Wednesday, August 24, 2016

🏈My "Game Plan" to Feeding The PlayersπŸ’

This Sunday we fed the offensive line.....we always try to do it at least once during the season for my husband's players.

We usually feed anywhere from 15 to 25 guys who all have big appetites. Here is my game plan of how to get it done:

1. Prepare ahead of time.
I clean the house that week, make my menu/shopping list, and grocery shopπŸƒπŸΌπŸ“

2. Put together the side dishes.
I always make about 2-3 chili cheese dips the night before. That way I can just throw 
them in the oven and they have something to snack on right when they get to our house. A big pasta salad is always good to make the day before too. I just add the 
dressing the day of.

Chili Cheese Dip
2 cans Hormel chili 
Shredded Mexican cheese
2 packages of cream cheese.

Layer a large baking dish with two blocks of cream cheese. Add cans of chili, and top with shredded cheese. This will make one pan. 

3. Grill out.
I handle all the sides while my husband mans the grill......there's no "i" in 
team......right??πŸ˜‰πŸˆ. Burgers, hot dogs, brats, or chicken breasts are the usual choices. 

4. Drinks. Keep it simple. Bottled waters,  lemonade, or gatorades. Really, anything that's already in a can or bottle. It eliminates needing cups and you can chill them in a cooler ahead of time.

5. The sides.
A pasta salad and a fruit salad are my staples, but another player favorite in the fall is my famous fruit dip with sliced apples. Super easy and they love it.  Recipe below:

Fruit Dip
2-4 blocks of cream cheese 
Brown sugar 
Best paired with green apples

I microwave the cream cheese for about 30 seconds or so too help the mixing 
process. Mix in brown sugar with cream cheese until smooth. Taste test to decide if you need more brown sugar or cream cheese. Serve on ua tray with sliced apples.

5. The Traditional O-Line dessert.
I learned a great recipe from another coach's wife (thanks Bev!) when we were at the University of Colorado. It's an ice cream dessert that the players love, and best of all its SO easy! Coaches' wives are always asking me for the recipe, and I am happy to share as it was shared with me. The only tedious part is unwrapping all the ice cream sandwiches. I make 2-3 pans of it just to be safe. Again, best to prepare morning of, 
or the night before to allow it to re-freeze. 

The O-line Dessert
Two packages of Ice cream sandwiches
Large container of cool whip
Caramel sauce
Chocolate sauce 
Peanuts (salted)

Layer a large pan with unwrapped ice cream sandwiches. Next, put half of the large tub of cool whip on top. Drizzle caramel, chocolate sauce, and peanuts. Repeat all 
steps. Chill for at least a few hours. 

6. Don't forget the little details.
I try to have the house set up with football games on TV, corn hole and croquet set up outside, and our boys decked out in team gear. I get plates and napkins in team colors and always pick up a few table cloth covers at the dollar tree. They're easy to throw away and make cleaning up easier when it's all said and done (also available in school colors). 

I always feel our dinner was a success when there are leftovers and we are sending home 15+ O-Lineman full and happy. Another successful night for our Jackrabbits.....thanks to a good game planπŸ’›πŸ°πŸ’™πŸˆ.

Monday, August 22, 2016

🏈A Prayer For The Coach's WifeπŸ‘°πŸΌ

A little Monday motivation......and prayer to help get us through this football season. I keep this and read it every year before the season starts. With fall camps coming to an end, I wanted to share this prayer with you all...........

Best of luck to you all this season ladies. Go JacksπŸ™πŸΌπŸ’›πŸˆπŸ’™πŸ°πŸ‘°πŸΌπŸ’!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 15, 2016

πŸ‘°πŸΌπŸˆHow a Coach's Wife Survives Fall Training Camp❤️πŸ’

There is a reason why so many of us jokingly say to our family & friends, or post on social media......"hello August....goodbye husband."...... or maybe the old saying...."we interrupt this marriage to bring you the football season." But all jokes's pretty much the truth.

It's not easy for any of us....period. Whether you have kids or not. Work outside the home or are a full time mama. In August, being a football wife (or as some like to widow), can be lonely and training camp can seem to drag on⏳. Our husbands are working extremely hard to prepare for the season......while we handle pretty much everything else on the HomefrontπŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸΌπŸƒπŸΌπŸ‘.

Here are some ways I try to look at the positive sides to fall training camp:

1. Travel. You can go see family or friends you haven't been able to see.  I have spent many Summers going to visit my family while my husband started fall camp✈️πŸ›£πŸš™.

