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Happy Holidays! Recipes for easy house hopping

The Holiday Season is upon us and oh what a lovely time this is! However,  some are not able to spend this time with family. It is my wish that everyone has a place to spend the holidays, or that they can at least cook a nice warm meal for themselves as they enjoy football and the Andy Griffith Marathon. So I would like to share with you guys some of my favorite recipes. They are great for house hopping in the event that you get invitations to multiple homes, you don’t want to show up empty-handed. If you’d like to see all of my fun recipes for good food check out my personal blog here.

Sweet Potato Pie!
Prep Time: 1 hr 15 mins Cook Time 50-60 mins.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 -3 Sweet Potatoes. Depends on their size. But about 1 lb.
  • 1 stick room temp. Butter.
  • 3/4 C White Sugar
  • 1/2 C Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C Milk. I usually cook with 2% but for this I use whole
  • 2 eggs
  • Dash Cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 Capful vanilla extract
  • 1 Frozen Pie Crust (You could make your own, but really it’s not worth it)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350º after you have boiled the potatoes.

In a large pot, boil the potatoes with the skin on for about an hour. Sometimes I cut the potatoes up to quicken this process. Eventually they will soften and the skin will fall right off the potatoes.

Use a masher or a fork to break the potatoes up. I also like to run the mixer through them to pull out the stringy bits.

Next add the butter and combine with the mixer. Again pay attention to any chunks or stringy bits.

Add all of the remaining ingredients (add the eggs one at a time in another dish first to avoid shells and bad eggs) and combine with mixer thoroughly until smooth.

Roll the pie crust into a pie dish and press the edges into the ridges. You could also buy the pie crusts already in the foil pans. Pour pie mixture into the crust and bake in the oven until firm and set, about an hour. Do the pie test, insert a knife in the center and see if it comes out clean.

Top with pecans if you’re wild and crazy like that or Whipped Cream when you serve or leave it as is. I LOVE it as is and I love it even more when it’s hot!

Right before it heads into the oven

Thanksgiving 2007

Thanksgiving 2008

My Daddy’s Peach Cobbler
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 45 mins

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 Cup of Butter (1 stick)
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Cup Self-rising Flour. (It must be Self-rising!)
  • 1 Can of Sliced Peaches in syrup
  • 8 X 8 Square Pyrex Dish or 13 X 9 Pyrex if you’re doubling

Preparation:

Preheat oven at 350°.

Put the stick of butter into the pyrex dish and place in oven until the butter has melted. In the meantime, combine the flour, sugar, and milk in a bowl and whisk until moistened and there are no lumps. The batter will be like cake batter, but not as thick.

Carefully remove the Pyrex dish with the melted butter in it (remember it’s hot!) and pour the batter into it. Now you have to move a bit quickly because the pyrex dish is hot so it will start to cook the batter. You will see the butter float and envelope the batter and that’s cool. Great actually. Now take the peach slices right out of the can and place them all in the batter. I try to cover just about every inch of the batter. Then go back and pour the juice/syrup in the batter as well. Pour about half of what remains. Too much and the batter won’t bake properly.

Place dish back into the oven and bake for about 45 mins until the top is golden brown. The batter will rise up over the peaches and look beautiful! Peach Cobbler just like that!

Serve with Ice Cream and have a blast!

And don’t forget about Thanksgiving Breakfast! Before the festivities begin, wake everyone up with this delicious spice cake! Enjoy it with coffee and save some for dinner too!

Breakfast Spice Cake:
Prep Time 10 mins. Bake Time: 45 mins.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 box Spice Cake
  • 1 package Vanilla Pudding mix
  • 1 Cup Light Sour Cream
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Vegetable Oil
  • Glaze (recipe to follow)
  • Bundt cooking pan

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350º.

Spray Bundt cake pan with cooking spray evenly.

In a large mixing bowl combine the Spice Cake mix, Pudding mix, and Sour Cream. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then add those as well along with the oil. Use a mixer and beat until batter is moist. If you don’t have a mixer use a wire whisk.

Pour batter into the Bundt pan and bake for 45 mins. Check the cake around 40 mins by inserting a knife and seeing if it comes out clean. You don’t want to dry the cake out by over-baking it.

Allow to cool about 10-15 mins and then turn the cake out of the pan. The easy way to do this is by placing a plate on top of the pan and then flipping it over. Gently ease the pan off of the cake.

