Pennie's Heartwarming Banana Bread

Welcome to our monthly Dish segment. This month, we asked Pennie Hildebrant to provide us with her favorite Dine In and Dine Out choices. Check them out below and let us know if you give them a try!

A Little Bit About Pennie

Pennie is the current Property & Casualty Client Services representative at Hierl Insurance.

Pennie has been with Hierl for more the 24 years and is a CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and CIRS (Certified Insurance Service Representative) in the Property & Casualty department.

During her free time, Pennie enjoys boating in spring and summer and during the fall, loves hopping on the back of her motorcycle for colorful rides. She also enjoys traveling and enjoys spending time after work gardening and hanging out with friends. Pennie has two children.

Learn more about Pennie. 


Heart-Warming & Homemade Banana Bread

“This is an all time favorite that makes everyone smile.” -Pennie

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 stick of margarine or butter ( melted)
  • 8 TBL cold water
  • 2 eggs

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients.
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients except for the eggs.
  3. Mix in egg yolks to batter and beat egg whites.  Fold egg whites.
  4. Place in greased loaf pan.  Bake a 350 degrees for an hour or until toothpick comes out clean.


Pennie loves to dine out at Blanck’s Lake Aire in Fond du Lac. One of her favorite dishes at Blanck’s is the baked haddock along with their amazing salad bar.

Get more about Blanck’s Lake Aire on the restaurant’s website.

Check out their menu.

Blanck’s Lake Aire is rated 3.5 stars on Trip Advisor.

Thank-you for joining us for this month’s Dish! Don’t forget to come back next month for a new one.


White Chicken Chili with Cathleen

Welcome to our monthly Dish segment. This month, we asked Cathleen Christensen to provide us with her favorite Dine In and Dine Out choices. Check them out below and let us know if you give them a try!

A Little Bit About Cathleen

Cathleen is the current Vice President, Property & Casualty of Hierl.

Cathleen has a yellow lab named Bella and a rag-doll cat named Capone. In 2015, she began keeping chickens and since then she’s added a few ducklings to her family!

In her free time, Cathleen enjoys gardenings and traveling Spain and other new places with her husband who is a college & youth soccer coach.

Read Cathleen’s Full Bio Here


White Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 (15-1/2 ounces) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed (other white beans can be substituted like cannellini)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 (4 ounces) can diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Tabasco sauce (optional)

Directions

In a large stockpot over medium heat, sauté onions in oil until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients except for the sour cream and cheese.

Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until heated through. Shortly before serving, add sour cream and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. If you like a little kick add a few shakes of Tabasco sauce.

 


When It’s a Great Time to Go Out

Cathleen and her family enjoy Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub in Fond du Lac. Ala Roma offers delicious and authentic food, made from scratch using high-quality ingredients.

Get more about Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub on the restaurant’s website.

View Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub’s menu.

Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub is rated 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor.

Thank-you for joining us for this month’s Dish! Don’t forget to come back next month for a new one.


Scott Smeaton, CIC, CRM, Attends Certified Insurance Counselor Institute

Scott Smeaton, CIC, CRM, Attends Certified Insurance Counselor Institute

Scott Smeaton, CIC, CRM, Executive Vice President of Hierl Insurance Inc. of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin has successfully completed the annual continuing education requirement of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors and Certified Risk Managers.

To earn these prestigious designations, Scott Smeaton attended ten courses covering all phases of the insurance and risk management business and passed ten comprehensive examinations.  Additionally, The National Alliance requires annual attendance in the program to maintain the designation.

Scott Smeaton, a thirty year veteran of the industry, believes the insurance and risk management profession is best served by those who acquire and maintain a high standard of professionalism by meeting the continuing education requirements of the Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Management programs.

About Hierl Insurance

A third-generation family owned business, Hierl’s goal is for you to “Expect More and Demand Better.” Since 1919, Hierl has earned the trust of Wisconsin employers by using insight and innovative technology to create unique strategies that protect business owners, their employees and their budgets. Hierl’s mission is to provide clients with the wisdom and tools necessary to build a more engaged, productive and loyal workforce. With locations in Fond du Lac and Appleton, Hierl’s expertise in employee benefits, commercial insurance, human resources and wellness creates a great business team. Learn more at hierl.com.


Nicole Sumner Promoted to Employee Benefits Service Agent and Earns Accident & Health License

Nicole Sumner Promoted to Employee Benefits Service Agent and Earns Accident & Health License

Nicole Sumner, EB Service Agent, Hierl Insurance, Inc. of Fond du Lac, has successfully completed the Accident and Health training course through Kaplan, as well as took and passed the licensing exam, earning her Accident and Health license.

