10 Reasons to Watch the Puppy Bowl Instead of the Super Bowl

Sidestep the NFL drama with cute puppies and a totally baked cannabis brunch

Cannabis cinnamon rolls anyone?

With Super Bowl LIII rapidly approaching, February 3rd is looming and fair weather sports fans the country over are wondering what to do on this famous Sunday. It’s the perfect time to showcase awesome cannabis snacks and treats that will leave you hangover-free on the Monday after. A great party doesn’t need alcohol, but it does need snacks and drinks, all of which can be made using your favorite bud.

So why watch the Super Bowl when you can sidestep that drama and watch the Puppy Bowl instead? Here’s 10 reasons you should change over to the Puppy Bowl this year.

1. Cute puppies (duh)

In case you’ve been living under a rock where the people in your life actually care about sports, the Puppy Bowl is a football game played simultaneously with the Super Bowl of, you guessed it, puppies playing in a tiny puppy-sized football stadium. I’m crying tears of joy just thinking about it. Who doesn’t love a shameless distraction from the frantic chaos that is daily life? I know I do! So hang on the edge of your seat with your friends as Pickles goes long while Buster and Fido wrestle for the ball. No touchdowns, just cuddly soft cuteness.

10 Reasons to watch the Puppy Bowl instead of the Super Bowl

2. Better food!

This may sound crazy but just stick with me for a minute, Super Bowl Brunch. For those of you who didn’t immediately pour your coffee over your keyboard in disgust, congratulations you get to plan a delicious canna-brunch complete with Wake and Bake Cinnamon Rolls and Baked Spinach Dip, see recipes below! (You’re welcome.)

10 Reasons to watch the Puppy Bowl instead of the Super Bowl

3. Less drama than the NFL

Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest against racism in 2017 has left him exiled from the NFL since and several musical artists have refused to perform at the Super Bowl to send a message. Among the artists who reportedly turned down the spot? Rihanna. In solidarity with Kaepernick and opposing the way the NFL handled the controversy, she said no to the show. If RiRi says no, that may be reason enough to say no too.

4. That haunting feeling of consumerism

Sure the ads are great, I’m a sucker for a hilarious commercial vaguely related to Doritos or a heart-wrenching commercial somewhat related to a pick-up truck. But we all know what these ads really are. They’re not a fun interlude between the third and fourth down, they are a specifically crafted, highly thought out selling device. A device designed to weasel its way into your mind and stick there, waiting for you to give in and buy products you probably don’t need. Skip the consumerism and watch 18 puppies clamor over each other to snatch a foam football instead, where the only ads are for dog food and kid’s movies.

10 Reasons to watch the Puppy Bowl instead of the Super Bowl

5. The Patriots are in the Super Bowl (Yet again…)

It feels like years since we’ve seen a team that isn’t the Patriots get to the Super Bowl. Give someone else a chance how ‘bout!

6. Fewer rules to follow

Was that a pass interference or regulation interception? You know, who cares, just pass the baked spinach dip and another canna-cocktail.

7. More time to eat snacks and pack a bowl for your best buds

Puppy time = snack time. Need I say more?

10 Reasons to watch the Puppy Bowl instead of the Super Bowl

8. You chose when and how to watch

No one is going to force you to watch the Puppy Bowl, when somewhere in the world a sports dad is forcing his kid to watch the game. Not today Jeff.

9. Everybody wins

When the only stakes are actual steaks for adorable puppies to munch on, the stress can just melt away. We’re all winners when a baby German Shepard and fuzzy little Huskie fall asleep on each other in the middle of the second half. They really are an inspiration… for a post-game nap.

10. And lastly, does anyone really care anyway?

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and for some of us, our only day off from work and school, why not just go outside for a walk or have brunch on the porch, or eat an edible at home and go to an art museum? There are no rules when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday, whether you’re the only one in your house who doesn’t care to spend the day glued to the TV, or you’re just tired of your favorite team never making it to the Bowl, why not grab a canna-cinnamon roll and do something a little different on February 3rd?  After all, with everyone else inside watching the game, smoking a joint in the park is definitely fair game.


