it’s friday, gang! and football season is here. along with football food! i’m a midwest gal and grew up around big 8 and big 10 football as a die-hard
cornhusker iowa hawkeye fan. go big red hawkeyes! actually, i love both teams but seeing as i went to the university of iowa as did my father and nana those hawkeyes always get the first and last cheer. and since my kiddos went to minnesota and northwestern. i thought i knew college football, that is, until i moved to SEC country.
nothing really compares to it, actually. here, college football is a religion. and with histories of winning and success established by coaches like Bear Bryant and carried on by Nick Saban, i totally get it. success breeds success, and the SEC is no stranger to it.
but here in athens, it’s all about ‘them dawgs.’ and how about them dawgs? they are the talk of the town, and there’s a feeling that they’ve got a shot at the national title. we’re rooting for you Kirby Smart! opening kickoff was this past saturday, and although the boys had a little rust to shake off, they got the W., and that’s all that matters in the end.
football food is key this time of year so whether you’re heading to a tailgate or hosting a party at home, i know it’s tempting to run to the store and purchase prepackaged snacks. but we all know they’re not very healthy for us—greasy, full of salt, and extra sugar. so, to celebrate opening kickoff, this week, i’m gonna give you a healthy, homemade recipe and cocktail (of course!) to share with your guests. easy. peasy. and i know you’re gonna love it.
to kick off football season and football food i’ve chosen greek meatballs and a homemade tzatziki sauce. meatballs are a perfect appetizer for a crowd, and if you’re pressed on time on the day of the game, go ahead, make ‘em ahead, and freeze ‘em. this is a recipe from Rachael Ray. feel free to use either ground beef or ground lamb. i’m trying to be as authentic as possible, so i chose lamb.
today, i’m wearing a simple ootd that’s easing into fall. the color palette is the first to get the nod for fall here in the south. yes, temps are hotter than heck this week, but a silk blouse (old, similar here and here) works any time of year. and a pair of jeans do too! this pair is from Ann Taylor, and i’m loving the fall-ish color. add a pair of sandals from Tory Burch and i have one foot in summer one in fall.
when i shop for silk blouses i typically shop high-end brands due to the quality. silk blouses are an investment so i’m not afraid to splurge since they last for years. Vince is one of my favorite brands and always has a nice selection of sik blouses. this blouse is at least five years old if not older. but i’ve linked newer versions below.
if you’re anything like my kiddos, all they need on game day is beer or wine. but it’s also fun to have a cocktail on hand. but remember our mantra, “easy. peasy”. today, i’ve got a three-ingredient cocktail for you: a negroni. all you’re gonna need for this one is gin, campari, and sweet vermouth. add a little lemon zest, and you’re off to the… endzone.
the ravello sandals are only available in blue and black. but i’ve linked several other options for brown sandals below.
looks like oscar is ready for some football food!
all right, gang. enjoy your weekend. let me know who you’re rooting for in the comments below. and remember: go dawgs!
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My husband and I are both Aggies, albeit different alma maters. I attended NMSU, and he attended TAMU. We now live in College Station, and indeed football in SEC country is a religion!
Aggie people here, too! SEC is hardcore!
ROLL TIDE ROLL!
Love the casual outfit, yes in Georgia, we still have to contend with the heat for a while.
Beautiful as always Beth! Liking the outfit and the food of course!! I love your glasses – can you tell me who’s they are?
Floridians for the Cornhuskers. Love your post Beth, my sisters and I all follow you.
I’ve followed you for a few years Beth, and had no idea you were an Iowan! Much of my family are Hawkeyes – my Dad was a sports commentator in Iowa City broadcasting Hawks games in the 50s. Guess I was the rebel attending a Big 8 school. Cyclone fan forever true!! I’ll be thinking of you on 9/14 when we battle Iowa in Ames. GO ISU!
hi chris! the glasses are Gucci. xo
Your makeup look exceptionally becoming in these photos! We live in Idaho,but being raised in MO made us Cardinalfans for life; even when they move to AR! (This is WorldSeries season for us. Go Cardinals!!)
Roll Tide! I actually went to Southern Mississippi and root for them but when I moved to Alabama, I had to choose an Alabama team and chose wisely – my husband is also an Alabama fan. Love this time of year not only for the weather but also for the start of football season. Still rooting for the Atlanta Braves too!
