• Recipe Time: Fall Favorites with Mugshots Coffeehouse

    By Nick on Thursday, October 16, 2014

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    ​Roam the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and you’ll encounter coffee shops catering to every niche, need and desire. But if you ever find yourself touring the city’s bustling Art Museum District, you just may discover a café with a mission rooted in social and environmental responsibility.

    Serving locally-grown foods, fair-trade organic coffee and award-winning desserts, Mugshots Coffeehouse has delighted inner-city diners since 2004. And along the way, they’ve stayed true to their mission of making a positive contribution to their community. How, you may ask? Well, the coffeehouse donates five cents of every water bottle sale to local charities, supports local agriculture to stimulate the local economy, and serves as a certified BCorp, a growing community of more than 1,000 companies who work together to redefine success in business. 

    At Dansko, we strive to fulfill this very same mission—and serve as a certified B Corp ourselves! In everything we do, whether designing a new shoe or taking part in a local tree plant, we strive to make a positive difference in our community.

    Because we can’t share the delicious tastes of Mugshots food and coffee over the internet, we decided to help you experience the next best thing: Mugshots at home! Just in time for fall, the coffeehouse passed along two of their favorite autumn recipes.

    Enjoy—and don’t forget to visit Mugshots at MugshotsCoffeeHouse.com.

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      PUMPKIN PIE IN A CUP

      Ingredients:
      • Desired amount of whole or reduced fat milk
      • Pumpkin syrup
      • Whipped cream
      • Nutmeg
       
      Directions:
      Steam or heat desired milk type to 140-160 degrees. Add 2 shots of pumpkin syrup and stir. Then top with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.
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      MOROCCAN SPICED CHICKPEA STEW
       
      Ingredients:
      • 2 TB olive oil (to sautee onions)
      • 1 med-lg onion, diced
      • 6-8 garlic cloves, minced
      • 1 tsp cinnamon
      • 1tsp ground cumin
      • 1/4 tsp paprika
      • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (or one can)
      • 3 cups chickpeas
      • 2 cups lentils, rinsed
      • 4 cups vegetable broth
      • Salt and pepper to taste
      • 2 cups baby spinach
       
      Directions:
      Saute onion and garlic, add spices, then tomatoes, chickpeas, lentils and broth. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Stir well. Add more liquid if necessary to cover chickpeas and lentils. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 35-45 min, until lentils are tender. 
       
      Remove soup from heat, mash or blend some of the chickpeas and lentils to desired consistency. Stir in the spinach and heat until wilted, about 2 min. Season to taste and serve.
       
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  • 10 Fall Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes

    By Nick on Friday, October 10, 2014

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      1. Attend every fall festival in your area: Sure, your town may host the very best fall festival in the region. But why not judge for yourself? Find every Fallfest, Pumpkinfest and Oktoberfest within a drivable radius of your home and experience everything fall has to offer.  

      On Your Feet: Lynn

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      ​2.  Watch a local football game: Whether you live in downtown Manhattan or in the rolling hills of Iowa, find a local football schedule and become a devoted spectator. Don’t forget your blanket—fall nights can become deceivingly crisp and cool!

      On Your Feet: Devin

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      3. Pick Apples: Tour the rows of a nearby orchard in search of the perfect fall apple. When you return home, cut up your fresh new fruit and dive into a tasty fall recipe—like caramel apple brownie cheesecake!

      On Your Feet: Chantal

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      ​4. Go sightseeing in your own city: Grab a map, lace up your flats, and experience your home like never before! Start by visiting your local visitor’s webpage; you never know what gems you’ll uncover. Hidden historical sites, quaint bed and breakfasts, back-road driving tours…

      On Your Feet: Olive

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      5. Take a leisurely bike ride: Pedal past the beautiful leaves of fall on a casual, easy bike ride. As the brisk autumn air brushes past your face, take an unexpected turn and get lost in the colors of the season.

      On Your Feet: Sabrina

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      ​6. Host your very own fall food fest: Pumpkin pasta? Apple cider? Pumpkin cheesecake? Combine them all and host your very own fall party!

      On Your Feet: Billie

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      ​7. Build a fire and roast marshmallows: When the weather feels just right, gather enough logs to build a campfire in your backyard. Enjoy the warmth by roasting homemade marshmallows!

