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  • Pumpkin (Muffins) Mandatory, Footballs Optional

    Oct 14, 2015 CATEGORIES: Food, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Tailgating, Tailgating

    For tailgates and watch parties, I prefer bit-size everything. It’s easier for the grab-and-gab tendencies of tailgaters and serious fans alike.

    Because it isn’t fall (or September or October) without pumpkin everything, here is a semi-healthy pumpkin treat for your next game day dish.

    Pumpkin Muffins (Footballs Optional)

    3/4 Cups of granulated sugar

    2 cups of all purpose flour

    2 teaspoons baking powder

    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    1 cup vegetable oil

    4 eggs

    1 29 oz can pumpkin (or two smaller 16 oz cans)

    1 jar of Pillsbury Cream Cheese icing

     

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all liquids (pumpkin, eggs, oil and sugar) in large bowl, using an electric mixer until smooth and airy.  In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, baking soda, cinnamon).  Fold in dry ingredients and then use electric mixer to combine all ingredients until batter is smooth. 

    Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray (or if you’re using muffin papers, spray those as well).  Fill each section 3/4 full of mix. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. (Keep an eye on these and set a timer!)

    Apply Pillsbury cream cheese icing liberally once muffins are cool.  Place pre-bought football shapes on top of iced muffins for game day festivities.

    For a heartier muffin, add one cup of chopped walnuts and or half cup of raisins.

  • RECIPE: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Sandwiches. YUM.

    Aug 17, 2015 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Oh My!, Recipes, SEC Football, Southern Tailgating, Tailgating


    At its core, tailgating in the SEC is equal parts food, friends and football. Of course you can always show up right before kickoff without food or friends, but we don’t recommend it!

    Because the food is one of the best parts before the football, we are already getting our game day recipes together so that our in-season grocery shopping and menu planning is as easy as beating a PAC-10 team. Keep an eye out for Gridiron Belle recipes on Mondays and don’t forget to send in your favorite recipes to be shared!

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Sandwiches

    By Molly Carter of Duchess of Fork as found on www.DuchessofFork.com

    Originally found in Vie Magazine

    ….ever so slightly tweaked by the Gridiron Belles kitchen

    INGREDIENTS:                                                                                               Gridiron Belles INGREDIENTS:

    100 tiny twist pretzels                                                                                        150 tiny twist pretzels

    1 cup creamy peanut butter                                                                               2 cups creamy peanut butter

    ¾ cup brown sugar                                                                                            1 cup brown sugar           

    ¾ cup powdered sugar                                                                                      1 cup powdered sugar

    1 box semi-sweet baking chocolate                                                               2 (12oz) bags semi-sweet chocolate chips

    DIRECTIONS:

    Mix peanut butter, brown sugar, and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until ingredients are well combined.  Sandwich a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter filling between two pretzels.  Store sandwiches in the fridge for an hour or two.  Melt semisweet chocolate according to package directions.  Dip sandwiches into melted chocolate, covering only half of the sandwich. Place sandwiches on wax paper and store in fridge until chocolate hardens and you’re ready to eat. Makes 50 sandwiches—but you’ll need more!  So Gridiron Belles made 75 using the list on the right.

    Best if served cold and freezes well. We recommend making a large batch early in the season and freezing until you need more!

    You’ll be lucky if you have this many left!

  • Game Time(s) Week 11

    Nov 7, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, LSU Football, Nick Saban, SEC Football, Southern Tailgating, Tailgating

    They don’t call it the Bible Belt for nothing! Ole Miss is getting it’s rest on Saturday while they play Presbyterian at noon—don’t change your plans for this one.  Our adoration for the DAWGS and Coach Richt (what a gent!) has to take a back seat to pulling for the home team. Georgia lines up against Kentucky at noon which will potentially give Stoops’ Troops a chance to regain momentum from early in the season all the while giving the DAWGS a “can’t lose” battle.

    The Aggies head to the plains in an attempt to rattle the No. 3 Tiger’s cage.  In typical Auburn fashion, they will likely use every minute of the clock to pull off the win. Auburn fans get the faith and Aggie fans don’t start “gigging” too soon… this will be a surprisingly long game.

    The number one team in the country, Mississippi State (I still can’t believe I get to write that sentence), will put in their 3rd string against Tennessee Martin at 4pm on Saturday. A great move to rest up before the Starkville Bulldogs make the trek to Tuscaloosa next week.

