Everyone could use with some fresh ideas on serving guests during a night of entertaining. I came across these cute ideas to try next time you’re hosting a dinner party. It’s always exciting to make your guests smile over something totally different! I sourced these awesome ideas from Pinterest. Follow my Entertaining Board here.
1. Strawberry, banana and nutella smores. Recipe here.
This is one of my favourite quotes. I took this photo at a cute little Vegan restaurant I’ve discovered near where I live in New York. It’s called Peacefood Cafe & they do amazing brazil nut chai tea 🙂
Dermalogica is hosting an exciting food+ wine evening at Wembley Square! Each guest will receive a 20-minute face mapping, a DIY Dermalogica facial session, a Nitida wine + food pairing + a complimentary bDermalogica sample pack! More info on the poster below:
I have been going crazy for orange anything lately. Papaya, spiced orange hot chocolate, orange muffins, orange cakes! If it has anything to do with orange, chances are I’ll be eating it. Why this sudden obsession? I have no idea. So what I decided to do was get to the recipe books and find the perfect orange muffin recipe. The great thing about these is that they are only 322 cal each 😉
Here it is, Enjoy!
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
Yield: 12 Servings
1 orange, quartered and seeds removed (with peel)
1/2 cup orange juice
1 large egg
1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 400 F (200 Celsius) ; spray a muffin tin (12) with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Put orange quarters in food processor (or blender) along with orange juice and process or blend until pureed.
Add egg and butter to food processor and combine; pour into large bowl.
Combine dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then add all at once to orange mixture.
Stir to combine.
Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes; remove from oven and let stand in tin for 5 minutes before removing muffins.
Here are a few tips I’d like to share with you about taking great photos for your Instagram:
+ Get Close up and personal
Whether you’re eating a salad, see a cute animal or want to capture a lovely moment with someone, getting close to the subject comes across really well. Enjoy an angle you wouldn’t have otherwise tried from up close and you will see your shot becomes so much more effective. Photograph that cup of coffee or your make-up spread across the vanity in a different way that you haven’t seen done before by getting close and trying a different angle. Once you add your filter it will look like something out of a magazine!
+ Stick to the square
Unfortunately, Instagram gives you a strict option of cropping when you upload your pictures. Sometimes a stunning vertical photograph you see before you wouldn’t work on Instagram. Remember that when shooting and just ‘stick to the square’ when composing your shot!
+ Tap to Focus
This is a wonderful little feature I only just realized myself. With all of these smartphones, you can tap on a subject within your frame which you specifically want to stand out in your shot. Say you are capturing a crop of daisies, but have one in particular that you want to stand out, tap it on the screen as you hold your phone up to take the picture. You’ll see it comes into focus and the others sort of fade to the background. This adds such a beautiful and interesting dimension to your shots, and I highly recommend it.
+ Be Aware of Light
Natural lighting is the best for Instagram. Rather stay away from using your flash. Move near a window if you must. If you want to specifically take a ‘mood’ shot by shooting in the dark, leave it at that and allow your peers to see what you are experiencing.