Super Bowl Sunday

Are you watching the game or the commercials? The Super Bowl commercials are at the forefront of the minds of football and, especially, non-football fans alike.

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Super Bowl Sunday is finally here and that means we’re just hours away from crowning another champion as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the game itself isn’t the only thing that fans are concerned with when it comes to one of the biggest days on the sports calendar.

Each year, the Super Bowl is the most-watched television program in the United States. According to Variety, a 30-second Super Bowl ad will cost between $6 and $7 million during Super Bowl LVII. In 2022, a 30-second Super Bowl ad ran companies an estimated $6.5 million.

 Patrick Mahomes, fresh off his second NFL MVP award win, will be looking to snap a nine-game losing streak by league MVPs who play in the big game, while the Eagles are looking to become the second team in NFL history to win two Super Bowls in a six-year span with a different quarterback and head coach. 

How to watch 

Date: Sunday, Feb. 12 | Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: State Farm Stadium — Glendale, Arizona
TV: 
Fox | Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Odds: Eagles -1.5, O/U 51

So, which team do you like?

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/super-bowl-five-bold-predictions-for-chiefs-vs-eagles-game-including-an-unlikely-first-td-scorer/

65 Super Bowl Snacks for the Ultimate Football Party

These game day snacks are guaranteed to be fan favorites.

Some people get really into the Super Bowl, especially if their team is playing. Some people are just there to watch the ads, while others are most excited about the snacks they’ll get to eat during the Super Bowl party. If you fall into that last group, you’ve probably done some thinking about what Super Bowl snacks you’ll be preparing this year. These are some of the best Super Bowl recipes that will make game day a win this year, regardless of which team actually takes home the trophy.

There’s something in here for everyone, whether you’re serving a crowd of meat lovers, vegetarians, picky eaters, chocoholics, kids, or even all of the above. Win or lose, these Super Bowl snacks are sure to please any crowd when it’s time to gather around for the game.

super bowl snacks ham and brie quesadilla

Ham and Brie Quesadilla

Quesadillas are a Super Bowl staple, but this version takes them to the next level with ham, brie, and Dijon mustard.

Get the Ham and Brie Quesadilla recipe.

super bowl snacks deviled eggs

Spicy Deviled Eggs

Add a special twist to deviled eggs on game day with hot sauce and leftover ham. There won’t be any of these left by halftime.

Get the Spicy Deviled Eggs recipe.

super bowl snacks pulled pork sliders romaine slaw

Pulled Pork Sliders with Romaine Slaw

These pulled pork sliders get a sweet-and-sour upgrade thanks to the orange marmalade and cider vinegar in this recipe. Most of it comes together in a slow cooker, leaving your oven and stovetop free for other game day goodies.

Get the Pulled Pork Sliders with Romaine Slaw recipe.

super bowl snacks warm pimiento cheese dip

Warm Pimiento Cheese Dip

Pair your favorite crunchy snack with this cheesy, peppery dip for a snack your guests won’t be able to stay away from.

Get the Warm Pimiento Cheese Dip recipe.

super bowl snacks eggplant parmesan meatballs

Eggplant Parmesan Meatballs

This vegetarian take on the classic party snack will make even the biggest meat-lovers want seconds.

Get the Eggplant Parmesan Meatballs recipe.

super bowl snacks chocolate chip cookie

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

For a sweeter Super Bowl snack, you can’t go wrong with this classic recipe for crisp, chewy chocolate chip cookies.

Get the Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.

Article by Christy Pina, Katina Beniaris and Jamie Ballard for Woman’s Day

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Source: 65 Super Bowl Snack Recipes – Football Party Food Ideas 2022 (womansday.com)

SUPER BOWL KEYS TO VICTORY: WHAT CHIEFS, EAGLES MUST DO TO WIN

The title game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII features a collection of stars that should produce fireworks at a high quantity.  The game is on Sunday, February 12.

The Chiefs will win if: 

Patrick Mahomes plays like the MVP

The Eagles win the tale of the tape in nearly every category, but the former MVP can tip the scales in the Chiefs’ favor with a spectacular performance in Super Bowl LVII. Mahomes is one of the few quarterbacks with the talent to single-handedly win a game as a magician from the pocket.