Now drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake.

Glaze:

  • 1/2 Cream Cheese Icing
  • 2 Tbs Brown Sugar
  • 1 Dash of Cinnamon

Place the above ingredients in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds allowing the icing to melt. Stir until smooth, drizzle while hot.

You can add nuts to the batter if you like, it’s up to you!

Enjoy! Remember, it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving or any holiday to have a good meal. Use these recipes any time!

Happy Holidays!

JG*


I want to be a Marketer

It’s funny how “I told you so” is such a common phrase in our lexicon. It’s as if no matter how much YOU think you know, someone always knows more. There is always some wise sage that seems to elude you that everyone else has access to. Thus when you finally catch up to what everyone else seemed to know but you, those words are haunting and taunting you off in the distance.

Well right now those very words are dangling over my head, whispered by the many representatives of all the b-schools I visited including Fisher. I recall sitting through all of the panels, all of the presentations, and all of the informational interviews and the same question popped up every single time. “How should I answer the essay concerning my career goals when I’m undecided?” said in a panicked voice that went up an octave with each word uttered. The response was always the same, don’t worry because chances are whatever you do put down, your goals will change. Nevertheless I stressed and agonized over having to put down, into what seemed like concrete, my dreams and career goals. I felt like whatever I put down it needed to be good and perfect and it had to reflect every aspect of who I am, and who I hoped to be.

It. Was. Tough.

Obviously I was able to, and I clearly articulated my goals well because I landed an honored spot at this amazing business school. I held firm to what I wanted to do with my life, creating my Career Marketing Plan that outlined each step of my future. But something odd began to happen. Fisher does a great job at introducing you to various careers, industries, and specific job functions. There are boot camps, company-sponsored informational mixers, workshops, and meetings with your Career Management Consultant at your convenience. Through all of these avenues I began to realize that my career goals were changing, and quickly.

I’ve been in school for officially nine weeks now and I am FULLY convinced that I am destined to be in Marketing. Not only that, but I can SEE myself as a Brand Manager. I thank Fisher for providing me with the opportunities to see myself down various career paths. There was the Consulting boot camp, the Finance boot camp, Real Estate, Supply Chain, and then the one I came to love: the Marketing boot camp. I went from thinking that perhaps I’d be a consultant, maybe I’d be in community relations, maybe I’d do a bit of both, to rock solidly knowing that Marketing is my calling.

Through company-sponsored mixers I have narrowed down my target list and I have Google alerts set for all of them so I can stay up-to-date on company news. I participated in the Procter & Gamble Marketing Case Competition and I had a blast! I even came home with the “Best Presenter” award! Friday I’m going to visit Nestle in Solon, OH and I cannot wait. Nestle was great enough to host a workshop to teach us how to analyze P&L financial statements from the perspective of a Brand Manager. All great information that makes me even more excited about my future.

So you see, don’t stress yourself out trying to pen down exactly what you want to be when you grow up. Chances are if you’re a career switcher you’ll stray from that when you get into the swing of school. You’ll learn things in class and from your classmates that will help you define and mold your future. It’s an amazing feeling!

But of course you’ll do it anyway, just promise me that you’ll come back and leave a comment on this blog post so *I* can tell *you* “I told you so!”

JG*


Diversity, It’s not just an old wooden ship.

In case you haven’t seen the greatest masterpiece in the history of film, “Anchorman” you can click below to see a clip from the movie that will explain the hilarity of the title of my post today.

Anchorman- Diversity Clip

Of the many things that I love about Fisher, I have to say that the diversity of my class is definitely at the top of the list. While the aim of many MBA programs is to have a diverse group of students, I witness first-hand every day just how committed Fisher was to making sure our classroom experience is rich in diversity of opinions. Our discussions give great insight to global business and the various cultures across the world.

While riding to Louisville, KY for the National Association of Women MBA’s Conference I sat next to one of my wonderful classmates who is from India. I figured that I might as well take advantage of the trip and the opportunity to speak freely with her and so I began asking her about where she was from, her culture, and her time in the U.S. I am so thankful because she was very open and I learned a great deal from our conversation.

