Bailey’s Chocolate Cupcakes

Happy Valentine’s Day! Three weeks ago, I bought a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream for my friend’s birthday to make these Bailey’s cupcakes and just gave up. Honestly, sometimes baking sucks because I have so many random weird ingredients that I never use. One of those things that I’ve been avoiding buying is chocolate powder. My whole theory with baking/cooking is to only learn how to make things I like and nothing else. I controversially don’t like chocolate cake, so I’ve never bought chocolate powder.

Bailey's Chocolate Cupcakes | paper + flame

If you look at my champagne cupcakes, I used a box mix because baking with alcohol is hard, and I want to minimize things I can mess up. Similarly, I used a box mix for this cake as well. I highly recommend using Devil Food cake or any moist cake mix. Alternatively, I think this recipe would be great for brownies as well.

Just a little background, I love baking, so, naturally, all my friends bought me baking books and gear for my birthday. My lovely best friend Erin bought me the cutest little molds that make fun shapes, including hearts and roses. Although super cute, I don’t recommend making chocolate cake in these molds because they are a b**** to clean and the shape is a lot more defined with a white cake. If you want to be fun and cute with your shape, make brownies and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Ingredients
Cake

48 Cupcake liners
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp instant coffee
1 box chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup Baileys
Milk (optional)

Frosting

2 tbsp Bailey’s
1-3 cups powdered sugar
2 packages of cream cheese

Instructions
Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 or whatever is recommended on the box. Line cupcake tin with liners.
  2. Warm up water for 1 minute in the microwave and mix in instant coffee till dissolved. Place in the freezer until cooled.
  3. Mix box cake mix, coffee, eggs and vegetable oil till smooth.
  4. Slowly add to Bailey’s till you reach the desired texture taste. If it tastes too alcoholic, add milk.
  5. Fill up cupcakes till 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for the time suggest on box, 18-24 minutes.
  7. Top with frosting or powdered sugar.
Frosting
  1. Beat room temperature cream cheese till smooth and soft.
  2. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp Bailey and combine.
  3. Adjust and add powdered sugar and Bailey’s to taste and desired consistency.
Do you like chocolate cake? What’s your favorite thing to bake?
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7 Things to Do in Austin for Galentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here which means Galentine’s day is even closer! I’m excited to spend this Galentine’s Day with my best friend! We’ve been friends for seven years and we’ve lived in the same city for two and half years. I’ve been blessed to be in the same city as her since November. We are celebrating with some of her friends, cheese, and wine. If you decided to stay in, cook up a storm with one of these recipes. Always remember, best friend can be a tier or a person. (Thanks Mindy!)
Austin Galentine's Day Guide | paper + flame
I’m a through and through extrovert. I need to be around people to unwind and relax. I’m personally a “friend person.” I don’t love people and meeting new people but I love “my people.” I commit a lot of time and energy to reaching out and maintaining relationships. Especially since graduation, my friends are scattered across the country and the world, and my goal is to make more time for everyone. 
 
After going to an all-girls school, I learned the power and depth of female friendship. From high school, I have amazing friends who support me but still know when to call me out. From college, I have an amazing group of girlies that still reach out to wish me happy first day of school even though their college days are gone. For me, I’ve loved seeing all my friends blossom into honestly amazing people that are successful in their careers and give me real life #goals. Especially around my birthday, I feel blessed that, despite always being a birthday princess, my friends go out of their way to make me feel special and are understanding of my extra-ness. 
 
I’ve had this conversation with cousin a few months ago and Rachel this weekend. Guys have it easy because they literally just need a computer to make them roommates freshman year of college, and they’ll be best friends in life. Girls definitely don’t settle in the same way but have much deeper and supportive friendships. My cousin was telling me how she now has an amazing group of girl friends that she really lacked before college. She didn’t realize what she was missing out on until she had that group of girls. 
 
Galentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year which means you might not be able to go all out unless your friends are fine with mimosa-ing at 7 am before work. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite bars and restaurants with great happy hours (and snacks) along with other activities, so y’all can enjoy some time with the girlies with minimal coordination. 
 
