GO PACK GO! A Blogfest on a Monday makes it almost like a twofer tuesday post (you know, because of our recipe).

(Christy) My hubby's back home where he belongs.  Report cards are done.  I've yet to enter my incomplete manuscript in the ABNA competition. 




Besides a Music Blogfest hosted by Alex Cavanaugh, we've got some tasty appetizers to prep you for the Superbowl (whether you're throwing a party or not).

First, everyone needs some Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce.  It's as good as stoppin' at Buffalo Wild Wings.  Pour it on some deli bought wings, pop 'em on a tray in the oven...and not so very long later (what?  20 min or so?) voila!  Some deeeeelish wings.  HOT.

Next, get yourselves some tostitoes and fritos.  Here's why:

1) cheesy/broccoli dip
In a small crock pot add the following ingredients:
1-2 handfuls of chopped and cooked broccoli
enough shredded colby (or cheddar or a mixture) cheese to fill the pot
1 can of cream of mushroom soup

Stir ingredients together and warm until cheese is melted.  Dip chips into it to enjoy.

2) salsa/cream cheese/cheese dip
On a medium-sized serving plate spread softened cream cheese.  On top of that spread a layer of salsa.  Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the salsa.  Pop the plate into the microwave or oven until cheese is melted.  Scoop the dip up with a chip and enjoy.

In addition, pair some lipton onion mix with some sour cream, stir with a spoon and dip and crunch with some potato chips.

Need tunes for the before/after party?  Maybe for during commercials or halftime?  You might find some you'll enjoy while hopping through this blogfest.

click the image to pop over to alex's blog so you can visit the other participants

Here's my top ten song list for the blogfest.  (I decided to make it a "musical diary" of my favorite songs since birth.)

current 10.  Anything Daughtry (Daughtry, Taylor Swift, Nickelback, Lifehouse, and a few others have served as inspiration for numerous scenes in my current manuscript.)

last year 9.  Love Story-Taylor Swift

college years 8.  I'm In A Hurry (And Don't Know Why)-Alabama, Anything Tim McGraw, Anything Def Leppard

high school 7.  Mr. Jones-Counting Crows

high school 6.  I Would Walk 10,000 Miles-The Proclaimers

junior high school 5.5 Anything Elvis, Anything Paula Abdul

middle school 5.  Material Girl- Madonna, I'm Your Baby Tonight-Whitney Houston (All on cassette tape.)

elementary school 4.  Anything Belinda Carlisle, Debbie Gibson or Tiffany (My first CDs!!)

elementary school 3.  I Wanna Get Physical- Olivia Newton John

preschool 2. Ain't No Mountain High Enough (My first record.  I played it over and over.), Anything Diana Ross

baby 1. What a Wonderful World -Louis Armstrong (My parents had a cassette tape recording of me "singing along" to this song when I was one year old.  As a twenty-six year old bride I danced to it with my dad for our father-daughter dance.)


  1. I'm very glad the Packers beat the Bears (my cousins are Bears fans and they rejoiced a little too much when the Colts lost).

    And your music list was a happy little trip down memory lane. :)

  2. Love this list! Oh my gosh I totally forgot about Debbie Gibson! Memories ...

  3. booo, packers!
    i have no comment for you... i say good day! i said good day!

    what a great selection of music
    BEARS worked very hard this year!

  4. Wow, I'm not sure I could have come up with my favorites for all that time! But I do remember listening to my Tiffany record (yes, record, as in vinyl album) tons back when.

    Just this weekend, author Elizabeth Eulberg posted that she went to a Debbie Gibson/Tiffany concert. I had no idea they were still around (well, singing anyway).

    And, um, Jeremy - we forgive you for your emotional outburst. You're welcome back anytime. :)

  5. And if anyone is free tonight, WriteOnCon is having a live chat with the agents at Pippen Properties. I believe it's at 5:00 EST, which is earlier than usual (and they leave it up to read afterward, if you miss it - like me, because I didn't enter ABNA last night and need to do it when I get home from work).

  6. Congrats on your Packers getting into the Superbowl! And excellent list. Olivia Newton John's still rocking it.

  7. what funny fun picks! :D Anything Belinda Carlisle... yeah. That's the sound of summer to me. And congrats on going to the Super Bowl! I've got to check that SBR's sauce. I love me some BW3s... :D <3

  8. Congrats, ladies,

    I know you were both GLUED to your big screen TV's yesterday.....lol only kidding.

    I entered ABNA a midnight ... I'm done, I can breathe again.

    Thanks for the help .... you tow are the best!

    Believe or not I have a Debbie Gibson song on my top ten... Scary


  9. Wow, those snacks sound FAB! Yum. Good luck with your ABNA entry too, I'm seeing alot of my blogging friends are entering! ;)

  10. I love the list. 500 Miles is a super song.

  11. Tim McGraw and Def Leppard in one song - that was an unusual mix!
    Thanks for participating.
    Packers played a better game, although it wasn't the rookie quarterback for the Bears' fault they lost. (However, we'll just skip discussing the upcoming SuperBowl.)

  12. Great list! I could have easily added Mr. Jones to my list.

  13. Which Elvis? I love lifehouse, too. You've got great picks.

  14. I supported the Packers for a while, but they have lost my underdog support... I'm not sure why, but I don't like it when anyone wins too much for too long...

    As for SONGS---your high school songs resonate with me, as does Nickelback (and my Chad Kroeger fetish)

  15. Love your list and I know them all! Woo hoo!

  16. I am in a hurry to get things done, I rush and rush until lifes no fun. I don't think I really understood this song in high school. Now it makes way more sense.

  17. The Proclaimers! I'd forgotten all about them. Some awesome songs on your list. Thanks for sharing!

    My Top Ten Songs

  18. MMmmm cheesy broccoli!! YUM! Great picks for your top 10 too! I loved the connection to times in your life, so creative!

  19. The Bear's are my dad's favorite team, but I thought about you two when the Packers won! Yay for you! :) Great appetizer recipes - I love appetizers. And LOVE your song selections, Christy! ALL of them bring back memories for roughly the same time periods. Awesome. :)

  20. Aw, LOVE your songs! Oh man, Counting Crows for the win! They SCREAM high school for me! And those recipes look so yummy!

  21. Nice list! Nickelback is on my list too, but my list is incorporated into the Write The Next Line blogfest entry. And my list isn't quite 10, but oh well, I tried!

  22. oooh! lots of great songs!!! but! my hubs was near tears about the bear's loss! :(

  23. Love this list! I Would Walk 10,000 Miles and Mr. Jones are two of my absolute faves! And Taylor is my girl...

  24. You picked some good song. And you made me hungry.

    Make sure you check my Wednesday post!
    Tossing It Out

  25. What a Wonderful World! Truly a classic. I completely forgot about that song! I love your list!

  26. Great way to break it down. Wow, there's some I'd forgotten existed in the list - good ones!

  27. I lollld at the Belinda Carlisle, Debbie Gibson (had a major crush on her) and Tiffany (red hair is a weakness) Cool list. And thanks for the appetizer recipes. I notice all the *CHEESE* in them!! haha. Just so happens ILOVE CHEESE! But, alas I must root for the Steelers because my wife went to college with Mike Tomlin.

  28. I loved how you organised your list. The food has reminded me I trying to catch up during my dinner time. When I miss the end of the list of many I'll direct them back here to you.
    You have some fun choices set in rich historical reference - this historian in me is impressed even more.

  29. You've got good taste. But...Presley or Costello?

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  31. Oh yea, I forgot about that one - I love that Proclaimers song!


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