Jalapeno Popper Dip

Hors doeuvres, Recipes

You’d think after blogging recipes for so long I would have learned a better process by now but I always forget something. I’ve made this dip twice and each time I have forgotten to take a picture of the final product. Probably because I always decide to make it so last minute and it just slips my mind..

Jalapeno Popper Dip

What you need

  • 8oz Cream Cheese
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt (the original recipe I found called for mayo but I like to replace mayo with greek yogurt in cases like this, much healthier..)
  • 4 oz Velveeta, cut into ¼ in cubes
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • half a roll of Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 scallion, chopped

What you do

  1. Preheat over to 350°.
  2. Beat cream cheese and yogurt in a bowl until blended.
  3. Mix in the Velveeta and peppers.
  4. Melt the butter and toss with the crushed crackers.
  5. Spread the cream cheese and pepper mix into a pie plate and sprinkle the crackers on top.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through. Top with scallions.Jalapeno Popper Dip via Design with Influence

Don’t let the name scare you. Its actually not that hot. Although, Velveeta does make a jalapeno cheese which might add some spice to it if you want to kick it up a notch.


Secretive Company Calendar

Graphic Design, Humor

I thought this was so cool, I’m about to quit my job and find something else that has the need for a secretive calendar.


More on it here.

Mr and Mrs Smith

Graphic Design, Photography, Selling Yourself, Typography

On September 21, 2013 my beautiful cousin, Jennifer got married at Font Hill Castle in Doylestown, PA.

Jenn and Sean Smith Photography by Emad Hasan

Photography by Emad Hasan

I was not only lucky enough to share in her special day by being there to see her and her husband, Sean get married but I also got to help do her invitations and other pieces for the wedding. Here is some of the work I did:

Mr and Mrs Smith Invitation via Design with Influence

Mr and Mrs Smith via Design with Influence

At the wedding:

Wedding Place Cards via Design with Influence

Photography by Emad Hasan

Wedding Thank You via Design with Influence

Photography by Emad Hasan

Wedding Thank You place settings via Design with Influence

Photography by Emad Hasan

The beautiful couple

Jenn and Sean Smith Photography by Emad Hasan

Photography by Emad Hasan

Congratulations Jennifer and Sean!

And because I had some extra invitations to cut up and experiment with, I crafted this for their first christmas together. A great and EASY keepsake.

Wedding Invitation Christmas Ornament via Design with Influence


  1. I bought glass ornament balls at Michaels. I think I bought a pack of 6 for like $5. I couldn’t find anywhere that sold individual glass balls (only plastic- Michaels does sell individual plastic if thats what you want, I preferred the glass) so I figured I could save them for the next wedding..
  2. I cut each line of type from the invitation into its own strip first, and then cut strips out of the remaining invitation area- all various thicknesses. Jenn’s invitation also used a red envelope to hold the 3 pieces so I cut up some of that to throw in some color.
  3. Roll each strip around a pencil (you can experiment rolling a few strips at a time, so it doesn’t take so long) and hold for however long it takes to hold the curl. Because of the weight of her invitation paper, I only had to hold the strips around the pencil for a few seconds for the curls to hold, you’ll need to experiment. Do all your curling first.
  4. Once all the pieces are curled, take the top off the ornament and start fitting pieces into the ball. This is kind of a guessing game. You want to try and shove the type strips to the outside so they are more visible (I happen to get very lucky and a lot of the words are perfectly placed.) You can use a pencil- not the point side 😉 to move around some of the strips but its a little hard to control.
  5. Once you have all the strips in, do any adjusting you need and you’re set to go.

A great gift for any newlywed couple!

What You Should Resolve To Actually Do In The New Year

Humor, Life

Every year you probably make at least one resolution that you don’t actually keep.. Admit it. We all do. I found this list of things you should resolve to actually do this coming year. Some I agreed with and some I didn’t so I edited it a little.

Stop posting negative shit on social media. Nobody wants to be pulled down.

Get outta town. Leave the country. Travel. If you don’t have money, look into doing charity work abroad. Some programs will sponsor you.

If you hate your job, quit your job. Don’t settle for anything less than something you love. Make sure you have another job lined up first though.

Stop skipping the gym on days you had plenty of time to go. But also, stop beating yourself up for skipping the gym on days you truly didn’t have time.

Make up with people. An ex. An old friend. Everyone has someone they could mend things with.

Rid yourself of enemies. Apologize for what you did wrong and forgive those who have wronged you.

Rid yourself of “frenemies.” Don’t spend 2014 surrounded by people you secretly despise.

Man up. If you find somebody attractive, say “hi” and introduce yourself. Every relationship you have ever had started with a greeting.

Take a risk. Leave your phone number for someone. Worst-case scenario: you won’t get a call and maybe you’ll feel a tiny bit embarrassed. Regardless of the outcome, you put yourself out there and probably made the other person’s day.

Cross something off your bucket list. Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t accomplish something.

Stop hating yourself for eating dessert. A piece of birthday cake is a right, not a privilege.

Keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be something you use daily, but documenting your experiences is incredibly important. You’ll appreciate it later.

Blood is thicker than water. Strengthen relationships with family members.

“Pay it forward.” Help strangers.  Do good things for the world — and don’t post a Facebook status about it.

Conquer a fear.

Unplug. Turn off your smartphone at dinner.

Try a fashion trend you never thought you could pull off. And, do it with confidence.

Cry. When you’re happy and when you’re sad; embrace your emotions as they come.

Stop being so shallow. Next time you find yourself judging someone based on his or her appearance, put yourself in their position.

If you want someone to commit to you, vocalize it. Don’t settle for being something to someone if that isn’t what you want.

Original list.

My additions:

Do something that you don’t have the courage to do. Stand up to someone, voice something you’d normally keep to yourself..

Save money. Budget your earnings and start thinking about the future.

Learn something new. Something small, something easy, something difficult, anything just learn something.

Don’t wait. Do things sooner rather then later. Anything as small as cleaning the dishes now instead of during a commercial break or as big as taking that trip to Greece this year instead of just saying your going to do it sometime…

Stand up for someone. Show some hope for humanity.

Step away from the screen. Use your lunch break to take a walk or read a book. Get up from your desk and get away from the computer screen.

Stop hitting snooze. Wake up earlier and get your day moving before everyone else.

I think I’m going to definitely add some of these to my resolution list. What are you going to resolve to do in 2014?