Austin Galentine's Day Guide | paper + flame
Happy Hour Drinks + Bites 
 
Holy Roller has happy hour from 4-7! I highly recommend getting the cocktail, Queen fo  a Day, their Trash Fries, and the Grilled Cheesus. If it offered, I recommend the Chicken Pot Pie as well. It’s easily the most flavorful chicken pot pie I’ve had. I’d end the night with their Circus Cookie Soft Serve. It has the cutest “girls, girls, girls” sign!
 
Key Bar has happy hour from 4-8PM with cocktails for $9, beers for $3, and wines for $5. I highly recommend getting the Double-Bubbles which is $5 and has a glass of champagne with juice filled boba at the bottom! This is right next to Holy Roller, so it’s perfect to go while you’re waiting for a table. It also has a fire pit, so you can all stay warm!
 
Eberly has happy hour from 5-7 in their back section called Cedar Tavern. Eberly is super aesthetic and you can get those perfect #squadpics. They have half price certain food items, including pizzas! They also have $7 cocktails and $6 wine by the glass. I recommend their Green Belt Pizza (and it’s only $7.50) and a French 75. 
 
If margs are more of your vibe, I have two recommendations! Cyclone Anaya’s has happy hour from 11-6 and it’s perfect for a quick lunch with the girlies. It’s in the domain and their queso and margaritas are to die for! For a more central option, El Chile has happy hour from 3-6 and I recommend the Spicy Sandia and the queso! 
 
Non-Alcoholic
 
You don’t always need alchol to have fun! If you want to do something with your girls, I recommend the Blue Star Lite Drive-In! It is showing Dirty Dancing on Tuesday and you can BYOB food and drinks. Throw together a picnic basket and enjoy! Alamo Drafthouse is doing a 90 minute showing of every Galentine’s Day episode of Parks and Recreation! Both events require tickets and Alamo Drafthouse has has a $5 reservation fee that is a redeemable food and drink coupon!
 
Supporting Women
 
Galentine’s Day is all about women supporting women, so I wanted to bring up some of my favorite female entrepreneurs based in Austin and around the country. Bulletin has brick-and-mortar store in New York the I stumbled into that carry things made my female creators. They have an amazing online shop as well!  Luella has your perfect #feminist clothes an accessories. Ponytail Mafia is made in Austin and is perfect for your girl gang. Lastly, if y’all are scrambling last minute for a cute shirt, Amazon’s got your back! They have one-day shipping if you buy this or this shirt. 
 
Do you celebrate Galentine’s Day? What are your Galentine’s Day plans? 
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Creamy Spinach and Chicken Pasta

Today, on What I Eat Wednesday, I have my favorite kind of romantic meal. Named after Tom Haverford, my boyfriend and I call this Chicky Chicky Pasta Pasta. Now, this meal is definitely not the healthiest again, but it is quick! I made this in under 20 minutes and it tastes amazing.This can take longer if you decide to make it all in one pan, but it is possible! When my boyfriend and I started dating, he used to make this for me every Monday, and it is delicious. Y’all know I love baking, so I tried to make this recipe as similar to (and as precise as) a baking recipe. If you’re spending Valentine’s Day itself not spending a billion dollars on all those dumb set menus, this is perfect for you. Can you tell how I feel about set menus? This would go perfectly with Brussels Sprouts too! Also, I promise the chicken is cooked, but the editing made it look super pink instead of the golden.

Creamy Spinach and Chicken Pasta | paperandflame

I make this recipe using just spinach because it’s my favorite vegetable. Feel free to add as many vegetables to this as you’d like. For meat, I prefer to use pre-seasoned boneless skinless thinly-sliced chicken breasts. I’m weird and have been using the same pre-seasoned lemon pepper chicken for three and a half years now. Feel free to use any kind of chicken and cut that you’d like. If you want to add some additional flavor, feel free to use bacon. I don’t eat red meats, so it’s not my cup of tea. Lastly, I like to use some other than normal pasta. In this recipe, I used pasta with a serving of vegetables, but otherwise, I recommend the Banza Chickpea pasta if you want protein. Also, feel free to make it as creamy or cheesy as you depended on your personal preference!

