Crowd Pleasing Steak Fajita Queso Dip

Steak Fajita Queso for your next football party!

With the football season coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about Big Game parties and inevitably, the recipes you will make and bring to yours! In preparation, I’ve teamed up with my football blogger friends in one final collaboration to bring you some brilliant Big Game recipe ideas. We’ve made appetizers (like my queso!), entrees, desserts and even drinks. Prepare to be inspired, and be sure to check out their links below!

This dip is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s, this dip is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s!

It is not a health food. 

But it is delicious, and it will make you feel better about life. 

James and I were talking while I was taking pictures and I know I found my soulmate because he asked me “I don’t understand how anyone ever stops eating queso before it’s all gone.” 

Steak Fajita Queso for your next football party!

Amen, panda. Amen.

Needless to say, this queso dip will disappear quickly at your next party. Or you know, at your next evening in front of the TV watching the last episode of Sherlock. 

It’s perfect to serve up while watching the Playoffs or “The Big Game” (pour one out for the end of football season :() 

Ready? Let’s go.

Steak Fajita Queso Dip
Ooey, gooey Steak Fajita Queso Dip
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Pound skirt steak, diced
  2. 1/2 Large onion, diced
  3. 1 Bell Pepper, diced
  4. 2T Butter
  5. 1 (12oz) Package white american cheese slices
  6. 1/4-1/2C milk
  7. 1t Seasoning salt
  8. 1/2t Cumin
  9. 1/4t Onion powder
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle steak with seasoning salt, set aside.
  2. Sautee onions and peppers in 1/2T of butter over low-medium heat until onions are clear and peppers are soft.
  3. Remove onions and peppers, turn up heat to medium-high, melt 1/2T of butter and sautee steak until cooked through.
  4. In a double boiler (or a pan of water with a bowl over it) combine 1/4c milk, cheese, cumin, garlic powder, and 1T butter. Stir until melted. Add more milk if you want it thinner.
  5. Stir in onions, peppers, and steak.
  6. Serve immediately with chips and/or veggies!
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Go Forth into the World in Peace – 2017 in Photos Day 16

I took this picture Sunday while wandering around before church. 

 Exposure: 1/500th of a second
Aperture: f/1.4
ISO: 200
Lens: 50mm f/1.4
Treatment: SOOC

I’ve been blessed to travel a decent amount so far, and am making it a priority to see as much of the world as possible. We already have four trips planned for 2017 (including work trips), and I’m hoping to work in even more. The bigger your world is, the smaller it is. The more clearly we can see the people in California, Panama, South Africa, Libya, The UK, Turkey, Russia, and Greece as human the better we will be able to serve them as we are called. 

Right now at church we are doing a series on refugees. The story of our savior is one of a refugee, and so is the story of so many of our families. But the refugee crisis on the other side of the world? That’s pretty easily forgotten. Aleppo isn’t in America, so it’s easily brushed aside. 

So as I travel and share stories and images from across the world, my sincere hope is that those stories and images enable more people to see our brothers and sisters from different backgrounds, nations, and traditions as just that: our brothers and sisters. 

Go Forth, y’all. 

Go Forth into the world in peace

Black Watch Tartan Blazer

Sisi Star brooch and bar necklace

Goodness gracious I love good blazer, and Black Watch Tartan, and a tartan blazer, and J.Crew, and its little sister J.Crew Factory. 

Black Watch Tartan Blazer

Blazer//Skirt//Shirt (similar)//Boots//Necklace//Brooch (similar)

The wool “sidewalk skirt” from J.Crew Factory is now on clearance in several colors! I have the camel and olive versions on their way in the mail… it was too good of a deal to pass up!

AND As of 1/16, the boots are on sale at NordstromRack.com as well 😀 (Also seen here

I’ve recently fallen in love with pinning a brooch on my lapel or sweater. It really classes up the joint. scouring Etsy and Ebay for vintage brooches has become a lot of fun!

Sisi Star brooch and bar necklace

This one in particular I found at TJMaxx the other day on clearance and had to snatch up because it looks like a Sisi Star, named for Empress Elisabeth of Austria’s famous hair adornments. 

One of the great (and frustrating!) things about how the fashion industry works is that it’s currently January… It will be chilly for at least 2 more months, but all the stores are clearing out their cold weather clothes in favor of spring and summer stuff. Good news is everything is on sale! Bad news is you can’t always find the things linked on your favorite blogs in your size. 

Good news is EVERYTHING IS ON SALE! 

Self Portrait Sunday Week 2 – 2017 in Photos Day 15

Sunday self portrait

I had some time to kill this morning at church while James was running sound for band practice, and before Sunday School started, so I wandered around our lovely sanctuary taking pictures. 

