Archive for March, 2014

spring time.

Well, just like that the weekend is almost over. Feels like Seth and I were pulled in every direction and in some ways I really hate that. We did make some time this morning to take a walk around our neighborhood and it was beautiful. Spring is here in Santa Fe (even if one last snow is more likely than not) and I wanted to share one of my favorite spring time poems and some shots from around our street.

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A Prayer in Spring — By Robert Frost

OH, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.
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cheers to a new season and the hint of warm weather!
-xoxo
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music is magic.

hi friends, we’ve made it through wednesday and aren’t you glad? i am, that’s for sure. today was rough i almost burst into tears in a very normal, general work meeting today– i know the horror. i’m so glad i didn’t that would have been difficult to explain.

so, i like music, you like music so why don’t i share some recent finds i’m really into. obviously we may not have the same taste but…. really i can’t get over these three, they’ve been on repeat for me for like a week now. they are for sure getting me through the rest of the week.

1. lilac wine by miley

2. devil’s resting place by laura marling

3. city of angels by thirty seconds to mars

everytime i listen to or watch laura marling i think to myself, ‘man, we would be such a good friends’ sigh… do you ever feel that way? i don’t mean it in a total creeper status or anything i just feel like i relate to her through her music and really her kind of emotionless demeanor. it’s like the same way i feel about ron, hermione and harry. 😉

 

-xoxo

 

the teahouse

i had to take a moment to write about the teahouse in santa fe.

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the teahouse sits on top of canyon road which is the perfect place for tourists or anyone looking for a beautiful walk up the historic street. since we moved here…2 1/2 years ago it’s been a constant yummy recommendation. i should note that seth has worked here since we moved, which did help me fall in love with their tea selections for sure. but really, their food is great especially the breakfast or small plates they have throughout the day. my favorite dish would be the oatmeal, it’s to die for (not even kidding) — made with forbidden rice and steel cut oats, topped with fresh fruit and clotted cream. if i’m there around breakfast i can’t resist it, seth also really loves the eggs benedict norwegian which is a benedict with salmon.

the teahouse has been a local favorite for 10+ years and recently has gone under new management– that really brings a new life and consistency to the experience. they are constantly updating/upgrading to please both locals and visitors alike. your really not going to wrong with anything. in the evening they have a lovely italian menu that features a killer lasagna and they always have a slow cooked dish of the day.

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i’m getting excited for springtime and summer because it means the garden will be open. the teahouse garden is honestly the place to be on a beautiful day in santa fe, it’s such a lovely atmosphere– perfect for taking your time and meeting new people.

if you ever have the chance to stop by, here are my personal recommendations (apart from the oatmeal and eggs benedict norwedgian)

  • lavender lemonade (seasonal)
  • gluten free scones (flavor changes every day; made in-house)
  • BLT
  • matcha or matcha latte (seriously some of the best matcha i’ve ever had)
  • gingerbread with fresh whipped cream
  • italian chicken pot pie (polenta crust)
  • beer and wine menu

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xoxo,

jane

 

 

 

sometimes it’s hard to decide what’s important.

i know this statement isn’t true for everyone but it’s something that i’ve thought alot about this past weekend. i’ve determined that it takes me a good long while before i can make my mind up on if something is important to me or not. this indecisiveness comes with choosing which milk carton i think is better too more important topics like — are mermaids real?! ha-ha, but you get the point.

so, currently i’m totes jelly over people who know right off the bat what they think, believe and feel. for the most part i don’t work that way and have to wrestle with things before i decide what’s important to me. it’s a little exhausting to think about, knowing that for the rest of my life i’ll have to continually weigh things before making up my mind.

while i’m trying to decide what’s important with the rest of the world (which could take some time; aka forever) here is a list of things i have recently deemed important to me.

 

1. diversifying my diet. in the last several years i’ve tried to adapt healthier food choices and try to limit how much animal products and processed foods i eat. i believe that diet is a really personal thing and each of us should follow guidelines that work for us. i do however think that not eating so much animal products is a positive thing, even if it’s just one day a week. one of my favorite sites for anyone beginning that journey is Meatless Monday. and here is a great cookbook that will help with some meatless options, and yes it’s from paul mccartney and his daughters Mary and Stella.

