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Happy Thanksgiving

TMIB wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Loaded Mashed Potato Recipe

Loaded Mash Potato RecipeThis year we thought it would be fun to ask our staff to share their favorite Thanksgiving side dish or dessert with the office and participate in a contest to determine the tastiest dish.   

 There were multiple entries and each of the dishes was tasted by the staff.  (Yum!! We had LOTS of volunteer judges sampling each dish), we had 2 winning recipes this year. 

 The winners were Loaded Mashed Potatoes by Claudia in our personal insurance department, the recipe is below, and Sweet Potato Pie made by Tana in our benefits department – this recipe can be found at our Restaurant and Bar insurance website: www.barrestaurantinsurance.com.

 Please try out our favorites and be sure to let us know what you think.

 TMIB wishes you and your family a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!

 Loaded Mashed Potatoes

  •  3 lbs. of Russet potatoes (about 10)
  • 6 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 TBSP. of unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch raw green onions-chopped (green part only)
  • 16 oz pack bacon- cooked and broken into small pieces
  • 1 cup of Half & Half
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Peel potatoes and cut each into quarters

In a large pot, rinse and bring them to a boil until soft.

Drain potatoes (do not rinse) and return to pot.

Mash potatoes and mix in butter until melted

Gradually add half & half, salt and pepper (to taste) until potatoes are smooth and fluffy.

Mix in bacon, onions and cheese

Preparing for Winter and Fall

fall tree websiteWith the first day of winter just around the corner, you are likely already planning your holiday season. Whether you are mulling your holiday travel options, or possibly even beginning your Christmas shopping, the responsibilities of fall and winter are already creeping up on you. However, with the rush of the holidays, you might not be preparing your home for fall and winter. To help you out, Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers has compiled the following checklist to ensure that your home is ready for fall and winter:

 Clean and repair rain gutters: Even in Southern California, certain trees (like the California sycamore) will shed a majority of their leaves during the fall and winter seasons. These leaves, along with pine needles and other detritus, can clog up your rain gutters, leading to drainage problems during the winter rainy season. Be sure to inspect your gutters throughout the fall and clean out any potential blockages.

  • In the same note, have you ever wondered what to do with all of those leaves? Large piles of leaves can be a fire hazard in your backyard. One option is to mow over your leaves, shredding them into small pieces. These small pieces can then be used as mulch to nourish your yard during the winter season.
  • Clean your fireplace/chimney: Sweep out your fireplace before the season starts to reduce the risk of fire spilling out of your hearth. If you haven’t had the chimney inspected recently, bring in a professional chimney sweep to clean the flue and prevent fire and smoke damage.
  • Save energy! In some parts of LA County, temperatures can dip into the low 40s and high 30s at night, necessitating heating. Heating can be expensive, so be sure to spend the extra time to reduce your heating bills. Cold air can seep into your home through cracks in windows and doorframes. Inspect all of your windows and doors and seal up any cracks with caulk if necessary.

 If you have any questions or need assistance, please call us at 310-828-9662.

Did YOU know: Other Structures Coverage

did you know color arrows websiteImagine that you just purchased your home insurance policy then, disaster strikes. Your property is destroyed, but you are totally covered, right?  Maybe not…..

 Unfortunately, many people who have purchased homeowners’ insurance do not fully understand the scope of the coverage they have purchased. Particularly perplexing for many people is how homeowners’ insurance policies address buildings on the property that are not physically attached to the home.

 If a building or fixture on the property does not share a foundation, roof or wall with the dwelling, it is not covered under the dwelling portion of a typical home insurance policy.  The “dwelling” is the actual home and any structure physically attached to it.

 This is where Other Structures coverage comes into play. This type of coverage is incorporated into most Homeowners’ policies and helps cover the cost of damage to other structures on the property. “Other Structures” may include buildings such as tool sheds and detached garages, as well as fixtures such as fences, sidewalks and patios. While this coverage is included in most Homeowners’ policies and might seem straightforward, you might need to adjust your coverage based on the value and function of the additional structures on your property.

 Below are a few conditions that Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers suggests you consider when evaluating your Other Structures coverage.

  •  The typical amount of Other Structures coverage included in a homeowners’ policy is 10% of the dwelling limit. For example, if your home is insured for $400,000, the policy will typically include $40,000 of Other Structures coverage. This limit may or may not be sufficient to protect your property.  If you have a detached garage or tool shed, the 10% limit might not adequately cover your losses and you may need to purchase additional coverage for these buildings.
  • Do you have a guest house or rental property on your property?  If you do, you should speak to your Tegner-Miller broker for additional assistance so you can determine if you are properly protected.  
  • Do TMIB and the insurance company know about your other structures?  If you have recently added a patio, tool shed, garage or other structure on your property, you will need to let us know right away

As always, be sure to speak with your broker at TMIB to get more information on this type of coverage and understand how it applies to your needs.  Please call us at 310-828-9662 if you have any questions.

Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings TMIBTegner-Miller Insurance Brokers would like to remind you that November 3rd marks the end of daylight savings time for 2013, meaning the start of longer evenings and darker afternoons until March. Daylight savings officially ends at 2:00 am on November 3rd, so be sure to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday, November 2nd.

 While turning your clocks back, you should also consider checking your smoke detectors and fire alarms. No, these alarms don’t have anything to do with daylight savings however, because smoke detectors and fire alarms should be checked twice a year, the beginning and end of daylight savings can serve as helpful reminders to check batteries and replace broken machines.

 Below are a few ways you can ensure that your fire alarms and smoke detectors are in good working order: 

  • Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors at least twice a year. Changing the batteries in conjunction with the beginning and end of daylight savings time can make it easier to remember to do this regularly.
  • Make sure you have enough smoke detectors. You should have a smoke detector in every bedroom and at least one on each floor. You should also place smoke detectors in your kitchen and in hallways.
  • Test your smoke detectors monthly and immediately replace the batteries or unit if it is not working.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 310-828-9662.