Healthy snacks: Apple and peanut butter

 

 

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If you think banana and peanut butter are match made in heaven than think again!!! We have a new mind blowing combo!!(not that peanut butter needs any :D) APPLES AND PEANUT BUTTER!!!!!!

Totally fresh healthy easy to make and filling!

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Its as simple as that, take out hte core of the apple with one of those core things. Cut apple in slices.

Top with peanut butter.

Sprinkle with coconut and crushed almonds!

Eat and love!!

 

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Lots of xoxo

Happy Monday!!!!

How to take better instagram pictures

I love instagram!!!I am totally hooked to it.. Way more than facebook!!!

I have to admit it took me a while to figure it out!

At first I was totally clueless.. taking not so oomph shots in bad lights and simply missing moments.. and than just drooling over the amazing pictures everyone else seem to capture so easily..

But like everything else.. after a while I figured it out!!! 😀 😀 😀

Here are my pointers on taking absolutely fun pics on instagram.

Light is your friend:

LEARN TO FIND THE LIGHT!!!! this is the no one pointer i can give to anyone shooting with any phone or camera.. This is the basic secret ingredient about almost all drool worthy shots.. you think you can fix it with a filter.. but it turns out not always!! But if you take a pic in decent light! you wont might even need one!

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Set up a photo booth in your house:

Find a board.. maybe white or maybe brown.. IF you need a background you can set that up as well.. but mostly a board against a window works perfectly. Or open the door to let the light in or whatever works for you.

setting up a designated place for your creativity makes it so much easier for you to share the stuff you want to share in a moments notice. And also opens up room for ideas you want to create.

Honestly even I need to work on that! At the moment i just gather things and take them wherever I find light in the house!

Take pictures from top:

I love to take pics from top. There is something so whimsical and so fun about it. Its just a magical canvas.

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COLOUR!!!!

I am nuts about color!!!!! Train your eye to find color and you will be amazed what you can find. And what a fun fun thing it would be to add to your everyday to-do-list!

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Make a mess:

Just thinking abt it makes me smile. One of the coolest shots i have seen are of creative messes!!! ofcourse you love them too

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Find texture:

I realized I don’t work that much in this area. But I know alot of peopel who take amazing texture pics. They are pretty easy and fun and open to manipulation 😀

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FOOOOOOOOOD:

Everyone loves to share and view gorgoeous food pics!!! there are no hard and fast rules abt taking food shots. If you are doing the rest of the stuff. and you find tons of good light you will take magical pics anyways.

What takes it to another level is y0ur props!

 

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Landscape:

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SKIES!!

You can never go wrong with a sky shot!! its just mesmerizing! Just need to find your angle or the beauty in it 🙂

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Go black and white: Nothing makes a stronger and an easier statement than black and white pics.So if you want to add some drama just turn it black and white.

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Find the right hashtags..

that is the key to save your masterpieces from drowning into oblivion! 🙂

In the end its all about what you love and what you do! your creative expression of you and your life. So just have tons of fun with it! You can also use this as a list to expand on your instagramming skills.

Feel free to add more pointers to this list. I would love to hear what you have to say about me.

And follow me on instagram here and share the joy of instagramming 🙂

Have a beautiful day!

 

Easy Chocolate cupcakes with MnM choc ganache

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What every parent should do on a Friday morning or a Saturday or a Sunday morning???

Bake Chocolate cupcakes with kids!!! and than take them on the other level with chocolate ganache!!! and than make kids fall in love with them(if they aren’t ecstatic already!!) even more with some tossed crushed (or whole) mnms on them… 🙂 Best and yummiest PJ activity!! Now does that image not bring a smile to your face or what?!

 

 

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My daughter wakes up every Friday morning before us! Well us being super lazy after a night out and dizzy after the week. But kids hardly know that. She wakes up bursting with energy as usual and is eager to jump right ahead on the weekend! which is not possible always. She bursts into our room in her PJs (well sometimes she gets dressed by herself too before bursting in!) and demands cereal and movie or her ipad! considering we are still asleep! Most often we succumb and she is set up for an hour or two, but then what! she is bored and up to mischief.. and our groggy noises aren’t doing any good 🙂

So? solution: Friday morning is the cooking time in our family.

😀 😀 😀 🙂 🙂 🙂

We bake, we whisk we laugh, we crack eggs, we scoop, we measure, sometimes spill (uh-oh), and kids love that!! There are plenty of easy recipes out there which are kid friendly but require parental guidance ofcourse! I tend to make my own. One of the best options is always to make cupcakes!!! and its also the first one she demands to do.

 

 

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So this time we are doing CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE GANACHE AND MnMs

She is responsible for : whisking, measuring, cracking eggs, pouring, smashing mnms and eating. 🙂

Enjoy the recipe!!!
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CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE GANACHE AND MnMs

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Flour                               2 cups

Oil                                    1 cup

Eggs                                 3

milk                                 1 cup

cocoa powder                1/2 cup

baking soda                   1 tsp

baking powder              1 tsp

sugar                               1 1/4 cup

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Method:

1. Turn on the oven at about 250 C. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and brush with oil lightly. Set aside.

2. In a bowl combine all the wet ingredients, and whisk well.

3. Combine all the dry ingredients.

4. slowly add the dry ingredients one cup at a time while whisking into the wet ingredients. Continue till the batter is thoroughly mixed.

5. Pour it into the cupcake tray and bake for about 20 mins or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Chocolate gananche

Ingredients:

Chocolate bar              40 gm(your fav bar)

butter                             1 tbsp

milk                               2 tsp

Method:

1. melt the chocolate in a bowl set in boiling water. add butter and milk and whisk. Add more butter to add gloss and more milk for better consistency and thinning.

And there you go! beautiful silky ganache ready to be licked and dipped 🙂

 

 

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To Decorate:

Take each cupcake and submerge the top in the ganache. Rotate it a bit and take it out!!

 

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Top with crushed or whole MnMs!!! Heaven!!!!!

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Well now our Friday mornings are not full of sleep ins, but they are definitely much more sweeter and rewarding and fun!