Dribs and Drabs (Patty)

What did I promise last week in the drawing? Oh, yeah, all those samples except the Watermelon Gazpacho, which I slurped down. Then I just abandoned all pretense of civility and started eating watermelon straight. Just watermelon/melon for three days. I’m foundering on it. We have now entered the melon feast/fast stage of summer where I live on melons and peaches.  To be followed by a fall of pumpkin everything – pumpkin gnocchi, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie – hmmm, can I do a raw pumpkin pie?  Must think about this

So the winners from last week are:  Matt and Brooke.  Just hit the Contact Us over on the left, remind me what you’ve won, get me your address. I’ll give you a quick “got it” return e-mail so you know you escaped my junk filter, and then I’ll get them sent out. If you don’t get a return e-mail, contact me again.  No Watermelon Gazpacho in the sample pack. Can you do a peach gazpacho?  I think I found a recipe for a pineapple gazpacho.

Now, the raw pizza crust recipe and marinara sauce:


3 Large Yellow Onions

2/3 Cup Flax Seeds, ground (I used Brown, but Golden will also work)

1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds, ground

1/4 Cup Almond Flour, (dehydrated almond pulp)

1/3 Cup Nama Shoyu?1/4 Cup Olive Oil (cold pressed or non-pressed)

2 Tbs Nutritional Yeast

1 Tbs Oregano

1 Clove Garlic, minced

1 Tsp Himalayan Crystal Salt (more or less to taste)

Start by grinding all of the seeds into a fine powder. Place the dry ground flax, sunflower, and almond flour into a large bowl and stir around to mix well.   Add the remaining dry ingredients, the nutritional yeast, oregano and Himalayan salt, to the bowl and again mix well.

Clean and peel the three large onions and cut into quarters.  In a food processor slice all of the onions into slivers using the slicing disc. Break up any large pieces so you are left with mostly onion slivers.  Place the onion slivers a large clump at a time into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and toss until all of the onions are well coated.   Mix together the nama shoyu, olive oil, and minced garlic, then incorporate into the dry ingredients .   Set this bowl aside for five minutes or so to allow the dry mixture to soak up the wet ingredients.  Press this mixture into a tart pan or pizza pan. Something with sides works pretty well.



3 cup baby grape tomatoes

1 cup raisins

1 lemon, juiced

3 garlic clove

1/2 cup basil

sea salt to taste

Blend in a blender until smooth. Adjust for enough sweet flavor with a hint of tang from the lemon juice.    Top your pizza with whatever veggies you have around.

That’s your delicious raw food recipe for the week.  Wow, that’s like a whole post, none of it about perfume, except I DO have a perfume to talk about.

I like Cartier Baiser Vole.  It shocked me kind of, but not really.  Mathilde Laurent I think is so good, but I know with this and the Lune thing they did, they were aiming at a more commercial audience. I liked Lune and happily wear it from time to time. It’s easy to wear.  Baiser Vole is the same – very commercial, but really easy to wear. So commercial enough that it will sell easily, but not so much that it smells like everything else out there, just close enough that consumers won’t think it’s too weird for them.

The marketing materials say it’s all about the lily, the flower men pick as most liking to smell.  I would have argued that point, thinking men aren’t crazy about lily, but so far every male that’s smelled this perfume thinks it’s great and have commented no fewer than 5-6 times about how good it smells. It skews youthful, floral, little green, little sweetish, not entirely nice, but  mom won’t notice she’s a a bit of a tart.  It’s pretty strong out of the bottle, so go easy on it if you’re wearing it to the office or on a date, a little will waft happily across a football field.  Must be that cool bottle which looks like a lighter – shoots it like a scented flame thrower.

Source of this sample is Cartier.  They sent me plenty, so I’m going to give away like 10 generous samples of it to commenters.  So just drop a comment to be entered.

Now, y’all may shoot me for this, but it’s the end of July, and the end of summer is in sight, and it makes me sad. When peaches show up (next week), I know we are in the wrap-up phase.

