A family of BuckeyesI married into a football family. An Ohio State University football family from Ohio, to be exact. I had never really experienced football fever until the first time I watched a Buckeye football game with them. This was serious stuff!
|My children were taught the Ohio State Fight Song at an early age, and have always owned some form of OSU attire.|
Almost a quarter century after that first game, I still haven't developed much desire to watch men tackle and potentially hurt each other. I just have no understanding of it. However, I am interested in the outcome of the games ... especially the important ones. I know the occupants of my house are much happier when the Buckeyes win.
No distractions allowedLast night, there was just a small group in front of our television, watching the first ever College Football National Championship game. Only extremely serious football fans who could be completely focused on the game were invited. A party atmosphere would have been distracting. Some food was laid out, but unobtrusively.
I joined the group for a while, but I could tell my comments were not really appreciated, as is usually the case. Apparently it is irritating if I ask the score, because it is actually displayed in a corner of the screen. And no one ever wants to explain the rules. So, after a bit I went back upstairs.
Which was okay, because I still needed to frost the Buckeye cupcakes I had made for halftime.
What is a Buckeye, anyway?For those who don't know, a Buckeye is a tree nut (inedible) from the Buckeye tree. Buckeye candies closely resemble these nuts in shape, color, and size, and are an Ohio favorite.
|These are real Buckeyes from a tree that was on our property when we lived in Ohio.|
They are supposed to be good luck, so I have saved them all these years!
Because last night’s game was a monumental occasion, I decided yesterday afternoon to make some Buckeye candies. While in the midst of making the candies, I decided I would try to also create some Buckeye cupcakes. These turned out even better than I had hoped!
Anyone who likes chocolate and peanut butter is sure to enjoy both of these recipes, even if you are not a Buckeye football fan!!
Susan's Buckeye Candy Recipe
(makes 4 or 5 dozen)
|A plate full of Buckeyes!|
3 c. icing sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
1/4 bar paraffin
- With a mixer, combine icing sugar, butter, peanut butter, and vanilla - on low until combined, so sugar doesn't splatter.
- Shape dough into round balls, using about 1 tsp. of dough.
- Melt the chocolate and paraffin together, in the top of a double boiler until melted, stirring until smooth.
- Using a toothpick, dip the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate until almost covered. The remaining spot should resemble the light brown part of a buckeye nut. Allow to dry briefly, then gently place on waxed paper and remove the toothpick.
- Once chocolate coating on candies has hardened, lightly smooth the hole from toothpick in the peanut butter center.
|Real and candy Buckeyes|
The Ohio State Buckeyes made history last night, as the first ever College football National Champions. They won the game, 42 - 20. The men in my house are happy, so I am happy too.
|My son and husband after the game - each with one of my Buckeye cupcakes!|
Did you notice that not all the Buckeyes on the plate in the “plate full of Buckeyes”photo above are candy?
Do you know which two are real?