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January, 2016

  • 13 January

    De-clutter and Organize Your Home

    BY KIM HUGHES – January – the time to start fresh, clear out the old, and get things organized.  Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?  While many people have the desire to get things de-cluttered and organized, it is not always such an easy thing to accomplish.  De-cluttering can often be a very time consuming, overwhelming, and emotionally draining experience. There may be emotional hurdles ...

December, 2015

  • 16 December

    Holiday Drinks Matter

    Perhaps the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute said it best.  “Many people don’t realize just how much sugar and calories we drink in a day.”  When the holidays roll around, the calories skyrocket and the portions get more generous. The reason holiday drinks matter is threefold: One, drinks often contain a surprising number of calories.  Studies indicate that beverage ...

  • 9 December

    Selecting Gifts for Grandparents

    BY KIM HUGHES – Selecting gifts for senior citizens can be a real challenge, especially if they live in a residential or nursing center. The key is to talk to the person about what they could use and ask other family members for ideas and suggestions. This may also help to avoid several people giving the same item. For many ...

  • 2 December

    Poinsettia Care

    BY KIM HUGHES – The poinsettias are here!  Every year, Polk County 4-H sells poinsettias as a fundraiser to support educational programs for 4-H members.  These are floral quality and come directly from Arkansas’ largest greenhouse growers and cost $10 each.  They come in 6” floral wrapped pots in seven different colors – red, white, pink, marble, maroon, merlot and ...

November, 2015

  • 24 November

    Prepare Your Car for Winter Weather

    BY KIM HUGHES – Prepare for extremely cold weather every winter – it’s always a possibility.  There are steps you can take in advance for greater wintertime safety in your home and in your car. Avoid dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead. Have maintenance service on your vehicle as recommended. Check the antifreeze level. Keep the gas tank near ...

  • 18 November

    Closing Your Decorative Pond for Winter

    BY KIM HUGHES – When the leaves start falling and the air turns crisp, it’s time to prepare your outdoor water feature for winter. A few steps this fall will save you time and money next spring. Continue to keep the pond free of leaves and plant debris. Loose vegetation left in the pond will break down over the winter ...

  • 12 November

    Countdown to Thanksgiving Dinner

    BY KIM HUGHES – The Thanksgiving meal is the largest many cooks prepare each year.  Getting it just right, especially the turkey brings a fair amount of pressure whether or not a host is experienced with roasting one.  The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issues specific food safety recommendations on how to properly ...

  • 4 November

    How About a Healthy Lunch for Only $3.00?

    BY KIM HUGHES – Every year as finances get tighter, people and businesses are looking for ways of saving money and stretching what money they do have to make ends meet.  Did you know if you are 60 years old or older, you can get a healthy meal at the Mena/Polk County Senior Center for only a suggested donation of ...

October, 2015

  • 28 October

    Freezing Fall Vegetables

    BY KIM HUGHES – Hearty vegetables from fall and winter gardens can’t all be canned. You can still preserve some of these nutritious veggies though, by freezing them.  Before putting fresh veggies into a freezer, be sure you blanch them.   Blanching (scalding vegetables in boiling water or steam for a short time) is a must for almost all vegetables to be frozen. It ...

  • 21 October

    Take a Trip Down Apple Lane and Explore Different Varieties

    BY KIM HUGHES – As you stroll through the produce section you’ll notice the many varieties of apples. You might see the ever popular, familiar Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and Yellow Delicious. But what about those you might not be familiar with, like the Braeburn, Winesap, Fugi, Rome, or even Jonathon. Apples should be stored in a dry, cool ...