J-Love’s Srumptious Overnight Kale Salad

This is one of my very favorite “secret recipes” that I have been making on tour with The Bergamot for the past 4 years. I started making this to die for Kale salad when I became a Vegetarian back in 2011. Since then I have made it tons of times for parties, gatherings, for regular weeknight dinners, and for plant lovers + meat lovers alike.

One of my favorite things to hear after serving this salad is,”Hey Jillian this kale is so delicious, would you mind giving me the recipe, I love the flavor?” So, with great delight I am excited to share this with you all today! May this Overnight Kale Salad bring you and your family the much needed vitality and joy that you deserve. /// As Always Shine ON!

Preparation time //

20 Minutes of preparation time includes. cleaning the kale, stemming the kale, chopping the kale, and making the vinaigrette) +  time to let it marinade in the bowl overnight then the final sprinkle of cheese and nuts on it right before serving.

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Ingredients //

2 Bunches Dinosaur or Curly Kale about 1Lb center ribs and stems removed, leaves sliced into thin


3 Tablespoons Champagne Vinegar

2 Tablespoons finely minced Shallot

1 Tablespoon Honey

1 Tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

1 teaspoon Salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked Black Pepper

1/3 cup dried Cranberries

1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano Cheese

2 Tablespoons toasted Pine Nuts or (1/4 cup toasted coarsely chopped Pecans)

Steps //

1. Whisk together Vinegar, Shallot, Honey, Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper.

2. Toss Kale in dressing to coat evenly. (The dressing will seem light, but the kale will wilt down to half its


3. Transfer Kale to a lidded container and refrigerate overnight.

4. To serve, divide Kale among plates and top with Cranberries, grated Pecorino Romano Cheese, and Pine Nuts, or coarsely chopped Pecans.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Per serving: 170 cal, 8g fat (2g sat), 22g carbs, 760mg sodium, 5g fiber, 5g protein

Shine ON,



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This past summer I embarked upon making my own deodorant and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Roughly ten years ago when I was 16 years old I lost my Grandma Joyce and Uncle Joe to cancer. It was a terrible experience to see two bright loving people die to a ruthless disease. After I lost them I committed myself to living the most intentional, healthy, and vibrant life I could.

The results have been incredible. My skin is clear, my energy level is at an all time high, my thoughts are more focused on love, and I feel a freedom that is full of endless possibilities. It only takes small mindful shifts for you to transform you body and life.

I have been astounded by my own health and wellness growth over the years and have learned so much by living an alternative life.

The reason why I decided to make my own deodorant really was caused by how sick and tired I was of using mass produced toxic deodorant’s under my arms.

Did you know that the chemicals in mainstream deodorants are known to adversely affect the body’s immune system, reproductive system, and nervous system? Yuck!

Needless to say in the past 4 years I have bought tons of alternative deodorants but each of them left me smelling not so fresh and even more frustrated than before. So, I took matters into my own hands and decided to make my own. Sure it took about three batches for me to get it right but now I have a great recipe to share with you.

So go ahead and say goodbye to pumping nasty toxic chemicals into your bloodstream – say hello to a natural feel good deodorant that actually works!


Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ and anything you put on your skin absorbs directly into your blood stream in 27 seconds or less. 

This all-natural yet powerful deodorant cream utilizes anti-microbial moisturizing coconut oil, superfine vegetable powder, and bergamot, lavender, jasmine, peppermint and tea tree essential oils to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria, and ensure a long-lasting and highly effective experience.

The frosting-like consistency ensures effortless manual application and quick absorption. (Keep at room temperature) It’s free from harmful chemicals, petroleum, or aluminum compounds found in commercial antiperspirants, and it is vegan. Education is freedom so be sure to learn more here about how skin care products effect your health.



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1/2 cup Refined Coconut Oil (NOW brand body care)

1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder

1/4 cup Baking Soda Powder (Sodium Bicarbonate)

1 TB Room temperature Shea Butter

2 teaspoons Jojoba Oil

2 teaspoons Kaolin Clay

Essential oils

Use 1-3 drops per essential oil in the mix or until you love the way it smells.

