Kid Friendly Game Day Tips

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

As football season is upon us once again, it’s time to dust off the team jerseys, wipe down the TV screen, and get ready to kick back with friends and family to watch your team score.

For many families, football season offers a time to pass on traditions to younger family members, indoctrinating them into the family’s team of choice. Make sure you take time for the newest fans with these simple tips.

1. Make room down front. Create a small space on the floor for kids to stretch out and get comfy while watching the game, such as a blanket with a couple of pillows plus a toy or two. Put out a tray of snacks to reduce back and forth trips to the kitchen (and blocking of the TV).

2. Introduce kids to team colors. For toddlers and little ones still learning colors, this provides a great teaching opportunity. Let them help put up streamers and decorations. Get them their own attire to wear on game days so they can feel like part of the team.

3. Create a kid-friendly menu. Savannah Sloppy Joes or Hogs in a Sleeping Bag are easy to prepare. Use a football-shaped cookie cutter for Magical Peanut Butter cookies, for starters.

Get your kids off the sideline and into the game with these great game day recipes:

             
  • Oven Fried Potato Wedges

                   

    Because these wedges are oven friend, you don’t have to be quite so worried about how many your little one has.

                 

             

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    Popcorn Balls

                   

    Popcorn balls are kid-tested classic! Here’s a hint: once they’re cool enough to handle, your children getting their hands dirty and helping form them.

                 

             

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    Macho Nachos

                   

    Your imagination (and the little one’s!) can go wild with this awesome finger food. Load your nachos up the way Bobby and Jamie do, or pick and choose the add-ons that will make every one happy. Nachos will always score big!

                 

             

Get the rest of our kid-friendly game day treats here!

 

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My husband does not like watermelon but I saw your watermelon salad with feta and mint in a book of yours that I got and I made it for him and that is the only way he will eat watermelon. I have to make it almost every day in the summer and in the winter if I can get watermelon. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. I just love your recipes. Anr Paula you are looking good with your weight loss keep up the good work.

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm