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.

J’adore

 

 

THE SECRET TO LASTING ABUNDANCE

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 http://gabbyb.tv 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
Pie 2
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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GO TECHNOLOGY FREE & BAKE WITH ME

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You may want to sit down for this one.

OK, so I was thinking just for this weekend how about you and I unplug together?

I am talking from every digital item we own. Including but not limited to the computer, television (lucky for me I don’t have one of these), i-pad, i-pod, and even that coveted i-phone (I ditched my cell phone in January, freedom comes at a price you know). So, what do you say? Are you up for this challenge.

We are so bombarded by electricity, radiation, digital interruptions, and so much more static derived from technology that it seems fitting that one weekend would be easy to unplug, right?

We do not realize how engulfed we are in Instagram, or how many likes we got on our Facebook post, to checking our twitter feed. We watch these technologically driven apps like a babysitter. Well, I am putting my foot down.

It has gotten to be absurd I mean what happened to just holding a normal conversation without the interruption of an i-phone getting in the way.

This is serious our lives our being sucked away into the rat box (tv, computer, shiny screens) into our i-phones (comprised of a layer of glass substrate, metal pieces, and other cold sleek components). Lets take back control and find true freedom and real connections.

Here is my proposition.

1. For this upcoming weekend shut it all down, power off, unplug, and lock it away all together in a cabinet or box. Place it on a shelf in your closet. Somewhere out of mind.

2. Go out side and breath. Walk in the woods or in a park and searching for beauty (AKA I call it my beauty walk) tackle it for 40 minutes. Look at the leaves, touch the grass, put your hand in the dirt feel the living. Feel gratitude and thank the OLB (omnipotent love bomb = God while your at it).

3. After you go on your “beauty walk” call up friend on a landline phone (if you don’t have one then pre plan this date before you shut off your cell phone and I dare you to actually call them on the phone verse text them I know its so 1990’s but try it I promise you will live). Go ahead and invite them over to your house to bake and listen to groovy music. Try these lyrics on for size, but shhhh its still underground and going to be on our new album Tones and oh this song is called Tones.  Actually the tops would be to invite a friend who plays guitar over and have them play some music while you bake and laugh and create experiences that you will feel alive doing.

4. Bake it up baby. My sweetheart brother-in-law Steven first shared this cake and recipe with me. I have craved it on and off the road as my go to chocolate cake. I adore this recipe. Way to go Steven. This is a rich moist chocolate cake with a chocolate buttercream icing. This is the best cake in the world!

Steven’s Righteous Chocolate Cake

Watch the Video on how to make this cake here

INGREDIENTS///

2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (try my favorite Ghirardelli Superior Cocoa Powder)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
5 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (seek out a high quality brand Nielsen-Massey Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract)

DIRECTIONS///

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans.
2. Use the first set of ingredients to make the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 3 minutes with an electric mixer. Stir in the boiling water by hand. Pour evenly into the two prepared pans.
3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
4. To make the frosting, use the second set of ingredients. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the cocoa and confectioners’ sugar alternately with the milk and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency.
5. Split the layers of cooled cake horizontally, cover the top of each layer with frosting, then stack them onto a serving plate. Frost the outside of the cake.

Recipe adapted from http://allrecipes.com

Enjoy the air, laughter, music, and chocolate cake. Experience all the wonders around you when you unplug and join in the great joy of life.

Shine ON from the recording studio. Magic is happening here can’t wait for this record to be done so I can share it with you.
J

FINDING BLISS WITH THE OMNIPOTENT LOVE BOMB

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“THE PRIVILEGE OF A LIFE TIME IS BEING WHO YOU ARE” – JOSEPH CAMPBELL

I grew up in a traditional religion, and around the time I turned 15 I started feeling this desire to grow deeper in my spiritual life. I wanted to be more spiritual and connect on a deeper level with God (AKA INThe Omnipotent Love Bomb, or OLB). I was yearning for fulfillment. I felt an urgency to wake up so I could show up on a higher conscious level. This began my search.

While a lot of the kids my age were smoking weed and getting drunk on the weekends I was going to the library picking up self-help books and looking within to find what I was looking for: 1) my purpose, and 2) what the OLB was all about.

It has been over a decade since I began my search and I have realized that it is not as much about finding the meaning of life; rather, it is more about looking for the experience of being alive. Two things are very clear to me. First, the OLB is love. Second, when you follow your bliss you will be able to pay attention to your joyful expressions, and you will contribute instead of consume.

