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This month we celebrate the birthday of Harrington Group's founding partner, Joseph Harrington.

Harrington Group partners, Sean Cain, Tonetta Conner and Carlos Davis joined Joseph in Northern California, to celebrate his birthday. (Job Quesada was unable to attend, as he is recovering from knee surgery.) No birthday celebration is complete without cake, but this one was specially decorated with the Harrington Group logo.

As our website states, "The quality of the people within Harrington Group is one of our greatest strengths." We are so grateful to be part of the Harrington Group team and act as an extension of Joseph Harrington's founding vision. He is a man we respect and appreciate so much and we are honored to celebrate him!

Happy birthday Joseph!
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Harrington Group's annual holiday celebration was held at The Blind Donkey Whiskey Bar in Pasadena. We all got together to celebrate the holidays and get in the spirit. There was plenty of fun, games and whiskey, enjoyed by all.

Everyone received a FitBit, as well as additional prizes, after a spin of the wheel, as a token of our appreciation for all their hard work throughout the year. We love to get together and celebrate our team, who makes all the wonderful work we do possible.

Enjoy a few photos from our get together!

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Now that the stress of the holidays is over, take some time to really relax. After the pressure of gifting everyone the perfect present and attending all those holiday social obligations has passed, take some time to do something for yourself.

You have survived another year! That is worth celebrating. You are worth celebrating!

So take a day and do something that you really want to do. It can be a day of first times and wild adventures or a day of nothing at all, laying around the house, or sleeping in late. Give yourself one whole day free of guilt and obligations and listen to your own needs. Do what you want, for one day. Recharge before the new year so you can start out feeling refreshed and invigorated. You deserve it!
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Whether you are currently enduring the freezing cold and dreaming of sandy beaches and sunshine, or you want to trade in your warm weather for a snow day, something about the holidays always makes us want to travel.

With our offices located in California we are accustomed to rather mild temperatures, so we can see the appeal of both destinations, so we thought we would share a few dream destinations for the holidays.

Are you in search of a winter wonderland? You can enjoy the beautiful outdoors with seemingly endless options of winter sports and activities, or you can finally relax and snuggle up on the couch with a hot drink to enjoy the breathtaking views.

Whistler, British Columbia

Vail, Colorado, United States

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, United States

If sunshine, sand and gorgeous beaches are more of what you are looking for, we have some ideas for you as well. There are stunning beach destinations that will make your winter vacation feel more like summer break. Whether you want to frolic in the waves, try out water sports, see the sights, or just lay on the beach, enjoying the break from reality, these beach views will entice you.

The Florida Keys, Florida, United States

Turks & Caicos Islands

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

No matter where you are spending this holiday season, there will be plenty to celebrate. There are always sights to see and adventures to be had, but the most important part is always the people you are with. So make the best of wherever you are, and enjoy the moments with your family and friends!
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In case you missed it, Harrington Group now has a YouTube channel.

If you are interested in staying informed and up to date on matters relating to accounting, non-profit organizations, related laws, restrictions, responsibilities and happenings, subscribe to our channel.

Our symposiums are free to attend, but will also be posted on our channel so that you can revisit them as needed, on your own schedule.

Click here to visit our channel and subscribe now!
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Christmas is coming and it's time to decorate! Who better than Martha Stewart to give you tips and advice on how to get your surroundings decorated in the festive holiday spirit! Check out a few of our favorite Martha Stewart holiday videos below and have fun decorating this season!

How to Make an Ornament Tree

Joy Themed Christmas Lighting

Holiday Crafts with Ellen

How to Decorate Outdoors for the Holidays

Martha’s Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating

Happy holidays to all, enjoy the festivities, and of course, stay safe!
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Thanksgiving is almost here! We all know that after spending quality time with family, food is the most important part of the holiday. So we thought we would share some delicious recipe ideas with you all. Time spent with those you love is made even better when you get to share a hearty meal.

Creamed Kale with Caramelized Shallots
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons finely chopped Spanish onion
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk, scalded
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 pounds kale, center stalk removed, and coarsely torn into pieces

Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, not allowing the mixture to obtain any color. Whisk in the warm milk and cook until thickened. Season with nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste. Keep warm until ready to use.

Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the kale and cook until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain in a colander and then return to pot. Add cream sauce and cook until flavors meld, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Plate creamed kale and then top with Caramelized Shallots.

Caramelized Shallots:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons sugar

10 shallots, peeled and sliced, or 40 baby onions, peeled

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Melt the butter and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots, season with salt and pepper, and cook until they begin to brown all over, about 10 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Caramelized Vidalia Onion and Potato Gratin with Fresh Sage
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 Vidalia (or other sweet variety) onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced on a mandoline
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves
6 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly on a mandoline
2 cups heavy cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat oil and butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook until caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the sage. Let cool slightly.

