Dec 15, 2015

Football vs. Christmas

In case you avoided all sports and social media over the weekend (or just don't care!)- our beloved starting quarterback is done. Fractured his thumb in Sunday's game and will be out a few weeks at best, but it's likely that we won't get to see him return this season at all. Yes, I'm crying inside.
Source- USA Today

Yesterday at work it was eerily quiet. We all walked around with our heads hung just a little bit, with a little less pep in our steps than we had last week. It's like the life has been completely sucked out of our offices. To some it might sound silly. Being this intense over a sport. A game, if you will. But football is our life! It's our job! And our winning team was doing things this year that they hadn't done before. The stars were aligning, post-season wins were looking really, REALLY promising.

I can't completely jump ship and proclaim that life is over and we're done for- but we've got some TOUGH weeks ahead of us. Our backup QB will do his best, and all of Cincinnati will be cheering him on- but he's still a backup. He's still not the guy who's been leading our team all season long and rocking at it. So while I mourn Andy Dalton's fractured thumb injury for a little while longer, just know that I haven't completely given up hope in my team this year. That will never happen.

The past few days I've been so wrapped up in football land I kinda' forgot that Christmas is like, HERE. It's tough to juggle football life vs the holidays in December. Hard to believe it's only 10 days away, especially with this warm weather and rain we have going in Ohio. It feels more like Spring right now! But I know the chills and the snow aren't far behind.

So far we have four separate Christmas gatherings on our calendar, four days in a row at that- with Jared and I hosting the final one. As we get our menu together and party-prep I have to know- do you have a go-to holiday appetizer or side we should try out? I've got a rough idea of what we want to make but would love to try something new as well. Suggestions welcome :) Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far! 

34 comments:

  1. Ugh, that ingjury, so frustrating for the QB and the team. It's tough to win without your starting guy. Fingers crossed the season extends into the post season for y'all.

    So many fun Christmas parties, love this time of year. I love making bacon wrapped dates [stuffed with manchego cheese], easy tasty and everyone loves them. Also you can never go wrong with a good veggie or cheese tray [don't forget the fig jam, so good]. I have some great easy dessert ideas too!

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  2. But but but he *might* be back by week 17!?! http://www.cincyjungle.com/2015/12/14/10123862/andy-dalton-does-not-need-surgery-on-fractured-thumb

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  3. Ugh, I'm so sorry! I hated having Brewer out for having a broken clavicle and I think the beginning of our season would have been so different had that not happened. Fingers crossed for you!

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  4. Hey girl, I feel ya on QB injuries (Flacco is my man!!), but at least you guys are going to the playoffs :)

    As for my go-to for holiday parties? Sweet & Sour Meatballs! It's literally just frozen meatballs, jelly & ketchup in the crock pot on low for 8 hours (or high for 3-4) Here's the recipe I found on Pinterest:
    http://www.frugalfanatic.com/sweet-and-sour-meatballs-crockpot/#_a5y_p=1350706

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    1. I'll ignore that part about Flacco being your man.... ;) But yes, you can relate! Injuries are the worst! Thanks for the meatball recommendation, I always eat those at parties but forget to make them when we host haha!

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  5. We love having cheesy hashbrowns if you're doing a Christmas breakfast or brunch :)

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  6. I'm sure that is making the end of the year at your job stressful :/ We're Cowboys fans so we've already been in sad mode lol. Yay for holiday festivities to come though! We love broccoli & hashbrown casserole and I made glazed crockpot carrots for the first time on Thanksgiving and they were a hit!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  7. Oh my gosh that is such a bummer!! Hopefully the backup will step up to the plate!! Good luck with hosting. You'll have to share your favorite recipes!

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  8. I feel like it's the year of quarterback injuries. They have been dropping like flies, in and out and so much more than usual. I hope the backup can keep the good going! And that you can finally have some time to focus on Christmas.

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  9. Sorry to hear about your QB...it's never a good thing when they go out.
    I hope all of your holiday parties go well! We had 3 back to back last weekend and I'm still recovering from the busy-ness of it all. But it was at least fun!! :)

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  10. We're hosting something on 12/26 - I need to start getting my head around a menu for that. This post is a good kick in the pants to do so! LOL

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  11. So sad to see Dalton on the sidelines. I kept saying "Oh he's fine. Right? Right?!!" :( we'll see though!! Keeping those fingers crossed! I cannot believe Christmas is SO close!!!! It really came quickly this year.

