In this Issue:
  • What is in Your Pantry?
  • Spend Smarter This Holiday Season
  • Slow Cooking Ideas for the Busy Family
  • Peanut Butter Challenge Champion
  • A Few of My Favorite Fall Things
  • An Apple a Day May Keep the Doctor Away
  • Healthy Holidays: A New Tradition
  • Diagnosis: Diabetes
  • Selecting and Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey
  • Ghoulishly Good Practices for Halloween
  • October-December 2017

    What is in Your Pantry?

    With fall around the corner and school starting back, it is time to take inventory of your pantry. You should really dig in and see what is lurking in the dark reaches of your back shelves. This task should be done on a regular basis to help keep foods rotated and use products that are …

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    Spend Smarter This Holiday Season

    It’s that time again – the most wonderful time of the year!  For many of us, though, it can be a time of stress, frustration, and financial uncertainty as we drive ourselves past our limits to try to make everyone happy and everything perfect.

    But it doesn’t have to be that way!

    First of all, …

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    Slow Cooking Ideas for the Busy Family

    With the weather changing and cooler temperatures on the way, get out the slow cooker for simmering soups and stews that will be waiting for you when you get home. Slow cookers are popular and allow us the convenience of prepping ahead of time and having a hot cooked dish when we get home from …

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    Peanut Butter Challenge Champion

    So you say you never win anything? Taking the Peanut Butter Challenge is a competition you’re guaranteed to win.

    You can help feed the hungry in Florida’s Panhandle this year by donating peanut butter during the annual Peanut Butter Challenge, coordinated by UF/IFAS Extension. Thanks to a partnership between UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida Peanut …

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    A Few of My Favorite Fall Things

    Fall is my favorite time of year. Let me share with you a few of my favorite Fall things to help explain why.

  • Walking my dog in the heat of a summer morning is like trudging through a bowl of warm chowder. But with the cooler autumn mornings arriving, we become invigorated and feel like …

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    An Apple a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

    Apples are an ancient fruit, grown for thousands of years, and belong to the Rose family of plants. The Rose family also includes plums, raspberries, cherries, peaches, pears, and almonds.

    According to Professor Peter C. Andersen, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, the basics of …

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    Healthy Holidays: A New Tradition

    We all have family traditions that make our holiday celebrations special. From your great-great-grandma’s sweet potato casserole or pecan pie, to your mother-in-law’s sausage stuffing or decadent plum pudding, there’s one thing that always seems to be a common factor among traditional holiday dishes: a massive amount of, fat, sugar, salt, and calories!

    It’s …

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    Diagnosis: Diabetes

    Some 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes this year. How will their lives be affected? Diabetes does mean some big changes but you may be surprised how much diet flexibility remains.

    The human body is a marvelous machine, made up of many complex systems. When everything runs smoothly, we are “healthy”. Diabetes …

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    Selecting and Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

    Remove the lid or foil for the last 30 to 45 minutes of roasting time to get that gorgeous golden-brown color. Add thick veggies such as carrots, potatoes, and Brussels sprouts to the roasting pan for additional flavor.

    According to the National Turkey Federation, 88% of American families eat turkey on Thanksgiving. That’s over 46 million turkeys! Served as the main dish, it is complemented by a variety of sweet and savory side dishes, many of which are family traditions made from recipes passed down through the generations.

    Why do we eat turkey …

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    Ghoulishly Good Practices for Halloween

    From candy to pumpkins to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and adults alike. However, it can pose dangers. To help make this year’s trick-or-treat a safe and fun time, follow these simple safety tips compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    CREATIVE COSTUMES:
    Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. …

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