• Don’t let loved ones fall victim to fraud

    Anyone with money can be a victim of fraud. Children are not exempt from fraud and neither are senior adults.  Everyone in between can also be subject to fraudulent financial transactions and identity theft.

    Sometimes family members are the culprits.

    Look for these signs. If you have power of attorney for someone, you should be especially vigilant about these concerns.

    You or your loved one thinks money or property is missing.

  • Hoping that it’s a long, warm fall

    Sunrise is a little later. Sunset comes a little earlier. The location of the sun is changing to that blinding windshield angle. It’s official. Fall has arrived. I think I can hear some cheers going up.

    Fall is Mother Nature’s way of letting us down easy. The emerald green is fading away as fast as the leaves are falling. Morning temps have reached jacket weather. Long sleeves, short sleeves and back again to long in one day. It’s like being backstage at a Monty Python play.

  • It’s not too late to bring some green into your home

    Welcome to Kentucky’s roller coaster weather.

    Days upon days of almost 100-degree weather, with no rain, followed by highs of barely 70 and rain storms.

    Yep, it’s September.

    The birds are feeding off the flower seed heads faster than bread and milk sales when the weatherman says snow.

    I’d copy them. I’ve already seen flocks of geese heading south.

  • Avoid leftovers by learning to cook small

    I don’t like leftovers. I prefer food that is freshly prepared, not something that has been in the refrigerator for two or three days or in the freezer.

    Small batch cooking doesn’t have to be challenging. On Sept. 24 I will be teaching a free class on cooking for one or two people. Maybe it doesn’t sound new to you.

    It’s really an old idea that has been revisited with the idea of small batch baking and preparing one serving meals in mugs. These meals go together quick and cook even faster in the microwave.

  • Plenty to do before the white stuff flies

    Fall is almost as busy as spring and summer. It’s a bittersweet time when I close the veggie stand each year. I will miss seeing everyone and always wonder what changes will come over the winter.

    It’s hard to believe that I’ve been offering up homegrown veggies in Anderson County for 19 summers now. That’s a lot of Saturdays.

  • Apple harvest means time to reveal rotten truth about bitter rot

    The season for apple harvest has arrived, bringing with it the possibility of late season fruit rots (summer rots). While fruit rots have a variety of causes, the most common fungal fruit rot of apple in Kentucky is bitter rot. This disease results in rotten, inedible fruit. Fungicides are available for management; however, sanitation is critical for disease prevention. Ongoing research at the University of Kentucky is providing new insights and understanding of the pathogens that cause bitter rot.

    Bitter rot facts

  • Being together outdoors helps build family bonds

    The “Every Kid in a Park” initiative seeks to connect kids and families with the outdoors.

    Every fourth grade student in the United States and their families are eligible for free admission to all national parks and other federal land fee areas for a full year. Entrance fees will be free but fees for special activities such as tours and camping will still be charged.

  • Visit to middle school cafeteria surprisingly pleasant

    Long before gluten was widely touted as the root of all evil and kale became the green of everlasting life, lunch was my favorite subject during school.

    I remember the guessing game my friends would play during our long march to the cafeteria, were we going to be treated to huge cinnamon rolls and savory chili today. Surely to goodness there would be chocolate pudding.

  • Fair time equals ‘cotton candy’ in trees

    We are less than one month away from fall. Yes, Sept. 23 is just around the corner, but has anyone else already noticed a slight change in the plants? I know my Echinacea, aka purple coneflower, has already gone to seed and the birds are loving it. Some locust leaves have started turning as well. Can we say climate change?

  • Popular, low-calorie and fat-free, eggplant is always in season

    Eggplant is a favorite in many areas of the South.

    Thomas Jefferson, who experimented with many varieties of plants in his Virginia garden, is credited with introducing eggplant to North America.

    Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family and is native to India. Eggplant is related to potatoes, tomatoes and peppers.