Douglass & Runger - December 2020


Fruitcake gets a bad rap, but when made correctly, it’s delicious! Try this recipe to upend your preconceived dessert notions. INGREDIENTS • 1 tsp baking soda • 1 cup sour cream • 3 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit of your choice, chopped

Celebrate Safely

3 TIPS FOR HOLIDAY ROAD TRIPS ‘Tis the season for gift-giving, delectable treats, and family. While this year’s holiday season may look different than in years past, many weary homebodies who were forced to stay inside may be ready to break out of their homes and visit their loved ones this time. But before you load up the car and head over the river and through the woods, consider ways to make sure your road trip is safe and successful.

• 1 cup nuts of your choice, chopped • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

• 1 stick butter • 1 cup sugar • 1 egg, room temperature • Zest of 1 orange • 1 tsp salt


Check your car and pack for emergencies.

1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with greased baking paper. Ensure the piece running the length of the pan stands 1 inch above each side to form “handles.” 2. In a small bowl, mix baking soda and sour cream. 3. In a second bowl, combine fruit, nuts, and 1/4 cup flour. 4. In a third bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, zest, and sour cream mixture. Then, add remaining flour and salt. Mix, then add fruit mixture. 5. Pour batter into lined pan. Fill up a separate loaf pan halfway with water. Bake both pans in oven for 1 1/2–2 hours or until a skewer leaves the cake clean. 6. Use “handles” to remove cake from pan and cool completely on a rack before serving.

Before beginning any road trip, inspect your car or have it checked by a mechanic. Check your lights, tire pressure, and brakes, and fill up your gas tank and other fluids. Consider storing an ice scraper or tire chains in your vehicle if you’re going someplace snowy. Finally, stash an emergency kit in your car. This should include extra food and water, batteries, flashlights, blankets, maps, chargers, a first aid kit, and other things you deem essential.

Make a plan.

The best road trips are easygoing, but the holidays are the busiest time for road and airway travel, so you must plan accordingly! Make a plan for your route, who will drive, who your backup driver will be, and where you will stay on your travels. Be sure to keep COVID-19 in mind by packing extra masks, eating your lunches in the car, and bringing along hand sanitizer. Update your family as you go and stick to the plan!

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Leave early!

What’s the rush? With increased traffic on the roadways, COVID-19 restrictions, and possible snowy weather, you want to give yourself ample time to get to your destination. Leave early in the morning and allow yourself more time to get to your destination than you need. So, if it takes you six hours to get to your aunt’s house, leave your house with at least an hour to spare. This preparation provides you with a buffer because something will happen. We know that preparation doesn’t always mean you’re protected from danger. If you or a loved one are in a holiday accident, our team at Douglass & Runger can help. Learn more about your options and our other legal areas of expertise at

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