Against the Eagles, Mahomes will need to utilize his athleticism to buy time against a ferocious pass rush that features four defenders with at least 10 sacks. Despite nursing a high-ankle sprain, the all-star passer must take advantage of the cracks and creases created by an aggressive pass rush intent on perpetuating a prolific sack rate.

If Mahomes makes a few impromptu plays to enhance an offense that puts up points in bunches, the Chiefs should be able to hang around for four quarters in a matchup that appears lopsided on paper. 

The Eagles will win if:

The running game sets the tone

Despite the presence of a pair of 1,000-yard receivers on the perimeter, the Eagles are at their best relying on a gritty running game that features a dynamic 1-2 punch in the backfield, tormenting undisciplined defenders with various RPOs, misdirection and deception plays. 

Jalen Hurts and Miles Sanders combined for 2,000-plus rushing yards (2,049) and 16 touchdowns as the primary ball carriers in the Eagles’ power-based offense. With the best offensive line in football specializing in knocking defenders off of the ball, the Eagles can force the Chiefs to play more “plus-one” fronts with one-on-one coverage on the outside by successfully running the ball early in the contest. 

If the Eagles can pick up four yards or more on early down runs while controlling the clock with a deliberate tempo, they can successfully utilize a “keep away” strategy that limits Mahomes’ touches while wearing down a Chiefs defensive front that lacks the depth to handle the body blows of a 12-round fight. 

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/stories/nfl/super-bowl-keys-to-victory-what-chiefs-eagles-must-do-to-win

After Telling Millions of Taxpayers to Hold Off Filing, IRS Says Go Ahead

New guidance clears up confusion over taxability of certain state rebates and refunds.

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The new IRS guidance means tax season can proceed, and many Americans won’t face surprise taxes on these payments.

A week after telling millions of Americans to hold off filing their tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service provided guidance on the taxability of certain state payments Friday to clear up the confusion.

Here is the whole story direct from the IRS:

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service provided details today clarifying the federal tax status involving special payments made by 21 states in 2022.

The IRS has determined that in the interest of sound tax administration and other factors, taxpayers in many states will not need to report these payments on their 2022 tax returns.

During a review, the IRS determined it will not challenge the taxability of payments related to general welfare and disaster relief. This means that people in the following states do not need to report these state payments on their 2022 tax return: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Alaska is in this group as well, but please see below for more nuanced information.

In addition, many people in Georgia, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Virginia also will not include state payments in income for federal tax purposes if they meet certain requirements. For these individuals, state payments will not be included for federal tax purposes if the payment is a refund of state taxes paid and either the recipient claimed the standard deduction or itemized their deductions but did not receive a tax benefit.

The IRS appreciates the patience of taxpayers, tax professionals, software companies and state tax administrators as the IRS and Treasury worked to resolve this unique and complex situation.

The IRS is aware of questions involving special tax refunds or payments made by certain states related to the pandemic and its associated consequences in 2022. A variety of state programs distributed these payments in 2022 and the rules surrounding their treatment for federal income tax purposes are complex. While in general payments made by states are includable in income for federal tax purposes, there are exceptions that would apply to many of the payments made by states in 2022.

To assist taxpayers who have received these payments file their returns in a timely fashion, the IRS is providing the additional information below.

Refund of state taxes paid

If the payment is a refund of state taxes paid and either the recipient claimed the standard deduction or itemized their deductions but did not receive a tax benefit (for example, because the $10,000 tax deduction limit applied) the payment is not included in income for federal tax purposes.

Payments from the following states in 2022 fall in this category and will be excluded from income for federal tax purposes unless the recipient received a tax benefit in the year the taxes were deducted.

  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia

General welfare and disaster relief payments

If a payment is made for the promotion of the general welfare or as a disaster relief payment, for example related to the outgoing pandemic, it may be excludable from income for federal tax purposes under the General Welfare Doctrine or as a Qualified Disaster Relief Payment. Determining whether payments qualify for these exceptions is a complex fact intensive inquiry that depends on a number of considerations.