2. being active. i’ve been all over the place with exercise – currently i’m just seeing the importance in moving each day. i try not to focus only on duration and or calories burned but try to stick to an activity that i actually enjoy. i try to run a few times a week and then go to a hot yoga class 1-3 times. i l o v e hot yoga, like for real it’s my thing and it’s weird because you get really hot and your sweat alot but i really just love it and am thankful to have a place to do it in santa fe. when it comes to running i think it’s important to do it correctly. here are some pretty basic tips

3. limiting plastics. here is a great talk from npr on the subject of plastics leaching hormones and here is an article from harvard on some of the dangers of plastics. again, sometimes it’s just totally unavoidable– it might be next to impossible to get rid of all plastics but i believe it’s good to know whats up at least. i’ve personally had some questionable health issues that could be linked back to being sensitive to plastics. because of that i try to drink out of glass bottles and only store food in class containers. i also try really hard to never heat my food in plastic. again, some bodies are more sensitive than others– so to each their own.

4. down time. no but really. down time each day or each week has made a huge difference in my life. if i don’t have enough time to make it happen it’s guaranteed that i’ll be totes grumpy. i’ve had to learn to let being busy go and just spend time reading.. or watching a show or even just like sitting there and being bored.

do you have an easy or hard time deciding what’s important for your life? do you have anything you feel passionate enough about to share with other people? i think the most important thing is that we take the time to make our own decisions about these things and our lives. i think that today it’s easy for us to just absorb societies or other peoples morals, thoughts, ideas and beliefs but when we do that we really aren’t giving ourselves a chance. we are capable of so much and have the capacity for so much thought, so i guess i’m okay with how long it takes for me to make up my mind, because in the end at least i know i’ve come to the conclusion totally based on myself.

cheers to having the ability and freedom to make our own choices, however long it takes.

xoxo

jane.

 

Iconik Coffee

One of my favorite coffee spots in Santa Fe would hands down be Iconik Coffee on Lena Street.

It’s just tucked back enough to keep most of the busy tourists out and big enough to draw a local crowd for meetings, afternoon breaks and all day work sessions. I love the overall esthetic of the place, it’s open but very inviting and detail oriented. I feel like every time I go in I find another nook or cranny I haven’t noticed before.

I’d say the most impressive feature of this coffee shop is the roaster which is used and displayed front and center.

 

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Isn’t that awesome? Seth even got some demonstration/instruction on how it works.

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I really can’t say enough for the welcoming environment and atmosphere the boosts both meeting agendas and leisurely afternoons. And as much as I love their set up I also really love their coffee which is all direct trade and roasted on that lovely machine you saw above. I especially enjoy that each cup of coffee is ‘pour over’ style but they also have the list of espresso drinks if that’s your style too. If you like coffee you can’t go wrong here and I promise once you sit down you’ll want to stay awhile.

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So next time your in need of a great coffee shop in Santa Fe- here is my best recommendations. Did I forget to mention they have food too! Breakfast (pictured above) salads, omelets and a great mix of daily specials.

cheers to good coffee and cozy coffee shops on days like today you make the world go ’round.

-xoxo

 

 

 

anticipation

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Anticipation is something I know everyone deals with but for me it’s one of the most unbearable feelings I go through. It’s as if I revert back to being 6 and am totally unable to sit still or have normal emotions before say something like… my birthday party. I can distinctively remember the fact that before my birthday I couldn’t focus, I couldn’t sit still, I threw little fits about things, I couldn’t control my emotions (I’d be happy then sad then bored etc…) I’d also give myself stomach aches so on top of all the waiting I couldn’t eat either. Well… add 20 years and nothing really has changed.  I’m still that girl, except for maybe the fact that I’ve learned to hide my feelings a tiny bit better.

What am I anticipating you might add? Well 2 big things to be exact- one of them being the fact that in 61 days my husband, Seth is graduating with is BFA! The second is that in 75 days we are going on a long over due vacation to Ireland/Scotland. To say that I’m excited is basically the understatement of the year. I’m thrilled and literally cannot focus or sit still already and I still have a few weeks to get through.

Today I was thinking about my lack of focus and internal anxiety about these events and just wanted to understand anticipation a little bit more. Anticipation can be one of life’s better feelings or in a practical since I feel like it should be—I mean if you think about it most* of the time when you are anticipating something, that something is a good thing, a great thing, a goal you are waiting to accomplish etc…so if anticipation normally is such a good thing why then is it so distracting to my everyday life? Is this just my personality? Am I daydreaming about it too much? Am I putting expectation where it shouldn’t be? Why am I looking forward to these things so much that… I find it hard to get through my day in a productive manner?

