Mothers day picnic

mothers day picnic 6Mothers are such humble easy to please souls. I am not a huge fan of fancy gift shopping. I am more of a time and effort investment person. So instead of running around the block for the perfect pair of rose gold ear rings or those pricey gadgets or rose ceramics I chose to spend time with her in a nice old fashioned picnic!!!

I cannot count how fun it was to sit back on the easy grass again and enjoy the simple delights of life! 🙂 🙂 of course we had flowers and of course we packed some yum snacks. But the mere presence in nature had this amazing spring breezy vibe to it. Which made it sooooo much more remarkable!

Planning a perfect picnic is not stressful at all. you just need to know what you need. Here is my recipe for a perfect mothers day picnic:

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  1. Flowers: yes ofcourse you will be surrounded with nature but there is something so sweet and so feminine about a fresh bouquet to have on hand and to give it to your mom that is sure to bring smiles to her face. Esp if you make the little ones present it to her! sure to melt her heart 🙂

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2. Pretty napkins and blanket: Yes a jute mat will do. Its not like we wont have any place to sit. But to have a nice bright spring arrangement is just too pretty to ignore. Plus it adds the special going out of your way to please mom effect to the whole picnic which is what we want right.

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3. Fresh Fruits: no picnic is comeplete without some grapes and a handful of strawberries to munch on. And it is definitely not an exception for a mothers day treat. Make sure to pack some zesty fruits to entice your taste buds

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4. Guacamole and good whole wheat bread: I am a sucker for good bread. I looooooove bread in every form and this paired with some too easy to whip up guacamole is just amazing. Its a truly humble but soaring taste buds recipe!

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5. Sandwiches:  one of the best picnic food. Easy to assemble easy to carry and filling. so ofcourse v had sandwiches for lunch. I chose the simple egg sandwich with some hot sauce for heat. Tip: use your moms secret ingredient to upgrade them. Mine was ofcourse heat. and she loved it!!!

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Chocolate cake: Who can resist a good chunky chocolate cake. Esp with soft whipeed cream and strawberroes and chocolate ganache

6. Pack proper cutlery: This adds refinement which a mother always appreciates in a daughter!

Happy mothers day to all moms out there! coz we know exxxxxactly what it takes to be one! 🙂 ❤ ❤

Purple cabbage coleslaw

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Today’s recipe is a simple but ooooo soo pretty and sooooo goooood coleslaw.

For a last minute lunch preparation I was running short of ideas. Rushing down the grocery isles I caught a glimpse of a purple beauty! I bought it on impulse. Came home caught sight of pineapples and cucumbers. hmmm that could work!!!

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In it all went the chopper. Alongwith some walnuts and raisins. I held on to some of them to top on the salad later.

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A couple of whizzes a dash of salt, some sugar, some black pepper and mayonnaise. And voila!!

the sweet and tangy crunchy coleslaw was the perfect ooomph for the hastily put together lunch!!!

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Purple cabbage coleslaw

Ingredients

Purple cabbage                             abt 1 cup

cucumbers                                             1

pineapple slices canned                    3-4

raisins                                                    6-7

walnuts                                                  6-7

Dressing

Mayonnaise                                            1/4 cup

salt                                                             1/4 tsp

black pepper                                            1/4 tsp

sugar                                                            1 tsp

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Method

  1. In a chopper add the cabbage cucumbers and pineapple slices. Some walnuts and raisins as well. Reserve a few for topping.
  2. Whiz till its chopped down to the desired level.
  3. Take it in a bowl, and directly add the mayonnaise salt pepper and sugar to the salad.
  4. Toss and adjust according to taste
  5. Enjoy!

I prefer it chilled. Its fantastic after a couple of hours in the fridge. The flavors marry each other beautifully. And its very refreshing.  But its really sweet and crunchy as it is as well!!

 

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!