National Nutrition Month
Mar27

National Nutrition Month

Making Fruits & Vegetables the Easy Choice March is National Nutrition Month, and as it draws to a close, we still need to keep in mind healthy eating concepts.  In Texas, three out of four deaths are attributed to a chronic disease.  However, studies show an intake of at least two and a half cups of vegetables and fruits per day as part of a healthy eating plan can reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Lifestyle is hectic...

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Preserving the Harvest by Johanna Hicks
Mar17

Preserving the Harvest by Johanna Hicks

With the recent warmer temperatures, many people are turning their thoughts to gardening.  An abundance of home grown fruits and vegetables often triggers the desire to can foods at home.   While this can be a fun and rewarding way to keep foods long after the season ends, care must be taken to assure that foods canned at home are safe to eat. Following research-based methods and using tested recipes are things to consider when...

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Spring is Busy for Hopkins County 4-H Members
Mar11

Spring is Busy for Hopkins County 4-H Members

Spring is Busy for Hopkins County 4-H Members Every time I present a program, I ask for a show of hands of those who are familiar with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  A few hands usually go up.  (Granted, our agency has been through three name changes since I first started, so the confusion is understandable!)  Then, I ask how many have heard of the 4-H program.  Almost every hand pops up!  I then explain that the 4-H and...

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March Calendar of Events
Feb26

March Calendar of Events

March Calendar of Events One of our Extension volunteers dropped by my office and asked for a calendar of all the events for March.  I pulled out my personal work calendar, and asked, “Which day?”  Needless to say, there is always something going on with Extension! March is shaping up to be a very busy month, loaded with opportunities for everyone!  Listed below are the events, workshops, luncheons, and meetings in which I will be...

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Kitchen Cupboard Makeover

Kitchen Cupboard Makeover Have you looked, really looked, at the foods in your kitchen cupboards lately?  Is it time to toss out a few items?  Should others be moved to a better location or storage container?  Below are a few items that often get overlooked and underused. The following storage tips are based on food stored at room temperatures of about 70 degrees F.  The times are those generally cited for maintaining best food...

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