County Extension

  • Make 10 percent your diet resolution

     This second week in January is Diet Resolution Week. Yes, I’m still on this topic of New Year’s resolutions. I guess the thought is if you’re still thinking about resolutions this week, you’re really serious about it!

    If your resolution was to lose weight, how are you doing? There’s still time to regroup or perhaps re-goal your resolution. Instead of a lofty goal like losing 30 pounds by the class reunion in March or 50 pounds by next Christmas, why not set your goal at just 10 percent of your current weight?

  • Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener volunteers recognized

     Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

    NC Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center


    Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener volunteers recognized

    Starting a new year is traditionally about looking forward, starting new and setting goals you may or may not keep. However, I am going to devote the first column of the New Year to looking back at the accomplishments of the 2015 Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Brunswick County.

  • A resolution a month

     Everyone seems to have some advice this week on New Year’s resolutions. Most of these involve eating a better diet and getting or staying healthy. It’s almost obligatory that I write a column about making a new start to a healthier lifestyle in the New Year.

    But, do you really want to read more about what you should or shouldn’t do, eat or drink? Most people already know, or they won’t be making those resolutions. The real key to resolutions is how do you make them stick? If I ask you in a month, will you still be working on them?

  • Warm weather won’t have wilting effect

      By Al Hight

  • Think before you search

        The hype has started. You know what I’m talking about; the claims are literally popping up everywhere. “Lose 10 pounds overnight.” “Reshape your tummy — with no work.” “Eat (name of food) to burn fat!” Promises, promises, promises.

    Your New Year’s resolution is to get healthier. Should you jump on one of these articles on the web for your diet and health advice?

  • Your One-Thirty Plan for the New Year

    By Linda Arnold


    Here we are — with a clean slate on which to create!

    New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday, holding the promise of 365 delicious days, 52 wonderful weeks and 12 marvelous months. 


    How could this year be different?

    Like me, you probably have some ambitious goals for 2016. My usual tendency is to blast out of the gate with a long list. This year I’m putting into practice something different: a discipline I call the One-Thirty Plan.

  • New magnolia varieties for coastal landscapes



    Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent


    When I worked for the state Forest Service, I remember one day while doing plant inventories stumbling upon a most unusual forest specimen. The large, fragrant white flowers were surrounded by a whorl of leaves nearly the length of my forearm and twice the width of my hand.

  • Safe eggnog ideas

     Eggnog is one of the many special flavors of the holidays. While many people purchase commercially prepared eggnog, making homemade eggnog is a tradition for others. Hopefully, you’ve heard over the past few years the importance of updating your eggnog recipe to avoid potential foodborne illness. But there are still lots of recipes out there that may be putting your family at risk.

  • Deck the halls with boughs of holly — and more

    By Al Hight

    My selective recall kicks into high gear this time of year as I think of holiday seasons past. Memories of family, friends, tacky decorations, pick-up football games in the back yard and sweet potato pie all come flooding in.

    It doesn’t matter that the holidays were usually more like Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Family” than the holiday special of “The Waltons.” We at least kept the fistfights and wrestling (actually, rasslin’) matches in the backyard out of the watchful eye of my mother.

  • Safe holiday food gifts

     People love to make (and get) homemade food gifts. It shows your creativity and that you care enough to spend time making something special. Holiday cookie exchanges are also fun and popular and a great way to get a variety of goodies without having to make them all yourself.

    However, the food safety alarms in my head are going off! First off (I’ve said this before), just because a recipe is on the Internet, Pinterest or television does not make it safe! Choose only safe, tested recipes from research-based resources when creating homemade gifts.