The Online Bake Sale for Japan!

I am so, so excited to tell you guys about this world wide auction for delicious baked goods to benefit Japan! Tomorrow will be the beginning of such an amazing global event! Sabrina, from The Tomato Tart is the lovely host.

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My contribution will be these amazingly cute chocolate chip & chai mini-cupcakes. They’re vegan, gluten-free, and so stinkin’ good. The frosting is made of cashews, organic vanilla soy milk, lemon juice and love. People love them and so do I. These were the first cupcakes I ever made from my heart. I hope that these will benefit the people of Japan who have been heavy on my heart. Bidding will start at $20 and will include 12 miniature cupcakes.

Chocolate Chip Chai Mini Cupcakes

Please check out this website tomorrow for the full item list! The things on it are amazing! I seriously can’t wait to see how much money we will raise!

Love you guys!

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Japan, we love you.

It’s taken me a few days to really aggregate all my thoughts on the horror happening in Japan.

The night it happened, I couldn’t sleep.
I couldn’t even close my eyes.
My heart was so deeply broken for the people of Japan.
I was confused.
Why?
Why would this happen?
They’ve only recently recovered from Hiroshima and now this?

I was curious.
How would America react?
Would this global tragedy bring the community together?
Would humanity triumph over political, religious, nationalist notions?

My first response was to pray. I couldn’t shut my eyes, but I prayed.
All night.
I prayed that wives and husbands and children would remain united and safe.
I prayed that casualties would be minor.
I prayed that the global community would respond quickly and compassionately.

I wanted share with you some ways to help.

Text to help The American Red Cross in Japan.

The Tomato Tart is doing an online bake sale. A silent auction hosted by many food bloggers (including US!) will take place on 3/30. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Japan. I’m very excited to be a part of this event and hope that you will share the news with your friends.

Susan Fujiki is making paper cranes to raise money. It’s a really great fundraiser that I’ve contributed to. The paper crane has a deep cultural meaning in the Japanese culture. It’s a relevant and beautiful effort.

What other donation efforts are out there? Post them in the comments so we can share them with our friends.

To Japan-
We love you. Please get better soon.

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It’s my birthday!

So, hello everyone!
I’m 21 today and it’s been an awesome birthday (minus being sick). Garrett surprised me. He told me he couldn’t get my birthday off, and he certainly did! Also, he bought me a scarf, some convertible gloves and a robot necklace! It’s adorable!
Then, I went to the salon to get prettied up. I got a haircut and a facial!
To top it all off, over 100 people wished me a happy birthday on facebook! Holy smokes!

All in all, it’s been a spectacular day.
But this is what I came to share with you.

Pancakes- Vegan and Gluten-Free

Oh, yes.
Pancakes.
Vegan.
Gluten-free.
Amazing.

Want the recipe?
Here it goes.

The Best Pancakes In The World.

50 grams of Brown Rice Flour*
50 grams of Sorghum Flour*
20 grams of White Rice Flour*
20 grams of Tapioca Starch*
1 TBS of sugar (I used sugar in the raw.)
2 TBS of baking powder (Yes, that says tablespoons. Trust me.)
1/8 TSP of salt
1 cup of non-dairy milk (I used hemp.)
1 TBS vegetable oil.

1. Heat pan.
2. Combine the flours and sift into a medium bowl.
3. Then sift the remainder of the dry ingredients into the same bowl.
4. Make a hole in the center and slowly add your milk while mixing.
5. Add oil.
6. Spoon batter SLOWLY onto the pan. This is important. Take your time, so they don’t spread all over the place.
7. When you see bubbles around the edges of the pancake, flip.
8. Repeat step 6 and 7 until the batter is all gone.
9. AGAVE NECTAR.
10. Get in my belly.

*Note*- This adds up to 140 grams of all purpose gluten-free flour. 140 grams is a correctly measured cup of wheat flour. If you have different all-purpose mix that you use, please leave it in the comments! I follow Gluten-free Girl’s 70% whole grain to 30% starch rule for building my flour mixture. It works great! If you want to make these sans the gluten-free status, replace the four ingredients followed by “*” with one cup of flour.

These pancakes are fluffy and perfect. I have never made a recipe more often than I do these. I’ve made them with blueberries and other berries and it’s just delightful.

Go make them, right now!
Take a picture and leave it in the comments!

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I haven’t forgotten about you!

Sorry about the focus issues!
Write to you soon!

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I’m a rockstar!

According to Brian Clemens, anyway. Go ahead and read what he’s got to say about me!

We had a little interview and it was such great fun!
He’s a great guy and a very good friend of mine who blogs about coffee, entrepreneurial endeavors, and a combination of the two. Check out his blog (and my interview) here.

Who is someone that inspires you to create your own future?

Love,
Nannette

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Bacos.

Hello,

I wanted to start off this post right by letting you know the most amazing thing:

BACOS ARE VEGAN.
Yep.
I said it.
I nearly cried when I learned this.
You better believe I’m buying Bacos like tomorrow.
I always just assumed that Bacos were bits of bacon, like the name would imply. But nope. Soy based.

