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Jen7714 is published!

15 Jun

Jen7714 is published!

How exciting for me! A little more than a year ago, an editor approached about using my “How to Make Your Own Screen Protector (for less than a nickel)” in a new book.  Of course I said yes! It turns out that she was the editor for a book for Popular Science Magazine,  THE insight for the newest technology and gadgetry! With articles and photos ranging from up-to-date technology, the most recent scientific breakthroughs, and home improvement projects to just the all-inclusive life improvement hacks, Popular Science is one the best sources. In other words, this magazine reports the future before the future happens (magic!). In other other words, I was ecstatic that I could be apart of this amazing book.

Titled The Big Book of Hacks, this page turner holds 264 DIY projects, all of which are simply amazing! It really is awesome to see how innovative and genius those other authors are. I received a copy directly from the editor’s stock, and I definitely want to try some of these life hacks out.

Number one on the (wishful) to-do list? I’m still trying to figure out how this innovator turned his old laptop into a tablet! Anyways, check this book out at your local bookstore! Can you find out how to make a screen protector for less than a nickel? 

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Easy Food Photography Tips for the New Blogger

12 Jun

Easy Food Photography Tips: Example Included!

Whew! It has been almost three years since I started food blogging. I have to say that the quality of my photos, a very essential component of being a foodie journalist, have gotten better.

So here’s some advice for some new bloggers out there: in addition to creating mouth-watering recipes, take some awesome pictures that do your creations justice. How? Well, there’s no better way to learn than to learn by example!

Shown above is a picture generously donated to ChrysN over at Instructables. And here are some of my thoughts on the photo.

Thoughts on photo:

  • I was a bit surprised why this photo wasn’t the title picture of the instructable (which was the close up of just the cookies). I really like the compositions more in this photo and here’s why
    • I like that you can see more of the mug in this photo. It gives it more of a “lived in” feel, which is important when photographing food.
    • This shot allows you to see more of the cookies and doesn’t have a sense of overcrowding.
    • It layers the textures and colors better than the other photo as well.
  • The set up of the cookies is appealing to eye as well. If you pay attention, the placement of the tree makes the onlooker focus on that. The tree also helps guide the onlooker’s eyes to the star. That is good because it pulls the reader in by focusing on the more “unique shapes.”

Photo Editing and Other Ways:

  • I would add some color to this photo. There’s a lot of browns and neutrals that can seem dull. ChrysN did a nice job of having different shades of brown though. I would add a colored cloth napkin somewhere to give it some color.
  • As for photo editing, this photo is great as is. I might increase the color temperature (think yellow light bulb vs white light bulb) a bit for the more home-y feel. The lighting is great in this picture and the shadows are almost nonexistent (which is good as well).

Main Idea:

Add some color to give your photo some life and pay attention to layering different colors and textures. And great lighting makes great photos.

Have an idea of how to start now? Awesome! And welcome to the food blogging world!

Click here for a quick summary of five of my food photography tips.

 

Asian Sweet Bread (Hong Kong Pai Bao, Hokkaido Milk Bread)

31 Dec Asian Sweet Bread 1

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Happy New Year! This post is an oldie at Instructables, but new here! Make some bread for the New Year?

I am so happy to share this recipe with you. Asian Sweet Bread is a staple in all Asian bakeries. The bread is soft and pillow-y and just melts in your mouth with a slight sweet flavor. The crust is perfectly brown and flaky. It’s gorgeous to look at…and delicious to eat. A perfect snack on any occasion and it can hold its own next to any store bought rolls or loaves.

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This recipe is close to my heart as well. I have always gotten some sweet treat when going to Asian bakeries. I always came home with all kinds of bread…all of which derived from this simple recipe.

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Asian Sweet Bread (otherwise called Hong Kong Pai Bao or Hokkaido Milk Bread) is a staple in Asian bakeries and it should definitely be a staple in your household 🙂 Delicious, fluffy, soft and everything bread should be.