She explained to me how certain arranged marriages in her country are done, and how her marriage was slightly different. As an American who has grown up desiring a “Love” marriage, I was really impressed with the logic behind her marriage. Having met her husband I was equally as impressed with her choice. We talked about several of our similarities, our differences, as well as how she felt about the portrayal of her country in Hollywood with films such as “Slumdog Millionaire”.  We talked about my love of food and cooking and she promised to make me a tasty dish from India and I promised her I would make her my very own Macaroni & Cheese.

It was such a wonderful opportunity and we both felt comfortable exploring each others backgrounds and getting to know one another even better. While I like to think I get around to smiling and talking with everyone, I truly appreciate the value of having real conversations with our friends from abroad.

As I prepare to study abroad next year I look to the current international students for strength and confidence. They bring so much to the table that I can only hope to do the same when I’m in a classroom outside of my home country. I hope that six weeks into school our international students feel welcome and see this as their home away from home. If not, I hope they seek me out so that we can connect, and I can make them some good Southern comfort food (adjusting for dietary restrictions of course)!

I’m sure my other classmates can echo my sentiments. The diversity at Fisher is amazing and when we graduate and re-enter the workforce we’ll be better managers with global mindsets because of it. As always I have to give a bit of advice to any prospective that may be reading this. My advice to you is to pick a program that values diversity more than just talking about it. Look at the demographics of the previous classes and take that into account. As business becomes more global so too should we as future business leaders. I may be biased, but Fisher should be at the top of your list! :)

JG*


The Honeymoon Phase?

It’s so nice and refreshing to walk down the halls of Fisher and see a fellow First-Year. It’s so predictable. Eye contact is made. The smiles on each face grow wide. Eyebrows arch with excitement, and before you even know it your hand is up and waving frantically as you emphatically screech “HEY!!! How ARE you!? Did you finish that Accounting! Oh man, I know it was so hard! Ok, bye talk to you later!!!!” This typically happens while walking briskly from one class to the next in 12 minutes while making a stop 3 floors down in the Graduate Programs Office for some great coffee. (Thanks Alisa!)

There aren’t enough exclamation points to properly illustrate just how happily and excitedly the above exchange is carried out. Sure there are several variations but the point is still pretty much the same. My class is in absolute love with each other.

It’s great! We text each other to wish safe travels for weekend trips. We text each other when one of us goes missing from a tailgate. One of my classmates even took the time to put “Helmet Stickers” on everyone’s Facebook page that had contributed to the last few tailgates. *Insert collective “awwwww“* I’ve played games with the children of my classmates and laughed with their wives. My classmates welcomed my boyfriend with open arms at the tailgate so much so I think they may like him more. These people are great!

When we went to Summit Vision for our outdoor adventure I baked muffins for my team. I know some of my classmates meet up every Wednesday for Happy Hour at Brazenhead. We can’t get enough of each other! My team even tries to book the same study room as the one that we were initially assigned to when we first met. One of my classmates checks on me via GChat when he knows we have an assignment due just to make sure that I’m not having any problems or need any questions answered.

Right now in my life it’s God, Family, and my new best friends, the Class of 2012. It’s like a Rom-Dramedy. It’s as if we’re running across the Ohio State Oval hand in hand with Sunflowers in our hair. Even when we disagree or someone talks too long in class, there’s always an assuring smile and forgiveness comes swift.

I’m so excited that I’m terrified. How long will this last?! Can it last? I have friends at other B-Schools who are already plotting to be on the next episode of Snapped. Many of them felt that way from Day 1. I can’t think of many things that could tear us apart. Some of us live in Fisher Commons and so they have a very tight bond, while the rest of us are spread out all over the city. However that hasn’t really been an issue in terms of the First-Year Love Fest. I really can’t think of anything that could disrupt this euphoria.

As the quarter carries on and the stress level increases, I see more of my classmates reaching out and offering support versus seizing the opportunity to take advantage. There’s friendly competition but it doesn’t stop us from giving each other interview tips despite aiming for the same company.

Even as I type this I find my heartstrings pulling a little bit because really, I love these guys.

I suppose this is a good thing considering this is at worst a two-year relationship and at best a lifetime one. I tell ya, they weren’t kidding when they said that “fit” is extremely important when selecting a Business School. My advice to any prospective out there is to spend some time on campus. Look around and see how the students interact with each other. If you come to Fisher you’ll witness plenty of the above exchanges all in a matter of minutes between class.