Last October I was working on my passion in New York. As we were recording new tracks in the studio our producer said, “Jillian, I want to hear your voice, not all of these other voices you can do. I want you to not try so hard; what is easy for you is you.” I looked at him stunned and said with a crinkled brow, ” What do you mean? I thought this was my voice?” Obviously I was in shock because for the better part of my singing career I had spent tireless hours working to sound like Joni Mitchell, Adele, Stevie Nicks, and many more.

Then, before I fell asleep that night it quietly dawned on me that my voice was the one left when I stopped trying to mimic and be every other voice. Finding yourself is most often the challenge of a lifetime. However, when you stop trying to be everything you’re not you free up the space to just be.

“You are what is left when you stop trying to be everything you’re not.”

The beauty is in the experience. The meaning comes from the experience, and it is what makes our life meaningful. Choose to do things that bring you joy, in which you are passionate about, and do something where you can make a difference. Once this happens you will begin connecting yourself to your divine purpose. This is when the good stuff happens.

I have added tips from Gabrielle Bernstein as she is a great teacher and light in this world. I hope you enjoy the following:

1. Willingness – I am willing to see things differently

2. Attention – I am paying attention to the assignments

3. Showing Up – I am showing up for the assignments

Then ask yourself the following…

1. What makes you happy?

2. What makes you come alive (consider asking a close supportive family member or friend this question about you, they may surprise you)

3. When am I most happy?

If you want to be more spiritual, try out the following expressions that were inspired by Marie Forleo:

1. Gratitude: Start with gratitude for exactly what you have in your life. It changes us on a cellular level.

2. Presence: Be present and bring that Omnipotent Love Bomb to the moment. Use the senses you have, like touch and smell.

3. Passion and Enthusiasm: Bring passion to everything you do, from washing your dishes to sending emails.

Remember that the Omnipotent Love Bomb shows up big when you have faith that the love is there. Be sure to bring love to everything you do, and be present.

You may be wondering how I see the OLB? Well, I see the OLB in the faces of my family, in a beautiful sunset, in music, and in the eyes of Christ. I see the OLB in the mundane and in the morning birds. God is beauty and God is love, and I see God when there are kind people are in action contributing.

I often ask myself what is the difference between Religion and Spirituality?

To me religion is a set of rules that defines someone else’s spiritual experience. There is a lot of judgment of who is doing it right and who is doing it wrong.

Spirituality is experiencing it on your own. Spirituality is very simple: it is a measure of how loving you are, and how open your heart is to receive God’s abundance and joy.

I look forward to expanding upon these ideas and hearing your thoughts in the comments below. As always I would love to hear from you. Please leave your comments below and do yourself a favor and follow your bliss.

Shine ON

THE BEST QUOTE I EVER HEARD

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

This passage is commonly mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inaugural Address.
It actually comes from the book ‘A Return To Love’ (1992) by Marianne Williamson

SECRETS ABOUT FOOD AND HOW YOUR PLATE COLOR IS KILLING YOU

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It was 2004 I was laying on my boyfriends dorm bed watching “Super Size Me.” You weren’t expecting that now were you. There were a million things we could have been doing at that time but we were together watching a documentary about a guy named Spurlock who was consuming McDonald’s three times per day, eating every item on the chain’s menu at least once.

In essence that documentary was my personal tipping point. It opened my eyes to what was in the foods we were eating and from there it snowballed into my life now. Here is how my personal health journey  has looked.

RECAP TO WELLNESS
1. In 2003 I tasted Organic milk then started questioning why certain things were labeled organic and others were not. I then proceeded to become horrified by what was in my food. I questioned everything.

2. I started reading ingredient labels and shopping the perimeter of the stores. Have you ever noticed that the end aisle and inside aisle of the grocery stores are full of processed canned, bagged, or plasticized junk foods. Its best to steer clear. The first two ingredients to go were Hydrogenated Oils and High Fructose Corn Syrup and anything I could not pronounce. Which lead me to only eating things with 7 ingredients or less. Preferably only 5 ingredients on the label. 2004

3. I stopped drinking all carbonated drinks, sodas, pops, or any sugar drinks and stopped eating at fast food restaurants all together. 2004

4. I started shopping local, organic, and farmers markets became my best friend. 2005

5. 2007 I discovered Crazy Sexy Cancer (documentary) bought the book and started following here regimen.

