Family photographer based in Utrecht, NL.

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My son’s Birthday Party was made um July this year, but I wanted to share it here. Many ideas I took from the internet and as he likes monstrers, oh yes, this was the perfect theme for him! Muffins and candies I made myself… (lot’s of work, I’d say!). The cake I ordered from a brazilian lady who lives in Paris and it was delicious! She printed my drawing and it was nice on the end! It was my first attempt making cake pops! So much fun!!!

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I know today is Wednesday but I want to share something. For those who love photography and do not live a day without giving a sneak peek on Flickr, you may know about HAPPY FENCE FRIFAY or better known as HFF. For those who don’t know, people take a photo of a fence and on Friday upload it to be viewed and commented by all virtual friends. (more or less like blogs are- you can be addicted to this)

When I saw it first time I thought it could be mesmerism, that there wouldn’t be many fences that different to shoot, but I was wrong and now what happens is that I photograph one after another. I notice the fences around me now when I walk on the street. Here are some of them!

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One day were driving home and decided to stop at the store to buy Brazilian beans and we find pastry for Pastel.

This pastry is not exactly like those found in Brazilian’s markets and strangely comes frozen from Germany, but we decided to try.

It is possible to make this dough at home but I have never tried. I’ve found some recipes on the internet that I put below for those who want to give a try.

Once the dough is defrosted, cut pieces of tomatoes, cheese, oregano and ham (see the photo). Fry in hot oil. It is super fast! Perhaps not the most healthy recipe in the world but it is delicious!

For the filling, you can put whatever you want. The Brazilians usually eat with minced meat (mix the meat with the onions, leeks, garlic, coriander. Cook it stirring occasionally), with palm hearts and cheese, with shredded chicken and olives or even sweet, with Brigadeiro or Nutella and banana.

Pastry Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon of cachaça (or vodka)

1 tablespoon margarine

1/3 cup warm water with 2 pinches of salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 egg


Sift the flour with baking powder.

In a large bowl, mix in the sifted flour, margarine, cachaca and egg.

Mix well while adding the warm water until you get a dough.  (Or you can prepare the dough in a electric mixer).

Move the dough to a flat surface and knead it for 15 minutes.

Use a pin to flat the dough. Take half of the dough each time and flatten it with the pin. Fold the dough couple times and flatten it again until you get a thin elastic stripe about 6 inches wide.

Lay the stripes down in a floured surface.

Place full teaspoons of your favorite filling evenly distributed on the dough.

Fold it. Pinch with a fork the seam to make sure it is closed.

Deep-fry the Pastel until golden brown.

Pat dry in a paper towel and serve.