Strawberry Pie

The Day After Pi Day

How are you doing? Are you anxious and worried. Me too.  I thought I would do a post with some of the things that I hope will help me through this uncertain time.

  1. Routines! As a Professional Organizer routines are my life blood.  I felt very ungrounded the last few days, even weeks with all the swirling news and prep anxiety.  Creating routines can help normalize some of what we are all about to go through.  Take some time to think about the things you want to do and how your energy flows through out the day.  Be flexible with yourself until you get into a flow with your new routines.
  2. Move.  Make sure to get exercise.  There are great free Youtube videos, my favorite is Yoga by Adrienne.  My feline Benji’s are always there to take up room on my yoga mat.  I will be upping my step goal from 10K to 12K and plan on at least two walks a day.
  3. Listen to a great podcast.  Today I listened to one of my favorites, Happier with Gretchen Rubin.  Here special bonus really had some great tips for being happier during this time and I plan on sharing my “19 for COVID-19” tomorrow.
  4. Get outside and take a “green break”.  Even though it is still mostly brown and gray here in Chicago (and white last night), the trees are starting to bud and the bulbs are popping up! I can’t wait to see the happy yellow daffodils everywhere.
  5. Use technology to your advantage.  I must admit that I am a luddite often when it comes to technology.  But I plan on using this time to hone my video conferencing skills and facetiming someone daily.
  6. Hygge to the rescue. I have fallen by the wayside of inviting hygge into my everyday.  I have incorporated it into some of my daily routines but reminding myself that I am not watching tv while eating to enjoy my food more and feel cozy will help me to feel like I am taking care of myself.

I am trying to keep most things in my life the same.  I will cook and bake.  I will start to get my garden ready. I will share some great gluten-free and allergy-free foods, and I will work on some of those things that I keep pushing aside.

Yesterday was Pi day and I made Strawberry Pie for dessert.  Simple traditions are sometimes the best things.



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.