Dress Well: Super Bowl Prep

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Anthropologie shirt (similar), Current/Elliott jeans, Madewell necklace (no longer available)

We shot these photos inside yesterday because I felt that it would be 1) misleading to suggest that I left our apartment on Super Bowl Sunday and 2) misleading to suggest I wore shoes on Super Bowl Sunday. I spent the entire day yesterday barefoot, inside, and prepping for the little Super Bowl party we threw. However, I really, really enjoy hosting friends at our place, so I couldn't have come up with a more pleasant way to spend my day.

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DSC_7096Despite the fact that we have no allegiance to either team who played in the Super Bowl, we had a great time having our friends over, eating delicious food (tacos! queso! vegetables! tiny cookies!), and attempting to enjoy the final moments of football season. Although I wasn't raised to be much of a pro football fan, I've always enjoyed the sheer gluttony associated with the Super Bowl. When I was growing up, my dad used to make us homemade pizza and calzones on Super Bowl Sunday - they were so delicious that I was too busy looking at my calzone to witness this (Houston's claim to Super Bowl fame!). We didn't manage to make calzones yesterday, but we did manage to whip up some homemade tacos, guacamole, and queso - basically, everything you would expect from ex-pat Texans.

Social Sunday nights always seem to make for melancholy Monday mornings - here's hoping we can break out of the funk! Have a great week.

Eat Well: Super Bowl Snacks

My husband and I went to a big Super Bowl party on Sunday, so of course we whipped up a few classic snacks to share with the crowd. Below is what we brought, with links and/or cooking instructions.

1. Chocolate chip cookies (a classic). I made these the last time a San Francisco team was in a national championship, so it only seemed right to bust them out again in honor of the 49ers. The recipe is here.  DSC_1070 DSC_1098

2. The party we went to had a large number of ex-pat Texans, so of course we had to bring my husband's famous queso. Recipe is below the pictures.

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Queso Recipe

Ingredients: 1 block Velveeta, 2 cans of Rotel, 1 jalapeño, 1 avocado, pepper, chili powder, cumin, onion, ground beef + taco seasoning (optional)

Chop Velveeta into little blocks and put in a slow cooker or into a large pot on the stove. Add two cans of Rotel (drain one and add the peppers; add the other one with liquid + peppers). Meanwhile, season ground beef with a packet of taco seasoning and then cook in a frying pan until browned. Once Velveeta is melted, put in beef, chopped jalapeño, avocado, and caramelized onion. Add in pepper (generous portion), chili powder, and cumin to taste.

3. Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Raspberry Preserves - my master chef of a sister told me about this one. The recipe is here. I made it without the nuts - I personally think that's better. My sister makes it with raspberry chipotle sauce instead of raspberry preserves, which I would have done except I couldn't locate any here in SF! Regardless of which you use, this recipe is both ridiculously delicious and ridiculously easy.

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Dress Well: Bandwagon Fan

Anthropologie blouse (similar; last seen here), Paige jeans, J. Crew sweater (old), J. Crew flats, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Old necklace (similar)

It's not hard to spot a bandwagon fan - they're always the ones not wearing official team gear, and instead wearing whatever appropriately-colored clothing they could find in their closets. As you can see, I was the epitome of a bandwagon Niners fan yesterday for the Super Bowl. Even as a bandwagon fan, that game was hard to watch - I felt like my heart was in my throat for the entire fourth quarter, and I am still puzzled by the Niners' completely squandered touchdown opportunity near the end. When you're on the five yard line with four downs to get to the endzone, why would you attempt not one, but two pass plays?

My apologies if this football talk makes absolutely no sense to you - sometime during my three years on my high school drill team, followed by three years as a college cheerleader, followed by three years as a relatively dedicated Stanford fan, I became the girl who cares about the game, and not the commercials. However, all of that football fan-dom did not lessen in any way my love of Beyoncé's halftime show - that was definitely the high point of the game. What I would give to be able to dance like that...

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DSC_1168I hope all of you had as wonderful of a Super Bowl Sunday as I did. And here's hoping your Monday is off to a good start. Lastly, I hope that San Francisco can pull itself out of its Football Season Affective Disorder and start looking forward to next year! I know I am.