December 21, 2018 09:16am

s we near the Christmas Holiday, instead of just saying “Happy Holidays” we wanted to give you a few of our employee’s favorite holiday recipes.

First, Cathleen Smarr one of our client managers makes a dish similar to a cranberry jello.


1 bag cranberries, chopped in a processor

1 orange, chopped

1 box red jello (strawberry, raspberry, cranberry are all good ones)

1 cup sugar

1 cup water


1. Combine cranberries and orange in a bowl, set aside.

2. Bring water, sugar, and jello to a boil and pour over the fruit.

3. Mix and refrigerate.

4. Keeps for a long time in the fridge, so make a few batches while you’re at it!

Extra tip: you can also add chopped apple, or you could add crushed pineapple instead of the orange.

Next, our client manager Rose Serraglio has her favorite cookie recipe.


1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 cup flour (+ 2-3 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cup M&M’s


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, white sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla with an electric mixer on low speed until well mixed.

3. Add the 2 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined; you can finish by hand. Add extra tablespoons of flour until the dough feels thick and almost dry to the touch. Stir the M&M’s into the dough.

4. Roll into large balls (unless you want small cookies!) and press extra M&M’s into the tops. Flatten slightly with your palm or the back of a wooden spoon.

5. Bake for 8-10 minutes – they will be slightly underbaked – remove from cookie sheet right away and place on a cooling rack and let sit for 5-10 minutes so the cookies hold their shape.

Extra tip: the extra flour is so the cookies don’t get flat. If you think there is too much flour in the cookies, you can always flatten them so they are a “normal” cookie shape before they go in the oven.

We hope you find these recipes easy and delicious, and have the time to try them out! All of us at Richey-Barrett Insurance wish you and your families a great holiday.

Our office will close at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21st so we can spend time with our families, and we will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26th.

If you have an emergency, please call 440-835-4800. Listen to the prompt. Press 109 and leave your name, phone number, and a brief explanation. Someone will return your call as soon as possible.

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