    Florida at Vanderbilt may be the highlight of the season in Nashville.  With the Gators not exactly brimming with confidence and skills and Vandy looking for a win, this might actually be a good game. Might.

    The game we’ve all been waiting for has the 8pm prime time spot.  Every year this game has more on the line.  Despite LSU’s 16th spot in the rankings, expect a battle for the history books.  LSU has home field advantage, but don’t forget Saban knows how to play in Tiger Stadium as well.   For some statistical talking points, here is what Edward Aschoff from ESPN wrote.

    “Since 2007, this annual game has been decided by seven points or fewer five times, with LSU winning three of those games. Four times since 2007 the winner has worn the SEC crown. They’ve met as top-10 teams five times in that span and twice have been ranked No. 1 and No. 2. The winner played in the BCS title game four times, going 3-1, with the only loss coming at the conclusion of the 2011 season when Alabama beat LSU 21-0 in the BCS National Championship after losing “Armageddon” 9-6 at home earlier in the season.”

    Happy Game Day eve, Belles!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    PS- Don’t forget to send in your tailgating photos!  info@gridironbelles.com

     

    12:00pm               Presbyterian @ Ole Miss (No. 11)

                                       Georgia (No. 20) @ Kentucky

    3:30pm                 Texas A&M @ Auburn (No. 3)

    4:00pm                 Tennessee Martin @ Mississippi State (No.1)

    7:30pm                  Florida @ Vanderbilt

    8:00pm                 Alabama (No. 5) @ LSU (No.16)

    Bye Weeks


    South Carolina

    Tennessee

    Missouri

    Arkansas

  • Game Time Week VIII

    Oct 16, 2014 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Kentucky Football, LSU Football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, Tailgating, Uncategorized

    These Aggie Belles Are Ready for Tuscaloosa!

    If you ever imagined that the SEC would have half of the top ten teams for Week 8, you’re a pretty realistic fan.  If you had any suspicion that the number 1 team in the country would be a team that for so long went unnoticed, unappreciated and unsupported by almost everyone outside of Starkville…. Well, you should be applying for an analyst position at ESPN. 

    Here at Gridiron Belles we couldn’t be happier for Coach Mullen (and his Gridiron Belle of a wife, Meg) for all that the Bulldogs have built and accomplished. We are also extremely impressed by Ole Miss and their ability to translate their unmatched tailgating skills into unparalleled gridiron skills.  Wow, what a season for the state of Mississippi.  We’ve never been more eager for the Egg Bowl.

    As the battle for the top continues down in the Delta, the battle for the middle is still exciting and should not go unwatched. After all, this is just Week 8 and there is a lot of football left to be played!

    Here is your weekend schedule of sure to be thrilling match ups.  (Yes, even unranked match ups can be fun).   We are banking on The Ole Ball Coach to take his dropped ranking status out on Furman so you have until 3:30 before you need to glue yourself to the flat screen.   And glue you should, BAMA should have the Aggies in the bag, but the 12th Man is hard to stop; historically speaking, LSU beats Kentucky but there is something in the Bluegrass water that is making us think an upset is brewing for Baton Rouge.

    ENJOY!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    12:00pm            Furman @ South Carolina

    3:30pm            Texas A&M (No.21) @ Alabama (No. 7)

    4:00pm            Georgia (No. 10) @ Arkansas

     7:00pm            Tennessee @ Ole Miss

                                  Missouri @ Florida

    7:30pm            Kentucky @ LSU

     

    Bye weeks

    Auburn

    MS. State

    Vanderbilt

  • Tailgate Pictures Needed!

    Sep 16, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Tailgating

    Send in your game day photos to be used in the second edition of Gridiron Belles!

    Breaking news: The second edition of Gridiron Belles is just around the corner!

    The writing of Gridiron Belles, Second Down is nearly finished: the rules have been changed, the content updated and current and the wardrobe suggestions up to speed.  Still needed, however, is a fresh batch of photos. Which is where you come in!  Assuming you want to be in the second edition of the book…

    If you would like your game day traditions, tailgate, wardrobe or friends pictured in the second book, please send your *photos in to info@gridironbelles.com . The best ones will be featured online and in print so don’t forget to snap away this weekend!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

     

    *All photos should be sent to info@GridironBelles.com and are subject to being used in print or online for Gridiron Belles purposes of publication, promotion and website content. 

  • Geaux Aggies!

