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Weekend Wrap-Up #140: Katrina Bowden Edition

Posted by Dave On July - 21 - 2013Comments Off

39 Days. That’s right. Just 39 more days until college football officially gets underway with a slate of Thursday night games set for August 29th. Probably the biggest match-up for that night might be North Carolina at South Carolina but honestly, it’s college football. It’s back and that means tailgating in it’s purest and most widely recognized form will be back and embraced for months on Thursdays and Saturdays around the country. If you can’t wait for college football tailgating at the end of the month, you can get some NFL pre-season tailgating starting on August 8th. That’s only about three weeks away for those of you marking off your calendar’s like a prisoner doing a 20 year sentence. So in honor of the football season being so close, we thought this edition of the weekend wrap-up we should feature Katrina Bowden.

Katrina Bowden bears a striking resemblance to Stacy Keibler but you probably most recognize her for her portrayal of Oz’s girlfriend in the movie American Reunion and also as Cerie on 30 Rock. No matter where you know her from, Katrina Bowden is our pick to countdown to the start of football season for this year. Links follow the eye candy.

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How to Throw a Tailgate Party Without Going Over Your Budget

Posted by Guest On July - 19 - 2013Comments Off

Dallas Cowboys money saving tailgate

(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Amanda Green. Amanda is a freelance writer and Buffalo sports nut. She has been going to Bills, Sabres and Bandits games her whole life. Amanda has been writing online for a few years now but loves to write about things near and dear to her like the city of Buffalo. Amanda’s best sports memory was Matthew Barnaby’s playoff hat-trick against Montreal and her worst was the Monday Night Football loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Buffalo.)

You may be “the buzz” among your friends and around town for throwing awesome tailgate parties. While you may not be working with the ideal budget for a supreme tailgate party, you still don’t want to leave your friends disappointed when they show up on the day of the game.

So what do you do in such a situation? Ask for help? Cancel the party? Come up with an excuse? Luckily, you don’t have to do anything like that because the answer lies in generating ideas that are creative, inexpensive and original. This will allow you to save money and throw a good tailgate without overwhelming yourself. Here are some of the things you can consider:

1. Buy in advance and in bulk
Start shopping a month earlier than you initially plan to throw the party. Doing so can let you save a lot of money as there are promotions, discounts, specials and sales available on grills, bottle openers, etc. You can also benefit in an indirect way if you use a credit card for purchases.

If you don’t have a credit card, look at several options available to you. Some credit cards have reward programs like airlines reward frequent travelers. This means you earn rewards when you use the card, and later those rewards can be used while shopping to save money.

For having extra money to spend on tailgate parties and similar events, there are options available for you in which you can earn passively, so you have an overall higher amount at the end. Good savings accounts interest rates and current account benefits can be used for this purpose.

2. Don’t shy away from home cooking
While tailgating parties offer a chance to fire up the grill and cook away, it can be expensive to do so. There are a lot of things you have to buy, such as charcoal and other condiments.
A great way to cut on some of the expenses is to prepare some food at home. There are several tailgate recipe ideas available which will let you create popular dishes for the occasion. You can also watch videos for visual help with the instructions. You’ll also find specific recipes such as low-carb, high-protein and low fat. Such recipes will be handy if you’re currently on a diet or are looking to build some muscle.

3. Be aware of the venue and drive less (vehicles)
You may be partying at the home stadium for a long time now, but it can be expensive and inconvenient to find such spots. You have to wake up early morning and still sweat that there will be others who may get there before you. Furthermore, the parking fees at such locations are quite high and parking lot policies at most stadiums are not the easiest to adhere to. You may be able to save a good amount of money by choosing locations that are away from the home stadium (Hey, you’re on a budget, remember?).

When you’ve decided the venue, try to go in with as few vehicles as possible. One vehicle can be used by you and your friends and the party items can be kept in a separate one if there’s less space for everything to fit in a single car. This way, you and your folks will be able to save money on parking and gas as well as save time on trying to get spots around each other.

You’ve heard my top three tips on saving money while tailgating. Leave your own money saving ideas in the comments below.

BLT Dip

Posted by Dave On July - 16 - 2013Comments Off

BLT dip

Here at Tailgating Ideas it is no secret we love the bacon. And what is better than a good old fashioned BLT sandwich? Now comes along the BLT Dip for tailgating.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pound bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled, and divided
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded) or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded Iceberg lettuce
  • pepper an salt to taste

Toasted bread rounds, crackers, or pita chips.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350˚. Spray a 11⁄2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside 3/4 cup crumbled bacon.

In a large bowl, combine remaining bacon, cream cheese, shredded cheeses, sour cream, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and mustard. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle chopped tomatoes, remaining 3/4 cup crumbled bacon and lettuce over hot dip. Serve immediately with toasted bread rounds, crackers, or pita chips.

Tailgating Hint:
If you are taking this BLT Dip to the tailgating parking lot, we suggest placing the chopped tomatoes, remaining 3/4 cup crumbled bacon and lettuce in a ziploc bag and transporting separate from the dip. When you are ready to serve while tailgating, add the chopped tomatoes, remaining 3/4 cup crumbled bacon and lettuce at that time.

Because this is a hot dip, in order to keep it hot during transport to the tailgating site, we would suggest using the Tailgate HotBag, that keeps hot foods hot up to 170 degrees for as long as you like. We would suggest the Tailgate Hotbag Side Loading model for this particular recipe.

Jerry King Tailgating Cartoon #169

Posted by Jerry On July - 14 - 2013Comments Off

Slingshot tailgater

Video: 2013 Auburn Parking & Tailgating Map

Posted by Dave On July - 12 - 2013Comments Off

Nice to see Auburn stepping up their game and responding to feedback from tailgaters regarding their Saturday game day experience and making an effort to improve that experience. Wish more schools and professional teams would do the same.

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