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County Extension

  • Note-taking skills for back to school

    By Katie McKee

     

    Guest Columnist

     

    I have seen learners of all ages scramble to write down every word a teacher said only to leave class with a stack of chaotic notes that do not help with studying later. Implementing a note-taking strategy that uses keywords, questions, notes and summaries will help you focus on relevant information and organize it for studying.

  • A look at HFCS: High-fructose corn syrup

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    When talking nutrition these days, one of the buzzwords — actually, four words — is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It’s the subject of lots of discussion and questions among both consumers and those in the nutrition and health professions.

  • Quicker freezing techniques for vegetables

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     

    A couple weeks ago I shared instructions for freezing tomatoes. It’s quick and easy and there is no need to blanch or cook the tomatoes first. I heard positive comments about this method of preserving tomatoes. People like quick and easy.

  • Go to back to school or open house

     Back to school season is upon us and you are probably combing the aisles of your favorite retailer for the best deals on No. 2 pencils and lunchboxes. In the midst of the annual rush to get everything on the school supplies list and make sure your child has done his or her summer reading, there are a few other steps you can take to start the school year on a path to success.

  • Watermelon with a twist

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

  • Quick-freezing tomatoes

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     

    I’m not sure you can ever have too many tomatoes, but sometimes you may have more than you can use while they still have good quality. Perhaps there are just a few left on the plants and you don’t have the enough or the time and energy to can them. How about quick-freezing?

  • Getting the blues

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     

     

    It’s Blueberry Month. No, I don’t make this stuff up. There actually was a proclamation from the United States Department of Agriculture back in 1999 that made July National Blueberry Month.

  • Learning from family activities

     Katie McKee

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent

    By the middle of the summer, we all start to run out of fresh ideas for activities to help kids get that one hour a day of enrichment to prevent summer slide. The good news is your kids can learn from the things you are already doing. You can turn any activity into a learning moment if you take the time to process what happened. 4-H programs use an experiential learning process to turn hands-on activities into minds-on lessons and families can apply a similar model to their normal activities, as well.

  • Nuts for nutrition

     Long maligned for being too high in fat and calories to fit into a healthy diet, nuts are emerging as the health food of the year. This is thanks in part to research pointing to consumption of nuts being associated with better health, lower weight and decreased risk of early death.

  • Get outside

     Katherine E. McKee, Ph.D

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent