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May, 2015

  • 27 May

    Cooking with Children

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT School will soon be out for the summer and your children may need something productive and worthwhile to do with their time.  How about teaching them how to cook?  This could also include the entire spectrum of feeding your family – writing menus, wise shopping, food safety, food preparation, and clean up. Cooking with children ...

  • 20 May

    Are Canners Passed Down for Generations Really Safe?

    BY KIM HUGHES – COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT Many canners are passed down or bought at estate sales or yard sales. The only way to know if the canner is working properly is to have it tested to ensure the safety of the food being processed. If your canner isn’t working properly the foods in the jar can be under-processed and ...

  • 13 May

    Caring for Gold Jewelry

    BY KIM HUGHES – We tend to think of gold jewelry as being fairly indestructible, just acquiring the minor scratching and patina of use and age.  For the most part it doesn’t deteriorate, discolor or wear out, and we love it for those attributes. Diamonds may be ‘forever’ but the prongs holding them are not.  Prongs wear over time or ...

  • 8 May

    Controlling Animal Pests in the Flower Garden

    BY KIM HUGHES, COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT – Although insect pests and plant diseases are generally easy to control in the flower garden, animal pests are not. You may have variable success with repellents, depending on your location or timing. If the animals are not very hungry or population pressures are not too great, repellents may be enough to discourage invaders. ...

April, 2015

  • 29 April

    Cooking with Herbs Adds Flavor

    Cooking with fresh herbs really enhances the flavors of food without adding to the fat, sodium, or calorie content. There are hundreds of varieties of fresh herbs available; many which are easily grown at home. Herbs and spices have a long culinary history, dating back more than 2,000 years.  They were known to be traded throughout the Mediterranean and Middle ...

  • 26 April

    NRCS Announces Application Deadline for Financial Assistance to Restore & Improve Forest Health in 29 Western Arkansas Counties

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 15, 2015 – Forest landowners in 29 counties in western Arkansas have until May 15, 2015, to apply for financial assistance for the voluntary installation of forest land conservation practices to help restore, maintain and enhance more open woodland. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and United States Forest Service (FS) announced a multi-year partnership in ...

  • 22 April

    Lunch, Dinner, Supper, or Tea?

      BY KIM HUGHES – A few days ago, a friend and I were discussing the terms used for meals eaten around noon and later in the evening.  That being an interesting southern topic, I decided to do a little research and see what I could find. It seems it depends where you grew up and what term the locals ...

  • 15 April

    Asparagus, Considered a Delicacy since Ancient Times

    BY KIM HUGHES – Asparagus was first cultivated about 2500 years ago in Greece. The name is a Greek word, meaning stalk or shoot. The Greeks believed asparagus was an herbal medicine which, among other things, would cure toothaches and prevent bee stings. Second century Physician, Galen, described asparagus as “cleansing and healing.” Claims for medicinal benefits of asparagus persist ...

  • 10 April


    BY MICHAEL CATE – The second annual invitational Spring Dogwood Walk at Avalon Keep Botanical Gardens was a pleasant success and the weather cooperated beautifully Wednesday April 8.  There were not as many trees in full bloom as last year, due to the natural cycle of the woodland.  Participants learned how to spot the abundance of trees tucked amid the ...

  • 7 April

    What You Should Really Say When Your Friend Declares, ‘I’m So Fat!’

    BY COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT, KIM HUGHES When a friend complains about her weight, what do you say? Do you go the supportive route and encourage her to start dieting? Or do you follow the unspoken rule of female friendship and tell her that she looks great just as she is? New research suggests that the latter option is actually the most ...