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  • Three Life Lessons from a Traveling Teacher

    By Nick on Friday, February 20, 2015

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    ​At Dansko, we strive to support hard-working teachers who spend all day on their feet—regardless of the continent, country or state they happen to visit. So when we connected with Lillie Marshall, a Boston public school teacher, loyal Dansko fan and adventurous world traveler, we decided to share her story (or, at the very least, one piece of her story!).

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      From the stone-covered temples of Cambodia to the gentle blue waters of Belize, Lille has covered a lot of ground. The curious school teacher, who once used a nine-month sabbatical to travel the world, believes in the influence of teacher-travelers and traveler-teachers; she takes pride in sharing diverse stories from people who love teaching (and traveling).

      Naturally, Lillie publishes these stories online, via her two blogs: Teaching Traveling and Around the World “L”. This winter, she shared the details of her visit to the White House, where she participated in a remarkable, 48-hour Travel Blogger Summit. Trip to the Oval Office? Check. Photo in the Executive Office Building? Absolutely. Feel-good travels while wearing our Bess Mary Jane? Of course! Not only did Lillie promote the summit’s #StudyAbroadBecause initiative, she did so in comfort and style.
       
      So, how does this curious explorer of a teacher positively influence the lives of her students, and the lives of her readers? We’ll let her tell you.
       
      Three Life Lessons from Traveling-Teacher Lillie Marshall    
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      Lesson 1: Travel teaches brilliantly, is a wise economic investment in one’s career and development, and should be made possible for people of all backgrounds and economic levels.

       
      In 2009, I took a leave of absence from my teaching job to travel alone around the world for a year using money I’d saved from frugal living and working long hours. My year of travel was one of the best things I have ever done, and completely changed my life. As a result, I now have a new job I love, have developed skills I never would have, and even met my husband! I am committed to helping as many people as possible from a wide variety of backgrounds experience the transformative power of travel. In 2012, I took 42 Boston Public Schools students on a trip to China, and their reflections afterwards were amazing!

       

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      Lesson 2: Teaching is a wonderful career.

      I’ve now been teaching for eleven years, and it is an awesome job! No other career offers such creativity, fun, exciting challenges, and potential to make a real difference. Further, teaching is the ideal career for travelers, as teaching schedules allow for vacation-time world exploration, and teacher travel grants abound.
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      Lesson 3: Writing is transformative, bringing greater happiness, connections and opportunities. Share your story, and help others share theirs!

      The New York Times recently published an article stating scientific evidence that writing boosts happiness. I have experienced this profoundly, having published over 600 articles on AroundtheWorldL.com and over 230 on TeachingTraveling.com, not to menton the dozens of articles in other publications. If you don’t write already, consider starting, even if it’s just a long post on Facebook! Writing helps us make sense of our world, connects us more deeply with others, and often opens opportunities that we never otherwise would be offered. If I hadn’t started a travel blog back in 2009 and poured my passion into it for years, I wouldn’t have been invited to the White House for the Travel Blogger Summit on Global Education!
       
      To learn more about Lillie and her passion for exploring, visit her two blogs: Teaching Traveling and Around the World “L”.
       
      [Photo Credits: Lillie Marshall]
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  • Recipe Time: Mixing It Up With Jeffrey Morgenthaler

    By Nick on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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    Way back in May, when winter had barely passed in Pennsylvania, we featured a Q&A with Jeffrey Morgenthaler, a renowned “mixologist” from Portland, Oregon. While working late nights and early mornings, Jeffrey started to battle a painful foot ailment called plantar fasciitis—a disorder that caused great pain under his foot and heel. Then, as his story goes, Jeffrey discovered Dansko clogs, his go-to shoe for busy shifts behind the bar. Now a loyal fan, Jeffrey continues to mix his way through “The City of Roses,” all while relying on his signature Dansko clogs for all-day comfort and support. 

    Just in time for the biggest bash of the year, we connected with Jeffrey to feature a fun and simple winter cocktail recipe. Take a look below.

    Happy New Year!

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      CAT’S PAJAMAS

      Ingredients:
       
      1½ oz blanded Scotch
      ¾ oz lemon juice
      ½ oz 2:1 simple
      1 tsp allspice dram
      ½ oz egg white
       
      Instructions:
      Shake, strain, serve up, garnish with an orange twist
       
      To browse our complete collection of men’s shoes, including Jeffrey’s favorite Pro XP clogs, visit Dansko.com.