Serving Size: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless skinless thinly-sliced chicken breast (I used lemon-pepper seasoned)
  • 1.5 cup pasta (about half a box) of farfalle or penne
  • 1/2 bag spinach (3.0-4.5 oz)
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp garlic (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste (for me that’s tons)
Instructions
  1. Put salted water to boil and cook pasta according to instructions on the box.
  2. In the mean time, heat a pan to medium heat.
  3. Wait till hot and cook chicken breast for 3 minutes on each side or till completely cooked. Set aside to rest.
  4. In olive oil, cook garlic for 30-45 seconds.
  5. Add spinach and cook undisturbed for 2 minutes or until cooked down.
  6. Move to low heat and add whipping cream, parmesan, salt, and pepper.
  7. Slice chicken breast and add pasta to spinach and sauce mixture.
  8. Let sauce turn from white to creamy.
  9. Mix and serve.

What are your Valentine’s Day plans? What’s your go-to cozy meal? If you make this, tag us on Instagram #pfeats!

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February Challenge

Now that half of 2018 is over, I’m excited for a new month. Whether you’re restarting your resolutions or continuing them, February is going to be a great. It’s going to start getting a little warmer but stay cool enough to still dress nicely. I’m excited for February only because its 4 perfectly rounded off weeks. This past month has moved at a glacial pace for me, and I’m OVER it.

Today, I come to you with a little challenge to make sure you do all those annoying admin-y things this month. There are 28 days in February, and we have 28 things to accomplish this month. Throughout the month, I’ll have things to help you accomplish a lot of these. Yes, that budget I promised is coming. I’m just trying to make it super customizable to fit everyone’s budgetary needs. Some stuff, especially car and financial things, aren’t relevant to everyone.

My type-A self loves any form of checklist or to-do list for gratification and validation, so this what y’all are getting. Also, I’m not saying this is my to-do list for the month, but I’m not not saying that either. I wanted to challenge myself, and y’all to get everything done. I attempted to make it pretty, but honestly, fonts are not my thing, so this is the best I could do. Honestly, a lot of these things are cleaning an organization things; I would call it pre-spring cleaning. I do most of these things about once a month anyway.

Get Sh*t Done February Checklist | paper + flame

What things do you love putting off? What do you want to accomplish this month? 
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One Package Corn Dip

It’s Wednesday, so I’m going to talk about food instead of thinking how long this week is. It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, which means football! Also, it means the Puppy Bowl, drinking all day, and snack. Regardless of which team you support, everyone can support hella snacks and dips. Today, I have another so-simple-why-is-this-a-recipe recipe. I like to call this recipe one package corn dip because it requires exactly one package of every ingredient, so there’s virtually no weird residual ingredients. I, also, call this the Kerlin Corp Dip because I was introduced to this by my wonderful friends, the Kerlin twins. If you want some healthier options, check this and this out.

One Package Corn Dip | paper + flame

Ingredients
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Cheddar, 1/2 divided use
  • 4oz canned green chiles
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Heat cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 20 seconds.
  3. Combine cream cheese, green chiles, frozen corn, 1/2 cup cheddar, and Slap Ya Mama to taste.
  4. Put into a oven safe dish and top with remaining cheddar.
  5. Regardless of oven temperature, put into oven for 15 minutes. Remove when bubbly.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes and serve.

Who are you supporting? What’s your favorite Super Bowl snack?

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Brussels Sprouts

Today, for What I Eat Wednesday, I have another easy healthy recipe. Brussels Sprouts have quickly become one of my favorite vegetables to eat because they are so easy to cook. This recipe is the easiest thing ever because you can prepare them and throw them in the oven with a timer. I honestly don’t even know if this can be considered a recipe. It’s the perfect snack or side and seems like you put in real effort.

