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  • Use app, common sense to determine food safety

    “4 Day Throw Away” is a great media program and app for protecting yourself from bad leftovers.
    This reliable program is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
    I learned about it at a recent professional conference, The National Association of Extension Family and Consumer Science Agents.
    Three myths about food safety and leftovers need to be discarded. Food that looks, smells, and tastes OK is safe to eat. This is false. Bacteria may still be present.  

  • Give love to Mother Earth this fall

    You know it’s fall when your laundry pile doubles in a week!
    So far, the mercury has dropped to a low of 24 here at the farm. This being Kentucky, the next morning it was 42. I think Mother Nature gets dyslexic in the fall. The temperatures are going to waffle back and forth between mild to Brrrrr, until it’s all Brrrr. That means wearing layers of clothing to keep from shivering. Hence, the doubling of the pile. Thankfully, I just made eight gallons of laundry soap!

  • Learn the pros and cons of ATV safety

    ATV safety was the subject of my display at General Cable’s Health and Safety program a few weeks ago.
    I’m concerned about improper use and deaths associated with ATV’s. In 2004 one of my daughter’s friends was killed in an ATV accident in Grayson County. He was not riding safely and he was not wearing any protective equipment.

  • Fruit trees need winterizing to ensure future harvest

    As we fall through the days of October, I’m already thinking of warmer weather. Thankfully, St. Luke’s Little Summer is coming up next week and I’m hopeful for more sunshine than frost. The other Indian Summer will occur between Nov. 11 and the 20th. I’ll take all the warmth that I can get. I still have lots of outdoor chores to do.

  • Diabetic? Be ready in case of disaster

    There are some general health tips that you should remember during a disaster. These are very important in the proper care and management of your diabetes.
    Communication plan
    · Identify family meeting places within and outside the neighborhood. Include escape routes (two ways out of every room in your house).

  • Battle of Perryville steeped with historical importance

    Oct. 8 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Perryville, which ultimately led to who would control Kentucky during the Civil War.
    Kentucky, a border state, was very important to both the Union and Confederate forces. The Union victory ultimately helped persuade President Abraham Lincoln to issue his Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Winter is coming, so be prepared

    Wow, burgoo is over and October is here.
    What happened to September? I swear time speeds up the closer we get to winter.
    The 30 days each had  24 hours, but they just seemed to go by in a fraction of the time. While I’m not behind on my winter prep schedule, I do feel a certain urgency pushing me to get even more done. All because I don’t like cold, yucky weather.

  • Summer’s end brings fall, winter chores

    Well, summer is officially over. It certainly was a wild season.
    This summer was even hotter and dryer than the last. Many crops suffered, but the landscape as a whole, suffered as well. If we get any big storms, be it snow or ice, they’ll be even more limbs and trees down than usual.

  • The difference between sugar, honey

    Is honey better for you than sugar?
    Neither is considered healthy as both are sweets with no significant health benefit.
    Neither is going to harm you in the sense that one is toxic or poisonous to you while the other is not.
    Both honey and granulated sugar are occasional use foods.
    Sweeteners are found in many foods, including some that you might not suspect such as spaghetti sauce.
    The most reliable source of the nutritive value of food is USDA Home and Garden Bulletin- The Nutritive Value of Food. You can find it on-line.

  • As fall approaches, so does apple harvest

    As our garden harvests wind down there is another crop just getting into full swing. In today’s world, with grocery stores stocking their produce isles with almost everything all year round, it’s difficult to know when the real seasons occur. So let me announce right now to one and all, it’s apple season.