Mom deserves the world. She cooks, cleans, carpools, does laundry and takes care of everyone in the house. This Sunday is a day to shower her with all of her favorite things! We’ve put a last minute gift guide together of things we know every foodie mama would surely love. From pink grapefruit soap, lotion and candles to a night off from cooking with a Mrs. Gridiron gift certificate, check out our top picks! All of these items are sold locally (Dallas residents) or online. Let her know you’re crazy about her this Mother’s Day and everyday.
Gridiron Tasty Tailgate hits home on many levels; we love tailgating, we love food and we love fellowship. I am so excited to bring you up close and personal into my favorite and super simple tailgating recipes, tailgating entertaining tips, fun and favorite tailgating décor and serving ware and various other tailgating recommendations. Huddle up on Gridiron Tasty Tailgate so that you can rock your next tailgate with friends and family!
Grade school, high school, college or pro; there is always a reason to throw a tailgate for your favorite team. Tailgating can be as simple or elaborate as you would like, as long as everyone is together and in the team spirit.
As the wife of a football coach, we take tailgating pretty serious and the food is the most important part. I like to make sure that everyone is fed and full of energy. Gridiron Graham Nut Mix is one of my go–to menu items and is a snack that can be enjoyed before the game, during the game or after. This tailgate snack mix is a combination of salty and sweet, can be customized with your team colors and can be scooped into mini megaphones for kid fun or the perfect hostess gift.
Whether you are attending a tailgate, in need of a quick and delicious after game snack for the team or to survive a double header tournament games, throwing a party or looking for a fun hostess gift Gridiron Graham Nut Mix is quick, easy and super delicious!
Spring ball is upon us, and I’ve made the quick transition into ‘survival mode’. I know this sounds dramatic, but there are several things that I do religiously to help make this next month a little easier for Lil’ Hatt and myself, while Coach is busy. Want to learn more about life as a coach’s wife? Click here.
Here are my TOP 5 Tips for Surviving Spring Ball or Football:
- Schedule Girl’s Night Out. I have our sitter on speed dial this time of year for this reason. A good night with my girls makes everything better.
- Meal prep for the week. I make sure this is done, and all the groceries are purchased at the start of the week. This eliminates any last minute grocery store runs OR having to pick up a non-homemade meal. A win for us all!
- Dinners out with family and friends. This can go a long way to break up several days of it just being Lil’ Hatt and myself. He is always excited to see family or friends, and it is so nice to have someone else share in watching and entertaining Lil’ Hatt.
- Toasting. Some nights at the end of an especially long day, I have an ‘adult beverage’ and high-five myself for making it through another day. Cheers!
- SELF-CARE. So this fifth and final tip is being added to MY to do list. I for sure need to get better at this for myself, so I can be better for everyone. For me, this doesn’t need to be much, but a little something each day can make you feel rested, relaxed and ready to tackle whatever the day has in store for you.
For those of you fellow Coaches Wives or those of you who have traveling or long hour working spouses, I salute you and would love to hear about your survival tips!
Hi. My name is Kristen Massad, I am a mom of two beautiful girls and a sweet baby boy, the wife to the most supportive husband and a pastry chef for all to enjoy! I am a graduate of The French Culinary Institute in NYC and owned and operated Tart Bakery in Dallas, Texas for over 8 years. After growing a successful retail and wholesale bakery, I had a great opportunity to sell it and enjoy this special time with my family.
I started Ink Foods as a creative outlets to highlight original recipes created by me as well as some of my favorite recipes from my Nannies recipe book, other books, magazines and the web that have been edited to meet my sweet tooth.
Last year, I launched JOY + OLIVER, a small batch confections company that specializes in sea salt caramels. I’m thankful to be back in the kitchen while home with my little ones!
Favorite Meal : My favorite meal: and something that we make as a family once a week is Shrimp Aglio olio (garlic and oil). It is one of the most simple meals to make but the flavors are pure and strong and my kids love it as well!
Favorite Restaurant: In Dallas there are some amazing restaurants, but a restaurant that we recently discovered and frequent to often is Sushi at The Mercury. It is a tiny and hidden sushi bar inside The Mercury Restaurant. Very fresh and unique sashimi and great appetizers.
Favorite Kitchen Gadget: I can’t live without my kitchen aid mixer. I use it to bake and experiment with recipes all week long. It sits on my counter ready to be used at all times.
Recharge Batteries: With 3 little ones and working from home, there is very little time to recharge, but simply a glass of wine with my husband once the kids are asleep helps to refresh. I also love a facial to relax and feel energized!
Hostess Gift: A good bottle of wine or a box of sea salt caramels is my go to hostess gift because who doesn’t love that!
Entertaining Must Have: My husband and I love to entertain and we always have more appetizers than food for the main meal. I feel like people always come hungry and it is the best place to snack and mingle.
Favorite Holiday to Host: Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, it is all about family time and food.
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The Gridiron gadget for this month blends our the season for gardening, yummy vegetables and our love of gluten free cooking! With our gardens set up and planted, we need a plan in place for what to do with all your garden goodies! We’ve included five our favorite spiralizers, so you can turn your squash, zucchini, potatoes into the freshest noodle replacement! Our Mrs. Gridiron customers love that we offer gluten free options to lasagna, pasta dishes, casseroles, and more and these gadgets will allow you to try to create recipes of your own! Our favorite site to learn and experiment is Inspiralized. Be sure to check it out and let us know what fun you have in the kitchen with your new tool!