Friday, August 30, 2013

Wowza Weekend Link Party #19

Wowza Weekend Link Party #19

I'm back....sorry it's been a little crazy this summer and although I didn't plan on taking so many weeks off, sometimes life happens.  And it did for me.  But all is well and I am back up and running now for the fall on a weekly party basis.  Feel free to post any of your great creations from this summer.  I will be doing weekly features again starting next week.  I look forward to seeing your new creations.  This link party will be live by 9am every Friday morning and run through end of day Tuesday.  My weekly features will be right here on the party link each week!  

Please help me grow this link party by sharing on your social media...THANKS!!!


  • Link directly to your post, not your blog's main page.  I am interested in seeing links to great recipes, fun crafts and any tips (including military spouse tips)!  PLEASE NO ETSY SHOPS OR GIVEAWAYS!
  • Please grab my button and place it on your blog post or somewhere on your website so others hear about this party too.
The Patriotic Pam

  • Be friendly...and check out others links...leave them some blog loving comments too!
  • Linking up to this link party gives me the right to feature your post with a link back to your page.  I will be showcasing those featured posts on both my Facebook and Pinterest accounts.  
Thanks for stopping by...share this party with others, so that it continues to grow!  Have an amazing weekend!!!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Football Game Day Foods

Everyone needs a good resource of Football foods to serve and have fun with for all your favorite games!  Check out these 10.

NOTE:  If you plan to pin these recipes, please click through to the recipe site to pin.  If you want to pin the collection the above title photo is the one to pin!  Thanks...let's make sure credit is given to those that created the recipes and decor!  

Feed the football team Lasagna.  Great tasting and easy to make recipe HERE!  

photo from National Watermelon Promotion Board
How to carve a Football Helmet Watermelon instructions HERE!

photo from Mom on Timeout
Football field cake instructions HERE!

photo from Party City
Fun football pops and recipe/how to HERE!

photo from Party City
How fun is this guacamole?  Find the how to HERE!

photo from Fake Ginger blog
Adorable way to decorate your cupcakes for a football dessert.  Check it out HERE!

Everyone loves a good sloppy joe on game day.  Left overs, no worries, you can make chili with the left overs too.  Great for College football on Saturday and NFL on Sunday!  Get the recipe HERE!

A good pretzel roll works for game day hamburgers every weekend.  Yummy recipe HERE!

Don't forget a good Mac N Cheese for game day too.  Here is an amazing collection of all kinds of Mac N Cheese recipes HERE!

Lemon Pepper Wings cooked on the Big Green Egg.  Everyone needs a great wing recipe for game day.  This is my absolute favorite HERE!

So many great Football fun recipes.  Hope you try them all and make some of your own too.  Be sure to come back and share your favorites with me here in the comments.  I would love to add more to the list!  Also follow my Football Pinterest board for more inspiring football recipes and decor ideas.   

Lots more recipes to enjoy here....

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Need some Charming school spirit?

Football season comes back to us this weekend beginning with college football.  Need some great CHARMING spirit for your favorite team, check out Nomades Collections.

Are you a West Point fan?  This is perfect to where on game day!

How about The Air Force Falcons...I love the beautiful blue!

photo courtesy of Michelle Hausman

And let's not forget Navy.  "Anchors away" 

If you prefer Florida is a little gator for you!  

I am VERY partial to this next one.  The QB is a dear friend of the family and such a cutie.  So Go Owls!!!  

My Daughter cheers at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL....and here is the charm I had created for her.  I love it.  

If we don't have your favorite team in a fun whimsical charm, how about our circle to engrave with your favorite team.  I love the megaphone charm with it.
Photo courtesy of Janet Bias

We also have a football charm too.  

photo courtesy of Stacy Louch
For more information on these charms, or to get a catalog mailed to you to see all of our charms, please EMAIL me.  


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lasagna - Feed the Football Team

This is one of my FAVORITE recipes to feed a large group of people.  You can make less, but why when you too can feed the football team! 

This is a long standing family recipe.  This time I chose to make it with Red Gold Tomatoes as part of the sauce.  
It turned out great.  We loved the flavor with the Red Gold Tomatoes in the sauce.  

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins

  • 12 oz box of Lasagna noodles
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cans Red Gold Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano 
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 (8oz) packages Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add noodles and kosher salt.  Bring back to a boil and boil for 10 mins. Drain and set aside.
  2. Brown hamburger in skillet over medium low heat.  Once completely browned drain. 
  3. While cooking hamburger, place both cans of tomatoes in food processor (or in a bullet) to bring tomatoes to more of a sauce consistency
  4. Place hamburger back in skillet.
  5. Add in sauce, sugar, and seasonings.  Simmer on low until it comes to a slow boil.  
  6. Mix together Ricotta, Sour Cream and Cream cheese in a bowl.
  7. Spray a large 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray
  8. Layer in pan, Noodles, Cheese, Sauce, Noodles, Cheese, Sauce, Noodles, Sauce and then add Parmesan Cheese just before baking.  If you are going to make ahead to bake later, don't add Parmesan until just before placing in oven.
  9. Bake in 350 degrees oven for 45 mins. 

Hope you will give it a try.  Don't forget that Red Gold Tomatoes are hosting a Facebook Giveaway.  They are giving away aprons daily and a Big Green Egg Grill at the end of the month!  Check it out.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Big Green Egg Caribbean Chicken Burgers with Red Gold Tomatoes

Working with Red Gold Tomatoes to try a few of their recipes and products, we decided to try their Caribbean Chicken Burgers first.  It was a hit at our house for lunch today.  Great flavor and was a nice change from a tradition hamburger.  

Prep Time:  20 mins
Cook Time: 8-10 mins


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice & Cilantro, drained well
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs (original Red Gold recipe has 1/4 cup, but we found we needed to triple that)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Preheat Big Green Egg to around 350 degrees
  2. Drain tomatoes well
  3. Add to ground chicken, egg, & bread crumbs
  4. Form into patties and salt & pepper
  5. Place on Big Green Egg over direct heat
  6. Cook about 4-5 mins on each side or until your patty is at 160 degrees for completely cooked chicken.
  7. Serve on a toasted bun.

We really enjoyed this for an easy and healthier burger on our Big Green Egg!

If you don't have a Big Green Egg and would LOVE one, check out the Red Gold Tomatoes Big Green Egg Giveaway that they are currently hosting.  

Click here for the Red Gold Facebook Page to enter the giveaway. This promotion ends on Aug be sure to enter this week!!!  You can also find Red Gold on Pinterest, YouTube, and Twitter.  Their Instagram name is RedGoldTomatoes too!!!  Go check them out. 

Come back and see what other Red Gold Recipes we have come up with this week.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Start Your Story with Nomadés Collections

Nomadés has a beautiful collection of sterling silver military duty station charms, spacers, and much more.  If you are a military spouse looking for a great stay at home job, let me tell you more about this great company!!!  I love what I do and I love the top quality of our products.  

For more information contact me here.