My concentration today has been to finish editing the engagement session we shot of Lizzie and Steve and I also tried the new lens Josh gave me with my Sony A5100 and I love the results. This might actually be my new favorite set up for self portrait shots moving forward!
I had lunch with my friend Jessie in Sour Duck and then I went thrifting, my favorite was this 80s style Dress that I am planning to upgrade very soon. I also bought a dress for a wedding we are planning to go on April, that doesn't require much work, except that it is strapless so I might add a pair of strap for safety measures hehehe.
We woke up to a beautiful rainy day, we had the leftover chilies for dinner and grilled cheese sandwiches. Also signed up for the gym, their new year special was ending that day. Then we headed out to San Antonio to drop off the dog for her dental appointments. We had Sonic for lunch and then met a friend at Indy Coffee, the barista was wearing really cute polymer clay earrings and she gave me the address to the store that she bought it from, which sadly was closed on Sundays. Then we had dinner with the family and watched Toy Story 4 with the kids. On our way we got some bubble teas before heading back to Austin and I found a new favorite Aloe Vera with Lychee Juice it was very refreshing.
I really enjoyed today's photowalk, it was definitely my favorite as of yet. It was funny how many cameras we all ended up bringing with us, we counted it was 14 cameras between 6 people. When we got home we had a mail and I found out Josh bought me a mechanical typewriter keyboard it was so adorable I could not smile enough. In the evening my friend Becca came over, I made us vegan Quesadilla (Garbanzo Bean) for dinner and then we made soaps with three different colors and rose pedals.
Lately I have started to drink warm lemon juice in the morning, I've heard so many good health benefits. Since I didn't have any plans in the morning I got to make a warm breakfast and later went to a makeup job. I am starting to also be more prepared and intentional with my food choices, so I packed some chillies toped with avocado and cheese for lunch before I went to get some shopping done. For dinner we went to a Beer Garden for some food and drinks and they had retro night disco style party, it was really fun to watch and I had Bratwurst and Mexican corn. We headed home early because we had a 7:00am Photowalk session with some photographers the next morning.
Sadly I keep running to bad experiences with the beauty service industry, the latest of the events has been a nightmare of a haircut I received couple months ago, where I went for a trim and ended up with 3 blunt cut chunks so separated that took me 3 to 4 sessions at home to try to blend them and layer together. Although, unfortunately I had cut so much of my hair length to be able to fix it, I can now confidently say I am able to cut my own hair moving forward, thanks to YouTube videos and our dog's thinner scissors! When I shared that with my mom, she asked if I would be interested to dye my own hair and introduced me to professional hair salon dye and developers, she uses liquid color dye from Clairol with 2 oz of developer 6 and the gray magic drops. Although I have used box dyes before I have not created my own yet so I am excited to try this method.
Have you ever tried making Napoleon Cake? This is another cheat process my dad has shared with me, the is using puff pastry and heavy whipping cream, yes only two ingredients! Butter the pan and cut the pastry rolls into squares and brush them with butter and bake till golden. Meanwhile, in an ice-bath whip the heavy cream (he used electronic whisk) over a bowl of ice water to keep the cream cold and frosty. When the pastry squares are cold, layer them with the heavy cream and pour some crumbles crust on the top . . voila done!
If you love Baklava as much as we do in our family you would know how expensive this treat is to buy all the time and how incredibly difficult and time consuming to make! My dad has found a way to make this delicious treat at home - the trick of course is using the pastry sheet instead of making it yourself. It can’t be any pastry sheet but it has to be Fillo Dough size 4! In our city he found it in a Syrian supermarket that carried middle eastern items. The following images are from one weekend he demonstrated the process with two different styles to us and I took all the pictures in the world to capture everything I could to try it later myself.
The first style is the square shape, all you need is a rectangle baking pan or Pyrex some crushed walnuts (my mom has allergy to walnut so we use almonds) and crushed pistachios and melted unsalted butter. Brush some butter at the bottom of the pan and then oh the first layer of the dough then brush a layer of butter over and then lay over another layer of dough. Repeat for 5 layers then cover the later with crushed walnut or nuts if your choice and then cover up another 5 layer till you finish. Brush the top layer with melted butter and cut into squares and then bake till it’s golden. When it’s done pour over the sugar syrup (boil 2 cups of sugar in 1 cup of water + 2 teaspoon of rose water) and decorate with pistachios.
The second style is the rolled out dough in two different shapes. He used a tiny round stick and rolled in the dough when down he made a circle and lay on the pan. For the second long roll style he rolled the edge of the dough and then stopped and. Added a line of crushed pistachios and rolled the dough over it and lay it on the pan, cut them and cover them all in melted butter. When they are baked and hot pour over the syrup and let it cool.