       

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  • Holiday DIY: All Wrapped Up in Holiday Cheer

    By Diana on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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    ​As the holidays draw nearer, to-do lists, shopping lists and grocery lists only seem to grow larger. So why not add a little fun to the holiday hustle and bustle by creating one-of-a-kind wrapping paper? Below, we offer three methods for turning every day present wrapping into an enjoyable (and economical) endeavor. Grab your scissors, tape and holiday-themed markers, and start wrapping!

    Materials:
    • Brown craft paper
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Metallic markers
    • Bows, ribbon, string and other present décor
     
    Steps:
    1. Grab your craft paper and roll out a nice, long sheet, big enough to cover your entire gift
    2. Cut a straight line at the far end to separate your piece from the roll
    3. Grab your markers and choose one of the three designs below
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      Design One: Dancing the Polka  

      Simple, clean and oh-so-trendy, gold polka dots will add fun and festive flair to your favorite gifts. Start by randomly placing gold dots throughout your empty sheet of paper. Keep the dots spaced somewhat evenly and, for the tidiest look, uniform in size. Once you’re comfortable with the look of the sheet, wrap your present the standard way—by folding the ends and taping the seams. We added tan and green garden twine for a naturally-pretty finish.

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      Design Two: Not-So-Fine Lines

      This playful design will let your creativity run wild. Start by drawing a straight line across the center of your sheet. Continue to add other horizontal line elements—from dots, to festive arrows, to holiday-inspired text—without trying too hard to keep your designs straight and even. Your “freehand” will add a homemade twist! Finish wrapping with a bright bow (we chose red for a fun pop of color).

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      Design Three: Holiday joyride

      Fun to make and to receive, this colorful design works with virtually any combination of holiday markers. Start at the top of your sheet and let your hand do the work, creating mismatched “hoops” in a diagonal fashion. Much like design two, you’ll want to focus on random spacing and uneven lines—this approach will add a creative touch to your gift! Once you reach the bottom corner of your sheet, wrap your present and add a simple bow; we chose white baker’s twine.

      There you have it! Three simple solutions to take care of your holiday wrapping needs. Happy wrapping—and happy holidays!

       

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  • Thanksgiving DIY Overload: Bringing the Outside In

    By Diana on Monday, November 24, 2014

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    When the leaves begin to fall, the air starts to turn bitter and the holiday hustle and bustle emerges, we can’t help but savor the season. Why? Because the holidays offer the perfect opportunity to eat, travel, socialize and, for many of us, uncover our inner crafter.

    Now just days before the heartiest holiday of the year, we decided to embark on a fun and festive decoration celebration. Looking  to “spice up” your home for Thanksgiving? Take a look below—and start crafting!

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      A Warm and Welcoming Wreath

      Before your guests eat your food, sit at your table and see your decorations, make them feel welcome with a handcrafted holiday wreath. We decorated ours with a collection of materials from our own backyard...and you can, too! From bright-red berries to fluffy wheat grass, your surroundings offer a never-ending supply of DIY materials. Let’s get started.

      Materials: Grapevine wreath starter, ribbon, foam board, door hanger, berry twigs, wheat grass

      Tools: Scissors, cutting knife, hot glue
       
      Steps:
       
      1. Gather Loose Materials. We chose bright-red berries for a playful pop of color.
       
      2. Arrange Your Pieces. For a strong hold, trim berries and leaves from the bottom of your branches before sticking them into the wreath. As long as your materials have a formidable stem, you should have no problem keeping your décor in place.
       
      3. Trim Your Ribbon. Remember to cut more ribbon than you think you'll need; long, flowing tails work best!
       
      4. Tie Your Bow. Make two bunny ears, loop them together, pull tight—you know the drill! Don’t forget to tie the bow around your door hanger so it perfectly slides onto the top of your wreath.
       
      5. Cut and Glue Your Letter. Grab a piece of foamboard and trace a large letter for the center of your wreath. Then pick up your cutting knife and follow the edge of the letter. Once finished, your letter should slightly overlap the inside edge of your wreath. Secure your freshly-cut foam by dropping a dab of hot glue on the overlapping pieces of your letter; hold firmly until dry.
       
      6. Hang and Enjoy. Fluff the ears of your ribbon, hook the door hanger under your wreath and display your creation for the world to see!
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      ​A Table for (More Than) Two

      Of course, the food that will be eaten on your table means more than the table itself. But why not add a little personality to your display? Before gathering and arranging a few household decorations, and building your very own tablescape, join us in creating a festive pinecone placeholder. 
       
