Lunching with Master

Anthropologie Somerset Maxi in Dark Purple

Master is taking His dievca to the Met and to lunch for her Birthday.
she has to work in the morning, but will head uptown afterward.
dievca is planning on wearing her Anthropologie Somerset Maxi Dress in Dark Purple. It will allow her to wear comfortable shoes, look ladylike, and hide her knee brace if she needs to wear it.

Master said He would like to finish the day at His apartment, so dievca is bringing Him peach crumble as a treat during Aftercare.
It turned out well!

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Photo: dievca Fresh Peach Crumble NYC 09/2022


Personalized with Cocks

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A peachy delight!

Peach

The peaches are still in season here in NYC.  dievca bought 5 lbs of Organic Yellow Peaches and 3 lbs of local NJ Yellow Peaches.  she knows they are good because they were a staple of her diet, last week, and they still looked good/smelled good at Whole Foods this morning.

A crumble is a baked dish of fresh fruit (apples, berries, plums, etc.) that is topped with an oat-based streusel.

To celebrate her birthday, dievca is going to bake a Peach Crumble with her wonderful peaches.
She will be sharing with Master and friends.

Girls-Nude-Grocery-Shoppingdievca would love to share her crumble with you in person, but has to offer the recipe instead. she would like to make the suggestion that you visit your favorite grocer and see if your area has the fabulous peaches, available. Crumble or no crumble – they are worth it.

Peach Crumble Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

Ingredients for the Filling:
2 1/2 lbs peaches (8 medium), fresh or frozen*
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, (omit if using frozen fruit)
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Ingredients for the Topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/8 tsp sea salt
8 Tbsp 1 stick cold, unsalted butter, diced
½ cup old fashioned rolled oats or quick-cooking oats
1 cup sliced almonds, divided

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9×12 casserole baking dish.

To Blanch Peaches: Place peaches in boiling hot water for one minute or just until skins come off easily then transfer immediately to cold water. Peel, pit and slice into 1/2″ thick pieces. Transfer to a large bowl and toss peaches with 2 Tbsp lemon juice.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour and toss with the sliced fruit just until evenly coated. Pour into buttered baking dish.

Combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, and 1/8 tsp (pinch) of salt. Add the diced cold butter about the size of peas.

Transfer mixture to a bowl, add 1/2 cup oatmeal and use your hands to make large crumbles. Add ½ cup of the sliced almonds and mix to combine.

Spread the topping evenly over the fruit and sprinkle the top with ½ cup of almonds. Bake 45 minutes at 350˚F or until top is golden and the fruit is bubbling at the edges.

Recipe Notes:
*If using frozen fruit, fully thaw, drain and dab with paper towels to remove excess juice.
**If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a whisk for the dry ingredients and a pastry blender/cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients.

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A “Thank You” to Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com


Presenting in the Pink of the Moment

It’s everywhere – its not subtle.
A POP of color to bring Joy.
Is there such a thing as a BOLD submissive?
Yes, when Presenting for your Master or Mistress

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dievca always wanted an outdoor shower, she got it in NYC.

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Not super private (in more ways than one), but the view is fun and the water is warm!

Photo: dievca Hudson River, NYC 09/2022


A true fan’s pain…

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Throughout dievca’s Life there have been ups & downs as a Chicago Sports Fan.

This gentleman has dievca beat, but she feels his pain (click on the link to see the video)
The best are the comments:

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Assessing the Practicalities

Master has a check-up scheduled,
do you think this is how the conversation will go?


Hah!

So Master dropped His dievca a note:

Re: Music.
 
Here’s an early 1980’s song that I really like: the essence of garage rock.

 
On the whole, I’m not a “pop” guy.
dievca – who attended College in the 80’s was a little confused…this song was on Airplay ALL the time. Isn’t that the definition of Pop (Popular) Music? smile

Silly Love Songs, etc…

Master laughs at His dievca’s music – she’s mentioned this previously.
she doesn’t understand why…
Who doesn’t like Cheesy Love Songs, 70’s Suave Grooves, 80’s Electronica, Classic Rock, Eurotrash?
Harumph!
Music should be — uhhh — accessible.
Right?
XO


Still traveling:


The Workhorses

Older, Extending, Taking extra weight.
These feet are the workhorses of dievca’s body.

Honestly, after sitting next to six Men
In a Hell’s Kitchen Nail Salon
dievca’s feet look amazing for half a century + ~

OPI Cajun Shrimp on the Toes


Need a Moment, Wednesday

Today wasn’t planned this way – but this is what/when you:

Need a Moment
Close Friend’s 20-Something has cancer and surgery within 24 hours.

When it’s your older brother who smoked cigars and Stage 2 – expected.
Young Adult, not expected.
Need a minute.


Wholesome on a Monday


Just something sweet to start your week. XO


Peaceful on a Sunday morning~

20220828_063548The tide and ships roll in.

Master always says he would never get anything done working in my apartment –
he would be too busy watching the World roll by.

