Super Bowl Snackage & Favorite Ads

Good morning!

I hope ya’ll aren’t too tired today after the Super Bowl last night! Matt and I were debating heading to a friend’s place to watch it but decided to be lazy and stay home instead and have our own party!


I made us a small version of my Healthy Seven Layer Dip — but I had to leave out the yogurt layer because I thought we had taco seasoning and we didn’t… and I was too lazy to make my own. It was still delicious. :)


For the bean dip layer, I used a black bean dip in the prepared foods section of the Whole Foods-esque co-op grocery store near us. I also used salsa instead of chopped tomatoes — again, lazy. :)


While I whipped up the dip, Matt made us a variation of my Corn Flake Encrusted Chicken Fingers! YUM! One of my favorite recipes. He added some chickpea flour to the corn flake mixture and it was delicious.


I enjoyed mine with ketchup…


And Matt made his into (boneless) buffalo wings by dipping them in a hot sauce/butter/garlic mixture:


He said they were delicious and even tasted fried! He also asked I give Cackalacky, his new favorite hot sauce, a shout out:


It’s made with all the usual hot sauce ingredients, but also includes sweet potatoes! AND it’s made here in Chapel Hill, which makes it even more awesome. :) Matt’s pretty much a hot sauce expert so it’s saying a lot that this is his current fave.

The rest of yesterday was spent relaxing, hitting the gym, and getting some wedding stuff done! As you guys know, we already received our Save the Dates (details in this post), and I also ordered us a billion stamps and some cute return address labels last week, so we set up an assembly line to stuff the envelopes and put on the stamps/return address labels!


We did the stuffing/stamping while watching a couple episodes of Breaking Bad — made it way more fun. ;)


Two episodes later and the envelopes were all stuffed, stamped, return-addressed, and sealed! Success. We used a trick I picked up from a temp job back in college and used paper towels and a little bowl of water to seal them all instead of licking them, because neither of us wanted to lick 5 million envelopes.


Now all that remains is putting actual guest address labels on them! We have an epic spreadsheet of all the names/addresses and Matt was able to figure out how to pull all the data into Word so that we can print out labels instead of handwriting them. Win. We’ll be doing that soon. :)

What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial? I wasn’t overly impressed, but I did like this ad for Dannon Greek Yogurt and the funny Doritos ad with the kid acting as a slingshot. :) I also loved the VW commercial with the dog getting himself into shape to chase after cars!


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    The stuffing/stamping was definitely one of the most time consuming activities. Once we got a routine down though, we flew through! Someone stuffed the envelope while the other filled the invites with the inserts like response cards, maps, etc!

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    I’m so glad you all had fun watching the game. I am not a football fan but I had a terrific time with our friends at the Masonic Lodge. We barbecued all day yesterday and it was well worth it. (Psssst) Our 3 sons won $4000 to split between the 3 of them. I chose not to bet because I always loose. It was fun and our team finally won. I’m glad this only happens once a year. How many folks are invited to yours and Matt’s wedding, that looks like a big job but I know you both will have fun with it together. Food looks divine Have a wonderful Monday.

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    P.S. My favorite ad was the Dorito and the Clydesdale horse ad.

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    Ahh, now the fun begins! The guest list is always a “fun” project but you’ll be so happy when it’s all done. Glad things are going well girl!

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    what about the naked m&m commercial? I liked that one…

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    I also really liked the Dorritos commercial with the dog and the missing cat. So cute!

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    Glue sticks work great too (and you don’t have to worry about spilling water)! I also like using a (clean) sponge instead of paper towels when I’m doing a lot of envelopes.

    The Naked M&M was great but I really loved the VW commercial with the dog working out so he could chase the new Beetle…adorable dog!

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    I liked the Volkswagen one the best but the M&M one and Doritos Bird of Prey were pretty good too!

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    They look adorable – the “Here Wego” dog commercial was my favorite! :)

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    I loved the doggie getting into shape, throwing the ball down the stairs to go fetch it himself! I am good at mail merge. Hope you got Excel and Word to talk to each other!

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    Pat Elsberry says

    We stayed home and watched the game too … my team lost! :( but it was a great football game until the very end!! My favorite commercial was the dog trying to fit thru the doggie door and when he looked in the mirror he saw a much thinner version of himself…then started exercising!! :) Glad you were creative with the licking of the envelopes – they also make small bottles with a little sponge on the top – fill with water and voila!

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    The 7 Layer dip looks yummo! I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, so I have no idea what commercials were on, but thanks for posting the links!
    So glad that you were able to get the envelopes ready, must be a load off your mind. :)
    Have a great day!

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    My husband and I started watching Breaking Bad this weekend! Just finished the first season on Netflix this evening…holy moly that show is intense! But we’re really liking it…I have a small-ish crush on Jesse! haha :-P

    That dip looks delish!

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    Dannon yogurt! Then again, I like any excuse to drool over greek yogurt :)

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    As with most St. Louisans, I adore the Clydesdales. However, my favorite commercial was the pug racing the greyhounds while sporting the red Skechers running shoes.

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    A huge thanks to you, Anne! I made the chicken fingers and healthy seven-layer dip for my superbowl party and both were a HUGE hit! I don’t even think people realized they were healthy versions. Thanks so much!

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