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Ingredients

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I Know How to Make….Soy Milk

9 Dec Main Image

Well I posted the pictures but where is the recipe? Here’s:

How to Make Homemade Soy Milk

Soy milk is a very healthy addition to anyone’s refrigerator. It is filled with nutrients and a great beverage for work, school, or anytime. Store-bought soy milk can get pretty expensive especially compared to regular cow’s milk. Soybeans, on the other hand, can be found for a much better price and can even be bought organically. I will show you how to make your own (organic) soy milk and the great thing is you don’t even need to spend money a soy milk machine. Soy milk is very simple and easy to make and can be used in many other yummy, healthy desserts, too. And after making it, you can tell your friends and family “I know how to make homemade soy milk!”

To make about 2 quarts and 1 1/2 pints of soy milk, you will need:

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CHOW/Instructables Contest Winners Announced!

6 Dec

I entered my Pumpkin Pie Eclairs Instructable in the CHOW/Instructables Contest. The winners were announced today and I won! I won the award for “Best recipe.” Great job to all the other instructables! The instructable that won “Best photo” is here. Here is a link on the CHOW.com website announcing the winners. Thank you to those who voted! Be sure to check out the winning recipe and try it out yourself!

Pumpkin Pie Eclairs

6 Dec Eclairs

I just realized that I haven’t posted any actual recipes on my blog! Well I better start adding some then. The story behind this recipe is that I wanted to make some that really impresses people. Something that really has the “wow” factor. Something like…Eclairs! More specifically Pumpkin Pie Eclairs.

Éclairs are a great classical and traditional (not to mention delicious) dessert. Since fall is already here (with winter on its tails) , I decided to jazz up the classic éclair with some fun fall flavors before its too late. I got a fantastic pate a choux recipe (the dough for the eclairs) and to put a twist on things, I added some delicious pumpkin pie. Pumpkin Pie Eclairs are the perfect light dessert after your holiday meal.

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Cinnamon Rolls for Thanksgiving?

20 Nov

Hello again! I feel like I haven’t posted in so long.

Hot Topics for this post:

  • I am very near in reaching the end of my first three-month pro membership at Instructables! I feel like I have been on the site for so long but it’s only 3 months? I still remember posting my first instructable… check it out here.
  • Just yesterday I made some delicious cinnamon rolls. I had a entire tub of sour cream left so I decided to use it before it expires. I altered a recipe I found online that called for sour cream. I have some wonderfully good-looking pictures of these rolls later in this post. You can also check out the pictures here.

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How to Make Homemade Soy Milk

16 Oct

One of my more popular instructables (almost 3000 views and counting- thank you viewers). Here’s the intro for the instructable:

“Soy milk is a very healthy addition to anyone’s refrigerator. It is filled with nutrients and a great beverage for work, school, or anytime. Store-bought soy milk can get pretty expensive especially compared to regular cow’s milk. Soybeans, on the other hand, can be found for a much better price and can even be bought organically. I will show you how to make your own (organic) soy milk and the great thing is you don’t even need to spend money a soy milk machine. Soy milk is very simple and easy to make and can be used in many other yummy, healthy desserts, too.”

Visit this instructable by clicking here.

Some photos are shown below! What do you think?

Here’s the main image. Doesn’t it look delicious? Yum!

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Apples, Pumpkins, Rings, Oh My!

16 Oct

Hello again. 🙂 So I am a little disappointed on the response my last post got. I’m still waiting to hear about some success stories, so show me what you got! A link to my last post is here (for those of you who don’t wanna waste their mouse clicks 🙂 Let’s gets on with business shall we?

Picture of the day:

Black And Green Sugru Rings

This is a picture of the rings I made with the leftover Sugru from the Hallow-Rings: The Perfect Halloween Accessory project. It was really fun shopping around various craft stores looking for the ring add-ons for the rings. So many things to choose from!

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Hello World!

12 Oct

Hi. I’m jen7714 but you can call me Jen. I’m just your ordinary next door neighbor who spends free time at the golf course, in her kitchen, or traveling around the world. I’m a member on Instructables.com, a great site for DIY and other interesting projects. Talk to you soon!

Picture of the day:

The picture uploader is giving me a headache so no picture of the day this time.

Hot Topics for this post:

  • As of right now, I have some Instructables up my sleeve relating to the fall season! I am very excited for them. Hopefully you guys are too.
  • Anyone interested in a cheap but elegant ring? Look out for it soon 😉
  • So many people are starting up in online businesses. They seem to be the new get-rich-quick trend as of now. Any thoughts about that?

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