Bergaptene-free Bergamot (3 drops)

Tea Tree (4 drops)

Lavender (2 drops)

Sweet Orange (1 drop)

Jasmine (3 drops)


Mix Coconut Oil, Arrowroot Powder, Baking Powder, Jojoba Oil, and Shea Butter all ingredients in a bowl with a fork for two – three minutes until the ingredients begin to warm up and meld together.

As it forms it will become like a  paste think of it as the consistency of a body cream then once the constancy is right feel free to add the Essential oil blend.

Once you have blended all ingredients together take a spatula to the bowl and scrap out all deodorant cream ingredients into one or two small glass ball jars, then your done!

How to apply to your underarms 

1. Wash your hands then take your right hand and scoop a nickel size amount onto your fingertips.

2. Take your fingertips with the cream on it and rub in a circular motion all over your underarm. Be sure to rub it in until it disappears. If you still see some cream then you may have used to much. It should absorb all the way into your skin and smell fresh and clean.

3. If you put it on and notice irritation then you may want to skip the baking soda next time you make it. You may have an allergen to baking soda. I make one for my husband and leave out the baking soda because he has super, crazy sensitive skin. :)

4. It will take some time (2 weeks) for your body to adapt to using natural products. During this period your body will be purging more of the toxins that have been stored up in-side of your underarms and you will have to push through this period. It is worth it to get to the other side. I have been using this deodorant cream since May 3rd of 2014 and my underarms are thanking me.

Tips to remember when using this DIY Deodorant Cream

  1. This deodorant contains no un-necessary waxes so it is much softer than what you are used to so do not fret.
  2. When the temperature changes the consistency of the cream will change. Store your natural deodorant cream at room temperature 70 degrees. If in case during travel your cream gets above room temperature and happens to melts (coconut oil is heat sensitive) don’t fret just place it back into a room temperature environment and re-stir it.
  3. There are no aluminum compounds in this cream. This just means that you will not get breast cancer from it and you will see some minor-sweating since it is not an antiperspirant. Sweating is good for your body to release toxins and its natural embrace it – we want to make sure you don’t smell in the process.
  4. Drink more water, trust me this helps as random as it is drinking a lot of water helps naturally cleanse your body and keeps you smelling fresh.
  5. You may notice skin sensitivity after applying to recently shaved underarms. If so shave at night and apply the deodorant cream in the morning.

If your in a bind for time buy one of these.

If you are looking for an all natural powerful deodorant and do not want to make it at home then grab Soapdwalla  or try out Meow Meow Tweet. I have used and loved both.

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Getting lost in Charleston South Carolina

Okay, so I’ll be the first one to admit that whenever I speak of getting lost I am really just talking about finding the best restaurants, cafés, cupcake shops, bakeshops, ice cream parlors, and beaches. So there,this entire post is going to be about beaches, great food, delicious coffee, and did I mention lots of warm sunshine.


In between working on our new record TONES, touring the US, and being road warriors with The Bergamot I found a four day respite in our schedule. So we (check our story here) headed down to Charleston, South Carolina.

I have to admit coming from Brooklyn, New York I was little bit skeptical about Charleston. I thought that it would be cool but would not compare to New York.

In actuality I was trying to make sure my expectations were in check with my reality because as we darn well know “happiness is reality minus expectations“. I found myself keeping my expectations in check upon arrival.

Boy-oh-boy was I surprised when we arrived in Charleston. First off, the city is beautiful, clean, historic, vastly Parisian, steeple filled, and the folks sure are fine. How could you not help but fall in love with those perfectly inviting palmetto trees that stand tall and proud as Charleston’s most beloved city symbol.

Then there’s beaches, oh perfect pristine beaches for miles and miles. The first day we went to Folly Island I saw a pack of dolphins then I thought to myself, “this place is surreal it is November 6th, 87 degrees and I am watching a pack of dolphins galavant in the Atlantic ocean.”




Here is a comprehensive list of my favorite places in Charleston.