I’ve asked several of my classmates what they think about this and they all agree. We’re going to have lots of challenges and may even get irritated with each other, but we have the tools, the respect, and the willingness to push through all of that and come out on top. To be honest, to me, that’s right up there with our Top 25 Ranking.*wink*

JG*


Fears of a First-Year

Ohio

The worst of all 1st-Year fears: Spelling O-H-I-O backwards

Greetings! I’m Jennifer, although almost everyone calls me JG*, and I’m a rookie at this MBA thing. You’re cool because you’re actually reading a MBA life blog! I’m a first year MBA student and proud of it! I can say that now. I spent an entire summer going back and forth between nervousness and excitement and being afraid to even mention my MBA plans. I didn’t want people to assume I was “smart”. Tell me if this sounds familiar to any of you:

The B-School Process

  • Two-years out- “I have to study and take the GMAT! I’m going to be on top of this. 770 here I come!”
  • 18 months out- “I need to actually research my schools. Do some comparisons, visit my top 5, attend all of the MBA events, apply for scholarships.”
  • 1 year out- “I have yet to even look at that GMAT book I bought. Let me at least take a practice test. I’m pretty sure I can do this.”
  • ..2 days after that- “I have GOT to take a GMAT Class.” and as panic sets in… “Oh man! I still need to book flights for all of my Top 5 schools! What ARE my Top 5 schools? I have to write how many essays!? They don’t do interviews in my city?!”

Enter into complete meltdown.

So then you reach crunch time. You’re one year away from the start of the school year that you want to be a part of and you realize the GMAT is way harder than you thought. On top of that  you can’t afford to visit your top 5 schools that you aren’t sure on anyway.

But you get through it. Your friends can’t understand why you’re staying at home to self-reflect so that you can write your essays. Your family may not even understand what an MBA is. Yet and still you get through it. Maybe you read a few blogs written by some current students that keep you motivated. You apply to your Top 3 schools (you quickly realized the importance of being picky) and a few months later you receive your Congratulations letters. You’re on a high! And you should be, you deserve it. However what follows next is strange. I’ll share my story and hope that you all can relate.

I’m from Atlanta so for me a move to a smaller, northern city was a bit frightening. The first thing I began to worry about was, “Will I even like it?” As the summer progressed I would connect with a few of my upcoming classmates or read their profiles on our classmates page and my nerves would be on edge. I thought, “Am I even smart enough?” After I moved to Columbus a few of us met up for Happy Hour and as I listened to the things they had done in their lives I was inwardly freaking out thinking, “How did I even get in!?”

Leading up to and during Orientation I was equally excited and terrified as everything began to come together.  Expectations, assignments, being put into our groups, networking, handshakes, sweaty palms, 30-second pitches, case analysis, on and on and on. It was finally happening. There was no turning back, any fears I had would have to be faced, literally and figuratively. (They took us out to the Outdoor Adventure park and made us do all sorts of terrifyingly fun things, and any fear of heights I might have had are gone now!)

Well fast-forward to today and I’ve officially finished the first few days of class. Already my fears have been eased, somewhat. Do I like the city? I love it. Am I smart enough? Absolutely. How did I even get in? Fisher saw something in me that I could not see myself. The great thing is that Fisher is also helping me to realize those things.

Here’s what I’ve learned in these short few days:

  • I’m not alone. There are 150 other first-year MBA’s and some of them didn’t get “pivot tables” the  first time around either. Just like me some of them have never done a case analysis.
  • Likewise, we can all say that we’ve done a case analysis now, and that for whatever we don’t know, someone else does and they are willing to help.
  • Fisher College of Business will do whatever they can to prepare us for life as professionals. I recently went to L.A. for the National Black MBA Conference (blog post to come!) and if it weren’t for the Career Management prep work I would have been a floundering fish out there.
  • Fisher cares about us. This is so comforting because when I doubt myself, I know there are people I can talk to. They make sure we are at the right place, at the right time, with the right tools, in front of the right people. This is so key.
  • Brutus the Buckeye is the Mascot of Peace.
  • Fisher Commons (MBA Student apartment housing) is the Frat House and I love it even though I don’t live there.
  • These next two years are about to be the most fun, most rewarding, and most challenging years in my life so far.

Here’s what’s really cool about all of that:

The best is yet to come.

JG*



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