Everything ends.  This is something that is stuck in my head for the last week.  I feel less sad about things that may end before I’m ready because I know the end is there for everything.  This winds up floating through my head during meditation. Oh,  yeah, I’m doing my 30-day yoga/meditation challenge. 30 days of both every day. I’m almost done with Day 3.  Much as I’d like to tell you I’m thinking about the big things in life that end – and I do! – what also crosses my mind is my dwindling supply of Apres L’Ondee vintage parfum and other finite scents that I’ll probably never see again once it’s gone.

What are you going to be sad to see end that you have in your perfume library?  Or in some other nonscented thing that you know will eventually end?

  • For two years, I’ve been working on the book. It was all anticipation. The book launch was last week. It was successful, but that wonderful rush of “YES!” is now over. Now it’s my job to promote it, be on talk shows, and represent it. And, of course, start the next book proposal.
    I love seasonal changes. I hate Christmas stores that substitute hype for special. I love knowing that cherries won’t last forever. It makes them sweeter. Neither will our summer of 117 degrees–and, as Rainer Maria Rilke said, no emotion is final.
    I’d love to try the Cartier. I wanted to try it at Saks, and they kept fobbing the Lune off on me. I really wanted the Baiser Vole.

    • Musette says:

      QC – heartiest congratulations!!!! What’s the book called?

      I am in agreement with you re seasonal changes, even as I long to return to CA, where changes are a bit more…subtle? But there is something to be said for the rush of that first HOT day, that first real Spring rain, the first heavy snowfall….and the bittersweet of the first falling leaves in autumn..

      xo >-)

      • Thanks, Musette. I live in the Sonoran desert, so those changes are subtle, too, and I value them. I’ve recognized the shift from winter to spring–OK, so it happen in February, but that’s OK!

        The book is called Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art. It’s for people who want to keep an art journal, but can’t draw. It did well in pre-orders, I’m now officially an amazon.com best-selling author! Another season in my life!

  • Maureen C says:

    We haven’t had enough of a summer here in the UK to regret anything passing! However I always feel a wave of profound sadness when a favourtite writer or artist dies, knowing that I will never experience new work from them again. Perfumewise I eek out some vintage Arpege for special occaisons only or when watching “A Single Man”.
    Would love to try the Cartier.

  • Holly F. says:

    This is the first summer in a LONG time that I feel bittersweet towards its ending, but then comes fall which is my absolute favorite season, and more than enough consolation. In the meantime, I will enjoy the peaches. I am not worried about the end of any bottles, but let’s just say I have a bit of concern regarding several decants I have become very attached to- I may have to be very judicious with them!

  • Lindaloo says:

    I too would have argued against lily being men’s favourite, but I hadn’t thought about the “not entirely nice” aspect. Would love to try the Baiser Vole.
    I’m sad that July is almost over and summer still hasn’t started here on the west coast and since it hasn’t been much of a summer in our fruit growing region inland I’m pretty sure we won’t have peaches showing up here next week either. But I’ve always liked September so that’s something to look forward to.
    As for a fragrance coming to an end — I’m reaching the last drops of my “houndstooth era” Diorella, but there are so many new and wonderful scents to explore out there that I can’t really be too upset.
    Good luck with the 30 day meditation/yoga challenge.

  • civava says:

    I’m sad my vacation is over an summer will end soon. Grrr.

  • Gisela says:

    I’m sad that summer seems already over and I am only just starting my vacation. The last weeks felt already like fall here with lots of rain and low temperatures.
    And then there are the last drops of my pre-reformulation Le Temps d’une Fete…

  • Jennifer says:

    I hate to come to the end of a series I’m reading or a discontinued fragrance (I got some Arpege and thought it okay then the extrait and it was better then a different bottle of extrait-and WOW!-very nice!!!but sadly only a half a bottle!)
    Please enter me I would love to try this!

  • minette says:

    i’m happy for summer to end! except for the cherries – the hard, dark red, juicy cherries are the best! but the heat can have itself. i’ve always loved late summer – shopping for school clothes, getting excited about new classes and people, cooler weather, crisp, blue skies – all good! so yes, thing ends, but they also begin. or do they? some believe nothing is born, nothing dies. birthdays and death days are continuations, not starts and ends.

    you describe the perfume so nicely, i’d love to try it, so please throw my hat into the ring. continued success with the yoga/meditation!

