Wednesday, November 10, 2010


My favorite weekend of the (school) year (obviously Christmas is first!) has come and gone. Homecoming is always the best weekend at Williams for many reasons:

-You can eat as many hot dogs as you want
-You're allowed to partake in...traditional beverages...before 9am.
-You literally see every single person you know (including alums!) and it's wonderful.

The list goes on and on.

Friday night before Homecoming I hunkered down in the kitchen to cook enough food to feed an army...or L.'s a cappella group. They're basically the same thing. On the menu were:

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip (Appropriately named "Crack Dip")

Spicy Queso Dip (the picture came out looking really me on this. It also involves a shot of Velveeta in a pan full of butter. Not sure you guys need that.)

Puppy Chow

If you haven't had puppy chow...we can't be friends. But really. It's only the best and easiest to make treat you will ever find. EVER. All it takes? Chex mix, chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. That's IT.

If you guys are interested in how I made these scrumptious treats, I'll post some recipes and instructions next week. They all came out DELICIOUS, if I do say so myself, based on the glowing reviews I got from throngs of hungry boys the next day.

Homecoming morning is like Christmas morning. The feeling of absolute excitement is in the air, you're actually excited to spring out of bed at 8am, and it's totally appropriate to eat and drink everything you want, as early as you want. I got up super early and played Homecoming Santa, aka drove to Dunkin' Donuts and bought food, coffee and hot chocolate for my suitemates (who were also a group of hungry boys...I guess I like to mother.)

We had some delicious homecoming morning beverages, including Bailey's and Hot Chocolate, Amaretto Coffee, and Vodka Cider.

After we were full, warm, and happy, we headed down to the tailgate. The tailgate is quite possibly the best part of Homecoming (as if you could only pick just one).

We ended up pummeling Wesleyan, with a final score of 45-7.

As fun as the day was, instead of being as in the moment as I thought I would be, it only served to further drive home the fact that in seven mere months, I'll be leaving Williamstown and moving across the country. There will be many, many more Homecomings in my future, but I don't know that they'll be as special as the ones I've had actually going here. And, though you'd think my senior year Homecoming would take the cake for best one ever, nothing could beat freshman year, when ESPN College Gameday came to cover the Williams-Amherst game, "one of the biggest least-known rivalries in college football."

We got to shoot a commercial for Gillette and everything! Oh, the glory days.

Do you still go to your college's Homecomings? Are they not as big a deal as they are here at Williams? (Unless you went to, you know, Ohio or Michigan. In which case, you're laughing at my definition of "a big deal.)


  1. You pretty much made every single one of my favorite appetizers!! Delicious!

    I went to UNC though, and graduated in 2008. Homecoming never was really a big deal for us - you know basketball is really our thing. But I went back this past year and had a lot of fun! It's pretty much the only time I get to see mt girlfriends from undergrad, so I really love to go back.

    Enjoy this last year though - it's so much harder to go back now that none of us live in Chapel Hill, and so we dint have a "home base" like we used to, to go crash or get warm, or make mire snacks. I didn't realize how much I'd miss that! Enjoy your last year! It looks like you're having ancawesome time!

  2. Ps please ignore all of my terrible typos - that's what I get for playing on my iPhone when I should be paying attention in trial team practice. You're going to think they didn't do a good job learnin' me my schoolin' at that there UNC place.

  3. Pleeeeeeeeeeeease show your recipe for puppy chow!

  4. I love your college-it makes me want to go back and relive school, but at William instead. :-) We didn't have a football team at my college so we didn't have homecoming. It looks like I really missed out on some fun times too!!

    Puppy Chow is called Muddy Buddies where I'm from and it's insanely delicious. The trouble is you get it all over your hands, but who cares?

    I can't wait to read your recipes, especially for the spinach dip and the crack dip. I have a feeling both are going to expand my waistline.

    PS Hot cocoa and baileys=heaven!