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How I got here

  • Posted on: 6 April 2018
  • By: jessica
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On March 20, 2014 I wrote my first healthy recipe post. In an attempt to heal my migraines and anxiety, I had started reading & learning all I could about nourishing foods. I watched a documentary on juicing, bought a juicer, and juiced regularly for about a year. I noticed some health benefits, but I wanted more. I began to look into the “clean eating” trend and decided to do an 80/20 diet starting in 2014. And my blog was born from this journey. As I continued to learn alternative healthy ingredients to substitute in recipes, I found that I loved taking photos of my recipes too. As I...

3 iPhone food photography mistakes you need to stop making immediately!

  • Posted on: 3 April 2018
  • By: jessica
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You eat healthy. You love telling others about eating healthy. Creating recipes that are both tasty and nutritious is important to you. But, sometimes when you go to snap a picture on your iPhone you are frustrated at how it turns out. I know this feeling all too well. The first few years of my photography journey were this exactly. I would make the most nutrient-rich food that tasted fantastic, and when I would go to share it with the world, I felt completely let down that my photos didn't convey the true awesomeness of the recipe. So today, I'm going to tell you 3 things I wish someone had...

Lime and coconut martini

  • Posted on: 24 March 2018
  • By: jessica
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This whimsy cocktail is the perfect way to welcome Spring. The sweet & sour flavors of lime & coconut will have you in the mood for warmer weather instantly! Even when indulging, it's important to me to use as many natural ingredients as possible. I turned to my trusty La Croix sparkling water , Stirrings simple syrup , & fresh lime juice. Beets are one of my favorite foods to use when I need to add a pink tint to any food or drink. It only takes a tiny amount of cooked beet to add the color which makes the flavor virtually undetectable. I snagged some violets growing wild in the...

30 Instagram prompts for food photographers!

  • Posted on: 22 March 2018
  • By: jessica
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Happy Spring! Food photography can be a challenge. It's easy to get stuck in a rut of taking almost the same photo every day. These 30 Instagram prompts will help you step out of your comfort zone & share creative content that your followers will love! Take a photo of your morning routine (adding your hand grasping a mug in the photo is a fun idea!) Take a photo of cookies, brownies, or layered cake from a 45 degree angle to show all the details Take a photo of your hand stretched out holding your favorite brand of breakfast bar Take a from above ingredients shot (making a cake? show the...

Food Party Popup Volume 2!

  • Posted on: 12 March 2018
  • By: jessica
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They've done it again! Food Party has rocked my world and taken my taste buds on a wild adventure! Tony and I were so excited to attend Food Party PopUp Volume 2 Sunday night at Avondale Common House. Food Party is the creation of Chef David Smith, Chef Brent Seamon, and Michelle Schaefer. It is so much more than just amazing food. It is community. It is genuine connection. It is chefs encouraging each other, supporting each other, and putting aside any type of competition to create something beautiful for each person that attends. Food Party is bringing something truly special to Birmingham...

Beet Root Coconut Latte

  • Posted on: 10 March 2018
  • By: jessica
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This recipe is inspired by the lovely colors of Spring. My allergies may not be happy, but this superfood latte is sure to soothe them. Beets are full of things our bodies need like: Iron Magnesium Folic Acid Calcium They are thought to be anti-inflammatory, cleanse the colon, and create an overall sense of well-being. I personally love the flavor of beets, especially when combined with sweet coconut milk. I hope you enjoy this recipe! Be the first to see new recipes, upcoming workshop, & retreats by joining the Spiffy Eats community !

Green Mango Cauliflower Smoothie

  • Posted on: 9 March 2018
  • By: jessica
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Green smoothies are my jam! I first fell in love with them when participating in an Emilie Maynor Smoothie Challenge and it changed my morning routine forever. After the challenge, I found myself craving those cool, crisp green drinks every morning. My body loved starting the day with nutrient-rich food! So, I stuck with it and started creating my own recipes based on Emilie's example. Emilie also introduced me to Vital Proteins Beef Collagen . It's totally flavorless and adds a beautiful texture to my smoothies. Collagen benefits include: Glowing skin** A more youthful appearance** Joint...

30 Instagram prompts!

  • Posted on: 1 March 2018
  • By: jessica
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Hi, I'm Jessica, the owner and head food photography teacher at Spiffy Eats ( @spiffy_eats on Instagram .) I know many of you are taking on the challenge of posting to Instagram once a day in the month of March. Go, you! That's a big challenge! So after a meeting with my fellow Janes in the See Jane Write Collective , I decided to make this list of 30 prompts to help you in your daily posting. I can't wait to see what fun photos you create! Portrait above by Nat Cordova A few notes: ALWAYS credit if you are using someone else's photo, art work, quote, etc. Always, always, always credit them!...

Instagrammer of the Month: Elisabeth of Bloom Custom Robes

  • Posted on: 27 February 2018
  • By: jessica
Today I am so honored to introduce you to Elisabeth Chramer, the owner of Bloom Custom Robes . I first met Elisabeth at an Instagram meetup hosted by the lovely Madison of Keeping Creativity . As we were all taking photos and getting tips from Madison, Elisabeth began to share some of her story as a business owner. Her experience was so unique to me. A product based business that had been selling for years directly from Instagram? I had to hear more! So I decided to interview her as this month's featued Instagrammer. Many of you are product based business owners working to create higher...

I'm participating in the See Jane Write challenge: 28 days of grace

  • Posted on: 6 February 2018
  • By: jessica
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You made it through January. You accomplished some of your goals, stuck to some of your resolutions, but missed the mark on a few. How should you deal with those missed goals or resolutions? Show yourself GRACE . This year is one of the most exciting years of my life. I have launched Spiffy Eats as a full-time venture, I'll be hosting an Instagram challenge, and I'm writing an e-course. I'm getting to know my audience of food photographers better than I ever have. And I am in complete control of my time for the first time in a long time. I set some pretty lofty goals for the month of January...

