Mayflowers don't just bring Pilgrims....they bring the Spring wardrobe, Thank god for bright florals.
I wore this dress on the blog before, way back in 2014.
Vintage (60's? 70's?) dress-Thrift World
Franco Sarto shoes-Goodwill(?)
Vintage clutch bag-can't remember
Berry basket earrings-Hand-Me-Ups (I think)
Yellow spotted bangle-Goodwill
Teal carved bangle-can't remember
Fragrance-Venezia Pastello (Thanks, Emily)-a fragrance I never would have purchased for myself but have taken quite a liking to. It is fruity, but without smelling like a 90's/2000's fruit-cocktail fragrance. This one is magical on my skin, full of rose and heliotrope. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
And now, the brownies.
The boys were going through dessert withdrawal as I haven't been cooking/baking much lately. Brownies are always quick and easy to do, so I grabbed this Baker's Chocolate recipe book from the 60's to see what they suggested. I've made the famous, "One Bowl Brownies" recipe that was on the chocolate box for generations, but this version in the cookbook was slightly different.
When I make something the boys enjoy, I note it in the cookbook and post it here as well. I used butter flavoured Crisco because I'm low on groceries, and shortening having such a long shelf-life is something I always have on hand for baking emergencies. I'm not sure this qualified as a cake emergency, but it was nice to be able to throw dessert together quickly. I omitted the nuts and added mini-chocolate chips instead. More is more. Baker's chocolate used to be in squares that were 1 ounce each-hence the four squares called for. A few years ago they changed the shape and size of the packet to a bar where four small squares now equal an ounce. If you cannot get unsweetened chocolate (It isn't that common outside of the US) use bittersweet and reduce the sugar to 1 cup. Even with unsweetened chocolate 2 cups is a bit on the sweet side, so if you prefer a less sweet brownie, or plan to ice them, just adjust as you see fit.
It is a bad photo, but the brownies are indeed a light brown colour as they are made with melted chocolate rather than cocoa powder. These were good on the first day, and a bit drier on the second. If they last long enough to go stale, these would make an excellent stir-in for softened ice cream.
Don't worry, I dead-headed those daisies today. Life gets busy, you know. I think we're finally warm enough to bring out the geranium, and some herbs. *Fingers crossed*.