Thinking Out Loud: OMG Tuna Fish Salad

1.  It seems like every time my local barista memorizes my drink order, it’s time for us to move.  I love walking up to the counter and having my drink already made, waiting for me.

2.  Speaking of coffee – are all people that work at coffee shops called baristas or is that just at Starbucks?

3.  This week my students are so happy because I added CHARMS candies to the prize box.  They describe them as a mix between Light Sabers {aka Life Savers} and Starburst.  The red ones are supposedly the best, the white are the worst.

4.  At 7AM on Saturday morning I’ll be anxiously waiting at the starting line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon – my first half marathon of 2014!  I still haven’t written my race recap of the Reston 10 Miler…

5.  For Lent I gave up candy and soda, specifically gum and Diet Hansen’s {Cherry Vanilla Crème}.  I’m addicted.  I was going strong until Tuesday when I decided to make an exception for dark chocolate because, well, it’s basically a health food.  Read more about why including dark chocolate in your daily diet can actually be beneficial here.


6.  I’ve outlined three posts this week a – a recap of the Reston 10 Miler, a weekend recap for MIMM, and a handful of food pictures for WIAW…  But they’re still just drafts because I either fell asleep asleep with my computer on my lap or had to run out the door to a meeting before school and I didn’t have time to finish later.  Hopefully I step-up my game next week.

7.  I’ve had a serious hankering for tuna fish this week.  I packed it for lunch on Monday, again on Tuesday, made a tuna melt for dinner Tuesday night, and made another wrap for lunch yesterday.  All because I learned a little secret…  Tuna fish + hummus is a life changing combo.  With every bite I repeatedly said {to myself} “OMG.  This is so good!  OMG!  OMG!” so I’m calling it OMG Tuna Fish Salad.

OMG Tuna Fish Salad

Ingredients {serves 1}:

  • 1 small can of tuna fish
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • 1 tsp honey mustard
  • 1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 – 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes
  • seasoned salt *to taste*
  • black pepper *to taste*


In a medium bowl, flake the tuna into chunks.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Refrigerate if not eating right away.

8.  Runner’s World is “running” {so punny!} a sweepstakes with Iceland Naturally.  One lucky winner will receive the following:

  • Economy round-trip air on Icelandair for 2 people
  • 3 nights accommodation in Reykjavik at Hotel Nordica for 2 with Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily
  • 2 72 hour Reykjavik Welcome Cards providing free access to the City of Reykjavik world famous thermal pools, museums and public transportation
  • 2 entries to the Reykjavik Marathon
  • 2 roundtrip bus transfer from the airport to the hotel
  • 1 case of Icelandic Glacial water for your hotel room
  • 2 Experience Comfort entries to the Blue Lagoon Spa
  • 2 award winning Snaefell jackets

To enter, visit this website and enter the requested information.  The contest will remain open until April 1st.

9.  Have you seen these Portable Protein Packs from Oscar Mayer {aka the adult Lunchable}?

Portable Protein Pack

10.  After my students finish their classwork or a quiz, I let them “play” with math flashcards to keep quiet until everyone is done.  On Monday one student started singing “Everyday I’m shuffling.  Everyday I’m shuffling.  Everyday I’m shuffling.” while shuffling his flashcards.  And then the other students joined in.  It was hilarious!


Thanks Amanda for hosting another link-up!

Question:  Tuna fish – yay or nay?  Tuna fish out of a can is a yay {obviously}, but the raw stuff is a nay for me.

Question:  If you could drop everything and go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

— Allison


Apple Picking at Stribling Orchard

On Saturday morning Ryan and I enjoyed a relaxing pancake breakfast before we headed out west towards the Blue Ridge Mountains to meet a few friends at Stribling Orchard in Markham, VA.  We visited this orchard last year and brought home a great bushel of crisp and juicy apples, so it was a no-brainer that we needed to go back again this year.  The skies were full of clouds but thankfully it wasn’t too cold and it didn’t rain.















We walked around the orchard for about 2 hours, picking a variety of apples – Golden Delicious, Fuji, Stayman Winesap, Granny Smith, and Rome.  Golden Delicious apples are my favorite, but I tried a Stayman Winesap for the first time and loved its slightly tart flavor, not to mention they are HUGE apples!








10-22 Country Store

After we filled our bags (we got a 1/2 bushel!), we did some shopping in the Harvest House and I grabbed a jar of No Sugar Added Apple Butter – we bought a jar last year and went through it within a week.  The others had to get back for a prior commitment but Ryan and I hung around a bit longer and enjoyed lunch at one of the picnic tables.






