Toph Sheldon, CPA for the Self-Employed April 2019

A Big Appreciation for a Small-Town Feeling A LIFE OF LOVE IN CINCINNATI A lot of changes have happened to me since I moved

this is the type of city I want to find myself in. A city where you shouldn’t be afraid to start your own business or go back to school, a city to where you can build a home and see your goals through to fruition.

to Cincinnati 13 years ago. I’ve started a family with the man I love, and we’ve been able to build a life for ourselves while pursuing our passions. We’ve experienced triumphs, tribulations, and everything in between, but even with these changes in our lives — and the lives of our ever-growing little ones — some things remain constant. The community around us has remained as committed and supportive as ever, the city continues to be on the rise, and, no matter how hard they may seem to try, our sports teams just can’t keep it together long enough to bring home a championship. Peaks and valleys, I suppose.

I like to think that I’ve firmly found my groove in this town we call home. I love what I am and I love how this city can accommodate that life, the life of a curious mind and an active mother to my children. Back when Toph was just getting started with his business, we found such solace in the people around us here. The way I see it, Cincinnati is a tightknit community; it’s a

big city with a small-town feeling. People wave at their neighbors, bear the loss of a game together, or grab drinks at a local brewery. This is where our roots are,

and we’re proud to show that every time a customer chooses us over the national tax resolution firms. It’s all about the spirit here, and we’ve got plenty to show for it.

Putting the athletic heartbreaks aside for a minute, all of these factors add up to make something very clear for our little family: Cincinnati is our home. Living here over the past

decade has shown me what a great place it is to grow as a person, no matter your stage of life. Times change, but the city seems to change with them. I am not the same woman I was when I first moved here after nursing school, but looking back, I can see the inklings of potential I saw in this city. Even now, all these years later,

–Ashley Sheldon



Inspired by Saveur Magazine


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1 pound ground chuck, 80 percent lean 4 soft, white hamburger buns, split

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4 small leaves iceberg lettuce 4 1/4-inch-thick yellow onion slices

4 1/4-inch-thick tomato slices

1 teaspoon vegetable oil Salt and pepper, to taste Condiments of your choice

12–16 pickle rounds

• Directions


Lightly grease a small nonstick skillet with oil. Heat over medium-high. While heating, gently shape meat into four patties 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Be careful to handle the meat as little as possible to prevent tough burgers. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Sear patties on each side, about 1 minute per side. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until

desired doneness, about 1 more minute per side for medium-rare, 2 more per side for medium-well. Let meat rest for a minimum of 3 minutes. To assemble, place patty on bottom bun and top with tomato, pickles, lettuce, and onion (in that order). Spread condiments on top half of bun and place on top of onion. Serve.




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