Back to reality.
Had a couple of big wins recently.
I made some cupcakes.
Some vegan and gluten-free and sugar-free vanilla bean cupcakes.
Oh yeah, and they were yummy.
See, I’d been using a rice-based flour mix and my baked goods were coming out gummy. I never put it together that rice is gummy when it’s heated with moisture. Duh.
Recently, Gluten-Free Girl (Shauna) released a blog post that changed a lot of things. In it was a simple rule for an easy flour mix. It was liberating, to say the least. Go ahead and give a read (when you’re done here, of course) and go start baking gluten-free.

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It was exciting to me the whole way through because the batter looked normal. :].
It’s certainly humbling forgetting everything I ever knew about baking and having to learn all new rules. The beauty with Gluten-Free Girl’s All Purpose Mix is that it weight for weight replaces flour is any recipe. That’s huge. So liberating. Grateful.

Anyway, the only photo that I got with my cupcakes is this one.

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I know, tacky webcam photo. But still, it’s the only proof I’ve got.

So, now I’m working with what I’ve learned with the cupcakes and adjusting things until they’re perfect. I have to say that it’s pretty exciting to be making headway with these cupcakes. Making a cupcake vegan has always been easy, but adding gluten-free and sugar-free to that complicates things a little.

I thought I should add that I made these with Stevia in the Raw. The people that ate the cupcakes didn’t mention it but I tasted it. LICORICE. It’s fine if you like that sort of thing, but I do not. I threw it away. I was severely disappointed by the aftertaste. Don’t know if I’m going to do entirely sugar-free recipes. I’m a fan of agave and other syrups but it messes with ratios in all the recipes. It’s all a work in progress.

In other news:

$259 or just under 15% of the total goal has been raised. We’re trying to kickstart The Crue Cart. We have about a month to raise $1,800. It’s a lot for one person, but not a lot if a community gives together. Our desire is to have the vegan and gluten-free community come together to help a little cupcake stand get started. We’re taking no loans out, and we’re not seeking out major investors. Our success is entirely contingent upon the community we serve. It’s dangerous, but we like it that way. Know someone who can spare $3 (or more)? Send them to our fund raiser page. Thanks!

Thanks for reading, guys!
If you’ve got any questions about me or what I’m doing, PLEASE comment and I’ll answer them!

-Nannette

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Life is much too short to beat around the bush.

Hello everyone!

Hope you guys haven’t missed me TOO much!
I’ve been rather busy lately working things out with The Crue Cart.

I actually sought out a mentor through a corporation called SCORE. They provide counseling and mentoring to small business owners. The guy I met with, in short, was counseling me in the wrong direction. He said that a cupcake shop wouldn’t survive, and if it did, it wouldn’t last for long. He said I was much too young to start a business. He said that I didn’t have enough money, and unless I was about to borrow, I wouldn’t be able to make it work. He said that I just shouldn’t attempt it, really.

At first, I was really upset.
Like REALLY upset.
This guy had experience in the restaurant industry. He’s been in it for 30 years.
Maybe he was right.

But then, I had a thought.
He isn’t right.
He isn’t right at all.

Apparently, he doesn’t know who I am at all.
I play to win.
I don’t give up.
If there is a will, there is a way.
And there is definitely a will.

Mr. Counselor,
I would like to thank you. What looked like the end of The Crue Cart to you was only a strong foundation being put down. You tried to rain on this parade, but I am water-proof. You did give me some good information. I don’t have enough money. But that’s okay. I may not have a lot of money, but I do have a lot of friends that have at least a little money. And I am gonna get by with a little help from my friends. Your traditional views are out-dated and you can’t put creativity like mine in a box. So, have a nice day. Oh, and dream big.

Love,
Nannette

So, after all the numbers are said and done, I need about $1,800 to open up shop.
Sounds like a lot, but it isn’t.
I have 762 friends on Facebook.
I have 186 followers on Twitter.
So rounding it out, I have over 900 friends who care about me and my dreams.
Each friend donates $3 and we’ve got $1,800 + $900 worth of cupcakes for low-income kids.
That’s the power in numbers.

So, why would someone contribute to The Crue Cart?
-I’ll be serving cupcakes to people who normally can’t have them. IE- Celiacs, Vegans, Diabetics.
-You spend $3 on a cup of coffee every day. Why not help someone out instead?
-Once we hit $1,800, the rest will go to cupcake development for kids in low-income neighborhoods.
-Three dollars is almost nothing to the average American and could make the entire difference in my life, in the lives of Vegans and Celiacs in Seattle, and most importantly children. Children that will learn, through these cupcakes, that nutritious and delicious CAN coexist. Children that will not inherit diabetes, obesity or cancer.
-You will reserve yourself a cupcake. All you have to do is e-mail me at nannette (dot) minley (at) gmail (dot) com asking for your voucher.

How can I give to The Crue Cart?
-Here

What can I do if I can’t give? Or how else can I help?
-Send your friends to this blog post.
-Tweet about it.
-Facebook it. (I find that personal messages work better than a status update.)
-Talk about it with anyone you meet that’s a Vegan, a Celiac or diabetic.

Thank you, guys.
I know this seems awfully direct.
Life is much too short to beat around the bush.
I am way too passionate for social justice in food to just sit around and talk about it.
Let’s get to moving.
Let’s change the world.
Because it’s damn well not changing by itself.

Keep it real, guys.
Nannette

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