Love, Fun and Football

Jul 29, 2015

Skyline Chili Dip Recipe

My name is Erin and I'm in love with just about everything about my city. Cincinnati, in case you're new here. We obviously have the best football team in the world but there are just so many wonderful things that are exclusive to my hometown and I've got one to share with you today. Skyline Chili. The first location opened in 1949 after a young man from Greece finally realized his dream of opening a restaurant in America. The best news I have for you is that even though their restaurants are mostly in Ohio, they do sell their products in 13 different states. Check here to see if you are one of the lucky ones :) 

If you're in luck- go grab these THREE ingredients and make this delicious appetizer for your next get-together. If you can't get the Skyline brand products, I still recommend you get your favorite brands of chili and cheese and participate anyway. And then come visit me in Cincinnati sometime so you can get the real deal.

Enough of that- onto to the recipe! Save this one for football season- it's a crowd pleaser for sure.
skyline chili dip recipe

1 15oz can Skyline Chili
12 oz (1 bag) Skyline Chili cheese
12 oz cream cheese, softened
*Optional, 1/4 cup diced onion
skyline chili recipe

-Spread softened cream cheese evenly on bottom of dish (I always use my 9.5" pie dish, but a small square baking dish works too!)
-Heat chili according to package directions. (Just a couple of minutes in the microwave) 
-Pour heated Skyline Chili over cream cheese. This step is messy- you've been warned.
-If you want onions, sprinkle them on now or skip this step like we do!
- Cover with Skyline shredded mild cheddar cheese.

- Carefully put that full dish in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.

- Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with nacho or corn chips and preferably wearing some type of gear representing your favorite football team. ENJOY and pin this recipe for the rest of your friends :)
Food photography is not my forte

Jul 27, 2015

Crossing Stuff Off

While most of my weekend was pretty great, I somehow came down with a stomach bug over the last 24-48 hours which has been not-so-great. Luckily I think I'm almost all the way past it- but I'll be nibbling saltines for the remainder of today just to be sure. Being sick is not fun, even if it's only for a day or two. Blah!

Before I felt terrible, Jared and I had a lot of fun together. I had to work super late Friday night so I came home and crashed so I'd be ready for the fun day Jared had planned for us. We've been wanting to do some 'sprucing' to our house but we've had a hard time choosing what to start on. There are a zillion projects we'd like to tackle, but since this isn't our forever home, it's tough to decide what to spend money on sometimes. Our office has been a bit of a hodgepodge for the past few years and it was time for a change so Jared took us out to Ikea to start the day.

I posted the little update on Instagram, but we got a new desk, storage system and an awesome lamp at Ikea. Our house has zero overhead lighting in the bedrooms (so frustrating!) and our previous desk lamps left the room feeling so dark and dreary. Not exactly the creative environment you want for a home office. Now the room feels much bigger and brighter and I'm kinda' in love. Get ready for some serious creativity, office! ;)

After I wrecked the cart pictured above we were done at Ikea, Jared took us to cross something off our little passport. Yeah, remember when I made that for Jared for our 3rd anniversary? We are still working on getting to all these local places and haven't done a great job on it so I was glad Jared picked something off there to do. Enter- The Root Beer Stand!!

The Root Beer stand is just a tiny little place with maybe 15 seats inside  and a bunch of picnic tables out back. It's cash only, the menu is simple, very inexpensive and the service is great! It's been around since 1957 and is on Top 50 Bucket List items for Cincinnati. I had a hotdog, chips and their special orange drink; Jared got a chili dog, chips and their famous root beer float- which I stole a few sips of as well.

It was fun to try a new little spot and add a "stamp" to our Cincinnati passport. We need to get out more, really! I feel like someone is always saying, "You've never been there?!" in regards to a restaurant or attraction in our area. Guilty of being routine, right here! There are so many hidden gems around town like this one and I'm vowing to cross more of them off our little to-do list.

