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FOOTBALL – GAME DAY RECIPEThe following recipe has been tested and can provide a great check list on hectic game days…

Day B4 Game Day:– 1 Player’s Sport Bag
– 1 Helmet & 1 Mouth Guard
– 1 Shoulder Pad
– 1 pair Padded Pants (in some cases, after you wash the pants, you’ll need your boy to insert the 7 pads.  This takes a little time.)
– 1 Belt
– 1 pair Game Socks
– 1 pair Cleats (you may say “duh”, but trust me, they’ve been forgotten and it can turn a fun morning U-G-L-Y.)
– 2 Game Jerseys
– Throw in an extra TShirt & Shorts & Flip Flops
– Cup – “now this ain’t no Dixie Cup, and you sure don’t want to drink out of it!”
– Cell Phones (charged)
– Directions to game! Print them out now!  Nothing more frustrating than being lost in a town you’re not familiar with!
– Team Roster ( in case you do get lost, call someone for guidance!  And always be prepared to help someone else if they call!  Peace. Love. Kumbayah.)
– Video camera
– Food & Water
– Cash for Snack Shack (always a must, especially if you have little ones)
– Player’s Jug of Water
– Ice in a Chest
– Black Eye Patches (to be applied on upper cheek bone)
– Aloe Vera Wipes (transform sweaty boy to fresh!)
– First Aid Kit (always a good idea to have in the car) & Extra Waters (just always a good idea)
– Family Spirit Wear (tshirts/sweatshirt/hat for sun protection, etc)
– Secret Ingredient: Wart Band Aides (Serves 2 purposes:  works on those annoying, gross warts AND makes your kid look tougher :). Ew, I know, but it’s a reality for anyone with sporty kids

– 1 Football (of course)
– Spectator Chair(s)
– Easy Up
– Sunscreen
– Younger sibling snacks and toys
– Blanket
– Gas in the car (the caravan won’t wait for you)
– Car Paint to decorate your car with your team logo ( it’s always fun to create a party around this)
– Home Made Rah-Rah Signs
– Another Secret Ingedient:  Freeze a couple Towels for your Player – trust me, they will LOVE you for it during the game when they are exhausted and hot!

– Check emails for any last communications from coaches or team momsNight B4 Game Day:
– No Sleepovers
– “Family Movie Night” (preferably “Grid Iron Gang”, “Game Plan”, or “Rudy”)
– Team Dinner (examples of menus coming soon)
– or Family Dinner involving Roasted Chicken/ BBQ Steak and a Pasta dish and Salad – see Recipes
– Player to drink lots of water (no sodas or energy drinks!!)

To make this Recipe tastier and more memorable, don’t forget:
– your camera/video camera

– to be respectful to each other
– to be willing to volunteer or help out where needed
– keep the field clean of trash (pick up someone else’s, in case they haven’t read this.  Doing a little extra clean up in this world is good for the soul.)
– to be grateful to the Head Coach Upstairs as well as your earthly coaches on the field.Now, Go, Fight, Win !!!!

Note:  Looking back at this huge list, it’s amazing we all still play football!  Once you’re in your groove, the season will be over.  EnJOY your boy and every moment!  It goes by quickly!

                   Now, I know I forgot SOMETHING….

Carnitas – Day 1

Oh, boy, is your family in for a treat!  This recipe is simple, simple, simple and yet so good!  Get out your crock pot – your new best friend during your favorite busy sport season.   I guarantee your family will LOVE YOU!

{Please note:  my family involves 2 boys, 1 man-child, 1 man, and 1 female who likes to eat a lot of protein – we’re ALL carnivors, so we hope you enJOY all our meaty recipes!}



  • 3-5 lbs pork – shoulder roast (melts in the crock pot and shreds so nicely!) – enough for a 2nd meal, stay tuned!
  • 1 cup whole milk (this is a creamier version; 2% milk is OK too)
  • 1/2 orange – cut in half
  • 1 tsp sea salt (or whatever you have)
  • 2 tsp pepper (personally, I like cracked pepper)
  • 1/2 onion – chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves – chopped/pressed

Place pork in crock pot, fat-side up (so fat juices are pulled down through the meat while cooking,  mmmmmm!).  Add in milk, squeeze juice from the orange over the meat and throw in the rind, salt, pepper, onions and garlic.   Turn your crock pot on low for 6-8 hours.  Come home from practice and your house will smell like you’ve been cooking all day!

Serve with your favorites:

  • Flour/corn tortillas
  • Tomatoes – finely chopped
  • Onions – finely chopped
  • Cilantro – finely chopped
  • Corn – frozen white corn is our favorite; heat up in a hot water in the microwave
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamoli – home made if possible; check out my Guac recipe!