Recipes

10 Reasons to watch the Puppy Bowl instead of the Super Bowl

GF Wake n’ Bake Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe by Dawna Weiss, herbalist, body-talk practitioner and gluten free chef from Inspired Living

Preheat convection oven to 350 F

Using paddle mixer cream together:

2 eggs

1/2 pound cannabutter

1 cup organic cane sugar

1 cup organic brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon vanilla

1cup of cold organic almond or rice milk

Whisk together:

4 cups dry ingredients (2 cups organic brown rice flour, 1 cup tapioca starch, ¾ cup organic almond flour)

1 large box of instant vanilla pudding. Set aside.

Schmear:

1/2 pound softened cannabutter

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¾ cup organic brown sugar

¼ cup organic coconut sugar or sucanat

1/8 teaspoon vanilla

  1. In mixer, or use a fork to cream butter and sugars, add cinnamon. Add splash of vanilla to bring it all together. (Set aside).

2. Now, add dry mix to creamed mixture, mix until it turns into a crumb like texture. Add cold milk and watch the dough come together. Add more milk if needed.

3. Turn dough out on a rice flour dusted cutting board. Using your rolling pin, roll dough to approximately 1/2” thickness. Rectangular shape is best. Spread the Schmear in the middle evenly covering the entire surface. Roll it up as tight as possible. Cut 1” thick rolls and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Give them room.

4. Using the convection setting at 350°degrees F, bake for approx 30 min. All ovens vary, be sure to peek in on your rolls to see if they’re done. Some take longer.

Makes 12-14 rolls

Icing

1lb organic powdered sugar

1tsp Mexican Clear Vanilla

Approx 1/4cup Hot water

Whisk all ingredients together to make icing. Add more hot water if too thick, less water if too thin.

OR

If you happen to have extra canna buDDer… Add another layer of stoned!

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2lb Canna BuDDer

1 pkg Organic cream cheese

1lb Organic powdered sugar

1/2 tsp Mexican Clear Vanilla

Using mixer, cream BuDDer & cream cheese. Gradually add in powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Add in a little cold rice milk if it’s too thick.

Frost warm rolls.



10 Reasons to watch the Puppy Bowl instead of the Super Bowl

Baked Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Recipe by Marie Veksler, writer from Mass Roots blog (https://www.massroots.com/)

This simple spinach and artichoke dip is extra easy to make in a slow cooker, and creates less mess because all ingredients are combined in one pot.

Allow ingredients to heat in slow cooker for about three hours. If you don’t have a slow cooker, this process can be expedited in a saucepan on the stove, on medium-low heat, or in the oven at 350° F for 45 to 60 minutes.

Ingredients

9 ounces of spinach (if frozen, thaw and squeeze to drain)

14 oonce can artichoke hearts-drained and chopped

½ cup cannabis-mayonnaise

1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded

½ cup Alfredo sauce (can be homemade or store bought)

¼ teaspoon pepper

¾ teaspoon garlic salt

Sliced bread, crackers or pita chips, for dipping

Carrot sticks, broccoli or cauliflower crowns, sliced peppers or any other desired vegetables, for dipping

Directions

  1. Add all spinach, artichokes, marijuana mayonnaise, Swiss cheese Alfredo sauce, pepper and garlic salt to the slow cooker.

2. Cover and heat on low for 2-4 hours or until all ingredients are well cooked and combined.

3. Serve with your choice of accompaniments for dipping.

ENJOY!

Servings: 6



Pink Lemonade Canna-cocktail

Recipe by Madison Lisle

Ingredients:

1 packet dissolvable cannabis of your choice (See your local shop for choices!)

1 part sparkling water

1 part Raspberry lemonade

Splash of agave syrup

Frozen berries for garnish

Lime for garnish

Directions:

Over ice, combine sparkling water and lemonade. Pour in dissolvable cannabis powder. Stir to combine. Add agave syrup to your liking (a little goes a long way). Top with frozen berries and a slice of lime. Serve in your best goblet.


Warning: Remember that it can take up to two hours to feel the full effects from consuming marijuana edibles. Always start with less. You can always add more but you can’t go back. Happy eating!

 

 

 

 

 

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