The IRS has reviewed the types of payments made by various states in 2022 that may fall in these categories and given the complicated fact-specific nature of determining the treatment of these payments for federal tax purposes balanced against the need to provide certainty and clarity for individuals who are now attempting to file their federal income tax returns, the IRS has determined that in the best interest of sound tax administration and given the fact that the pandemic emergency declaration is ending in May, 2023 making this an issue only for the 2022 tax year, if a taxpayer does not include the amount of one of these payments in its 2022 income for federal income tax purposes, the IRS will not challenge the treatment of the 2022 payment as excludable for income on an original or amended return.

Payments from the following states fall in this category and the IRS will not challenge the treatment of these payments as excludable for federal income tax purposes in 2022.

  • Alaska [1]
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois [2]
  • Indiana
  • Maine
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York2
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island

For a list of the specific payments to which this applies, please see this chart.

Other payments

Other payments that may have been made by states are generally includable in income for federal income tax purposes. This includes the annual payment of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend and any payments from states provided as compensation to workers.


[1] Only for the supplemental Energy Relief Payment received in addition to the annual Permanent Fund Dividend.

[2] Illinois and New York issued multiple payments and in each case one of the payments was a refund of taxes, which should be treated as noted above, and one of the payments is in the category of disaster relief payment.

Source: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-issues-guidance-on-state-tax-payments-to-help-taxpayers

There you have it. So, file away and I hope your refund is HUGE!

IRS warns taxpayers to hold off filing returns in 20 states

Well, so much for early promises by the IRS that taxpayers could expect to “experience improvements” as they file their 2022 returns this year.

Taxpayers in more than 20 states were warned last week by the Internal Revenue Service to hold off filing their tax returns for now until the IRS irons out how the taxpayers in those specific states should report, if at all, money received from their states through special tax refunds or payments in 2022.

We’re looking at one mind-boggling blunder that puts tens of millions of taxpayers on the hook in states that include California, Massachusetts and Virginia.

Tax software companies and tax professionals are waiting to see what move the IRS takes next, too.

Some tax software companies have concluded that some state tax payments are not taxable and have programmed their software so the payments are not reported.

Tax professionals told me that there likely isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer here that can apply to every state. But general guidelines and tax rules will be taken into account to address how states paid out the money.

Taxpayers are stuck in a filing season ditch. If they’re depending on getting a decent size federal income tax refund early in the season, forget it. They need to delay filing a return as the IRS works out what experts say could be fairly complex guidance. The IRS is expected to issue some word in the coming days.

The National Taxpayer Advocate issued a highly critical blog Thursday that questioned why the IRS waited so long to address whether special tax refunds or payments will be treated as taxable income on a federal income tax return. The same blog also stated that the IRS failed to provide timely guidance involving a change in reporting of payments of more than $600 on platforms, like Venmo and PayPal.

If these taxpayers file early anyway, they risk doing their taxes wrong.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/taxes/irs-warns-taxpayers-to-hold-off-filing-returns-in-20-states-as-it-checks-if-it-can-tax-special-refunds/ar-AA17kVt6?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=cc46b85755ba4dc0e4f9ed56f1cb9fd5

Here are the states affected by this news:

At least 22 states authorized tax rebates last year as their coffers were buoyed by strong economic growth and federal pandemic aid, according to the Tax Foundation. The following states sent rebate checks to at least some of their taxpayers last year, the Tax Foundation said:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia

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Yellowstone’s Unexpected Ending Is Actually Too Late

Yellowstone started as a family-focused drama about the Duttons trying to find a way to make it in the ranching business. In its five-season run, it has veered wildly off-course — making the ups and downs of securing a family legacy the problem of literally an entire nation. With the recent news that prolific co-creator Taylor Sheridan and Paramount Network are considering closing the book on Yellowstone due to issues with Kevin Costner’s schedule, it’s hard to avoid thinking that perhaps this Western outlived its welcome.

Following the Season 5 midseason finale, Yellowstone fans have been eagerly anticipating the final six episodes slated to air in Summer 2023. Costner’s character John Dutton will have to contend with the impeachment his son Jamie called for so that he can keep the political power necessary to protect his ranch. Though there are still questions that want answers, the political plot of Season 5 has stretched the narrative limits of Yellowstone beyond repair.