Starting at Hierl as an Administrative Assistant, Nicole is an honors graduate from Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac with an Associates of Applied Sciences in Human Resources. She spent her earlier employment years at Agnesian Healthcare, where she filled multiple roles such as delivering patient meal trays, working the hospital coffee shop, and cashiering at the hospital cafeteria.

After a year, Nicole moved into the Pharmacy Department where she worked as a Salesclerk, helping customers with questions about their prescriptions and was the assistant to the Pharmacists and Technicians. This assistant work led her to be a perfect fit for the Administrative Assistant position at Hierl.

Due to her dedication, work ethic, and newly required qualifications, Nicole makes a great addition to the Hierl team as an Employee Benefits Service Agent. Having received this promotion, Nicole commented, “I’m very excited to join the EB team at Hierl. I look forward to learning about the EB processes in depth, as well as using my HR knowledge to assist the team.”

About Hierl Insurance

A third-generation family owned business, Hierl’s goal is for you to “Expect More and Demand Better.” Since 1919, Hierl has earned the trust of Wisconsin employers by using insight and innovative technology to create unique strategies that protect business owners, their employees and their budgets. Hierl’s mission is to provide clients with the wisdom and tools necessary to build a more engaged, productive and loyal workforce. With locations in Fond du Lac and Appleton, Hierl’s expertise in employee benefits, commercial insurance, human resources and wellness creates a great business team. Learn more at hierl.com.


A Universally Loved Recipe: Cheesy Potatoes

Welcome to our monthly Dish segment. This month, we asked Ashleigh Asleson to provide us with her favorite Dine In and Dine Out choices. Check them out below and let us know if you give them a try!

A Little Bit About Ashleigh

Ashleigh is a Commercial Insurance Services Agent at Hierl.

Ashleigh is a lifelong Wisconsin resident who is passionate about being involved in her church and enjoys volunteering at the food pantry, taking part in food packaging events, and lending a helping hand wherever needed in her community.

In her free time, Ashleigh loves spending time with her husband, three dogs, and chickens. She and her husband are passionate about working in their yard and enjoy renovating their old farmhouse. Read Ashleigh’s full bio here.


Cheesy Potatoes

This recipe is great for any occasion and can be paired with any meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first six ingredients. Stir in hash browns and 1-1/2 cups cheese. Cook, covered, on low until potatoes are tender, 4-5 hours, sprinkling with remaining cheese during the last 5 minutes.

 

This recipe was provided by Taste of Home. If you’d like to visit the original source, please click here.


When It’s a Great Time to Go Out

Ashleigh and her family enjoy Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub in Fond du Lac. Her favorite dish is…everything! “You can’t go wrong with Italian food!”

Learn more about Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub on the restaurant’s website.

Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub is rated 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor.

Thank-you for joining us for this month’s Dish! Don’t forget to come back next month for a new one.


Mike Hierl's Good Ole Ribeye

Welcome to our monthly Dish segment. This month, we asked Mike Hierl to provide us with his favorite Dine In and Dine Out choices. Check them out below and let us know if you give them a try!

A Little Bit About Mike

Michael Hierl is the third-generation owner and current President of Hierl Insurance, Inc.

Mike is married with 2 children and 2 dogs. He enjoys physical activities such as golf, hunting, running, and biking. Mike also has his pilot’s license and has parachuted twice: once in college and another time with friends and family a year later.

Mike is the current President of Hierl Insurance, Inc and is the third generation owner. He is a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater graduate with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He has since earned the designations of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).

Learn more about Mike


The Good Ole Ribeye

Ingredients

Ribeye Rub:

Directions

Preheat a grill to high heat.

Place ribeye steaks on a large platter and season with rub on all sides. Transfer seasoned steaks to the hot grill, and cook for 4 to 6 minutes on each side for medium-rare, longer if desired. Remove steaks and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

 

This recipe was provided by Food Network. If you’d like to visit the original source, please click here.


When It’s a Great Time to Go Out

Mike and his family enjoy Gino’s in Fond du Lac. Mike loves to order the caesar salad and a pizza of choice.

“At Gino’s Italian Restaurant, you can indulge in authentic Italian food without breaking the bank. From sauces to dough, everything is made from scratch.” Get more about Gino’s on the restaurant’s website.

Gino’s is rated 4.0 stars on Trip Advisor.

Thank-you for joining us for this month’s Dish! Don’t forget to come back next month for a new one.


