Gift Giving Any Time of Year!

Hello!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of cooking and sharing ideas from… the kitchen!

Our Holiday bowls and spreaders, along with other various dishes, can be paired together with your favorite recipe to share with friends and family.

The bowls and spreaders can be wrapped with ingredients or mixes along with a favorite recipe for dips and spreads. This year I did my Creamy Fruit Dip which has been a HUGE hit at the office (see recipe below)!  Great hostess gifts for parties or just a cute way to display your creations for upcoming Holiday events. Another simple and sweet idea is to make a batch of your favorite sweet treat and wrap along inside the perfect bowl to compliment the gift.

I also like to use the platters and coordinating bowls for various chips and salsa or other dip recipes. They also work great for taco or salad night for all of the various toppings. There are endless possibilities to put these items to use!

Get creative in the kitchen and gift a sweet treat that anyone will love… and remember!

Happy Gifting,

Jackie

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Creamy Fruit Dip:

What you will need-

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

7 oz. Marshmallow Fluff

1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar

2 tbsp. Dulce De Leche or Caramel Sauce

Pinch of Sea Salt for topping

Instructions:

Using a mixer, combine all ingredients until creamy.  Transfer to a serving bowl & chill.  Top with drizzled caramel & sea salt as desired.

Serve with sliced apples, pears, sugar snaps, or even pretzels.

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Creamy Fruit Dip in our Holiday Bowl with Spreader
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Our Holiday Bowls & Spreaders
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Chips and Salsa served on our Taupe Platter and Bowl
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Peanut Brittle gifted with our Jingle all the Way Bowl and Platter

Three tips to make your photos great!

A little glimpse into our world of photography at MSC and some simple tips that you can use for capturing great photos of your own.

I am going to share with you 3 techniques that I use when shooting.  Photography is a content practice of thinking outside the box, challenging yourself to move (literally) outside your norm.  This practice will keep your photos aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

  • Rule of Third- this rule is magical. Go out of the norm when positioning your object in your frame.  Divide your frame into 3 equal sections and position your object on either outside lines.  Using this rule also allows you to have images that will be great for marketing material, for adding text.

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  • Angles- I challenge you to go beyond your normal line of sight. Kneel down and shoot object angling lens upward, grab a step stool and shoot object angling lens downward.  This allows you to capture an image from a different view.  One angle that has become crazy popular is the birds-eye view (aka as flat lays).

 

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  • Negative Space- we are sometimes wired to think more is better but sometimes less is more. Capture those small details that may get overlooked by detraction.

 

Black and white dalmation Henry looking handsome with his red and turquoise crab bow tie collar.

 

Dark tortoise necklace on white mannequin.

Stay tuned for more photography tips and tricks as this is just a pinch of information but will make a big impact with your photography and easy to achieve when taking pictures on your phone or camera.

We want to see your fabulous photography by using these techniques, stay social and tag us #mainstreetcollection.

Yours truly,

Amber