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Flip Your Sandwich Game Upside Down

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(StatePoint) Sandwiches reign supreme as one of America’s favorite meals -- 47% of Americans eat a sandwich daily, according to a survey conducted by French’s.

However, the same survey finds that consumers’ number one pain point on sandwiches is overpowering or unbalanced flavor. If you’re among the approximately one-third of people who don’t currently add condiments to your sammies, a new lineup of creamier-than-ever spreads from French’s may provide the balance you’re seeking. Among the new condiments is French’s Creamy Yellow Mustard Spread. Pairing well with meat and cheese for a better tasting sandwich, it has the tang of yellow mustard with a smoother finish and a thicker, creamier consistency.

The new line-up of creamier mustards also includes Sweet Applewood and Honey Chipotle, all of which can be used as condiments, whisked into dressings, added to deviled eggs, or stirred into potato, tuna, shrimp or egg salads.

Try the Creamy Yellow Mustard Spread in this Classic Turkey and Swiss recipe, which features hearty sandwich bread piled high with sliced deli turkey, avocado, Swiss cheese and veggies:

Ingredients: (4 Servings)

• 2 tablespoons French’s Creamy Yellow Mustard Spread

• 4 slices multigrain sandwich bread

• 8 slices (about 8 ounces) deli-style turkey breast

• 4 slices Swiss cheese

• 1/2 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced

• 1 medium vine-ripe tomato, sliced

• 1/4 cup red onion, cut into thin rings

• 4 leaves green leaf lettuce

Instructions:

1. Spread mustard on one side of each slice of bread.

2. Divide turkey between two slices of bread. Layer each with two slices of cheese. Top with avocado, tomato, red onion and lettuce. Top with remaining bread slices. Secure sandwiches with toothpicks. Cut in half diagonally.

For more recipes and information, visit mccormick.com/frenchs.

If you’re looking to add some balance to your sammies poolside, hosting, tailgating, picnicking or just everyday lunching, these new creamy mustard spreads can help put a delicious spin on the classics.

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Moved and bought a home? Here's what you should know

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(BPT) - Much of the country is still in the middle of a red-hot real estate market. Home values are rising due to high demand and first-time homebuyers should be aware of how the value of their home impacts the way their premiums are calculated. Location and structure type are two examples of considerations that can affect home insurance premiums, but so do the features of the home, policy limits, and, in some states, even a homeowner’s personal finances. Policyholders should be aware of the variables that are factored into their insurance coverage.

Location

Location is perhaps the largest component when it comes to the costs of your insurance premium since it deals with exposure and hazard to the home’s physical structure. The type of home you have, where you live and the state or city in which you reside can drastically affect how much you will pay. In fact, location is such a primary factor that coverage in certain areas may require special policies.

For example, many homeowners moved from the city to the country during the pandemic and found that they now live in wildfire- or flood-prone areas and that additional coverage is needed due to environmental risk factors not covered under available homeowners insurance policies in the area. Homeowners living in or near large urban areas may find that their premiums cost more due to the higher cost for construction or repairs.

Take a close look at what factors are impacting the cost of your home insurance rate. The size of your home, regional vulnerability to natural disasters, and different building material options like brick or wood and their relationship to the environment may determine your premium’s cost.

Replacement cost

The more your home costs to replace, the more you will need in coverage to insure it.

“Replacement cost is a measure of the amount it would cost to replace or rebuild your home after a loss with a similar home of like kind and quality,” said Bonnie Lee, Mercury Insurance vice president of property claims. “This amount takes into account factors such as the square footage of your home, the local construction costs per square foot, and construction details unique to your home.”

While replacement costs refer to the cost of rebuilding a house to the same standard as before, it does not include features such as the neighborhood, amenities, and even proximity to schools which can affect a property's attractiveness.

“Replacement costs and market value are often used interchangeably, but they are two completely different concepts. Market value accounts for how the neighborhood and its conveniences impact a property’s attractiveness to buyers, while replacement costs only refers to the expense of rebuilding a home after a loss,” Lee said.

Deductible

The insurance deductible is one of the most important parts of a homeowners policy and plays a significant role when determining insurance premiums. The deductible is the amount of money a policyholder must pay before the policy pays out for repairs or a loss.

For example, if covered damage to your home costs $20,000 and your deductible is $5,000, you would be responsible for the first $5,000 in damages and your insurance company would pay the remaining $15,000. Homeowners that pay a higher deductible may decrease the cost of their premiums, but may have to pay more out of pocket when filing a claim. Home insurance premiums are calculated based on a number of factors that homeowners should take into consideration when researching the best coverage for their needs at a reasonable cost.

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Older Americans Month: Am I too old to be an organ, eye and tissue donor?

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(BPT) - May is Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate older Americans and their contributions while also raising awareness about aging and age-related issues. Beyond the time, experience and talents older Americans give to enrich their communities, many have also saved lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. More than one-third of all deceased donors are over age 50.

People in their 60s, 70s and beyond have given the gift of life as a donor. In Colorado and Wyoming, the average age of a tissue donor is 64 years old. The oldest tissue donor helped save and heal the lives of others in 2017 at 104 years old. Many people will often automatically rule themselves out as a potential donor because of their age or health, but each person is evaluated by medical professionals at the time of their death to determine if they can be a donor. There is no age limit to donation or to registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

When Jennifer Rindahl of Highlands Ranch, CO, lost her father-in-law Larry in 2011, she was surprised to learn that he was eligible to be a donor.

“Not only was Larry 73 years old, but he also had a medical condition at the time of his passing,” said Rindahl. “We were amazed that he was able to donate skin and bone that helped save and heal the lives of seven people.”

After Larry’s passing, Jennifer learned that you should never count yourself out as a donor no matter your age or what your health status is. Rindahl became an advocate for donation to tell Larry’s story to anyone and everyone who will listen.

Rindahl added, “I share my family’s story to honor Larry’s legacy and to inspire others to say Yes to organ, eye and tissue donation.”

Register to be a donor at any age

Older Americans Month is a good reminder to talk about organ, eye and tissue donation with your loved ones. Having these conversations early and letting family members know about your decision to be a donor is critical to alleviating the burden on your family to make that decision on your behalf during a time of grief and loss.

Right now, more than 1,500 people across Colorado and Wyoming are waiting on a lifesaving transplant. Just one donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and save and heal up to 75 more lives through eye and tissue donation.

Don’t rule yourself out. Anyone can sign up to become an organ, eye and tissue donor by saying Yes when they get or renew a drivers license or state ID, or anytime at DonateLifeColorado.org or DonateLifeWyoming.org.

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