Hierl100: Bucking Trends and Breaking Glass Ceilings

Sisters of St. Agnes

The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes was founded in Barton, Wisconsin, on August 12, 1858. Father Caspar Rehrl, an Austrian missionary, established a sisterhood of pioneer women under the patronage of St. Agnes of Rome to whom he had a special devotion. At first, the group suffered such untold hardship that, for a few months in 1861, it was reduced to one blind sister.

In 1863, the fledgling community gained new life and leadership when, in 1864 at the age of 17, Mother Agnes Hazotte was elected general superior. She directed the move from Barton to Fond du Lac, WI, in 1870 and served as the community’s leader until her death in 1905. In 1870, Father Francis Haas, OFM Capuchin, became the spiritual director of the community and assisted in revising the original rule.

These three founders paved the way for growth and expansion. Today the Sisters of St. Agnes minister with simplicity, hospitality, and missionary zeal in the United States and Latin America.

Thank you, Sisters of St. Agnes for your partnership over all of these years.

Trivia of the Month

What Fond du Lac woman is behind the famous catchphrase “quack, quack”?


Safety Focused Video - March 2019

This month’s Safety Focused video goes over eye safety in the workplace and tips for safe spring-cleaning.

Every day, more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work. More than 90 percent of these injuries could be avoided.

Monthly safety tips from


Cookie Dough Brownies with Nicole Sumner

Welcome to our monthly Dish segment. This month, we asked Nicole Sumner to provide us with her favorite Dine In and Dine Out choices. Check them out below and let us know if you give them a try!

A Little Bit About Nicole

Nicole is an Administrative Assistant at Hierl Insurance, Inc. Nicole is a Fond du Lac native, who joins Hierl as an honors graduate from Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac with an Associates of Applied Sciences in Human Resources.

In her free time, she can be found spending time with her friends, family and beloved dog, Spike. During the summer, Nicole loves going camping at in Shawano, Wisconsin, where she enjoys boating, tubing, swimming, sitting by the fire and relaxing with her family. Read her full bio.


Cookie Dough Brownies

“My favorite family recipe would have to be the Cookie Dough Brownies my mom makes.”

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1 box of brownie mix

OR

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Cookie Dough Layer

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Topping

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

Brownies

  1. Prepare brownies according to box directions

OR

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×9 pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, & vanilla. Beat in the eggs.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa powder, & salt. Add a little at time to the egg mixture just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips and pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake about 22-26 minutes or just until done (do not overbake). Remove and cool.

Cookie Dough Layer

  1. Cream butter, white sugar and brown sugar with mixer on med-high. Add in milk. Add in flour a bit at a time until fully incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips with a spoon. Spread mixture over cooled brownies.

Topping

  1. Bring heavy cream and butter just to a boil. Pour over chocolate chips and let sit 4 minutes without stirring. Stir until completely combined.
  2. Pour over the cookie dough layer. Let cool at room temperature for 30 minutes (this keeps the topping shiny). Refrigerate to set.

This recipe was provided by Spend with Pennies. If you’d like to visit the original source, please click here.


When It’s a Great Time to Go Out

Nicole’s favorite restaurant is HuHot Mongolian Grill in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

“My favorite thing to do is customize my meal and take it to the grill!”

View their website.

Check out their menu.

Thank-you for joining us for this month’s Dish! Don’t forget to come back next month for a new one.


100 years of Strength, Heart, and Results – February 2019

Alsum Farms & Produce

In this edition, we celebrate Alsum Farms and Produce, Inc., who has been a part of the Hierl client family for over 50 years. From humble beginnings in 1973, Glen Alsum started the family-owned and operated business in a 16’ x 20’ shed repacking potatoes and onions and selling them to local grocery stores.

Today, Alsum Farms & Produce remains headquartered mere feet away from that original packing shed and has emerged from a one-person operation to a leading national grower, packer and shipper of Russet, Red, White, Golden, Fingerling and Organic potatoes, is a national distributor of Wisconsin potatoes and onions, and Great Lakes region year-round distributor of over 300 kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, many of which are locally grown in season.

Thank you, Alsum, for your relationship over all of these years.

Trivia of the Month

In 1836, Fond du Lac lost an important election by only ONE vote. What was the vote on and to what City did they lose?

Participate in our monthly trivia contest to win a $50 Amazon gift card! Monthly trivia questions will be posted to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn so keep your eye out! The winner will be announced via social media! You must use #Hierl100 in your answer to have a chance to win!

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