Tom Brady Gets Another Ring (Or Super Bowl, Bitches!)

OK, I know it has been ages. SO my fault. I’m on the fourth draft of my feature screenplay, and I’m in the weeds on an original pilot, and I needed to concentrate on all that fiction for a minute. Now I’m finally in a place where I can sort of split my headspace, so here it is…

My Super Bowl Post.

My besties and I decided to throw a potluck soiree for the Super Bowl, and our amazing friends totally rose to the occasion. They brought everything from shrimp cocktail to chickpea chili. It was all divine. Plus Tom Brady won another ring, and that was just beyond.

I tried to keep my contribution simple, so I went with sides and desserts.

See?

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If I could shape it like a football… I did.

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Deviled eggs are better with bacon… and when they’re decorated like footballs.

My cousin Madison moved to Santa Monica in January, and it made my heart burst with joy that she joined us for the celebration.

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Isn’t she the cutest?

My friend’s boyfriend totally dominated the carne asada situation on the grill.

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Get those jalapeños, Charlie!

I handed out patron shots like a boss.

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Don’t worry – – the cups weren’t completely full.

And our taco bar was beyond.

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Aren’t my besties the best?

If you want the recipes, and… trust me YOU DO… here they are.

Hail, Brady.

Guacamole

Salsa

Salsa Verde

Peanut Butter Dip

Oreo Truffles

Bacon Deviled Eggs

Peter Pan Party Wrap Up (Or Here’s Everything in One Place)

OK, this is it. The final Peter Pan Party post. The everything-in-one-place post. The you-never-have-to-hear-about-it-again post.

These Peter Pan Partygoers are eager to wrap this ish up.

See, I’m saving you from digging around my blog to piece together a Peter Pan Party the way I used to rummage through piles of black capris and halter tops on my floor in college just to find two matching Steve Madden platforms. (Note: I do NOT wear Maddens anymore. This is because I no longer think it’s acceptable to be hobbled by cheap footwear.)

Invitations
I used Paperless Post because I’m into saving the planet by saving some trees. And also because their designs are like the perfect storm of affordable and attractive.

Photo Courtesy of Paperless Post.

If you’re not into this design, here are a few more pirate-y options.

By the way, PP now offers a charity stamp option. They donate $0.05 to Amensty International, Red, or the ASPCA if you choose the charity stamp instead of the default option. Naturally, I went with the ASPCA puppy stamp. Since we had 142 people on our guest list, we bought a little bit of kibble for homeless pets just by inviting people to drink with us at our party.

Flowers
Here’s the work in progress post, complete with ordering info on the vases and sprinkles.
And this is the reveal.

Neverland Map
I explain how to age paper for a treasure map or Neverland map here.

Other Assorted Decorations
This is the decoration wrap up, complete with product ordering information.

Appetizers
Spicy Eggplant Dip
Truffle Popcorn

Taco Bar Main Course
Cola Carnitas
Slow Cooker Chicken (Note: I didn’t handle this part of the party, but if I had, I probably would have tried this recipe.)
Salsa
Salsa Verde

Dessert Bar
Sprinkles Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Mascarpone Frosting
Banana Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting
Glazed Lime Cake
Chocolate Stout Cake
Skull and Crossbones Sugar Cookies

And now… bacon wrapped meatloaf, because everything is better when it’s wrapped in bacon. Truth.

Simple Salsa (Or Impress Your Friends with an Easy Recipe)

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Tomorrow my friends and I are firemanning. If you don’t know what that is, it’s because we invented it. I’ll explain….

A new fire station recently opened in my neighborhood. In an attempt to get the community excited about the bright red trucks barreling down the street, sirens blaring, upsetting every dog within miles, they’re holding an open house.

“You know they’re not holding an open house to give toddlers a look at their ladders,” My text invitation to my friends read. Never have I received such prompt RSVPs from a pack of non-committal-let-me-see-if-I-get-a-better-offer 30 somethings in my life. Texts came streaming in along the lines of, “Firemen? Yes please!” and “OBVIOUSLY.”

Before we walk over to the station to look at their poles or whatever, we’re going to have some snacks. Spicy red salsa seems like the perfect pairing for the event, so I’m going to put on a little 911 by Wyclef and Mary J and get to work making my simple salsa.

If you wanna make some for yourself, the recipe is below.

Simple Salsa

28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1/3 C of cilantro, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
One medium onion
1/4 C jalapeno slices with juice (or 1/8 C if you don’t like things too spicy)
3 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 tsp of chili flakes
Salt

Peel the onion and dice it into quarters. Add the onion to the food processor to dice it. Add 1/3 C of cilantro, jalapeños, a pinch of salt, and the tomatoes to the food processor. Puree until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro leaves and the chili flakes. Stir with a spoon.

It will taste like an unimpressive mess of onions and tomatoes at this point, so you’ll need to let the flavors marry in the refrigerator overnight. (At the very least, give them 8 hours for a civil ceremony or whatever.) Tomorrow you can dip some chips in your salsa, so just be patient. In fact, if you have the time to let the ingredients take a honeymoon, the salsa will taste even better in a week when the ingredients have broken down further.

If you don’t have a food processor, a blender will work. Just make sure you add the tomatoes first so that the juice is on the bottom of the blender. It will not yield the same consistency, but it will suffice.