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August, 2015

  • 5 August

    Tomatoes Provide a Great Boost to Health

    BY KIM HUGHES – At roadside stands, farmers markets, and gardens you see bright red vegetables that make you long for a slice. But are tomatoes a vegetable or a fruit? Depends on how you look at it; by method of cultivation and use it is a vegetable; however, botanically it is a fruit. Specifically, it is a berry because ...

July, 2015

  • 29 July

    Keep the Heat Out of the Kitchen

    BY KIM HUGHES – When it’s blistering hot outside, I am not a big fan of spending a lot of time in the kitchen cooking. Look for ways to prepare quick, easy meals that will not heat up the kitchen but still feed your family healthy, wholesome meals. Make fruits and vegetables the building blocks of your meal. Most can ...

  • 16 July

    Teaching Young People about Money

    BY KIM HUGHES – It’s never too early or too late to introduce everyday financial concepts to a young person.  And, you don’t have to be a financial expert.  Here are tips from FDIC Consumer News to help parents, guardians and caregivers show a child – from a preschooler to a college kid – why and how to become responsible ...

  • 15 July

    The Peach, a Classic Sign of Summer

    BY KIM HUGHES, EXTENSION OFFICE AGENT – Cultivation of peaches began in China as early as 2000 B.C. By 300 B.C., Greeks and Persians were enjoying peaches. In the first century A.D., Romans began cultivating peaches. From Italy, the cultivation of peaches spread throughout Europe and to the Americas, where the early settlers planted them all along the eastern coast. ...

  • 7 July

    Myths of Senior Assisted Living

    BY KIM HUGHES – Senior assisted living communities are designed to empower individuals to maintain the independence they have come to enjoy.  At the same time, community living provides friendship and companionship.  Senior assisted living communities provide seniors with many options to make sure they feel right at home. Despite the great advantages of community living, making the decision to ...

June, 2015

  • 29 June

    What Your Budding Chef Needs to Know in the Kitchen

    BY KIM HUGHES – Budding chefs are preparing their lunches and snacks this summer and many times it is more than heating something up in the microwave.  Kids and cooking go hand-in-hand; it’s like creating their own edible craft project.  Cooking can be fun, as well as help develop self-esteem and can turn those picky eaters into new adventurers. These ...

  • 23 June

    Summer Squash

    Squash is a gourd fruit belonging to the genus Cucurbita.  Other edible members of this family include cucumbers, melons, pumpkins and gourds.  The earliest cucurbits – probably originating in Mesoamerica – were considerably smaller.  Cultivation dates back 9,000 years, judging by scattered remains of seeds and stems found in prehistoric caves in Mexico.  The Zuni of the Southwest traditionally ate ...

  • 17 June

    Summer Means Garage Sale Time!

    BY KIM HUGHES – The first step is to choose dates and times for your garage sale. Most people go with Friday and Saturday mornings, but you can add Thursday or Sunday. You’ll get a larger crowd if you start early, and it’s likely to be cooler outside. Garage sales offer a great way to declutter and downsize your house. Grab a box and ...

  • 13 June

    Don’t Put Raw Eggs in Your Homemade Ice Cream

    BY KIM HGUHES – There is no clear information on when or how ice cream was created. One story is that in 1744, Colonists brought over recipes from Europe, or that in 1782 Martha Washington left a bowl of cream outside one night at Mt. Vernon and the next morning discovered ice cream. There are a myriad of ice cream ...

  • 13 June

    Summer Humidity has Hit Plants

    BY CARLA VAUGHT – Arkansas has long been known for its hot, humid summers and this one is looking like it may be a real winner!  Our humid conditions make growing plants a real challenge.  Just when we get the ground dry enough to actually plant our garden or get back in there to try to beat the weeds back, ...