Lavender kombucha gin fizz

  • Posted on: 27 January 2018
  • By: jessica
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Cheers to your health! This cocktail will flood your senses with lavender, elderberry, and juniper. I love kombucha! The fizz, the fruitiness, and the health benefits! Kombucha is said to: Improve joint health Improve digestions Encourage mood stability Boost immune functions We don't usually think about what's good for us when preparing cocktails. We are usually thinking more about what tastes good and feels good. But, why not include some gut-healthy probiotics next time you sip a cocktail! GT's Kombucha flavor Lavender Love™ gives this drink it's distinct, floral flavor.

Vanilla chia pudding with strawberry coconut cream

  • Posted on: 16 January 2018
  • By: jessica
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There's been a little bag of chia seeds sitting on my counter for several weeks. I've sprinkled a little on a couple of smoothie bowls. I've blended some seeds into a smoothie drink. But, I've never made chia pudding. Until today! I'm not going to lie to you guys, the texture is straight up weird. For real. It's kind of like eating gummy worms as pudding. Hahaha. But, the flavor is dang delicious! And the benefits of chia seeds are pretty amazing. Did you know chia seeds are: high in omega-3 fatty acids high in calcium, potassium, and magnesium a great source of protein high in antioxidants...

Giggle Water recipe

  • Posted on: 5 January 2018
  • By: jessica
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After 5 years of creating recipes for you guys I am finally sharing my most SECRET, SPECIAL, AMAZING RECIPE with you- giggle water! String up the banners, call your girlfriends over for a cocktail night, giggle water is here!!!! This recipe uses the classic combo of gin and bubbles, but with a special twist of fluffy, sweet cotton candy. I hope you enjoy it as much as my girlfriends and I do!

Alton Brown's Pound Cake Recipe

  • Posted on: 2 January 2018
  • By: jessica
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Pound cake has intimidated me for a long time. I have tried a couple of recipes and failed miserably. So, I turned to the guy who can explain each and every step and the reasoning behind it- Alton Brown . After watching his video (we streamed it on Hulu) I was ready to tackle the pound cake beast! I followed his instructions exactly and came out with the most moist, flavorful cake with a flaky, candy-like crust. I also followed his recipe for the citrus glaze, but added thyme to give it a little more earthiness. The three biggest takeaways I got from his recipe were: Make sure every...

Instagrammer of the Month: Becca of Lume & Penna

  • Posted on: 27 December 2017
  • By: jessica
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Today I am so excited to introduce a new feature on the Spiffy Eats blog. Each month I will be highliting an Instagrammer that is doing something unique with their profile. My goal with these interviews is to provide encouragement and inspiration for you on your Insta journey. I will be asking questions aimed at helping you use Instagram as a means to build your brand awareness, community, and technical skills. Our January featured Instagram account is Lume & Penna, a beautiful account created and run by Becca Paul of Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Becca Becca has been one of my favorite...

Eggnog Cake

  • Posted on: 11 December 2017
  • By: jessica
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After spending time with family in Mississippi for Thanksgiving, I was inspired to make a crowd pleasing, over the top cake for an upcoming dinner party. At our Thanksgiving festivities my aunt prepared an out of this world cake that had me at her side asking questions and hanging onto every single word she said. The biggest inspiration I took away from her words was to not be afraid to make a cake your own. Do something that may seem a little crazy, like adding extracts you haven't used before. Just be brave and let your personality shine through the cake! That's how this crazy eggnog cake...

Hygge Winter Porridge

  • Posted on: 4 December 2017
  • By: jessica
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According to Louisa Thomson Brits from her book, The little book of hygge, "Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a quality of presence and experience of belonging and togetherness. It is a feeling of being warm, safe, comforted, and sheltered." Hygge is more than just blankets, fires, and cozy times spent with those you love. It is an intentional way of living your life to be more open to those around you, while still finding comfort and safety in the everyday still moments of solitude. It is far more complex than I can explain in one blog post, so consider this a brief introduction. At my home I...

A community that will change your life

  • Posted on: 30 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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Photo courtesy of Haute Chocolate We made it through another year of #bloglikecrazy! And I have to say this has been the most rewarding year yet. I have learned so much about the direction of my business and my goals for the future. I gained two collaborations and even a feature in Style Blueprint this year! I also got the chance to grow deeper into my community of fellow writers through See Jane Write . Being part of this amazing community has changed my life in so many ways. I have women who support me, encourage me, and even give helpful critiques when I ask for them! They stand by me and...

Winter Smoothie Bowl

  • Posted on: 29 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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The weather is brisk, sweaters and boots are in regular rotation, and our home is in snuggle mode 24/7. I love winter for so many reasons, one of the top being amazing spice combinations. The aroma of cinnamon floods my mind with precious memories of sipping apple cider from a tiny paper sample cup while shopping for holiday goodies with my mother. Today's recipe invites you to fill your body full of nutritious goodness, while igniting your taste buds with the flavors of the season. This recipe comes to us from Emilie Maynor Living . My creative, and brilliant friend is hosting a smoothie...

Winter Mule Cocktail

  • Posted on: 28 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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I know you guys are thinking... really? Two cocktail recipes in a row? And the answer is yes. 'Tis the season to be jolly, right? Haha. But, seriously this recipe is a play on a traditional moscow mule that invites you to savor the joy of the holidays with orange, cranberry, and ginger you are sure to feel in the holiday spirit!

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