You’ll see some of those through this week, but it’s Sunday, so here is my self portrait for the week. 

I’ve realized that, even in our selfie culture, I have very few pictures of myself that I like and would love sharing on this platform. Pictures that give a glimpse into how I see the world, what I love about myself, and what I dislike about myself. Self Portrait Sunday is an effort to rectify that 😀

Sunday self portrait Exposure: 1/100th of a second
Aperture: f/2.5
ISO: 500
Lens: 50mm f/1.4
Treatment: Desaturated, clarified, and fiddled with highlights and exposure in Raw Editor 

Self Portrait Sunday Week 1

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iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode Compared to DSLR – 2017 in Photos Day 14

I updated my phone this week from the iPhone 6S Plus to the 7 Plus! Despite my recent frustrations with Apple’s products in general, I’m so sucked into their ecosystem that there’s no turning back now…

AND I was so stoked about the new “Portrait mode” that comes on the iPhone 7 Plus, that gives that blurry background bokeh that comes with a DSLR and a wide aperture. 

Bottom Line: Light matters

Much like with any camera, I’ve found that with iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode, the amount of light available on your subject makes all the difference. 

Here’s a picture of James I took with the phone:

And here’s one I took on my DSLR with a 50mm f/1.4 lens (my most used lens).

Not bad, right? The Phone version is a little bit grainier, a little bit more contrasty than the SOOC DSLR version. But it’s clear enough, especially on a mobile format, which let’s face it, is where we consume most of our media. 

But look at this one of a cool bull sculpture thing that is at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants: 

It looks WAY better with DSLR (and would have looked even better tweaked for white balance and exposure in Photoshop). 

So, bottom line, for portraits in well lit areas the feature is awesome. But if you’re in a low-light situation the regular camera (not in portrait mode) actually works great in comparison to the older model iPhones. 

The great news is, the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode can make even mundane subjects look beautiful (as long as they’re well lit)! 

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Why does this baby cactus make me so happy?

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One Preppy Dress Styled 4 Ways!

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It’s an incredibly flexible dress that can be dressed several different ways. Because of the current weather and my aforementioned height, I’ve worn my favorite leggings with all of these looks, but you could easily sub in tights or go bare-legged as well. 

1.

Dress: J.Crew Factory (similar)//Necklace: gift (similar)//Shoes: Nine West (similar)

First is this very J.Crew look with the sparkly necklace and bright suede shoes. I love pink, and this look feels very feminine in a preppy way.

I would wear this on a work day at the office when I wasn’t expecting to have any important client or press meetings.

2. 

This capelet I knit earlier this fall is so snuggly and warm I couldn’t help but build a look around it. The chunky wool and tall suede boots provide just enough warmth for our more moderate southern winters. This is a great date night look!

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One Preppy Dress Styled Four Ways!

3. 

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This look is definitely a lot more casual, and I can see myself wearing this to a football game or other time when I’d be spending time outside.

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Vests and scarfs are still very very popular this winter and spring, which I love because 1. pockets, and 2. easy layering. These Vionic booties are incredibly comfortable… I have them in two colors because I can’t help myself when I find a cute shoe with arch support. 

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4. 

Lastly is another vest look. This one is simpler with a bright pop of red (because Roll Tide). This is a great look for a day out shopping. Casual, comfortable, and cute! 

One Preppy Dress Styled 4 Ways!

Vest (similar)//Necklace (similar)

One Preppy Dress Styled 4 Ways!
This outtake in particular really cracked James up

Here’s to hoping stripes stay in for several more seasons! 

Looking into the Foggy Future – 2017 in Photos Day 11

Sometimes the future is foggy, but you'll get there anyway.

I took this picture the other day but decided to use it for today’s post because it pretty much reflects how I’m feeling… Pretty foggy.

Last year was… tough… Between losing my father-in-law in July, my own dad in November, shuffling of clients and projects, and the general suckiness of 2016 it’s just been, like I said… tough.

Life used to seem like it went in a straight line toward some happy conclusion. Now it seems foggy and unclear. I’ve been feeling anxious in a way I never used to feel. 

Ugh. Anyway, here’s today’s picture. This is at the bottom of the mountain I live on at the entrance to my neighborhood. It was mega foggy the other day, and I knew this would be a great shot so I trekked down the mountain. People kind of looked at me funny, as I was standing in the middle of the tracks right off the road, camera in tow, but I don’t care because I got the exact shot I wanted.

Sometimes the future is foggy, but you'll get there anyway.

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Lens: 50mm f/1.4
Treatment: Desaturated and boosted clarity in photoshop

Here’s to hoping things clear up for me soon.