Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A Smile On My Face (and Savory Nutritional Yeast Waffles)
I don't know what it was yesterday, but I could not stop moving. I think my B12s are definitely kicking in now!

I've been loving on some eggs lately with lots of spinach and some nutritional yeast waffles! Hello energy boost!

Nutritional Yeast Waffle
(makes two regular size waffles)

1/2 cup oats (I use quick)
2 TBSP chickpea flour (makes the best tasting waffles!)
1 TBSP nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup water

Mix it all together and cook according to your waffle iron's instructions. I like to toast it in the toaster oven to make it nice and crispy.

I scrubbed the house from top to bottom. Not that is was a mess, but I wanted the illustrator to come home to a clean home. I also baked a loaf of gluten free bread and made him a killer ham sandwich for when I picked him up.

I realized recently that I don't have many pictures of me with the boys, so I'm going to start working on that...even if I have to put the timer on to get them. I also wanted to take a picture of us yesterday as a memory of the weekend we got to have together. As they get older, they are going to want to spend less and less time with me, so I'm soaking up this time as much as possible. So, I will share...

I was trying to set the timer and took this shot...I have no idea what they are doing?

Jay is on his way to 13 and Max is 10...they are both going to pass me in height soon!

They read the funnies from the Sunday paper and it cracks me up. I remember looking forward to reading them when I was a kid.

Max too a picture of the back of my hair so I could see how much I got cut off. If feels great now! I plan to chop it off this summer and I am convinced I am doing the pixie cut. I actually can't wait! It's actally naturally wavy so this is more natural than the one from the other day.

I gave Max a haircut too! 

I feel awkward posting pictures of myself, but I kind of feel like seeing people is a way to get to know them better. That's a major reason why I made the illustrator go to the convention last weekend. Do you feel awkward posting pics of yourself? I have to be honest, I like seeing people's smiling faces and being that we work from home...it's nice to "see" my friends even if it is through the computer.

Lindsay posted about smiling yesterday and really, I think it was such a great post! I find myself letting the bad stuff get to me, but I'm feeling great and really focusing on being happy with where I am right now! I have my baby back home now so today is all about being happy!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 11:20 AM  
  • At March 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM, Blogger Farty Girl said…

    The pics are great! The kids are so cute, and you are too! I have to admit, thought, if I had hair that luscious, the last thing I'd want to do is chop it off. Although, long hair is kind of a pain! :)

  • At March 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM, Anonymous Jessica @ How Sweet said…

    You are such a beauty and the family is adorable. I just love you guys. Your hair looks stunning, but more importantly - you could pass for 18 or 20!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 11:49 AM, Blogger Megan said…

    You - and your family - are gorgeous! You look so young!
    I think it's important for parents to get in the pictures too...we take SO many of our kids, but it's nice to have family shots too.

    Oh! And your ham sandwich looks so good!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM, Blogger MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said…

    Those eggs look delicious! I really liked seeing the pictures of you and your boys, you are an adorable family. I am still totally jealous of your hair!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    It's the protein giving you that energy.

    You're so pretty and your hair is amazing. So healthy!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 12:27 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    Sometimes I feel weird posting pics just of myself, but I always think of how I like seeing pics of everyone else. I feel like it helps me get to know them better!! And, personally, I like that connection when I read a blog, you know?
    And what cute boys you have!!!!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 12:35 PM, Anonymous Christin@purplebirdblog said…

    Sarena, you are SO gorgeous, and I love to see your beautiful face! (And that HAIR... so envious over here!! You would ROCK a pixie too!!) Your kiddos are dang cute btw. :)

  • At March 8, 2011 at 12:42 PM, Anonymous Jessica said…

    I just discovered nutrition yeast and I am in love! I made the yummiest casserole with it the other night. I'm so glad you posted this because now I am on the hunt for recipes that use it!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    oh you are just gorgeous sarena! I love your smile with those boys. So genuine!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 1:05 PM, Anonymous Alisa Fleming said…

    Oh I love the pictures and your hair is so beautiful! I must admit, I hate taking pictures and have almost none. I need to relax about it a little.

  • At March 8, 2011 at 1:18 PM, Blogger Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said…

    I love nutritional yeast in everything. This looks like a delicious recipe. And oh man, your hair is beautiful.

