It’s fall in Pennsylvania. That means leaves, football and tailgating. The last two are usually synonymous with Penn State and Happy Valley but not at our house. Football here means Pittsburgh Panther football at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
So DD’s request was no surprise when she found out we had 6 tickets to the homecoming game. She wanted a tailgating party. Not just any tailgating party, but the BEST tailgating party. You see, this was her first homecoming as an alumni.
I had my assigned duties, now I just needed to complete them. Only two minor problems — our parking pass was in a parking garage so that meant no grills or stoves. They also changed the game time to a 12 o’clock start. That meant my lunch plans were scrapped. I’d also need to prepare everything the day before and then cook it in crockpots. Everything would need to be simple but delicious. Could I pull this off?
Time to look at a brunch menu. Where better to look for ideas than Farm Bell Recipes? I remember CindyP posting an egg casserole for the crockpot.
That would be a good start. Here’s the menu:
- Cinnamon Apples
- Farmer’s Breakfast Casserole
- Blueberry Coffee Cake
- Pumpkin Bread
- Whipped Cream Cheese
The bacon and sausage were browned the day before. I put them in a crockpot at 4 AM to warm for the brunch. I cut apples in large chunks and then tossed with brown sugar, cinnamon and a touch of butter.
They went into another crockpot at 4 AM also. I prepped all the ingredients for the Farmer’s Casserole the day before and then prepared it and put it in the crockpot right before we went to bed. Our hotel room smelled heavenly. That’s right — I wasn’t at home, but mixing everything at a Hampton Inn in Pittsburgh. The Pumpkin Bread and Blueberry Coffee Cake were made the day before and wrapped well.
DH and I got to the parking garage before the girls. To make the day special we had Mimosas and Poinsettias, in crystal champagne flutes courtesy of the thrift store. In keeping with the Pitt theme we had blue and gold plates, cups, napkins and plastic wear. Pumpkins and dried flowers finished the decorations. The girls seemed impressed as did all the other tailgaters that visited our spot. It might seem strange to tailgate in a parking garage but not when you’re in the city. Our entire 7 floor garage was filled with happy football fan laughing and enjoying pre-game food.
Laughter, smiles and lots of eating took place at our party.
The girls managed to polish off 1 pound of bacon, 2 pounds of sausage links, most of a 9 x 13 sized pan of Blueberry Coffee Cake, most of a 12 serving size of Farmer’s Breakfast Casserole as well as 1 loaf of pumpkin bread. The Mimosas and Poinsettias were a hit. Needless to say, there was no champagne left. DH and I got many hugs and thank yous. The girls had full tummies and a winning score for the day.
Everyone had a grand time.
Sorry for the lack of food pictures but as the hostess I focused on feeding the ravenous crowd and didn’t think about taking any close-ups until we were done eating. Actually, I was stuffing my face just as much as the girls but I thought the first excuse sounded better.
Good recipes and adaptability made for a great day. Hail Pitt!
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Dede ~ wvhomecanner says:
No comment on Pitt 😉
but I love tailgating and haven’t done so in a while! Those girls won’t have such a killer spread for a long time unless you do it for them again. I have to try that Casserole!
On November 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm
When there’s a will, there’s a way! Great job, Kelly 🙂 Looks like everyone had a great time!
On November 11, 2010 at 7:47 pm
Sounds like a GREAT day and a GREAT brunch. Although I’m a Penn State alum . . . 😉
And CindyP, that recipe sounds awesome!
On November 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm
You’ve got to try CindyP’s recipe. It is really good and so versatile. I made a batch again this weekend. It’s definitely going on my list for holiday brunch. It’s yummy and feeds a crowd.
PSU, isn’t that a school up north? 🙂
On November 12, 2010 at 7:59 am
Thanks for sharing! What a lovely memory for the girls.
On November 12, 2010 at 8:42 am
Kelly, Liked your article and your tailgating party looked fabulous! I must however comment on your team. I’m a Penn State fan and of course I support the “home” team. Pitt’s okay, too. Glad you had fun!
On November 12, 2010 at 9:44 am