Saturday, July 4, 2015

may this dress bring us the freedom to ROAR!!!!


The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others, 
and the moment you are unafraid of the crowd, 
you are no longer a sheep. 
You become a lion.
A great roar arises in your heart. 
The roar of freedom."

—Osho




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Friday, July 3, 2015

may this dress remind us to be present!!! to live in the here and now!!!

part of the 'decemberdress' series 2013



Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.













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Thursday, July 2, 2015

may this dress remind us to follow your heart and intuition . . .

Your time is limited; don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition; they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs

(definitely don't be trapped by DOGma!!  love, Scruffy :)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

may this dress bring you heart . . .



The Journey 
by Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do-
determined to save
the only life you could save.




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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

may this dress help us to discover our passions, talents and interests . . .

'lilith contemplates cutting the grass . . .'
We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. 
The goal is to work toward a world 
where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, 
but by our personal passion, talents and interests.
Sheryl Sandberg


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Monday, June 29, 2015

may this dress dress bring us courage!!! oh so much courage!!!!


“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” 
maya angelou



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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy summer!!! may it be full of yumminess and PASSION!!!




“Pie, in a word, is my passion. Since as far back as I can remember, watching my mom and dad make their apple pies together every fall as a young boy, I have simply loved pie. I can't really explain why. If one loves poetry, or growing orchids, or walking along the beach at sunset, the why isn't all that important. To me, pie is poetry that makes the world a better place.” 

my peach pie, a give and take recipe* ~ 
*( my measurements are very loosey~goosey,
i cook mainly by taste and intuition)
you will need: 

  • 2 1/2-3 pounds ripe peaches * if you are using a depths pie crust increase peaches
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • about 1/2 cup sugar (adjust according to the ripeness and sweetness of the peaches)
  • 1/4 (+ or -) tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • a good pinch of ground ginger
  • 2 TB instant tapioca (remember to shake the box before using)
  • 2 good quality frozen pie crusts * i've used oronoque orchards and marie callender's crusts and have received good comments about the crust
  • 1 beaten egg
  1. preheat oven to 435-445F
  2. remove frozen pie crust from freezer and place in refrigerator (I do this in the summer so the crust doesn't get too warm) 
  3. wash peaches and then remove pit and slice into good bite-sized chunks (i like chunky fruit pies, but adjust to your preference)
  4. once all peaches are sliced up, toss with lemon juice, and then place lemoned peaches in a colander.  let peaches drain for a bit (make sure that there is something under the colander to catch peach juice)
  5. take pie crusts out of refrigerator
  6. while peaches are draining, mix dry ingredients in a bowl, mix well. 
  7. then mix peaches and dry ingredient mixture together, making sure to coat all the peaches.
  8. take a pastry brush or paper towel and coat bottom of one of the pie crust with the beaten egg, so to keep the juices in and the crust less soggy.
  9. pour peach mixture into coated piecrust  (use fingers to keep all the pieces in the crust and to get all the yummy juices into the pie)
  10. then take the other pie crust and gingerly remove it from its tin, trying, as much as possible to keep it whole. 
  11. once the second crust is free, place directly on top of filled pie crust, covering all the yummy goodness.  Pinch down the edges.
  12. take a knife and cut some vents to allow the stream to escape - use you imagination, as you see, I made a dress :)
  13. place pie on a foil covered cookie sheet and place in preheated oven for about 10 mins.
  14. then lower oven heat to 350F and bake until pie crust is golden brown and juices are boiling (25-30 mins)
i am usually making this pie in a rush, so the last bit of baking is very random.  i also don't mind if the fruit isn't too cooked, and that it retains some of its rawness so all I look for is that the pie crust is cooked.

Also i have added blueberries or raisins and at times strawberries, however if the peaches are ripe, I don't mess around as a plain peach pie is the food of the gods.

Happy baking!!!
xxx, va

“I ate another apple pie and ice cream;
that's practically all I ate all the way 

across the country,
I knew it was nutritious and it was delicious, of course.”

Jack Kerouac, On the Road


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Today, let's celebrate LOVE and friends!!! #lovehaswon

"Surround yourself with people who make you happy. 
People who make you laugh, 
who help you when you’re in need. 
People who genuinely care. 
They are the ones worth keeping in your life. 
Everyone else is just passing through." 

Karl Marx






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Friday, June 26, 2015

today, discover your inner happiness . . .


When you discover that all happiness
is inside of you, 
the wanting and needing are over, 
and life gets very exciting.
Byron Katie


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

may this dress bring us courage!!! xxx



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