2. Meals Just Got A Whole Lot Easier. My kids make me feel like I am some big time chef when I make buttered noodles or chicken nuggets & fries. I can also remember many nights of fall training camps over the years eating cereal for dinner....just to be easy. No elaborate meals

3. That Extra ME Time. I have some nights to myself for a mani/pedi or face mask. I'll go get my hair done (the season is approachingπŸ˜‰), or even catch up on my favorite shows.....Housewives anyone?πŸ’…πŸΌπŸ’†πŸΌπŸ’‡πŸΌπŸ“ΊπŸ·


4. Less Housework. Having four babes that are all boys is an endless amount of laundry and things never seem or stay clean. Eliminating one boy (the biggest one) some how makes things seem a little bit easierπŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸΌ.

5. Football Wives Night. Almost every school we've been to, (9 in 14 years to get specific), there is some kind of get together with the other coaches wives during camp. It's always comforting being around women who actually get why you haven't seen much of your husband. It's also nice to have some adult conversation.....without hearing the theme song of Paw Patrol in the background. Plus wine and food is always a great reason to get togetherπŸˆπŸ˜‰πŸ·.

6. You Can Finish Your "Must Get Done  Before The Season List." From getting the kids ready for school (supplies, haircuts, clothes, appointments, etcetera), deep cleaning the house (we always visitors in the season), washing the car before the first home game (ok, I admit, I am a little superstitious about that one), and planning and stocking up the fridge/pantry for tailgating, there is a lot to get done before the first game. I know we all have our own version of the list ....rightπŸˆπŸ˜‰πŸ“?

7. DIY Time?! I've been crafty enough during camp to make a football wreath a time or two (probably more) for the upcoming football season (we've moved me). Plus I know we all have that one board on Pinterest on some random things we have to make. It's also a time I like to catch up on scrapbooking my kiddos. 

8. Another Summer Break in the Books. I love enjoying the last few weeks of summer with just my kiddos and I.....there is only so many summer breaks you have with them. Have a movie night, play a board game, go to the pool, go watch practice (four boys+football field=❤️), and just keep busy enjoying those last moments of summer with them....they grow up so fast.πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸΌπŸˆπŸƒπŸΌ☀️🏊🏼🚲

Some days can be long and lonely, but there is a reason why our husbands chose us to be their wives. We are strong, understanding, dedicated, and independent women who just happen to love football.....boy are they lucky!!!!!πŸ‘°πŸΌπŸ’πŸˆ❤️. 

At SDSU we are officially over a week into fall training camp....not that I am counting...and Team Eck is excitedly anticipating the football season.....Go Jacks!!πŸ—“πŸ’™πŸ°πŸ’›πŸˆ

I wish you all the best this season πŸ˜‰πŸˆ❤️πŸ™πŸΌ.

Monday, August 8, 2016

🏈The Football WifeπŸ‘°πŸΌ

This was given to me by another coaches wife back when we were at the University of Idaho. I thought it could help motivate us during fall camp and the upcoming football season. Best of luck to you this season.

The Football WifeπŸ‘°πŸΌ

The good Lord was creating a model for football wives, and was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared.  She said, "Lord you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one.  What's wrong with the standard model?"

The Lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order?  She has to be completely independent, possess the qualities of both father and mother, be a perfect hostess to 4 or 40 with an hour's notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without a manual, be able to carry on cheerfully, even if she is pregnant and has the flu, and she must be willing to move to a new location 10 times in 17 years.  And oh, yes, she must have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head.  "Six pairs of hands? No way."

The Lord continued, "Don't worry, we will make other football wives to help her.  And we will give her an unusually strong heart so it can swell with pride in her husband's achievements, sustain the pain of separations, beat soundly when it is overworked and tired, and be large enough to say, 'I understand,' when she doesn't, and say, 'Iove you,' regardless."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his arm gently, "Go to bed and get some rest.  You can finish this tomorrow."

"I can't stop now,"  said the Lord.  "I am so close to creating something unique.  Already this model heals herself when she is sick, can put up six unexpected guests for the weekend, wave goodbye to her husband and understand why it's important that he leave."

The angel circled the model of the football wife, looked at it closely and sighed, "it 
looks fine, but it's too soft."

"She might look soft, " replied the Lord, "but she has the strength of a lion.  You would not believe what she can endure."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Lord's creation.  "There's a leak," she announced.  "Something is wrong with the construction.  I am not surprised that it has cracked.  You are trying to put too much into this model."

