What I did last weekend…

So…what is the Monday Poll?

Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start.

1. What are the names of your furbabies, and how did they acquire their monikers?

“Tabs” is short of “Fussy Tabby,” which was the first name we gave him he earned, but it didn’t quite stick. For a while, he was also “FT” (further shortened from “Fussy Tabby”), and that morphed into “Tabs.”

2. Have you ever worn a celebrity scent, and if so, which ones?

I’ve worn a few… Don’t laugh! Some of them are pretty good. I actually really loved Britney Spears’ Midnight Fantasy, the bedazzled Britney Spears one. I wore that religiously for a couple months.

3. Your favorite/least favorite types of cheese?

Favorites: fresh mozzarella, brie and any cheddar with bite. Oh, and cream cheese. (Does that even count as a cheese?)

Least favorites: Swiss…although I do like the holes, go figure. Just not the taste itself. And any wimpy, mild cheddar.

4. Are you a good salesperson?

Girlfriend, I could sell cats to a crazy dog lady.

5. Who makes the best brow pencil?

I’m partial to the one by NARS at the moment. Not too harsh, stays on forever, has a skinny twist-up tip so the strokes look like real eyebrow hairs. 👍🏼

Food amnesia is a thing

Good morning, friends! I hope you had a hoppy Easter. Happy Monday, too! I spent yesterday cooking, eating, hanging out, and not thinking about counting carbs, ha ha ha! It was great.

I didn’t really have a lot of time to prep for the Easter meal, so I ended up making most of the same dishes I made last Easter, even tough nobody in my family seemed to remember that any of the dishes were repeats, which is fine with me because if this food amnesia happens every year and I can make the same dishes over and over again, it’ll be like a new experience every time. 😊

Roast chicken and potatoes

I made a roast chicken and rosemary potatoes dish from Laura in the Kitchen, which was really easy and delicious. Try it sometime! It’s not even really a special occasion dish. It’s like a weekday dinner dish, but it’s good enough for company. I also made corn pudding from one of my favorite sites — Recipe Tin Eats.

Corn pudding

What else? Oh! — corned beef and cabbage, because my dad was craving it. I made it with my Instant Pot, which, by the way, I fell in love with once again. I hadn’t used it in a long time and forgot just how wonderfully tender it cooks meat.

Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage

Dessert. Ha ha. That’s usually my favorite part, right? But this year I decided that I had a lot going on, so I had to pull back a little. As much as I was tempted to make a carrot cake, I bought a pre-made dessert and doctored it up instead. So, I got a cheesecake from Trader Joe’s and made a homemade strawberry glaze to go on top.

The glaze was a winner. I’m definitely gonna do that again. But the cheesecake? Don’t ever trust TJ’s to make your cheesecake for a special occasion, nuh-uh. The cheesecake was dense, flavorless and MAN! — the part of me that loves pretty food pictures was kind of aggravated that one half of the cheesecake crust was lopsided, and the filling was collapsed around the edges… It was straight-up ugly, so yeah, if you want something pretty to pop in your feed, don’t trust a TJ’s cheesecake to take care of that.

trader joes cheesecake
These two goofballs (my brother and coywolf) are peas in a pod.

Thank you for putting up with my food talk! 😊 I know it isn’t makeup or skin care, but it’s sort of related in that it’s also creative and usually visual at the same time. You’re just not putting it all over your face (most of the time). You’re putting in your tum-tum.

It’s a new week, and the sun is out. That always helps, doesn’t it? I hope you’re feeling refreshed and hopeful.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Question time! Here they are to copy/paste with your answers in a comment. Talk to you soon.

1. What are the names of your furbabies, and how did they acquire their monikers?
2. Have you ever worn a celebrity scent, and if so, which ones?
3. Your most favorite/least favorite types of cheese?
4. Are you a good salesperson?
5. Who makes the best brow pencil?

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