birthday reflections

posted on: August 21, 2014

A few days ago I turned 27. That could either sound old or young to you but to me it’s old(ish).

My whole life I’ve wanted to be 28 so I’m happy that I’m almost there. I’ve realized that as time goes by and the years keep coming I never ‘arrive’ at an age or a stage of life.

I used to imagine that’s what growing up was like, super solid life stages that made you happy and smiley all the time. Thanks shows like Boy Meets Works and Growing Pains but it’s not like that at all.

Growing up is hard for me because I try really hard to be the most put together and responsible person I can be. That gets a little exhausting.

On paper I understand the idea that just wanting the next thing doesn’t = happiness but it’s hard for my mind to grasp. I’m allowing myself to do things out of order this year and to remind myself to live up to my own expectations not others.

I hope to trust myself a bit more with that this year. I hope to really come into my own, take risks and be okay in that middle ground. I read this affirmation today that I hope to remember each day this year- “I choose to see this delay as a bigger yes on the way.”

Just one more quote and I’m done,

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” – John Lennon

I love this, it’s the first time I’ve read it and it just is something I will be referring back to for my 27th year. I think to often I get scared and retreat a little from life and that leads me to feel bad about myself. But if you think about it, there is nothing to be scared of…. That’s the whole point of life to figure it out and you know I would just rather do that in a loving and passionate way then from a place if fear. So, until next year on August 18 I hope to reject the fear I feel of life, of rejection and of not ‘arriving’. I hope to accept more patience, thoughtfulness and dedication to myself and my loved ones.
I’ve apparently waited my whole life for 28 so I hope to arrive there a more loving and self accepting person.

Cheers,

xoxo
Farmers Market fun on last saturday, loved the very mini Zozobra they had out and about. Everyone else seemed to

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^^Had to snap a few shots of the animals, they were so sweet last weekend- I think they new it was my birthday!^^

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Loved spending the afternoon at Ten Thousand Waves… spa day anyone?

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^^On my actual birthday I asked if Seth would make me dinner and we could just spend time at home, it was perfect!^^

I asked for, poached cod with fresh herbs and caramelized mushrooms/potatoes with a kale salad. Seth really is such a great cook and it all came out perfect!

 

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snack ready chickpeas

posted on: August 13, 2014

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I’m a big snack person, I’m actually a big food person and it’s hard for me to make it through the day without snacks. For that reason I have a long list of some of my ultimate go-to snack foods.

One of my favorite snacks would have to be roasted/baked chick peas. Have you ever had them? To me they are a healthier version of a french fry or a potato chip. Crunchy, slaty, savory… delicious.

***With chickpeas it’s important to drain and rinse them before roasting.

Ingredients

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsps sesame seeds

Here’s what to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Drain/rinse chickpeas and dry them off
  3. Roast for 10 minutes then stir them around with a spatula
  4. Roast for 10 more minutes, then remove from the oven and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and garlic powder and sesame seeds- stir around until evenly coated with the oil and seasonings
  5. Roast for 20 more minutes
  6. Turn oven off/crack door- let the chickpeas sit on the pan in the oven for 30 minutes

I normally sprinkle a little more seasoning on after they come out of the oven too. I keep mine in a Kerr jar and snack on a handful in the afternoon. When I make this recipe (2 cans) it will normally last 1 week with both me and my husband snacking on them.

Enjoy!

-xox

 

summer beauty

posted on: August 10, 2014

well friends i’m starting to sense that summer is coming to an end, there are a few crunch leaves on the ground, the hollyhocks and starting to droop and the temperature is dropping just a bit more at night. it’s crazy to me that in the next month or so we will see a new season come — like where did summer go?

i remember being 7 or 11 or… 13 and feeling like the days were so long and that a boring afternoon was an eternity. i miss that, the stillness that comes with boring, long, eternities of an afternoon. when i think about it i picture it as trying to breath once you get off the plane in nola, it’s like a cloud of stillness and dampness and for a moment it takes your breath away.

when i’m busy i don’t feel like i let things take my breath away because i’m hurrying from one thing to the next and i don’t give my self the chance to experience that feeling. the last few weeks i made a promise to myself to change that and i’ve been trying to appreciate time, space, stillness for what it is and it’s so inspiring (for me at least). the calm that comes to mind when you let yourself be bored for an afternoon and let your imagination wonder or find the wonder in little things left unnoticed. it’s because of this that i’m a little sad to see summer go this year. while fall has always been my favorite i feel like this year i truly experience the joy of summer.

cheers to that, here are some pictures from my summer. i hope yours was full of some boring moments, some fun moments, some sun and some great food.