Let me know what you think… and check out “Carnitas, Day 2” – other meal options for the left overs.


Football — Meaty Marinara Sauce 

The excitement is starting!  Football season kicks off this weekend with Pop Warner scrimmages and High School practices and preseason games!   To create a great, hardy meal for your family with little effort, get your crock pot out and let’s make some Meaty Marinara Sauce!                                                                 

Ingredients to throw into the Crock:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 1 pound Ground Beef (already cooked and seasoned with salt and garlic powder)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Dash of Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Oregeno
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 3 large Garlic Cloves (skins removed, finely chopped)
  • 3 (14-oz.) cans of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt (or whatever you have)

 Set the Crock on low and let slow cook for 6-8 hours.

When ready to serve, take out the bay leaf, boil up some of your favorite pasta, throw a quick salad together and dinner will be ready for you and your family after practice (and, oooooohhh, your house will smell GOOD!)   EnJOY!

Go Titans!  and EnJOY!

xo  Christie (Team Momster)

BBQ Pull-Apart-Pork Manwich

This was such a hit at our Super Bowl-in-Texas party with the teenagers — so easy, and so flavorful.  The night before game day, you can start marinating the pork roast, and by kick off the next day, your meal will be done and the house will smell soooo good ! 



Dry Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne

4 pound shoulder pork roast

1 Gallon-size plastic bag

Liquid Flavor:

  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1/2 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

6 of your favorite hamburger buns

BBQ Sauce (see recipe after directions)


Preheat oven to 330 degrees F.

Mix the dry rub ingredients in a gallon-size  plastic bag.  Place the pork roast in the bag and  massage the dry rub all around the roast, covering evenly.  Refrigerate overnight or for at least a couple hours.

In a large Dutch oven, combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder.  Place pork in the Dutch oven and tightly cover with aluminum foil then the lid.  Roast for 4 hours or until pork is tender and shreds easily.  Every hour or so, spoon  the liquid flavor over the roast.  Set your timer for 4 hours.  Start your BBQ Sauce (see below).

Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle.  Shred the pork with a fork into bite size pieces.          (Smell that?!   Mmmmmmm……..)

Serve on hamburger buns topped with BBQ sauce.  Side dish options:  cole slaw, potatoe salad, macaroni salad, green salad

Left Overs?!

Oh, this turned out so good!  My husband and son loved this combination:

  • 1 box of “New Orleans Style Red Beans and Rice” (like Zatarain’s brand), cooked
  • Turkey Sausage (like Hillshire Farms, or your favorite), 1/4″ slices


After cooking the rice and beans, based on the directions, add the sausage and the left over Pull-Apart-Pork and wa la!  Dinner is served!  This could be great for a Mardi Gras celebration too!


BBQ Sauce:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups of ketchup

1/2½ cup water

1/3  cup Worcestershire sauce

2  tablespoons liquid smoke

2  tablespoons cider vinegar

1/3  cup firmly packed brown sugar

BBQ Sauce Directions:

In a medium sauce pan , melt the butter over a medium heat.  Add the chopped onions and cook about 5 minutes.  Into the pan, add ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, vinegar, and brown sugar.  Bring contents to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer about 20 minutes.  Sauce will thicken and taste great on the Pull-Apart-Pork Manwich!

Left Overs?!

Add to you kids’ turkey sandwiches the next day or a plate of meatballs!

EnJOY your family, friends and football fans with this one!

xo Christie Lynch xo

Italian Orzo Salad

This is a favorite at football/soccer/baseball/lacrosse (any sporting event!) parties, and yet elegant enough to serve the girlfriends at Bunco Night 🙂


Pasta Salad

1 box Orzo pasta, boiled and drained

2 chicken breasts, cut into small pieces

½ stick peppered salami, chopped

30 Kalamata olives, sliced in

    1/2 length-wise

1 8.5-ounce jar sundried tomatoes

1 16.5-ounce marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

¼ cup red onion , finely chopped

½ bunch fresh basil                      

½ cup pine nuts

1 8-ounce goat cheese

1 12-ounce bag of spinach leaves  (for cold version)


¾ cup olive oil

1 ½ lemons (juice from the lemons

    squeezed into dressing)

2-3 tsp crushed garlic

2 tsp Balsamic vinegar

Salt & pepper, to taste



Create Dressing in a separate container and mix well.   In a large bowl, add all the pasta salad ingredients together, tossing gently.  Add the Dressing, again, mixing into the Pasta Salad.  It’s that easy and sooo impressive!


xo  Christie Lynch xo