Thanksgiving Insurance plus Pumpkin Spice Bars Recipe

November 18, 2009

Okay, there is no such thing as Thanksgiving insurance, but you can manage risks by cautiously cooking up that Thanksgiving storm (Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires and home insurance claims according to the National Fire Protection Association) and by ensuring that your home is protected with adequate insurance coverage.  Although financial times are tough, now is not the time to retreat and skimp on insurance; you may even consider increasing your limits.  During the holiday season, your home sees more guests bustling in and out, which may increase liability risks, and more cooking, which may expose safety hazards.

Below are a few things to be mindful of when entertaining your family and friends for the holiday:

  • “You can’t tell if a food is safe to eat by how it looks or tastes. Proper storage, cooking and handling are the only ways to ensure safe food.” Read this food safety information to prevent food poisoning.
  • If you are deep-frying your turkey, consider doing it in the garage or out on the deck. If you must do it inside, do not leave it unattended!
  • Stay in the kitchen while anything is being cooked. You want to make sure nothing spills, catches fire or boils over.
  • Be the Top Chef in your kitchen and make sure anyone helping you is being cautious.  Beware of letting children help in the kitchen–they can be injured and if it is a friend or relative’s child, a liability risk can arise.  
  • Invest in a fire extinguisher. It could stop a fire from becoming overwhelming and it can grant you a discount on your homeowner’s policy!
  • Push your sleeves up and wear fitted clothing so that loose articles don’t get set ablaze.
  • Keep your kitchen tidy and make sure paper towels, pot holders and packages are away from the stove.
  • Clean up spills or anything on the floor immediately to prevent slips and falls.  
  • Learn how to do the Heimlich Maneuver in case anyone is choking.
  • If anyone has had a bit too much to drink, do not let them drive away from your house. If they are involved in an accident, the subsequent liquor liability lawsuit could absolutely devastate your financial stability.
  • One guarantee for a great Thanksgiving is this recipe for pumpkin spice bars! It is yum in the tum and will give you a little insurance that everyone’s stomach is happy! 

    Make Pumpkin Spice Bars

    Pumpkin Spice Bars
    4 large eggs
    1 3/4 cup sugar
    1 cup vegetable oil
    2 cups fresh pumpkin puree*
    2 cups all purpose flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (avail in gourmet dept)
    2 cups golden raisins 
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    • In mixer, beat eggs until frothy.
    • Add sugar and beat for 2 minutes.
    • Beat in vegetable oil and pumpkin.
    • Sift dry ingredients over the raisins and fold dry mixture into the egg mixture. Do not over mix.
    • Pour into a greased and floured 13″x9″ pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until firm to touch in center.
    • Cool on rack and cut into 24 squares.
    • DEVOUR.

    *To prepare fresh pumpkin for baking, follow these steps:

    • The best and sweetest pumpkin to use is the sugar pumpkin. Baking it concentrates the sugars and flavors.
    • Wash the pumpkin, discard the stem and quarter the pumpkin.
    • Remove seeds and save.
    • Place skin side down in a roasting pan filled with one inch of water
    • Bake at 325 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until knofe pierces flesh easily.
    • Remove from pan and cool
    • Spoon out flesh infor food processor and process until smooth.