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How do I feel: It’s Sunday! It’s SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!! It’s gonna be a good one, guys! (wink, wink….nudge, nudge….we all know what happens!)

Alright, party people, let’s get this party started – RIGHT? Let’s get this party started – QUICKLY!

If you can’t start the last day of your weekend with a little kitchen dance party to some ’90s pop hip hop, then we need to have a talk…..

I had every intention of going for a run this morning, but I also had a list of things I wanted to get done before meeting up with the awesome duo of Fauna and Dillon who had invited me to a Super Bowl house party with their friends. Instead of a run, I ran errands with my dear friend, Tina, which always starts with a cup of coffee and a walk through the city. I also finished my custom Super Bowl t-shirts, went to the grocery store to grab additional avocados and got the car washed one last time before putting it up for sale.

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Here’s the first of the two shirts – clearly cheering on my fave player, Doug Baldwin (and I’m overlooking the fact that he went to Stanford rather than U of O….at least he’s from the Pac12!) Here’s the back of my second shirt – taking it back to the old school, throw back logo with the addition of #89’s tagline:

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Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

The first half of my day was filled with the usual breakfast of coffee, homemade almond milk, an apple and 2 eggs that I soft boiled to perfection (and I am continually glad I am still not sick of them yet, although when I take them to work and they get slightly cold, they’re not as good). I had a second cup of coffee with Tina and a handful of almonds to tie me over till the game/party/fun.

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

For the party, I brough tons of sparkling water and limes for myself and others that weren’t drinking. I also was going to make the sweet potato chips you see above, but didn’t have the time, so I found a bag of strictly yam chips (nothing but yams and sea salt) at Whole Foods. YAY! I brought those with my homemade guacamole you see below (and the chips you see above were made a few days later – I’ll walk though that in the next few posts):

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Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

The guac is a simple non-recipe I’ve done for years, and is a combination of what my mom does and what her younger brother, my awesome Uncle Jeff (he’s the youngest, I’m the youngest, it’s awesome) does. Here’s my not-so-secret non-recipe:

Combine 4-5 avocados into a big mixing bowl. I just halve them and scoop out with a spoon. Then the last one, before scooping out, I score with a pairing knife into a dice. Then when I scoop it out, it’s already diced into the bowl. Next, zest a lime right into the bowl, cut the lime in half and get all the juice out, right over the avocados. Don’t mix yet! Add salt and pepper to taste (about 1tsp salt and 1/2tsp black pepper). Add in either 2 minced cloves of garlic or a bit of garlic powder, and 1/2 a jalapeno seeded and minced. Alternatively, you can omit the jalapeno and black pepper and add some cayenne instead. Dice up 2 Roma tomatoes, then wash your hands REALLY WELL. Why? Because you’re about to use them to crush the avocados and mix this whole thing together, and you need to be very sanitary! If you’re not comfortable using your hands, no worries, you can use a fork or a potato masher, both work great. Especially if people other than you are going to eat it – like this time around. A potato masher is great for making a huge batch of guac for a group like I did this time around.

Regardless, wash your hands really well because by now you either touched black pepper and garlic, or a jalapeno, or cayenne pepper. You know what you should NOT do? Do NOT touch your face, especially your eyes. Trust me, that’s a one way ticket to a horrible day and a raging case of watery, red eyes for at least 24hrs.

When I got picked up for the game, I had everything ready to go, including some beer I brought to add to the pile for those that were having all the beer on my behalf. I had the beer man at Whole Foods Interbay help me pick out a local brew that was “definitely something a bunch of guys would like but probably not buy for themselves.”

I ate a ton of veggies, some fantastic salad that Fauna made, a bit of smoked salmon and my own chips and guac – there was no left of guac, a sure sign I made it correctly! Then there was the ice cream sundae buffet that I showed you before:

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All the toppings. ALL OF THEM. This is where the sugar smell made me zone out a little and I almost ate a gummy bear while chatting in the kitchen, no joke. I didn’t even realize I was reaching for one until I almost had one in my hand.  Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Jim about to bust open the gallon of vanilla ice cream. YUM. Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

 

I am not a sweets person, I will reiterate, but the smell was so good, it was almost unbearable. But I have rock solid will power. Plus I would feel awful if I cheated (first of all) and then didn’t tell you guys about it (second of all)! I met a ton of great, new people, we won the game, I shrieked and shouted at the TV with all the guys and gals, it was great! I hope I wasn’t too over the top with my enthusiasm…. 🙂  And a big thanks to Shaun for having everyone over.

Once we made it all the way back to Belltown (which was insane, because there was “Seattle riots” all the way back. This refers to a bunch of people partying through the streets, but still not jaywalking and being all, “oh, no, you go first, it’s okay” like we do here) I warmed up some leftover pot roast and carrots from the night before. All in all, a good weekend!

Lesson of the day: Even the strongest will power can be tested! However, I know what gummy bears taste like, and in this case, they do NOT taste like success. I’m glad I was able to resist all the incredible foods other people brought. It’ll make that first doughnut or slider (which I will inevitably eat at some point down the road) that much tastier.

 

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