Given the inflated stakes of Season 5, the impending end of Yellowstone feels like it offers the series an escape hatch. As the Duttons continue on their mission, most have become less and less sympathetic. John’s more of a villain than ever, his loyal right-hand man Rip Wheeler has little in the way of a character arc and even the once-strong Monica Long Dutton has been reduced to a grieving mother. Beth Dutton, always the wild card of the family, lashes out in increasingly unpredictable ways. Audiences were once invested in ensuring a continued Dutton legacy on the Yellowstone ranch, but now the best thing the family could do in Season 5 is to cut their losses.

Of course, the end of Yellowstone doesn’t mean the end of the Duttons. The prequel series 1923 has been renewed for a second season, and additional properties on the horizon will expand the Yellowstone universe to other states and decades. The difficulties with scheduling Costner gives the series a chance to raze the field and start afresh with new actors, different characters and a renewed sense of what fans want.

The second half of Yellowstone Season 5 arrives in Summer 2023 on Paramount Network.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/yellowstone-s-unexpected-ending-is-actually-too-late/ar-AA17ilLr?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=0937731687534eb2a21b4b843c3d9697

This is The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe for Valentine’s Day

Red Wine Pear Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your sweetie, your gal pals, or your fam, there’s no question that a fancy dessert helps set the tone for a cozy and love-filled night in. We personally love a good pasta dinner followed by a succulent dessert, but the menu options for Love Day run the gamut from seafood to international cuisine. One thing that’s not optional is chocolate — known to promote feelings similar to being in love or spending time with those closest to you, chocolate is one of the best flavors for Valentine’s Day desserts. Combined with red wine and seasonal pear, it makes for a simply decadent treat — hence, this Red Wine Pear Cake. Trust us: This is going to be the best chocolate cake recipe you’ve ever tried.

Ingredients:

Pears

  • 3-4 firm Bosc pears
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3-4 whole cloves or 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Cake

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink salt
  • 1/2 cup 85% dark chocolate chips or bar broken into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup gluten-free or regular all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Ganache

  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk or heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons reserved spiced wine (see recipe notes)

Directions:

  1. Peel the skin off the pears and remove the stems, seeds, and core. Slice in half. Add water, red wine, cinnamon, and cloves into a saucepan and place the pears in the liquid. Bring the wine mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 20 minutes, until the pears are tender. Remove the pears from red wine and let cool. Continue simmering until sauce is reduced, and reserve 2 tablespoons for the chocolate ganache.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Grease two 9-inch springform cake pans with butter or oil and set aside.
  4. Whisk two eggs in a separate bowl and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, add the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar and whisk thoroughly. Let sit for at least 5 minutes.
  6. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Whisk in the coconut sugar then remove from heat and add in the red wine and salt until well mixed. Quickly add in the dark chocolate pieces and stir constantly until the chocolate is melted. Pour the vanilla extract in and whisk again.
  7. Add about one third of the chocolate mixture to the whisked eggs. Mix thoroughly and then pour back into a mixing bowl with the rest of the chocolate mixture.
  8. Add in coconut milk mixture, cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and mix until well combined.
  9. Pour the cake batter into two greased cake pans.
  10. Slice wine-poached pear halves in quarters and place in your desired design on top of the cake batter in the cake pans.
  11. Bake the cakes for 20-30 minutes.
  12. While cakes are baking, add the dark chocolate and coconut milk or heavy cream to a small saucepan. Heat on low until the chocolate is melted, whisking so that it is well mixed. Add in the reserved wine sauce and whisk again. Remove from heat and set aside.
  13. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool completely before removing them from the springform pans. Place one cake on a cake platter or stand, and drizzle some chocolate ganache on top. Then place the second cake on top of the first and pour the remaining chocolate ganache over the top

Article by Maggie McCracken. Reposted for your cake addition!

Source: Best Chocolate Cake Recipe For Valentine’s Day — Brit + Co – Brit + Co

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