Tailgate Time!

I LOVE all things collegiate not only because I am a USC alum and proud of it but all things collegiate were indoctrinated in me from birth. Orange County is Trojan Country although those from that other school across town and which must not be named would have a different opinion. As I tell anyone my favorite teams are USC and anyone that is playing UCLA

However, after spending this morning googling and checking out websites for collegiate needlepoint belts which will be another post this weekend, I have to admit by the sheer mass of collegiate items available to southern colleges no one seems to do tailgate better or celebrate the season as do the fans in the south and I raise my foam finger to them in respect. They are #1.

Look at these awesome tailgate finds from Janice Crain Stationery that I have never seen before. Click on Collegiate Items on the side bar. I’ve seen the Tervis tumblers with the team logo but insulated collapsible picnic baskets? Very cool.

They can also be monogrammed.

Napkins that stand up in your team’s jersey for your tailgate table scape.


Taking your meat and pride very seriously.

No putting a little shrimp on the bar-b here.
No sirree (shiska) bob!

And while the opposing team is getting their just desserts you can have yours too because winning the game was a piece of cake!

North Carolina cake pan

So enjoy your college game this weekend and I hope your team charges to victory unless your team is Washington State.

Here’s my favorite wings recipe from the Steel Magnolia herself, Paula. These wings get an additional flavor boost since the wings are seasoned before they are cooked.
They are truly incredible! Enjoy!

Uncle Bubba’s Wings


  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 1/2 cups hot Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun spice
  • 1/2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Oil, for frying
  • Buffalo Sauce, recipe follows


Combine hot sauce, and Cajun spice, pepper and garlic powder. Mix well and cover wings. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep sided pot to 350 degrees.

Remove wings from marinade and drain off excess moisture. Add wings carefully and in batches to hot oil, it splatters. Cook until crispy about 10 minutes. Serve with dipping sauces.

Buffalo sauce:

8 tablespoons softened butter

8 tablespoons hot sauce

Combine butter and hot sauce. Whisk until blended.

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  1. We do know how to tailgate here in the south. I was very excited to see that NC State (my alma mater)picnic basket when I first glanced at your picture. We love anyone who beats UNC like Ga. Tech did today. 🙂

  2. Mmmmm…. the wings sound GOOD!

  3. We are Penn Stater’s here, sorry.
    I love the sound of that recipe, I’ll try it this week. Right now, I’m gonna make myself a cup of tea, and sulk with my sniffles.
    Have a great Sunday!!


  4. I agree – us Southerners take the prize for taking tailgating to a whole new level. Yes…ROWDY is how we ROLL! But while I live in Georgia I’m not a Bulldog fan – my heart is in Texas and I’m a RED RAIDER GIRL!! Can I get a foam TRIGGER finger from ya?? HA
    Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  5. Lady Kate says:

    A truckload of Trojans from our family left for the game today, stocked with Goldfish burgers, cups, napkins and chairs with the collegiate logo and plenty of beer. What says tailgate better! College football, fall and Halloween coming…I love it all!

  6. I love, love this post. Actually some of my daughter’s sorority sisters are giving her a “Tailgate Shower” the Saturday of the UT vs. Georgia game. I will send you all the details about it. I may do a post; it depends on whether or not she gives me permission 😉 haha. But so far I have gotten as her gift the following wonderful items:
    Tervis tumblers – big size for Bloody Marys or beer 😉
    A fabulous sign that says “It’s Football Y’all” in orange of course
    A Scout collapsible bag monogrammed in the new last name 😉
    A white piggy bank with orange polka dots for their Season Ticket Fund.
    I also have one of the collapsible baskets in orange with Go Vols monogrammed on it, but I may keep that. I did it for me, but I have gone back and forth about who’s going to get it – haha
    And I will take credit for this idea. She and I did one for one of her sorority sister a couple of years ago! It just came to me one day that this would be a cool thing and now it has caught on with her group. xoxo

  7. Lafayette Women’s Lacrosse is the best tailgate I have experienced so far. One player’s father keeps a grill, permanently on the back of his truck!

    Other than that- Westpoint Military football games are the epitome of traditional and classic tailgates. Picture mountains, autumn leaves, crisp, cold weather. They start with breakfast! Many people compete for the most elaborate set tables.
    The main attraction for me?
    The morning military parade of young men… and the good food!

  8. Great post about football here in the south, nothing better!!
    I love that you have your team fight song on your playlist.
    Its all about PASSION isn’t it!

  9. I loved reading all the tailgate experiences! Keep ’em coming! 🙂