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Are you ready for some football?

I am!  I have been since about June.  My husband has been since February when last season ended:) I think I’ve mentioned how football season fall is my favorite season .  Here at our house we get really geared up about the rankings and the players and the games, but you know what else is great about football season?  Well there are a couple of things actually:

1.  The food.

2.  The fact that there are no less than 12 Saturdays in which you have the perfect excuse to throw a party.

Turn the game on, cook some tailgate style food (dips and rotel are not optional) and invite your fellow fans over.

Last Saturday I baked these:

Whoopie pies are my hubby’s favorite thing for me to bake, so in honor of football season, I decided to try to bake them into football shapes.

Here’s how you can do it too:

WHOOPIE PIE RECIPE:

Cakes:

1 Box of Devil’s Food Cake Mix

1 Box of Chocolate Flavored Instant Pudding

1 cup of water

3 eggs

1/3 cup of vegetable oil

1/2 cup of flour

Parchment Paper

White icing and small round decorating tip (to pipe the “stitching” onto the footballs)

Combine ingredients in large mixing bowl.  Beat with electric mixer on low speed until moistened; beat 1 minute longer on high speed.

Spoon batter onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.  For regular round whoopie pies, I use two wet ice cream scoops, but to get the more oval shape for these, I just used two WET soup spoons.  Just regular spoons you would use at dinner.  It worked well.  After spooning them onto the cookie sheets, they will be egg shaped, like this:

Then I used two wet knives to manipulate the shape of the spooned batter to make them a bit more pointy on the ends.  The sharp ends will smooth out when the fluff up during baking, so feel free to make them pretty sharp.  This is after I shaped them:

They look kinda sloppy, but that’s okay, because they’re  gonna puff up a lot.  This is what they looked like straight out of the oven:

Filling:

1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar

1 stick of butter (softened)

2 cups of Marshmallow Cream

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Combine in mixing bowl and beat until fluffy:)

I piped the stitching onto the tops of half of the cakes.  The other half you can use as the bottoms.  We wait to spread the filling on until we are ready to eat each one, because it can be a bit runny (which is a good thing, because thats what makes them so delish.)

They are really yummy.

I made this tablecloth a few years ago when the Saints were in the Super Bowl.  I really enjoy being able to use it over and over again, but I am seeing disposable tablecloths similar to it everywhere I turn these days, so you can easily pick one up.  I just used green felt from JoAnn’s, white ribbon for the “yardlines” and some iron on numbers that I found in a pack with letters that you can use on kids sports jerseys.

Here are a few other football decorating projects I’ve been working on as well:

An LSU themed burlap wreath.

I found the purple roll of burlap in the floral section at Michael’s and the rest of the supplies (Gold burlap, purple wired chevron ribbon, purple and white tiger print ribbon, metal football and paint pins for the writing) all came from Hobby Lobby, except for the yellow burlap with the LSU Tiger Logo on it, which I ordered from fellow etsy seller, Courtney at CLMahler.  It is difficult to find any LSU stuff in my neck of the woods:) She also has some great red burlap with black and white houndstooth as well, if you’re into that sort of thing (Bama fans).

A chalkboard football schedule.  I just put some old cardboard onto the chalkboard part and taped it up to the edges with painters tape so that I could spraypaint the frame purple.  Then I used plain white chalk to write this year’s schedule.  I might go back over the lettering with wet chalk or my chalk markers to make it stand out more.  I would like to add some yellow chalk as well.  But this is it for now.  The chalk markers are really hard to wipe off, so I probably would only use those on the part that says “LSU Football” since it can stay on there permanently and the rest will need to change from year to year.

We will leave these things up until Thanksgiving or Christmas, but they would be great to bring out just for football parties.