      Materials: Pinecones, spray paint, cardstock
       
      Tools: Cutting knife, printer
       
      Steps:
       
      1. Find the Right Fit. Scan your yard for a perfect set of pinecones—plump, skinny, short or tall. Gather one for each guest.

      2. Spray-Paint the Tips. Start by choosing your desired color (we think metallics work best). Head into a wide open space in your yard and lightly spray the ridges of your pine cones. Let each dry for 25-30 minutes.

      3. Design Your Namecards. Pick a font, type in your guest’s names and print away. Then grab your cutting knife and trim each card into a 4” x 2” rectangle.

      4. Arrange Your Table. Place your namecards into the ridges of each pinecone. Then finish your table with a host of fun accessories: string lights, vintage lanterns, mason jars, acorns...
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      A Taste of the Outdoors

      Before we wrap up our crafting extravaganza, we have a few loose ends to tie. What's next? Bring the outdoors in with a pair of adventurous terrariums. Grab your scissors, head outside and start cutting—you have some last-minute crafting to do!

      Materials: Glass containers, berries, twigs, pumpkins, wheat grass, other outdoor finds
       
      Tools: Scissors
       
      Steps:
       
      1. Find Your Container. We repurposed an existing “mini greenhouse” and round terrarium, but don’t worry—almost any glass container will work as a substitute. Grab a Mason jar, flower vase or tall bowl instead.

      2. Collect Your Materials. We chose pumpkins, moss, red berries and anything else we could find while roaming our campus.

      3. Arrange to Perfection. Take your time arranging your items. We went for an asymmetrical approach in the greenhouse, using a pumpkin to frame the display, and simplicity with the terrarium, pairing our bright-red berries with a subtle "Baby Boo" pumpkin.

      4. Find the Perfect Spot. From the center of your dining room table to the edge of your counter, these terrariums will bring a taste of fall into your holiday-ready kitchen.
       
      From everyone at Dansko, we wish you a Happy Holiday! Whether you make a pinecone placeholder, a red-berry wreath, an inventive terrarium or all the above, we hope you find joy in the craft-making process.  
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  • Recipe Time: Serving Others with Thanksgiving Favorites

    By Christina on Friday, November 14, 2014

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    On an unusually warm November morning, a team of Dansko cooks grabbed their most prized recipes and set out to make a difference with a delicious homecooked meal. As volunteers for the Ronald McDonald Hosue in Wilmington, Delaware, our team of inspired chefs  worked to spread a little cheer to visitors and their families. Of course, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, our volunteers chose to prepare a series of fall favorites, from scrumptious pumpkin pie to mouth-watering cranberry relish. These dishes were then served for lunch before being frozen for future meals.

    In the spirit of the season, we decided to share a few of these recipes with you. Ready to create your Thanksgiving menu? We’re glad to help!

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      ​Mom’s Secret Cranberry Relish
      By Kathy W., Customer Service

      Ingredients:

      1 lb. fresh cranberries, washed
      1 orange, peeled
      2 apples, peeled, cored (Macintosh apples work best)
      2 cups sugar

      Directions:
       
      Grind all fruit in a food processor, add 2 cups of sugar and mix well.  Let sit for 15 minutes.  Store in the refrigerator for one week or freeze. Relish will freeze well for about 6 months.

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      Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie
      By Jamey M., Finance

      Ingredients:
       
      1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
      ¼ cup Italian dressing
      4 oz. Neufchatel cheese, cubed
      2 Tbsp flour
      ½ cup fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth
      3 cups frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, green beans), thawed and drained
      1 ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust
       
      Directions:
       

      Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook chicken in dressing in large skillet on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add Neufchatel cheese; cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes or until melted. Stir in flour until blended. Add broth and vegetables; stir. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

      Pour into 10-inch deep-dish pie plate; cover with pie crust. Seal and flute edge. Cut slits in the crust to permit steam to escape. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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      Perfectly Sweet Pumpkin Pie
      By Christina S., Marketing
       
      Ingredients:
       
      1 cup sugar
      2 eggs
      1 can of evaporated milk
      1 can pumpkin (16 oz.)
      ½ tsp cinnamon
      ½ tsp salt
      1 ½ tsp nutmeg
      ½ tsp cloves
      ½ tsp allspice
      ½ tsp ginger
      1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
       
      Directions:
       
      Combine ingredients. Pour into chilled pie crust. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then 350 for 40 minutes. Pie is ready when table knife inserted in center of pie comes out clean.

       

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