It’s the last home game of the season.  So, I say — GO BIG OR GO HOME!  This menu is adventurous, as I’m preparing a meal prior to the game, and a 2nd meal after the game.  But, assuming the weather cooperates, we’ll want to soak up all the fun we can for our final tailgate party this year.  Plus, we’ll have my Dad and Stepmom in town and are eager to show them a good time!


Bobby Dodd Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia

Saturday, November 17th
Kickoff: 3:30PM
Tailgate Time: 11:00AM

It will have been a 3 week hiatus since we’ve tailgated!  Georgia Tech heads into this game against ACC rival, the Duke Blue Devils, with a mediocre season under their belt.  They are coming off a win in Chapel Hill (November 10th) over North Carolina.  So… GT is 5-5 coming to this game.

Meanwhile, Duke is having one of their best (if not THE best) seasons to date.  They went into the November 3rd game against Clemson with a 6-3 record.  They were annihilated by the Tigers, but they have a bye week before the trip to Bobby Dodd Stadium.  Still, 6-4 slightly trumps our record.

These two teams are fighting for a chance to go to the ACC Championship game in Charlotte on 12/1.

It’s a 3:30PM kickoff, so we’ll tailgate before and after the game.  And the weather prediction is sunny and in the upper 50s for a high and 38 degrees F for the low that night.  Excited about food to warm us!

BRUNCH (Pregame):
Apple Streusel Muffins
Crock pot breakfast casserole
Cheese Grits
 Ham stuffed biscuits
Fruit Cups
Fall Snack Mix
Drink – Apple Cider Margaritas

DINNER (Postgame):

White Chicken Chili
Honey Cornbread Muffins
Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes
Beer, Wine and Waters

These are really yummy!

Photo Credit: Envie

Streusel Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup flour
1/2 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

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Mix all of the dry ingredients except the nuts.


Add the butter into the mix using your hands to break into large chunks. Mix by hand until small balls form. Toss the nuts lightly into the mix.




2 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored and small diced (about 3 cups)
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup canola oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center.
Blend in the eggs, milk, butter, vanilla and oil.


Fold in the apples.


Spoon the batter into a wax paper lined muffin pan, filling cups ~ 2/3 – 3/4 full. Top with streusel.




Bake until light golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Baking time will be 25-40 minutes depending on size of muffin tin. Makes ~18.

(Adapted from Jimmy Dean)


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1 pkg. (26 ounces) shredded hash brown potatoes
1 pkg. Jimmy Dean Hearty Original Sausage Crumbles
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup julienne cut sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained
6 green onions, sliced
12 eggs
1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 ground black pepper

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue


Photo Credit: Cate Bogue


Photo Credit: Cate Bogue


Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Layer 1/2 of the potatoes on the bottom of slow cooker.Top with half of the sausage, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, sun dried tomatoes and green onion. Repeat layering. Beat eggs, milk and pepper in large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended.Pour evenly over potato-sausage mixture. Cook on low setting for 6-8 hours or on high setting for 3-4 hours or until eggs are set. 12 servings.


These are absolutely the best! Secret is the Chicken Broth…

6 cups chicken broth
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 cups regular grits
16 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup milk
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup butter
8 oz. grated white cheddar cheese

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Bring broth, S & P and garlic powder to a boil. Stir in grits and whisk. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thick (8-10 minutes). Add shredded cheddar and milk and stir. Slowly stir in eggs and butter. Pour into casserole dish, and sprinkle with white cheddar. Bake at 350 degrees 35-40 minutes until set.


1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
2 cups buttermilk
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour $
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup shortening
Mustard Butter
2 pounds thinly sliced cooked ham

Combine yeast and 1/2 cup warm water in a 4-cup liquid measuring cup, and let mixture stand 5 minutes. Stir in buttermilk.
Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk mixture, stirring with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and knead 4 to 5 times. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour. Bake at 425° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.


You can use pre-made biscuits that you like from the freezer section of the grocery store.  Use good ones with real ingredients.  Just cook them per the package directions.

Mustard Butter:
1 cup butter, softened
2 TBSP minced sweet onion
2 TBSP spicy brown mustard


Stir together all ingredients until blended.


Split each biscuit, and spread evenly with Mustard Butter. Stuff biscuits with ham.  Devour!

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Mix together: cheese crackers, salted peanuts, and pretzel squares.
Then the sweet stuff gets added: Reese’s candy bits,caramel corn,honey nut cheerios,cocoa puffs, candy corn, and mallowcreme pumpkins.Either serve in a big bowl with a ladle or divide into bags or boxes or little jars for the tailgate.  Be sure and wrap with the team colors’ ribbons!

