If you follow my Instagram, then you probably know that I promised a recipe with vanilla beans. You also probably know that I have an obsession with vanilla beans that can only be compared to Gollum’s relationship with the ring. *ahem* However, do not fret if you don’t have vanilla beans just laying around the house (most people don’t). You can substitute with real vanilla extract or paste.
If you need a quick Valentine’s Day dessert that seems kind of fancy (but you don’t want to try too hard) this is it. Crème brûlée seems daunting, but it’s actually so, so easy. Take it from me, since this is my first attempt, and it turned out *very successfully*. Plus, it only takes about 15 minutes to put together and uses 4 ingredients.
I hope you end your Valentine’s Day with crème brulee and your special human.
This morning was amazing, because 1. I got a barista job after months of trying, and 2. It was just so beautiful and cloudy in Reno today, which is my favorite weather ever. After I went to my job interview, I drove around town, celebrating with coffee, and the weather was perfect, temperate, and a little foggy. I love foggy weather in Reno, because it gets a little cold, makes the colors of the mountains pop, and the temp feels like NoCal.
Normally, I love staying up late at night and sleeping later in the morning, but waking up early today made me see Reno in a different way. I normally only experience the town around the busy hours of 10 a.m.-6 p.m., but today it was serene and much less stressful to drive in. I listened to my San Fran CDs (Little Joy and Modern Vampires of the City) and drink way too much coffee (to fit the mood obviously!). It felt so amazing to not feel anxious and actually enjoy driving for once (which is probably something I should work on anyways, but driving is so stressful!)
Today, I wore one of my favorite dresses that I got in London, which just so happens to be festive for upcoming Valentine’s Day! This dress makes me feel so cute, and I also got to prove that red heads definitely can wear red. (Not that I necessarily ever believed we couldn’t wear red. Take that society). But still, it felt like an accomplishment nonetheless.
I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your love or friends or family or dog or by yourself or not at all.