Photo: dievca – Hudson River NYC 08/2022


Feeling the End of Summer

Coffee sun and hair

End of Summer:
Long, curly hair with gold amongst the silver from the sun and chlorine.
Toasty brown skin moisturized via suntan lotion and aloe.
Give it a month or two and it will be back to a blown dry bob under a hat.
Fair skin refinished with retinol and heavier UV protection.

This is the first summer in years where dieca’s healing situation has allowed her to revert back to childhood behaviors of Sun, Swim, Play (PT) and Laziness. It’s been a gift she will treasure.

How was/is your Summer?


Drama

Photos: dievca NYC 08/2022


a sad favorite

Olivia Newton-John passed away yesterday.  she seemed like a very kind individual and dievca was prompted to revisit her music.  dievca’s favorite song from her is pretty much the saddest song.

dievca prefers the original:


Well, that’s mouthful!

Coffee Latte Art Thong

Looks like you would have to be left-handed to come at this the right way. XO


Still chewing on it~

dievca is pondering her Life:

“This Ponderous, Man. really Ponderous”

Seven and a half years later and she is still pondering her Life:

  • Does she look for a new job?
  • Does she get a 3rd graduate degree and change careers?
  • Does she write a Children’s Book? (an inside joke on dievca)
  • Does she move from NYC?
  • Does she stay put?
  • Will she get cancer? (Her brother is going through Chemo for a stage 2 form)
  • Shouldn’t she be connecting with her cousins more?

Master stated that when you lose both of your Parents, you lose an anchor to your family – you are now “truly” an adult. dievca sees it as the two people who loved her just because she existed and were behind her in any situation good or bad are gone. The guaranteed love safety net is gone.  

It’s taken 6 months for that to hit home….

Time to buy a new pair of shoes (note the survivalist theme and Midwestern moment):

ACNE Studios green-desert-boot-high-sneakers

ACNE Studios green desert boot high sneakers

Then dievca will sing this song:


Hitting the Highway

Routes across the USA

And thinking of you!

The Map above is suggesting ways to see the USA — some are the roads (#10 – Route 66) and others are routes trasversing the United States via multiple routes using Moon Travel Guides. With air travel being a great challenge – maybe splurging on a car trip might be an option for Summer Travel.


Seeing Pink (without filters)

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Photo: dievca, Sunset in NYC 07/2022


A little Dutch Sass about Life (and Coffee)

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Good Morning! Have a good week. XO


Lazy Summer

Margo Robbie British Vogue“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
— John Lubbock

Photo: Margot Robbie, British Vogue 2022

Get the vintage pool float HERE~


Rain rolling in~

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When that I was and a little tiny boy,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day …

Shakespeare (or Robert Armin) from Twelfth Night

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(Photos: dievca NYC 07/2022)


Dressing like a coffee cup?

Dressing like your favorite take-away cup design?
It’s available at Bergdorf Goodman.
XO
Good Morning!


Is It Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, Ice Milk, Custard, Sorbet, Gelato or Sherbet?

Dripping Ice Cream

Its summertime and the heat has you seeking a frozen treat.  When you walk into a restaurant, ice cream shop, frozen yogurt shop or other frozen concoction shop do you really understand what you’re ordering? Here are some terms and descriptions to help.

Frozen Yogurt vs. Ice Cream

Both use dairy and sugar, although ice cream is made with cream, and frozen yogurt uses cultured milk (yogurt). Ice cream tends to be fluffier, while frozen yogurt is tangier. The healthiest frozen yogurt will contain live and active cultures, which are beneficial to your gut.

Ice Cream vs. Ice Milk

Under the rules that define product labels, ice cream has to contain at least 10 percent butterfat. Some premium ice creams have even more fat, as high as 13 to 17 percent. If the frozen dessert had less than 10 percent fat and the same amount of sweetener, it had to be called ice milk.  Ice milk is sometimes priced lower than ice cream. A 1994 change in United States Food and Drug Administration rules allowed ice milk to be labeled as low-fat ice cream in the United States.

Ice Cream vs. Frozen Custard

The difference between ice cream and frozen custard comes down to one ingredient: egg yolks. Ice cream is made with milk, cream, and sweetener. Frozen custard contains the same ingredients, plus egg yolks. This extra ingredient means frozen custard usually has a richer, thicker, and creamier texture than ice cream.

Sorbet, Gelato or Sherbet?

A definitive  set of definitions from Darryl David follows:

Butterfat:   Or milkfat is the fatty portion of milk. Milk and cream are often sold according to the amount of butterfat they contain.

Over Run:  The amount of air that is whipped into the ice cream mixture. For example, an overrun of 100 percent would mean for every gallon of ice cream mix, you get two gallons of finished ice cream. Without this air, the frozen ice cream mix would resemble an ice cube, the same as if you were to freeze milk or any other liquid. This would make the ice cream pretty difficult to scoop and very icy to eat.

Ice Cream:

Super Premium = Contains about 14-16% butterfat and typically 30 – 50% over run.

Premium = Contains about 12-14% butterfat and typically 40 – 70% over run.

Economy = In the U.S. is the minimum standard and has to contain at least 10% butterfat and less than 1.4% egg yolks and typically 90 – 100% over run.

