In this Issue:
  • SPICE Up Your Holiday Meals
  • Lighten Up Your Holiday Feast
  • Keep Colds Away This Season With One Vital Step
  • What the Buzz About Bees? An Update from the Beekeeping Trade Show
  • Tips for a Tasty (and Safe) Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Keep the Holidays Healthy
  • Keep Pumpkin Pies Safe This Holiday Season!
  • Spend Less & Save More This Holiday Season
  • Healthy Halloween Treats
  • Sprucing Up Your Home This Fall? Know Thy Paint!
  • October-December 2013

    SPICE Up Your Holiday Meals

    The holiday season is upon us and that means many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen.

    If you would like to make an impression with a less-than-ordinary meal, use traditional family dishes as a starting point for your special menu, then add seasonal spices to easy-to-prepare dishes …

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    Lighten Up Your Holiday Feast

    The countdown is upon us.  The last-minute food preparation is soon to begin.  Don’t regret the holidays by overdoing in the food consumption aspect of meals.  Avoid having to include a strict eating regimen as a new year’s resolution by making some changes in the way you prepare your food.  There are ways to cut …

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    Keep Colds Away This Season With One Vital Step

    It seems like such a simple solution.  Wash your hands to keep yourself well during this cold and flu season.  Unfortunately, even though most people know how important hand washing is, many still don’t follow important hygiene procedures.  What do we need to do – and teach our kids to do – …

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    What the Buzz About Bees? An Update from the Beekeeping Trade Show

    On November 1-2, 2013, the Northwest District Agriculture and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents Program Implementation Teams collaborated to offer classes during the annual Beekeeping Field Day and Tradeshow held in Chipley, FL.

    This third-annual event was part of the Florida State Beekeepers Association yearly conference and had a total of 196 attendees for …

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    Tips for a Tasty (and Safe) Thanksgiving Dinner

    The highlight of many Thanksgiving meals is the turkey –juicy, golden brown, and delicious!  Before and after it reaches the table, however, follow these steps to reduce your guests’ risk of foodborne illness.

    Thaw the turkey safely:

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    Keep the Holidays Healthy

    The Season of Hallothanksmas is upon us. Yes, I know what you’re thinking:  treats, meats, and delicious eats. But let’s shift our way of thinking. What if we turn our focus to family, friends, and making great memories? Here are three things to think about this holiday season:

    1. Portion control – Have you noticed …

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    Keep Pumpkin Pies Safe This Holiday Season!

    To refrigerate pumpkin pies or not to refrigerate? That is the question. You have seen pumpkin pies in the bakery section of supermarkets not refrigerated and you wonder if you can do the same at home. Unfortunately, homemade pumpkin pies need special care to prevent foodborne illness.  Pumpkin pies are a custard-style pie made by …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2013/11/05/keep-pumpkin-pies-safe-this-holiday-season/

    Spend Less & Save More This Holiday Season

    Last year, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) found that 12 percent of people said they were planning to spend more during the holidays than in the previous year. That number was up from 2011, where only …

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    Healthy Halloween Treats

    With Halloween and Fall Festivals just around the corner, what goodies are you planning to give out?  Try nutritious, tasty foods and non-food options, including items that get children up and moving to use the extra calories …

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    Sprucing Up Your Home This Fall? Know Thy Paint!

    So now the weather is cooling off and you’ve been thinking about doing something to give your home a much-needed facelift. Perhaps now you’re thinking you want to add some seasonal touches. The easiest way to spruce up a home is with a coat of paint. Painting will give the home an updated, refreshed look …

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