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Feb 6, 2012

Party for Two

Yep. That pretty much sums up our Super Bowl Sunday. As of late, D and I have been drawn to celebrating things like the Super Bowl in very low key, effortless ways. No big shindig to prepare for and no need to dress up. A pair of comfy sweats and a few sinful appetizers while falling asleep in front of the TV sounds much more our speed these days. Old farts? Maybe. Comfortable just enjoying each other's company? Definitely. Besides, it's cold as balls here in Germany. With temps reaching no more than 25°F each day and lows of 8°F each night (wind chills at -1°, brrr!), I don't want to be outside for more than a second if I don't have to! Which is actually super sad seeing as the last 9 days have been incredibly sunny compared to the last, oh, 3 entire months of my life. I would LOVE to be outside soaking up some precious Vitamin D, but I'm seriously afraid my eyeballs might freeze. So, consider us shut in's till Germany thaws out...whenever that may be.

Super Bowl kick-off wasn't scheduled to start here until 12:30am (yes, AM...not PM) and D's only request was that we stay up and watch the game till halftime. I told him that if he could pump me full of greasy food and margaritas, I'd stay up and watch a whole presidential debate if he wanted me to. Thank GOD that wasn't what was on last night. I might have made a liar out of myself.

Having made our deal, we immediately started scouring Pinterest to find the perfect Super Bowl appetizers. By the way, did I mention that D now has his own Pinterest account? Yeah, my husband, the military man. {The whole thing came about really hilariously and I'll have to remember to post more about it later.} Anywho, D saw and immediately fell in love with this:

My sister-in-law made a dip similar to this once and brought it to a family get-together. I remember it being super tasty, so I was counting on ours to be equally as yumilicious. Thankfully, it was! Now, our dip definitely doesn't look as mouthwatering as the one on Pinterest (remember, we were going for the whole effortless thing), but it really was yummy and stupid easy to make. D also made his finger lickin' homemade buffalo wing sauce to slather on some boneless wings (no chicken bones for me, thank you). A few people have asked me for his wing sauce, so I asked the Mr. if he'd share his concotion with world. He said, "Just make sure you tell them it'll singe their nose hairs off." Umm, ok...you got it. Consider yourself warned!

D's "Nose Hair Singeing" Buffalo 
Wing Sauce

1/2 stick of unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce (he uses 1/2 cup Thick Red Hot sauce and 1/2 cup regular Red Hot sauce, but you can use all one or the other and only the thickness will change) 
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

Mix all ingredients together in a small sauce pot and heat over medium heat until bubbly. Then pour over your favorite wings or chicken strips and toss to evenly coat. Serve with ranch, blue cheese, or a glass of milk. {Promise, you'll need it!}

{please forgive the crappy iPhone quality}

Needless to say, we ate ourselves into oblivion before it was even 9pm. Still having 3 1/2 hours to kill, we rented The Ides of March from iTunes. Not even the hunky-ness of Ryan Gosling and George Clooney combined could make me want to watch that movie again. Too much political jargon I couldn't follow + an incredibly crappy ending= thumbs down from Casey. Although, my inability to keep up with this movie could have been a product of too many of these bad boys:

C'est la vie!
I'm just happy we made it to halftime like I promised. It was no easy feat at 2am, I tell ya. With that being said, here is Team Coté's run down of Super Bowl XLVI hits and misses:

(1) Kelley Clarkson freakin' NAILED the National Anthem. Seriously, nail-in-coffin KILLED IT. Love her! 
(2) The first half of the game was weak, to say the least. I was literally nodding off out of boredom. Woke up this morning to find out the Giants won (whoopdy do, if it isn't the Panthers, we don't much care...that's why we wern't worried about dippin' out early to catch some shut eye). 
(3) At breakfast this morning, we watched all the commercials we missed from the second half. The Audi vampires and the "wiggle wiggle" M&M commercials were the highlights of the Super Bowl for us. The nostalgia of the infamous Ferris Bueller in the Honda CR-V commercial was great, but I'd rather see Matthew Broderick promoting a movie trailer for Ferris Bueller-Part 2 instead of a car. Now that would be epic!
(4) As for Madonna's halftime show...eh...I'm glad she kept it old school with her classic stuff. 'Like a Prayer' was pretty awesome and I'm super impressed a 53 year old woman can still dance around in high heels like she does, but I'm forever disappointed in the usual Super Bowl lip syncing. It's not just you Madge, everyone does it.

So, there you have it. Our Super Bowl in nutshell. It was a blast in a glass, literally. Now I'm off to bake a certain hubby I know some outta-this-world birthday cupcakes! Yep, D turns 26 years young today!! Tonight is all about YOU, babe! 
{Ahem, and our Asian inspired birthday dinner menu. Uhhh, yum!}



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  2. Loved your Superbowl replay! We didn't watch it (I had to be at work early this morning and our AFN doesn't work), but now I feel like I'm caught up on the important parts :) I do have quite a craving for margaritas now....

  3. I'm really sad Ides of March sucked, because George and Ryan are two of my favorite people in the entire world. And the fact that margs didn't make the movie any better? HUGE bummer!

    Looks like your pre-game eats were a giant hit!

    Happy birthday, Mister D!

  4. I can't believe you stayed up to watch! At least you made it fun!

  5. Just reading That recipe for wings singed my nose hairs! A teaspoon of cayenne?!? Holy cow! The pizza dip sounds yummy too!

  6. ahhh that pizza dip looks EPIC


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