Indoor SmOreos

Last weekend was the church’s annual campout for all the Dads and their sons. From the stories they tell when they get home, I know it is a great time but for us Jones girls, we live for our annual Girls Night.  It always includes an order or two of mozzarella sticks, a movie, pedicures and then everyone sleeping in Mom’s bed together.
Amazing s'mores made with Oreos and no camping required for this recipe!
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Best Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

Happy May Day everyone!  Welcome to the season of  “Oh crap!  Only a few weeks before the pool opens for the summer!  Why didn’t I do anything about this a month ago?!?!”

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein SmoothieBeing unwillingly dragged to the pool by my children is not my only fitness concern this first day of May.  I am also training for a duathlon in July and a half marathon in October.  Deep down, I know these races keep me working out hard and accountable to all who are cheering me on, but having trained for triathlons and half marathons before, I also know how much time it takes!

I am a much better couch potato than I am a runner, biker or swimmer :)

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Food Photography with Artificial Ego Lights

I get so many questions from all of my rockstar readers and many of them revolve around my photos, so I thought I would share one of my favorite food photography tips today!

Food Photography with Lowel Ego Artificial Lights

It has been 7 years since I began my food blog at My Kitchen Escapades and when I look back at some of my older photos, I can’t help but cringe!  In fact, I have started a new Recipe Retake Series just so you can have a proper photo of some of my earlier recipes.  You deserve it!

Over the years, the biggest lighting roadblock I’ve encountered are the long Minnesota winters because it gets dark at 5:00 pm.  I love natural sunlight for shooting my photos, but that isn’t always available when I am pulling a recipe out the oven.  Especially since most of the baking I do for our family of 8 is after my littles are fast asleep in their beds and it is pitch black outside.

So, let’s take a minute and take a look at different lighting options with the exact same photo….
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