Super Bowl weekend

Someday I’ll remember how to blog Monday through Friday again. ūüėČ For now, I’ll catch up and share some good stuff with ya when I can! ¬†Super Bowl weekend was a good one; it was busy, but we still had plenty of time to relax. ¬†We laid low on Friday night and didn’t do much. ¬†On Saturday morning, I met a friend at a painting spot and our kids painted pottery.

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William LOVES to paint at school, and I knew he’d love going here. ¬†He slopped quite a bit of paint all over the place; I’ll be curious to see how it turns out after I pick it up from being glazed. ¬†It was definitely a fun Saturday morning activity!

I had a “sprinkle” to go to on Saturday afternoon for one of my good friends who is having her second baby. ¬†We enjoyed a tasty lunch, and it was nice to catch up with the girls. ¬†I went to the St. Louis Blues hockey game on Saturday night and we brought home a winner!

We lucked out and had great weather over the weekend – it was almost 60 degrees again! ¬†That meant we had to try Jamba Juice’s new superfood smoothie – the acai berry charger. ¬†A few years ago when I was vacationing in Arizona, I had an acai bowl for the first time and I was obsessed. However, there was nowhere in the midwest to get one, so when Jamba Juice emailed me telling me¬†they now have acai bowls and smoothies, I was pumped! ¬†The acai smoothie has strawberries, blueberries, sherbet with raspberry, soymilk, ice, chia seeds, and flaxseed.

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They sent fun football props with my gift card, but William was not amused and wanted no part of it.  My friend ordered the new island pitaya bowl which was a blend of pineapple juice, frozen pineapples, fresh bananas, frozen pitaya, strawberries, mangoes, organic pumpkin flax seed granola, blueberries, honey, chia seeds, and coconut. It was awesome, and while my acai smoothie was great, the island pitaya bowl was sweeter, so I liked it better. Definitely a winner and both are a great source of antioxidants!

After Jamba Juice, we went to a park to soak up the sun and the nice weather!

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The park had a pond with a few ducks swimming around, which William loved. He was more interested in the ducks and the water than the actual playground!  He was running around quaking and flapping like the ducks and talking up a storm!  While he was entranced with the pond, I snapped a photo of his super long curl he has in the back that always pokes out from beneath his hats.

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I don’t think I’ll ever cut it! ūüėČ

We got cleaned up after the park, and headed downtown to pick up our Snarf’s order. ¬†Everyone at our Super Bowl party had been hearing me rave about Snarf’s, so they were excited to try if they weren’t at our playoff party a couple weeks¬†ago. ¬†I’m telling you, these sandwiches were the food hit of the night! ¬†Check out my parents’ excitement:

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Those are some good sandwiches right there! ¬†My sandwich, the Touchdown Turkey, was the best (obviously, since I made it). ¬†There were only a few sandwiches leftover and it was just as good yesterday toasted as it was on Sunday! ¬†Snarf’s is my new favorite sandwich shop, for sure!

Honestly, I think I watched about four seconds of the actual game. ¬†I was busy with William and the other kids, and the few minutes I had if William was occupied was spent snarfing down my Snarf’s! It was a fun and eventful evening. ¬†There were 7 kids, 2 dogs (my uncle brought his 10 year old chocolate lab and his 6 month old chocolate lab puppy! so cute!), and about 20 adults. ¬†William was right in the middle of it all. ¬†He was holding the puppy’s leash, giving kisses to the dogs, requesting piggyback rides from Jacob and Audrey, and playing all over the place. ¬†We left before the game was over because I was just as exhausted as William!

You know it’s a good night when the kiddos are pretending to go to sleep on the ground!

