I was going to try to Fake It but you know what? Ain’t happenin’. I am still jammed in the sinii and it’s Hallowe’en and I have to get The Girl out and walked before the kids show up (because she is Not That Girl) and omg!
So! Lemme tell you a couple of things, do a giveaway because I love you and you are so kind when I flake and then I am OUT!
Okay – Thing One: went to Des Moines on Saturday to pick up some lily bulbs. Yes. I drove 3.5 hours ONE WAY because I am insane. But LILIES! It was one of those trips…have you ever had one of those dreams where you have a date with A Star but you can’t get your shoes on…or you actually get to the date and you’re sitting across from X (when I was a kid it was Superman) and you’re having dinner but you can’t swallow the food so you just keep chewing and shoving food in your mouth? If so, you’ll sympathize when I tell you my trip was like that. From me to Des Moines was a piece of cake but, once again, I missed the I-80 sign that would’ve taken me right to where I needed to go – found myself going towards the Capitol (so pretty, btw! shame it gets nuked in The Stand) thinking ‘crap. I think I’m on the wrong highway’ – when I saw the sign for Council Bluffs I was all ‘oh, HELLZ naw!’ Turned around and almost got BACK on the Capitol freeway, figured it out just in time. Got to the exit, made the correct turn, then 3 more wrong turns. It was like The Superman Dream all over again! But LILIES!
Grabbed mah LILIES and hied off to Newton IA to meet two fabulous perfumistas, Tami Holubar (one of the best cooks in the Universe) and Amanda Feeley of Esscentual Alchemy. Both of these women are such hedonists when it comes to perfume & food – we sat outside so we could spritz and chat with abandon (80F in Iowa. In nearly-November. The Apocalypse is nigh, I’m tellin’ya)…. Amanda is a natural perfumer, charming and bubbly as anything and her love of EOs is intoxicating. She shared a couple of works in progress – my favorite is S.F.2 (25%). When she gets it into production I’ll let you know (and maybe we’ll do a giveaway). There is a vial in here, ‘Amber Oud’. I looked at it sideways because I don’t particularly like amber OR oud…but omg. OMG! This is SO pretty! Her deft handling of both notes turns this into a bright, lemony bit of sunshine, with just enough woody darkness to keep it intriguing.
Tami made a chocolate ganache tart. I ….omg. Everything culinary she touches is Perfection!
I am now ripping out foxtail grass, behemoth nasturtiums, harvesting the last of the tomatoes (I’m going to make Pickled Green Tomatoes with the last harvest my favorite recipe comes from Liana Krissof’s book Canning for a New Generation. Here’s a link to her blog – book info is halfway down the page)
So! I’m back in from the garden, beat to flinders – and I wonder why dill isn’t used in perfumery. Or onions. Or garlic. Those are three of my favorite scents! Isn’t it funny what we love but wouldn’t wear?
I need to take a hot shower and down a Benadryl. Even my hair itches! Tell me what you’re doing: Halloween? Garden? Books? What! I’ve got tons of fun samples and will pull a couple winners! Thanks for being such sports about me perfume-flaking yet AGAIN! I want to review the DSH perfumes and do a giveaway but I swear, my nose is coming and going so bear with me!