Tuesday Tattles #23

Tuesday Tattles

I’ve been waiting for College Football season to kick back up so I could share with you all of the fabulous Auburn children’s books we have in our collection.

And then football season went ahead and started before I was ready. Funny how September manages to sneak up on you!

If you have an Auburn fan in your life, you need to add a little War Eagle to their library.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

If you’re not an Auburn fan, maybe you should re-evaluate all of your life decisions. Just kidding. I would imagine a lot of these books have been created for multiple schools. To get you started, here’s a non-affiliate link to Mascot Books for an expansive collection of collegiate literature.

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Aubie Teaches the Alphabet by Sherri Graves Smith

My mother-in-law got this book for Firecracker when he was just a baby and we would read it every Saturday during football season! W shares a page with V and I’ll never forget the moment he was able to point to the W with recognition (his first name starts with the letter).

Other versions of this book include: UGA, LSU, Alabama, and Kennesaw State.

Go Auburn Go by Brian R. Jones 

Go Auburn Go children's bookThis interactive book is a favorite of Firecracker’s. My little Auburn Tiger loves flipping the flaps, pulling the tabs, and touching Aubie’s soft white fur. Thanks to this book, he also has the first half of our fight song, War Eagle, down pat!

Other versions of this book include: Virginia Tech, Clemson, Alabama, and Appalachian State.

The Spirit Tree at Toomer’s Corner  by Erin Lough and Mave Lough Duke

304041_2085581097368_6319600_nHonestly, this book is more for me.

The trees were poisoned the football season after I’d graduated. We were living in the Florida panhandle at the time and able to make it back to Auburn for the final rolling before they removed the unsaveable trees from Toomer’s Corner. It was an incredible experience being with thousands of other Auburn fans giving our beloved oaks a warm send off.

The Spirit Tree at Toomer’s Corner is the story of those trees, of what the trees meant to the Auburn family. I honestly can’t read this book without crying. My children don’t understand, but I hope one day they, too, will be proud students of Auburn University and know the joy of rolling Toomer’s Corners trees.

There is also a sequel to the book, The Spirit Tree at Toomer’s Corner 2: The Rebirth.

The War Eagle Story by Francesca Alder-Baeder and Patrick Baeder

This book is a long poem depicting the story of why Auburn Tiger fans declare “War Eagle.” I learned the story my first day of Orientation 11 years ago, but my children will not be ignorant about Auburn traditions when they attend 20 and 22 years from now. 😉

I get chills every time I read the part in the story where the little girl cries, “Waaaaaaaaaaar Eagle….Hey!!!!”

#SundaySupper: No Labor Recipes

Yesterday marked the start of football season and today’s recipe comes to you straight from Auburn.

I was going to share this recipe with you yesterday, but when I saw that today’s Sunday Supper theme was “No Labor” recipes I knew it fit in perfectly. Because what could involve less labor than two ingredients and a microwave?! I’m not even making any dishes either! Thank you to the Sunday Supper Movement for hosting today’s event.

There is a restaurant called Momma Goldberg’s Deli right next to campus that has been open since 1976. What makes this deli unique is that their sandwiches are steamed! (Never in my wildest dreams would I attempt to recreate one of their deli sandwiches at home.) In 2007 Momma G’s became a franchise and has now expanded to 26 additional locations across 4 states.

Momma Goldberg's Deli on S College

If you find yourself at a Momma G’s establishment, you must get an order of Momma’s Nachos. (And don’t forget to order a beverage for your souvenir cup – we have quite the collection from their various locations.) Or, you could make them at home like I did. Only problem is that I don’t have their fancy steamers and used the microwave. While still deliciously simple and the perfect tailgating food, the cheese didn’t melt into the chips the same way Momma’s does.

Copy Cat: Momma’s Nachos

Ingredients:

  • nacho cheese Doritos chips
  • slices of pepper jack cheese
  • jalapenos (optional)

Steps:

  1. Place chips on a paper plate. Place slices of cheese over top. Add jalapenos if using.
  2. Microwave 5-10 seconds – keep on eye on it, as cheese melts quickly!