1. Black Tap Coffee


2. Sweet Radish Bakeshop


3. 167 Raw


4. Bowens Island Restaurant





5. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Shop




6. Folly Beach




7. Our friend Cate’s lovely home. We love you Cate, thanks for a great four days.




8. Sugar Bakeshop





9. The Taco Spot





I am the kind of person who likes a pre-midnight snack. Technically speaking after dinner I am always looking for a little something chocolate laced and not to sweet.

Being a full time singer-songwriter/entertainer in The Bergamot I have had to create easy healthy vegan snacks that are road friendly and easy to make on tour from anywhere in the world.

So I devised this recipe it has a little of everything I need to keep our band’s energy high and also suffice my sweet tooth without all the guilt.


2 1/2 Cup Oats (can be quick cooking or regular)

1 Cup Peanut Butter

1/4 Cup Coco Powder

1/2 Cup Organic Maple Syrup (preferably by a local mom and pop farmer)

1/3 Cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

1 Tablespoon Water


Turn on our new top secret-single TONES but first download it here for free shhhh p.s. the record drops 2015!! Back to the recipe.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Once everything is well incorporated roll the mixture into balls and eat! Store them in a glass Tupperware container in the fridge and take them out to share with family and friends. The ideal time to consume them is post workout or after dinner as a healthful dessert. SHINE ON

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The sooner you learn to love who you are now, the freer you’ll feel to become who you are meant to be. – Kathryn Thompson

To me Love is acceptance, it is overcoming fear and loving yourself as you are now. Love is selflessly taking care of others. It is saying kind things to yourself in the car, in the mirror, and when you are at work. Self affirmations are a gem (try some out) and I could not live without them. Laughing with my sweetheart is possibly one of the best acts of love. As I sing going up the stairs, love is present and my life emits and vibrates throughout the building.

Generosity and light go hand in hand with love. The more generous I am the more I feel love. Performing music is the ultimate act of sharing and generosity for me… its when I am at home and at peace with the world almost in a tunnel of love and giving. Love is apart of my life from the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep.

I wrap myself with love by stating what I am grateful for and for reminding myself to be kind and abundant with others and myself.  I have post it notes on my mirror and reminders to manifest more love throughout the day. Oh, and for me making and sharing nutrient dense food is true love. <3

Shine ON



Okay, okay the truth is that I am afraid of sharks, snakes, spiders, and bears. However I am not afraid of living. Being afraid of such creatures and not being afraid of living is quite the contradiction especially since I am taking life by the horns following my passion, surrendering to the infinite, and loving the journey.

Now, I find myself in places where I often face my fears in real time and not just once a year rather most of the time I am found face to face with my fears. I exist in the unknown constantly excelling in uncharted territory. Perhaps one could relate this life to being a millennial explorer.

Unless I’am nestled away in my Brooklyn apartment where I find nothing creepy can survive such as bugs, sharks, bears, or snakes. The only thing creepy that lives in Brooklyn are other people and some can be on the very creepy side but I avoid those folks like one would avoid the plague.

Anyways I digress but these are serious fears, oh how about the one time I was in the forest in Georgia looking for crystals and that creepy snake jumped up into the air as if a slinky unraveled off a trampoline and flew into the air and landed in a creek only a few feet away from where I was standing. Eeekkkkkk!

Or the time when I was in the ocean snorkeling and a shark started swimming in towards me. You better believe I swam back to the beach faster than you can say beach. Then there was one time when bear in Asheville tried to sneak over the fenced in ridge towards the house I was staying in.

Hum, and I really am not fond of spiders yuck, there have been more times that I have come into contact with those furry black creepy things then not. You may be thinking what is the point of all this Jillian? If you truly want to live a life you love your going to come face to face with your fears. You know what the more you face those fears the less fear holds you in its nasty grip. We all have fears and some of us share the same fears.

Fear is truly apart of the human experience. The secret is facing your fears and surviving it. Obviously you don’t want to  swimming in the ocean wearing a wet suit where sharks feast on seals, but sharks should not deter you from getting in the ocean. It’s the same with going after your dream. You want a awesome life?

You want to sell all of your belongings and live out of an airstream on the ocean? Well you can do all of those things but you will first have to start facing and overcoming your fears. To overcome them you must face them, you will surprise yourself. Hey, I’ll be the first one to admit that I am not perfect, I still am afraid of certain things but not as afraid of them as I once was. I work on facing my fears everyday.

