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Meet My New Neighbor, Charlotte

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Charlotte the Spider

She’s a good listener, and you know how some neighbors make a lot of noise? Well, Charlotte’s really quiet. :)

She lives on the deck between a cherry tomato plant and a bell pepper. Next time you swing by, I’ll introduce you.

Charlotte the Spider

Charlotte the Spider

Speaking of bell peppers, I have a question for the green thumbs out there.

Uh…how do you tell when green bell peppers are ripe?

Mine look plump, and green, but they’re still kind of small (the biggest one fits in the palm of my hand), so I can’t tell. A lot of the veggies I grow on the deck are in planters and don’t usually get huge like grocery store size.

I’m wondering, though, should I pick it now or wait?

I Love the Look of These Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads

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Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 211

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 211. SO PRETTY!

Don’t mind me. I’ll just be in the corner over there rocking back and forth slowly.

See, I need time to deal with the inevitable heartbreak that will strike when I disrupt the gorgeous pattern on these Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads.

The quads themselves are refill pans that don’t come with a case, and they’re a staggering $55 each. On top of that, the case, which is sold separately, is another $25.

Wow.

The brand is pretty new to me (it’s Japanese, not French, BTW… Who knew?), and I’m looking forward to testing their eyeshadows. Here’s to hoping they lead to luxury makeup nirvana.

For that price…they better.

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads in 208 (left) and 211 (right)

Eye Color Quads in 208 (left) and 211 (right)

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 208

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 208

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 211

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 211

The Marc Jacobs Beauty Love and Lust 2 Piece Lip Set Scored Major Points With Me

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Love and Lust 2 Piece Lip Set (2)

Most of the time when I get to the register at Sephora and the sales person asks, “Would you like to redeem your points for this set of glosses/hair products/knuckle hair remover?” my gut reaction is “No thank you,” since I am a “points hoarder.”

Yes, I’ve been officially diagnosed, and no, there is currently no cure in Western medicine. I will cling to my points until the apocalypse, honey. :)

Also, rarely do those kits ever move me.

Oh, but this one by Marc Jacobs certainly did, ooh la la! I gave up — gulp — 1,000 points for the Love and Lust 2 Piece Lip Set.

It has two new full-sized lip products, both limited edition shades. Love Marc Lip Gel in Cabaret 146 is a rich wine, and Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Shooting Stars is a warm shimmery plum.

I feel like I’m still too deeply invested in summer to wear either shade right now, but soon…

Soon…

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Another Day, Another Serving of Food Pics: Artichoke Puree Soup and an Open-Faced Chickpea Spread Sandwich From Rustic Bakery

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Chickpea Spread, Artichoke Puree Soup and Iced Tea from Rustic Bakery (2)

I had this open-faced sandwich with a chickpea spread for lunch at Rustic Bakery in Novato yesterday, and that whole top veggie action was dayum good.

Served with a side of pureed artichoke soup, and I washed it down with iced tea.

Those are kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, chives and sprouts on top of the sammy.

The chickpea spread was interestingly tasty. Not quite as smooth as hummus. More chunky and a little citrusy (Meyer lemon, I think), with lots of fresh herbs.

It was nice and filling, which is great because I’m always hungry.

I’m going to try to reverse engineer the sandwich at home, so wish me luck. I’ll need it, because my taste buds, like my vision, ain’t all that.

But I make up for it with my freakishly strong sense of smell! Seriously, if you ever need someone to let you know if your neighbor six doors down is baking brownies, I’m your gal. :)

Chickpea Spread, Artichoke Puree Soup and Iced Tea from Rustic Bakery (3)

Chickpea Spread, Artichoke Puree Soup and Iced Tea from Rustic Bakery (4)

Chickpea Spread, Artichoke Puree Soup and Iced Tea from Rustic Bakery (5)

Chickpea Spread, Artichoke Puree Soup and Iced Tea from Rustic Bakery (6)

Next Time You Go to the Cheesecake Factory for Lunch…

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Cheesecake Factory Grilled Salmon (2)

Remember this: the grilled salmon on the lunch menu at the Cheesecake Factory.

BOMB.

I remembered my mom-in-law mentioning it, so I ordered it the last time I was there, and it totally hit the spot.

The fish was cooked perfectly and lightly seasoned with herbs, salt and pepper. Simple, but delicious.

It also comes with mashed potatoes and broccoli, but I substituted the potatoes for white rice because fish plus rice equals one happy Karen. :)

You know a meal is good when the food comes out and everyone at the table immediately stops talking because they’re so busy chomping and scarfing it down, LOL! Seriously, you don’t mess with a Filipino girl getting down with some fish and rice. Best to just get out of the way until she’s done, for real.

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