Monthly Archives: October 2014

10/23/14

Slow Cooker Queso Blanco Dip

You know those often silly “getting to know you games” they make you play that first week of school, or as part of a new team, or a new group and questions are asked like,

“What did you want to be when you grew up?”

“What is your secret talent?”

“What is one thing about yourself that no one here knows?”

“If you were going to die tomorrow, what would your last meal consist of?”

Well, I know the answer to that final question.

It would be Mexican food & it most certainly would involve chips, salsa, and queso.

Queso.

The word itself elicits a sigh or even more guttural reaction when mentioned.

Do you honestly know anyone who doesn’t love a good cheese dip?

I don’t.

And if I did, we probably wouldn’t remain friends for very long.

So, earlier this week I conducted a little experiment. My mom makes this amazing sausage, pepper, and cheese queso in her crock pot and it’s a favorite in my house every football season, but I wanted to see if I could create a creamy, dreamy, queso blanco dip  and achieve those same delicious, craveable results.

And I did!

Crock Pot Queso Blanco Dip 

Ingredients:

  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese, cut into small dice
  • 2 lb block Velveeta white cheese, cut into small dice
  • 1 4 oz small can diced green chiles, chopped up a bit
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pickled jalapeno slices (optional, but oh so good)
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • Sprinkling of chopped fresh cilantro over the top (optional)
  • Assorted dippers

Those of you that don’t believe in this stuff, overt your eyes…

queso 1

It does make some good queso though!

1. In a slow cooker combine the cream cheese & the cubed Velveeta cheese and turn on high.

queso 2

Chop up some green chiles and some pickled jalapeno slices.

queso 3

And throw them in!

queso 4

Now it’s starting to look like queso!

Close the lid and cook oh high for 30-35 minutes or until just melty.

2. Stir the mixture until well combined and then add a Tablespoon of milk and water at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

I like mine a bit thicker than most, and I added 3 tablespoons of each to the mixture.

queso 5

That should do it…

3. Cook for another 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted and thoroughly combined.

4. Keep cheese dip in the slow cooker on the warm setting until ready to serve. Serve with tortilla chips, assorted bell pepper strips, or even rolled corn or flour tortillas.

queso 7

This didn’t last long, I can tell you that.

A total, indulgent, creamy, smoky, and a little bit spicy snack.

Wishing I had some more about now…

 

**Make it Ahead Trick: You can make this a day or even 2 in advance, simply keep in an air-tight container in your refrigerator, throw back in the crockpot, heat to desired temperature, add a couple extra tablespoons of milk or water, stir, and serve.

Delicious!

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10/20/14

Obedience. It’s costly.

Here we are in week 8 & 9 of our Experiencing God study and it is really slapping me around now.

Eyes wide open. Heart ready to receive the message.

Pulse quickening.

Moments of quiet, honest reflection.

Time spent in prayer.

Asking. Pleading.

He is teaching me. Leading me deeper day by day in this understanding of what it means to not just believe He has a plan for me, but to truly live it and let Him work through me to accomplish it.

It all hinges on one idea.

Obedience.

Willingly given.

No matter the cost.

Henry Blackaby says that we should daily live with the attitude of “Yes Lord!” And while I agree, yes, we would all say we live in light of that truth, we don’t fully comprehend what that implies. We must come to a place in our lives where we are willing to surrender all to Him.

Principles of Biblical Obedience:

  1. You cannot stay where you are and go with God at the same time.
  2. Obedience is costly to you and those around you.
  3. Obedience requires total dependence on God to work through you.

In John 6:66 it says that “many of HIs disciples turned back and no longer followed Him,”

Hmmmmm. Makes you stop a moment doesn’t it?

What kind of a disciple am I?

Am I one that will never know or experience the fulfilling of God’s perfect plan and purposes through me because I am not willing to pay the price of obedience, like those disciples mentioned in the Scripture?

I pray, and ask, and seek and say that He can intervene, guide my ways, and put me on the path to righteousness, and then when He does interrupt & intervene, I’m like- “Whoa! You actually showed up.” We simply just assume that He will affirm all that we are doing and won’t ask us to change it up, or won’t disrupt our plans.

We don’t expect Him, but instead, when we ask, we should be expectant of His appearance.

Blackaby writes, “God is not looking for ways to make your life difficult. However, He intends to be the Lord of your life. When you identify a place where you refuse to allow His lordship, that is a place He will go to work. He is seeking absolute surrender.” 

What are those areas where you do not allow Him to be Lord?

In your finances?

In your relationships?

In your career?

In your choices and/or decisions?

In your habits?

In your speech?

In what you do with your freetime?

This is not just about realigning our lives to a concept.

It’s about us aligning our lives to God.

As I have said, He is teaching me what it means to really and truly obey Him. I don’t want to be a John 6:66 disciple that turns away because the cost is more than I can bear.

Obedience is required.

Obedience is the outward expression of my love for God and the plans that He has for me.

Disobedience is rejection of God’s will.

Plain and simple.

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” — John 14:15, 24

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” — Luke 6:46-49

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