Jan 9, 2018

Between the Buns

Exclusive Presale Opportunity 
Tickets will be available for purchase to the public on Friday, January 12th at 10am. 

Exclusive Presale: Tuesday, January 9th(10am) – Friday, January 12th(10am)
Public On sale: January 12th at 10am

Event Hashtag: #BetweenTheBunsDAL

Between The Buns, A Dallas Observer Slider Event 2018

Join the Dallas Observer on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 4PM– 7PM at Dallas Farmers Market as we celebrate the Inaugural Between The Buns, A Dallas Observer Slider Event presented by Whole Foods Market.

Between The Buns is an outdoor slider-sampling festival that will feature over 30 of the best sliders that Dallas has to offer, from fried chicken, to pulled pork, burgers and more! It will also include music, cash bars with beer, wine and cocktails. Get your fill of sliders, one of the best finger foods, only at Between the Buns!

VIP Admission Tickets Include: Includes entry into the event 1 hour earlier than general admission (entry at 3pm). Included in the price is unlimited food samples from Between the Buns vendors, entertainment, access to VIP lounge with exclusive VIP only samples, 4 Drink Tickets at VIP Private Bar (Private Cash Bar available after tickets are used), as well as VIP restrooms.

All Tickets Include: Includes entry into the event at 4pm. Included in the price is unlimited samples from Between the Buns vendors, entertainment and beer, wine & cocktails available to purchase.

Jan 8, 2018

2018 HGTV® Dream Home

Photo by: David A. Land
Photo by: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography
Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White PhotographyPhoto by: David A. Land
Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

I can't be the only one that spends countless hours watchin' every home improvement show HGTV has to offer. Dreamin' of the next big item or thing I'll do to my patio, kitchen or even bedroom.

Shiplap: I need all of it.
White cabinets with granite countertops: I need those as well
View of the lake: Yes, add that to the list.
Natural light is beamin' from every window: Oh, that's a must. How else will I Instagram and make everyone jealous?

That's what I love the  2018 HGTV® Dream Home so much. A chance to have all of those things and more, set by a beautiful backdrop. Gig Harbor, Washington overlooking the Puget Sound is the beautiful backdrop for the newest 2018 HGTV® Dream Home. I mean look at those views and that kitchen. Yes, please! And all the mountains one could hike.

So, Enter for your chance to win HERE! I mean come on a prize package worth over 1.8 million.

"HGTV, HGTV Dream Home, HGTV Dream Home Giveaway and their associated logos are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved." 2). "No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes starts at 9 a.m. ET on 12/27/17 and ends at 5 p.m. ET on 2/16/18. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For full official rules, visit HGTV.com/HGTVDreamHome or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: “HGTV Dream Home Giveaway”- RR, P.O. Box 53013, Knoxville, TN 37950. Main Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC d/b/a Home & Garden Television."

Jan 5, 2018

Tips for hosting a Big Game Watch Party

Football season here in The South can be not only busy but adventurous. A family member against family member. Friend against friend. All hopin' their team shows up and shows out. We call that #SaturdayDownSouth. Tales are told as legends made. And everyone knows you don't plan a weddin' or event on game days. A few years back one of my best friends cousin was gettin' married. She chose to have a fall weddin'. Her dad uttered, " her weddin' better not be on game day or I'm not goin'." HS, College, professional: we watch it all.

Hostin' a Game Day party or tailgate; we're groomed for it. So, naturally, it's time to share some tips for hostin' a party or tailgate for The Big Game.

Let's start from the beginnin', shall we?

The Fans

"The perfect guest never brings an uninvited guest. If your hostess didn't include them on the invite, there is bound to be a reason. And don't be offended when Aunt Sally doesn't invite the new beau when you can't even keep them straight." Those are the words I wrote on a recently on  A SOUTHERNER'S GUIDE TO HOLIDAY ETIQUETTE. But, throw that out the window. Watch parties for The Big Game are always the more, the merrier; If you're the hostess prepare for an additional attendee just politely remind your guest to let you know.

Always remember to be respectful. Being passionate about your football team and the team's success is ok. The banter that is all in good fun is welcome, but it is your job as the hostess to make sure it stays in good fun. As a kid growin' up there would always be watch parties at our house. Whenever "trash talk" would get goin' my Dad had a game outside or a way to distract the younger ones so that all is well.

The Decorations:

It's never a party until you set the mood. Know what two teams are playin'. Decorate and set out paraphernalia based on who made The Big Game. You can always find teams colors and decorations at your local Walmart.

The Location:
 Once you have your decorations, you'll need to have a location big enough to house all your friends and family. Find out what station the game will be played on near you and make sure your place will be capable of airin' the game interruption free.

The Snacks

Everyone knows it isn't a part without the right food. Games can be long and drawn out; especially when the team you want to win isn't doin' so hot. Have plenty of snacks on hand for every type of guest imaginable.

Personally, I find fingers foods work best as they are easy to make on the go. Two of my favorite game day/ tailgating snacks are Lit'l Smokies and bacon wrapped peppers. In college, we used to make the bacon wrapped peppers for every home game. Our tailgate was always a big hit as hungry college students came around.

For the Smokie Skewers, you'll need toothpicks, cheese, and Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies ® Smoked Sausage ®.
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l Smokies
I bought everything at my local Walmart. Cook the Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies ® on the stove for a few minutes until brown. Place a piece of cheese in-between two Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies ® Smoked Sausage ®.

For the bacon wrapped Peppers, I also bought the ingredients at Walmart. You'll need Wright Brand Bacon ®, peppers, cream cheese or cheddar cheese. Cut the peppers in half long ways and scrape out the middle. This next part is optional, but if you don't want your snack hot, you can soak the pepper in water for thirty minutes to an hour. That takes away some of the kick and makes them easier to eat for oldest down to the smallest that will attend. Heat the bacon in the skillet for a few minutes. Just enough so that it makes the Wright bacon easier to wrap. Fill the peppers with your choice of cream cheese or cheddar cheese. Wrap the peppers with the bacon and hold together with toothpicks. Cook at 350 until the bacon cooks, cheese is melted, and the peppers begin to brown.

What did I miss? What's one tip you think everyone forgets when hostin' a big game party? Everyone knows the best part is always the commercials. What has been your favorite commercial over the years?

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