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The Official Super Bowl Party Checklist

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The Super Bowl is only a few days away and I'm sure some of you plan on hosting the ultimate party!

For some of us, it's ALL about the festivities, so preparing a space for close friends (and sometimes strangers) comes with a high set of responsibilities. And the goal is to have the Super Bowl party of the year!

Here is a list of the essentials you absolutely must have for this Sunday!

Super Bowl Equipment

Mainstays 6' Fold-In-Half Table for $32. Available at Walmart.

 

 

george foreman

George Foreman 144-sq in 9 Serving, Classic-Plate Grill, Silver for $39.92 (rolled back from $49.96). Available at Walmart.

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 Crock-Pot 7-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker, $34.92. Available at Walmart.

 

colemanColeman 70-Quart Xtreme Cooler for $39.88. Available at Walmart.

theaterVIZIO 42" 5.1 Sound Bar System for $298 plus a $50 Walmart gift card with purchase

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Super Bowl Food & Drink Stations

Oak Leaf Merlot & Moscato (750 mL) for $2.97. Available at Walmart.

 

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Corona light beer, 6 pack, 12 fl oz.

guacamoleSuper Guacamole Dip

Ingredients

1 bag of Tostitos Scoops! or Tositos Bite Size Gold

3 tablespoons Tostitos All Natural Salsa

2 large ripe avocados

Juice of half a lime

Salt to taste

pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Cut avocados in half and take out pit. Scoop avocado from skin and discard skin. Mash avocado with fork or beater

2.  Add Tostitos All Natural Salsa, lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly.

3. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve the tostitos!

pigs in a blanketPigs in a blanket

Ingredients

(8oz) can Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls

24 fully cooked cocktail wieners
Ketchup or purchased sweet and sour sauce

Instructions

 Heat oven to 375°F. Grease cookie sheet. Unroll dough; separate into 8 triangles. Cut each triangle into 3 smaller triangles2
Place 1 wiener on shortest side of each triangle; roll up to opposite point. Place, point side down, on greased cookie sheets
Bake at 375°F. for 11 to 15 minutes or until deep golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve with ketchup

Game day greek nachos_535x357Game Day Greek Nachos

Ingredients

3 cups (4 ounces) whole wheat baked pita chips

1/3 cup Great Value Mild Finley Shredded Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese

1/4 cup small diced cucumber

1/4 cup small diced red pepper

2 tablespoons Great Value Sliced California Ripe Olives

2 tablespoons crumbled reduced fat feta cheese

1/3 cup nonfat Greek

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Place pita chips in an oven safe shallow dish or baking pan. Sprinkle evenly with cheddar cheese, cucumber, red pepper and black olives

Bake in preheated over until cheese is melted about 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with feta. Meanwhile, stir together dipping sauce. Serve warm nachos with dipping sauce.

 Peppered_bacon_wrapped_jalapenos_370x270Peppered Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos

Ingredients

6 slices Wright Brand Peppered Bacon

12 fresh jalapeno peppers, stem portion removed, de-seeded completely

1 8-ounce package cream cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup washed and chopped fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon ground cumin seed

salt to taste

black pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Preheat oven to 350 F

2. Remove jalapeno stems, cutting away the very top of the pepper. This allows for easy removal of the seeds.

3. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper. Gently fill hollowed jalapenos with cream cheese mixture.

4. Place a small piece of bacon over the exposed portion of the jalapeno. Tightly wrap each filled jalapeno securing the filling inside. Use a toothpick for added stability.

5. Cook poppers on preheated outdoor grill and finish in a 350F oven if needed.

 Great_value_game_time_chili_370x210Great Value Game Time Chili

Ingredients

 1lb hamburger

 Great Value Chili Seasoning Packet

 Diced onion

(10-1/2-oz.) can Great Value Tomato Soup

4 (16-oz) cans Great Value Red Beans (do not drain)

1 (14-1/2-oz.) can Great Value Stewed Tomatoes (do not drain)

1/2 cup water

Instructions

Put hamburger, diced onions and seasoning packet in a pan and cook until brown. Don't drain grease.

