Year in Review – Skills Camp By Johanna Hicks
Dec15

Year in Review – Skills Camp By Johanna Hicks

                This is the third in a series of summaries for Extension programming.  Many people are not aware of the vast array of resources and opportunities that are offered through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, so I hope you are enjoying reading these summaries!  Today’s column features Skills Camp. Relevance: According to Kids’ Count Data Center, 2015 statistics, the percentages of Texas children by the household’s head...

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AgriLife: Diabetes Education in Hopkins County
Dec02

AgriLife: Diabetes Education in Hopkins County

Diabetes Education in Hopkins County Each year, our staff provides a summary of our major in-depth Extension programs.  Diabetes education is of particular interest to me because I know the struggles that individuals face on a day-to-day basis.  Our youngest child was diagnosed with type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes at the age of 2 ½ and he is my inspiration for helping others to manage their diabetes. Relevance:  According to the...

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Healthy Holiday Meals By Johanna Hicks
Nov24

Healthy Holiday Meals By Johanna Hicks

Basic Recipe Alterations for More Healthful Holiday Meals                 Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to stop and reflect on blessings.  It is also a great time to think about your own health and good nutrition.  Holiday meals can be healthier and taste just as good by using some basic recipe substitutions or alterations.  The sugar, fat, or sodium content of almost any holiday recipe can be reduced without a noticeable...

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Happy Thanksgiving from our Staff! By Johanna Hicks
Nov17

Happy Thanksgiving from our Staff! By Johanna Hicks

               Recently, I had the privilege of leading a discussion on cooking with winter squash – butternut and acorn, in particular.  I demonstrated a recipe that is rich in vitamin A and C, as well as being a good source of fiber and deliciousness!  The recipe is a delightful accompaniment to any meal, but especially appropriate for Thanksgiving.  Enjoy this recipe at your Thanksgiving meal, and from our staff to you, have a...

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What’s on a Food Label? By Johanna Hicks
Nov10

What’s on a Food Label? By Johanna Hicks

What’s on a Food Label? Many of you have probably noticed the new nutrition label that has been approved for packaged and canned foods items.  Some positive changes have been made to highlight the most important aspects of the label.  These changes include increasing the type size for “Calories,” “servings per container,” and the “Serving size” declaration, and bolding the number of calories and the “Serving size” declaration to...

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Walk and Talk Reaches Half-way Point By Johanna Hicks
Nov03

Walk and Talk Reaches Half-way Point By Johanna Hicks

Walk & Talk Reaches Half-way Point Several years ago, an initiative was created to encourage individuals to get up and get active.  “Walk Across Texas” is designed to inspire physical activity and comradery among teams of up to eight people with the ultimate goal of logging 833 miles (distance from Beaumont to El Paso) during an 8-week period.  The on-line link allows participants to calculate miles according to the type of...

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Final Reminder about “Christmas Joys” By Johanna Hicks
Oct27

Final Reminder about “Christmas Joys” By Johanna Hicks

The weather has been absolutely crazy lately – up and down – but with cooler temperatures, Fall Festival, and the rapidly approaching holiday season, everyone seems to be in a festive mood.  For me, the annual “Christmas Joys” program jump-starts my holidays!  This year’s program is full of great recipes, decorating ideas, and gift-giving ideas!  For those who have already signed up, please remember to attend!  The 1:30 program is...

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Ahhh-Autumn, Pumpkins, & Onions By Johanna Hicks
Oct20

Ahhh-Autumn, Pumpkins, & Onions By Johanna Hicks

Greetings from Omaha, Nebraska!  As I prepare this week’s column, I’m enjoying the cool temperatures on the second day of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences conference.  It has been an adventurous trip, but I won’t go into that for now.  However, the cooler temperatures have inspired me to share a recipe from Extension’s “Dinner Tonight” website.  I hope you will try this recipe as a main dish! Creamy...

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Transitioning to Fall By Johanna Hicks
Oct13

Transitioning to Fall By Johanna Hicks

Transitioning to Fall During the months of October and November, pumpkins seem to be a staple: pumpkin patches, jack-o’-lanterns, fall pumpkins decorations, and pumpkin pie.  Pumpkins are one of the most popular crops, with 1.5 billion being grown each year.  With all that pumpkin, what else can you do with it? You can make your own pumpkin puree!  You will need 2 pie pumpkins or 1 regular carving pumpkin.  The pie pumpkins are easier...

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October-No Time to be Bored By Johanna Hicks
Oct06

October-No Time to be Bored By Johanna Hicks

October – No Time to be Bored! One statement that you definitely will NOT hear around our office is, “I’m bored with nothing to do.”  Below is just a sampling of the opportunities that are offered through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office: National 4-H Week – even though the official week ended on October 7, we invite you to view the entries that were submitted by Hopkins County 4-H members as part of the 4-H Project Show. ...

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