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one of our lovely readers, mae, made the second image… so inspiring.

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Kia -Jun 29, 2011, 12:39PM
thats so inspiring. free to be..you! :) <3 it~
Aqilah -Jun 29, 2011, 3:00AM
I love Mae!

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As promised, this week’s recipe is one of the many delicious meals from my recent camping trip in the Adirondack Mountains. The bare essentials and need for practicality reminded me how good simple foods like a plain sandwich can be. Even though I got a bit fancier than that for this dinner, there is still a quality of simplicity to the meal that I really like. The challenge of cooking with limited resources was fun and allowed me to get creative. This recipe can be prepared over an open fire or using a grill – I’ll show you how to do it both ways.

Kabob Ingredients:

½ Red Pepper

1 Small Carton of Whole Baby Portabella Mushrooms

1 Small Sweet Onion

½ Zucchini

½ Lb. Bay Scallops

¼ Cup Olive Oil

½ Lemon

1Tbsp. Fisherman’s Wharf All Natural Seafood Seasoning

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Wooden or Metal Kabob Skewers

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Bruschetta Ingredients:

½ Loaf of Pesto Seasoned Bread

¼ Cup Olive Oil

½ Lemon

1 Tbsp. Fisherman’s Wharf All Natural Seafood Seasoning

Tinfoil

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We bought all of the ingredients from local mom and pops stores. If you do the same, your kabobs and bruschetta could turn out completely different, but you can still follow the same process.

Instructions:

Slice Lemon in half. Mix together squeeze juice from one half and mix with with olive oil & seasoning for the kabobs. Set aside.
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Break off 2 ft. piece of tinfoil. Fold over each edge.

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Slice red pepper, onion, and zucchini into fairly large wedge-shaped pieces.

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Slide ingredients onto skewers in random order until all are used up. As you finish skewers lay them onto the tinfoil.111

Baste skewers using entire lemon/oil/seasoning mixture.112

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Make anther – smaller – tinfoil boat to place the bread slices into. Mix together bruschetta olive oil, seasoning, and juice from remaining lemon. Baste both slides of each bread slice with the mixture.

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To cook over the open fire, cover tinfoil boats with another piece of tinfoil.127

You want to separate logs and create a nice spot over hot coals to place the food.129

Let cook for about 15-20 min, depending on how hot your coals are. Use a fire mitt when checking to see if they’re cooked or removing them from the fire. Once scallops are cooked, they won’t have that cloudy/clear look they have when they’re raw.135

You can also cook everything on the grill. Put the kabobs on first. After about 10minutes add the bruschetta and let grill for another 5-10 minutes.

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Enjoy the tasty meal =)

Mollie -Jun 29, 2011, 10:45AM
I live like 8 miles from Wilmington! Glad you had fun
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what a brilliant idea… dear photograph asks people to “take a picture of a picture from the past in the present.” something about these images makes me sad, not in a bad way, but in a nostalgic, why-do-things-have-to-change kind of way.

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check it out (and submit your own!) here.

Paul -Jun 28, 2011, 1:41PM
Awesome way to jazz up layout images, Thanks for posting this. -Paul
Emmy -Jun 27, 2011, 11:41AM
This is SUCH a unique and amazing idea. Thanks for sharing!! -Emmy www.sprinklesoneverything.wordpress.com

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DO: Plant something

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It’s no secret that humans adore flowers and plants…we love being surrounded by this peaceful form of life. Today, or sometime this week, begin to expand your own oasis. Whether inside or outside, flowers can create the perfect environment for thought and creativity. Planting is also a fun project because there are so many ways to go about it. Scrounge for neat flower pots, add stones, display terrariums, drape viney plants over a wall – you’ll never get bored coming up with ideas. Even if you don’t plant it for yourself, you can plant a tree somewhere so it can be a joy for somebody else. By planting something you are making a dedication to beauty and tranquility, and doing something good for the earth =)

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BohoQueen -Jun 25, 2011, 4:56PM
I really want to plant my own garden, but I never have time! :( Someday, I will fit it in with my busy schedule! xoxo
Lana Thompson -Jun 25, 2011, 1:57PM
Yay!! I just "adopted" a plant from one of my friends and planted it last night. Did you know there are plant clubs where you trade plants?!? Amazing. peacelovebear.blogspot.com

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here at the navy yard, every day is bring your dog to work day :) but in honor of the national holiday, here are some of our furry friends at the office today. we love our dogs!

