Archive for August, 2014

birthday reflections

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

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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

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.

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

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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

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