6. 2007 I found Gillian McKeith and bought the book and started following her ideas which are amazing as well gillianmckeith.com/your-body/food/

7. I started questioning what was in my body products, if they were putting preservatives in my food what were they putting in my lotion, deodorant, and toothpaste? 2007

8. In 2011 I challenged myself to become a vegetarian for four days. I loved eating a plant based diet so much that it stuck. I felt like a feather and unintentionally lost 5 lbs it was magical. You just feel good.

9. 2012 I changed all of my body care products over to Simply Birgit and I even created our own brand line for our band THE BERGAMOT with Birgit here

10. 2014 I exercise 4 times a week for 1.5 hours and daily indulge in a plant based diet full of vibrant colors and foods on my plate. I pull recipes from the raw, vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian worlds. PS a pescatarian, occasionally used to describe those who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. I also am the proud owner of a Hurom Slow Juicer and the Vitamix Professional 500 these have changed my life.

The most important lesson here is what color is the food on your plate? Check this out
color plate verse no color pic

Can you see the difference? A good note to self,  if your plate is not bursting with natural colors than your not getting the good nutrients you need.

Eat a plate full of colors and you will feel great. If you eat foods that are Khaki colored that means you are not getting any nutrients, which for you = sad day for you.

The best part of life in America is we have free will to make our own decisions and have the power to choose. It took me a decade to get where I am at today and it is an ever changing evolving journey. I will continue to grow and expand and I invite you into the process too. It is so fulfilling and you will never regret feeling vibrant and full of energy everyday.

Please leave comments below I would love to hear from you.

Shine ON

LIFE IS FULL LETS DRINK IT UP

ImageI don’t know how I have done it but I am currently living on a farm for the summer.

It has kinda been a life dream of mine and has been on my bucket list for years.

It started when I was 10 and met an amish family. Also, think one time I saw a movie with Kristy Ally in it and she had to live on a farm and for what ever reason that really made me want to do the same. 

So yep thats right folks I am delighted to say that I am living on a full blown farm with barns, baby kittens, rusty old door knobs, chipping white paint, barns, and horses. We even set up an amazing studio here… lots of fruitful things coming from that too. 

It seems like yesterday that I was running around from photo shoot to Kickstarter meeting back in on my new turf in Brooklyn. Now that I think about it I have been on the road touring since May 19th and it is officially July 1st today. 

When you jump from the greatest city in the world to the road life it seems quite surreal. I mean I was waking up to the rattle of the subway and honking horns, now I wake up to birds chirping, crickets, and the sound of the very near rail road horn that wakes me up and puts me to sleep on these dewy nights.  life as a musician 

Life as a touring musician can feel like your living a life on the run. With minimal possessions to your name, a ring on your finger and a t-shirt with a pair of worn in blue jeans you begin to see life as it is, very simple.

When you don’t own much, and all you do is hustle the scene you find that learning to survive without the aid of major radio airplay and corporate financing becomes feasible. Well at least that is what the 40 days of our Kickstarter campaign taught me.

Day in and day out it felt like we were running a well oiled farm. There is always something to do and your job is never done even when you think it might be its not.

Navigating around such a technological lifestyle and fighting for what I believe in was the biggest hustle and statement piece I have ever made. Each day the campaign was being hustled.

If you were a fly on the wall you would have seen me sending out emails, messages, texts and more for 9 -15 hours straight each day everyday for 40 days. 

The massive success that we had came from  a combination of global networking in inviting fine folks from around the world to join us in making our campaign goal and them responding to our music by supporting us. From tears to laughter to jumping for joy when we not only reached our goal of 30K but exceeded the goal by almost 5K. 

The whole process re-emphasized the point that I was put on this earth to create. Create love, music, art, and even my new found scientific creation of crafting all natural deodorant in my kitchen ( yes it actually works, I know shocker right? I will share that with you soon). 

But back to the point I do all of this because I love being able to create things that help make people’s lives better and more enjoyable. Which now that I think about it is the point of pursuing ones passion.

We were all put here to do good and make the world a better place and what better way to do that than to use the gifts you have for cultivating a better world via using your talents and sharing them with anyone who is willing to try it, listen, watch, or use whatever it is you are doing. 

You can do it. Yes, it is scary, yes your risking a lot, and yes it is not the easy road to take yet their is something so gratifying and fulfilling from choosing to live the life you have dreamed of and yes you can do it. 

Shine ON from the farm