I hope everyone had a great weekend- can you believe it's the end of July?! PS- Jared and I may have been a part of a music video this weekend--- coming soon! ;)

Jul 23, 2015

It's Not Friday

Let's talk about how I woke up today thinking that it was Friday. On second thought, let's not talk about that because it's far too depressing. Although I do have some weekend work hours coming up, Jared has a fun day-date planned for us Saturday and I'm anxious to find out what it is! Anytime I say day-date it reminds me of the movie Just Friends and how Ryan Reynolds gets put into the dreaded friend zone. Please tell me you all have seen it? It's a favorite of ours and I've probably watched it 100 times, no lie. Okay, that was off topic.

I had fun swapping blogs with Candace yesterday and I know there might be a few new faces around so HI! :) I really just wanted to pop in on this non-Friday (ugh) and mention a few things I'm loving lately.

- Burt's Bee's tinted lip balm. As a non lipstick-wearing girl, this is a great alternative. Just a little bit of color and keeps your lips soft! I got it in Hibiscus and I'm loving how it looks. I feel more put-together without feeling like I'm too done up for the office. Highly recommend- Anyone else use this?

- Losing weight! I mentioned it on Instagram but I tried out DietBet for the first time and lost 7 pounds the past 4 weeks. It feels good and I will definitely be doing another DietBet challenge soon. I know a few of you commented that you would be interested in doing one so I'll be sure to blog details when I find the next one I'm signing up for!

- Freestyling in the kitchen. I really like cooking but I'm always hesitant to change things up from recipes in fear that I'll ruin it. This week I made an Italian chicken, spinach and tomatoes dinner without a single note and it turned out delicious. Move over Rachael Ray! ;)

- Crunchy Peanut Butter, on a rice cake, topped with blueberries. It's been my go-to breakfast lately and it's like a weird, healthy version of a PB&J sandwich, I swear. Yum! This is the brand we buy, in case anyone's curious because yes, it is the best version.

- My man, always! I am so thankful I get to do life with Jared by my side. He and I are both wrestling with some big decisions in various aspects of life right now and it's tough to know what to do. There have been many late nights, long discussions and hypothetical plans but we're still just "stuck" not knowing what our next move is. Having Jared by my side makes the tough stuff easier and I know everything will work out for us in time. I know, I know... I'm being vague, but I have to be- sorry. Everything is fine though :)

What are you all loving lately? :)

Jul 22, 2015

My friend Candace

Something I have really enjoyed about not doing sponsors on my blog anymore is that I can now 100% authentically promote someone's blog I love without someone thinking I'm just doing it because I "have" to. Candace and I have been following each other's blogs for awhile and she's just the sweetest girl out there. The photos on her blog make me swoon daily and she happens to design gorgeous blogs as well! We thought it could be fun to swap blogs for the day and hopefully get to know some new faces. So while I'm over being silly on her blog, she's here today so please make her feel welcome. PS- Her birthday is right around the corner!! 

Hey guys!! I'm Candace from Lovely Little Rants. Erin is just the nicest thing to let me take over her blog today! (Thanks, E!) 

Let me sum myself up for you with this little list:

1. I've been married to Jason for almost an entire year (August 7th)! We met our graduation night of High school and we were best friends for a few years. We dated for 5 months and were married 3 months later! Best decision ever. Oh and ps we grew up 5 minutes away from each other and had never met. Whattt!!

2. I'll be 24 on Friday. Which also makes it my golden birthday! Please tell me you get 3 wishes or something on your golden birthday.

3. I make pallet wood signs for some wonderful customers which results in stain covering a portion of my body at all times. So guess what? Just because you guys like Erin as much as I do, use the code football for 15% off any sign! Yay discounts!

Feel free to see them all in my shop or on instagram. :)

4. Obviously I love clothes. And obviously my closet is always hungry. You'll find lots of cute clothes and ways to get them for a steal over on my blog among other things like hair tutorials and even how to make your own hair extensions!

5. I'm sort of obsessed with design. It's just my thing! I redesign my blog pretty regularly because I can never settle on just one design for long. I can't tell if it's a blessing or a curse ;) 

Obviously I love blogging and it's just the most fun little hobby of mine! I love making blog friends even more so hop on over to my little space in this big internet and introduce yourself. Let's be best friends, k? I can't wait to meet you!!