Copy Cat Momma's Nachos for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook Two ingredients and 10 seconds for the ultimate tailgating snack

Savory Snacks and Sides:

Labor Free Main Dishes:

Sweet Treats and Drinks:

Labor Free Labor Day:

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#10DaysofTailgate: War Eagle Sangria

Tailgate Logo

Today marks the beginning of #10DaysofTailgate! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you might have noticed some sneak peaks of things coming your way. I was really honored when Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla invited me to be a part of this great adventure.

To kick off #10DaysofTailgate, I wanted to pick a recipe that would highlight my favorite team – the Auburn Tigers. My husband and I both graduated from Auburn University – and our combined three siblings also graduated from or are currently attending Auburn.

I decided to make a sangria using blueberries and oranges – complete with AU ice cubes! I followed the recipe for my Red, White, and Blue Sangria that I dish out on the Fourth of July. I used a little bit of my blueberry syrup in place of simple syrup too.

War Eagle Sangria 2

An Original Recipe

War Eagle Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle white moscato wine
  • 2 tbsp blueberry syrup
  • 2 oranges sliced into rings
  • 3/4 C frozen blueberries
  • 1 bottle champagne

Steps:

  1. In a pitcher combine wine and syrup. Add orange slices, leaving some for garnish, and blueberries. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  2. Before serving add the bottle of champagne. Garnish with orange slices.

War Eagle Sangria 1

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out the other bloggers who posted more tailgating recipes today:


Starters
Loaded Baked Nacho Supreme by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Baked Blueberry Pork Egg Rolls by The Pajama Chef
Gazpacho Shooters with Spicy Shrimp by OnTheMove-In the Galley
Dips
Soft Pretzels and Buffalo Cheese Dip by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Cheesy Bean Dip by Making Miracles
Garden Fresh Salsa by Eliot’s Eats
Pineapple Salsa by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Devilish 7-Layer Dip by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
Sips
Iowa Sunrise by From Gate to Plate
Sides
Deviled Egg Potato Salad by Cooking In Stilettos
Mains
El Diablo’d Lamb Lollipops by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Ginger Chicken Kabobs by Summer Scraps
Chili by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Baked Mac and Cheese  with Bacon Pretzel Topping by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Asian Duck Sliders  by Curious Cuisiniere
Pineapple Chile Lime Wings by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Love and Confections
Sweets

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

It’s no secret that I love pasta. And cream based sauces are my absolute favorite.

There is a restaurant in Auburn, Brick Oven Pizza, that we’d always go to when parents were in town. And while their pizzas and calzones are fantastic (I love their crust), it’s their Cajun Chicken Pasta that I always order.

Now that I’m living in Ohio (with a newborn) trips to Auburn are going to be very few and far between. So when I saw this recipe on Pinterest, it looked exactly like Brick Oven’s pasta dish that I love so much. It was immediately pinned and finally prepared. I switched out the pasta shape to penne and added mushrooms and parmesan cheese.

I have intentions of making a few more Auburn favorites in the coming year. War Eagle!

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 oz mushrooms, diced
  • 2 C half-and-half
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 2/3 C shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3 scallions, sliced

Steps:

  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper, onion powder, and cayenne. (Alternatively, you can use Cajun seasoning.)
  2. Season chicken with half of the spice mix from Step 1 and S+P.
  3. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Brown chicken. When cooked through, remove and set aside.
  4. In the same pot, add more olive oil if needed. Saute bell peppers, onion, and mushroom. Season with the remaining spice mix from Step 1 and S+P. Cook until vegetables are tender. (Note: if you’d like a little spice to your pasta add a little extra cayenne pepper at this step.)
  5. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  6. Add half-and-half and heavy cream to the vegetables. Bring to a boil and add in the parmesan cheese.
  7. In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and water. Pour into the cream sauce. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook until thickened. Add cooked chicken and pasta to the sauce and toss. Stir in the scallions. Garnish with additional Cajun seasoning if desired.

*This recipe is modified from Annie at http://www.annies-eats.com/2009/07/10/louisiana-chicken-pasta/*

Cajun Chicken Pasta

War Eagle Game Day

A big part of Thanksgiving weekend is watching the Iron Bowl.