      On Your Feet: Celeste

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      ​8. Paint a pumpkin (or two!): Head to your local pumpkin patch and bring your very own pumpkin to life! Whether you pick a simple Field Pumpkin or a colorful Red Kuri, you’re pumpkin will appreciate its new personality.     

      On Your Feet: Romy

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      ​9. Read on the porch: Slip into your fleece jacket, grab your latest book, brew a warm cup of coffee, and allow yourself to unwind—all while enjoying the delightful fall weather. Before long, you might find yourself on the very last page!

      On Your Feet: Allison

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      10. Journey through a corn maze: Head to a local farm and take part in the full gamut of fall activities! Board a hayride, shop at the market, and make your way through an elusive corn maze.

      On Your Feet: Candice

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  • The Ultimate Nurses’ Bucket List (And A Giveaway, Too!)

    By Diana on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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    ​In late August, we celebrated the busy back-to-school season by sharing four college lessons, as presented by two of our nurse-blogger friends. Now beyond the transition, and settled into fall, we’re back—and we want to share a little more wisdom from our trusted nurses.

    This time, we got personal. But we wanted to have a little fun, too. In honor of Kaplan Nursing’s “Start Off On The Right Foot” giveaway, we asked our bloggers to share their number one, uncontested, absolute top bucket list item on the job. What do our nurses dream of accomplishing before they retire?

    Their answers may surprise you! Take a look below.

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      Name: Lorettajo
      Location: Springfield, Massachusetts
      Nursing Specialty: Trauma and Emergency Care
      Favorite Dansko Shoe: Professional Clog in Charcoal
      Blog: Nurse on the Run

      My Bucket List Item: To Publish a Book

      “The biggest item on my bucket list is a lofty goal, but I'm not afraid to dream. Before I retire, I want to write a book and have the content recognized as credible because I am a Registered Nurse. I want the general population to realize that nurses are knowledgeable and influential. I want to demonstrate that we are autonomous thinkers, capable of driving healthcare into the future. I know it's possible, I just have to figure out how I am going to accomplish it.”

      [Photo Credit: Lisa Frazer]

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      Name: Kerri
      Location: Baltimore, Maryland
      Nursing Specialty: Emergency Medicine, PA-C Resident
      Favorite Dansko Shoe: Professional Clog in Patent Leopard Multi
      Blog: Girl With a Latte

      My Bucket List Item: To Work in Medical Education

      “One day, I want go back and work in medical education. I believe the best medical practitioners are those who were truly inspired to pick the field, whether it was by a person or a past experience. To be a person who inspires others to pursue greatness in the field of medicine is the most rewarding goal I can think of, and one I hope to someday fulfill.”

      As autumn presses onward, make sure to enter the Kaplan giveaway. Who knows – you may be wearing a comfortable, supportive pair of Dansko shoes the next time you head to class or clinicals! Hurry – all entries must be submitted by October 31.

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  • Dogs & Clogs: Recommendations from the Experts

    By Nick on Friday, October 03, 2014

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    ​Around our headquarters in West Grove, PA, it has become commonplace to hear dogs barking as they march up the stairs and see dogs walking as they tour our campus. Sure, we love our shoes, but we also love our dogs.

    Early this fall, we decided to interview five of our co-workers’ four-legged friends to ask one simple question: “Which pair of clogs would you recommend for your owner?” We received a variety of answers, from the playful Petwer Patent Professional to the performance-rich Chestnut Vine ProXP. And along the way, we learned a little something about what it means to be a dog…

    ...If they could wear clogs, we imagine they would!

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      BUDDY

      Favorite Snack: Green Beans … without the ends, of course
      Favorite Walk: The dog park with my tail-wagging friends   
      For My Owner, I would recommend … Professional in Pewter Patent

      “I like the simple things in life. You know, big sticks, dog biscuits, walks through the city. So for my owner, I would recommend a simple clog with a little “pizazz.” Bingo! The Professional clog in Pewter Patent.”  

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      RICHIE AND FIONA

      Favorite Snack: Brussels sprouts – we need our vitamins!
      Favorite Walk: Chasing our tails through the garden
      For Our Owner, we would recommend … Professional in Silver Floral Patent

      “Look at us: we’re lean, mean and ready for our next workout. For our owner, we recommend the Sliver Floral Patent Professional. Why? The flowers remind us of the garden, the garden reminds us of healthy foods, healthy foods remind us of staying fit, and … you get the picture.”