  • At March 8, 2011 at 1:23 PM, Anonymous Jess@HealthyExposures said…

    Sarena you are so gorgeous - you all make a great looking family, too ;) I LOVE your hair. And glasses. And outfit. Geeze, can I just be you? Please?
    I do feel weird posting pics of myself (unless I'm with Ted! lol) but I know how much I love seeing pictures of other bloggers. Maybe that sounds weird, but like you said - I do think it makes me feel like I "know" them more. Speaking of which, I haven't posted pictures of myself in quite a while. I'm still a real person, I promise!
    The waffles look killer. Maybe I can convince my mom a waffle night is what we need tonight? Hope so :P And I Am SO glad to hear you're starting to feel better!!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    I love seeing pics of you! Although I'm super excited to see you in person so soon! :) And that random pic of the boys doing their own thing is adorable. Those are the ones to treasure aren't they?

  • At March 8, 2011 at 1:55 PM, Blogger gfe--gluten free easily said…

    I LOVE all the photos of you and your guys! You are gorgeous. You look like you could be their sister, not their mom! Thanks so much for sharing them. :-) Oh, and I have yet to try chickpea flour, which is ridiculous since I'm a chickpea fanatic. ;-)


  • At March 8, 2011 at 1:56 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    I'm so glad that you are feeling happy and upbeat with more energy, Sarena. Its so awesome to hear! I love the pictures of you and the boys. You look beautiful and they are so cute (I'm sure they'd hate to know I just said that, hehe). Enjoy having Jay home! :)

  • At March 8, 2011 at 1:58 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    By Jay, of course, I meant Tony. Yikes.

  • At March 8, 2011 at 3:44 PM, Anonymous Lauren @ Spiced Plate said…

    Your hair is gorgeous, with those curls at the end! And I love the kiddos :)

    I haven't tried nutritional yeast yet...I think because normal yeast gives me a belly ache I'm a bit scared of it.

  • At March 8, 2011 at 3:49 PM, Anonymous Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free said…

    I noticed before that you don't usually have pictures of yourself. Personally I think pictures are great!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 4:07 PM, Blogger The Carnivorous Vegan said…

    I have only recently discovered your blog and am now a regular reader. I really like seeing pictures of you and your family. It's nice to see who's talking to me when I read your posts. It makes it more personal. Also, how in the world are you old enough to have a 13-year old kid?! You look like a teenager yourself! Please share your secret!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 4:56 PM, Anonymous katecooks said…

    im jealous of your curls, they're gorgeous!!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 5:22 PM, Anonymous Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said…

    Your hair is beautiful! Also, those waffles look spectacular :)

  • At March 8, 2011 at 6:05 PM, Anonymous holly @ couchpotatoathlete said…

    Sarena you are so beautiful! And your boys are so sweet.

    I love your hair, but I do think you would look amazing with a pixie cut!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 6:11 PM, Blogger Fallon said…

    What a beautiful family you have!!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    You and your boys are beautiful! I know how hard it is to give up long hair, but you could rock the CRAP out of a pixie cut!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 7:58 PM, Blogger Nicole said…

    This is so cute! I feel like it's an extra special treat that you posted a picture of yourself because your rarely do. Your hair looks gorgeous!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 8:13 PM, Anonymous lee said…

    I love it when you post pictures of yourself. I hope that didn't sound too creepy!

  • At March 8, 2011 at 8:52 PM, Anonymous Averie said…

    your hair is beyond gorgeous!!!!!!!! and your figure is too cute for words :) you are just adorable. Or would the word be hot. :)

  • At March 8, 2011 at 9:55 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    Love the pics of the family! Love your hair too :) We hope with our changes in our diet we see great improvements like you in energy levels!! Time will tell, haha

  • At March 8, 2011 at 10:55 PM, Blogger Czesia said…

    I love this post, it was so nice to see your family! You're GORGEOUS! :)

  • At March 9, 2011 at 8:20 AM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    So it sounds like the B12 is helping??? Your hair is really gorgeous - love that body it has. And love the pictures. You're such a doll!

  • At March 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I'm catching up on my Sarena updates! The hair looks fab- as do you! Such a gorgeous smile!!! :) Happy Wednesday!

  • At March 12, 2011 at 2:52 PM, Anonymous Heather @ kissmybroccoli said…

    Sarena, I think the pics look great! No reason to feel akward...HELLO! You're GORGEOUS! I can't believe your hair looks like that naturally! I have naturally wavy hair, but it always seems to look like a mess! Haha!

    The boys are adorable...er, I mean handsome! They are definitely going to do a good job of making you feel tiny in the future!

  • At March 16, 2011 at 4:34 PM, Blogger Alexis and Justin said…

    Wow you have bee-autfiul hair! And I mean this as a compliment, you look like a teenager! I bet people think you are your sons' older sister a lot. Your blog is great, my son is lactose intolerant so I'll be trying some of your recipes, thank you!

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