  • dj says:

    end of the good cherries and strawberries, the shorter evenings…I am already feeling the end of summer and here in the uk it hasn’t been all that hot.

    the end of summer means that it will be a year since my grandfather died. hard one.

    I love cabotine, so perhaps I will like the cartier. would love to be entered in the draw, I have a usa address

  • FragrantWitch says:

    My oldest daughter turns 5 and starts full-time school in September and I am finding it bittersweet. I am so proud of her and all that she can do andhas to look forward to but I am sad that her baby and toddlerhood is gone already. It was so fast- she was just a baby yesterday! Her sister is 2 and 1/2 and will start 2 mornings of preschool and I feel the same way about her- possibly even more so because she is my last baby. Its all too fast!

    Scent-wise, I will miss my vintage Shalimar parfum when the final drops are gone…sniff

    Thanks for the draw, Patty- I haven’t found my lily yet, this could be it!

  • LindaB says:

    I’m sooooo sad about summer ending soon too. I just started thinking about it yesterday and although I adore Fall, I am just so down about no more summer days/nights.

    I am also sad about the end of my Lancome 2000 et une roses. I am hoarding the last few sprays but I know it’s about over. It’s my favorite rose of all time.

    Please enter me in the draw…I absolutely LOVE lily!

  • helenviolette says:

    I love watermelon in summer too: Here is an easy recipe for a watermolon salad that is a hit at parties: Watermelon cut in chunks, feta cheese in cubes, kalamata olives, basil and drizzle with EVOO. And I will throw my hat into the draw! I sniffed and liked but not sure FBW…

  • london says:

    I am desperate to try this one. I have a small decant of Nuit au Desert and I don’t know whether to wear it and enjoy it or to hoard it. I guess I should just be grateful that I have it at all.

  • Julie says:

    I always get sad near the end of August, even though I am out of school for many many years. Summer is my favorite time of year – even if people are working, the attitude is a little more carefree. And my husband, the full-time student, is only taking 1 class this summer, so we get to have a little more fun than during the school year. There are so many things going on in August – my first wedding anniversary, my Mom’s and Grandmother’s birthday (who will be turning 100 this year!), and both my and my husband’s birthday as well. Mine is August 24th, so it’s always been bittersweet – happy to celebrate, but knowing that it means that I (or now my husband) has to go back to school the next week.

  • KirstenMarie says:

    Oh Patty, I’m so sorry to hear about your dwindling Apres L’Ondee! (I know, a whole post – even two! – and that’s what I focus on. But it’s my Favorite. My supply of the vintage is also short.) I will be sad to see the end of the near daily thunder-grumbles we’ve had in Colorado Springs. But I won’t be sad to see my watering bill go down!

    Please enter me in the drawing – the lily sounds interesting.

  • Kym says:

    Please enter me in the draw – I love lily!

    Coming to an end: I received a small decant of L’Heure Bleue last summer. The swapper didn’t know the vintage or type, but I adore it. I also have another decant of vintage edp which I don’t love as much. So…I know I’ll never be able to find the vintage I adore again since I simply don’t know what it is. I’ll continue to wear only one spray (which is plenty) less than once every blue moon. Then it will be gone…and I’ll be sad about that.

  • maggiecat says:

    I sniffed the Baiser Vole last weekend and was surprised at how much I liked it – and how i keep returning to the scent strip still on my dresser. It wears well, and I’d love a sample! I will be HAPPY to see summer leave, with its 28-straight-days of 100+ temperatures, but sorry to see the extra leisure time go with it. And I’m holding a grudge against watermelons right now as bringing one into the house for the 4th of July apparently ruptured a tendon in my elbow….Sigh.

  • dleep says:

    Had to purchase a bottle of Baiser Vole. I love it and have already received several compliments. Wish I could eat fresh peaches – I miss them so much. I have developed an oral allergy to most fruits with pits. I end up looking like I had an overdose of filler in my lips. I can’t say that I am sorry to see summer end. Not a fan of this heat and humidity – makes me cranky!

