Archive for November, 2014

brunch. the beauty

So, here’s the deal. I love brunch just like almost all twenty something females – if you didn’t know it’s like a thing now. Growing up brunch was dreadfully boring and often reserved for family trips to San Francisco – I had to dress up, listen to classical music and eat strange new things on nice white china.

Brunch today is just fantastic and not so stuffy, its full of sexy bed head looks and sweatshirts that say “I woke up like this” it’s for the foodiest of foodies and it’s full of some of the best alcoholic beverages. Honestly I’d skip the party night before and live it up at a good brunch ANY day.

So needless to say, I love brunch and if I was one of the rich and famous of NYC I might die of excitement with all the wonderful brunch options. I am however not a rich a famous socialite of NYC or any other big city and live in little ol’ Santa Fe, NM. We have a few brunch options but on a snowy day like today I opted to make my own.

Today I made one of my favorite brunch menus (if you can really call it that!)… it’s simple – challah bread, lightly scrambled eggs with dill and a dash a Tapatio sauce, bacon (cooked to a crisp) and a muesli/yogurt concoction full of raspberries (my favorite berry) and honey. Oh, and a strong cup of coffee sadly not pictured.

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^^turned around and brunch prep looked like a painting, i almost fainted with delight^^

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^^fresh squeezed mimosas duh! although i do love a good bloody maria for brunch too^^

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^^the evidence and excuse the not so clean sink^^

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^^ my favorite placemat setting i found at a french store in NOLA… they took funny japanese translations of american sayings like this one…. “the dog is my boyfriend” and made the cutest table settings, the other one i have talks about goose eggs and toast^^

 

 

 

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
― A.A. Milne

 

enjoy today friends,

xoxo

 

Jane

Veteran’s Day

I’m going to be honest. I haven’t and don’t really honor Veteran’s Day the way that I should or the way I feel I should.

I was reminded tonight of all of my Grandparents and Great Grandparents and how almost all of them were veterans of World War I and World War II. I take that for granted and often forget it in general. I hope that doesn’t sound selfish, I just see them as my Grandparents not as Veteran’s, but because of that I forget about the courageous lives they lived. Once I remembered that tonight I was grateful and inspired by the people they stood up to be in life. I don’t know if I could do the same things they could, I think I’ve lived a much more sheltered life and have a whole list of opinions that would cloud my judgement. But, even if I can’t do the same things they’ve done or even if my life never presents me with an opportunity to stand up in that kind of way I am inspired by their courage and willingness to do something so much bigger than themselves. To know their personal stories and what a step of … well faith it must have been for them. The things they probably witnessed first hand and to come out of that and still be pretty stellar is all one could really ever hope to accomplish in this life.

I hope that no matter what life gives me I have the tenacity to step forward to accept it and not grit my way through it- just live it in the most joyful way I can. To believe in myself and my abilities. To grow trust of those around me… sometimes when I’m totally anxious and overwhelmed these words and ways of thinking seem a million miles away. Sometimes my anxiety and inability to let it go makes me feel so much smaller than people like that. They all seem so brave to me, so determined and confident. I’m reminded tonight that people are just people and all of us and all of them are just trying to make the best decision moment to moment. (So maybe, I’m not as different as I think).

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^^ here is a picture of my Grandfather on my Mom’s side, his name was Robert Turnbull Foster and he was  Lt. Col. in World War II- he went on to work on the Manhattan Project here in New Mexico as well as the Atomic Energy Commission and Sandia National Laboratory.^^

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^^here is a picture of my Grandmother on my Mom’s side, her name was Dorothea LeCain Foster and she was a veteran of North Africa and Italy in World War II, where she was a nurse. She was originally from Cambridge Massachusetts and came to Santa Fe after the war where she met my Grandfather at Bruns Hospital (which is currently Santa Fe University of Art and Design)^^

 

Those are two of my favorite pictures of them because they aren’t necessarily the people I knew and for some reason that’s just very fascinating and cool to me. I l o v e that picture of my Grandmother…. how cool is she! Very cool if you ask me.

So, I guess this Veteran’s Day I’m very contemplative and heartfelt in my gratitude for all veterans and victims of war – and on that note I’ll leave you with a few quotes… of course.

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” -Cynthia Ozick

“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” -Michel de Montaigne

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” -G.K. Chesterton

And… this is fantastic – http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-29935592

 

Xoxo, Jane