-xx

 

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the struggle is real.

posted on: August 5, 2014

hi friends,

i was writing a bit in my journal last night and when i stopped to reflect on what i had written i felt like sharing it with you the interweb. i wanted to share it because i feel like the feeling of ‘smallness’ is something that we all share from time to time and it’s such a perplexing feeling to me…

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“i feel sad today, i feel alot of weight and pressure to do, be and to succeed. sometimes i feel like our idea of success is so skewed that it’s no wonder i feel sad. but i don’t sit well with sadness, it’s an emotion that my body detests. when it comes around things go haywire. i turn grouchy and short, detached and unable to eat anything.

but, back to today… i am feeling sad because in lots of little ways i feel like i am letting everyone down. i start to worry about big things, little things, real things, made up things- everything. i start to feel very small.

when i feel this way it’s hard to be present, which is the thing i need most right now. i’m mostly stuck ridiculing myself for the past and left extremely anxious for the future. with a deep breath in i am trying to inhale the good and exhale the bad. it doesn’t really work.

one of the only things that works is the fact that i know and believe that feelings are fleeting. they come and they go. they are here one moment and gone the next. so, my hope lies in that, the fickleness of feelings. my hope lies in the fact that constant sadness is fiction and the knowledge that tomorrow could hold any number of things.”

 

i was reminded by some these quotes, by Cormac McCarthy one of my favorite authors, these are 2 quotes i reflect on often.

“He said that those who have endured some misfortune will always be set apart but that it is just that misfortune which is their gift and which is their strength.”
― Cormac McCarthy, All The Pretty Horses: All The Pretty Horses

 Mextures
The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man’s mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others.”
― Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian

 

here’s to feeling small in a big world and remembering that sometimes it’s all in our head.

cheers,

xx

 

Texas Redhead

posted on: August 1, 2014

T.G.I.F
Am I right?

I’d like to introduce my take on a French 75. A traditional French 75 is a champagne cocktail that’s mixed with gin and lemon. I mixed mine with both but added some muddled strawberries for a slightly fruiter taste. In my recipe the muddled strawberries take the place of simple syrup.

The Texas Red Head Cocktail from Andrea Jane on Vimeo.

Here’s what to do:
1 lemon
1.5 mrs of gin (chilled)
1-2 tablespoon muddled strawberry juice
about 2oz of champagne (or enough to fill the glass)

From Rim:
honey powder (you should be able to find this at any spice shop)
sugar

** amounts above are for 1 drink.

First, use a little lemon juice and rim your glass with the honey powder and sugar mixture
Second, add your muddled strawberries to the glass (if you don’t want fruit chunks make sure that you only use the juice; I personally like having the little pieces of fruit but it’d be easy to just use the juice too)
Third, you’ll want to shake the lemon juice and gin in a tumbler then add to the glass
Fourth, fill the glass with your chilled champagne

Cheers to you this weekend, have all the fun you can manage.
-xx

Jane

local love: santa fe. farmers market

posted on: July 30, 2014

I’ve mentioned this before but one of my favorite things in the world are farmers markets and one of my favorite things about Santa Fe is its farmers market.

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Santa Fe’s farmers market has really grown into a great market that highlights so many of the local farms and businesses around town. At this point in the summer the market is totally up and going and they’ve even started roasting green chile! If you are a native to New Mexico you know that sweet, sweet smell of roasting green chile in the air it’s seriously like heaven. If you are not a native to New Mexico then you’re kind of missing out and you should visit us late July-September so that you can experience it.

It’s the kind of smell that when you walk outside and the air is a little crisp and the wind brings the scent of the roasting chile you just totally crave it… instantly, on anything, by itself it just makes you need some asap.

I’m hungry just thinking and typing about it.

 

 

 

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Anyway, our farmers market is 3 times a week: Tuesdays in the railyard  8am-1pm, southside 3pm-6pm and Saturdays in the railyard from 7-12pm

It’s the place you can find me almost every Saturday morning in the summer, picking up fresh lettuces, potatoes, onions, green chile, sage sticks… honey- you name it, it’s there and it’s just so delicious. If your local I hope I’ve inspired you to get out and enjoy the market and if you are visiting add the market to your ‘to do list’ it honestly won’t disappoint plus we are all trying to support being ‘local’ right?

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-xox

Jane

hope stones

posted on: July 28, 2014

I wanted to share another DIY project that I did a few days ago. Of course I saw it on pinterest like months ago but just had time to actual try it out for myself. Hey, at least I’m trying to actually do some of the pins I find right?!

Say hello to, hope stones

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Here’s what you do:

  • take medium sized flat stones (you can normally find some on a nature walk or you can pick some up at your local craft store)
  • use sharpie pens to write your favorite ‘hopeful’ words or quotes. *note black will show up the best but I also used a neon pick, turquoise and gold.
  • place in small dish or bowl as a daily reminder and inspiration.

