Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving DIY

Happy Thanksgiving! Today Smash-Monkey and I, An Vo will show you a creative and delicious way to enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers by Organic Designer Desserts!  This is a holiday twist on a traditional Shepard's Pie. Enjoy the video!!!

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Thanksgiving Pie

Preheat oven to 350

Step 1:  Make or buy your favorite pie crust.  I like to use a fingering technique for the crust.

Step 2:  Layer the bottom of your pie with stuffing.

Step 3:  Top with a layer of turkey meat.

Step 4:  Add a layer of veggies.  I used peas and corn.  Any leftover veggie side from your Thanksgiving dinner will do!

Step 5:  Pour some gravy on it!  This will make your pie moist and help bind the layers together.

Step 6:  Spread a layer of sweet potato or yams.

Step 7:  Choose a star shaped frosting tip and fill a frosting bag with mashed potatoes.  Starting from the center of the pie, dot little potato stars until it covers most of the pie, leaving a little space between the crust and the potato.

Step 8:  Choose a circular frosting tip and fill a frosting bag with sweet potato. Dot sweet potato around the pie creating an outline between he crust and the potato stars.  

Step 9:  Put mini marshmallows into the finger pockets of the crust.  

Step 10:  Decorate the top of your pie with cranberry sauce and veggies.  I would recommend peas, corn and carrots for fall colors!

Bake for 30 mins.

Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.  

Cut into slices and enjoy your second Thanksgiving dinner!  Perfect ready made meal for Black Friday shopping :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dystopian Glow

In the last week I have visited two completely different landscapes both holding the same otherworldly energy and vibes. I've learned my lessons among many different anecdotes and affirmations including, 'life begins at the end of your comfort zone' however none held so true until I trespassed into an old millinery warehouse set deep in the woods along a creek at Madam Brett Park located in Beacon, NY.

My friend Melissa invited me along in what was the most spur of the moment, photo shoot I've ever had the pleasure of partaking in. We forgot to keep in mind the change of time and soon realized the sun setting. Once we reached our destination there was still enough light to see inside the building which was eerily dark. My voice echoed throughout the entire 50,000 sq ft dilapidated wasteland and I could feel energy from beyond surrounding me...creeeeeeepy!!  

The mill was an important gathering place for farmers and Native Americans inhabiting both shores of the Hudson River hereabouts. In the 1800s, the creek powered a profusion of hat factories (including the Tioronda Hat Works, located in the brick building adjacent to the park), which earned Beacon the nickname "New York's Hat-Making Capital." (

Upon returning back home to review the photos, we were beyond breathtaken and couldn't help but realize the potential of greater things to come. I am so happy and blown away by how talented an eye Melissa has, she captured the essence of the moment down to the smallest of detail. I can't wait to shoot with her again, only greatness awaits! Enjoy!!

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(Apologies for the largely formatted photos...but any smaller and they wouldn't invoke the same visual feelings. Thank you for your understanding!)