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  12. SOOO unbelievable about Andy...booo :( Things were looking so good on the injury front...but alas we can't escape! Hope he is able to get back out there soon!

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  13. When I heard that Andy was out, I immediately thought of you! I'm so sorry! If it makes you feel any better, the Texans did end up winning a few post season game with a backup, so there's always hope! It's so crazy that there's less than 2 weeks until Christmas! It sounds like y'all will be busy, but will have a fantastic Christmas season!

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  14. ugh, that really sucks, but yay for Christmas parties galore!

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  15. Ok, I'm a little surprised by this, but I've never broken my thumb before, so I don't know. But how is it Kenyan Drake breaks his ARM in a Bama game and comes back two weeks later to play in the SEC Championship game and your QB is out for a season with a thumb? I'm not dissing you or the circumstances, I'm simply asking, how is that possible?!

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    1. Let me rephrase, because the light bulb just went off...it must be his throwing thumb!

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  16. Injuries are SO frustrating! Our entire team is basically on IR and it is the most aggravating thing ever. I will even be pulling for you guys (which obviously is a big no-no in our division (goravens) ) as long as the patriots don't make their way to yet another SB.

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  17. I am so sad for Andy! I grew up with him in Katy and was really hopeful to see his leadership and abilities take the Bengals far this year.

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  18. My go-to for parties any time of year is hot spinach and artichoke dip. Trust me, it is a TOTAL crowd pleaser and doesn't take a lot of time or effort. Everyone loves it. I posted my method here :) http://www.alyssagoesbang.com/2014/11/recipe-best-spinach-artichoke-dip.html

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  19. I SO thought of you when I heard about Dalton. Ugh. & then the loss to the Steelers. Blah. I can understand why everyone in your office is a little blue. :(

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  20. Oh what a bummer!! Maybe your backup will blow everyone away!

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  21. Sorry about your QB. It really sucks to lose a vital member of a team. Especially when you are doing so well this year. In other news, spring is the theme all over it seems. We have 4 back to back days of Christmas gatherings too. Bring on the cheer!!! And maybe a little cold weather, pretty please?

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  22. I actually didn't watch any football this weekend - and I'm still shocked about it. I did hear the Rams won though, so that's good.

    Slow down a bit especially since this will be your last Christmas as a two-some and become a trio!

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  23. We have 4 Christmases back to back to back to back days too. Makes me exhausted just thinking about it! Enjoy this season though since next year you'll have a little one :)
    As far as a go-to side/appetizer.. Buffalo chicken dip is always an easy option. Also crescent roll pizza bites are a great appetizer. My favorite side for the holidays are these German buttered noodles my grandma used to make. I know it sounds weird, but they are to. die. for. But I might be biased hah. Good luck with the hosting!

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  24. I am so sad for you and the Bengals! I'm seriously hoping Andy gets back quicker than expected and he can lead you guys through the playoffs!!!!

    My fave recipe for any party is meatballs - store bought frozen meatballs, a bottle of grape jelly and a bottle of heinz chili sauce, throw it in the crockpot on high for 4 hours and DONE. SO GOOD and SO EASY! I'll be making those on Saturday, actually :)

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  25. I am so sad about Dalton -- I loved getting to watch him play this year, and so sad that McCarron is the back up ( I went to Auburn, so booooo on him. :) ) I hope he can come back in time for the playoffs.

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  26. I was wondering if you were going to address this... I am devastated. Like you said, everything was going so great and I really thought this was going to be our year. I am crushed. I know AJ will do his best but it's just deflating. I don't want to say "maybe next year" yet again :(

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  27. As a Ravens fan (really, I am still...) you KNOW I feel your pain!

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  28. I totally missed this since I was sick yesterday but I actually just emailed you about it haha! I'm not giving up hope yet either. I really feel like McCarron has something to prove so I'm hoping he can step up to the plate and lead our team. I hate the Steelers... <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  29. oh i'm sorry about your quarterback! and you were having such a good season.. right?

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  30. I thought of you when it popped up on my ESPN app. Hopefully your back up is still able to take you places!

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  31. My college team (sic 'em, Baylor Bears!) is on our third string QB after a neck injury to our first string (!!) and a broken ankle to our second. Last game, our third string got a concussion and sat out the second half, which means we played a full half without a QB (lots of handoffs straight to a running back or wide receiver). It was ridiculous, but still fun to watch, and means it shows your team's depth. The Bengals will be fine, I can feel it.

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