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Groundhog Day- Will he see his shadow?

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow on February 2nd? 

Every year we are hopeful that the groundhog will not see his shadow, that means that spring is on its way.  If he should happen to see his shadow the legend has it that we will have six more weeks of bad weather.  So what do you think?  Well if he does see his shadow you can take refuge and enjoy the winter.  

There is so much to do in Ohio during the winter months.  Those seeking a winter thrill ride need look no further than the Chalet in Mill Stream Run in the Cleveland Metroparks.  Who wants to do the toboggan run which has two 700-foot ice chutes for tobogganing that will make you feel the rush of adrenaline as you speed down the chutes at speeds up to 50 miles per hour.  The chutes operate with or without snow through mid-March as long as the weather cooperates. There is also hiking in the hocking hills, skiing and tubing, the list goes on and on.  Below is a link for some great activities through Discover Ohio.

Discover Ohio Winter Fun  

Of course we can also take advantage of some down time to have an insurance review with Gilles Insurance Agency.  We are here to help you make sure that you have what you need!  Looking at some of this winter fun makes me think I better have my life insurance in order:)  But on a serious note, we can help make sure that you have the proper coverage whether it is your life insurance, homeowners insurance, auto insurance, snow mobile insurance, or if you are looking towards spring, your motorcycle insurance.  Take time now before the spring weather hits and we get busy enjoying the nice weather again.  You can reach us at 740-990-7107 or  

Here is hoping Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow, so that spring will be on its way.

But just in case, here is a nice recipe to keep you warm from the Taste of Home website!

Potatoes Soup Recipe

Potatoes Soup Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hoursYIELD:12 servings


  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1 small celery rib, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro


  • 1. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine flour and 1/2 cup cream until smooth; add to slow cooker. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese, bacon, cilantro and remaining cream.
  • 3. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened. Ladle into bowls; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

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