Thanksgiving Recipe: Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce

Make Thanksgiving easier on yourself with this make ahead recipe for cranberry sauce.

When you think about Thanksgiving a few weeks in advance, it probably leaves you with a warm feeling. On the holiday, friends and family gather to share a traditional meal, express gratitude, and enjoy each other’s company.

On the day of Thanksgiving, you might be feeling differently. If you’re the chef to whom the bulk of the cooking falls, this day can get pretty crazy. Between preparing a fairly large bird, crafting plenty of side dishes, and still being expected to turn out a decent looking pie or two, Thanksgiving isn’t easy in the kitchen.

We know the struggle, and we want to help! That’s why we’ve handpicked this Thanksgiving recipe for cranberry sauce that you can make ahead. To take at least one thing off your to-do list, you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • ½ cup of dark brown sugar
  • 16 ounces of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup of orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons of minced cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium. Add the ginger and cook for two minutes, stirring regularly. Add in the orange juice, sugar, and cranberries.

Cook until the cranberries burst open, forming a thick sauce. Stir in the marmalade and remove from the heat.

Right before you serve the sauce, stir in the cilantro and pepper.

You can make this sauce up to four days in advance; just keep it refrigerated!

Happy Thanksgiving from Stromsoe Insurance Agency. For all of your insurance needs throughout California, contact us today!

The Many Risks Of Being Uninsured

The True Cost Of Being Uninsured

If you are looking for ways to save money, you may be thinking of slashing your insurance coverage. You could pocket the money you are currently putting towards your premiums, right? Possibly, but that is only assuming you never get into a car accident, get sick, face a house fire, or find yourself in another expensive unexpected situation. While you know the cost of your insurance coverage, have you considered the cost of being uninsured? Here is a look at the many risks of being uninsured.

  • Financial: We alluded to it above, but by foregoing insurance you put yourself in the path of serious money troubles. Say, for example, that a major storm sweeps through your area and significantly damages your home. Without homeowners insurance, you have to figure out how to not just pay to rebuild your home, but also how to replace all of the personal property you had stored inside, including expensive electronics, art, and jewelry. Are you ready for that kind of expense?
  • Health: Without health insurance, you are not just breaking the law, you are also putting your health at risk. Without health coverage, you are not nearly as likely to go in for a standard check up, and will be missing out on potentially lifesaving preventative care.
  • Friends & Family: If you find yourself facing a financial burden you cannot bear, it could trickle over to your loved ones. Beyond putting your immediate family in dire financial straits, going uninsured can leave everyone close to you feeling stressed for you.

If you want to save money, contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency instead of dropping your coverage all together. As California insurance experts, we can help tailor your coverage to meet your exact needs – including your budget. For the best coverage at the best price, call us today!


Protect Your Home: Theft Prevention & Homeowners Insurance

Your Guide To Deterring Thieves

Property crimes are unfortunately common. Even though we see our homes as places of safety, ideally protecting us, our families, and personal belongings from the dangers of the world around us, they can be compromised by burglars if we do not take steps to avoid this. To help you keep your home, your family, and your belongings safe, here are a few theft prevention tips to employ.

  • Check Your Locks: If you do not have locks on every single door and window in your home (yes, even those on the second or third story), install them right away. Thieves have been known to grab the ladder from your backyard—or even your neighbor’s—to access upper stories of the home. Make sure all of your existing locks are sturdy and that everyone in your family uses them.
  • Trim Your Yard: The more overhanging tree limbs and overgrown bushes you have in your yard, the more opportunities you are offering burglars to hide in the shadows as they check out your house. Keep your landscaping tight to ensure you are not offering any extra opportunities to thieves.
  • Light Your House: Similarly, by installing lights along your home’s walkways, on your porch, and throughout your yard, you make your home look less enticing to potential robbers. Inexpensive, solar-powered lights are a great solution to your property’s dark areas.

Of course, even with all of these efforts a clever thief could make it into your home. To make sure he or she does not make away with your quality of life, contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency. We are here to help you put the right California homeowners insurance in place to protect all of your personal property. Call us today to get a policy that will thwart any thief!

The Essentials When Camping

Camping Tips To Make Your Outing Its Best

We are just now arriving at that beautiful time of year when the weather warms and tax season ends, inviting us all to shake off our stress and get outdoors. One of the best ways to take advantage of the coming months of great weather is grabbing the family and heading out for a camping expedition. When you do, use these camping tips to make the most of your time.

  • Fire: No camping trip would be complete without dinner cooked over an open flame and time spent around the campfire. Generally, 14 split logs should be enough to cook dinner over the flame and keep the fire stoked until midnight. Bring a little extra wood for just in case; you can always sell it to other campers instead of lugging it home.
  • Food & Water: Pack your cast iron skillet and choose recipes that can be cooked in the skillet and are based off of ingredients that can be stored at room temperature. Canned items are a great choice, and will save you valuable cooler space. Make sure each camper brings a refillable water bottle, and pack plenty of two-gallon jugs with waterspouts.
  • Shelter: Choose your campsite well. Do your research ahead of time so you can choose a site that will have the amenities your family enjoys, like a fire pit or picnic tables. If you are going to be sleeping in a tent, pop it up before you leave home to ensure there are no structural issues you should address before you go. If you are RV camping, make sure that your propane is hooked up and everything else is ready to go.

Is your RV ready to head out on the road for a summer of fun? To get the RV insurance you need to embark without worry, contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency. Our dedicated California team is here to protect your upcoming adventures.

Splitting Up? Kids, Custody and Insurance

Tough topic but divorce is a fact of life.

If you should find yourself needing to divvy up assets and liabilities during a divorce settlement, you’ll have to consider insurance coverage for your kids.

Determining how to deal with your teen’s auto insurance can create problems because there’s no set formula. The decision should be something that’s negotiated between both parents. If Mom has sole custody, the teen driver should be on her policy. However, if Mom and Dad share custody, both should include the teen under their coverage.

The premium you pay for your teen’s auto insurance will depend on where you live. When setting rates, insurance companies look at the claims history in the locale where the car is garaged. Premiums vary from city to city, and even among ZIP codes in the same city. So, if you’re moving from a rural to an urban area or from a low-crime neighborhood in a city to one where there are more vehicle thefts and auto burglaries, your premiums will increase.

Homeowner insurance is linked to ownership of the property and who is listed on the mortgage. If the home is in both parents’ names, coverage would also be under both names. In this case, you should have a written agreement dividing responsibly for mortgage and insurance payments.

If you move from the family home into an apartment, you’ll need renters insurance to cover your belongings, as well as your children’s personal items and additional liability protection – even if you’re still named on the homeowners policy.

To receive expert advice from our agency’s personal lines specialists during this difficult period, free of charge, please feel free to give us a call. (877)994-6787

From Our Family to Yours-Happy 4th of July!

From our family to yours, we wish each of you a safe and happy 4th of July holiday weekend.

In speaking to many people, typical celebrations will include parades, fireworks, ceremonies, barbecues, family gatherings, attendance at theatre events, concerts and even weddings!

We’d love to hear what you are doing, if you have a moment, please scroll down, click comment and let us know 🙂

Wishing you and your all the best,

The Stromsoe Insurance Agency Total Protection Team

PS Here’s a little 4th of July history –  “Independence Day, commonly known as July 4th or the Fourth of July, commemorates the Continental Congress’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document, primarily written by Thomas Jefferson, served as a formal announcement that the 13 American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire and would henceforth be free and independent states. Regarded as the birthday of the United States of America.