It’s Ad Time

Since discovering the Super Bowl ads online, I’ve decided I prefer to watch them in advance of the game. That way if the game is a bust I don’t have to wait for one of the teams to call a time out to get to the real action.

Or if the game is a nail-biter, I can slip in the kitchen to grab something else to eat or drink without fear of missing an ad that everyone’s talking about on Monday morning.

So, if you prefer to wait for the game for the Super Ads, then go no further; but if you’re tired of hearing all the talk about the game and the interviews and the predictions, then take a break and enjoy.

OK, I know Skittles isn’t going to have an ad over 2 minutes long, but this one is worth watching:

And while I really didn’t want to like this ad for avocados from Mexico, it might be my favorite:

I’m a sucker for a tortoise, so I enjoyed this one:

And another Mercedes ad:

Mercedes wasn’t the only clever car ad. How about this Kia ad with Pierce Brosnan?

But the Toyota ad did nothing for me so I know if it comes on I can take a break, and this extended ad makes me want to pack a bag. Instead of answering “going to Disney World”, tonight’s MVP should answer, “I’m going to Ecuador!”

 

And those old enough to remember the Brady Bunch, may enjoy this one:

Of course, there are some sappy Bud Light ads with the Clydesdales and a puppy and several that celebrate dads or girls.

Enjoy the game and enjoy the ads.
Which was your favorite?

Patriot Cartoons: A Dirty Dozen

I can’t stand cheaters, but thanks to the Patriots cheating ways, we’ve had some good laughs the past two weeks. Here’s a dozen that detail the dirty deeds of the AFC “champs”.

 

 

Don Shula took some flack earlier this month when he referred to Bill Belichick as Belicheat. Looks like Don deserves an apology.

Super Ad Sunday

Super Bowl foods, Super Bowl predictions, Super Bowl previews, even a story about a “bet” between an art museum in Denver and one in Seattle in which the museum from the city of the team that loses the Super Bowl will loan a piece of art from their collection to the museum of the winning team. Stories relating to the Super Bowl have dominated the news for the past two weeks.

Best of all, many of the Super Bowl ads have been “leaked” this week. I know many people prefer to watch the ads for the first time during the game, but I’ve enjoyed watching them a few at a time. It takes far too much concentration for me to watch both the game and the ads, and at the end of the night I won’t be able to remember more than a couple of ads.

If you’re like me and want to watch at least a few of the Super Ads before the game, then check these out. There are some good ones. I think I’m leaning toward the Volkswagen commercial, but I’ll wait until after the game when all of the ads have been unveiled to determine this year’s champion.

So which ad ranks as your early favorite? Leave a comment with your choice.

Super Bowl Snacks

It doesn’t have to be Super Bowl Sunday for us to enjoy snacks while watching football, but since this Sunday is the Super Bowl it’s a great excuse to skip dinner and just watch the game and eat snacks. Every magazine, newspaper, and morning show has some foodie providing recipes for your Super Bowl party. The only problem with most of these recipes – too time consuming – so I thought I’d put in my two cents worth. I’ve included three of our favorite simple, game day snacks.

Cocktail Meatballs

1 bag of frozen meatballs (small)

1 jar chili sauce – 12 oz.

grape jelly – 12 oz.

Add chili sauce and an equal amount of grape jelly to a sauce pan or crock pot and heat at low/medium temperature to melt jelly. Do not boil.

Heat meatballs in the microwave according to package directions.

Add meatballs to the chili/jelly mixture and continue cooking over low heat. (I prefer to keep them in the crock pot for a couple of hours so the meatballs can absorb the sauce.)

This recipe takes about 15 minutes to prepare and is a major improvement over the original recipe which called for 11 ingredients, mixing hamburger to make homemade meatballs that had to be fried before adding to the sauce. I can’t imagine why anyone would go to that much trouble when the result is so similar.

Cream Cheese Salsa Dip

1 8oz. package of soft cream cheese (reduced fat or light works fine)

Pace Picante sauce

Tostitos or Fritos

Set out cream cheese for about an hour to soften. Mix it with picante until smooth. You really can’t go wrong on this one. Serve with tortilla chips of Fritos.

Use as much picante as desired, and if the cream cheese isn’t soft enough- oh, well, chunky dip tastes great too!

Potato Skins

baking potatoes (one person)

bacon (one slice per two potatoes)

shredded cheese

sour cream

green onions

Bake potatoes and then when cooled cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the potato (I usually save the scooped out portion for use later.)

Fry or microwave bacon and crumble when cooled. (Even better if you cook extra at breakfast.)

When ready to serve, heat oven to 350, cut potato skins to desired size (usually four pieces per potato), sprinkle with bacon and cheese, salt, and pepper and bake for about 10 minutes.

While potatoes are baking cut onions and serve potato skins with sour cream and onions.

This is the one recipe that takes a little planning and effort, but if you want to really go all out, make potato skins. If you plan ahead, you can save time by baking the potatoes earlier in the week for dinner (mash the scooped out potato with butter and sour cream or cream cheese).

Of course, if you must have something healthy, make sure you include crudite’.

If you decide to make something requiring more time and effort, good for you; but I’ll be taking the easy route!

Best 25 Super Bowl Commercials

I really have no interest in the Super Bowl this year regardless of which teams win this weekend’s games so I’ll just be watching for the commercials. If they are like those in this Best 25 Super Bowls Commercials video I won’t be disappointed.

And did you know that you can register to vote for the best ads shown during this year’s Super Bowl game? Vote for best Super Bowl ad of 2013.

It seems BudLite, Doritos, and squirrels are the main theme of the Best Super Bowl ads. Hope you enjoy!