St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Sunday, March 17, 2019 by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades and celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins.
You can enjoy watching the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and will celebrates its 257th year. Get more information for times and broadcasts here
Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.
As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.
Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?
Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.
In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.
We celebrate every year and usually have a big crowd. Lots of food, fun, friends and family make it all worth while to cook up a storm. Check out this Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Favorite with Sides
If you are celebrating, please drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
If you own a home you have homeowners insurance, if you own a vehicle you have auto insurance. We all pretty much know the basics of these policies but your Homeowners and Auto Insurance may offer more then you think.
On the rise, hackers are on the hunt for your information, these criminals can take your credit card, debit card, social security information and more. Once this is done, you will now be spending your time fixing your credit and reputation.
Under your homeowners policy you can report Identity theft and get help. Coverage limits vary, so contact our homeowners insurance agent to find out if you have it or can add it for a small fee and what coverage is best for you.
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If your child is a college student living on campus in a dorm, your homeowners policy may cover them for any items if there stolen. If your child is still a dependent, the dorm is considered an extension of your home and so the coverage applies. Before your child moves in take pictures and write down the information of that item such as serial numbers, make, model, etc, and keep in a folder. If other valuable items are purchased after they move in be sure to keep pictures of them also in case you need to make a claim. Contact one of our agents today for more information.
Flat tire, run out of fuel or locking your keys in the car, you need roadside assistance and this can be costly. Ask our auto insurance agents what type of roadside assistance is available on an auto policy.
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Fat Tuesday or as the French say Mardi Gras is a day of feasting on fatty foods and living it up before the Christian Lenten (Lent) season and fasting.
This colorful holiday also know as Shrove Tuesday, comes with a parade of floats, lots of beads and fun in New Orleans and celebrated around the country. If you cannot be in New Orleans, then celebrate in your home with Gumbo, Jambaya, or how about a Muffuletta sandwich. There is great food and music that comes out of New Orleans and this is the day to join in the fun!
Check out these recipes…
Gumbo Recipe – When you say Gumbo you are talking Louisiana, New Orleans. It originated in Louisiana early in the 18th century according to Cajun History. Gumbo is personal, like a good stew, every home makes it with the main ingredients and some additional for their own taste and flair.
Main ingredients of gumbo are a good roux (mixing equal amounts of fat and flour to make a thick sauce), okra, vegetables (the Holy Trinity, onions, green peppers and celery) meat and seafood. The seasoning that finishes off the Gumbo is File’ powder which is a spicy herb made for Sassafras leaves that is ground down to a powder and available in most grocery stores.
Jambalaya Recipe -A Spanish and French influenced dish that has seafood, meat, vegetables and rice. A must have in this dish is sausage that has been smoked, seafood (crawfish is popular in the area as well shrimp) chicken and pork. Very flavorful with the spices added.
Shrimp Etouffee Recipe – A New Orleans classic recipe that is beloved by both Cajun and Creole cooking. It is served over rice with seafood as its star ingredient that could be crab, crawfish or shrimp. It was created in the 1950’s, but some historians say it could go back to as far as 1920.
Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe – This packed with flavor sandwich originated with Italian immigrants that came to New Orleans, using a round loaf of bread and stuffing it with olive salad on the bottom, Salami, Swiss Cheese, Ham, Mortadella, and more. This sandwich is made for a crowd or you could make them in individual sandwiches on smaller rolls.
The King Cake Recipe – The King Cake is used in some countries for celebrating the Epiphany twelve days after Christmas and up to Lent. There are a variety of recipes but the main one has spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and made with yeast. The decorations are colors that came from the Christian religion, with purple symbolizing Justice, Green symbolizing Faith and Gold symbolizing Power. They honor the three Kings (Wise Men) who visited Jesus on the Epiphany twelve days after Christmas. These colors are used in the sugar topping that makes the frosting.
A small porcelain figurine toy or Fava beans were used for the baby that was traditionally hidden in the King Cake as a symbol to the baby Jesus. Today luck and prosperity is the symbol of the baby to many. The person who finds the baby in their slice of cake irresponsible for throwing the next years Mardi Gras party in some countries and is a designated King or Queen for the day. The beans and porcelain figures are today replaced with plastic toy babies and some bakers are leaving the baby outside of the cake to lessen the chance of liability of someone choking or swallowing the toy.
Enjoy Mardi Gras!
Spring is in the air for Florida and planting a garden certainly comes to mind. Veggies, herbs and flowers are quite common choices but did you know that there are certain plants that should not be near each other? For instance if you are going to plant carrots then you would want to plant lettuce, chives, leeks, sage and peas next to it, but not strawberries, fennel or cabbage.
Plants that are companions fight off those pests that want to eat and destroy your plants and hard work. Putting plants together that attract beneficial insects and others that act as repellents to bad pests can help your garden bloom and give you the harvest your looking for.
Check out this Companion Planting Guide The Old Farmers Almanac before you buy your seeds or plants and reap the benefits of companion planting.
Baby Showers have been a tradition for many years throughout the world. Some countries celebrate after the babies arrival and others before the arrival. In earlier days, the baby shower before the babies arrival, was to educate the new mother to be on how to take care of the baby and to bring gifts she would need for the babies care. A blanket, booties, cap, etc. In the Victorian era, new mothers were not allowed to be seen in public soon after the baby arrived, therefore their baby shower was a tea party with gifts and the tradition of the parasol or umbrella was created and filled with the gifts.
Today we have all sorts of ways to celebrate a baby shower and many themes to choose from. The one key to a great baby shower is organization ahead of time. If you are going to have a baby shower for a new mom or mom having another baby, here are some steps you can take to make it a success.
Set The Date
Give your guests and Mom to be time to prepare for the party and mark their calendars. Try to set a date that is at least 6 weeks before mom to be’s due date. This way in case she goes into labor early, you run less risk of her missing her own party. This also gives her a chance to pick up anything she did not get at the party before the baby arrives. Also when letting her know about the shower, ask if there is anything special she wants for the baby or if she is registered at any store.
For the guests, this will give them time to plan for that day and purchase or make her a gift.
Invite the Guest
Put together a list of new mom’s friends and family. Place a note in the invitation of where the mom to be is registered or of certain things she really wants like, special diapers, bottles, clothes, etc and if they are choosing for a boy or girl. Include an RSVP so you can know not only how many will be showing up but this also helps with an idea of how much food to serve.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
Team up with another friend or a couple of friends and split up the responsibilities. Get together and make a list for Decorations, Food/Drinks, Games/Gifts and if it is a surprise party, who will be in charge of getting the new mom to be to the shower. Split up the list between your team or just you and a co host. One can be in charge of decorations and decorating the day of the shower, another the food, and another in charge of finding games and gifts for the winners. When considering the food, have favorites included that you know the mom to be will like.
There are plenty of online sites that have baby shower games to get idea’s from. When choosing the prizes for the winners of the games if you are on a budget, choose something that is not to expensive but useful. Scented candles, a gift card, a lotion and soap for the bath small gift basket, kitchen ware, pretty photo frames. etc.
Visit my board on Pinterest for a variety of ideas including Baby Shower Games.
Take plenty of pictures at the baby shower and put them in a photo album for the mommy to be to have as a keepsake.