Weather - Near Perfection
Happy Homecoming, alums, Cyclone fans, and Pep Queens! Ames is rolling out the red carpet for you this weekend with some serious football weather...and what promises to be an exciting and important football game! October in Iowa is such a treat. Saturday looks like a chilly, but dry day to be outside with friends and take down the number 8 team in the nation. Grab your sweater and saddle shoes (and maybe a coat, hat, and mittens) and get ready to tailgate!
Food - Barbecue Beef Chili
Football. Homecoming. Autumn. You know what that means...it’s soup season! So let’s throw some chili in the crockpot, lay out all the fixings, and celebrate the wonders of the crockpot. This is a recipe I really love, but of course, chili is very customizable and you might have strong feelings about how to make it, or maybe you have a cherished recipe that’s won awards and people swear is the best chili they’ve ever tasted, so...try my chili because I’ve never steered you wrong.
Drink - Honeycrisp Apple Sangria
Listen. I’m a beer fan. At all the tailgates all year long, I will drink beer. Forever and ever. Amen. But in the spirit of all things cozy and autumny and footbally, here’s a little something to warm up your insides. Sangria is a great option for tailgates because you need to make it ahead of time and it gets more delicious as it sits. The prep is insanely easy (but not as easy as cracking open a beer can, so keep that in mind…) Bonus points if you make the cinnamon sugar rim...and if you bring one for me to try.
Game - Beersbee
I was introduced to this game a couple of years ago at a tailgate and it’s a fun one. It has all the makings of a good tailgate game - relatively compact, portable, easy to follow rules, and you have to hold a beer while you play.
Song(s) - Because I couldn’t pick just one
I had fun thinking of songs about “Home” to fit the Homecoming theme...and while I was digging around, I found a picture from 1966 of Louis Armstrong with vintage (terrifying) Cy, so I included a Louis Armstrong song, too. Is your tailgate lacking energy? Are things getting boring? Play some Mel Torme and Louis Armstrong to really get the party started.
Can’t wait to see you on Saturday!
Your Pep Queen,