The Lord appeared offended at the angel's lack of confidence.  "What you see is not a leak," he said.  "It's a tear."

"A tear?  What is it there for?" asked the angel.

The Lord replied, "It's for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, pride and a dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear."

"You are a genius!" exclaimed the angel.

The Lord looked puzzled and replied, "I didn't put it there"

Thursday, August 4, 2016

πŸ‘—Be a Game Day Fashionista🏈

Football is just around the corner ladies and we all need to be getting ready for our game day fashions. One of my favorite spots to shop for football clothing/accessories is on Etsy. I have bought custom accessories and clothing that make you feel like a one of a kind game day fashionistaπŸˆπŸ’ƒπŸΌ.

Don't get me wrong, the book store always has some cute gear, but who wants to see your game day look on hundreds of other I right? Plus, a hoodie can only be so cute......comfy, yes....but not always the most flattering. 

Here are some tips to spruce up your game day lookπŸ‘—πŸˆπŸ’…πŸΌ:

#1 Always ACCESSORIZE!! I bought the most adorable football cuff bracelet on Etsy. It's always fun to have a little bling on to show your team spirit. I am also not afraid to sport team eye black stickers for the big games! Even my purse or diaper bags has to coordinateπŸˆπŸ‘œ.

#2 Go custom girl. I am currently having a cute custom scarf made through a boutique I found on Pinterest. The boutique, takes a couple of your team t-shirts and makes a cute scarf out of it. Another great online boutique I found takes a team t-shirt and turns it into a fabulous dress (maxi, short, strapless, sleeved, or even one shouldered.) Plus she works with you on finding a fabric that coordinates amazingly with your t-shirt. Love my new one of a kind Jackrabbits dressπŸ’™πŸˆπŸ’›πŸ°πŸ‘—!!!

#3 Shop Team Colors. Because I usually have football season on the brain, whenever I am out shopping I am always thinking team colors. I found a cute navy/white chevron maxi dress at Sam's club (yes, I am dead serious) when I was pregnant. I paired it with a cute gold scarf to wear for a game last season. Or pick a cute flannel for colder games to wear with leggings  (in your team colors of courseπŸ’™πŸ°πŸ’›πŸˆ.)

#4 Best foot forward. I have a collection of game shoes/boots I love to wear for games. Uggs are my favorite for cold weather because they keep your toes warm and you can find them in many colors. I have a growing collection and they've all been very good to me on a chilly game days. Or for those wet games, a Hunter boot is fun because they also come in an array of team colors and pair nicely with sweaters, or a flannel with leggings. 

#5 Search the Internet. I have found the Custest clothes online just by searching "game day gear" , "football fashion for women", etcetera on Google. You can also follow my Pinterest Board "Football Wife" (under Kimberly Eck) to get links to online boutiques, custom pieces, or other gameday fashion ideas.

#6 Nail it!!!! Step it up with a great mani/pedi in team colors. I prefer gel/shellac because it lasts longer with kiddos and I am constantly washing my hands. It's also fun to try some cute nail art. Bring those spirit fingers to the game girl πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’…πŸΌπŸˆ!!!!

#7 What's old is new again. I had this really cute under armor top from a school my husband used to coach at (sometimes I keep a few of my favoritesπŸ˜‰). I went to our book store and bought a team patch for $5.99 and covered the old logo with our new team.....GO JACKRABBITS!!! The top was pricey, and now I get a little more use out of itπŸ’™πŸˆπŸ’›πŸ°.

#8 Game Day Hair!!! I always get my hair done (highlights and lows) as close to the first football game as possible. My favorite is to mix up styles for game day. Straight, curled, also who doesn't love a side pony, but my fave look is beach waves with a bandana headband. Beach waves are very forgiving on a windy game you can find any color bandanna you can imagine at a Hobby LobbyπŸ’†πŸΌπŸ’‡πŸΌπŸ‘©πŸΌ.

#9 Don't forget the Babes!  I make sure I'm not the only one geared up from head to toe on game day! Jerseys, eyeblack, football leg warmers for baby, game day bows, beanies, mittens, etc...... Go big or go home πŸˆπŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸΌπŸ°.

So with our first game of the season, one month away (but who's countingπŸ˜‰), I am anxiously awaiting for the mail to bring me my new looks for SDSU's 2016 season......GO JACKSπŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸˆπŸ°πŸ’™! In this house we are always prepared for football seasonπŸ‘πŸΌ. Bring it on gameday ladies....and be a football fashionistaπŸˆπŸ‘—.