10-22 Apples

On the way home we made a detour to stop at a neighboring orchard because Ryan saw online that they had a corn maze.  The signs weren’t clear as we were driving up so we drove all around the property, but it gave us a chance to see the pumpkin patches (my first time ever seeing one!), blueberry bushes (we’ll have to go back in the summer), lots of cows, their apple orchard, and the corn maze.  After circling around, we parked near the corn maze and walked over to a white tent that was selling tickets, only to find out that tickets cost $25 with access to the corn maze, a hay ride, fall themed games.  We agreed to wait until we have kids…  Oh well, one day!






Our roundabout ways continued our whole way home.  Ryan took the back roads and drove by his old elementary school, winding through Mananas.  As long as I’ve lived in Virginia, I’ve hardly spent any time in Mananas…  Ryan gave me a brief overview of some of the most notable historical moments such as the First and Second Battle of Bull Run.  I suppose I should take a drive out thataway soon and learn more about my surroundings.

10-22 Driving


After we got home we plopped back into bed and didn’t emerge until dinnertime.  Apparently, apple picking takes a lot out of you ;)   A few other friends asked us to go apple picking with them this coming weekend and I’m very, very tempted.  I guess we’ll be eating apples for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every meal in-between for the rest of fall!

Question:  What’s your favorite type of apple?

Question:  Corn mazes – yay or nay?  I’ve never been in one (at least that I can remember), but I’ve heard a lot of people don’t like them for a variety of reasons…  The smell, the thought of being “trapped” and never getting out, the maze closes before you finish…

— Allison


Favorite Finds: It’s All About Perspective

“When you wake up everyday you have two choices.  You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist.  I choose to be an optimist.  It’s all a matter of perspective.”


Ironically, both of those quotes are by Harvey Mackay.  I didn’t who Mr. Mackay was before searching for “optimistic” and “perspective” quotes…  But after some snooping around on Google I learned that he is: a businessman, author of a nationally syndicated newspaper column and of five business bestsellers, a motivational speaker, and the founder and chairman of Mackay Mitchell Envelope Company.  Evidently he is a very, very successful man.  I’m not in the business field, but I now have an interest in reading one of his books – perhaps it will help me on my journey to finding my right fit?

As Mr. Mackay suggests, we all have two choices when we wake up – to be positive or to be negative – and today I’m choosing to be an optimist.  It’s Friday and it’s an absolutely beautiful day.  I ate the most delicious blueberry cupcake with pumpkin cream cheese icing for breakfast.  I received an email just as I opened my computer that my substitute paperwork was processed.  I’m planning to bake/make some of my recent pins this afternoon.  I’m going for a run among the gorgeous fall foliage.  And tomorrow we’re going apple picking with friends.  How can I not be in a great mood?


TJ’s Organic Moral Fiber Blueberry Bran Muffin topped with TJ’s Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

Whether you’re on your way into the office, at work counting down the hours until you can leave, or have already started your weekend, I hope that you choose to make it a positive day.  And if you’re in need of some inspiration, check out this list from Buzzfeed – 15 Signs It’s Going To Be A Great Day - or maybe these pins will help…

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Good Food

Stuffed Pepper Soup by Skinnytaste

Sweet Treats

Chocolate Banana Pudding Bread by wine & glue

Drink Up

ginger & apple & bourbon by The Tampopo Post

Words of Wisdom

Finish it with Champagne (source)

Laughing Out Loud

Some People Appear Bright (source)

Health & Wellness

Full-Body Circuit Workout with Weights (source)

My Style

The Shoe Grid by The New Professional


Paper Menu Napkin Wrap (source)


Mini Goldendoodle (source)

For the Home

Dangling Glass Chandelier (source)

Places to Go

Forest Bridge, Toketee Falls, Oregon (source)

Wedding Wishes

Vintage Outdoor Bridal Doors (source)

Looking Ahead to Baby

Cupcake Onesies Gift Idea by Club ChicaCircle

DIY Projects

Life Size Pac-Man (source)

Education & Learning

How to Create a Watermark for Your Pictures by The SITS Girls

Holiday Happenings

Bloody Shirley Temple by Your Southern Peach


Quick and Clever Halloween Centerpieces by Better Homes and Gardens

Question:  What is your favorite inspirational quote?

Question:  Have you gone apple picking this season?

— Allison