Make a layer of potato slices in a 10 by 10 by 2-inch casserole, season to taste with salt and pepper, spread 1/12 of the onion mixture over the potatoes and coat with 2 tablespoons of the cream. Repeat each step to yield 12 layers. Press down gently on the layers, place the dish on a sheet pan and bake, covered for 25 minutes. Remove cover and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and golden brown on top. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Crunchy Sweet Brussels Sprout Salad
1 pound Brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Shred the Brussels sprouts by removing the core and thinly slicing. Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the Brussels sprouts, nutmeg, and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring, until the Brussels sprouts are bright and slightly wilted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the walnuts and the cranberries and toss to combine. Turn out into a serving bowl and serve warm.
Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson, 2009

Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower
2 large heads cauliflower
1 clove garlic, halved
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Lemon wedges, for serving

Position an oven rack in the bottom of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Remove the leaves from the cauliflower, then trim the stem flush with the bottom of the head so the cauliflower sits flat on the prepared baking sheet. Rub the outside of each head with cut garlic.

Whisk together the oil, 3 tablespoons mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper in a small bowl.

Put the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and brush the entire outside and inside with the mustard-oil mixture. Roast the cauliflower until nicely charred and tender (a long skewer inserted in the center of the cauliflower should pass through easily), 50 minutes to 1 hour. Let rest for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the parsley and parmesan in a small bowl. Brush the roasted cauliflower heads all over the outside with the remaining 1 tablespoon mustard and generously sprinkle with the parmesan-herb mixture.

Cut the cauliflower into thick wedges and serve on plates with a sprinkle of salt, lemon wedges and any extra parmesan-herb mixture.
From Food Network Kitchen

Chili-Sesame Butternut Squash
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
Juice of 2 large oranges
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 large butternut squash (about 2 pounds each), halved lengthwise, seeded and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
4 large dried Mexican chile peppers (such as guajillo, pasilla and/or ancho), seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces
6 cloves garlic, smashed
6 sprigs thyme, torn in half
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with foil. Whisk the melted butter, orange juice, sugar and vinegar in a large bowl. Add the squash, chiles, garlic, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper; toss to coat.

Divide the squash mixture and liquid between the prepared baking sheets, spreading the squash in a single layer. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Roast, flipping the squash halfway through, until the squash is tender and caramelized in spots and the sesame seeds are lightly toasted, about 40 minutes. (The squash can be made up to 4 hours ahead. Serve at room temperature.)
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

Marbled Mashed Sweet Potatoes
1 pound Yukon gold potatoes (about 3)
1 pound sweet potatoes (about 2)
Kosher salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
1/3 cup heavy cream, warmed
1/3 cup sour cream
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Put the potatoes and sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Add a generous pinch of salt, bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are easily pierced with a knife, 35 to 40 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly. Peel the Yukon gold potatoes and transfer to a medium bowl. Peel the sweet potatoes and transfer to a separate bowl.

Divide the butter between the 2 bowls. Add the heavy cream and sour cream to the Yukon gold potatoes and mash well with a potato masher; season with salt and black pepper. Add the brown sugar and cayenne to the bowl with the sweet potatoes and mash well; season with salt and black pepper.

Dollop the potatoes and sweet potatoes into a warmed serving dish and swirl using a large spoon. (The potatoes can be made up to 2 hours ahead; set aside in a baking dish. Reheat, covered, at 350 degrees F, 15 to 20 minutes.)
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Harrington Group! Wishing you a holiday filled with all your loved ones, laughter, love and of course, delectable food!

All recipes and photos are from foodnetwork.com.
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We are so happy to announce that we, at Harrington Group, have created a YouTube Channel. This channel will be dedicated to sharing the video footage of our Symposiums.

We know schedules are packed and you cannot always find the time to attend the symposiums, when you wish you could. Or maybe you have attended, but want to revisit a specific topic of interest or detail that was addressed at the symposium. Now, with the video footage available on our channel, you have unlimited access at your fingertips.
Click here to visit the Harrington Group YouTube Channel.
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November 15 is America Recycles Day.

Living in an ever changing, rapidly evolving world one thing we cannot do is create more natural resources. The resources on our planet are limited and recycling is one simple and effective way we can minimize our impact on the environment. What ways do you do your part to recycle? How could you do more?

The following is shared from the America Recycles Day Organization:


For America Recycles Day 2015, I pledge to:
Learn. I will find out what materials are collected for recycling in my community.
Act. Reduce my personal waste by recycling. Within the next month, I will recycle more.
Share. In the next month, I will encourage one family member or one friend to take the pledge.
Post. Take and post a photo of you recycling and enter the #Iwillrecycle sweepstakes.

Their website states that the rate of recycling has grown each year over the last 30 years, let’s make sure the statistic next year shows the rate of recycling has grown the last 31 years. Do your part to ensure that resources are being conserved, and properly disposed of to be recycled. Sometimes making a difference can feel like a daunting task, recycling makes a immediate impact, and is something you have direct control over.

Do your part!
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It’s hard to believe the time has flown by and we are already in November. This month, with Thanksgiving as the main holiday, the focus is on gratitude and giving thanks. November is host to Veteran’s Day & by Presidential Proclamation, November is Military Family Month.

There are always plenty of things to be grateful for, but we believe that all of our Veterans and their families deserve special recognition. This post is a small way for us to attempt to express our deep gratitude for all they do. We are all able to go about our daily lives because of the work they do, and the giant sacrifices their families make.

President Barack Obama summed it up with this statement:
"Our nation owes each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support."

So thank you to all who have sacrificed and served this country, or been a support to the men & women who do. We can never say thank you enough. This month we celebrate you!

To all other, we encourage you to say a personal thank you to any veterans you know on Veteran’s Day, and always.
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