Beauty.

Oops, I did it again.

I left you guys in a hiatus. I promise it wasn’t intended. Things are so busy with The Crue Cart, which is good. But still, I shouldn’t have left this blog untouched.

My amazing husband turned 23 this last Sunday and we went into Seattle to celebrate. If you ever have a chance to go to Pike’s Market in your life, take it. There is SO much life there. So many people and and so many stories begging to be shared.

Today, I won’t be writing about food. I hope that’s all right.
My very best friend and I were talking today. I love her and miss her very much.

We got to talking about writing. And how it could change lives. I love that. I love how much beauty enters the world through letters. Sequential characters bringing such vivid emotions to someone sitting a thousand miles away. It’s beautiful. It’s magical.

We also talked about chasing your dreams. So many people live paycheck to paycheck to death bed. I refuse to waste my life. I refuse to spend my time and energy realizing someone’s dream other than my own. Life is too short.

My mom died at the age of 44, last January. She lived paycheck to paycheck to deathbed. I know that she had dreams of writing music and novels. She always put it off. She was working to survive. I know that she wouldn’t want that for me. I know that if she were here today she would tell me to live while I’m alive.

A friend of her’s reached out to me and told me that my mom was very uncomfortable in the kitchen after being diagnosed with diabetes. She said that my mom would be proud of me for providing food options for people who otherwise cannot enjoy meals out in fear of becoming ill. This brings me so much hope.

This is what I want to tell you today:

There is something beautiful inside you waiting to be shared.
You’re probably too insecure to share it.
Stop it.
Life is too short for you to live in fear.
Life is too short for you to stand in your own way.
The world is far too dark for you to hold your light back.
Let it out.
Yes, it will feel awkward.
Who cares?
You will make at least one person smile.
You will make a large impact on someone’s life.
You will change the world.
Whether it’s singing in public or doodling silly faces or waving at children, do it with all you have.
Your act of beauty will spark another.

Make sense?
Great.
What are you waiting for?

“Love that will not betray you,
Dismay or enslave you.
It will set you free.
Be more like the man
You were made to be.

Mumford & Sons- Sign No More.

So, go now. Be free. Be love. Be beauty. Change the world.

Love,
Nannette

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Sweet Potato Doughnuts! Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free (and vegan).

This morning came and I was more excited than ever.
Today was the day that I did the “impossible.”

Gluten-free AND vegan doughnuts.
I am really very excited to show you.

So you guys know, I used this gluten-free all-purpose flour mix. It was excellent. No offensive flavors or odors. (Stay away from bean flours in desert. Trust me.)

Are you ready? Here it is!
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I made the dough and then rolled it out.
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And in they go!
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Yay!
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And you can’t forget the glaze!
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In case you didn’t know, today is National Glazed Doughnut day. I decided to attempt a gluten-free and vegan sweet potato doughnut. It sounds absolutely crazy, but it was delicious. This post is also my entry to this month’s “Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free.” Want the recipe?

Sweet Potato Doughnuts- Gluten-free and vegan.

Vegetable oil- enough to float your doughnuts.
Heat this to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

1 cup of warm almond milk.
5 tsp of dry yeast. (Sorry to all who are sensitive to this.)
1 pinch of sugar.
Stir these three and set aside. Watch it though, yeast is crazy.

2 cups of gluten-free all-purpose flour mixture.
1/2 cup of mashed sweet potatoes.
1/2 tsp of sea salt.
1/4 cup of brown sugar.
Mix these with a fork.

Add the yeast mixture plus 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the flour mixture and, well, mix.

Fry.

For the glaze, I just did a simple syrup. You, on the other hand, can get creative.

I hope you enjoyed this post, guys!
One question-
Does anyone love sweet potato as much as I do?

To update you guys on The Crue Cart, I’m still working on raising capital. If you know anyone who would donate as little as $5 to this vegan and gluten-free start-up, send them here.

Give Peace A Chance,
Nannette

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Vegan.

All right:

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some awesome vegans in the last couple of days. I was really wanting to understand veganism better.
I rarely eat meat or consume dairy, but a much more resolute position is coming about.

During our conversation (in Seattle, which is awesome) they explained to me that most the vegans they know are ethical vegans. Ethical meaning this: they care so much about animals that they do not want to harm one in any way. I listened and I understood.
One of them said something that really, I mean REALLY, stuck with me.

