My dad's Bitter/Sour Orange tree has produced so much this year, so with so many fruits my mom shared with me her grandma's Marmalade's Jam recipe that she got from my eldest aunt from Iran.
3 kilo suger
First soak the oranges for 5 to 6 days in cold water and every day change the water twice. After the 6th day, dry the fruits and shred the first layer of their skin with the grate very lightly. Then thinly slice each orange. Then boil water in a pot and then add the sliced oranges and wait for 1 minute, repeat twice. Drained the oranges, add them to the sugar water mixture that is thickened - cook for 15 minutes. Marmalade is done, keep in the air-tight jar
This has been a fantastic year for my doll making skills, having a boyfriend with two young nieces pushed me to create more of what I used to once just dream of making and saving inspiration images on a Pinterest board. For this project I only used felt fabric - oh let me tell you how easy it is to work with felt, it is thick and doesn't fray like regular fabric and somewhat does what you tell it to do! I absolutely enjoyed this project . . took me two days to hand-stitch this doll. I picked up a model doll from the Dollar Store, ripped the stitch and used it as a pattern to create the doll of my own. I made some changes to the pattern by adding the neck and modifying the hair style.
I got to work from home today, tomorrow is Thanksgiving day - our plans have changed a couple times but it looks like we we will be at my parents. I'm making two side dishes and bringing the pumpkin pie :)
I got to spend my day with this beautiful lady
For lunch I made salmon filet with skin, potatoes, half avocado and spinach
I did three loads of laundry and cleaned my closet where I found this straw hat I thrifted many months ago with a picnic basket - and realized we never end up going to any picnic this year because of the weather . . it went from the heat of summer to non-stop rain to cold weather - hopefully we can go in Spring
I went for a walk in the afternoon
I made chicken and mushroom gnocchi with Alfredo sauce for dinner
This weekend I went to the Renaissance Festival in Houston for the first time, although I was so excited to dress up the weather was reported to be around mid 40s - however when we got to there it turned out a beautiful sunny day in 70s instead lol that aside I absolutely loved the experience, people from all age groups took time to prepare their costumes and oh the details . . . my favorite part of the festival was the Pirates section, I am so inspired to go for that theme :)
I have new headshots ! My old headshot was shot when I was supposed to do makeup for a photoshoot and the model was late, so the photographer asked me to sit on to set up the light while we were waiting lol This time wonderful human being Regan Sullivan shot these beautiful shots which I am absolutely love how natural and real they turned out :)
This morning was the most beautiful foggy day
waking up to this sweet of a being is such a happiness
I started the day with lemon + honey hot water
after work I went to pick up some grocery
Went to get some dental treats at pet store, almost came home with this kitten
I started the day with Sesame Cereal, Josh's mom packed us a jar each. I just poured some hot water over the powder and it easily formed into a paste, I was surprised how sweet it was - and needed nothing else added to it.
Our company ranked 10 among the top work places 2018, so at 2pm they hosted an event on top of parking garage to celebrate with some drone footage of the gathering and cupcakes - I picked up a carrot cupcake !
Although we had a fantastic weather over the weekend and most of last week . .
this all is going to change this week with dropping to 40 to 39 degrees and rain!
I finally went to the gym today! I dropped off the wagon a week before the LA trip at the beginning of October and when we got back hell got lose with the project at work, by the time I reached the recovery phase I lost my mojo. Anyways today I went to the gym at work after lunch for a quick 20 min walk on the treadmill and after work signed up for a class. It felt great and I kept wondering why I struggled so much to go back, working out balances me like nothing else.
when I got home I jumped in the shower and tried out the Gua Sha massage board with the Rosehip facial oil that I have purchased recently. I have to say it was pretty relaxing ~
It is so nice that Chien Chien is back home, she gives me so much strength and love
For dinner I made a quick salad with the only egg we had left in the fridge + Hummus and veggies.
I absolutely love dressing up for Halloween, my mother can attest that since I was a kid my favorite activity was to spent hours in my clothes putting on clothes, so as an adult the only time I get to try that is one night a year - that's why I tend to wear multiple Halloween costumes every year . . and this year *so far* I was Lara Croft from Tomb Raider and steampunk girl! Josh has been such a good sport dressing up with me, he was Bruce Lee and also paired up with steampunk for the second look . . I cannot express how much fun we had planning for putting these looks together!
My favorite part about Josh's costume was the details - He hand painted the toy gun for the metallic and rustic effect