In many ways I deal with the same fears you do. I fear I will not having enough money, love, or enough perfection in my life, and as much as I am fully living a life that is uncertain I still have fear about the unknown. Sure, I have fears and am not perfect but what I do have is love, faith, trust, joy, and a beautiful life.

Fear is just a block to obtaining more goodness in our lives. What do you say? Let’s surrender together, lets live a life of abundance, on our own terms. Go ahead face your fears, learn what your afraid of then face it, find out why you fear it and work through your fears one by one.

1. Sit down with a piece of paper in a quiet meditative area and identify what you are truly afraid of. Write out all of your fears, take as long as you want and get it all out there everyone of them. You could very well fill up 8 pages or one page it really depends but be real with yourself. If you have thought of this something and it brings of anxiety then write it down.

2. Once you have your list, ask Why? Why am I so afraid of this or that (be sure to address every one of your fears) Even say your fear out loud.

3. After you have found out the why say the following statements to yourself.

Perhaps your afraid of spiders then you would state the following… (you can interchange the word spiders out with anything)

I am afraid of Spiders.

I am afraid of Spiders.

Even though I am afraid of spiders I love and accept myself anyways.

I am afraid of Spiders.

I love and accept myself anyways.

By stating that your are afraid of X, Y, Z you are letting go of your fear. You are surrendering your fear and by owning it out loud you begin to own your fear and its grip weakens.

Continue going through each fear on your list and start stating it out loud with the twist of acceptance of yourself and the fear.

Own your fears so they don’t own you.
 Shine ON & Go face your fears and start living a life you love.


Bergemot-13Today I find myself up on a mountain top in Franklin, North Carolina.

This past year I have been on many mountain tops recording music for our dream record, TONES.

Thanks to all of our supportive fans this past June 2014 we crowed funded 34K to make our dream record.

This resource has been a huge blessing and now because of you we are crafting the finest record we can to contribute to this world. Being an American song-writer has its perks.

First off, we are constantly inspired by this great country and the fine people who reside in it. Along the many tours (5 American tours and one European tour) we have been inspired to write many songs.

Songs about technology, songs about love, loss, growing up, sleeping in the car, coffee roasters, inspiring humans, and songs about our life experiences as we know them to be.

With my best friend/ husband by my side I have been able to write songs bare-foot over-looking the New York skyline, eat some of the best American artisan chocolate bars, drink fine cups of freshly roasted coffee, hit a golf ball or two into the Smokey Mountains, go skinny dipping at midnight, take pictures with a lama named Sam, and carve out time to gather and share meals with the poor.

We have learned that life is about consuming less and contributing more. I would like to be the first Millennial to light the baton to a contribution revolution. I want to encourage you to go out and live a life that you are proud of.

I want to help encourage you to take risks BIG ONES, and for you to “contribute your talents” to create the world you want to live in.

You see we were put here to live, refine, share, create, contribute, love, grow, and give. They say if your not getting stronger your getting weaker and this troubadour lifestyle is a sure fire testament to that.

The purpose of our journey is to work with materials that speak to us, be hands on with the music making process and then share our experience with you.

As an artist you learn overtime that if you have an idea you can find a way to make it happen. When you make something beautiful, you want everyone to be apart of it, that makes it more beautiful, it makes it grow.

Living on the edge has given-way for myself to become more fully human and to surrender to the un-known of life. Sure it is not perfect, I’am not perfect we all have our bad days and challenges but this life sure is beautiful and who really wants to be perfect anyways?

I love what I do and I do what I love with the folks I love most. We all have choices to make choose wisely, do what you love, start living, because no one is going to live for you.

Please join me and thousands of others in continuing this contribution revolution. If you are already using your talents to benefit the grater good of your community then please comment below I want to hear what you are up to. Share with me what makes you tick and sets your heart on fire?

May God Bless you abundantly and may you always,

Shine ON ///

Loves Peach

For an unripe peach is still a peach.

When the sun beams down upon it

and water surrounds it

heavens destiny sings.