I realized that for me anticipation is the thought or belief that some one thing is the beginning of expected relief. — which is both good and bad. It’s good to have things that keep us going and things we look forward to like vacations, times with friends/family. I believe that things like that are stepping stones to get us moving forward-we have to have timelines and goals for what we want. I also think it’s a bad thing because…  I personally am striving to create a life that I don’t have to escape from. So, I realized today that goal of mine hasn’t taken root yet, and I’m not living a life I don’t need a ‘break’ from.

And that’s okay. It’s okay for today because that’s what it is. I can’t change that over night but I think becoming aware of the root of my anticipation has opened my perspective a little bit more-and I really needed that.  I have to understand the foundation of things before I can take actions to move forward and today was a lovely reminder of how interesting and comforting it can feel to ask yourself questions and then find your own answers. Realizing that my lack of focus wasn’t entirely due to my anticipation was a relief. I can now think about these upcoming events as much as I want and just be plain excited. I can also, realize where I may be lacking in some focus/discipline and just plain work ethic is also something I can work on. I plan to work on this by being present each day, allotting myself a certain part of my day for planning my future and apart from that being committed to the moment.

 

One of the things I’ve learned and have been trying to work on recently is treating each day/moment as a gift and in that doing the best I can do to have the attitude needed in whatever situation I’m presented with. For me worrying about past, present, future things can be t o t a l l y draining and leave me feeling dead.

So here are some of my actions steps that help me stay present and I know I will definitely need to work on for the next 61-75 days!

 

  1. Focus on my breath: I tend to be a super shallow breather when I get overwhelmed so I try to make sure I’m breathing deeply throughout the day especially before doing things I don’t necessarily like, like responding to 72 e-mail. I also practice mindful breathing before meals and try to always do 3 solid breaths before eating.
  2. Reminders: I personally love quotes so at my office at work, on my phone and at home I have little reminders that help bring me back to the present moment. Sometimes other people like to put reminders in their phone or wear a piece of jewelry that reminds them to be present.
  3. Be aware of your senses: one of the best things I’ve ever learned with dealing with anxiety is this; what do you see, what do you hear, what do you feel. In moments where I feel like TOTALLY overwhelmed/anxious I do this. Those moments where my breathing gets very fast I feel hot, my mind is racing, I want to cry- yeah those times.  By realizing your surroundings it brings you back to the now and it’s honestly a little crazy how everything just calms down after that.
  4. Do 1 thing at a time: I am not good at this one but I’m trying. For instance sometimes I head over to the gym for my lunch break and on the way back I find myself like walking as fast as possible, I have to remind myself that ‘right now I’m walking to just walk’ I also remind myself when I’m doing something tedious like filing paperwork. I personally need the reminder that it’s okay for me to be doing just 1 thing, to take my time. My mind almost always is trying to race to the next thing and the reminder to slow down feels like a gift sometimes.

 

Cheers friends and good luck with this week.

-xox

irish soda bread

St. Patrick’s day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I’ve participated in the festivities since I can remember. Growing up we always had an Irish inspired meal (often corned beef) and my mother insisted that I wear green. Since I got to go home and visit my parents last weekend I really wanted to make something festive for St. Patrick’s day and have been craving soda bread. I was lucky that my Mom was up for baking and we took one cloudy afternoon to make one of my favorites. Irish soda bread is super easy it’s basically like a quick bread so you don’t need yeast and don’t have to let it raise or anything. I love it for breakfast (served warm with butter) or with a cup of tea. Here’s my familys recipe for this treat and a few pictures.

We’re supposed to get another wintery mix this weekend and to be honest I may have to make another loaf. So, if you find yourself with a cloudy afternoon I highly recommend you try this especially with St. Patrick’s day right around the corner.

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  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp butter (cold and cubed)
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

1 Preheat the oven to 425°. Lightly whisk together 4 cups of flour, salt, sugar, the sugar, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.

2 Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, then mix in raisins.

3 Make a well in the center of the flour mixture- add butter milk and beaten egg and mix in until dough is too stiff to stir. Dust hands with flour and lightly knead dough in the bowl just long enough to form a rough ball. You don’t want to over need and if the dough is too stick just add a little more flour.  Move dough to a floured surface and shape into a round loaf. Your dough will always be a little sticky and will look rough like shortcake or scone dough.

4 Transfer dough to a large, lightly greased a baking sheet. Using a serrated knife you want to score the top of dough about an inch and a half deep in an ‘X’ shape.  Bake  for 35-45 minutes, bread should be golden and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

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Durango, CO

Better late than never. For New Years Seth and I decided to get out of town and experience someplace new(ish)- we landed in Durango Colorado. Durango is a mountain town in SW Colorado, we had a great time full of shopping, eating and taking it easy. I’m a foodie at heart so I wanted to share one of our favorite stops ‘Eno’, this place was great. It had a wonderful atmosphere, great food and an awesome drink menu.

