Mr. Bean and I

Who am I?

Hi! My name is Bean and welcome to my blog, where I love to share my thoughts on life, my adventures in my gluten free (and sometimes other allergen free) kitchen and my photography.

What do I do? I graduated from university with a degree in Chemical Engineering and in January 2012 I started working as a junior project engineer at a relatively small engineering firm. Before that, I was enjoying my time as a housewife and working on my photography and baking skills.

Hiking and Conquering my Fear of Heights

My favourite hobbies are baking/cooking and photography, both of which I try to showcase on this blog. I am gluten intolerant and shouldn’t really eat dairy, eggs or refined sugars. I love to experiment with vegan baking given my own and my family’s allergies, but I could never go truly vegetarian or vegan as I like meat too much. πŸ˜‰

I married my wonderful, supportive husband almost four years ago – pretty much the best thing I have done in my life. We’re both nerds, enjoy being silly and eating good food together.

I was diagnosed with depression in November 2008 – by the grace of God I’m still alive, I’m going to counselling for my issues and trying to work towards being the person God intended me to be!

Why This?

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, … Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

1 Peter 3:3-4

A common practise at our church is for the people involved in the service to pray beforehand. Sometimes, they get words, pictures or phrases that are then shared with the congregation as prompters for prayer.

One Sunday morning in the fall of 2008, one of the pictures/phrases was a Christmas tree set up and completely decorated paired with the image of that same tree in a forest completely unadorned. The priest explained what he thought a possible meaning for this would be: When the tree was decorated for Christmas, it was pretty but dead. However, the unadorned tree was alive.

This really spoke to me. (ie. I almost burst out crying in the middle of the service – not something I am comfortable with.) I really struggle with what people think of me and sometimes focus too much on what the secular world wants, which leaves my life and self esteem lacking. Thus, this blog will be outlining my quest to be without adornment, be myself and be alive (and random babbles along the way, of course!).

Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoy the ride!


Please email me at bean[dot]plant[at]hotmail.com – I’d love to hear from you!

24 responses to “About

  1. Hello “Bean” πŸ™‚
    Send me your address, and I’ll ship your cookie mix out this Friday!

    PS – I’m waiting for version 2 of those cherry almond crisps! They look exactly like my Mom used to make.

  2. berry

    hi bean, i love ur blog. i notice u r a chem eng student. me too, but not studying anymore. keep doing what u’re doing πŸ˜‰

  3. dlb

    Hi! Thanks for your comment!
    I see that you’re all about the g-f. I’m thinking of trying something else soon… any suggestions?

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚ Your cake looks FABULOUS!! How did you get your roses to look so perfect?! I’d love to know!! I am doing class three in July but have to miss class 2 😦 Maybe you could tutor me hehe Talk soon xo PS Do you live in Canada!?

  5. Wow–thanks for your sweet comment on my blog–about my statement of faith. I really appreciate it!

    just today my husband has told me he’s going to run a blood test on me, to determine if my “issues” are Celiac related. (My husband is a doctor–not just randomly taking blood from me!) So I will definitely have to peruse your blog more, because I know NOTHING about living gluten free. And it appears I might have to give it a go…

  6. Thanks for stopping by my little blog! Can I just say that the pictures on your blog are beautiful! The scenery just takes my breath away!

    Again thanks for visiting!

  7. Fellow gluten free blogger,

    I’m staring a carnival blog as a one-stop shopping place for gluten free information. A blog carnival is like a magazine of articles that gets published on a schedule. Every 3 months (I hope it catches on so that we can do this more often – at least monthly), bloggers submit an article related to the GF lifestyle from their blog. The submission will be combined with all others onto 1 carnival page, which will include links to each participant’s article on their own blog (so you retain the rights to the post, and your trademarks stay intact). We can all take turns being the host blogger (if you are interested in hosting, let me know!). We hope that we can all learn from each other and introduce our readers to other gluten free sites out there.
    If you’d like to see a sample carnival, check out http://allergickid.blogspot.com/2009/06/living-with-food-allergies-blog.html.

    Joining the community of contributors is a great way to get more readers to your blog. It’s easy to do. Just follow the below link and fill in the quick form linking one of your best blog posts to the carnival page. Topic areas will include recipes, tips, research, advice/support, etc. Your post will be posted along with contributions from other GF bloggers.

    The deadline for the next carnival is July 25, 2009. Be sure to let your readers know about the first carnival. It’ll be posted on August 1st at http://thefoodallergycoach.blogspot.com/.

    Looking forward to reading your post,

  8. Hey Bean – I have been trying to find your e-mail so that I can give you a more detailed answer to your “how do I eat less sugar” question. My e-mail is amy2804@gmail.com. The short of it, though, is to figure out what foods trigger you to eat too much – those are probably the first foods I’d eliminate.

    Sending a hug…

  9. Hi there! I just stopped by on my daily SITS tour…and I love it! Beautiful blog. I’ll be back! πŸ™‚


  10. Hello!

    Your blog is lovely, and the food scrumptuous-looking! I am on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (no gluten, no sugars, no grains, no starches–see my blog), so I think I can adjust some of your recipes to fit my needs!

    God bless!

  11. Also…just today my husband has told me he’s going to run a blood test on me, to determine if my “issues” are Celiac related. (My husband is a doctor–not just randomly taking blood from me!) So I will definitely have to peruse your blog more, because I know NOTHING about living gluten free. And it appears I might have to give it a go…Sigh…

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  14. Hii Bean! It’s so encouraging to see your honesty and life of faith in the Lord! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Hang on to Him who’ll NEVER let YOU go! I love the description of your congregation~it seems like you guys are really open to the movement of Holy Spirit there.

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog…so glad I was able to “find” you!! You have a beautiful blog, and I love all your photographs. πŸ™‚

  16. What an amazing story you have… and your blog title ties in to it so perfectly. πŸ™‚ God has been showing me lately that he doesn’t make anything less than masterpieces – which includes us!

  17. Hi, Bean —
    Your story about the two trees really struck to me, too — I’ve struggled with that a lot. Not that the adornments are bad, but there needs to be life within or they don’t help. He came to give us life — abundantly! It’s a free gift!
    Thanks so much for sharing that.

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  19. Hello Bean, just letting you know that you have a beautiful blog πŸ™‚
    Your blog name intrigued me, and now that I’ve read your about page I must say that I love your story.
    Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  20. Thanks for commenting on my blog today….You are one blog buddy I lost when Blogger lost my blog list a while back. I am excited to try some of the new GF recipes you have on here since I checked last. πŸ™‚

  21. Life is a journey with all kinds of roads ahead of you, some smooth, some bumpy. You seem to be off to a great start. Enjoy!

  22. Jo

    Hi! Glad I came across this site. I am gluten and dairy free. I admit starting out was not easy but I really feel so much better. Enjoying your site. God bless.
    Jo http://simplysharingandserving.weebly.com

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  24. Debbie Hanson

    Please get on Facebook & Pinterest! I don’t do twitter or instagram!

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