When we moved to Alabama 26 years ago, our first friends told us we HAD to pick our team immediately — either Auburn or Alabama. Since we were a military family with ties to the ACC (husband is a Wake Forest grad), we chose their team – Auburn! We really fell in love with Auburn as our daughter was in high school and attended choir and dance team events there. She graduated from Auburn and we have embraced Auburn IS family! Their 5 year old also loves his Auburn Tigers and usually mentions them every night during his prayer time. Auburn had an amazing sports year this past year and after the game this past weekend, we know that this year will be great also. So it’s a WAR EAGLE from us!
Dawgs for the win! We love tailgating in Athens and I have added the meatballs to my TG file for this season. Hope to see you on the streets of Athens during the coming weekends!
Ole Miss here! Hotty Toddy, Beth!
Haha Beth! Your post had me laughing. I grew up in a small Iowa town (10 miles from Omaha) near the Missouri River. I also went to the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!!) but have married a Nebraska guy and have been indoctrinated into the Cornhusker craziness!!!
I wear half Red and half black/gold on game days LOL!
In all seriousness I finished 7 months of chemo and had a huge surgery to remove my tumor this past December. Your blog brightened my spirits and gave me something to look forward to when I was feeling low.
Now it’s my charge to pray for you and your family…
Since my nieces are either alumni or currently in Tallahassee, it’s Go Noles around here! Growing up, though, it was Hook ‘Em Horns! But even though it jeopardizes my card-carrying Southerner status, I don’t care for football at all.
Hi Beth! You can bet college football is BIG in Texas. We’re TCU fans here in Brenham, but love watching all the SEC games, too. Thanks for the game food and drink recipes. Just what I need this weekend!
Big 10 Football! Michigan State University! I am the third generation to have attended. Football week ends a religion, as cousins on the Team and Marching Bands Go green and white!
We sent one child to Clemson and one to Alabama. Raised them on Michigan. College football season is our favorite time of year!
My go to tailgate drink is a mimosa!
UGA all the way. GO YOU HAIRY DAWGS!!!!!Also, go VSU Blazers!
i just recently found your website, and have enjoyed reading it.
University of Texas Longhorns is my team! Texas is football crazy too! My ex, both daughters and son-in – went to UT. family bleeds burnt orange.
Go Hawks!! Thanks for the great blog. I look forward to every recipe, article, and photo.
Love tzatziki sauce, and the meatballs sound good. I’ll have to save this recipe and give them a try. Did you like the lamb? Enjoy the games! This time of year it’s all about football. Then, it’s on to basketball…never ends! Happy weekend!
I had to chuckle, I grew up in Oklahoma, in the days of ou and Barry switzers dominance….I relocated to North Carolina in the 80s and was told I had to pick a team, only it was basketball they were talking about…total culture shock!
Mississippi State Bulldog family! Love me some SEC!!!
P. S. Love your blog!
I can relate! I grew up in West Texas where the University of Texas was king. My family moved to Arkansas in 1967 and I’m an avid Arkansas Razorback fan now. We’re rebuilding with a new Coach in football and basketball. So for me it’s GO HOGS!
Hi Beth – I am from NZ and enjoy reading your posts – esp Fridays with your beautiful, obviously well-loved animals 😊. Wondering what EVOO is in this latest recipe??
We cheer for Penn State….our daughter graduated from there…..
Roll Tide ROLL! Bama all the way with this Florida girl.
Have a great weekend Beth!
Clemson Tiger Grad here, living in Minneapolis….GO TIGERS!
The Ohio State University, of course! Goooo Buckeyes!
Auburn! War Eagle! I enjoy your posts and videos.
UGA mom here! So happy that Vince Dooley was honored today as UGA dedicated the field Sanford Stadium to his legacy!! I met him in a pressbox in the 80’s and he was so gracious and funny. Thank you for the drink recipe. I forgot all about Negronis and need to have one soon! I really enjoy your blog and the effort that you put into the frequent posts!
Hi Beth… Up here in the U of Michigan country.
How are the pets doing? Both are beautiful. Love the Friday’s. Such
fun to check in on your fur- babes!
LSU tigers win big!
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