Archive for July, 2014

local love: santa fe. farmers market

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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hope stones

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.





summer beauty

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

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.


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.








DIY Summertime Wreath

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!







summer beauty

Today I overheard some older tourists on Canyon Road talking about how it appeared that Canyon Road was in disrepair, “things are falling apart and they’ve let the weeds just overtake everything.” I had to stop and laugh to myself and think ‘welcome to New Mexico’ in general.

I was reminded that, that is one of the major qualities that I love about not only Santa Fe but New Mexico- it’s a little over grown, a little dated and the adobe is cracked in some places. It’s total charm though if you look at it the right way. I’m happy that I live in a historic city that isn’t perfectly manicured.

Here a few shots from my afternoon walk today that I thought captured a little bit of the beauty of summer in Santa Fe. (weeds and all)

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avocado smash

it’s thursday, or at least i think it is. i’ve blurred the last week of my life together so you probably shouldn’t trust me on the date or time right now.

without sharing to much information… let’s just officially state that i’m going through some ‘life changes’ (how lifetime does that sound-ha) and have some more time on my hands for the time being.

i’m trying to keep a very positive attitude (which honestly isn’t hard) and keep busy with some of my favorite things.

so without further ado, i’d like to introduce you to my favorite breakfast.

The Avocado Smash.

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  • 2 pieces of your favorite toast//this morning I used farm bread from a bakery down the street named Sage
  • 1/2 an avocado//I also use the side without the seed first, if you leave the seed with the rest of the fruit it will keep it from browning
  • 4-6 dashes of Tapatio sauce// or your favorite hot sauce will do
  • salt, pepper, red pepper flakes
  • juice of one lime

1. you’ll want to just mash it all together in a small bowl, I usually just use a fork to do this.

2. spread onto toast

3. top with a few lettuce pieces

4. drizzle the tiniest bit of olive oil and or truffle oil on top

5. devour …




margaritas part 3.

Happy Wednesday!

I thought it was time for another addition to my slight obsession with margaritas. Again, I’m so lucky to live in a city that values a good marg, no sweet and sour here in Santa Fe!

If you are a local or visiting the Santa Fe area I can’t recommend Tesuque Village Market enough, for breakfast, lunch and dinner… and margaritas(of course). I prefer their house marg on the rocks with salt and lime but they offer a variety of different and flavored ones. Their combination is mixed just right every time and is never to salty or sour. Like, it’s the perfect margarita. Like, I could drink them like water…

Tesuque is a little ‘village’ outside of Santa Fe, we love to drive the back road by Bishops Lodge to get there but you can get there a bit faster by taking the interstate. It’s literally like a 10 min drive from the downtown plaza and well worth it. It always has a cool vibe and a relaxed atmosphere – perfect for drinking a margarita if you ask me. If you do end up here for dinner I recommend the fish tacos they are to die for or their wood oven pizza but in all honestly you can’t go wrong with anything you order, they have superb New Mexican food.

And, if you are in the area please let me know because I’d love an excuse to sit on their open patio any day!


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The last time I celebrated anything with Baskin-Robbins was probably when I passed an American History test in 7th grade and my Grandpa was in town. That’s something I remember quite vividly, every January-March my Grandpa would drive down to visit us from Wisconsin and during his week or 2 week stay I would get at least a few trips to the ice cream store.

I remember it being something special that I did just with him.

There are a few things Seth and I are currently celebrating and I had the random thought to go to Baskin-Robbins (like the old days). Once we got there and they still had some of the same flavors I’d request when I was 10 I took a little trip down memory lane and felt like it was the perfect way to end today.

I love that, when memories kind of hit you in the face and make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.


Scottsdale AZ.


Introducing  the Scottsdale AZ.

Here’s my take on the traditional tequila sunrise.

  • 2mrs of tequila (silver is very much preferred)
  • A pour of oj
  • A larger pour of bubbly water like La Croix (preferably coconut)
  • A dash of 100% cranberry juice (like the real stuff not artificially sweetened)

** amounts above are for 1 drink.

You’ll want 1 large tumbler filled with ice, pour tequila, oj, bubbly water, and juice. Garnish with lime, fruit and a straw.



cocktails: the scottsdale az. from Andrea Jane on Vimeo.

*song: Ryan Adams/Sylvia Plath


I’m proud to say that this is my first go at editing and sound work with video. Not to throw myself a party but I’m pretty thrilled with the result! I am going to start a series of cocktails, some made up by me (and other traditional ones) to share with you all and use the post production as some self education on video for myself. I named this drink the Scottsdale AZ. Because it’s kind of Mexican and kinda Gringo and pretty low in calories, which is what I imagine would pass with flying colors in Scottsdale.

Cheers for a long weekend and Happy 4th of July to all of you!