To celebrate the Seahawks during the Super Bowl, whip up these colorful mini cheese balls for one of your game-day snacks. You are a 12th man, aren’t you? 

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There are two HUGE disadvantages of living in Italy :: Italia.

1) There are no noteworthy football teams :: squadre (and by football, I mean American football. In Italy, the word football stands for soccer.)

2) The dang time difference :: fuse orario for watching football games. It will be 12:30a.m. when the Super Bowl starts here. Oh well, going to bed at 4a.m. and waking up at 7a.m. to work is SO worth it if the Seahawks are involved.


I grew up in a small Eastern Washington town where the population was 1,500 people and the town didn’t even have a stop light.  Although there wasn’t a movie theater, a mall or a theme park to pass the time, many of us kids did something else: sports.  We lived for sports.  During the school year we were on organized teams, in the summer we went to sports camps and in the evenings all the neighborhood kids would convene to battle each other in the backyard or on an outdoor basketball court.


Thanks to growing up with two older brothers, I know how to throw a perfectly spiral football farther than many guys *cough* my husband (to be fair, he never had thrown a football before he met me.) I even packed a football in my suitcase when I came to Italy.


My mom is also a huge football fan.  No Sunday game or Monday night football was missed during the season.  It was a ritual in our home to pass hours together as a family eating buttered popcorn and cheering on our beloved team.


There is just something special about being in the football stadium, dressed in your team’s colors and feeling the rumble in the stands as the crowd cheers in unison.  It’s a magical moment.


This magical feeling is even carried over into your home as you and your friends or family crowd around the television set.


So I end this post with a cheers to the Seattle Seahawks for making it to the Super Bowl and I wish you all back home a wonderful game-day filled with the company of your family, friends and hopefully these mini cheese ball snacks!  Of course, don’t forget game-day dessert! Check out these Blueberry and Oreo Mini Cheesecakes! 

12th Man Mini Cheese Balls
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To celebrate the Seahawks during the Super Bowl, whip up these colorful mini cheese balls for one of your game-day snacks. You are a 12th man, aren’t you?
Serves: 12
  • 10oz goat cheese
  • Handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Handful of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • Handful of fresh basil, finely chopped
  1. Put the herbs into three separate bowls.
  2. Roll the goat cheese into small balls.
  3. Roll a ball in one of the herb mixtures. Repeat.
  4. Store in the fridge. Serve with crackers or toasted bread.

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