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Super Bowl Party Food

Unless the Saints are playing, I’m not typically one to watch football, and I usually find something crafty to do during games that I do watch. Football on television is just too slow to hold my interest. On Super Bowl Sunday, all of America, including me, becomes a football fan if only for one day.

In one of my previous jobs, I had to attend about 5 parties during the Super Bowl. I know. Tough life, right? The upside was getting to sample a ton of yummy food. The downside, at least for me, was missing the commercials and half-time show. I got so burnt out on the Super Bowl that I boycotted all activities associated with it for a couple of years after leaving that job. I’ve slowly come back around, mainly for the food.

If we were hosting a Super Bowl party at our house, I would have to get a snackadium. Can we say gluttony? Still I think it would be so much fun to put one together because it’s a perfect marriage of food and crafts. Check out this beauty from Pillsbury. The story contains directions on how they made some of the components.

Pillsbury Snackadium

We may not have a snackadium at our house this afternoon, but we will have tasty treats. Remember when baked ham and cheese sandwiches on Hawaiian bread were all the rage on Pinterest? I pinned a recipe and never made them, so they were the first thing that popped to mind when I started planning our game day menu. Here’s the recipe that I chose to make.

Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on Hawaiian Bread from

I picked this recipe out of the plethora of Pinterest options because it’s wonderful for making ahead of time. The author recommends chilling the sandwiches at least overnight so that the sauce can really soak into the bread. On game day, all I’ll have to do is pop these babies in the oven.

Another snacky food I’m making for the big game is Buffalo Chicken Dip. I love the flavors of hot wings, but I hate eating them because I have this thing about messy finger food. This dip lets me enjoy the taste without all the ickiness. I always make the Frank’s Red Hot version with blue cheese dressing. No one at my house likes Ranch dressing (shocking, I know), so the rest of the bottle would just go to waste. Blue cheese, on the other hand, we can eat like nobody’s business! To cut some of the calories in the recipe, I use reduced-fat cream cheese and dressing. I also cheat and substitute canned chicken if I don’t have the time (or desire) to bake a couple of chicken breasts. This recipe can also be made the day before and baked right before the game.

Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Two things that I can predict with absolute certainty about this year’s Super Bowl: we’re going to have delicious food to eat, and Bruno Mars is going to slay the half-time show. Happy Super Bowl!

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2013 Year in Review at LulaBelle Handicrafts

When I first started blogging, I did some research to decide which platform to use. Everything kept pointing me to WordPress, so I felt like I had to choose it. I have been tremendously pleased with my decision.

One reason that I appreciate WordPress is the annual report they prepare for everyone’s blog. Keep reading to see what their report has to say about LulaBelle Handicrafts’ first full year of existence. Thank you to all of my readers for making this report way more interesting than I could have ever hoped!


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Happy First Birthday!

I can hardly believe this is true – my blog just turned 1! Last summer when I started LulaBelle Handicrafts, I was in between jobs and needed something constructive to do with my days. I knew next to nothing about blogging, but I did have a passion for crafting, writing, and teaching.

Over the course of this year, I’ve learned a little bit more about blogging (but still not enough!), gotten addicted to Pinterest, and tried to become a better photographer. Most importantly, I’ve truly enjoyed sharing my projects with you, my readers.

In honor of LulaBelle Handicrafts’ first birthday, I’m highlighting the five most popular projects from the last year. Links to the posts are listed below the slideshow. Enjoy!

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No. 5 Upcycled Jewelry Organizers

No.4 Braided Bead Bracelets

No.3 Alcohol Ink Ornaments

No. 2 Getting Started with Loom Knitting

No. 1 Mardi Bead Bracelets