Easy peasy right? Trust me, it is.

I put my stones in an antique saucer dish that I had and put it right next to my bed, I love waking up and picking one of them to focus on for that day. It’s important to me to find little ways to add little bits of love to my day and these truly did the trick.

 

Cheers,

Jane

xox

summer beauty

posted on: July 23, 2014

Santa Fe has been killing it lately, totally gorgeous summer weather and flowers.

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^^not my yard, but I thought it looked like the perfect one to spend all summer in, apple tree included^^

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^^this bush was covered in what i thought were butterflies but turned out to be giant moths, who knew!^^

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I was reminded of this quote, one of my favorite quotes from ‘The Great Gatsby’

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby

For some reason I feel like anything is possible in the summer, that every turn has an inspiration and that every morning has the possibility for great, great things.

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^^this is just so santa fe…

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^^hollyhocks are one of my favorite things about summertime in santa fe^^

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what does summer look like where you are? apart from autumn it’s 2nd favorite season…..

Anne Frank

posted on: July 21, 2014

Hi folks, I wanted to start a series about people who inspire me. Feeling and being inspired is a huge part of life for me it’s something that makes me feel fulfilled and happy. I think it’s important that I recognize the things that inspire me, from people to flowers to a pretty sunset. It’s those little things that can make life. The little bright lights that help get us through the darker bits.

 

Today I was feeling pretty contemplative and felt a little sad with the immensity of life and how many distractions we can encounter in life.  Somehow these feelings lead me to reflect on Anne Frank, so today I’d like to share why I’m inspired by Anne Frank.

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Growing up we were required to read numerous books for school and The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the only ones that I actually loved and feel pleased that it’s on school reading lists. I can’t remember exactly what grade we had to read Anne Frank but I’m pretty sure it was 5th grade making me…. 10 years old. I remember one of the most remarkable things about reading her diary was the fact that I could relate to her. Anne Frank was one of the first ‘young females’ who would make me okay being ‘me’. Like Anne, I was and still am slightly shy and very reserved in many situations but have a lot going on in my thoughts/head. Growing up I noticed quickly that not everyone was that way and it made me feel like the odd one out sometimes. Reading through the Diary of Anne Frank I had confidence that there were other people like me, it made my respect my thoughts and feelings on things more. I started to pay attention to them instead of ignoring them.

 

More times than not when I am feeling anxious over a situation or myself just knowing that someone other person in the world has felt the same thing will make the anxiety go away at least a little.

 

I’d like to think that Anne gave my 5th grade self a little confidence boost, a reminder that I was okay, I was normal- and that if I liked to think and write it didn’t make me any less cool than other kids.

 

Her story is tremendous and has the ability to move people even past, present and future. I think her little soul had a big story to tell and because she wasn’t ashamed of herself or her thoughts, because she followed through on her want to write a diary she made a huge impact on the world. I find that simply amazing (and inspiring), today I was feeling so frustrated with distractions and the thought that we could just make circles in life because of them, instead of actual progress. I think that’s why I thought of her story today, as a reminder to trust my instincts to respect my passions and myself and to just… follow through. Who knows how each of us will impact the world but I’d like to set down my iPhone to at least give myself a chance to do so.

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DIY Summertime Wreath

posted on: July 19, 2014

I’ve been needing a new wreath for about.. 2 years! My last one was more fall oriented and it was just time for an update, and while I could have just bought a new one, I don’t like dropping $50 on a wreath and I prefer to have something that looks a little more homemade.

So I decided that I wanted to do something bright and summer(y). I found a chalkboard wreath/door hanger on pinterest and decided to put my own stamp on it.

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Here’s what to do:

You will need a chalkboard, moss, ribbon, chalk and chalk pens, mod-podge or hot glue gun. (I found the moss and chalk board at a local craft store for about $10 total).

My chalkboard came with another ribbon already attached but I switched it out to the one pictured that I had laying around. If your chalkboard doesn’t have holes for  a ribbon you can always staple or hot glue the ribbon to the back.

I did the ‘artwork’ before I put my moss on because I wanted it to feel more full of the ‘flowers’ than the moss.

Once I was done with the flowers and the ‘F’ I started to glue the moss on. I used both hot glue and mod-podge.

P.S. It took me 4 times to get the ‘F’ to look right, I tired differed styles and none of them looked perfect. I decided to hang it and then lightly put the ‘F’ on that way to make sure it was straight while hanging. Then I took it back and filled it in a bit more and straighten up my lines.

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I love the way it came out and really like the contrast of the bright chalk markers and the moss, I’m also super pleased I went with a bold print on the ribbon. I know before I know it I’ll need to switch back to my fall wreath but I know this one will make me smile the rest of this hot summer!

-xo

jane