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Hashbrown Breakfast Bake

Nourish Yourself Dietetics LLC

Easy, great for any meal, makes a lot, great way to get veggies in. That’s my kind of meal!

10 eggs
1 20 oz bag of hash-browns
1 lbs of breakfast sausage
1 bag of baby spinach
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 c whole milk
2 c shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper if desired

1. preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 9×13 pan.
2. Brown sausage and break into small pieces. Sauté onions and peppers, when soft add spinach over veggies and cover until spinach is cooked. Mix with sausage.
3. Spread hash browns evenly on the bottom of the dish. Spread meat and veggie mix over hash-browns.
4. Mix 10 eggs well then add milk and cheese together in a large bowl and pour over ingredients in the dish. Bake for approximately 1 hour, until the center, is cooked.
*substitute any veggies you like! Cut-up ham steak or cooked bacon would also be very good substitutes for sausage.

 

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Grand Prize     In December, we’ll conduct a random drawing from all the current year’s entries and the winner will receive a new iPad!

 

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Crop Insurance News

 

Prevented Planting  

 

Both corn and soybeans have a prevented planting provision in their crop insurance policy.  Any acreage not planted due to excess moisture before June 10th may qualify for a prevented planting indemnity.  Both corn and soybeans have a late plant period out to July 5th.  The provisions require you to report a prevented planting claim 72 hours from your last plant date and no later than July 5th.  You then report your actual planted acres and actually prevented acres by July 15th.  The highest payment for corn is 60% of your actual acre liability.  For soybeans, it is 65% of your actual acre liability.  All acreage reports must be done using maps and common land units, farm serial numbers, and tract and field numbers.

We will be touching base with you by phone or in-person after June 10th.  If you have questions do not hesitate to call the office @ 585 589-6236.  May’s blog goes into more detail on the claim process. www.thesouthcottagency.com


Just Keep Talking Referral Program

Chance #1 … Tell a friend, a colleague, a relative, an acquaintance…whoever…about us.  When they contact us we’ll send you a $20.00 Gift Card  and…

 

Chance #2……Every month we’ll randomly draw from the month’s Chance #1 qualifiers. The winner will receive a $50.00 Gift Card

 

Grand Prize     In December, we’ll conduct a random drawing from all the current year’s entries and the winner will receive a new tablet

 

3 Chances, 3 Prizes for YOU to WIN!

 

The Southcott Agency Inc. “Just Keep Talking!” Program Rules:  Available upon request

 

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Crop Insurance News

 

Prevented Planting  

Both corn and soybeans have a prevented planting provision in their crop insurance policy.  Any acreage not planted due to excess moisture before June 10th, may qualify for a prevented planting indemnity.  Both corn and soybeans have a late plant period out to July 5th.  The provisions require you to report a prevented planting claim 72 hours from your last plant date and no later than July 5th.  You then report your actual planted acres and actual prevented acres by July 15th.  The highest payment for corn is 60% of your actual acre liability.  For soybeans it is 65% of your actual acre liability.  All acreage reports must be done using maps and common land units, farm serial numbers and tract and field numbers.

We will be touching base with you by phone or in person after June 10th.  If you have questions do not hesitate to call the office @ 585 589-6236.  May’s blog goes into more detail on the claim process. www.thesouthcottagency.com


There are special Limits of Liability no matter how much coverage C, personal property coverage, you have on your homeowner’s policy. 

 

Most policies look something like this:

$200 on money, book notes, bullion, gold, silver, medals, prescriptions.