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We stayed in the historic Strater Hotel which is right on the main street of down town. It was a gorgeous old hotel with beautiful embellished fixtures everywhere. One of my favorite things about the hotel was the wall paper and staircases. Not to mention the rooms are all done historically, below is a shot of our room- isn’t it beautiful. I love that coral pink color with the gold wallpaper. The Strater also has 3, count them 1, 2, 3 eating establishments on premises. Diamond Belle Saloon, The Office Spiritorium and the Mahogany Grille. We basically bar and restraint hopped on New Years Eve and had a wonderful drink in The Office Spiritorium.

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^^The Strater is pictured in the upper right corner, bottom left corner was a cute diner-and then look at the train! that was taken from our room window.^^

If you’ve never been to Colorado then you should visit, they have breathtaking views that almost always include some glorious snow capped mountain in the background. On New Years Day (since most places were closed) we took a long drive up the mountain all the way to Silverton, CO. Talk about picturesque and quaint. We stopped at the only store open and got to meet 2 Labradors, somehow I missed getting a shot of them not sure how since animals are basically my favorite thing e v e r.

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Overall we had a wonderful quick trip, I definitely would recommend to anyone visiting to spend some time walking down town in the historic district. Durango is also home to the Durango and Silverton train, we didn’t do get to ride it this time but I have very fond memories of doing this as a younger kid . There are movie houses and tons of wonderful restaurants and cute shops. My favorite shop was one called ‘ There’s No Place Like Home’ they had anything you could think of from fancy soaps to wine glasses. Those stores really always may favorite, I can’t leave without finding something I love.

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^^also found my motto for 2014 in a great community art studio, this lovely is now hanging in our house and I love it^^

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^^other randoms- art, trains, Christmas decor, good food and drink… what’s not to love?^^

 

Here is a list of other places I’d recommend.

Donut place, Durango Doughworks

Coffee place, Durango Coffee Company

Dinner place; Seasons

Tea place, White Dragon

Bar place, Eno

Cute home store, There’s No Place Like Home

French place, Jean Pierre Bakery

 

If you ever find yourself in Durango I hope you consider some of these stops they won’t disappoint, the whole town is very cute and perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Cheers to that and hopefully much more getaways in 2014 for all of us.

-xoxo

 

 

 

gringo enchiladas

hi, do you love comfort food? i sure do and for the past several weeks i’ve been craving my mom’s enchiladas.
growing up in new mexico i have eaten my fair share of new mexican and mexican food. hands down new mexican food is my favorite. it’s full of green chile goodness. traditional enchiladas are rolled with corn tortillas and can be made with red (traditional) or green chile and lots of cheese. my favorite enchiladas are my mom’s and she always called them gringo enchiladas, they are made with tortilla chips instead of corn tortillas and seriously they make a difference in a big way.

my picture taking skills on the food level could use some practice- but i wanted to share the recipe none the less. so, if you ever feel like some green chile and need an easy fix t r y these. i don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

gringo enchiladas:

ingredients//
1 1/2 – 2lbs of chicken (i typically just shred a rotisserie chicken, but cooking chicken breasts would work fine as well)

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1/2 an onion; chopped

1 cup corn; fresh or frozen

6-10 green chiles; chopped (can use fresh, frozen or canned- if using cans use 2-3)

1 bag of mixed cheese (mix of white and yellow works best; mexican blend)

1 bag of your favorite tortilla chips (i used Red Hot Blues- blue corn chips, you can use white, yellow, blue or those tri colored chips- whatever you like)

garlic

salt and pepper

directions//

shred chicken; if using raw chicken please cook throughly and then shred. place shredded chicken in a medium bowl, add can of cream of chicken soup, chopped green chile, chopped onion, corn and garlic and S&P. mix throughly until everything is combined. then take a casserole dish (i use a deep dish pie pan) but you can use a 9X9 dish too. take the chips and crunch them to a make a layer in the bottom, this layer doesn’t have to cover every spare space. then layer the chicken mixture, then a thin layer of cheese. repeat starting with the layer of crunched tortilla chips until you don’t have any room left. you will want the top layer to be a thin layer of cheese with a few extra crunched chips.

since the chicken is already cooked you will just be heating it through. to do that you will want to bake it at 375 for 30 minutes with aluminum foil covering, after 30 minutes remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.

allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

enjoy!
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