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lou and her boyfriend kody :)

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natasha @ twenty-something blog -Jun 24, 2011, 8:50PM
How cute! I have a yorkie too :) xo, tasha twenty-something blog enter my jcrew giveaway!
Taylor -Jun 24, 2011, 5:03PM
Phillies game tonight...I can see the home office from the bridge! :) These pups are too cute! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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this adorable fabric headband caught my eye yesterday…and our buyer who is wearing it had a great idea! you can make these with old free people bags :) i know i, for one, have about ten of them lying around so i decided to try it out! Read more »

Anna -Dec 09, 2011, 12:39PM
super super simple. yet very stylish. I think, based on the fabric you used, it's much better to use printed or colorful fabrics.
Kb -Jun 28, 2011, 12:41AM
How long was the fabric you used? I'm having issues making it into a turban.

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Summer is the perfect time to plan those weekend getaways, and our country is full of great escapes to explore. Last week I headed up north to camp in the Adirondack Mountains – a perfect getaway destination. The mountains, rivers, and lakes are immediately relaxing. We set up camp in Wilmington, NY right near Whiteface Mountain and Lake Placid. It was the perfect spot to explore the village of Lake Placid and to get in good hiking and fishing. The town is full of cute shops, Olympics memorabilia, nice people, and even a pile of snow they keep year round. We shopped local specialties to picnic and grill (look out for this weekend’s recipe!) You can even bring your dog into most places, so bring the trusty friend along if you go. I had Abigail, and she had a blast getting down and dirty in the mountains. One day we hiked Whiteface, the tallest mountain in the region. She made it the whole way =). I highly recommend the challenge if you’re up to it. The view and sense of accomplishment are surreal and invigorating.

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My beer, the Ubu Ale, was named after a local legendary dog =)

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Abigail, always thinking she’s the star of the show…

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Almost to the top!

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“climbing mountains is hard work, give me food!”

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It’s not often you get to enjoy nighttime in the middle of the woods – talk about a getaway…

Adam -Aug 16, 2011, 12:58PM
Love the outdoors up there and you're highlighting my favorite beer, Ubu. Some Philly stores are carrying it now, but definitely available at the beeryard off of 30. Named after a dog, loved by Clinton & The Boss.
alexazandra -Jun 30, 2011, 12:25AM
what campground did you stay at?

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i have some great ‘exile in austin’ photos to share with you today, from alexandra valenti – who shot our july catalog! i love her style of photography, i can’t wait to show you some of the shots from the book! but for now, enjoy these fun photos from our event :)

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Karra -Jun 24, 2011, 1:35PM
I love Alexandra Valenti's style. These photos make me miss the Mohawk and Austin.

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The outfits in the office today were perfectly styled. There were a lot of girls wearing Fp. The Maxi length was hot teamed with beautiful heavy jewelry. Headdresses are popular accessories – taking style a bit higher.

 Two friends wore contrasting stripes and polka dots.  Today was a high style kinda day.

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cheap wedding dressess -Feb 09, 2012, 10:07PM
very nice. soooo cute!
Christian Louboutin -Jul 06, 2011, 9:41PM
I love the styles.The headpiece looks very smart especially.

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our amazing makeup artist deanna is back to show you how to get a glowing look for summer! featuring the always-lovely martha hunt. you’ll look like you’ve been at the beach all day, without causing any harm to your skin :) Read more »

Delphine from France -Jun 28, 2011, 5:41AM
I really do love your blog but there's two things missing: cats and cruelty free make up or cosmectics posts. Please, tests on animals are not real state of mind of people thinking free and wild...
Kate -Jun 24, 2011, 7:42PM
I absolutely love this look! Deanna does an amazing job. I am an aspiring makeup artist and I was wondering if there was a place I could ask Deanna a question. I have seen tons of her videos and would love to get her tips on skincare and flawless skin! Thanks!

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free people suburban square (located outside philly) is hosting a weekend long summer kick-off party june 24th, 25th & 26th! with every $100 purchase you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind tie-dyed FP beach bag! come shop all the new summer arrivals with refreshments, raffles, other giveaways and some tricks we’ve got up our sleeves. it’s sure to be the best summer party and we want you there! visit our facebook page to find out more, and keep in touch!

here are some great pictures from lana at fp suburban square – she had a tie dye party last weekend where they dyed a bunch of our large fabric bags to give away at the party!

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and here’s a little sneak peek at the fun stuff they have planned for this weekend!

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check them out on facebook here!

BohoQueen -Jun 23, 2011, 5:28PM
Looks like it will be such a fun event! I wish my FP where I live did more of these things! xoxo
fp julia -Jun 23, 2011, 5:22PM
taylor, that's awesome!!! the suburban square gals are so sweet :)

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good morning! so, i know its summer and it seems a little odd to talk about thermals, BUT we have some amazing new thermal styles and i think they’re perfect for those cool summer nights at the beach :) which one is your favorite?

the solid love bug thermal:

the we the free sexy v-back thermal:

the we the free lou flannel cuff thermal:
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or the stripe love bug thermal:
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laura -Jun 23, 2011, 9:40PM
the green color of the v-back thermal is SOO pretty!

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