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue


Photo Credit: Pinterest

Here’s how I’m going to serve fruit for this brunch.  I’m going to take small clear plastic cups.  Then I’ll put a dollop of vanilla yogurt in the bottom of each cup, and top with fresh fruit.  How cute is that?  You  COULD take the cuteness a step further and place each cup in a cupcake liner, but that would just be over the top! 😉

*Of course, you can use this idea with a million other foods.  The blog where I saw this picture suggested using blue cheese dressing at the bottom, and then top with buffalo chicken pieces.  The possibilities are endless!  You could also put a dollop of caramel sauce and top with apple slices like this pic:

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Here’s a pic of how I served them:

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Photo Credit: How Sweet It Is

Serves 1 – easily multiplied
1 ounce Grand Marnier
1 ounce gold tequila
5-6 ounces sweet apple cider
orange segments and apple slices
cinnamon + cane sugar + coarse sugar for glass rimming
cinnamon sticks for garnish
Add a few spoonfuls of cane sugar, coarse sugar and cinnamon to a plate. Run an orange segment around the edge of the glass, then press into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the rim. Add a few orange slices in the bottom of the glass, fill with ice, then add the Grand Marnier, tequila and apple cider and stir to mix. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks. Enjoy!
Photo Credit: Peggy Under Pressure
1½ pounds boneless chicken, cooked and shredded (*note: my favorite way to prepare chicken for a chili is to place the uncooked chicken in a pot; then add chicken broth to cover.  Boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for 35 minutes. Much more flavorful this way).
1 TBSP vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
2 15-ounce cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 14.5-ounce can chicken broth
2 4-ounce cans chopped green chilies
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
½ cup heavy whipping cream
sour cream
salsa verde

monterey jack cheese


In a large pot, saute onion until soft in the vegetable oil.  Add garlic and saute one more minute.




Add remaining ingredients except cream and cilantro. Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, on medium heat for 40–45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water if it’s too thick.  Stir in cream. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Serve with toppings on the side.


(Adapted from Good Life Eats)
Photo Credit: Good Life Eats

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 – 2/3 cup honey, depending on how sweet you’d like your muffins
8 TBSP butter, melted
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a standard sized 12 cup muffin tin. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the flours, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until sifted together.

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In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs until lightly beaten. Add the honey, melted butter, sour cream, and milk. Then, whisk until combined.

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Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the liquids in and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined and moist. Do not beat.
Divide mixture evenly among the muffin cups.

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Bake at 400 degrees F for 14-18 minutes, or until golden.

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Cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tins, then remove and cool on a wire rack until warm.



(Adapted from Six Sisters Stuff)
(Photo Credit: Six Sisters Stuff)

I LOVE Texas Sheet Cake and have been making it for years and years.  I don’t know why it never occurred to me to simply make cupcakes out of them?

1 cup butter
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk*
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

*Buttermilk substitute:  Mix 1/2 cup milk with 2 tsp vinegar. Let sit for a minute before adding to other ingredients.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place 24 cupcake liners into muffin pans. In a small saucepan, bring the butter, water, and cocoa powder to a boil.


Turn off and set aside. Combine flour, sugar, and baking soda in a bowl.


Add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and cocoa mixture. Stir until well blended.


Pour batter into cupcake liners (about 2/3 full). Bake for 18-20 minutes or until done. They will be moist- make sure that you don’t overcook them! Cool completely.




Fudge frosting:
6 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

In a small saucepan, combine milk, cocoa powder, and butter. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and powdered sugar. Stir until it starts to thicken slightly (about 3-4 minutes). Drop a tablespoon full onto center of each cupcake. The frosting will thicken quickly, so do not make the frosting until ready to put on cupcakes.

This is a pour on frosting. It is not a spread or pipe on. It will still be a little runny when it is applied. The frosting will harden as it cools on the cupcake. The best way to tell when it is ready to use is to drop a spoonful on a plate and see how far it spreads. When it spreads just to the width of a cupcake, it’s ready. If it spreads too far, stir for a little longer.  I used one heaping soup spoonful per cupcake.


THEN, I’m topping each cupcake with one of these cuties:

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Cold weather outfit:

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Check out these coozies I found on  
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They’re magnetic, so you can just affix them to your car while tailgating to free up your hands, so you can eat all this delicious food!  Genius! AND they come in just about every NCAA and NFL team that you could possibly want!

Post Game Pics:


Me and my Dad:

Georgia Tech buds:

Adorable Ryan and Katie:

The Hughes’ join us!

Post game notes:

GEORGIA TECH IS BOWL ELIGIBLE!!! They won!!! So, we’ll have to wait and see where they end up bowl-wise.  Who knows?  Maybe we’ll be tailgating at a bowl game????