  • Tommasina says:

    Not what you were looking for, I’m sure; but I’m sad that my f/Friend (Quaker) Amy’s life is coming to an end, after 11 valiant years fighting 4 bouts of cancer, of 3 different types. A few days ago, her doctors told her to call hospice; yesterday, with her liver beginning to shut down, hospice told her to go back home, where she can be with her beloved husband, cats and dog.

    Had a peach for breakfast. Love Nu which, to me, is the mediaeval castle of Foix on a misty, cool June afternoon. Sent your pizza recipe to my mother and a couple of friends – thanks. And would love to try the Cartier (a house I tend to like).

  • Ann says:

    Hi, Patty! Thanks for the yummy recipes. I, too, am liking the soft, slightly green lily of the Baiser.
    One thing that I would like to see end soon is this long, hot summer here in the deep South (I know, other folks have it even worse, so I will hush). I will, however, hate to see the end of all the lovely seasonal produce.

  • Patty says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. I’ve heard good things about Baiser Vole, and I love the scent of lilies.

    I’ll be sorry to use up my teeny-tiny sample bottles of vintage Weil Antilope. Really like the sweet, dried-grass note, and I’m worried about the promised new version.

  • another perfume blog says:

    Oh, Colorado peaches. Yumm. I have a Colorado friend who makes peach pie every summer.

    As far as things coming to an end, I was able to recently replace some vintage bottles, so I’m not feeling pressure there, but summer coming to an end is an odd thought. And a sad one. I know that I’ll be ready for fall sometime in October, though. That’s usually when it hits me!

    No need to enter me in the draw, good luck to those entering!

  • Fernando says:

    I’m very curious about Baiser Volé, even if the name seems doomed to turn into “vole”.

    Maine has returned to normal summer temperatures, a move I heartily approve of!

  • Musette says:

    ps. re the Baiser Vole’: I was thinking of it last night – have a blooming Madonna lily in a vase…perfumed the entire bedrooom. When Mathilde Laurent said ‘lily’ – she probably didn’t mean ‘that’ lily. 😮 I think you could mash up the stems, the dirt, the leaves…and it would still smell schweeet! Which BV is not, bless its hort.

    xo >-)

  • jirish says:

    When this summer ends it will also end my only child’s childhood. He’ll be off to college, and I’m trying to prepare myself for this change. Helps that he’s going to a college here in Chicago (DePaul), but he’ll be living on campus so it will still be a big change for our house. I’ll have to adjust to all the quiet. Perfume-wise, I’ll be sorry when my decant of Chamade is gone.

    • nozknoz says:

      I have a nephew at DePaul, jirish, and he seems to be turning out very well. I know there’s no substitute for the empty place in your life (until there are grandchildren :-) but hope this time may open doors for you, as well.

  • Musette says:

    Do you know….:-? I have not had ONE watermelon, yet? 😮 I’m riding down to the Peoria local farmer’s market on Saturday, will rectify that. Just across the river, in Spring Bay, are some of the best watermelons and cantaloupe in the country. Great sandy soil…yum!

    For all my crabbing about the excessive heat I will definitely miss summer. It’s less terrifying to me than winter (it’s Evil Twin) and I love the idea of being able to throw on a little dress just to run out to the garden or walk the dogs.

    Perfume-wise. Oh, honey – the list is LONG. But the shortlist probably it would be vintage Mitsouko (though I think I have enough to last me awhile), Coty Chypre (alas, not nearly enough)……vintage Parure (ditto)…..

    xo >-)

  • Teri says:

    My mother always used to maintain that July 4th marked the end of summer. As a kid growing up, I HATED that philosophy, but as a mature adult now, I get it. Summer officially begins just as the days start getting shorter. Summer is like 3:00 pm on a Sunday afternoon. Still lots of day left, but the spectre of Monday morning is looming.

    I bought two bottles of Element of Surprise before it disappeared forever, so the goodbye won’t be coming for a long time yet. But I do hate that I’m no longer able to spray it with abandon on hot days. I resent having to be niggardly with something that I enjoy.

