Dip, My Baking Addiction; Bloody Marys, Garden & Gun; Potato Bar, Real Simple

Okay gang, I have grandiose visions of being a great entertainer with wonderful coordinated menus and elegant presentation…. however, when the music in my head screeches to a halt- I get real.

Reality, for me at least, is that my husband and I like to host, however, it is almost always spur of the moment. Being bay area residents, we started having impromptu parties as soon as the 49ers got into the playoffs. (Admittedly, I’m not actually a 49ers fan. I grew up in Chicago… Go Bears!). Fan or no fan, the local team going all the way is certainly a good excuse for a party, so each game we have maxed out our 700 square foot apartment and huddled around the TV. Now it is Superbowl time and we have yet again decided (three days in advance and while I’m out of town on business) to host a party.

So, it’s planning time! Quick, easy and low-stress is my mantra.

Our guests will be mostly fellas, so frills are out and function is in…

Drinks: Lets stick with the B’s…. Beer (because the boys like it) and Bloody Mary’s (because I like it). I’m thinking to put the beers in a big galvanized metal bucket close to the TV. Bloody Mary’s will be in mason jars.

Main course: Lets face it, this is the Superbowl, it is mostly about the snacks. LOTS of snacks. So I’m planning to keep the main course simple and easy to eat. This weekend meatballs are going to be my meal of choice. The slowcooker is my party time savior… throw ’em in, turn it on, walk away. I’ll use an easy recipe such as this one for Cocktail Meatballs.

Snacks n Sides: I definitely want to morph Real Simple’s Potato bar concept into a potato skin bar. I’m envisioning that a bit of sour cream piped onto each potato skin will make them look just like a football. (Okay, I admit, I’m veering from my prior stated “no-frills” approach. I know the men will NOT appreciate this, but I gotta throw something in for my own amusement!) For my husband, I think I am required to try the Beer Candied Bacon recipe that I found on Tide & Thyme. To round out the the snack-centric gluttony I am going to lean on store bought chips, dip and pretzels.

Serving ware: I have two words for you… Store bought. I’ll put the meatballs, snacks, and sides out in real dishes but some good old Chinet should save me the joy of being up late on a Sunday washing dishes.

Happy Superbowl everyone!

Happy Birthday Mom!

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My mom is the best…

My mom is smart and funny and beautiful and creative. She talks in strange little voices, does goofy little dances and draws funny little cartoon people. She doesn’t take herself too seriously.

We have always been best friends because we’ve always had a lot in common…. We both went to design school, as a matter of fact, we went to the same design school and had some of the same professors. We have the same nose and ears (slightly larger than average). Luckily, we have the same smile too… (also slightly larger than average). We like coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night. We aren’t natural morning people, but we tough it out if we need to. We think that snow is magical and that the downtown city lights are special. We like to knit and cook and create and decorate.

If somebody said “Hey Kate, you are just like your mom…” I would do a goofy little happy dance (just like her) and consider it the best compliment ever. After all, she is the most sweet, caring and loving woman that I have ever known.

Happy Birthday Mom 🙂

Back in the saddle (again)….

My father-in-law lovingly refers to their cozy Missouri homestead as "The Roost." I always look forward to our relaxing Christmas's there, enjoying the peace and tranquility of a slower pace of life.

The Missouri homestead is lovingly nicknamed “The Roost.” I love our relaxing Christmases there, enjoying the peace and tranquility of a slower pace of life.

My husband and I spent the holidays in small town Missouri with a bustling houseful of relatives. This biennial holiday event affords us many pleasures that we miss out on in our day to day Silicon Valley life. We take the dog out (without a leash), feed the neighbor’s horses, chase our nieces through my father-in-laws 7.5 acre property, drink Folgers, spook guinea hens and at the end of a long day we lay in bed listening to the freight trains whistle through the night.  The lack of strong internet connection, traffic, stores, restaurants and entertainment transformed what can be a commercialized holiday into a true family occasion. It also meant that I got copious amounts of knitting done and ate vast quantities of homemade cookies. Here are just a few photos of the backdrop to our wonderful family Christmas…

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