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!

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 :)


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….