It’s a par-tay at my house, y’all, a basketball par-tay

I’m still recovering from this really wild party. And by wild, I mean a booze-free party with lots of teenage boys. Wait. That sounds bad. The teenage boys were here for my husband. Wait. I mean, they are his students and members of his basketball team.

I’ll back up just a tad. Remember how I told you guys that my husband Loves with a capital L basketball season. And if there was an emotion stronger than love, that’s how he’d feel about the three weeks of March Madness. In fact, once we had a conversation in which I asked him, “if I were preg and in labor and there was a UK tournament game on, would you be with me or at the game?” and he said the game. That’s his commitment to UK basketball.

For the past four years, this has been my view during the tournament:

I didn’t think that you get the full breadth of this so I took a video of it for you guys:

I took that half day from work yesterday. When I got home, Hubby said to me, “Honey, some people might be coming over.” And me being a complete and total control freak, I wanted to know exactly how many people and exactly what the plans were. Would there be eating during or before? Are people going to be bringing food, or are we providing it? What time would they be there? How long would they stay? I mean, a girl needs to have her plans in place, people.

I LOVE to entertain and stuff people to the brim with good food and don’t get to do it often enough, so I came up with a big plan to cook bad-for-you-bar-food-without-the-bar for all the peeps coming over (the headcount was 10). We just checked out the book Cook This Not That from our local public library. This book is fab and I recommend it for anyone who loves to eat out and wants to watch their girly figure.

Aside: I hope someone realizes one of these days how much I love shilling stuff that I like and gives me gobs of money for it, but for now I’ll just write about it for free.

The menu was:

  • Chicken tenders with spicy honey mustard sauce
  • potato skins
  • sliders, half were bacon and cheddar and half were swiss, onions and mushrooms
  • cheesy spinich dip
  • cheese fries
  • Taquitos
  • brownies

Of course, of all that stuff I cooked from scratch — the Gorgonzola cheese I melted into the spinach, the burgers I cut out myself, the chicken tenders I lovingly breaded — the biggest hit of the whole party was — you guessed it — TAQUITOS. Mystery meat central. And also? The brownies.

“Mrs. Austin,” a couple guys said, “these brownies are amazing! thank you!”

You’re welcome, but they are from a box. SADS.

I got to participate in some fun girly chat at the dining room table with a friend who stopped by with her hubby while 10 teenagers and three adults screamed and carried on using words like “that’s sick!” “Nasty!”and “Body up!” and “he ooped it!” As the clock moved toward 10:30, the screaming grew louder. I popped my head in to see what was going on and I discover they are playing NCAA 2010 on PS3. Lovely.

As I mentioned before, it was peticoat rule at my house so male culture really fascinates me. It’s like watching a pack of gorillas. My home was a zoo yesterday.

So, question is, who wants to come over to my house for a party?

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34 comments to It’s a par-tay at my house, y’all, a basketball par-tay

  • The Boob Nazi

    Um, I do. Sign me up, please.

  • Sarah Mac

    I want to come over for a house party! I'd appreciate the hand breaded chicken tenders. Those sound delicious! Did you get any of your recipes from RecipeZaar???

    I love how in your video, you say "that is amazing" at the very end with as little enthusiasm as possible.

  • mariahsmile

    I'd be there especially for the chicken tenders! That looks like serious basketball stuff going on there! Guess you and your hubby are going to have to plan your baby's arrival no where near March when that time comes around!

  • Jenna

    Loving the menu! Just tell me when and I will be there!

  • notquiteawake

    I would like to come over to your house for a party please. I'm pretty sure I would enjoy eating all of those things.

  • Sarah Beth

    Wow, look at you making all that good food! I always just buy it – I'm sure yours was much better! And I'm sure your guests were pretty thrilled about UK last night! :)

  • liz

    If you'll cook like that again, I'll be there! Sliders – YUM! Being from the Land of White Castle, I giggle when others hear the word "sliders" for the first time and have the realization of how that tiny burger got its name.

    Your living roon looks like a sports bar with all those TVs. When March Madness is over, does your husband buy you a special present for being such a loving, supportive wife? My husband is a Tour de France addict, so for 21 days every July, that is my life, and the highlights include when a camera guy accidentally catches a biker pulled to the side of the road, taking a whiz.

  • I am Harriet

    Yep here too :) Basketball day.

    Stopping by via SITS to say hello. Have a great day!

  • My Husband's Watching TV...

    That's awesome! I love the tv set up and what a wife to whip all that up from scratch at the last minute.

  • xoxoKrysten

    I'll come over! I'd love some good food!

  • Sarah With Scissors

    I wanna come over!

    The videolink isn't working for me (crap with crapsauce… I was looking forward to seeing that). You are quite the hostess. I don't think my "snack" dishes would go over with the teenage boys' moms… but the beauty is you can just make them say "snack"… see… useful for both the proper and improper.

  • Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic

    You sound so much like me! That set up in the living room with all the TVs is SICK! I can only imagine my boyfriend getting wind of this and wanting to do a video game tourney!! YIKES!

    All the food sounds soooo good. To be fair even if the brownies were from a box – it's a delicate thing to bake brownies, either they get too crispy or too gooey – it's a happy medium and you must have hit it perfectly!!!

  • Sarah With Scissors

    Okay, just saw the video… bahaha… I love the way you say "that's amazing" at the end.

    Most guys would channel hop during the game… this is real dedication.

  • Rainey

    Don't feel bad about the lack of compliments on what I'm sure was delicious food. I am convinced that male tastebuds mature at a rate far slower than female tastebuds. Further proving that males mature slower than females in almost every way possible.

    P.S. Totally agree with you on the planning in advance thing. Especially when I want to cook!

  • Sarah

    When will men begin understanding the beauty in quiet brunches and coffee with friends?

  • Jackie

    oh, kids… seems like whenever I make things, the most likely dish to get compliments are either the ones from a box (i.e. brownies) or the ones where I put as little effort as possible into it. Men, too. Hubby is the same way. Although after 15 years he's learned how to answer correctly when questioned about the food. ;)
    Those chicken tenders sound good! And what is it about the term "sliders" that makes it sound much more appealing than "hamburger"?! But what has me practically drooling though are the potato skins. Yum.Mee. I could eat those things all the livelong day!

  • Mayra Elisa and Pooh Bear

    Yay! Someone else who loves to bake! Thanks for stopping by.

    The food you made sounds delicious!! I'll come to a party at your house. We can practice cooking new dishes and make the "zoo" try it. =]

  • Crazy Shenanigans

    I bet all those kids think you're the coolest wife.

  • Chicken

    Tea party sounds lovely. Then we can all wear white gloves and gossip. That puts us just one notch above the boys yelling and scratching themselves.

  • Bethany

    Amanda, I totally want to watch March Madness at your house. I once rode in a car with five boys and found out that if you are really quiet they forget you are there and talk about totally weird stuff. Like fantasy baseball and a detachable penis. I can only imagine what a room full of high school boys could think of to say.

  • Cashier

    Yum, I'll be over if you make more of that food. :-)

  • JMJE

    Sliders are kind of hard to make. At least when I did them. I would like some right now. Also I hate it when I have people over and everyone loves the one thing that I purchased rather than made from scratch. Your party sounds tasty.

  • Salt

    If I don't have to watch basketball, I'll be there. Luckily my husband couldn't care less about what's going on (He claims to like Maryland and as far as he knows, Maryland is still in it. I'm just going to continue to let him believe that) so I don't have to watch it at my house.

    All that food sound insane. I think I just gained 5 pounds reading this post.

  • foxy

    I'm just sayin, your menu sounds delish!

  • Rene W.

    I do, I do! Oh, wait – I guess it's over… lol. Sounds like a great time & mmm – that menu!!

  • Lisa

    Oh my gosh. My husband would LOVE room like this! He hopes to get one when we have a house one day. We're both Michigan State alumni and have been watching the games closely too. But only on one tv!

    Your menu sounds delicious! I totally want to check out all of the 'eat this, not that' books. I've looked a few over and they seem so helpful!

    Stopping by from SITS! Have a great day!

  • Tracie

    I thought my husband was bad! I'm cracking up at all the tv's lined up.

  • Allyson

    Me, me, me!!! I want sliders and dip and chicken fingers. I'll save the mystery meat for the guys. I showed your video to the 6 people at Mom's house for the game on Saturday night. They were cracking up! And I think Mom was more than a little jealous. ;) If she could have access to all of the NCAA games all the time, she totally would.

    So…did all of those delish foods come from the Eat This Not That cookbook (aside from box o' brownies, of course)?

  • Hutch

    I am soooo jealous of your set-up! The girls were nice enough to let me watch some of the final minutes of the close games over the weekend, but I had to go into another room to watch Cuse.

  • SmartBear

    I would definitely come over…but my Jayhawks went down in flames. Still, I'd like to purge some of those televisions for you.. LOL!

  • Laura E. Sanchez-Gonzalez

    The menu sounds really good, I would have love to be a one of those boys I would have eat all the chicken wings, I love them


  • randomblogette

    I am so in! The food sounds amazing! It is like my dream menu. I really need to check that book out so I can get some of this winter chub off! I am an observer and watching men/boys during sports games is one of my favorite pastimes.

  • Katie

    From one Wildcat fan to the next: GO BIG BLUE!

  • WebSavvyMom

    –>That IS impressive!
    Clicked through from Cathy's blog to yours for the first time. I'm now following you.


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