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noun: sushi
1 .Japanese food consisting of cooked vinegared rice combined with other ingredients
Sushi is not a very complex food to make. From the definition it’s a few simple ingredients held together by rice and seaweed. As an avid sushi lover, I never in a million years would have dreamed of making my own sushi but last Saturday that all changed. Yes, you heard that right, this past weekend Matt and I made our own sushi and you know what, it was fantastic.
I am looking forward to making sushi more often and becoming a “natural” at it. With my hesitations aside, I am ready to take on the next step with Matt when it comes to the world of sushi. I truly hope within a year Matt and I will be able to make a Dragon Roll. Though it seems like a daunting task, it is one we will execute with flying colors.

peanut butter

happy national peanut butter day!

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Hi my name is Kendal Ann and I love peanut butter. Peanut butter might be one of the best gifts to this good green earth. Last week, I attended a peanut butter making class. Making peanut butter is actually really easy. I wanted to share a recipe with you and a few fun facts I learned about peanut butter along the way.

Here’s a recipe for spicy peanut butterpb

1 1/2 cup peanuts
1 1/2t chili powder
1 1/2t cayenne pepper
1t crushed red pepper flakes
1t paprika
1/2t – 3/4t kosher salt

Place the ingredients into  a food processor/blender. Process for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl/blender. Place the lid back on and continue to process. Add a little oil (peanut oil preferred) if you would like to speed up the process. Process until the mixture is smooth, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

A few peanut butter facts

It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter
Peanuts contribute more than $4 billion to the USA economy each year
Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter
The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year
Peanut butter is consumed in 90 percent of USA households
Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut.
Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free

Must know dates

For all your peanut/ peanut butter lovers here are a few dates to be on the lookout for! Who knew there were so many holidays that revolved around peanuts? If you are interested in more awesome dates, you can find them via Chase’s Calendar of Events published by McGraw-Hill.

January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day
March – National Peanut Month
March 1 – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
March 8 – National Peanut Cluster Day
April 2 – National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
May 18 – I love Reese’s Day
June 12 – National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
September 13 – National Peanut Day
November – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
November 20 – National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

I am happy to be part of such an awesome nation that consumes so much peanut butter. While I was in Germany, it was hard to find peanut butter it’s not an essential like it is to us, Americans. Celebrate today and have something with peanuts or at least something peanut butter flavored!

national pie day


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Today, we celebrate National Pie Day and the sweet and savory deliciousness that is pie.. No, we are not talking about the number Pi, we are talking about the food! SugaryWinzyAppleBlueberryCherryPIe1

Let me lay a few pie facts on you. Apple pie is a favorite to 36 million Americans! Pumpkin pie was first introduced to the holiday table at the pilgrim’s second Thanksgiving in 1623! Pumpkin has to be a favorite of many. Pecan pie is the third most popular choice in a of nation of pie lovers.

During the month of January in honor of National Pie Day, the American Pie Council (APC) wants you to grab a slice of life and teach someone to make pie! The APC has a partnership with Paramount Pictures and its new film, “Labor Day”. This film stars Kate Winslet in a Golden Globe-nominated performance, Josh Brolin and Gattlin Griffith and is directed by Jason Reitman. “Labor Day” features a pie making scene that becomes an important theme in the story and shares the APC’s message of passing down skills from generation to generation.  So close to National Pie Day the film will be released nationally on Jan. 31, 2014.

If you are hankering some pie, make some after work and if time doesn’t allow it, stop by the grocery store on the way home for a slice! APC offers recipes of previous years National Pie Champions!

A huge shout out and note to both of my homes being on the list for best shops! Way to go DC and Wisconsin! Check out the best pie shops across America, here!

Dive in and enjoy a slice today!


each whiskey is different, but even the sips?

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The fascinating thing about whiskey is that no batch is going to be like another. The recipe will stay the same, but the taste wont. The article below talks about how the same whiskey, in the same glass can even change. The taste can change with environment and with atmosphere. I would argue that is true about anything. Your senses heighten when you are enjoying let’s say a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade and fresh pineapple outside on the beach under an umbrella. You take those same things; drink and food, but this time put yourself inside of a cottage while it is snowing, you will have a different taste. You will feel different about the situation. Sure eating the pineapple and drinking the lemonade during winter will only remind you of the bright sunny days. Really this all sounds like a win- win, eh? Check out this NPR article, it’s a classic.

rants & raves of a job

Almost two years ago my life changed; I met Patrick! (Dramatic entrance, I know.) I met Pat through a friend, and I knew we were going to hit it off. After a few months gap in our friendship, due to him being at grad school–he made his way back to DC. Needless to say, I was beyond tickled! Pat got a job a IBM and was joining the real world as a consultant. Now, I couldn’t be more happy for him–what an awesome job opportunity post education, but the one thing that get’s get down is his lack of availability, but that’s not going to deter me from being his friend, heck that makes our friendship stronger! Once you read this post, you will understand exactly what I mean. So, here’s to Pat and his #LifeOfAConsultant, him writing this blog, and well just to our friendship!  Sit, back, relax and enjoy the blog!