$1,500 on securities, accounts, deeds, letters of credit, evidence of debt, bank notes, passports, tickets, stamps

$1,500 on watercraft of all types including their trailers, furnishing equipment

$1,500 for loss or theft of jewelry, watches, furs, precious and semi-precious stones

$2,500 for loss of firearms and related equipment

$2,500 for loss or theft of silverware, goldware and trophies

$2,500 for property used for business purposes

$1,500 for electronic apparatus and accessories while upon or in a motor vehicle

$1,500 for electronic apparatus used primarily for business

 

Properties Not Covered: Animals, birds, fish, Motor vehicles including snowmobiles, ATVs, RTVs, and mini-bikes

 

Items that you can increase coverage with a personal property floater for additional premium:

Jewelry, watches, furs

Firearms

Money & Securities

Silverware

Electronics

Items that need a separate policy:

Large boats

ATVs & RTVs

Motorcycles & Snowmobiles

Remember, we do not know what personal property you purchase or its value unless you tell us.  We cannot provide you with adequate coverage during a loss if we are not informed.  Call us @ 585 589-6236.


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Discover Boating

If you are struggling with the pre-launch boat preparation, here are some great tips to help get that ride out as soon as possible.

Inspect the fuel system for any leaks or damage. Ensure the engine, exhaust and ventilation systems are all functioning properly. (You may want to run the motor out of the water first.) Also, it’s recommended to change the oil before your first run of the year.

Check the belts, cables and hoses. They can become brittle and may crack or swell during the winter.

Inspect electrical connections for cleanliness or tightness. Charge your battery and have it tested to ensure it can hold a charge. Electrical systems should be regularly inspected by a qualified technician.

Check all fluid levels; change the engine oil, oil filter, and drive lubricants, if these tasks were not done prior to winterizing your boat.

Inspect propellers for dings, pitting, cracks and distortion. Be sure to clean the hull, deck and topsides and make sure the drain plug is securely in place before every launch.

Check your safety gear! Make sure your life jackets are in good condition and that there are enough on board for all potential passengers. Be sure on-board fire extinguishers are the correct class and are fully charged.

A couple of hours before your summer launch could save you huge headaches later. After researching this topic, I picked up a couple of my own tips. A lot of boat owners say to have extra plugs on hand, just in case. Also, brushing up on a boater’s safety class is always a good idea and if you need an insurance policy,  we write boat insurance.

 

If you love boating but get seasickness as I do,  this may help.

Seasickness is defined as motion sickness that happens on the water. The inner ear becomes unbalanced due to the rocking motion of a boat or ship and can have side effects like a cold sweat, upset stomach, fatigue, and/or nausea, and vomiting.

6 Methods to Cure Sea Sickness

Situate yourself in the middle of the boat. The middle of the boat has the most stability and will not feel as topsy-turvy as the back, front and sides may feel. If your boat doesn’t have a place to sit in the middle, the front is the next best spot.

Steer the boat. Even better than sitting in the middle or front, having control of your surroundings will help control your nausea because you will be able to anticipate those major turns and wave maneuvers.

Find something stable to fix your eyes on. Finding something stable like the horizon to fix your eyes on will help restore some equilibrium since your brain will recognize the stillness and calm your inner ear.

Talk to yourself. Although you may look silly, “verbal placebos” have been effective in preventing seasickness. Telling yourself that you are not seasick has been proven to help, as well as learning breathing techniques to calm your stomach.

Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea, so look for foods and drinks with ginger in it to keep your nausea at bay. Ginger-ale and ginger cookies may be of help.

  1. Use over-the-counter medication. Sometimes, no matter what you try, all other preventative measures don’t seem to work just right. Talk to your doctor about preventing nausea from motion sickness with medications like Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) or the Scopolamine Transdermal Patch, which will curb nausea and get you back out on the water.

Happy Father’s Day!

 

Sonora Dodd was one of the first people who had the idea of a “Father’s Day.” She thought of the idea while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Sonora wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, who was a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.

 

After Sonora became an adult, she realized the selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man.

 

Even before Dodd, however, the idea of observing a day in honor of fathers was promoted. Dr. Robert Webb conducted what is believed as the first Father’s Day service at the Central Church of Fairmont, West Virginia in 1908. It was Dodd’s efforts, however, that eventually led to a national observance. President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father’s Day. Then in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.

 

Spend Time with Loved Ones…

 

Why should the winter holiday season be the only time to enjoy your friends and loved ones? While it’s still early in the year, plan to set aside time for someone close to you, or someone you’d like to know better.

