And I ask…why not Texas?

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I miss my raspberry danish twist for breakfast. I miss my crumb coffee cake on weekends with coffee and fruit. I miss the mini chocolate chip cookies with milk for a snack in the afternoon. And I miss having a donut at night before bed, sometimes chocolate frosted, sometimes crumb.

No, this is not what I eat on a daily basis.  But I was thinking back to some of my favorite foods as a child, teenager and even young adult while I lived in the Northeast.  Have you guessed what I am talking about yet?

I live in Texas and for a very good reason, my suitcase comes home a few pounds heavier when I travel for business.  Here is the reason why.

My Happy Place at the new Kroger in Austin Landing(Dayton,OH)
My Happy Place at the new Kroger in Austin Landing(Dayton,OH)

My suitcase is filled with Entenmann’s treats.  When I pack I make sure to leave room for a box of donuts and a box of crumb cakes.  Sometimes cookies make it home too.  I bring them home with me from various cities since I could not imagine my five year old daughter not ever trying my favorite childhood treats.  Plus I score points with my husband since the chocolate frosted donuts are his absolute favorite.

So I ask again- why not Texas?  When I travel for work, my five year old doesn’t ask for a t-shirt, a magnet or even a new stuffed animal.  She requests that I bring home her favorite white box.  Please Entenmann’s- help me make my suitcase lighter and bring a smile to my daughter’s face!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for….

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I’m a working mom and I travel for my job a few times a month.  In order to make work travel a bit more enjoyable, I explore the local restaurant scene.  With a five year old, the main dishes on our kitchen table are chicken, pasta and pizza.  I do experiment a bit and some nights it’s like being at a restaurant where my husband and I have one meal and my daughter has another(usually cheese tortellini with grated cheese).  But when I am on the road, I like to EAT!

Before a trip, you will find me on OpenTable, Chowhound, Eater, Epicurious and numerous other food blogs and websites.  Checking out the newspaper and magazine for the city is a great place to see restaurant reviews.  I don’t have to go to the fanciest restaurant in town(although sometimes they do have the best happy hour) but I always avoid the larger national chains.  And for me, dessert is a very important meal!

Do you like Ice Cream?  I have been to some great ice cream shops.  An article in one of the food magazines caught my eye one day that listed the must try ice cream shops and a few were in cities that I travel to for work.  SO, how could I not stop by for a visit.

Let me tell you about Jeni’s………if I am headed to Ohio, I make a stop each day of my trip to get Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet.  It is amazing.  I can eat it on a hot summer day or in the middle of a blizzard.  I just get this happy feeling.  But they have other amazing flavors too.  Brambleberry Crisp, Salty Caramel, Seasonal flavors like Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows.


They now sell Jeni’s at Whole Foods in Texas but only a limited selection of flavors.  But I cannot get the Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet so I guess I will be headed up to Columbus before the end of the year!



My Favorite Organizational Tool

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I’m a mom.  I’m a wife.  And, I have a full time job.  I’ll also add that my job does require travel so I spend quite a bit of time in other cities in the central part of the country.  Trying to keep up with all the to-do’s in my life has been a challenge and I credit a website I found for keeping me organized.

MommyTracked – ever heard of it?  They have these great downloadable “forms” to keep me on track.  I can print out my shopping list with a menu(The “Eat” Sheet), a to-do list for both work and home(The Balance Sheet), the Week at a glance(which is perfect for leaving my husband a list of what is going on during the days I am away), and my favorite, the Master Checklist.



I know there are numerous apps out there for my iPhone but for some reason I get more satisfaction crossing off an item on the list than I do with just marking it completed on my device!