“I don’t want to contribute to that level of suffering.”

Since then, my mind has been constantly thinking and processing and crunching on resources for veganism. And for those who know me, know that I believe in Jesus Christ. Nothing has been weirder about this thought process than the horrible things I found written about Christian Vegans. Westboro-type pastors called Vegans modern day witches and heretics. How absolutely bizarre is that?

Anyway, I’ve reached a conclusion, I think.

I don’t want to contribute to that level of suffering either.
I still love Jesus.
I just figure this:

If I can have full sustenance without contributing to injustice (not just animals, but the big wigs that run farmers into poverty) and pain, why not?
If I can SIGNIFICANTLY reduce my risk for heart disease, high cholesterol and meat related illnesses, why not?

My inconvenience is pretty minimal compared to the good I’ll be doing for my body and for God’s entire creation. After a while, it won’t seem all that inconvenient.

On Earth as it is in Heaven.
There is no pain in Heaven. No suffering. No death.
No death.

What are your opinions on the subject?
Let me know in the comments.

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Exciting things :D

Hey everybody!

Hope your week has been stellar!
Quite a lot has been going on lately!

Here, I’ll just cut right to the chase. There’s a blogger that I really admire, her name is Lauren. Her blog’s name is Celiac Teen. She is young, ambitious and quite lovely. She is hosting this month’s “Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free.”
It’s a crazy cool event when any and all bloggers can submit a gluten-free dish to the host, following a certain theme. It’s great fun and I’m excited to participate this time around. The theme she chose is “Follow The Calendar.” Simply meaning, use a food holiday in the month of January and submit a gluten-free version of it.
I really want to tell you what I’m going to submit. But you’ll have to wait until next Wednesday to see it. You’re in for a treat! ๐Ÿ˜€

Guess what, though? I started journaling and drawing. Yeah. If you know me, you probably don’t have a memory of me drawing ever. That’s because I stunk. But last night, my husband said some very wise words to me:

“Visualize what you want to draw. It doesn’t have to be a complete thought, but just look at something in your mind and draw it. Also, if the first line you draw doesn’t come out exactly how you want it, just go with it. Force it in the right direction or let it lead you.”

Wow. It’s that simple I guess. So here you go :]

Journaling ^_^

And look, I drew a sunflower this morning.

Sunflower

Do you want to know why I started journaling? 1 Word. C h o o k o o l o o n k s.

It’s a beautiful blog post and I would highly recommend you get over there and read it. After you’re done here, of course. She’s quite the photographer, too. I could look at her photos for hours.

One last thing.
I found out that someone else is launching a very similar cart. Only they were doing it with a lot more money. At first I was distraught. I was in tears and about ready to throw in the towel and start again. My thought was this: If I’m not the first person to do this, when I launch, I won’t be revolutionary. Through the help of my husband and a couple of great friends, I realized that competition drives greatness. If I’m not the first, I can certainly still be the best. The best is what starts revolutions. I’m so fortunate for the encouraging folk I have around me. Thank you for helping me keep the dream alive.

What have been some habits that you’ve picked up with the new year? Please share some with me.

Determined,
Nannette

PS- Still 100% gluten-free diet going on over here.

PPS- Do you like the new layout for the blog?

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Gluten-Freedom

Hey everybody!

Hope your new year festivities were stellar (and safe). Like I stated in my last post, I am living entirely gluten-free as of 01/01/11. It is now 01/02/11 and I felt it was necessary to tell you of my progress. The start is always the hardest part of a diet change. Here’s where I am at:

I had an apple with peanut butter for breakfast. I worked on the yesterday and forgot to bring my own lunch to work. So I didn’t eat until later on. When I got home, all the bread and pasta was still here and I thought I was going to cry if I looked at it for longer than 2 seconds. So I threw it all in a cupboard. (I know this sounds drastic but I love bread. A LOT. And I don’t have all the ingredients to make my gluten-free bread yet so I was getting desperate. Plus, I’m a little dramatic.)

I had a moment of genius.
Rice.
RICE.
Naturally gluten-free and naturally mushy and delicious!
So, I made some rice. But what I put on top of it was the star of the show.

Brown Sugar Romance.

