Wednesday, June 30, 2010

OCMD Checklist

Tomorrow I leave for Ocean City, Maryland with some friends for the long holiday weekend. I've been looking forward to this trip for about a month now. I will be sans dog and BF, not that I don't love having them around...jk. Tim and Dakota are traveling to PA for a 4th of July party that we attend every year (and that I've been catching crap for skipping out on this year). Anyway, each person is in charge of or contributes to one night of meals. I have been asked to make my famous enchiladas and mexican dip. For those of you who don't know about my mexican dip, I apologize. It is a staple appetizer that I have been making for years. I'm usually not allowed to make anything new because people love this dish so much. So if I want to try something new, I also have to make the mexican dip. Here is the recipe if you haven't seen me post about it before.

Shredded Lettuce
1 Tomato
1-2 Peppers
Scallions (I buy 1 bunch of them)
1 Package of Shredded Mexican Cheese
16 oz. of Sour Cream
16 oz. of Old El Paso Taco Sauce (2 bottles, your choice of spice)
16 oz. of Cream Cheese (2 packages)

Combine sour cream, cream cheese and taco sauce with hand mixer until mostly smooth (it's ok if there are a couple of lumps still). Pour mixture into baking dish or brownie pan (13x9 is the best size). Spread lettuce over top evenly, followed by tomatoes, then peppers, then scallions. Cover dish with entire bag of shredded cheese evenly. Refrigerate until use.

*You can make this dish using less of the cream cheese and taco sauce. I have always doubled the recipe because I usually make for a lot of people. The original recipe has 8 oz. of cream cheese and 8 oz. of taco sauce. Also, the original recipe calls for black olives that I don't add because unless they're drained properly they water down the dip. That and the fact that Tim hates olives.

Over the years I have perfected my mother's enchilada recipe. It started out as a very simple recipe that Tim and I have perfected since we moved in together. The first time I made them for anyone other than Tim was in Hilton Head a couple years ago, since then my friends have been hooked. I don't have a recent picture so I'm using a generic picture from a website, but here is my perfected recipe.
1 lb. ground meat
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can yellow corn
1 can tomatoes and chilies
crushed red pepper
chili powder
salt & pepper
soft flour tortillas
1 package mexican or spanish rice (optional)
1 small jar of Tostito's salsa
1 cup of shredded taco cheese

Brown meat (works for turkey, beef, venison or chicken) and drain. Stir in enchilada sauce, corn and tomatoes and chilies. Simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes and add in spices to taste. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and add a few spoonfuls of meat mixture and rice to a flour tortilla. Roll tortilla so mixture will not fall out and place in baking dish. Top with half a jar of salsa and shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

I have also been asked to be in charge of music for the trip. So I'm bringing this...

and this...filled with songs like this...

Black Eyed Peas - Rock That Body
Billy Joel - Allentown
Adina Howard - Freak Like Me
Britney Spears - I'm A Slave 4 U
Dave Matthews Band - Two Step
Bloc Party - Banquet
Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull - I Like It
Kanye West - Workout Plan
Lady Gaga - Alejandro
Lost Boys - Renee
MIA - Paper Planes
Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
OAR - Love and Memories
Will Smith - Summertime
Korn - Got the Life
...Just to name a few (I can't give the whole playlist away)

Must haves for a 4th of July weekend at the beach...

Seriously, that's all I'm gonna need. For 4 days straight I'll be at 1 of 2 places:
in the bay at Seacrets. Can you tell how excited I am?

♥ Erin

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Weekend Recap

This weekend we got to see our friends that we met on our Dominican trip in May! Kim and JP drove to Philly from Toronto and we took them to the Phils vs. Blue Jays game on Saturday. Even though the Phils lost 5-1 and it was quite literally the most boring game I've ever been to at Citizen's Bank Park, we still had a great time. "The Canadians" got their first taste of what it's like to tailgate and visit a traditional outdoor baseball stadium. It was a very hot day on Saturday, but we made it through. Since we were in south Philly, we took them to Chickie's & Pete's for some crabfries and we capped the night off by taking a dip in my parents pool. We had a such a great weekend with them and we're already planning the next visit whether it be in PA, DC or Canada. We've even been tossing around taking our next vacation with them next year. We're so grateful to have met them and be able to keep in touch with them as much as we do. Here are a few of the pics from the weekend. Hope you enjoy!

The view from our seats

Guido & I

Tim & I

Kim & JP

Tim & I out in center field

Kim & I

Crabfries from Chickie's & Pete's

My baby boy after a long weekend playing with the other pups

♥ Erin

Today is a Very Special Day

7 years ago today, Tim and I decided to be an "official" couple after dating for 5 months (so yes technically we've been a couple for 7 1/2). We have kind of a long complicated story for those of you who don't know us very well and are wondering why it took us so long to become official. That information is quite confidential (not really), but it's a long story and I don't want to bore you guys. I would just like to acknowledge this day because every year it still shocks me. It doesn't feel like it's been 7 years (Tim jokes and says it feels longer) and I love him even more now than I thought I could ever love someone. Without him I don't know where I would be and I'm very thankful everyday that I have him in my life.

Another great part about this day is that it's Dakota's 6th birthday! 6 years ago when I put a deposit down on a male yellow lab months before he was born, I started counting down the days until we got him. Tim and I had only been together a year and we were living in Manayunk in Philly and I was about to start my first year at Temple. When the breeder called me to tell me the litter had been born at 10 am June 29th, Tim and I knew we were meant to have this dog. Dakota is like our child and I can't believe he's 6! He has a wonderful temperament and personality, and most importantly he was a fantastic puppy as far as labs go. I had heard horror stories of labs eating through doors and walls, Dakota however, he likes trash cans (not bad for a lab). Hopefully sometime soon Tim and I will be able to get him a sister and complete our little family. So happy birthday to my "little man"!
First pictures of the litter with Mom

The litter at 1 day old

The day we picked "Dakota" out of the boys in the litter

He was smaller than a notebook!

