Send the Right Message
Now that I am starting my own business, I have a whole new area of my life that I can apply my environmentally-friendly efforts. To start, I plan on doing as much of my “paperwork” online. Whether it’s banking, paying bills, or sending invoices – if I can do it electronically, I will. But what about those times when snail mail is the only option? Consider saving your client (and the recycling center) an envelope by using (and resusing) ecoEnvelopes. These envelopes not only reduces the amount of paper used, but also are made with “certified papers from managed forests with up 100% recycled content.”
For more information about ecoEnvelopes, visit their web site. Currently they are only offering them in quantities larger than 2500 (which is more than I need) but you can sign up to be notified when smaller quantities are available.
Real Simple Salad
I am a salad-lover all year round, but when the temperature is pushing 90 there is nothing more refreshing than a cool crisp salad for lunch or dinner. I tasted this particular salad last summer, when my friend Jerra brought it to a lakehouse luncheon, and I have been making ever since. Not usually a fan of fruit on my salads, I fell in love with the texture and taste combo that the pear and blue cheese provided, and have been making this salad every since.
The original recipe can be found on the REAL SIMPLE web site but the real secret is in the dressing (see below). It is definitely worth making your own rather than reaching for anything pre-made from the grocery store.
Real Simple Dressing
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Whisk together the above ingredients and drizzle over a bed of arugula (or mixed greens as I prefer) topped with pear chunks and crumbled blue cheese. The sweet and tangy dressing perfectly compliment the sweet and strong flavors of the pear and blue cheese. Enjoy!