A Tale of Super Bowl Jello Shots

My post last week about the activity of my late cousin’s Facebook page got a lot of visits, but it really was somber. Let’s lighten the mood a little and talk about something more fun — JELLO SHOTS! I’ve never been a fan of these little turkeys (if you can’t even handle vodka straight, you shouldn’t drink) until I came across Jelly Shot Test Kitchen via the wonders of Pinterest a few years ago. The recipes all looked magnificent, but I zeroed in on one that I knew would suit my (low) skill set: the “Super Bowl” jello shots. The first time I made them was for a Mardi Gras dinner we hosted a few years ago, using yellow and green jello and dying the white part purple with food coloring. They were easy and GORGEOUS.

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2014 Super Bowl Jello Shots. Nice work, Jen and Russell.

Then something miraculous happened January 2014 — the Seattle Seahawks went to the Super Bowl! Wha??? Never in my life did I imagine THAT happening! So I looked up the recipe for the Super Bowl Jello Shots again because I needed to actually make them for a Super Bowl party. Blow me away! The jello turned out beautiful again and everyone loved them. Huge hit and we crushed the Broncos. Nice.

It was a foregone conclusion that I was making these jello shots again for Super Bowl 2015, when we were also confident that the Hawks would crush the cheating Deflategate Patriots. The game was in the bag, as were the jello shots. Continue reading

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Super Bowl Coffee-Infused Vodka — Procrastinator Experiments

The Seattle Seahawks’ win over Green Bay last week stunned the nation — but probably no group more than the 12th Man Nation. We have been in this crazy, “pinch me” daze for over a week now. And now we are down to TWO DAYS before we face off with Deflate-gate Patriots in Arizona. GO HAWKS!

Wait… two days? Oh no! The big game day has really snuck up on me, as I’m sure it has many of you, and I didn’t leave IMG_8806[1]myself enough time to prep a batch of coffee vodka using the “tradition method” for the Super Bowl, which takes four or five days. If you have that much time, all you need is a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, your favorite Fidalgo Bay coffee beans, sugar, and vodka.

Crack/break/smash the beans so that they are very large chunks. I use a zipper bag and a heavy saucepan.

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