{June 15, 2015}   Bling Bling Dolls

Bling Bling Dolls.

Olfactoria's Travels

By Tara

I first encountered Rose Cut at the Perfume Lovers London “Roses Revisited” event. We tried an awful lot of rose fragrances that evening so it must have made an impression for me to request a sample.

I think the Ann Gérard bottles are particularly stylish.


Parisian jeweller Ann Gérard released her first collection of three fragrances in 2012. They were composed by her long-time customer and friend, Bertrand Duchaufour.

Rose Cut (also by Duchaufour) joined the trio in 2014. It is named after a very old technique of cutting diamonds which creates radiance and gives the gemstone the appearance of a rose.

I rather like this quote from Ann Gérard about who she envisions wearing this scent:

“Rose Cut is for someone that knows what she wants. I imagine that she smokes and drinks and is very powerful.”

The composition contains notes of aldehydes, rum, pink pepper, rose…

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The Novel Bakers Present Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings.

An Unfortunate Sweet Potato Incident.

{June 2, 2015}   Small Potatoes

The Minnesota Farm Woman

My husband, affectionately known as “HIM”, comes from a large family with six children. He is a wonderful cook, and even though it has been many years since he lived at home with brothers and sisters, he still cooks enough to feed them and the rest of the neighborhood kids. I often come home to the aroma of his fried potatoes, which he somehow manages to get the perfect combination of brown and crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. I could eat a pound of them sprinkled with apple cider vinegar, and that’s not hard to do, since he fries up at least three pounds of potatoes for just the two of us. Whether he is grilling steaks the size of dinner plates or a simple package of hot dogs (“might as well cook the whole package”), we could feed an army around here. The same thing…

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{June 2, 2015}   Horse Hockey

Your right

The Minnesota Farm Woman

Gardening is hard work. Even harder than the actual gardening is preparing the garden for planting. This week, I have been shoveling loads of chicken manure and composted horse manure into the wheelbarrow and hauling it to the garden to enrich my raised beds. This type of hard labor gives me plenty of time to think, and for some reason, my mind turned to all the silly words that we use when trying to describe someone who is full of baloney. That’s one right there. How about balderdash, poppycock, and hogwash? There’s also hooey, drivel, and bunk. Horsefeathers, hokum, and malarkey come to mind, and who can forget blarney? It made me wonder why there are just so many words that mean the same thing, but while loading my umpteenth shovel of manure, I had a epiphany: It had to be politics. From the first moment the first politician made…

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