I went to The Ohio State University. And while I never watched a game from the horseshoe (for shame right?), my Saturdays were spent watching the game on my TV, usually surrounded by sketch books, fashion magazines and history of costume books. In fact, if my windows were open I could HEAR the game (because that’s how loud OSU fans are). My roommate and always had game day food too. Back then it was a $5 one topping special from our favorite pizza place.
Those days are gone. I’m over 2500 miles away from the stadium, and I have 3 kids to watch the game with. I’ll be honest, they aren’t always very interested in watching T.B.D.B.I.T.L., during the half time show, or even the game at all for that matter, so I’ve had to come up with ways to make Ohio State Football Saturdays more fun.
1.) The uniform. Much to my husbands dismay (never mind that his parents live in Columbus) around this time every year I make sure that my kids have appropriate OSU wear. Quincy has a cheerleading uniform she wears to get into the spirit of things, and I still need to order this years shirts for Sebby and Edison.
2. ) A key to a kid’s heart is fun tailgating food. Big and little kids included.
My kids discovered the Jell-O Mold Kits on a recent shopping trip to Walmart. They LOVE jigglers. So, it was pretty obvious when I found out I could buy Jell-O University Molds on Walmart.com that I had found a new way to get them excited about game day! #TeamJellO #CollectiveBias
Such a great way to get them to shout O-H…-I-O!
Not to mention, it’s super fun, right?
It goes without saying too, that no game day food assortment is complete without Buckeyes. If you’re an Ohio State fan, you know these delicious peanut buttery treats are the essential to any and all football celebrations.
The bonus? They are so easy to make!
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 cups confectioners' sugar
- 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Press a toothpick into the top of each ball and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Melt chocolate chips for 1-2 minutes at 50% power in a microwave bowl. Stir frequently until smooth.
- Dip frozen peanut butter balls in the melted chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Do this carefully so you don't break or lose your toothpick! Leave a small amount of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes.
- Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.
3.) Play games at home! Keep track of the score by placing real buckeyes in buckets (just don’t eat them, real buckeyes are poisonous) or make paper chains in scarlet and gray! Print out pictures of Brutus to color!
What are you waiting for? Make your shopping list for your tailgating recipes and pick up your JELL-O Jigglers University Mold Kit today at Walmart.com. They have a great assortment of teams to choose from, and yes, they even have that team up north. **sigh**