Dice stewed tomatoes

Add tomatoes, beans, water to browned hamburger mixture

Cover and cook on low heat for 30 mins

Serve with cheese, sour cream, and chips

 

wings island wingsSpicy Island Buffalo Wings

Ingredients

For the Sauce:

2 Cup franks red hot sauce

1/2 Cup parkay margarine

1 Tablespoon Dry Parsley Flake

1 Tablespoon Dried Minced Onions
1 Teaspoon Granulated Garlic
1 Teaspoon Ground Sage

For the wings:

5 Pound Chicken Wings

Peanut Oil (as needed)
Instructions
For the sauce:
Place all ingredients in small sauce pan over medium heat
Allow sauce to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

Set aside until ready for use.

For the wings:

Place 5 lbs of chicken wings in 350 degree deep fat fryer and cook for 10 minutes (165 degree internal temp). Remove from oil and shake well.

Place wings in mixing bowl and cover with sauce.

Toss the wings until well coated. Serve with fresh cut carrots and celery along with your favorite Bleu Cheese or Ranch dressing.

 

Big_game_cupcake_370x270Big Game Cupcakes

 

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup whole milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup sour cream

8 (1 stick) tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper lines

Stir together flour, baking powder and salt

Whisk together milk, vanilla and sour cream

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each.

Add 1/3 of flour mixture, then 1/2 of milk mixture; repeat, ending with flour. Mix until just combined.

Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.

Tip: Make the cupcakes two weeks ahead, wrap well and freeze; thaw before decorating.

 

 

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That Glow, Tho: How To Revive Your Skin After A Brick A** Winter

Whew, chile! Freshly fallen snow may be nice to look at, but the dry skin that accompanies the winter months ain’t it. And by the time the first tulip blooms come springtime, best believe your skin—which just endured months of humidity-deprived conditions—is super parched. Pass the moisturizer, please!

“The lack of humidity during the winter months is the main cause for the ‘winter’s itch’ and dryness,” Dr. Meena Singh, board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, told VIBE Vixen over email. And let’s not forget how the shorter days rob us ladies of the melanated variety of our warm and natural glow.

Luckily, there are many ways to combat such cold weather woes, both during and after the winter.

“I personally change my regimen significantly between seasons,” Singh added. “In the winter time, I am more prone to use heavier ointments and butters. Whereas in the spring, I can typically get away with moisturizing with emollient creams and lotions.”

But that’s not all you can do to whip your skin back into shape. Looking to bring your fly and radiant self back to life? Look no further. Vixen reached out to five women of color dermatologists, who’ve shared the following tips to help you get started.

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Hydrate From Within.

How many times have you asked a woman with bomb skin what her secret is and been met with the “I drink a lot of water” response? Did you figuratively roll your eyes? We’ve been there and we get it, especially since science says genetics do play a role in how your skin behaves—but homegirl wasn’t wrong!

Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden, board-certified NYC dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, tells Vixen that while you may not feel as thirsty when it’s cold out, it’s still important to stay hydrated and drink your eight glasses of water a day.

“The best way to avoid dry skin in the winter is to tackle it from the inside out,” she says.

Other ways to stay hydrated? Health.com suggests eating fruits such as apples, pears, and clementines, which are all over 80% water. Plus, not only will the vitamin C content of these fruits help you ward off the flu in the winter, but they’ll also keep you cool and refreshed once the weather warms up.

We stan a multifaceted solution.

Don't Forget To Cleanse.

As important as it is to drink your eight glasses a day, it’s also important to keep up with your cleansing routine—even if you’re not sweating as much.

In fact, board-certified Chicago dermatologist Dr. Caroline Robinson tells Vixen that maintaining moisture during the harsh winter months begins with cleansing. Washing our face removes makeup, dirt, and debris from the day, preventing buildup and breakouts. This also means the expensive serums and moisturizers you’ve probably splurged on are better absorbed by the skin.

But don’t overdo it!

“I find that many patients are over-cleansing, over-exfoliating or using cleansers that are not appropriate for their skin type and this is causing excess dryness,” she added. “Using a more mild cleanser can help tremendously in the battle against dryness.”

Our dermatologist-recommended favorite? CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser Bar.

It may also help to reconsider what you’re washing with when the weather changes. Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, Medical Director of Ingleton Dermatology, adds that as the temperatures go up, your routine should become “less heavy.”