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
1/4 cup of your favorite onion. Chopped.
2 cloves of garlic. Minced.
2 cups of cremini mushrooms. Sliced.
1/4 cup of brown sugar. Packed.

Pan.
Medium heat on.
Olive oil in.
Onion and garlic dance into translucence.
The mushroom joins in on the love.
Brown sugar enters. It’s a whole new dance.
It’s lovely and courageous.

Enjoy this over rice.
You’ll forget gluten ever existed.

This is pretty much what I have been eating for every meal since yesterday.
I should probably change it up.
But I love it so much that I’m not sure I want to.
It’s THAT good.
If you eat meat, add bacon. Cut it up and cook it with the onion and the garlic.
You’ll be glad you did.

That is all for now.
Feel free to say hello in the comments.
And to subscribe to me so you know when I’m talking to you!

-Nannette

PS Why does Hershey’s Cookies and Cream bar have wheat in it? Ugh.
PPS I feel lighter and more energetic already. Yeah!

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New Year- New Nannette.

A good friend of mine, Brian, wrote on his blog about the new year. It got me thinking.

In this new year, I plan on developing myself, my small business and my family with every decision I make. Eliminating foods that bog us down. Eliminating friendships that hinder us instead of inspire us. Eliminating waste in every sense of the word. No more.

Garrett and I are going to progressively work ourselves into new eating habits.
Habits take time to build and we’ve taken a different approach at things this time.

In January, we will remove gluten. Tomorrow night we will either toss or give every item in our house that has gluten in it. Through January, we will work at weaning our bodies off gluten so that we don’t bounce back like we have a million times before. We’ll work on alternatives (I can barely wait!) and ways to creatively enjoy meals without gluten in social settings.
Then we’ll go into February, we’ll remove processed sugars. We will still not have any gluten, but by this point it should be a lot easier.
Progressively, we will be eliminating hazardous foods from our diets.
It’s a new way of doing this. Slow and steady wins the race, though.
I really think that it will stick this way.

I realize a few things about companions:
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20
and
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein.

The world’s wisest man, King Solomon and Albert Einstein both seem to think that mediocrity and foolish thinking have no association with wise and great spirits. I want to be wise. I want to have a great spirit. I choose to associate with people that will propel me forward instead of holding me back. It makes so much sense. I wonder why it’s taken me so long to figure this out.

I’m also going to work with my business. If you didn’t know, I am launching a *inhale* vegan, gluten-free, organic-when-possible, local-first cupcake and snack stand in Downtown Bellevue, WA. *exhale* I am working furiously at getting this thing going but my official launch date is in May. The phase I’m in right now is raising capital. If you know anyone who would want to invest in a young green entrepreneur, send them my way. I’ve got a business plan that is coming together beautifully. My start-up costs are pretty minimal. Maybe $3,000 after all is said and done. It’s a lot for someone working retail, though. (That’s me)

I’m determined, though.
I am realizing that every step that does not lead forward is ultimately leading me backward- and I just wonโ€™t stand for that. In the span of 2011, I will see my business grow from a concept to a concrete building. I am so very excited for my journey.

Thatโ€™s what Iโ€™m up to this coming year.
What’s your adventure?

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So, here’s the truth.

I work retail. I’m starting a small business. I sleep maybe 6 hours every night.
I am VERY sorry for not writing more often.
But I realized that I restricted myself to mostly talking about raw foods and such.
And that doesn’t need to be the case.

So I’m gonna write about a couple of different things starting today:
Nutrition (duh)
Small business.
My small business.
My daily goings-on.
Whatever the heck I want ๐Ÿ˜€

Man, that was liberating!

So, what have I been up to?

I had Christmas with the most wonderful family. Ate the most delicious home made comfort food. Kicked butt at Charades.
I also got business cards for Christmas.

my business card!

I love them.
Thanks Garrett!

 

I promise to write more.

Also, if you’re feeling generous, I need to raise some money for a dehydrator to start fulfilling orders. I would be delighted if you gave just like 5 bucks. If you’ve got questions- let me know through comments.

Thanks for reading.

In case you were wondering- it’s snowing.
And I love Seattle.
And I’m watching a man try to break into a car. I hope it’s his otherwise I’ll delete this sentence from this blog. ๐Ÿ˜€

BYEE!

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