Superloaded Fruit & Greens Smoothie

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It’s official: spring is in the air! You know when you can just feel it in your bones, smell it in the wind? That’s how I know.

Today when I went outside and it was clear in the 60’s, so warm I could almost wear shorts, that’s how I know.

I am also made very aware of springtime when the tourists return; flocking in giant groups, riding on their bikes with little care for anything else around them… yes, I am aware.

It is springtime.

I live in a small coastal town that attracts a lottaaa tourists every year, not that I mind.

Cause I don’t.

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

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Guys. Guys. Guys. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding. Guys.

I have officially fallen in love with chia seeds. I’m a full blown chia seeds activist.

I wasn’t sure at first. It took three other tries to find success in this pudding, but I think every single effort was well worth it. Dark chocolate (in this case Enjoy Life semisweet chocolate chips that taste like dark chocolate. boom.) and peanut butter is the perfect mixture for this pudding.

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Dairyless Ranch Dressing

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So this happened.

On accident.

Total accident.

But I’m so happy it did.

Accident + ends up tasting good = happy accident. And this was such a happy accident.

You know how when you can’t eat something, you instantly crave it? That’s how I feel about ranch dressing. I never really liked it that much (except dipped in carrots while at a picnic) when I ate dairy. But once it was gone, I had cravings for ranch dressing like you’d never believe.

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The Disney Experience with an Allergy: Hollywood Studios

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I mean, is she the cutest or what?

Vivian

Vivian and I are in Disney World with our families for a week-long vacation! While we are here, we are writing about some of our favorite places to eat, tips when dining in Disney, and the overall experience of being at the Most Magical Place on Earth with an allergy!

This is part 2 of a 4 part post series all about Disney, Disney, Disney! Read our first post about Epcot here.

Like I said in our previous post, the Disney cast members, chefs, and anyone who works for Disney World does an excellent job of being well informed about our allergy and taking all the precautions necessary to allow Viv and me to enjoy our trip to the fullest without any worries of a reaction. I even think I forgot that I had an allergy a few times, and for someone who deals with an allergy, you know that we never get a break from checking every little thing that we eat, so it was very nice!

I recommend making reservations for everywhere you’d like to eat because it gives the restaurant time to prepare for your arrival. And, when you are going to a restaurant with special requests it’s courteous to let the establishment know ahead of time, but I also just showed up at a few places (especially for lunch) and the service was the same. I also emailed Disney at special.diets@disneyworld.com a few days before our trip (they ask you to email them at least two weeks ahead of when you are going if you have multiple allergies or more than one person in your party with allergies) and they emailed me an awesome list of most of the restaurants and parks on property and what they might have that is dairy-free. It was the perfect go-to when deciding where to eat and I often referred to it when ordering dessert. If I knew that a restaurant had Enjoy Life cookies on the list, then I would specifically ask for them for dessert.

In this blog post, we have decided to share our experience at Hollywood Studios (or MGM, as I will always call it in my heart). This is the movie park, centered around all the big Hollywood films, and also home to two of Disney’s biggest thrill-seeking rides: Rock N’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror.

My personal favorite things to do at this park are The Great Movie Ride, Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream exhibit, and Lights, Motors, Action!

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The Disney Experience with an Allergy: Epcot

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Hiiii from the Most Magical Place on Earth!

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Can’t.breathe. It’s Belle. My favorite princess. Ahhhh… “Little town, it’s a quiet village..”

Vivian and I are here in Disney World with our families for a week-long vacation! We are so excited to be here and can’t wait to share all of our tips, favorite places to go, and overall experiences while eating at the most magical place on earth.

This is part 1 of a 4 part post series about eating at Disney with an allergy! And don’t worry, Disney doesn’t disappoint. I think I even forgot that I had an allergy while I was here because of how well the cast members, chefs, and anyone that works for Disney handles allergies.

What I love most about the Disney dining experience is that the chef or manager of the establishment always comes out and takes your order for your meal and talks to you about all of the options, and they always avoid cross-contamination at all costs and will alert you if any food items might be cross-contaminated.

I recommend making reservations for everywhere you’d like to eat because it gives the restaurant time to prepare for your arrival. And, when you are going to a restaurant with special requests it’s courteous to let the establishment know ahead of time, but I also just showed up at a few places (especially for lunch) and the service was the same. I also emailed Disney at special.diets@disneyworld.com a few days before our trip (they ask you to email them at least two weeks ahead of when you are going if you have multiple allergies or more than one person in your party with allergies) and they emailed me an awesome list of most of the restaurants and parks on property and what they might have that is dairy-free. It was the perfect go-to when deciding where to eat and I often referred to it when ordering dessert. If I knew that a restaurant had Enjoy Life cookies on the list, then I would specifically ask for them for dessert.

In our first blog post, we have decided to share our experience at Epcot. The park that can take you from Mexico to Germany in a matter of minutes by far has the most restaurants on Disney property, so Epcot was where we ate almost all of our dinners.

We dined with fish at Coral Reef Restaurant, ate pizza from Vesuvius at Via Napoli in Italy, visited Belle at Monsieur Paul in France, got henna tattoos at Tangierine Café in Morocco, and so much more!

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Fresh Berries with a Lemon Honey Mint Dressing

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I can’t even.

Me.

Drooling.

Right now.

Berries.

I’m currently daydreaming of those warm summer days, sand in my feet, the ocean breeze.

Um, to be honest, I don’t even like the beach. But daydreaming of the beach? That I love.

And I also love this “salad”. Fresh berries mixed with a tangy lemon honey (and mint!) dressing, and topped with sugar cookie crumbs… yummmm. Let me repeat: sugar.cookie.crumbs.

You know, berries are the perfect excuse to act like you’re being healthy, and then those cookie crumbs are just a little hidden secret, between you and the berries.

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New Year’s Day Lucky Cornbread

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New Year's Corn Bread

I seemed to have taken a small sabbatical from blogging this week.

It was certainly not my intention.. I just simply decided to be present and enjoy my time here in Telluride with friends and family. And boy has it been wonderful (GoPro videos are a comin’)!

I’ve snowboarded almost every day and truly enjoyed this time to relax and have fun. I’ve also caught up on my Parenthood and Downton Abbey episodes. Woo hoo!

This Christmas and New Year’s my family participated in all “superstitious” traditions. In my dad’s newfound Jewish fashion (he’s adopted and now believes that his birth family is Jewish, just go with it) we ate Chinese on Christmas day, and then on New Year’s Day we had the traditional (southern?) American lucky meal.

Pulled pork, black-eyed peas, collard greens, and cornbread. How much more lucky can you get? We’re bound to have a great year now!

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

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This post is written by Vivian’s momma, Ms. Mara (photos taken by Hunter)  vivianfacesdyptych

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Every day is a party at Christmastime–Christmas parties at school, Christmas parties at church, Neighborhood Christmas caroling, and cookie decorating!  It is a fabulous time for everyone, most especially a sweet little 6 year old girl.

But with Christmas parties comes lots of Christmas goodies—most of them covered, smothered, mixed, and whipped with lots of dairy.  So, we are working hard to give Vivian the same sweet toothed treats but with a few modifications!

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