    When the last Harry Potter book came out, I couldn’t force myself to read past the middle of the book. I didn’t want the story to end. When the movie came out and people started talking about it, I did finally finish the book as I didn’t want to hear about the end from the movie-goers. I wanted to read it for myself.

    • Julie says:

      I just got some Element of Surprise in a swap and tried looking around to buy some more and realized it was gone. So sad!

      And I know how you feel about Harry Potter. I just watched the movie last week and of course cried like crazy. Not because the story was sad, but just that it is all over, after spending so much time with them.

  • Maureen says:

    I will miss the long sunny days of summer, but not the heat and humidity. I am a newbie, so most of what is in my collection is Chanel, but I wish I could have tried all of the Chanel fragrances before there is no more vintage left. I will have to try samples, but wish I could have tried the older, more obscure fragrances. Please enter me in the draw…I wwould love to try this fragrance, and adore the bottle. Thanks.

  • Lauren says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Patty. I love not using my oven all summer and have no luck grilling pizza.

    I miss the end of the summer b/c the kids go back to school, the flowers look more bedraggled, and then suddenly there’s no good sweet corn at the farm stand. It always goes way too fast.

    Please enter me in the draw.

  • rosiegreen says:

    I feel like I have missed the whole summer. Its now the end of July and we just started getting temperatures above 70 degrees. I have a partial bottle of Habanita, I thinks its the extrait; and I will miss it when its gone. Please enter me in the draw. I have been lemming Baiser Vole since the first reviews started showing up.

  • Blacknall says:

    Ah endings,so inevitable after you’ve had beginnings. MY biggest sorrow re emptying perfume bottles is Plus Que Jamais, which was kind of a one off for Guerlain. I am majorly miserly with my bottle. Beautiful stuff.

  • therabbitsflower says:

    I generally look forward to the end of summer because I don’t like the extreme heat it brings here in the Midwest. But I will miss the long days. Perfume-wise, maybe my tropical florals like Jala will be most missed in the fall.

  • dremybluz says:

    I will be sad to see my last bottle of Detchma by Revillion finished. I will be soooo happy when this horrible Dallas scorcher is over, but they do not see the triple digit temps to disappear anytime soon. Please enter me in the draw.

  • AnnieA says:

    Just had a near miss with Biehl’s PC01, but it is not gone forever, just in my hometown. I can now go back to making it a major summer scent.

    Cherries end.

  • Suzy Q says:

    End of summer…every year. I hate going back to work (teaching).:((

  • maggi says:

    Please enter me in the drawing; at some point I will run out of Weil’s Zibeline Bath Oil. And I will be sad.

  • rosarita says:

    Summer means I’m off work, so I’ll miss lots of time with my husband and sleeping late. We are so poor at this point without my income, though, that I can’t feel sad for long. Would love to try the Cartier; that’s a house I haven’t explored much.

  • pam says:

    Here in the South, Summer is nowhere near ending and I’ve been getting peaches for awhile. So I’m not yet in the nostalgic, “I’m gonna miss Summer” mood.

    The main fragrance I am gonna miss when it’s all gone is YSL Nu edp. Love it, and in that funky container, I can’t tell how much is left!

    Would love to try the Cartier!

  • KathyT says:

    I’m sad to see summer coming to an end for my kids because I’ve really liked having them around the house all day, and I have not missed the school routine. Also my best friend is moving 1000 miles away at the end of summer, so I am not looking forward to that either. I don’t really have any fragrance worries because I realize now that my tastes seem to change before I finish a bottle. I just try to look forward to the next discovery.

  • Bevfred says:

    I try to take a slightly more Zen approach to life which is all about change, constant change.
    Having said that I do have trouble with winter!
    Please enter me in the draw.

  • jen says:

    We brought home a flat of strawberries from a upick farm in Cali, and we just had the last shortcake with good strawberries. I also just finished watching the dvd set of Downton Abbey.

  • sunnlitt says:

    I would love to try this scent–my husband is always
    hoping that I’ll wear ‘prettier’ scents.

    My oldest son is 20 and still living at home.
    I like him.
    He isn’t *at* home much, but I like having him here,
    and kind of wish that he wasn’t going to grow up even more,
    and move out and away. Sigh.