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      8-BIT

      Favorite Snack: Bacon-flavored Dog Biscuits
      Favorite Walk: Trails by the creek (I’m a stick eater)
      For My Owner, I would recommend … Professional in Black Bullhide

      "When I hit the great outdoors, I don’t like to be tied down. I just want to roam and smell and bark without anybody calling my name. So naturally, I would reccommend a pair of Professional clogs in Black Bullhide. A tough, durable shoe built for life with a tough, durable dog.”

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      DEUCE

      Favorite Snack: Apples, but only the yellow ones
      Favorite Walk: Big, open fields so I can chase the birds
      For My Owner, I would recommend … Shannon in Natural Milled Nubuck

      “My friends always rave about my soft, cuddly fur and big old paws. What can I say—I’m a classic beauty. For my owner, I would recommend a nice heritage clog: Shannon in Natural Milled Nubuck. Come on, look at that tassel…”

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      TUCKER

      Favorite Snack: Peanut butter-filled bones
      Favorite Walk: Time trials around the Dansko parking lot
      For My Owner, I would recommend … ProXP in Chestnut Vine Leather

      “Let’s be honest—I’ve been around this game for some time; I’m wiser (and wiser looking) than ever before. So for my owner, I would recommend a vintage style with some serious performance—the ProXP in Chestnut Vine Leather.”

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  • Dansko and the Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle

    By Nick on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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    ​When we walk around our LEED® Gold certified headquarters, we often feel like we’re trekking through the woods. Our living wall boasts more than a dozen plant species, our vegetated roof sports a thick layer of shrubs and grasses, and our parking lot directs runoff into a nearby stream (cool, huh?). 

    Late this summer, the natural beauty of our campus shed light on a beautiful natural process: the butterfly life cycle. That’s right—just outside the doors of our Distribution Center, nearly a dozen caterpillars formed their chrysalises, or the hardened outer layer that starts their transition from caterpillar to butterfly. Our team of coworkers documented the process from start to finish.

    A few weeks ago, we noticed a crew of Monarch butterflies swarming around our milkweed plants. The beautiful orange-and-black-patterned butterflies immediately caught our attention, so we decided to cue into the process. Before long, the butterflies laid their eggs on our milkweed, giving life to several black-and-white-banded caterpillars.  Finally, after feasting on our milkweed for several weeks, these caterpillars gradually formed their emerald-green chrysalises, preparing for life as Monarch butterflies.

    These green cases hung from our outdoor artwork until the caterpillars emerged, one-by-one, as breath-taking butterflies. And just like that, our Distribution Center served as the sight of butterfly birth, from tiny larvae to full-fledged Monarch.

    At times, we walk from meeting to meeting without stopping to notice the natural beauty that surrounds us. And then, when we least expect it, nature gives us a bold example of its stunning behind-the-scenes processes.

    To learn more about our LEED® Gold certified facilities, and take a “guided tour” of their sustainable features, visit Dansko.com

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      ​[Photo Credit: Brian Gartside]

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      1. October 22 2014 Autumn Road Trip: Lace Up Chantal and Take a Leaf-Peeping Adventure
      2. October 16 2014 Recipe Time: Fall Favorites with Mugshots Coffeehouse
      3. October 10 2014 10 Fall Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes
      4. October 07 2014 The Ultimate Nurses’ Bucket List (And A Giveaway, Too!)
      5. October 03 2014 Dogs & Clogs: Recommendations from the Experts
      6. October 02 2014 Dansko and the Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle
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      1. September 25 2014 Retailer Spotlight: A Time for Community with Dee Reid
      2. September 22 2014 Runway Rundown: Q&A with Designer Karolyn Pho
      3. September 19 2014 Spotted: TV Host Meredith Vieira
      4. September 18 2014 Kickstart Your Daily Routine With Airman Annelise Rowe
      5. September 17 2014 Dansko Voted Best for Workers
      6. September 12 2014 The Birth of a Comfort Generation
      7. September 11 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Tuning Into Your Taste Buds
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      2. August 27 2014 Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets
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      6. August 14 2014 Touring Dansko Headquarters: Our Five Favorite Spots
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      5. June 17 2014 Shop the Trend: Rooted in Vintage
      6. June 12 2014 A Moment For Mindfulness: Introducing Guest Bloggers Mindful Magazine
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      1. May 30 2014 Shop the Trend: Fresh and Fabulous Florals
      2. May 28 2014 10 Summer Suitcase Essentials for your Next Adventure
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