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guest blog presented by: Patrick Kotary
You can find Pat on Twitter: @Kotary; insta: patrickkotary, make sure you follow him!

In March 2013 after three colleges, two degrees, and one small bank account, I started my professional career with IBM Global Business Services. After just 7 months though I can honestly say this job is never what I had expected my first big grown up job to be growing. Until the ripe age of six I wanted to work at the mall so I could eat lunch at Sicilian Delight everyday – a pizza place at Sangertown Square Mall; my immature palate thought it was the best food ever, but I digress. Needless to say my aspirations only went up from there. I had the classic dreams – teacher, astronaut, news anchor, race car driver, the next Ward Cleaver, and POTUS were just a few (the last two are still on my list). Until about a year ago I never considered being a consultant for one of the world’s largest technology companies.

My friend Lizzie told me IBM was recruiting for consultants at our school, Clarkson University. I hadn’t given that career choice much thought, but after her persuasion and hearing that if you were hired you were sent to Orlando for a few days to celebrate, I said let’s do it! So I gave it a shot and was hired! I was one of the few extremely fortunate people who were recruited and hired during my last semester of graduate school. While I watched others hunt for jobs, I spent my last two months before the real world soaking in rays by the Gulf, baking, and watching the Barefoot Contessa. As Ina would say, “how easy is that?” All that time though I kept thinking, “I don’t know really what I’m going to be doing come March.” You see, consultants bounce from project to project in different roles – one day you could be on a project as technical resource and the next you could be running financial reports on another. You’re in a constant state of motion, meeting new challenges regularly – something I love doing. Whenever I was asked what I was going to do at IBM I would say, “I’ll be consulting. Companies hire us to come in and solve problems for them.” Now is that broad or what?

Despite that uncertainty I started my first day as a consultant on March 4th, 2013. I had a busy first two weeks in training – one in Herndon, VA and one in Baltimore, MD. Week three was when things got most interesting because I was staffed; I started my first project assignment as the Project Management Assistant at a company in Spokane, Washington. 2,080 aeronautical miles from my home in Northern VA. For about 7 months I travelled back and forth between the Washingtons – out on Mondays and home on Fridays. That’s about 5,000 miles a week (there isn’t a direct flight) – about 135,000 miles total. Like everything this unique lifestyle has its pros and cons.

The Pros:


Hi, my name is Patrick and I’m addicted to travel status. I am a Delta Platinum Medallion, a Hilton Diamond Member, United Elite Silver, and Starbucks Gold for many years to come. Status is a beautiful thing. First class is the only way to fly.

Seeing new sights.

Instead of going back to NOVA every weekend, I sometimes took alternate weekend travel. New Orleans, Los Angeles, upstate New York, and Florida to name a few.

Try new things.

As previously mentioned I like new challenges, so knowing that week to week my job changes is very exciting.

Foodie’s heaven.

Being in new cities is a dream for foodies like me. In 7 months of working I can count on one hand the times I’ve eaten at a chain restaurant. I love trying new foods.


The Cons:


I was constantly changing time zones and had some difficulty putting my body on a hybrid system. Thanks to Kendal Ann et al though, I was able to stay on PST time on the weekends back east #DCNightlife

Travel numbness.

Air travel has lost its glamour for me. There was a time when I loved flying and thought it was the best experience ever. I now feel like I’m getting on a big dirty bus with smelly people. Also, hotels no longer stand for vacation. All I can think now is, “How many people have slept (and done other things) in this bed before me?”

Long workdays.

Because of travel, my office time is limited. To make up for this, I spend about 11 hours a day M-T at the office. Lunch is usually at my desk.

Relationships – lack thereof.

This job is not great for relationships. Even though I am extremely handsome and debonair, many don’t want to be with someone if he’s only around 3 of 7 days. I can respect that. I’d rather someone NOT like that than ENJOY having me gone all week.

The #LifeOfAConsultant continues. In a few hours I’m boarding a plane home to Dulles from my new project city… San Francisco, California. It’s an exciting life I lead working for IBM and I love it. I’m young, single, and free, so why not? For now, I’m not the next Ward Cleaver and I’m fine with that.

I urge you all to get out and see what this beautiful country and world has to offer.