Football is in the Air

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Happy Monday and happy fall y’all! This week marks a special DIY week where everyday we’ll be featuring fun, inspiring and super simple fall DIY projects that will get you in the mood for the season.

Now that fall is officially here and football season is well underway, one of the best ways to cheer on your team and keep your belly warm is nothing other than a big bowl of homemade chili. Make it for your home team tonight and you’ll have plenty of leftovers when you need to serve a big crowd for this Saturday’s game.

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Pickei Texas Chunky Chili
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:
– 1 tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil
– 2 lbs of ground beef
– 1 yellow onion, diced
– 2 cans of chopped tomatoes (Choose this based on how spicy you like it!)
– 1 can of stewed tomatoes
– 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
– Chili seasoning packet (Choose your favorite! We prefer 2-alarm chili or something with a kick.)
– 8 oz of water
– Optional for garnish/toppings: Chopped scallions, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, hot sauce

Directions:
Heat skillet, add oil. Brown the beef and add your onions. Drain excess oil (no need to reserve it). Drain the cans of tomatoes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, water and the seasoning packet. Stir well. Let simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes covered, stirring occasionally. (Note: You can use the tomato juice in the cans in place of 8 oz of water, if you prefer a stronger tomato taste.)

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In order to serve it up in style, we were inspired by a Tiny Prints invitation and created some fun serving pieces that are football party-worthy.

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Here are some quick and easy step-by-step instructions on how to create a unique football inspired tin can serving set.

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Empty three tin cans and leaving labels on, paint with brown paint. We used Valspar metallic spray paint.

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Use a glue gun to attach the twine to create football “laces” on two of the cans. *Remember to protect your work surface with either a paper bag or newspaper!

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We created tags with fun sayings on them (again playing off the party invitation) and tied them to the tin cans with colorful ribbon.

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Voila! Add some fall flowers and ribbon to the middle tin can and fill the others with spoons and straws. Don’t forget the napkins, munchies and cold drinks! Hope you are inspired by Tiny Prints and their amazing brand as much as we are so you can cheer on your team and feed the crowd while serving up a Texas chili in style!