“Switch from more hydrating cleaners and oils to foamy, gel-based cleaners” and to “a lighter weight daily moisturizer,” she advises. And if you’ve been skimping on the SPF don’t—you’ll definitely need it when the sun is back in these streets.

Keeping Up With "Wash Day" Is Important, Too.

Otherwise, you may end up with a condition called seborrheic dermatitis, which often appears on the scalp as a result of product buildup, but can also show up in skin folds such as behind the ears, under the breasts, etc.

“A dry, itchy and flaking scalp is very common in the winter and becomes more common as the frequency of washing the hair decreases,” Cook-Bolden tells Vixen. “When seborrheic dermatitis presents, it’s a common belief that applying scalp lotions, gels or pomades will help to treat the condition and is indeed sometimes helpful in temporarily soothing the itching and irritation.

However, as these products build up on the scalp, they can actually worsen the inflammation and overall worsen seborrheic dermatitis.”

So keep up with your hair care regimen, and if you do find yourself with a case of the seborrheic itchies, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dermatologist for an anti-inflammatory treatment.

Ceramides & Antioxidants Are Your Friends.

If you’re not familiar with ceramides and their superpowers, now’s the time to get familiar. Why? Because they can be extremely healing for desiccated skin.

As Atlanta board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tiffany Clay explains, ceramides are fats in the surface of the skin. When added to skin care products, they not only help your skin retain moisture, but they also give your skin a boost after being exposed to the elements like pollution and icy wind.

In terms of what to use, you’ll want to look for products described as “non-comedogenic,” which means a product is less likely to clog your pores. Additionally, products containing hyaluronic acid (HA) are also a win because of its ability to attract and hold water at the surface of the skin.

“I typically recommend patients keep their antioxidant serum/lotion (vitamin C) and their retinol on board no matter the season,” Clay also notes. “Over- the- counter retinols and prescription retinoids are vitamin A derived medications that most people use in a topical form.”

And they’re a major win-win. Using retinols/retinoids short term will help exfoliate your skin and give you that Kelly Rowland glow. Their long-term use helps to promote collagen production in the skin, minimizing fine lines and decreasing excess melanin production, which will even your complexion, reduce hyperpigmentation, and help reduce photo-damage.

As for vitamin C, look at it as SPF’s best friend.

“Vitamin C is an antioxidant that, when applied topically in combination with daily sun protection, decreases free-radical damage from ultraviolet exposure,” Clay shares.

Those rays don’t stand a chance.

Exfoliate, But Make It Gentle.

It may be tempting to grab the St. Ives but don’t. Instead, Clay suggests, get acquainted with chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandolin acid, or salicylic acid.

These strong but gentle powerhouses typically come labeled as AHAs and BHAs (alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid) and are way less harsh on the skin. Those over-the-counter scrubs you’re used to? They tend to leave scrapes and cuts on the skin, which can lead to inflammation and—you guessed it—hyperpigmentation... and we ain’t ask for all’at.

If you do decide to use a traditional scrub, Ingleton suggests trying Dove’s Exfoliating Body Scrub.

“This will help to slough away dry, dead cells on the surface and also hydrate/moisturize the skin in the process,” she says. “Apply a hydrating body lotion after doing the scrub.”

But again, be gentle!

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Kylie Jenner Doubles Down On Being Crowned A "Self Made" Billionaire

The premise of "self-made" and its interpretation when it comes to privileged celebrities has been a huge debate. When Kylie Jenner was named Forbes' youngest self-made billionaire, debates were raised due to her timeline in the limelight and her wealthy family. The 21-year-old defended her title, explaining how she doesn't fall into any ofter category.

"There’s really no other word to use other than self-made because that is the truth," she said in Q&A with Interview Magazine's German edition. "That is the category that I fall under," she started.

She acknowledged how her fan base equated to her success but refuted claims that she used her family's money to jump-start her wildly successful Kylie Cosmetics line.

"Although, I am a special case because before I started Kylie Cosmetics, I had a huge platform and lots of fans. I did not get money from my parents past the age of 15. I used 100 percent of my own money to start the company, not a dime in my bank account is inherited… and I am very proud of that."

