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While we are not the most fanatical sports people around by any stretch of the imagination, the boys and I love to watch the playoff games and the BIG game for football. With the time difference (4 hours from eastern to Alaskan time), game time is typically happening when we are at church or mid-afternoon. This past weekend, we decided combine food and football for family bonding time.
Preparing for Family Bonding Time
As I enjoy being able to watch the game rather than spending my time fixing food in the kitchen, I decided to prepare in advance for our Sunday afternoon. I know the boys pretty well and figured pizza would be the perfect cornerstone for game time food. I just needed to firm up the rest of the menu and secure everything I needed.
After unwinding from a long day which included the Pinewood Derby for our Cub Scout pack, I made quick trip to Walmart to gather all that I needed for the day. I picked up several DiGiorno pizzas as well as boneless buffalo wings and some chips. The one thing I did forget was the blue cheese dressing for the wings. That just served to remind me as to why I like to shop with a list rather than just running in for what I need. However, finding the pizza was easy as our local store had a big display on top of the freezer.
Setting the Stage for Family Bonding Time
To make it easier for everyone to grab food when they wanted to eat, I cleared off the top of our buffet table which sits between the kitchen and dining areas. This left the kitchen open for me to do any other prep work that was needed while the boys could be grabbing snacks as they wanted. Part of that prep work included the ability to cook the food in stages as you can only fit up to 2 pizzas in the oven at a time.
Once the hot food started getting served up, the boys took turns digging in. Then, they staked claim to floor space for consuming the items as the new couches are off limits for boys to eat. Good thing there is plenty of room in front of the TV so everyone could see the game. I was cheering for Seattle as I used to live near their practice field as a child and could watch them practice. I was tickled that they won and can hardly wait for the BIG game to arrive!
I was amazed that the boys didn’t go through all of the pizza I baked that day. The upside for that is we had leftovers for lunch the next day!
With just over a week left before the big game, I am now preparing my shopping list for the day. The boys want to invite a few friends over for that one and I am sure that pizza will be an anchor food for that day as well. After all, I don’t want to miss any big plays or the fun commercials during that game and having DiGiorno pizzas on hand will make my prep that much easier.
Does your family enjoy watching sports on TV together?
What types of foods do you usually have on hand for munching while watching the game?