Outdoor Movie Night

Outdoor Movie Night

The idea of going to a drive-in movie theater always appealed to me. Laying under the stars, popcorn in hand, watching a film seemed like the perfect date night – until I actually experienced it. While I was a fan of watching a film under the stars, I wasn’t keen on the fact that the movie ended at midnight and we still had a long drive home from the theater ahead of us. Therefore, I decided to make a few modifications to throw the perfect outdoor movie night!

Outdoor Movie Night

You don’t need to drive to the countryside to enjoy an outdoor movie. Just throw down a blanket in your backyard, add a few pillows and you have set the stage for a cozy date night. Bonus points if you add a few twinkle lights!

Outdoor Movie Night

Add in a few of your favorite snacks and you are ready to snuggle in and watch a film. You can get fancy with a projector, but we chose to keep things simple and propped up an iPad. This date night is the perfect way to get outside and enjoy the ambiance of a drive-in theater in your own backyard!

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July 25, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Turmeric and Honey Face Mask

Turmeric Honey Face Mask

Whenever I walk by the Lush store it takes all of my self control to leave without armfuls of bath bombs, lotion bars and face masks. I would love to pamper myself everyday, but when a single bath bomb costs $7 you have to restrain yourself. To tide myself over between Lush splurges I made my own fresh face mask. It only requires two ingredients and I bet you already have them in your pantry!

Turmeric Honey Face Mask

The best thing about a simple at-home face mask is you can whip it up any time your skin flares up. You don’t need to make a trip into town and spend extra money to wake up the next morning with glowing skin – you just need to mix equal parts honey and turmeric together and voilà! You have the perfect face mask to help reduce redness and leave your skin feeling moisturized.

Turmeric Honey Face Mask

Turmeric and Honey Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. turmeric

Directions:

  • Mix the turmeric and honey together until smooth
  • Apply an even layer to your face for five minutes
  • Gently remove with warm water and pat your face dry

July 18, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Strawberry Eton Mess

Strawberry Eton Mess

Traditional weddings have taken a backseat as unconventional venues, attire, and desserts gain popularity. This elevates the anticipation of wedding season as every aspect of the special day has room to surprise guests. Will the bride wear a floor length gown? Will they serve cake? Nothing is guaranteed at modern wedding.

Strawberry Eton Mess

This was no exception at the Hay’s wedding. As dinner plates were cleared away guests were served a delicate meringue topped with fresh strawberries in lieu of a slice of cake. I couldn’t have picked a better dessert to top off their countryside summer wedding and I was left thinking of it days after returning home. After picking up a small list of ingredients I got to work in the kitchen and added a slight twist to their wedding dessert – making them into individual Eton Messes. They offer a light and fresh dessert option for summer gatherings and are sure to tickle the taste buds of your guests.

Strawberry Eton Mess

Strawberry Eton Mess

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 C. white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C. whipped cream
  • 2 C. sliced strawberries
  • 2 Tbs. honey

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 300˙ and line a baking pan with parchment paper
  • Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form
  • Gradually add the sugar, then gently fold in the vanilla extract
  • Spoon the mixture onto your baking pan and form fist sized circles
  • Place in the oven and bake for one hour
  • While the meringue bakes, place the sliced strawberries and honey into a small sauce pan on medium and bring them to a simmer
  • Once bubbling, reduce the heat and use a wooden spoon to mash the strawberries.
  • Continue cook for 10 minutes, occasionally stirring. Set strawberries aside to cool
  • Pull the meringues out of the oven, let cool, and then crumble into a medium sized bowl
  •  In small jars, layer whipped cream, strawberries, and crumbled meringue
  • Chill them in fridge and serve soon after assembling

July 11, 2018 at 2:00 AM

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