Brussels Sprouts | paper + flame
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Brussels Sprouts
  • 3 tbsp Soy Sauce (or alternative), to taste
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder, to taste
  • Slap Ya Mama (or other Cajun seasoning), to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut the ends of the Brussels Sprouts chop in half.
  3. Throw everything into a mixing bowl until evenly coated.
  4. Put in an oven safe dish and leave until crispy, about 30 mins.
  5. To reheat, warm in pan or oven.
What’s your favorite side? Do you like Brussels Sprouts?
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December Ipsy

I think is the most excited I’ve been for an Ipsy in a loooong time. I’ve done a few of these previously, but I love my Ipsy. I’m a person who does a lot of research before buying anything, especially makeup and skincare. Ipsy allows me to try out new products without giving myself and ulcer trying to figure out the ~best~ things to buy.
December Ipsy | paper + flame
First of all, I love the bag this month. It’s simple and cute; I repurpose my Ipsy bags as storage in my bathroom, room, and purses. This month I got the NYX Faux Blacks in Obsidian, First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Derma-E Radiant Glow Face Oil, MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara in Black, Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Orchid Ornament.
  1. NYX Faux Blacks in Obsidian is my surprising favorite of the month. In high school, I definitely wore an aggressively amount of liner in my tight line and waterline, as proven by this Insta. Since then, I’ve switched to top liquid liner only. Since then, my stick and gel liner consumption has seriously dropped. The cool part of this faux blacks liner is that they go on really dark and smudgy (in a good way) but have a fun colorful edge. I’ve been wearing this daily on my lash line and tight line. I love how the deep navy hue make my dark brown eyes pop.
  2. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser is an old favorite. Every Christmas for the past 5-ish years, I buy the First Aid Beauty set and fall in love again. I ran out of makeup remover, and this cleanser takes off my makeup without being too stripping.
  3. Derma-E Radiant Glow Face Oil was my biggest disappointment of this Ipsy. In the winter, I love being able to use a face oil. In Texas, for 9 months out of the year, my super oily skin can’t handle the oil. However, I hate the smell of this face oil. Obviously, if its on your face, it tends to linger. I have to alternate recommendations: Tarte Maracuja Oil and the Trader Joe’s Vitamin E OIl.
  4. MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara in Black was surprisingly good. If you watched Youtube videos in 2008/2009, everyone had all MAC everything but never the mascaras. This time around they have honestly killed it. I think the mascara, and the formula is great. I didn’t even have to wait for it to dry out before it started doing what I wanted it todo.
  5. Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Orchid Ornament was my “indifferent” pick of the bag. I don’t love the lighter color particularly, and sometimes use it to highlight. The darker color is pretty, but I prefer matte crease colors.
 Do y’all subscribe to a subscription beauty box? What do y’all want to try?? 
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Intermittent Fasting