And then one day it turns

ripe, luscious, heavens water turns sweet on the inside

filling the branches with orange hues of red

just before they break

from their heaviness

a heaviness so sweet some fall to soon

As I stand there gazing at it in awe

My right hand grasps for a peach so full and heavy

After much deliberation

I take a bite

Sweet pure juice drips down my forearm

A shared delight

Yes, this is loves kiss

Like the peach as our love grows it gets sweeter

and our destiny takes flight in loves ecstasy.

Happy One Year Anniversary Love thank you

my Northern Star.





627281_521275717906427_881047472_oThe secret to lasting abundance is knowing how to escape scarcity mentality and let go forever. First, you must be aware that your thought pattern is woven around a fear based reality. Second, focus on slowing down and non-judgmentally identifying this thought pattern throughout your day.

In fact, day by day you will begin swapping scarcity mentality out for an abundance mentality. This just means you are willing and ready to choose love over fear.

Download the PDF  below for it shows the differences between the two realities here /// Abundance vs. Scarcity

To me abundance mentality in action looks kinda like this.

When I allow my fears to get the best of me I do not feel fully alive nor do I feel liberated.

The first step for me is being aware enough to notice my fears bubbling up. For instance one of my fears is “uncertainty of where my next paycheck will come from“.

As I am working hard and waiting on that next big gig to come in I start saying this to myself, you are worth that big gig and “there is always more where that came from.”

When I spend ten dollars I say to myself, “there is more where that came from”, when I see a mega star accepting a grammy, I say there is “always more where that came from”, so on and so forth. Putting generosity into the world allows you to feel your best and creates the opportunity to generate more abundance in your life.

Getting out of scarcity mentality and getting into abundance mentality always you to give more time and talents to the world. It will help get you out of scarcity mentality quicker.

Be aware of these patterns in your life and even write down all of the fears that are holding you back.

It helps to have a dedicated notebook that you can write all of your fears down in. Also, check out Gabrielle Bernstein at she released a new book that is captivating enjoy the journey to self discovery and healing in to a more abundant life.

Embrace your being & Shine ON




Life’s a Peach, So lets make Pie!

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The delicate smell of freshly baked peach pie fills my lungs, bringing life to the pastel walls and wooden floors of this rustic country home. Two nights ago I ended up going all little house on the prairie with this Peach Pie. I decided to do each step by hand from picking the peaches at Fishkill Farm to hand chopping in the butter. It was a delight to create this peach pie and I felt very connected to my European roots in the process.
It was my first visit to FishKill Farms. As I recall even finding this farm was kinda serendipitous from the get go. My husband Nathaniel and I drove there on a whim. We were taking a break from recording our new record TONES and decided to get snacks from this farm. When I entered the farm house a very Brooklyn looking woman asked if I had entered the pie contest yet?
I kindly told her no, and that I was not a good candidate to make a pie especially since I had never made a peach pie before but after some thought I realized that I really needed to jump out of my comfort zone so I said, “sign me up I’ll be here tomorrow by Noon with pie in hand.”
A little background for you is that I am a full time touring musician in (The Bergamot) based out of Brooklyn, NYC it is not often when I find a chance to bake, let alone my favorite pie, “peach”.
That night I called a dear friend of mine Maya who recently had my husband Nathaniel and I over for a delishous dinner. To finish the meal she brought out this amazing fruit galette. Her blueberry galette was the inspiration behind this peach pie.
So of course I called her first to ask if she had a good peach pie recipe. And after geeking out on the phone with her about what makes peach pies amazing we agreed that I needed to make a perfect pie crust and compliment it by placing it in a spring form pan verses a traditional pie pan. She happily gifted me this recipe that she had originally eaten from her friend Jessica Applegren, a prize-winning pie baker.
I ended up putting this peach pie in a competition at FishKill Farms in the Hudson Valley of New York State and tied for second place in the overall and took first place on my crust. It was a very exhilarating and humbling experience.
Here is a break down on this award winning pie.
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The Recipe ///
Most fillings are beautifully simple when executed correctly by using fresh picked peaches and high quality ingredients. Then when you nail the crust you have something amazing to awaken ones taste buds.
Here is the recipe from my friend Maya (who happens to be the editor- in- chief of Edible Magazine Michiana) She received this recipe from her friend Jessica Applegren, a prize-winning pie baker in Northern California. I adapted this recipe a bit by using an all butter crust (I ditched the shortening check out this article for the hows and why’s behind going all butter) and I added 1 tsp. almond extract and 1 lemon squeezed with seeds removed and mixed both ingredients into the filling.
Get creative, feel free to use the original recipe as here at Domestic Fits or try my adapted recipe which you can find below.
Deep Dish Peach Pie 
All Butter Crust ///
3 C and 2 Tbs. all purpose flour
3 Tbs. sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter (ice cold and cut up into 1/4 inch cubes)
1/4 C ice water
1/4C vodka
Peach Filling ///
1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
2 Tbs. Cornstarch
1/2 Cup sugar + 2 Tbs. more
1 tsp. Almond Extract
1 freshly squeezed lemon (seeds removed)
7 cups approximately 9 ripe freestone peaches (Cling and freestone peaches look identical; try to buy freestones, because the flesh will fall away from the pits easily.)
3 Cups Fresh Blueberries or if you prefer swap the blueberries out for 4 Cups fresh raspberries
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Pie Dough Directions /// 
Step one:
Combine 2 cups of flour, salt, and sugar in a bowl and grab two knives or if you prefer do so in your food processor, pulse a few times until its combined. Add the butter and the shortening and process until it forms a ball around the blade, about 2 minutes. Or if your doing it by hand add the butter cubes and work it with two knives or a pie butter cutter for 5 minutes until it resembles cornmeal with peas sizes butter pieces.
Step two:
Add the remaining flour and process until well incorporated, about 1 minute.
Step three:

Move to a bowl and add the water and the vodka, combine with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Combining the liquid in the food process will destroy the effects of the vodka, and your hands may warm the fats too much. The dough will be very moist, but if it is too moist to stay together, add a little more flour.

Step four:
Split into two equal sized portions and form into disks. Wrap the disks in plastic wrap and chill until very firm, about two hours. Because this dough is so soft, it is very important for the pie dough to be very cold and very firm.

Step five:
On a very well floured surface, place one of the disks, add flour to the top of the disk as well. Roll out into an even thickness. Marble rolling pins are very cold and don’t disrupt the fat inside the dough, making them an excellent choice for rolling pie dough. When you place your dough in the fridge to chill, add your marble rolling pin as well, allowing it to chill.

Step six:
This recipe is very soft and will fall apart while being rolled. Although some people like to use the rolling pin to assist with moving the dough from rolling surface to pie pan, it tends to fall apart too easily with this method. The easiest way is to fold the dough circle in half, then in half again, forming a triangle.

Place the point of the triangle in the center of the pie plate and unfold the dough.

Trim the dough, leaving a half-inch overhang past the edge of the pie pan. Form a fluted edge around the top of the pie crust.

Peach Filling Directions ///
Once your pie dough is completed, chilled and ready to go, roll out one disk (about half of the total recipe) so that it will sit in your spring form pan with about a 1 inch overhang. Fold in half, then in half again to form a triangle. Gently move to the pan with the point of the triangle in the dead center.

Unfold and smooth any rips or tears with your fingers. Set in the fridge to chill until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 375.

Step one:

In a separate bowl, add the flour, cornstarch, salt, and sugar, then whisk to combine.

Step two:

Add the1 tsp. almond extract and 1 freshly squeezed lemon (seeds removed) to the peaches and (blueberries or raspberries) once you have finished that step take the flour mix and toss to coat.

Step three:

Add the fruit to the spring form pan that is now lined with pie dough. Roll out your remaining dough and place it on the top of the pie, using the same method to move as you did with your bottom dough layer. Using your fingers, squeeze the top and bottom layers of the crust together around the edge of the pan. Make a few slits in the top of the pie dough to release steam. If you want to cut out a shape, as shown below, do so prior to moving your dough.

Bake at 375 for 50-60 minutes or until the top is a golden brown.

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