A Love Story (Prescription for Romance!)

Shopping bag, circa 1989

Such a homage to my old love…

A few days ago, I needed an acceptable-looking shopping bag to transport a few small items to a local consignment shop. While rummaging through my drawers, I discovered an old Prescriptives Cosmetics tote that had been carefully wrapped in tissue paper and tucked safely away. Inside was a sales receipt from long ago. It evoked a flood of memories.

The sales slip showed a charge of $74.55. The purchase was made at Bullock’s department store in Westwood, California – October 7, 1989. Almost 22 years ago. One eyeshadow and two lipsticks. Preparation for an  important event.

The date that night was very special. My eyelids had to have an elegant, soft shimmer – nothing glittery –  and my lipstick,  an expensive “taste”, just in case he kissed me (sigh). Two tubes were required, should I have a last-minute desire for a deeper or lighter shade. Everything had to be perfect. Price was no object.

On this day of reflection, I think about the wonderful teenage excitement anticipating my “big date” years ago, but then have to face the reality that I was 29 years old at the time.

Now I have a better understanding of why I am still single.

“Forever I will remember the sweetness of that first kiss” 🙂

…and, yes, I still love him.

Super-Easy and Elegant Dessert

The secret ingredient

2-Minute (or less!) Dessert

Sometimes simplicity is the key. You can’t go wrong with understatement…as long as everything is absolutely perfect.

For a can’t-be-beat, never-fail dessert – one that can be whipped up (literally) in minutes, and allows variations according to tastes and seasons – this is one to remember!

All you need is some plain Greek yogurt (full-fat for the richest flavor), homemade, whipped heavy cream with an ample shot of natural vanilla extract, fresh fruit of your choice, and pound cake, shortbread cookies, or macaroons.

Mix equal parts of the whipped cream and yogurt until fluffy, assemble in a chilled parfait or dessert glass – layering or topping with cake or cookies and fresh seasonal fruit. Raspberries, strawberries, peaches…whatever you like and what ever is in season, and preferably local. Sprinkle generously with Confectioner’s sugar.

Serve with coffee or espresso. Amaretto optional!

“The best things in life aren’t necessarily free,
sometimes they’re just easy.”

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