Do You “Super Bowl?”

Welcome to the first day of February, friends. The US of A is kicking off 2015’s second month with its biggest party of the year, I guess. (I’m wondering if New Year’s Eve might be the frontrunner, but Americans will jump on any positive event to celebrate—yes?—and a sporting event always seems to be that much more fun.)

Super Bowl Sunday is usually a double-sporting event for me. Just finished watching the Australian Open Tennis Championships: Novak Djokovic is starting to own Melbourne Park the way Rafael Nadal is Rolling Garros reigning monarch. Congrats to Novak, and to finalist Andy Murray. Their display was dynamic, especially those first two sets.

Later in the day, of course, is the crowning glory of the NFL’s season. All the best to the Seahawks and Patriots—and to Aaron Rodgers, the NFL’s repeat MVP (another personal favorite of mine–the guy seems a class-act :)).

FullSizeRender (3)  Okay, so I fell short on the plates, lol. At least they coordinate with the napkins. Pizza dough is on the rise and onion dip’s a-chillin’ in the fridge. (No tacos and no brownie–the oblong bake pan I used went to pieces a while back… 😦 )

Before I was actually into “the big game,” I always looked for a party. (What’s better than one more excuse to chow down on junk food while hanging out with folks you like?) Since the NY Giants’ crazy run to the championship game in 2011, I decided I wanted to stay home so I could better focus on the action. My kids planned to have a few friends over that night, and a friend of mine showed up as a surprise.

I threw together a few pizzas—maybe tacos too—slapped snacks and drinks onto the table and baked a football-shaped brownie. Some football-themed paper goods rounded it all out and our Super Bowl tradition was born.

So, do you celebrate the Super Bowl? Are you a party person or do you prefer to be in front of your own big-screen so you don’t miss a play? Do you wish the hype would just go away? Any votes for Super Bowl SATURDAY? (Hear, hear!) Should the US declare Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday?

No matter how you spend it, have a wonderful day–and a great upcoming week too! Someone kindly tell that pesky ground hog in PA to feign temporary blindness against any shadows–just sayin’… 😉

Happy Birthday, Danny!

Joanna

Assuming You’ll Observe Mother’s Day…

How will you be spending it?

Happy Saturday everyone. I’ve got today laid out–in honor of Mother’s Day, my birthday and my niece who turned a whopping six earlier this week. (I’m sure she’s the girl twin my favorite Fran Fine gave birth to before the show went off air, right down to the fashion sense and the whine. :D)

  Hubby threw this one together last year, spur of the moment, right out of our yard. Aren’t they gorgeous?

After dropping off one kid at work, one at detention and then doing a whirlwind of food and last-minute flowers/card run for mom and my sister-in-law, we’re looking to spend the day making pizzas, possibly BBQ a burger or dog and enjoy birthday cake.

Tomorrow I’d LIKE to do NOTHING. That, however, will not work-me mam is big on Mother’s Day and is sort of disappointed we’re keeping it simple here. She would have loved a Sunday-afternoon pranzo (i.e., meal) to celebrate the day. I’m much more into the All-American idea of giving mom the day off. Not to be but it’s okay.

So how will you be honoring mom (including yourself) this weekend?

Have a great day and Happy Mother’s Day!

Joanna