We gather around the TV, taking a break from Thanksgiving foods, to stuff our faces with game day dishes while watching the most stressful game of the season. This year I’m expecting a great game. The stakes our high this year – ESPN Game Day will be on The Plains, Alabama is ranked #1, Auburn is ranked #4, and a ticket to the SEC Championship Game is on the line.

Here are a few of the recipes that will be on the coffee table this year:

Iron Bowl Food

Football Game Day Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Velveeta
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1/2 lb ground beef

Steps:

  1. Brown ground beef, drain fat.
  2. Cube Velveeta and put in a microwavable dish. Stir in Rotel and beef.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes at a time, stirring. Once cheese is melted serve with Tostitos!

Shake ‘n’ Bake Buffalo Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkt Shake ‘n’ Bake
  • 3 lb chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bottle Frank’s Red Hot buffalo sauce (not hot sauce)

Steps:

  1. Toss chicken in Shake ‘n’ Bake.
  2. Place chicken on baking sheet. Bake at 375deg for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Toss cooked chicken in buffalo sauce. Serve with ranch dressing!

This year we’re experimenting with chicken wings instead! Baking them on a metal rack on a baking sheet at 425deg for 30min.

Cranberry Barbecue Turkey Sliders

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 C orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/8 C honey
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • left over turkey, shredded
  • slider buns

Steps:

  1. Bring ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Pour sauce into a blender or use an immersion blender.
  3. Toss turkey in barbecue sauce. Assemble slider sandwiches.

*This recipe is adapted from John at http://www.patiodaddiobbq.com/2011/11/cranberry-orange-bbq-sauce.html*

WAR EAGLE!

cranberry turkey sliders

UPDATE: We had so much food that the sliders weren’t made this year. I will be making them for the SEC Championship Game next weekend instead!

T-Shirt Quilt

I played golf in high school and my coach was kind enough to pick me up after school and drive me to practice and games. I got pretty close to her, and we talked about everything on our commute. One day she told me that she wanted to send off her son’s t-shirts to be made into a quilt. I, being a slightly emotionally nostalgic packrat, fell in love with this idea!

Spirit

Fast forward 4 years and I discover that my now mother-in-law makes quilts, including t-shirt quilts. Because I loved Stuart’s from his high school days, she very kindly created one for me.

Fast forward 4 more years and now I can make my own t-shirt quilt! My friend Kate and I made one out of her shirts from Auburn (her very first quilt, “Spirit”!).

1 year later I completed my first t-shirt quilt. “Aero Force” combines Stuart’s shirts from ROTC and my shirts from Aerospace Engineering. If there was a t-shirt to be bought in any of the organizations I belonged to, I shelled out the 15 bucks for it; Stuart didn’t have enough shirts on his own to make two quilts, so I did one for the both of our Auburn careers.

Aero Force

How to make a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt

*We follow the T-shirt quilt method by Andrea T. Funk.*

Fall Mantle

September is here! And even though it’s not officially Fall yet, football season has started, pumpkin-flavored everything is hitting the stores, and the days are getting shorter. For me and my house, that’s close enough!

Growing up in South Florida, we didn’t have fireplaces. But apparently Northern Florida thinks they’re North enough to demand fireplaces. I am completely baffled by this architectural choice – we don’t use ours, ever.

My absolute favorite thing about the fireplace is the mantle. Why? Because it gives me a surface to decorate! I am completely in love with my fall motif. I opted to go with the scarecrow/straw theme. (The Tommy Tuberville signed Auburn Football made the cut this year — War Eagle!) On October 1st I’ll add a Jack-O-Lantern scarecrow and on November 1st I have a totally adorable stuffed turkey that says “Gobble til you Wobble”. I also plan on trying a Pinterest-inspired pine cone garland. If I get around to it (and it’s successful), I’ll do a how-to.

Fall Mantle | Sew You Think You Can Cook

I found my decorations at Michael’s. The bird painting is one that I did at The Emerald Cork, a BYOB painting studio. Disclaimer: I have not been paid or sponsored by Michael’s or The Emerald Cork.