Friday, May 29, 2015

Lunch Idea: Blueberry Waldorf Salad

When it comes to lunch, I have always been a "packer." Night after night I pack sandwiches & salads, leftovers & sliced fruit into Tupperware containers, stack them in the fridge, & haul it all to work the next day so that I can have a healthy and delicious meal midday. This has served me well in a number of ways (money saving & calorie control top the list); however, if you too are a packer you likely know that after awhile, the options become boring and the action a chore. 

Lately I've been on a salad kick (three months until the wedding!) and I was starting to get really bored with my usual lettuce, tomatoes, onion, avocado, chopped deli turkey & balsamic dressing. So, I turned to my book and came across this old recipe for blueberry waldorf salad. The flavor combo sounds a bit odd, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results. It's a little bit sweet and a little bit salty, light and just filling enough to tide you over until dinner. If you are in a packing rut, this is a serious recommendation!

Ingredients (One Salad):
-chopped romaine lettuce 
-blueberries (handful)
-one celery rib, chopped
-pecans (handful), chopped
-chicken (handful), chopped

Dressing (One Salad):
-1.5 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
-1 tbsp. mayonnaise
-squeeze of fresh lemon juice
-pinch of salt & pepper

[Use whatever chicken you want (great place for leftovers) or buy these Perdue Simply Smart chicken strips for convenience.]

[I paired the salad with a few rice crackers & water.]

Perfect with a quick side of perusing Instagram. ;] 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Insta-Wednesday: Weekend Treats

Apricot Crisp
Happy Wednesday! Hope you had a wonderful long weekend full of family and friends, food and fun. And most importantly, I hope you took some time to recognize and remember the men and women who have worked tirelessly to protect our country day in and day out throughout history and here and now. See you back here on Friday!

This weekend Robert and I went on a date to Cork & Fork, an Italian restaurant in Harrisburg that we both love (mentioned in this post). I haven't been eating much bread lately, and the fig pizza (pictured above) was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten! I hope you had a wonderful three-day weekend. And of course, thanks to all of the men and women who have served in our military. xoCarrie

 This PB&J ice cream pie is the perfect picnic treat on a hot day.  We enjoyed this on a breezy porch with friends on Monday afternoon.  Thank you to all the men and women who serve our country every day!  
Have a wonderful week!
xo Dana

Friday, May 22, 2015


The last few weeks have been pretty good to's a little peek.

 In case you didn't know, we moved.  Again.  But, hopefully for the last time.  And, our new home has a ton of great parks!

 Last week these two cuties, Chels and I met up in Carlisle to shop and prep for Carrie's bridal shower.  We decided that before all the shopping got underway, we needed to introduce our little ladies to the Hamilton - a Carlisle staple.  Best decision.

 We stayed up super late putting the finishing touches on our letters to our baby sister, Carrie.  I can't wait to share details from the shower in a special post next week!

 At Bear's bridal shower.  These two sat right down to a little lemonade and cookie party of their own.
 Sommer and I got caught in a surprise rain shower the other afternoon.  It came on so quick and so hard that we had no other choice but to get soaked.  Instead of running for cover, we ran around in the rain and after it was done, Sommer jumped in the leftover puddles all evening.

 Tiny reminder of love <3

I couldn't resist trying one of Starbucks new S'mores Frap's, complete with a cookie straw.  I definitely recommend trying it but only as a special treat! :)

I'm not exactly sure what is going on here but I found this on my phone and couldn't resist sharing.  I think they were superhero's off to save the world.  Annabel's got the look down pat!

So thankful that we have family who love our kiddos so much and it is just the best when we can all be together. 
PS - when did Tommy get so tall?!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Insta-Wednesday: Jumping Beans!

Just interrupting your week to share with you some adorable photos of my nieces from last Sunday! They were having so much fun jumping from couch to ottoman, that I couldn't help but snap a few (okay, more like 25) pictures. :] See you back here on Friday! xoCarrie


Monday, May 18, 2015

winning...even while losing

Back in the Fall, we signed Tommy up for his first season of baseball. He had a great team; they all tried hard, had fun, and learned a lot. They also won every game...except the last one. The coaches didn't make too big a deal of the wins, instead focusing more on sportsmanship and learning how to play the game. Tommy loved every second of the season and couldn't wait to play again in the Spring.