Stay tuned for the giveaway at the end!
What do Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Terry Crews, and I all have in common? Sadly, it’s not the fact that we are all in phenomenal shape. We all intermittently fast. Intermittent fasting is a fancy word for skipping a meal, either breakfast or dinner. I learned about intermittent fasting when Max Lowery, the author of The 2 Meal Day, was a guest on a podcast. There are many different people that implement this fasting in different ways, but I heard about it from Max Lowery and was immediately interested. I wanted to try it out initially because I was excited by the concept of having increased energy. I feel constantly exhausted, so I was hoping this would revolutionize my life. I bought his book for my mom for her birthday in early October and we poured through it together. His book comes with amazing and easy recipes that I’ve been trying to incorporate into my rotation.
The Big Picture
The general concept is that if you don’t eat breakfast or dinner you effectively fast for 14-16 hours. Coffee and tea in the morning is allowed as long as it’s without milk and sugar as they contain sugar. You eat a normal amount of lunch and dinner along with a snack in between if you’d like. Lastly, regarding the contents of the food themselves, obviously it works best if you eat super healthy, but Lowery likes to prioritize carbohydrates consumption as they are sugars. Lowery suggests eating low-carb meals unless you have worked out that day. Then, you can have one high-carb meal. Lowery, also, says that working out during your “fasting” period is totally fine and that you should stay hydrated.
My Schedule
When I started this diet, I would wake up around 7:30 and be out the door by 8:00. I would most likely eat a piece of toast with some jalapeño cream cheese on it. Realistically, I’m not a big fan of breakfast foods and would require way too much time to make a breakfast I actually enjoy. Next, I would eat lunch around 11:50 as I had a 12:30 class. I have found a few salads I enjoy and in the past few months have been having them for lunch because they require no reheating or refrigeration. Usually, after my first of three classes I would have a can of Coke. I finished classes around 5:00 and would come home and have a snack. Around 7:00, I would have dinner which would be whatever I was in the mood for combined with whatever was in my fridge.
My Application
One thing I definitely can’t stick too is the coffee without milk. I really don’t like coffee, but sometimes I just need an extra jump in my step. I make coffee with teaspoon of either Italian or Nescafe instant coffee in lactose-free milk. I still ate lunch at the same time and found myself eating the same amount of lunch. Because I spend most of my day studying, I really want to snack out of boredom. I replaced that snacking and my daily Coke with lots of water and a baby can of Coke Zero Sugar. The two days a week I had class I would come home ravenous and usually get home around 5:20 and start making dinner and eat around 6:00.
Honestly, the only difficultly I had with any of this is denying myself some drunk pizza after going out and inhaling tacos the morning after a night out. Because of my school schedule, I had to move my workouts to the afternoons because I’m not productive after I leave school. Also, I’m a chicken and vegetables gal, so cutting out carbs was only hard when I didn’t want to cook. At the same time, if I was craving a queso because I had a shitty day, I wouldn’t deny myself. I still went to breakfast and brunch with my friend. Brunch was easy because it wouldn’t start till 11:00 anyway, so I didn’t have to worry. I went to two 7:30 breakfasts with friends and I was very happy with just coffee. I focused on conversations and developing relationships instead of food.
Reflection
A few of my friends started intermittent fasting without my encouragement. In all honesty, very few people knew I was even doing it. My roommate didn’t even realize until I was talking about it last night. My mother, of course, knew because she’s constantly shoving food down my throat. Sometimes, I missed having eggs, but I would just have eggs for lunch that day. My friends who have started doing it have reported a lot higher energy. I do think it helped with energy levels, but for me, it was more with the post-lunch crash that you usually get. Despite the fact that I had two mind-numbingly boring classes in a row, I stayed relatively energetic.
Honestly, my favorite part about intermittent fasting is that it is a diet where I’m not constantly thinking about food or what I eat. I’ve seen my friends who are doing Whole30, and they spend a lot of time and energy focusing on what they can or cannot eat. I never want to have a negative relationship with food because it’s absolutely delicious and required for your body to function normally. Low-carb meals aren’t that hard in my opinion because I replace carbs I might have eaten with more filling. Instead of tacos, I make the insides of a taco and just eat extra of the yummy parts. I’ve been doing intermittent fasting since early October, and honestly, I forget it’s a thing I’m doing till someone asks me about breakfast. I love that it’s such a part of my life that I don’t even have to think about it.
Giveaway
In honor of the new year and possibly already forgotten resolutions, I’m giving away two copies of The 2 Meal Day, one here and one on Instagram. I’m really happy to find something that works for me and helps with my energy levels.

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Do you have any fitness goals for 2018? Are you trying out any diets? Would you try intermittent fasting?
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What I Eat Wednesday | Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad