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What’d you do for the Super Bowl? ¬†

Snarf’s Super Bowl Specials

Snarf’s. ¬†That a funny word, isn’t it? ¬†That’s the nickname of the creator of Snarf’s Sandwiches who¬†opened the first one in¬†1996 in Boulder, Colorado. ¬†Now,¬†the¬†family-owned business has grown to nearly 20 restaurants in Colorado, Chicago, St. Louis, and Austin, Texas. ¬†There are currently three here in St. Louis with another one opening soon. ¬†I had an awesome opportunity to check our Snarf’s a couple of weeks ago prior to hosting a playoff football game party.

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I had never been to Snarf’s before, so I told Louie, the manager at the MX location, how many people would be in attendance and he put together an AMAZING spread! ¬†Snarf’s makes catering crazy easy. ¬†Not only is all their food delicious, but it appeals to everybody, the portions are humongous, and they provide all the serving supplies you need. ¬†Here was our spread from the playoffs:

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We got two HUGE cases of an assortment of sandwiches, sauces, salad, cole slaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, pickle spears, and hot peppers and onions. ¬†Literally, everything was awesome. ¬†You know a place is good when people are talking about the pickles; yes, the pickles were even talked about! ¬†The sandwiches are cut in half which is perfect because you don’t have to totally commit to just one kind.

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I was glad I left the ordering up to Louie because after looking at the menu, I knew I couldn’t decide what to get with all the options Snarf’s has. ¬†Louie gave us something of everything, and from the moment I opened the box, everyone’s eyes were wide and mouths were drooling! ¬†I mean you gotta get a close up:

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Of the sandwiches I tasted that night, I think the Prime Rib & Provolone was my favorite, but it was not an easy decision.  I tasted at least six different sandwiches.  There were even a couple left over, and they were great toasted the next day.  (No, they did not get soggy!)

Another HUGE reason why I love love love Snarf’s is that the¬†produce is¬†sourced locally from Long Acres Farms and the bread is baked fresh daily from Fazio‚Äôs Bakery. ¬†Local, fresh ingredients always taste better!

They even have dessert.  Brownies and chocolate chip cookies were eaten during half time by all, but the little ones were the only ones we made pose with their treats before we allowed them to eat it!

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So through my partnership, I got to create a “Super Bowl Special” sandwich for the big game on Sunday! ¬†Last weekend, I went back to Snarf’s to meet with Louie and discuss and try out my creation. ¬†It was a fun challenge as I literally put all my favorite ingredients on one sandwich and Louie made suggestions based on his expertise. ¬†We came up with….

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Snarf’s Touchdown Turkey –¬†Smoked turkey breast, low fat herb cream cheese, saut√©ed hot peppers and onions, mushrooms, topped with tomatoes, baby spinach, and fresh sliced avocado. ¬†THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE!!! GO GET IT WHILE THEY HAVE IT!!!

Other mouth-watering, ridiculously delicious specials that Snarf’s will be running through the weekend include:

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Snarf’s Half Time Buffalo Chicken –¬†Rotisserie chicken smothered in red hot ranch, aged swiss cheese, smoked bacon, and caramelized onions served on Snarf’s signature baguette.

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Snarf’s Super Bowl NY Deli –¬†Hot pastrami and corned beef, aged swiss cheese, onions, and mushrooms, then finished with a creamy garlic aioli on Snarf’s signature baguette; served with a side of au jus.

I think I’ve officially tried everything on and off their menu. ¬†I got to try each of these three Super Bowl special sandwiches (I may or may not have shared), and literally they’re all winners. ¬†I know “classic” Super Bowl food includes pizza and wings; I have nothing against that, but something a bit different (and dare I say maybe a tad healthier?) would be Snarf’s sandwiches. ¬†Go check out their menu, place your order, and impress your guests. ¬†I’m going back for my Super Bowl order on Sunday which will be the third weekend in a row that I’ve been at Snarf’s. ¬†I like this pattern, and I must say, it’ll probably continue…

Be sure to check out Snarf’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ¬†See ALL Snarf’s locations HERE.

What are you doing for the Super Bowl?

This post was sponsored by ALIVE Influencer Network on behalf of Snarf’s. ¬†All thoughts and opinions are my own.