Sometimes to use less you need to have more.

I’ve been working really hard at remembering to bring my own cup when I go to Starbucks.

We have a big cabinet at home full of reusable tumblers and insulated mugs.  When I leave in the morning I make sure I have a empty reusable and one full of water.

More and more public spaces have water bottle fillers available. Yay! Since I am still trying to “Drink more water”! And many coffee places will give you a small discount for bringing in your own cup.

I know, as an organizer am I not suppose to want you to own less stuff?  Yes, but this is one of those cases where I say “Buy a reusable mug (or two) that you really like” and wash it at home.  I really like this life factory insulated mug and the other is a cup we bought at Five Below.

Enjoy! -SB

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Hippeas!

Starbucks is one of our favorite places.  It is always a bummer standing in line looking at all the pretty pastries in the case.  We have shed many tears and had more than one argument about can we have it-NO!

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So it is always exciting when there is something new in the packaged products that maybe we can eat.  This fall it has been the Hippeas.  The Fajita flavored ones are the preferred flavor.  I can even eat the regular flavored ones. (No Nightshades!) And who doesn’t like a product with a pun for it’s name.

We give Hippies two thumbs up! – SB

 

Jeni’s Poached Pear Sorbet

Earlier this summer I spent a week in Columbus, Ohio.  The convention center there is nice and right near North Market, with all it’s yummy food.  Even though there was not a plethora of food there for me to eat, there was a Jeni’s.  Over the week I tried the Whole Lemon Sorbet, and the Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet.  The lemon was really lemony! I love lemon, but this was too much.  At least a whole bowl was too much, a few spoonfuls was all you needed. The pear was wonderful.  I don’t eat pears too often since I’m the only one in my household that enjoys them, so it was quite a treat.

I’ve had an ice cream maker for almost 20 years, and have not used it since we embarked on our food allergy lifestyle.  So I though the poached pear sorbet would be a great way to try it out again. The recipe is very simple, only a few ingredients.  I used 3 Bosc pears and 3 Bartlett.  Pealed, cut into chunks and boiled them with the other ingredients until they were soft.

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Waiting for it to cool is the hardest part.  I blitzed it in a food processor, but will try it in my Ninja next time.  Then popped it in the freezer.

It’s so refreshing! This summer has been so hot and this is a welcome dairy free treat.  Enjoy – Susan

PEI WEI

Eating out with food allergies is tough.  One of our favorites is PEI WEI.  Their gluten-free sweet and sour is amazing.  We even order the sweet and sour chicken without the sauce and the chicken is then similar to chicken nuggets.  Also PEI WEI has those awesome choose from hundreds futuristic soda machines.  We have eaten at PEI WEI in multiple cities and have always had no problem ordering.  Check to see if there is one near you.