New Year New Blog Series? So I’m starting a weekly series called What I Eat Wednesday. As a fake adult, I’ve taught myself a variety of food and desserts that even the pickiest of eaters (aka I) will eat. I’m definitely not the healthiest person in the world, but I like to describe food as a eat as healthy light. It’s definitely not unhealthy and could easily be made even more healthy. As a food lover, there’s only so much I can sacrifice in terms of taste for health. Growing up, my mom always fed us extremely healthy and delicious food. It’s definitely not an art that I have mastered, but I’ve slowly experimented to make something delicious.  Also, out of pure laziness, a lot of these meals will be vegetarian. This is only because cooking meat takes time, and I worry about refrigeration. This Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad can easily be dressed up with the meat of your choice.
Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad | paper + flame
This salad is definitely not a creation of my own. In October, I went to Chicago for a wedding with a big group of my friends. Our first night, we went out for a nice dinner to Siena Tavern, which I highly recommend. The head chef of the restaurant is Fabio from Top Chef, and all of the food was delicious. We ordered multiple appetizers for the table, but unfortunately, many of them were seafood, which I do not eat. I ordered myself a Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad because I am a lover for Caesar salads. I thought that it was a pretty safe choice, and I was interested to find out what makes a Caesar salad Tuscan. Little did I know, Tuscan kale was a kind of kale also called Lacinto or Dino Kale. It tastes less kale-y than baby kale, and you don’t have to massage it (whatever that means).  It was delicious, refreshing, and surprisingly filling. The recipe seems easy enough and would be great as an appetizer or a side of a meal. I take this for lunch on a daily basis when I got to campus.
It’s a salad, so it doesn’t really need instructions. I do have some notes on the ingredients. My local grocery store, HEB, a big Texas chain, carries Tuscan Kale and calls it Lacinto. I prefer the Trader Joe’s Organic Tuscan Kale because it comes pre-washed and pre-chopped. One package of kale from TJs lasts me a week! I prefer a yogurt-based dressing because it’s much lighter and healthier. I recommend a flavored Caesar dressing to add an extra punch. I love Poblano Caesar dressing. Also, I recommend buying the dressings that are in the area with fresh produce because they tend to have less preservatives since they are refrigerated. Lastly, load up on those croutons to ease your way into salads.  Also, I generally leave out the extra cheese.
Meal Prep Tips
I combine the dressing and lemon for the week, and put into individual containers for each day. I separate kale into containers for the week and croutons every morning. Croutons tend to get soggy if you leave them in the fridge. At lunch, I usually just shake up my salad container.
Ingredients

Serving Size 4

1 Package or bunch of Tuscan/Dino/Lacinto Kale
8 tablespoons dressing (2 per serving)
1 package croutons
1 Lemon
1/2 cup parmesan (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon with dressing depending on preference.
  2. Toss kale and dressing until evenly distributed.
  3. Serve with croutons.
What’s your easy go-to lunch? Are you going to try it out? If you make this, use #pfeats on Insta.
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Things I Want to Learn in 2018

Resolutions are hard, but I have some for the blog and some for myself in the future. If resolutions aren’t your thing, or you’ve already given up, challenge yourself to learn new things. If you don’t want to learn something new, try and improve on a skill you already have. The next six months are my last of avoiding adulthood. Admittedly, a year of graduate school isn’t delaying adulthood for long, but I’ll take everything I can get. I want to teach myself some basic (and not so basic) things in the next few months when I do have time on my hands. I start working in the beginning of busy season for my industry, so I want to learn somethings for fun and some to simplify my life  A lot of these things I can do while continuing to do the things I love, like listen to podcasts or watch TV.

Things I Want to Learn | paper + flame

Basics

Some of these things are pretty basic. I need to learn how to blow dry my hair, so it looks beautiful and voluminous. I have wavy/curly hair, so it’s frustrating leaving the house with wet hair because I have no idea how it’ll turn out. This really shouldn’t be this difficult, but I never learned how to do it. I, also, want to learn more about skincare products and create a routine that works for me. I have extremely oily skin. As it’s starting to warm up again here in Texas, I want to keep oiliness at bay. Lastly, I’ve had a DSLR for about two years now, so I really want to develop my photography skills further. I’ve done all the research and know what I need to know, but I just need to go out and shoot.

Cooking and Baking

I want to learn some specific technical skills for the new year. I really want to improve my cooking and baking skills technically. Within cooking, I want to be able to make a “fancy” food that is to be determined. I want to have a signature dish that everyone wants me to make all the time. Also, I want to try my hand at making more regional cuisines. I had a Lithuanian professor two consecutive semesters and started baking Lithuanian treats. I want to take countries and really break them down and make local foods. Baking-wise, I want to be able to make a swiss roll. I made and absolutely tragic Swiss roll with Karina about a month ago. I really want to try more technically difficult breads. I’ve perfected my focaccia and want to work on Challah next. The Challah plait is beautiful, and I want to make a few before Passover.

What do you want to learn in 2018?

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