He's always happy

Even if mommy is making him wear his Penn State jersey

This is why we call him the creeper

♥ Erin

Monday, June 28, 2010

Countdown to Eclipse!

I can't believe it's almost here! I am so excited to see this movie! Before you know it part 1 of Breaking Dawn will be out; it's all going to fast. Anyway, I just wanted to see what everyone's plans are for the release this week. Do you need to see it ASAP or are you going to wait until the hype calms down? Here in DC they are having advanced screenings everywhere ranging from tonight at 7:30 to 9:00 tomorrow. I've been trying to get tickets for tomorrow night at Tyson's Corner, but I refuse to pay more than face value. I mean come on, at the end of the day it's just a movie and it's releasing the next night for the entire public. I could never justify paying $50 per ticket for a movie I could pay $12 for a day later. Ridiculous! Anyway, if I don't get tickets to the advanced screening tomorrow, Tim and I will probably try to go see it at a smaller theater where there will be less craziness. When we saw New Moon, it was with our neighbor Jenny and we went to Tyson's Corner (for those who don't know, it's a big freaking theater) for an 11:00 p.m. showing. It was nuts and at parts were hard to hear the movie because of the constant shrieking. Since I'm leaving for the beach Thursday night, I've decided I don't want to wait until next week to see it and neither does Tim. Hopefully Roman and Jenny will come with us and we will be able to enjoy it. Jenny and I are trying to make it a tradition to see all the movies together. We also read the books at the same time, yeah I know we're really cheezy. Whenever I do see it you know you guys will hear all about it!

By the way, if you guys haven't heard the soundtrack yet I strongly suggest you do. I think it's the best soundtrack yet.

♥ Erin

iPhone 4 Accessories

Just because I haven't bought my iPhone 4 yet doesn't mean I can't figure out how I'm going to pimp it out. I'm waiting until some of the hype dies down, the bugs get figured out and the accessories become more plentiful. I hate buying something I sort of like because there's nothing else out there and then BOOM after I get it something better comes out. I'm in no rush to get the new iPhone for a few reasons. It's not going anywhere and I don't feel like standing in line and fighting people for it. Plus, if I'm going to spend $200+ on a phone, I'm going to get it with everything I want and in the color I want. Even though my contract is already up, AT&T assured all people with contracts ending in 2010 can get the new iPhone. Plus what's the point of being the only one of your friends who has the face time feature? I'm shooting for mid July to get the new one, but like I said I'm in no rush. So I've been exploring the available accessories. Apple is only offering "bumpers" that I spoke about in an older post, and they look like this...

I'm sorry, but a "bumper" does not protect that pretty white back that will definitely scratch when I drop it on my front steps because I can't find my keys. I understand the need to show off the new back of the phone, but there's gotta be something else that can do that without leaving it exposed. Some of the smartest people work for Apple and this was the best they could do? Incase (where I have bought all of my previous 3G cases from) hasn't even released a prototype to the public. They have a press release on their website saying they are working hard on the product. During my search, I found a company called iLuv that has (from what I've found so far) the best cases for the iPhone 4. To see their line of iPhone 4 cases click here, below are a couple of my faves from the site. If Apple or Incase don't get their act together, I'm going with iLuv.
ZIG ZAG deluxe multi color injection silicon case

NATURE soft coated ultra thin case

SILK translucent ultra thin case

GLACIER ultra thin clear case

SENTINEL metallic case

DREAM soft coated TPU case

SPECTRUM silicone case

Another great thing they sell are tons of different screen protectors: 2 way privacy screen protector, finger-print screen protector, glare-free screen protector, mirror screen protector and clear screen protector. Tim just bought a privacy screen for his phone and now I want one. It seems like for right now iLuv is the way to go until everyone can catch up. iPhone users, will you buy from iLuv?

♥ Erin

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Celebrity Inspiration: Jennifer Anniston

The other weekend I tried another celebrity inspiration, this one was from Jennifer Aniston. The pictures of her are from last year, but the style is classic and is great for a casual summer day. I wore the outfit to a friends house that was having a BBQ. It was a very hot day and I was quite comfy in this outfit, it even kept me cool while I was playing Bocce Ball! Thanks to J @ The Look for Less for posting about this look here and giving me the idea. What do you guys think of this look?

Sorry for the terrible lighting, I meant to do it earlier in the day but I forgot and I wanted to make sure I posted this today. The shorts are navy blue from A&F, brown belt from GAP, grey v-neck tee from Mossimo and the brown flip flops are from Havaianas.

♥ Erin

Dakota has been Furminated!

Yesterday we finally got the Furminator in the mail! Tim and I have been vacuuming once a week because of how bad Dakota is shedding this year. We had a bunch of recommendations from our friends with pets, and they weren't lying! This is by far the best thing if you are a pet owner. I am amazed at a) how much hair came off of him and b) how much better his coat looks (he looks skinnier too). Our neighbor Jenny was over when we opened it and she had to try it on him too. I still can't believe I got it for so cheap. We had to buy the large one and they usually run around $60. I did some searching on Amazon and got it for $21.99, that's a steal! I took a bunch of pictures of our first experience with the Furminator to show everyone.

Don't worry, we vacuumed the crap outta that room when we were done. The difference is amazing, I can't believe I'm just finding out about this now after having him for six years! I would recommend this to anyone.

♥ Erin