    Nov 22, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, LSU Football, SEC Football, Tailgating

    The “Chance of rain, never!” saying in Baton Rouge may prove inaccurate this weekend for the TX A&M v LSU match-up.  No fear, we have outfit ideas to keep you warm and dry while visiting Tiger Stadium.  In addition to a rain coat and cute wellie rain boots, be sure to stash a poncho and extra garbage bag in your touchdown purse!  Don’t forget a good attitude; if they guys are playing in the rain, the least you can do is cheer for them in the rain!

    Happy tailgating,

    Christie Leigh

  • Cocktails (and Football) At The Beach

    Oct 30, 2013 CATEGORIES: Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Tailgating, Tailgating, UGA

    While the rest of us may be battling dropping temperatures, inclement weather and an over all struggle to stay warm and presentable for all of game day, the lucky Georgia and Florida fans are heading to the beach for a cocktail party.  

    If we can’t go with them, we’ll just put together some gridiron-beach-chic outfits for them to use while soaking up the sun and beverages at St. Simon’s before kick-off. After all, you can’t wear just anything to the world’s largest outdoor cocktail party.

    Don’t forget the sunscreen!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

     

     

  • Order the 2nd Edition of Gridiron Belles

    Sep 4, 2013 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Atlanta, Auburn v Georgia, BCS Championship Game, Football weddings, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles Tour, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Heisman Trophy, Lilly Pulitzer and Gridiron Belles, LSU Football, LSU v ALABAMA football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, SEC Stadium Tour, Southern Football, Southern Tailgating, Southern Women, Tailgating, Tennessee Football, Texas A&M and Mizzou SEC Football

    My dearest Gridiron Belle:

    Football season has arrived and with impeccable timing, we just launched our highly-anticipated campaign for the 2nd edition of Gridiron Belles! ( You can go ahead and back the project here.)

    With an overdue welcome to Mizzou and TX A&M to the SEC, I needed to add their chapters and some photos of their tailgates and traditions.  While I was at it––to keep it a second edition and  not an entirely new book–– I went ahead and added new belle photos, quotes, outfit suggestions and updated some unique tailgate ideas among other things. (It’s easy to pre-order, here, now)

    So here is how this works:  This kickstarter campaign is the only way for you to get a copy of the new book. If this isn’t a success, no one gets a copy, so be sure to spread the word.   We recommend telling all of your sorority sisters, bridesmaids, boyfriends, friends you tailgate with and gridiron-loving family members. Heck, go ahead and order a few for yourself so you have hostess gifts on stand-by.  Either way, y’all asked for more books, so here they are! You’ll be the first to have a copy of the fall’s must-reads and I guarantee you’ll understand the game of football when you’re finished reading! 

    Thanks in advance for your support; can’t wait to see you at the next tailgate!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    Go ahead, order!

     

     

     

     

  • Season is upon us. Finally.

    Aug 14, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Tailgating, Swoozies, Tailgating

    It’s time.

    Season is upon us. Finally.  If you haven’t started stocking up on your game day needs, there is no time like the present.

    SEC tailgates are not just thrown together at the last minute.  Southern tailgates practically gave Pinterest their beginning material and have been providing quality content ever since.

    Depending on the day, we can DIY with the best of them.  But we also understand that knowing where to purchase the best pre-made/assembled items is an equally valuable skill to have.  So … we are breaking down your tailgate in a series of must-have options. Some will be for purchase, some will be for creating. A true Gridiron Belle is skilled at both.

    We’ve started here with napkins, towels, and cups to add some flare to your table. Thankfully, there is a store called Swoozies that has mastered the art of tailgating décor, so most of our favorites for this week have come from their tailgate section. We think you’ll like them as much as we do!

    We think football interrupts just about every relationship… details about these gems of napkins here!

    Everyone’s emerald city is different.  Click your ruby red slippers, pick up these napkins and follow your yellow brick road to the next tailgate!

    For the more environmentally friendly fan, try these recycled cocktail napkins in your team’s logo for a rustic-chic look. 

    Decorate the bar or just put this hand towel out for show.  This keeps your team spirit classy and functional.

    Option number two for functional class. Can’t go wrong with a football-clad tea towel!

     

    If you’re trying to elevate the elegance of your plastic cups, just add a stem! Be sure to order enough for all of your guests!

    You’re easy to please, football, TV, and beer. Is there anything better on Saturdays in the fall? Nope. 

    Happy Tailgate Prepping!

    “Xs and Os,”

    Christie Leigh