Then we moved on to basketball season. And it was a train wreck. The kids didn't listen, practices were a few drills and a lot of discipline, and they just didn't seem to learn a whole lot. They also lost every single game. The coaches didn't make too big a deal of the losses, instead working more on being a good sport and encouraging the kids to keep trying.

And now we're back in the midst of the Spring baseball season. The kids started out pretty rough but have been improving every week. They're listening better, learning to pay attention to base runners and field strategy, and hitting and pitching better. But they haven't won a single game, and since none of the games have even been close (think 14-3 or 10-0) it's not looking good for them to win any of their last seven or so games. 

 So if we go back and add up the wins and losses for the entire year (somewhere around 12-40), it's clear that he has spent FAR more time losing than winning. But the great thing about Tommy is that you'd never know it. Some kids have such a hard time losing. I've seen boys come in the dugout after striking out and throw their bats on the ground or kick their gloves. But Tommy hangs up his bat, puts his helmet away, and gets his glove on so he's ready to head back into the field.

After every game I ask him if he had fun. And he always says yes. 

In this day and age where athletes are caught cheating every single season, and dumb things like "deflategate" happen (P.s. I DON'T CARE!), and we pay millions and millions of dollars to people who play a sport for a living, there is more than enough emphasis on winning every game all the time. And although I definitely think that it's very important to always try your best and yes, of course it's great to win, there's something refreshing about a boy who gets out there on the field and plays the game just to play. Not necessarily to win (although he always plays hard, always gives it his best shot), but to play. Love that kid.

So far this season, Tommy has brought home two game balls for playing well and having a good attitude on the field. (You knew I had to brag about him a little!) Will and I are so proud of him and would definitely say he's winning...even while losing.

Annabel is pretty proud, too!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Spring & Sommer

Two weekends ago, while Dani was off getting ready to run ten miles, Robert and I got to spend the entire spring day with Sommer. Way back in the day, the town of Carlisle had a wildly popular street fair called the "Amani Festival." It had a lot of different cultural booths, tons of food options & even some unique music and dance performances. Its popularity waned after awhile, and eventually it went away completely. But this year it was "back by popular demand!"...and unfortunately, not as great as I remember.

Regardless! When I went to see Sommer on Friday night I asked her if she wanted to go to the street fair with me and she said yes! So on Saturday morning, Robert squeezed into my mom's tiny purple car (the one housing the car seat) and drove us downtown to, as it turned out, eat a lot of unhealthy food. :) Below are a few snaps of our outing, if you'd like to see!

[Carlisle in the spring is like nothing else. I know that I'm jaded and that I love my hometown more than one probably should, but I mean, just look at this.]

[Robert spotted this waffle stick, and we immediately set off to find it! The colors came from sprinkles baked into the batter, and boy was it delicious.]

[I really love finding chalk art and Sommer seemed to agree. We passed this drawing twice and on the second occasion she exclaimed, "There's that pink lady! And her chalky doggie guy!"]

[We disagreed on the "green lady." I said she was a witch and Sommer insisted 
she was just...."a green lady.";]

[I felt sort of bad that the street fair was such a dud, so we went to Massey's for 
ice cream and a little tennis spectating.]

[And these two! Sommie loved her "Uncle Baby." Melts my heart:)]

It was a great day! And, who knows, maybe a sneak peek for me and Robert.'' ;)
Thanks for reading this week! Have a wonderful weekend. xoCarrie

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Insta-Wednesday: The Last Photo I Took

We visited the park yesterday afternoon and Sommer kept telling me, "I like really high, mama".  I always get so nervous with her on the big kid swing but she looks so confident in this picture - sometimes you just have to let them fly.
Have a great Wednesday!
xo Dana

The last photo I took was at the Army War College golf course track yesterday afternoon. I spotted this bench while running & thought it described my mood for the day. :]

 Annabel and I built a block castle yesterday and then she went to great pains to protect the princess. The "green evil man" (that you can barely see at the bottom of the photo) got stomped on by the dragon first, and then Annabel the giant took out the dragon. Mission: Save the Princess Without Knocking Over a Single Block...COMPLETED.