Earlier this month (March 5) the mother-of-one officially surpassed Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest person to reach billionaire status, when Kylie Cosmetics hit a billion dollars in revenue.

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'Boomerang' Episode 7 Recap: Family Matters And Pride

Bryson and Simone are a thing, like for real for real. They can’t keep their hands (or tongues) off of one another. As the two of them get steamy in the jacuzzi, a sexually riled up Simone tells her new beau that she wants to treat his face like a bean bag. They are in it, y’all. There’s just one problem — they may be half-brother and sister (insert vomit emoji here). The excitement of finally landing the girl of his dreams is shut down when he reveals that his mother, Jacqueline, informed him that Marcus Graham may be his papa. (Wait. Does that mean Marcus cheated on Angela back in the day? Regardless, what a way to ruin a mood.)

As they wait for the DNA test results, Simone and Bryson still try to be business as usual, you know, chillin’ like they used to. Speaking of business, Bryson is all that. Ari may be his boy and all, but when it comes to directing Tia’s music video, Bryson wants an Italian dude to shoot it instead. He just doesn’t believe Ari can execute. All great directors have vision and through Bryson’s eyes, Ari has none. Simone can’t help but agree. It’s obvious that Tia and her bae are not at all pleased with the video production of her single. Bro gotsta go. Tia has never been one to hold back and in a fit of frustration, she does what Simone couldn’t verbalize; she fires Ari.

Like the “big bad boss” he is, Bryson harshly tells Ari that not only will he basically fail at being a producer, but people will notice that he doesn’t belong here. Hold up. Are we sure Bryson and Ari are friends? Tough love is understandable but to completely obliterate the dreams of someone you’ve been rocking with? That’s foul. Unlike Ari, Bryson knows that he was brought up with the keys and basically helped himself to whatever role he wanted in the industry, a luxury he can afford to extend. Why not help your friend out now even with a little guidance knowing his career aspirations?

Bryson may be able to but Simone is not willing to give up on Ari just yet. She lets Ari collaborate Bryson’s pick, Shayan, who is also seemingly having a hard time capturing dope shots. A conversation with Simone about perfecting his craft leaves Ari somewhat disappointed but open to the constructive criticism.

While enjoying the Atlanta Black Pride festivities, an old filing recognizes Ari and waves him down. In catching up, the discussion quickly takes a turn to sexual orientation labels with a judgemental tone and Ari is not having it. Sure, while he was with her, he liked women but sometimes he’d rather be with a man. “Bisexual,” “Gay,” call it whatever, he just likes who he likes, refuses to be put in a box, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What is not about to happen is him being judged by a woman with five kids and three baby favas. Yikes.

That frustration instantly births inspiration. Instead of dryly shooting Tia performing with Pride weekend just happening around her, Ari points out how the world needs to see all black people not caring about what anyone has to say about them, especially when the world includes women rocking $12 jewelry. Sashayers, milly-rockers, and twerkers galore, the video shines on the culture, highlighting Kings and Queens of all shades, ages, genders, and sexualities. It’s a good time. Even Bryson can give up his props and that lead director credit to Ari. You see, Bryson? You gotta have a little faith like David always has.

Speaking of our fave pastor, unlike many Baptist churches, it’s amazing to see that David embraces and participates in the Atlanta Black Pride weekend. With the help of Crystal, David is preaching a message of loving who you are and loving others. His sermon last week no doubt spoke to the soul but if you recall, Crystal did notice that a lovely lady attended the service moreso for David and less so for Jesus. That obviously triggered something. Crystal and David may not have been able to work out their marriage but the attraction is absolutely still there. Could it be one-sided though?

You didn’t think we forgot about Bryson and Simone, did you? It should be noted that for his entire life, all Bryson ever wanted was to be like Marcus Graham, but not like this. David is right: be careful what you pray for. No matter the outcome of the paternity test, Simone and Bryson will undoubtedly be in one another’s life (maybe less like Whitley and Dwayne and more like Denise and Theo).

Well, folks, the results are in (insert Maury voice). In the case of Bryson J. Broyer, Marcus, you are NOT the father! But, you may still have some ‘splaining to do. Now that they are officially not related, Simone can finally go ahead and have that seat. We know, sis has been tired all day. Ow!

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