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Happy New Year…and Go Cats!

I’m a few days late, but I hope your 2013 is off to a great start! I got to ring in the new year with my favorite guy celebrating the wedding of friends.



This is our third holiday season together, but the first we have got to spend together. We are usually celebrating in different time zones!



Tonight we (mostly me) will be cheering on the Wildcats in the Fiesta Bowl. Hopefully it’s a good night for duck hunting.

Check out this Modern Fiesta video for a good laugh. Go Cats!



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What’s Your Passion?

My best friend wants to be a Hotdogger. You know, the person who drives the Wienermobile. Are you laughing yet?

Why a Hotdogger? Because her passion is people and making people smile. Come on, she even has the perfect Hotdogger name – Sarahkraut. Pretty creative, right?

Sarahkraut (or SP, as I like to refer to her) and I spent a good deal of our final years at K-State trying to figure out our passions. Obviously, we are passionate about purple and K-State (#emaw), but after that we were stumped.

As part of Sarahkraut’s  quest to be a Hotdogger she started a blog and created a Facebook page to gain support. I LOVE her first blog post and it was a great reminder that a true passion is something you would do for free. Read more from Sarahkraut below and be sure to “like” her Facebook page!

When I tell people my dream job is to drive the Wienermobile, I get many questions…after I get a laughs, of course. Heck, I’ve been in job interviews with Wells Fargo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Northwestern Mutual, and all their interviewers asked what my dream job is, and, after I told them, they laughed at me. I know I should say my dream job is the job I’m interviewing for, but I don’t want to lie. I have never dreamt of being a debt collector, rental car sales associate, or a life insurance sales representative.

I was told late in my college career I need to get a passion in life and then do that for the rest of my life. I told my best friend that two professors and my dad told me I needed to find a passion in life and asked for some help. Luckily for me, she was trying to discover her passion as well, so we were able to go passion hunting together.

Part of my problem was that I had no idea what actually makes something I like or enjoy doing a “passion.” I like baking, but I have no desire to do that for a living. I enjoy learning about different cultures, but I would not call it a passion; it is more of an interest. What makes what you like a passion?

My question was finally answered, after a three-month hunt, by a guest speaker in my friend’s class. After a class, my friend and I met in the Kansas State Student Union and she told me that her guest speaker said what makes a passion a passion is that you are willing to do it for nothing. You don’t expect monetary compensation, public recognition, or gratitude. If it is a true passion, you will do it for FREE! Who knew it is that simple? But is it really that simple?

I had no idea what to say; I just sat there silent. My friend asked me what my passion was, and I came up with nothing. I asked her what hers was, and she had nothing. (If you ever want to stump a college student, ask him/her what he/she is willing to do for nothing in return. Seriously, do it. Students will donate time, money, and blood but only if they get a ‘free’ shirt.)

After months of thinking, dozens of interviews, and my college graduation, I finally figured it out: My passion is people. How generic, right? I know! I spent a year of my life trying to find something else to be passionate about, but it just didn’t happen. I like being around people, talking to them about their lives, and making them smile.

My favorite thing to do in life is making people smile, and that is why I think the Hotdogger position is perfect for me!

I hope you will support me in my dream to become a Hotdogger by ‘liking’ my Facebook page, Facebook.com/SarahkrautHotdogger. If you are feeling a little bold, you should let Oscar Mayer know you support me, too!

Ketchup with you soon!


What’s YOUR passion?

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Hello, October

Wow. Did September fly by for anyone else?

I don’t know if it’s the hustle and bustle of the semester or all the fun things I’ve been doing (i.e. spontaneous weekend getaway, The Color Run), but September has flown by!

Now that it’s officially fall (isn’t this tree at the end of my street gorgeous?) and October is here, I’m in full pumpkin and other fall food mode. I spent last evening baking fun fall treats with a fellow grad student and wanted to share one of my favorite fall recipes with you (who am I kidding, these cookies are good all year, not just fall!).

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies      


  • 1 stick margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 package chocolate chips


  1. Preheat over to 350 and grease baking sheets.
  2. Cream margarine and sugar.
  3. Add vanilla, egg, and pumpkin (beat).
  4. Mix in the rest of the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Bake approximately 14 minutes.

These are so deliciously moist and sure to help you get your pumpkin fix. Enjoy!

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Happy RD Birthday!

Today is my 1 year Registered Dietitian (RD) birthday.

What is an RD? In a nutshell, an RD is a food and nutrition expert who has completed the minimum academic and professional requirements to sit for the RD exam. These requirements include an undergraduate degree that meets certain academic criteria and completion of 1200 hours as part of a dietetic internship.

For me, I completed my undergraduate coursework at Kansas State University and my dietetic internship at Penn State. Today, I’m using my RD credential as a graduate student where I am exploring different facets of weight management and general health and wellness.

I really can’t believe it has been 1 year since I took the much anticipated RD exam. It honestly feels like just yesterday I was starting the first day of my internship! Time really does fly when you love what you do.

Are you interested in becoming an RD? Be sure to check out The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Have a nutrition question or need some nutrition advice? Find an RD near you.

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