Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots



Football season is here and it's time to tailgate!
In celebration of the official start of football, I have joined a group of food bloggers
from all over the country to bring you 64 tailgating recipe ideas for your game day
party! Click on the links below to join our tailgate and find some new recipes to try
while watching your favorite teams!

64 recipes for the perfect football tailgate! Check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to cheer on your team! #foodiefootballfans
64 recipes for the perfect football tailgate! Check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to cheer on your team! #foodiefootballfans

Spicy Mexican Cheese Dip by 2 Cookin Mamas
Salsa Verde by A Dish of Daily Life
Slow Cooker Sausage Corn Dip by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Sausage, Peppers + Onions Pigs in a Blanket by A Little Gathering
Grilled Jalapeno Poppers by A Mind Full Mom
Beer & Brats Bake by A Simpler Grace
Black Bottom Maple Pecan Pie Bars by An Oregon Cottage
Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings by And She Cooks
Blackberry BBQ Sticky Wings by Around My Family Table
Cheesy Pull Apart Garlic Bread by Beer Girl Cooks
Black Bean & Corn Salsa by Body Rebooted
Roasted Garlic BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe by Bread Booze Bacon
Smoky Jalapeno Poppers by Brunch-n-Bites
Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos by Bucket List Tummy
Deconstructed Smoked Chicken Chile Relleno by Cafe Terra
Chicken Spinach & Artichoke Dip French Bread by Cake 'n Knife
Cuban Sandwich Quesadillas by Casa de Crews
Grilled Asparagus Spears by Celebrating Family
Sweet and Salty Blueberry Popcorn by Club Narwhal
Buffalo Chicken Poppers by Coffee Love Travel
Sea Bass Skewers + Blackbeard Cocktails by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Buffalo Chicken Poppers by Dash of Herbs
Easy Chicken Roll Ups with Cream Cheese and Veggies by Family Food on the Table
Bottled Tailgate Cocktails by Feast + West
Smoked Brisket Texas Style by Foodal
Loaded Guacamole by foodbyjonister
Cincinnati Nachos by Foodtastic Mom
Cajun Red Beans and Andouille Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms by For the Love of Food
Grilled Shrimp Pizza by Glisten and Grace
Mini Bell Pepper Nachos by Hello Little Home
Slow Cooker Sweet Spicy Meatballs by Honey & Birch
BBQ Chicken Wontons by Lauren's Kitchen
Loaded Tailgate Tots by Life's Ambrosia
Ricotta & Fig Bites by Living Well Kitchen
Tailgate Tacos by Lizzy is Dizzy
Nashville Hot Chicken Wings by Loaves & Dishes
Cincinnati Chili Dip by Love & Flour
{Slow Cooker} BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Tailgate Bloody Marys by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Sweet Korean Chicken Wings by Macheesmo
Beer Sangria by Mixplorology
Crab Pretzels by Mom's Messy Miracles
Hot Bacon Dip by Nik Snacks
Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar by Off the Eaten Path
Chowder Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers by Order in the Kitchen
Old Fashioned Sweet by Peanut Blossom
Baked Mac and Cheese Cups by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Texas Toothpicks with Buttermilk Ranch by See Aimee Cook
Pretzel Turkey Meatballs (GF, DF, SF) by Shaws Simple Swaps
Hearty Vegetable Chili by Simple and Savory
Focaccia Pizza by Simplify, Live, Love
Sweet Potato Skins Stuffed with BBQ Ranch Pulled Pork by Sustaining the Powers
Bacon-Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites by The BakerMama
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad by The Creative Bite
German Potato Skins by The Crumby Cupcake
Old Bay Trail Mix by The Culinary Compass
Meat Lover's Pizza Bites by The Life Jolie
Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip by The Mexitalian
Grilled Asian Chicken Wings & Shishito Peppers by The Secret Ingredient Is
Blackened Shrimp Tacos by The Speckled Palate
Honeydew Melon Refresher by Two Places at Once
Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed Brats by West via Midwest
Sausage Apple and Sage Hand Pies by What A Girl Eats






















Even though we live in Virginia, we are huge Pittsburgh Steelers fans!  My husband grew
up in Gibsonia, PA, just outside of the city, and his love for the Steelers is so strong, that
Madison and I just had to join in and cheer for the steel city too.  On game day we grab
our terrible towels, black and yellow jerseys and settle in for an evening of football fun.






















Bacon wrapped tater tots usually always make an appearance at our game day party.
Tater tots, bacon and cheese - what's not to love!?


Bacon wrapped tater tots come together in no time at all and everyone loves them.
Sometimes I make them with cheese, sometimes not.  Either way they are delicious!

Give them a try for your next football tailgate and let me know what you think.
Go Steelers!!











































Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

1 bag frozen tater tots, at room temperature
1 pkg. bacon (do not use thick cut)
1/4 C brown sugar
small cubes of cheddar or pepper jack cheese, if desired

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or
parchment paper.

Cut bacon strips into thirds.  If you are using cheese, make a small slice in
each tater tot and stuff a small cube of cheese inside the tot.  Wrap each
tater tot with bacon and secure with a toothpick.  Sprinkle lightly with
brown sugar.  Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is cooked
through.

Place bacon wrapped tater tots on a serving tray and serve warm with
ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.

Enjoy!


Note: This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans — and we want to share our love for our teams, the game and the food that brings us all together on game day.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Watermelon Slushies


Watermelon Slushies






















Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August Beauty Favorites























Sunday, August 21, 2016

Stonyfield Farm Tour

Stonyfield Farm Tour























Earlier this month I was given the opportunity to travel to Vermont to be a part of the 2016
Stonyfield Farm Tour.  This was my first visit to the state of Vermont and the weekend was
one that I will never forget!  My love for the Stonyfield brand has never been stronger and
I am proud to partner with such a wonderful, caring company!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pizza Bites





















My parent's garden is going strong and my mom has been supplying me tons of zucchini.
I have been freezing zucchini for soup this fall and making veggie quesadillas and
chocolate chip zucchini bread too.  I love zucchini so much and would love for you to send
me your favorite zucchini recipes!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Homemade Watermelon Ice Pops

Remember when you were a kid and you begged your mom to buy those freezer pops
that came in a big box filled with long plastic tubes of colored sugar water?? They
probably weren't the healthiest treats to have around, but boy were they good on a
hot summer day!

Homemade Watermelon Ice Pops






















Thursday, August 4, 2016

Almond Butter Yogurt Crunch Parfaits






















As I write this post, I am on my way to Vermont.  I still can't believe that I am one of ten
bloggers chosen to attend the 2016 Stonyfield Farm Tour!  We will be touring organic
farms in and around Stowe, VT to learn about organic farming and why it is so important.
Growing up on a farm, it will be interesting to see how organic farms differ from the
traditional farms in my area of Virginia. I am so excited for this trip and I can not wait
to share it with all of you!  I will be posting lots of photos on Instagram and Facebook,
so follow along and join the fun!