My Word For The Year 2020 -Refresh…and a recipe for Strawberry Basil Dressing.

January 2020 has already been a success and a test of my word for the year.

I had three words for 2019, Connection, Comfort and Confidence. I needed all of them last year as I tried to do more professionally, put myself out there as an expert in living a life with multiple food allergies and Celiac disease, and feel comfortable in my life doing those things.

My word for this year is Refresh. There are many ways I feel like I am going through the motions in my business and in my life.  There are somethings I need to go back to the drawing board on, some I need to take a step back and start again, and some I need to radically mend and shock myself with action. I need a refresh.

I think both of refreshing a computer when it is stuck and refreshing a room with a new coat of paint.  I am also refreshing some of my go to recipes and reaching outside my comfort zone to expand my food knowledge and ways of cooking to support both my own eating and for those I am coaching.

I’m always looking to add more fresh fruits, veggies and greens to my menus.  I feel fuller throughout the day when I add a salad to my lunch.  I like making salad like Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad or some other “planned/recipe” salad.  One of the reason’s I am not making salads from greens is that it is hard to find a dressing that is free of all the ingredients we avoid.

One of my #2020goals is to make dressing twice a month.  There are a few I already make and like but want to add more to my rotation.  I love this Strawberry Basil dressing.  It is easy to make and during the summer I can use the basil from my garden. It will keep for just a few days in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.  My trick in the winter is to make it with frozen strawberries.  Not as flavorful as fresh picked in June but still a great dressing for greens.

Strawberry Basil Dressing

  • Servings: 5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Strawberry Basil Dressing
Strawberry Basil Dressing Cygnet Organizing LLC


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice (or juice from frozen strawberry bag instead)
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 3 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3-4 leaves of basil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Add all ingredients to blender (I use an original Ninja, but sometimes use my small food processor) and blend for one minute.

So super easy.  Enjoy this dressing on your favorites greens all year round.