Happy St. Paddy’s Day, my green beer-loving beauty baking buddy! ☘️ Good morning to you. My first question for you on this lovely (albeit overcast) morning is this: are you wearing green? I am…sort of. I’m wearing a greenish blue Chanel, which I think should totally count.
My second question for you pertains to brownies (yes, brownies), and I need your opinion on this. It’s VERY important.
OK…are you ready?
OK, so, as you know, I’ve been tweaking my brownie recipe for months, slowly but surely modifying it to create what I hope will be the best darned brownies in the city of Novato, and just when I thought I had my ultimate go-to recipe figure out, something occurred to me last night…
What if I toast the walnuts BEFORE adding them to the batter?
What do you think? Next level perhaps…? Would it be worth the effort?
If you have any experience in this area, lemme know. I’m thinking that the oven will be on anyway, so it wouldn’t take that much more time to toast a handful of walnuts in a pan.
I just might whip some up tonight.
These were from Connor’s birthday party. So far, I’ve learned that I prefer Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips to Tollhouse and Guittard chocolate chips, and I like the taste better when I replace a third of the regular sugar in the recipe with brown sugar. I feel like the brown sugar gives them a caramel-y depth, so they aren’t just sweet for the sake of being sweet.
Alright…now that I’ve probably teased your sweet tooth (sorry!), how about some light reading? Here are some things that made me go “Hmm…” this week.
If you ever find yourself wondering what fragrance you should wear on any given day during your menstrual cycle…here’s the guide you’ve been waiting for!
Apparently, bergamot notes, like the kind in Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Intense, can help you chill-the-eff out when you’re PMS-ing.
Technically, leopards don’t have spots.
Yeah, according to this abridged history of the leopard print. “If you’re being a nerd,” says Craig Saffoe, curator of Great Cats at the National Zoo in Washington, “leopards don’t really have spots. They have what we call a rosette. Leopards have a rosette, cheetahs have spots all over, and jaguars have a rosette with a spot inside.”
The latest trend in perfumes: scents that are so subtle that they’re almost odorless, which begs the question…why the heck would I wear perfume if I couldn’t smell it?
It’s a thing, though, and it’s called “no-perfume perfume.”
Actually, I get the appeal of wanting a scent that doesn’t get all up in everyone’s face, but I also want to be able to smell my perfumes a little.
It takes time to transform Mandy Moore’s character in This Is Us from a 25-year-old woman to a woman of 68, and part of the styling process includes her taking Advil early on filming days, because tightly pinning up her hair into a wig cap gives Mandy a headache. (I totally get this. I’ve had some tight updos with, like, a million bobby pins.)
Between the hair and the makeup, getting her into character takes three hours.
I still have home decor on my mind, and the Pottery Barn Lily Pulizter collection is making me want to drop everything and immediately plan a tropical vacay. I’m loving it all, especially the wallpaper, and I’m not even a wallpaper kind of person!
My parents visited last Thursday to watch Connor, so I holed myself up in my office and blogged like a maniac for a few hours, and this soothing white noise video of the sound of rain really helped me concentrate.
You’ve got the love I need to see me through.
Somebody please make these stuffed mushrooms for me.
I hope you do something fun today. As you know, this is the day when all of us are 💚 Irish.
I think we’re gonna don our green apparel and head up to Petaluma for brunch.
See you soon!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,