 

  • Make a list of friends you’ve lost touch with over the years. Scribble a note in your planner to call one of them every other month just to catch up.
  • Plan private time with your significant other. Send the kids to sleep over at a friend’s house so that you can be together in the comfort of your own home.
  • Make a date with each of your kids to go out where he or she chooses. Use the opportunity to have fun together, just the two of you, without mentioning schoolwork or a messy room.
  • Use a special event, like a new exhibition at a museum or a craft fair, to invite a friend for a “walk and talk” afternoon.
  • Keep postcards and stamps handy, so that you can drop the people you love a note whenever you think of it.

 

We hope you will enjoy our latest newsletter feature, Nourish Yourself Dietetics LLC

 

You will receive nutrition counseling with our daughter, Stacia Southcott Whitney, a registered dietitian whose services include, weight management nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, lifestyle changes, disordered eating and more.  Her monthly newsletter contribution will cover a wide variety of timely nutrition issues.

 

Let’s talk eggs and egg laying chickens. So, if you’ve been following me for a minute you would know I love eggs and egg laying chickens and I think eggs are a super healthy and awesome food to have in your meal repertoire. We’ve talked about how the cholesterol you eat has been shown to have little to no effect on your health. This means you CAN eat eggs when you wish!

 

So, what’s the difference between conventional (caged) eggs, free range eggs, organic eggs, pastured eggs? It can be a lot to decide between when standing in the grocery aisle or farmers market.

 

Organic eggs- the feed, and environment that the chicken lives in has no pesticides, inorganic chemicals, antibiotics. The farm can be certified as organic or can just be maintaining the same guidelines.

 

Caged eggs- typical grocery store egg. Chickens live in cages on large industrial farms for egg production.

 

The next two categories can get a little complicated as there are very little standardized guidelines to keep all farms the same. Large scale chicken egg operations can get away with labeling their eggs free range simply by allowing them access to sunlight for a few minutes. However, in smaller scale, family farms the definitions can be interpreted as:

 

Free range eggs- chickens are allowed to wander outside in various environments, they have safe shelter and access to food and water ad lib.

 

Pasture raised eggs: chickens are on pasture (grass) and often moved to fresh areas of pasture as needed to provide access to grazing and eating insects. Water, food and shelter are provided.

 

There are however very little nutritional differences between the types. One study showed slightly higher levels of beta carotene, some antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids in free range and pasture chickens. Likely due to their diet being more diverse than a grain only diet (I.e., grass and insects). The greatest benefit belongs to the chickens who live less stressful and more natural lifestyles when able to roam, be on pasture and eat bugs.

You can follow  Nourish Yourself Dietetics LLC on Facebook or Instagram: @dietitian_stacia


     Home Pool Safety It’s that time of the year – school is almost out, temperatures are warming up and pools are open for the summer. If you own a pool, you’re probably aware of the maintenance and care that’s involved. But have you considered taking that extra step to make sure it’s safe for your kids?

According to the American Red Cross, more than 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. That’s pretty scary to think about. And if you’re a parent, that’s your worst nightmare. Luckily, there’s ways you can prevent a tragedy from happening in your backyard by following these guidelines from the American Red Cross:

  • Secure your pool when it’s not in use with a 4-feet high fence or barrier. Also, remember to remove any ladders or steps used for access.
  • Make sure children are being supervised at all times. Do not allow anyone to swim alone, and have inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. This will leave your water clean and clear, and minimize the risk of rashes or more serious diseases.
  • Establish safe practices, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers” and “swim with a buddy.”
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows how to respond to emergencies by having the appropriate safety equipment and taking first aid and CPR courses.

 

 Another safety feature you can install is a pool alarm. It sits at the  edge of your pool, and when someone falls in, a pressure wave will cause the alarm to go off. It’s a device that’s sure to keep you at ease if you’re away from home, or when you’re  sleeping.

And most importantly, have a fun – and safe summer!