It’s Super Bowl weekend.
Did your team make it to the big game?
But it was close.
Will you be watching … the game, the commercials, the half time show?
All of the above?
It’s been a sporty week with the Olympics in full swing.
I love the Olympics and enjoy them the old-fashioned way.
NBC’s nightly package of coverage.
Oh, and Valentine’s Day is Monday!
Today I’m joining my blogging pals,
Kim NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE and Elizabeth PINECONES & ACORNS,
for our new weekly series where we share things that catch our eye, pique our interest as well as various goings over the course of the week.
Things we love and think that you’ll enjoy too.
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Grab a cuppa something and let’s dive in.
SUPER BOWL FOOD
Jim will be home for the game this year. That’s unusual. He’d rather be there … at the game … taking it all in … live. Not me. I prefer to be home … on the sofa … wearing my eating pants. I like to see the replays, commercials, and listen to the commentary. And I prefer homemade football food to stadium fare. My World-Famous Bean Dip will make its annual appearance. The recipe is top secret. And the only worthy vehicle for getting it from dish to stomach is the Original Ruffles, with ridges, potato chips. It’s addicting and that is why it’s only served once (maybe twice) a year. What else is on Snowberry’s Superbowl menu?
To make me feel better about the game day eatathon I’ll make a platter of crudites served with my Aunt’s Truly Delicious Dip. This dip is not top secret and here’s the recipe.
Truly Delicious Dip: 2/3 cups sour cream, 2/3 cup mayonnaise (ewe, I know … I hate it too but somehow manage it in this recipe … you can probably substitute plain yogurt and I may try that.), 1 teaspoon onion salt or powder, ¼ teaspoon Beau Monde seasoning, 1 teaspoon dry dill, 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped parsley. Combine all ingredients and chill overnight (or at least an hour or two).
I’ve already been to the store to procure all my ingredients because I know it’s going to be crazy out there today.
VALENTINE’S DAY COCKTAIL
It’s kind of a bummer that Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday. Hardly ideal for romantic dinners and date nights. Monday or not it’s Valentine’s Day and a cocktail is in order. Don’t roll your eyes when you see what it is. Yep, the Raspberry Kir Royale. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is a workhorse cocktail … perfect for Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve all the way through Valentine’s Day. In fact, I first made it on Valentine’s Day. In 2005. It was a hit and has been a December through February staple at our house ever since. I’ve written 23 blogs posts about how to make it (just kidding, maybe only two or three).
Raspberry Kir Royale Bar – this might be a fun way to kick off your Superbowl festivities
A FRESH TAKE ON REGIFTING
My good friend, and favorite Contessa, guest posted on Elizabeth’s PINECONES & ACORNS blog this week. You may recognize who I’m talking about … or her pig. Did I just give it away? Anyhoo … I think you’ll enjoy this charming post and refreshing take on (re)gift giving. It certainly gave me a new perspective on what makes for a thoughtful and treasured gift.
GIFTING YOURSELF … WITH JEWELRY
While we’re on the topic of thoughtful gifts, how about gifting yourself? With jewelry! I enjoyed this article in February’s Town & Country that makes a case for celebrating ‘the most deserving person in your life: you.’ It’s self-care.
If you make a habit of acquiring jewelry, self-gifted or otherwise, what better way to admire your baubles than on these pretty jewelry trees. I found them when organizing my closet last year and I love their simplicity.
DOGGIE CAR SEAT
Whenever I post an Instagram story of Pippa and Maggie in the car, I get a slew of questions about their doggie car seats. I’m asked about them a lot in parking lots too. I’m tickled to share because I was once a first time small-dog mom and utterly clueless about small dog needs.
We had a black lab, Sasha, for many (not enough) years. She road happily in the back of my SUV with the back seat down on a blanket. When we brought Bella home, our first little Jack Russell Terrier, she rode with Sasha curled up against her tummy. When Sasha passed away, Bella became anxious in the car. All that space with no big sister to protect her. It’s a much longer story and I won’t bore you with it. Suffice to say, if you have small or smallish dogs, this car seat is essential. If you have questions about how it works, let me know in the comments. I’m happy to tell you how it works and why it’s so great.
Looking at these old photos makes me cry. We miss these two so much.
So, there you have it,
a few things that piqued my interest this week.
Let’s see what Kim and Elizabeth have in store for us.
A few housekeeping items …
- There are just five days left to enter to win HGTV’s Dream Home 2022 in Warren, Vermont … including $250k cash and a brand-new Grand Wagoneer! You can read my review of the Dream Home here. Deadline for entry is February 17th.
- Don’t miss my first ever fashion post … I’m styling a cute pair of Target cargo ankle pants two ways.
- Need more Valentine content? I’ve got you covered with a luncheon for girlfriends, a tea party, and my porch décor ideas.
As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.