07.13.2016 / Blog Posts Recipes
Banana bread is irresistible and easy to make in just a few simple steps. Consider making a few extra loaves, wrapping them in plastic, and freezing. Then, just thaw at room temperature for an hour before serving. Enjoy!
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for preparing the pan
1 cup sugar
3 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces
Preheat the oven ... Read More
07.07.2016 / Blog Posts Recipes
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2cup unsalted butter
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
Butter or cooking spray
1tablespoon cocoa powder
*Preheat oven to 375F.
Mel unsalted butter and chocolate together in a small metal bowl over saucepan of simmering water. Once melted, stir in vanilla. Combine sugar, flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar mixture into chocolate mixture and stir well with electric hand mixer. Add eggs to chocolate mixture (be sure to add one at a time, fully incorporating ... Read More
07.06.2016 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Local Lifestyle
We all know the best kind of exercise is the kind that is so fun you don’t even realize you’re doing it! Summer in the DMV area provides countless opportunities to get outside, get moving, and get some vitamin D. Check out these great outdoor activities!
D.C. is home to some of the most scenic lakes and harbors on the east coast and while paddleboard and kayak rentals do generally cost money, it is a relatively cheap way to get active get some sun and have some fun.
If you prefer to keep your ... Read More
07.02.2016 / Blog Posts Recipes
Sweeten up your July 4th cookout with these tasty, patriotic desert and drink ideas!
Red, White and Blue Cake Roll
Ingredients for the cake:
1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus more for the pan
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon red gel food coloring
1 teaspoon blue gel food coloring
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Ingredients for the frosting:
3 sticks unsalted ... Read More
06.29.2016 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
Drinking water is the most obvious and important way to stay hydrated, but many of the foods you may (or may not) eat can help you stay hydrated too! Add or increase foods with high water content to your diet. For example:
- Skim Milk
- Green Cabbage
- Bell Peppers
It is also crucial to avoid foods that will dehydrate you. Especially in situation where you know you may be in heat or without water for an extended amount of time. Here are dehydrating foods and drinks to avoid in that scenario: Read More
- Soda (especially diet ...
The Science Behind Why You're Always Busy, Yet Never Getting Anything Done (and How to Work Around It)
06.26.2016 / Blog Posts Career Corner
I want you to play a short game with me. Close your eyes and imagine a long to-do list that lays out a mountain of work in front of you. Now imagine crossing something off of that to-do list. How does that make you feel?
Pretty fantastic, huh!
A new study is studying just that.
Business school professors Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats are currently researching how people juggle tasks at work. “Our ongoing research (not yet published) has found that checking off items is psychologically rewarding,” they write. “After you complete a task, being able to ... Read More
07.01.2016 / Blog Posts Redskins
We all know the skills that cornerback Josh Norman can display on the field, but what about the skills he can display on a horse?
Norman grew up owning and riding horses on a farm in South Carolina. He continued his equine passion when he played for the Carolina Panthers, spending as much time as possible, even every off day throughout the season, with his 10-year-old American Saddlebred, Delta747.
With the pressure that comes with being an NFL star, Norman claims that his time with Delta is his ‘release’.
“It’s so peaceful and relaxing,” Norman told Storm. “You hear ... Read More
06.22.2016 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
Have you ever been in the gym and that perfect song came on that powered you through the last 5 minutes of your workout??? I have! And let me tell you how the right music is so important to most people's workouts. It can make your 30 minute jog drag on for eternity or have you dancing your way through your workout as if you could do it all day long! Research has consistently proved that music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency ... Read More
06.19.2016 / Blog Posts Recipes
Buffalo chicken dip can make you a hit at the cookout or a hit on Father's Day.
- 2(8 ounce) packages softened cream cheese
- 1cup ranch dressing
- 3/4 cup red hot sauce
- 1(10 oz.) can chicken, drained (or rotisserie or freshly-cooked, chopped chicken)
- shredded cheddar cheese (amount up to your discretion)
DIRECTIONS Read More
- Mix cream cheese, ranch dressing, and red hot sauce together.
- Add in shredded chicken.
- Spread mixture into oven safe plate sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
- Add cheddar cheese to top.
- Bake an additional 10 to 15 ...
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