This weekend is the best weekend of the year. No, my husband is not coming home. More important y’all.

College football, obviously.

It’s kind of sad since my husband isn’t home and all but lucky for him, his absence has made me more sympathetic to the Alabama cause. See, he is an Alabama fan and I am an LSU fan and since those 2 are typically the best teams, college football discussions get pretty heated. Last year he was in the field during the Alabama/LSU game so I did this to the baby and sent him pictures:

Amazingly, we are still married.

Like I said though, somehow I’m becoming more of an Alabama fan without him here to harass. Last week I impulse bought a houndstooth scarf and didn’t even realize what I’d done until I was out in the parking lot. Something is obviously very wrong with me and I hope to get over whatever sickness this is before he comes home.

But anyway, this is also my favorite time of year because I get to make (and blog!) a ton of fun appetizers! So get excited! Lots of football food coming your way in the coming months!

This is a real simple appetizer that is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s a dip that’s layered with onion and chive cream cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni, and cheese. You can, of course, add whatever you like – peppers, mushrooms, Parmesan, sausage, pretty much anything goes!

One last thing: y’all remember when I did that leftover makeover? Well BlogHer has a fabulous Pinterest board filled with leftover makeovers (including mine!) that you should definitely check out. Lots of good things happening over there! Go find dinner inspiration!

Layered Pizza Dip

Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) container cream cheese with chives and onions
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup small pepperoni (or big ones, diced)
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In an ungreased 9-inch pie plate or similar dish, layer all ingredients in order listed.
  3. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and dip is bubbly.
  4. Serve hot with crackers, bagel chips, or tiny toast pieces!
http://fakeginger.com/layered-pizza-dip/

Layered Pizza Dip! Make this for your next party!

 

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Whenever I make a simple pasta dish like this, I go back and forth on whether to post it. It just seems so not exciting compared to cupcakes and cookies and bread. But then I remember that through all of last year, my most visited page was a recipe for a very simple, slow cooker pasta dish so I guess that means that you guys are on the hunt for quick, easy meals.

This one is really easy. To make it easier, I used a jarred pasta sauce but feel free to use a few cups of your favorite homemade sauce. The meal came together quickly and by the time the spaghetti was done boiling, the meat sauce was done and ready to be stirred in.

My boys all loved it. The 3 of them had it for lunch and then dinner with no complaints. It was a fun twist on spaghetti that I’m sure we’ll be having over and over again.

Pizza Spaghetti

Ingredients

8 ounces spaghetti
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (26 ounce) jar Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 small package pepperoni (about 25 slices)
8 ounce package Italian blend shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage and onion; crumble sausage and continue to cook until sausage is no longer pink. Add garlic and saute until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add pasta sauce and tomato paste; stir to combine. Add spaghetti. Slice half of pepperoni in half and add to pasta mixture. Stir in half of the cheese. Pour pasta into a large baking dish. Top with the rest of the cheese and pepperoni.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let cool slightly before serving.
http://fakeginger.com/pizza-spaghetti/

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