  • L says:

    I was sad to see the last of my old bottle of Eau d’Hadrien go. I keep reading how it suffers from reformulation. I will have to find out for myself, I guess.

  • Irina says:

    so many things ended, already, in my like, I try not being sad but let things go at their time
    I am happy when winter ends,I’m always kind of cold inside during winter
    No end-anxiety for me anymore..
    I would love to try “baiser vole”, it gets smiling reviews

  • Tara says:

    The perfume I will be really sorry about when I have no more is Quand Vient La Pluie. I only have it in EDP and would love the parfum, but it is so amazing.

  • nozknoz says:

    At my age I’m certain to run out of health before perfume, which is sad – but at least I don’t have to waste any time worrying about running out of perfume! ;-)

  • Meg says:

    I don’t have anything in my collection that is currently discontinued–yet! But I will be sad when my sample of A Taste of Heaven runs out because I have been wearing it every day… and I will DEFINITELY need a travel refill set after it’s finished.

    A big era/chapter of my life is drawing to a close in the next month. I am graduating from my MA, leaving the area I’ve lived in, ending a 5 year relationship..and going ‘somewhere’ once I find job there… wherever that is. It’s scary and nerve-wracking. I’m sure I’ll be excited for the new beginning part soon but right now everything is so hazy and undetermined it’s too hard to imagine.

    • Julie says:

      Congratulations and good luck to you! I moved across the country after living in 1 place for all 26 years of my life and only knowing 1 person in the new place. It was the best decision I ever made (over 10 years ago)! It is scary, especially since you don’t know where you’ll end up so I can only imagine how anxious you must be! Good luck!

  • tammy says:

    I have separation anxiety with nearly everything in life, except summer and Daylight Savings Time. I hate this godforsaken heat, I hate this punishing, never-ending sunshine. A pox on both their houses, and good riddance.

    Except that I gorge on fruit and raw veggies all summer, too, and adore all the inexpensive fresh cut flowers available now.

    I still mourn the butchering of the House of Caron. Apparently I am never going to get over that! Perhaps Cartier will come to the rescue…thanks for a chance to win a sample!

    • nozknoz says:

      “separation anxiety with nearly everything in life, except summer and Daylight Savings Time” – best laugh of the day!

      It’s true, the one scent that came to mind that I might run out of is vintage Tabac Blond. And still haven’t been able to snag vintage En Avion – sigh!

    • carlene says:

      …separation anxiety with nearly everything in life. Except winter. Ha
      , we cancel each other out.

  • Janell says:

    I would love to try the Cartier.

    I am sad that all the fruit I have been binging on will soon end.

  • Sherri M. says:

    Some of our kids go back to school next week; that’s always a bittersweet time. You know the deal. On one hand, at this point they’re bored and driving me crazy; on the other I’ll miss my relaxed time with them terribly. I’ll miss the kids swimming at night and being with me as I run my errands and my rowdy teens staying up all night (at least I keep telling myself I will! :-) ) You know…all the mom stuff…

    Perfume wise, at this point I have so much–all pretty much replaceable–I don’t think I’ll be sad about anything–more like triumphant I have actually finished something.

  • karin says:

    Oh, I LOVE Colorado peaches!!!!! Yum. But yes…summer doesn’t last. But it’ll be back again next year. :-) And August is the best summer month, so enjoy every second, Patty!

    I sprayed Baiser Vole on a card while at the Nordstrom 2 hours away. Now I wish I had sprayed it on myself cause I really think I may want a bottle. It’s a nice scent, and I like it much better than Lune. Excited when I saw your giveaway, cause I doubt I’ll get back to Nordstrom anytime soon to try it again. Thanks, Patty.

    As to things that make me sad cause they’ll soon come to an end…I am sad that Guerlain discontinued Attrape Coeur. I’m a broken record on this one, but I discovered it not long before they decided to discontinue it. And it’s become my most treasure scent. I love it like crazy. I have what I consider a good supply. But fear deterioration if I overbuy. So, yes, I know one day it will be gone, and that makes me sad.