Friday, September 4, 2015

Secret Subject Swap: Eau de Tornado

Welcome to the September Secret Subject Swap. This month 16 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject participants.

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My subject is: Surprise! A world renowned perfume and cologne designer is an avid follower of your blog. They've decided their next scent must be an eau de you! They want to create a custom scent that is you. What scents combine to create your signature scent? What do you name it?

It was submitted by: Jules of The Bergham's Life Chronicles.

Holy cr@p. Are these people nuts? A scent that is me? Must be all the baked goodies that influenced that decision. 

How about sugar and spice and everything nice. Damn, that's been done before right?

Truth is, this post took a bit of soul searching. I mean what scents really would embody the true me? Didn't seem like any of the classics would do.

Florals? No, I'm more strong than delicate. And I'm pretty sure rocks don't have a scent.

Citrus? The more sour of the fruits isn't really how I want to be represented.

Earthy? Incense and Patchouli. I'm no bad trip.

Nutty? Hey, I know what you're thinking. Shut up.

Fruity? Doesn't really describe me. Unless chocolate is a fruit.

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Chocolate Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

Eau de Tornado. Final answer.

Perfumes, or so I'm told (thank you Google and Wikipedia), are made up of 3 layers. Top notes are what you smell initially. They give way to the next layers quickly, but they function to pull you in.

My top notes:

Chambord, Grand Marnier and Patron
Wait, is this a perfume? Or a cocktail recipe?

Any kind. Don't want you to think I'm too picky.

Middle notes have an important job to do. They provide a burst of something pleasant to mask the initial impact of the base notes, which can take some getting used to.

My middle notes:

Cheetos dust
Well, it IS usually stuck to the front of my shirt.

Base notes are where you get the full impact of the true personality of the scent.
Dirty laundry
Ummm . . . let's make that laundry detergent for these purposes.

Nail polish remover 
I swear I take nail polish off more often than I put it on.

And now for the design of the bottle. I'm thinking maybe it should be in the shape of a clothes pin?

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup and check them all out. See you there:

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Chocolate Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
Printable Recipe
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup quick oats
1 cup dark chocolate chips

*Cream butter, margarine, brown sugar, sugar, egg and vanilla.
*Starting on the lowest setting until incorporated, beat in the flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and oats. Last, mix in the chocolate chips
*Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or up to a day.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
*Roll the dough into approximately 1 inch balls. Gently flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
*Bake for 12 - 14 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to cool completely.


  1. I was totally thinking " freshly baked cookies and some really nice red wine"!

    What an awesome prompt! Don't you love the research you were "forced" to do in order to create Eau de Tornado?

    PS: chocolate IS a fruit, no doubt about it!

    1. Yes, freshly baked cookies and red wine would definitely be scents one might associate with me. Shhh don't tell.

  2. That was a hard one! Great job I don't know how I would have figured all of that out! Sounds like a beautiful scent to me, I'd buy it...or consume least until I got to the laundry soap!

  3. wow, what a prompt and what a post!!! I lost it at dirty laundry and nail polish remover...LOL...wonder which actress you can get to sell it? AWESOME

    1. Hmmm, I think it would have to be an actress I had some dirt on. Maybe I need to hire a private detective?

  4. What a great prompt! I think you did well with it. I think a scent about me would be a little bit flowery and a little bit citrusy, Maybe with just a bit of mint to spice it up!

  5. Fabulous!!!! Love love love your answer, and the thought and research you put into it. I'd buy Eau de Tornado... dirty laundry and all. I think a perfume based on you, would smell lovely.

    You know... I can help you with you nail Polish situation.... :-P

    1. You're too funny. Great segue into that Jamberry thing!

  6. You did a great job with this prompt---it was a tough one! The rock and the laundry comment---too funny!

    1. This prompt just sort of lead me, I was just along for the ride.

  7. If it was me this past week it would have smelled like sickness and an Emergency Room!

  8. Gosh that would be a hard one -- putting scents into words and then using it to describe yourself -- Great Job

    1. Thanks. When I first got the prompt I thought it would be easy but it actually was more difficult than I thought it would be.

  9. What a great prompt!!! And I loooooove what you did with it!!!
    Love it!!!!!

  10. Chocolate and Grand Marnier? I'm in. Where do I get it?

    1. The Grand Marnier and the chocolate, I can send you in the right direction. The Eau de Tornado, not so much.

  11. I think those cookies are just what the doctor ordered for this poor, sick momma. You know, that fragrance could really be done one day. My husband is a self-made cologne/fragrance aficionado wannabe, LOL, aka, 38yo weirdo who's obsessed with smelling good at all times. He's probably got around 30 different kinds taking over our bathroom. Some of them have odd smells like rubber and motor oil, leather and honey, and cinnamon and baby powder. I don't get the need for so many combos, so many different kinds. I'm good with whatever scent my deodorant, shampoo, and laundry detergent make when combined on my body. LOL.

    1. Yeah, I have a feeling our everyday scents are fairly similar. Although I'll take deodorant and laundry detergent over rubber and motor oil.

  12. Not sure about the perfume mix of scents but the cookies...oh my

  13. Hmm, let's see. I think birthday cake and baby diapers. Disgusting but so me right now. :)

  14. You had me at patron...but lost me when you added chocolate to the mix. I think your clothespin shaped bottle is creative.

    No clue what mine would smell like...paper...rubbing alcohol...a stinky chihuahua...and cucumber water? Ugh...I might have to borrow your clothespin bottle for my creation too. 😉

  15. Perfect. I think I'd like a bottle! You've got me thinking about what my scent would be. Hmm . . . Sage - the bushy, grown-on-the-prairies kind. Newly-baled hay. Baby powder (much better than the diapers!). Ink. Books.
    I don't think it would sell . . . :)

  16. I'd like to think mine would be a mixture of freshly baked sugary goodness, yarn, and old books. In reality it's probably more desperation, wet dog, and dirty laundry.

    1. I like your first option better, lets go with that one.

  17. LOVE this post!! I have a quick question though. Why both butter and margarine? I never have margarine in the house. I want to tackle these divine cookies with all butter unless there's a specific reason for both.

    1. Half butter and half margarine is just my personal preference for cookies. Margarine helps them spread, butter provides better flavor, but that's just me. All butter will be perfectly fine in these cookies. Enjoy!


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