“I could never give up dairy,” they say. All of them. From the grey-hairs in church basements peddling mushroom-creamed casseroles to the receding-hairs eating nachos and pounding beers from the cheap seats.
One of my favorite things in the new year is starting a brand new calendar. I can’t wait to start 2018 off fresh with this gorgeous, 2018 vegetable calendar by my lovely, talented neighbor, Juli. She took an idea I had and turned it into a real thing. How cool is that?! It’s so beautiful that I just had to share it, in case you have a vegetable-, farmers’ market-, or gardening-enthusiast in your life that you’d like to buy it for this holiday season. It’s full of vibrant veggies like bell peppers, tomatoes, leeks and green beans, all which were hand-painted by Juli.
Now that I’m on a grain-free, vegetarian diet, I eat a lot of cauliflower. Since I eat so much cauliflower, I’ve discovered a super easy method of how to cut it into florets for use in whatever recipe you please.
You may think I married a vegan. I didn’t. When Stephani and I met, she reluctantly ate meat. She still beheld the power of cheese. And I’m not sure she knew what gluten was yet ( I certainly didn’t). So when I say I married a vegan, I really mean I married a lady who became a vegan.
Narrowing down the diet Stephani eats today has been an evolution that has given me a firsthand look at the phases of vegan life.
I’m not a good cook. That’s an important fact. My mom thinks I’m a good cook, because she swears that anyone who can read can follow a recipe, and thus, can cook. I’m also the only one in my family who uses salt.
Picnics are my favorite. Sunrises are also at the top of my list of things that are rad. Eric and I try to do a special picnic at least a few times each summer (in fact he proposed to me after one of our picnics!), and we realized that in our nearly 8 years of being together, we had never seen a sunrise together. So we made it a sunrise picnic breakfast!
I’ve watched many a sunrise with my best friend, who happened to live just one neighborhood away from mine while we were growing up. We’d plan to get up early, bring coffee (it was mostly creamer, actually) and spend the first waking hours of the day together watching the sunrise and talking about life. For that reason, sunrises are extra special to me.
Think there’s nothing at the Minnesota State Fair for the gluten-free/vegans of the world? Guess again! There may be other reasons you want to avoid the fair, but don’t let lack of food options be one of them.