Home Made Ice Cream:  Often contain around 18 – 20+% butterfat with little to no air over run.

Ice Milk:  Is about 3.5% butterfat, the same as whole milk and typically 70 – 100% over run.

Frozen Custard:  Is similar to ice cream, and is defined by the same FDA regulation as ice cream. It also must contain at least 10% butterfat, but must also have at least 1.4% egg yolks. It’s made with a machine that adds less air (20 – 30% over run), so it tastes more dense, and served fresh at a higher temperature so usually softer than ice cream.

Sorbet:  Contains no dairy at all, and is usually just frozen fruit juice, sugar, and water with little to no over run.

Sherbet:  Is defined by the same regulation as ice cream in the U.S., and must contain 1-2% butterfat and 20 – 30% over run.  Typically consisting of cream, water and sugar.

Frozen Yogurt:  Is a frozen dessert made with yogurt and sometimes other dairy products. It varies from slightly to much more tart than ice cream, as well as being lower in fat (due to the use of milk instead of cream). It is different from ice milk (more recently termed low-fat or light ice cream) and conventional soft serve. Unlike yogurt, frozen yogurt is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)but is regulated by some states. Frozen yogurt may or may not contain live and active bacteria cultures.  May contain  20 – 30% over run.

Gelato:   Is not regulated in the U.S., usually about 3-8% butterfat and often contains more stabilizers to compensate for a lack of cream and eggs. And like frozen custard, it’s also made with less air (20 – 30% over run) and served warmer, than ice cream.

Soft Serve:  Typically 3 – 6% butterfat with 10 – 20% over run.  Dairy Queen is 5% as example.

Obviously, dievca loves iced treats.  Master? Not so much. His dievca cannot wrap her head around that issue.


Mornin’

Marilyn Monroe drinking coffee by Sam Shaw


A Mature Moment – Modehus

dievca’s Swedish friend laughs at her because dievca always has to visit two stores in a small town.  One is an optical shop that sells great eyeglass frames and the second is, well, yeah – a “Mature Women’s” shop . A modehus that her friend does not step into unless dievca is visiting.  Let’s put it this way – dievca saw a pair of cropped pants in the store and then saw them on her friend’s Mother-in-Law an hour later.

Whatever.  dievca stops in because she always finds a gem.

Two trips ago, the gem was a dress made by a Danish designer upcycling vintage Sari silk.  dievca still wears the dress.  dievca bought a similar dress on her last trip, but she felt that the arms were too snug and she passed it on to her Dutch friend.  Her friend loves the dress so much and has worn it a number of times that she had to wash it.

dievca received this photo in response:

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You have to appreciate a fabric care tag telling it like it is!

What did dievca buy this trip? 

Well, TWO pairs of eyeglass frames – but they will appear in another post and a “Made in Italy” linen top which was a tunic but dievca’s friend’s Mother cropped it for our short dievca:

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It looks clean and crisp with white jeans and the Zimmerman sandals:


Traveling, again.

Yep, with the knee still wrapped, dievca is heading west to what Master calls “Flyover Country”.  she will be consolidating storage units (with good help), seeing family and friends, taking Mom and Dad’s ashes to Mass, etc.

The corn should be knee high by the 4th of July!

dievca might even get a chance to attend a Midwestern small town 4th of July Parade.

What are you up to for Independence Day? (USA located viewers 😘)

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Summer Solstice: midsummer or the beginning of summer?

So, The summer solstice was on June 21, 2022 and Midsummer is today, June 25th.
Which is truly the start of Summer?

20220616_183426_resized_1The June Solstice is often referred to as the first day of summer, and yet celebrations across the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year carry the name Midsummer, which is pretty confusing.

Midsummer and the summer solstice are used interchangeably, but they refer to different things.

The solstice is the beginning of the astronomical summer that has been celebrated since ancient times as the longest day of the year, whereas Midsummer now refers to numerous celebrations that are held over the solstice period, between June 19 and June 24, with both pagan and Christian origins.

With celebrations originating in ancient times as a festival for the summer solstice, this could be where the name comes from. Bonfires were lit up to ward off evil spirits as the sun turned southward.

Meteorologically,

Because the Earth actually takes 365.24 days to travel around the Sun we add an extra day every fourth year, we call this a Leap Year. This means the longest and shortest days vary from one year to the next.

The elliptical shape of the Earth’s orbit causes the lengths of the astronomical seasons to change and this mean it is difficult to compare climatological statistics consistently for a particular season.

This is where the meteorological seasons come in.

Meteorological dates mark the start and end of seasons for statistical purposes. Meteorologists split the year into four quarters, each made up of three months, based on the annual temperature cycle.

The length of the meteorological seasons are more consistent than the astronomical ones, so that we can observe, forecast and compare season statistics reliably from year to year.

  • Autumn: September 1 – November 30
  • Winter: December 1 – February 28
  • Spring: March 1 – May 31
  • Summer: June 1 – August 30

This means that for meteorologists it’s been summer since the beginning of June…

Honestly – the Joy of Summer was probably dictated by when your school let out!