Happy Monday readers! The title of my post today is aptly named Mixed Media Monday, because of all of the bits and pieces of things it contains; an eclectic mix of thoughts and yes, a pie recipe of sorts, which all came to mind bright and early this sunny Los Angeles day. Let’s start out with last night’s performance by Pink, of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, during the 75th Anniversary Tribute to one of my all-time favorite movies, The Wizard Of Oz. Stunning. Not only did her vocals carry the tune with grace and expertise, but as Pink often does, she put her very own minor twist on the melody much to my liking. And the ruby slippers? Adorned in dress form in a gown equally visually stunning. You go Pink! Skipping to the rest of the Oscar show, while I only saw bits and pieces of the extravaganza, I have heard from others that although Ellen DeGeneres was her awesome and usual comic self, the rest of the show lacked in form and substance. What did you think? I may have, just saying may have, had a little too much Champagne in between Oscar viewing parties, to really know! Moving onward, I am posting a “TO DON’T” list that should and can belong to everyone who reads this post. Bottom line? If you are someone who gets decent value from making “TO DO” lists, you will also get significant returns (i.e., in productivity, improved relationships, emotional stability and heightened levels of happiness) from adding certain things to your “TO DON’T” list. Your greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding in life at all the wrong things . . . so read on through this “TO DON’T” list, and then your reward will be the scrumptious recipe for Blueberry Nectarine Crisp (which can be made with frozen nectarines since we all have cabin fever and can’t wait until spring/summer for those juicy fruits) which you can make now, or save a few months for fresh summer fruit – either way, it’s yummy; it will take you up and over the rainbow on flavor, and make you sing like a happy little bluebird. Think I still have Wizard Of Oz on the brain? You bet. Enuf said.
“TO DON’T LIST” -
1. Don’t be lazy – the world doesn’t owe you anything, you owe yourself to the world. Stop daydreaming and start DOING. Develop a backbone, not a wishbone, and replace laziness with sheer determination.
2. Don’t cower from life’s necessary challenges; we all have them, and all must deal with them!
3. Don’t just take the default path – be a voice, not an echo. Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes. Find the courage to bring your ideas and dreams to life – period.
4. Don’t wait for the perfect time – there never is one!
5. Don’t put on a mask. You can’t let people scare you. You can’t go your whole life trying to please everyone else, by being something you’re not, or someone else everyone else wants you to be.
6. Don’t hide your humanness. You are human! You will make mistakes, own them!
7. Don’t make everything seem like a chore; life is a privilege, act like it.
8. Don’t try to conquer everything in one single step. I.e., isn’t it funny how day by day nothing really changes, but when you look back, everything is different? Remember the journey of a thousand miles begins with just one single step; take it, today.
9. Don’t focus on past problems; your past was never a mistake if you learned something from it.
10. Don’t think about what could have been – chances are, if it should have been, it wouldn’t have been. But alas, there are second chances – I have proof!
11. Don’t let stupid little things get to you. Redirect the focus of how stressed you are to how blessed you are – gratitude and manners are everything.
12. Don’t try to hold on to everything. Life changes; everything is not meant to stay as is. When things aren’t adding up in your life, start subtracting!
13. Don’t neglect your present joys. If you don’t appreciate what you have now, your greatest regret will be how much you focused on the future, at the expense of every present moment in your life.
14. Don’t just take . . . give; your wealth, your time, your love, your heart.
15. Don’t wait for someone else to do something about it. Our lives begin and end the moment we silence and restrain ourselves from addressing the issues that matter. So speak up; don’t hide thoughts and feelings, especially when they can make a difference. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and twice as capable as you have ever imagined!
16. Don’t always try to be right. There are many, many roads to rightness! Pick your battles; oftentimes peace and compromise feels far better than being right.
17. Don’t judge before you actually know. Period.
18. Don’t hold on to hate.
19. Don’t place irrational conditions on your love. When you do something out of true love, you don’t count the cost; it’s unconditional.
20. Don’t neglect close friendships. Hang in, even when it’s not convenient; stay connected, and fight for them. Friends are part of the glue that holds all of our lives together.
And finally, the recipe!
1 1/2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup cold, unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
1 cup chopped toasted pecans
4 cups fresh blueberries
4-6 fresh nectarines, peeled, pitted and sliced (or frozen, Trader Joes has them!)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup Cognac
1 tsp. vanilla
Dash of cinnamon
Squeeze of lemon
Blend flour and brown sugar with your pastry blender; cut in butter and pecans for a coarse mixture; sprinkle in pinch of salt; set aside.
Dice nectarines and combine with blueberries in a large bowl. Blend Cognac with cornstarch, vanilla, and granulated sugar until sugar dissolves. Pour over fruit; gently toss; sprinkle with cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon. Pour fruit into a greased 9 x 9 inch baking pan; top with crust/crumb topping. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven on middle rack for about 40 minutes; serve warm with Vanilla Ice Cream and Whipped cream.