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Today's Features

  •  The phone rang on a Sunday morning. I grabbed my cup of coffee, thinking it would be a daughter calling to share news, views and gulps of laughter as we typically do on weekends. I was correct, to a degree. However, the news to be shared would not evoke laughter. My daughter phoned to tell me that her sister, my eldest daughter, had died earlier that morning.

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    Hubby Dear teases me about my television viewing. He finds my choices both amusing and confusing. In a way, so do I. Upon reflection, however, there does seem to be a method to all my madness. There are reasons for my options.

  •  Katherine E. McKee, Ph.D

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center 

  •  Recently, I received some promotional material concerning Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners. They are made of heat-resistant nylon and designed to make slow cooker cleanup fast and easy. The liners help you avoid all that soaking and scrubbing that is associated with slow cooking.

    Simply place the liner in the slow cooker bowl, add ingredients and cook as you normally would. After cooking, remove meal from the lined-slow cooker; allow to cool and then simply toss the liner away. The liners are optimally sized to fit 3 to 6.5 quart round or oval slow cookers.

  • Shallotte’s SummerFest kicks off with a free concert featuring Sea Cruz from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in Rourk Gardens on Main Street.

    Sea Cruz specializes in oldies, classic rock, disco, beach music and the hottest new songs.

    For more information, go to www.townofshallotte.org, call 754-4032 or email rjohnson@townofshallotte.org.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     

    Organic food is getting a lot of attention these days. We’re not just finding it in specialty food stores, but local groceries, big box and even discount food stores. More and more consumers are looking for and purchasing organic foods despite its higher cost than conventional foods.

  •  This holiday weekend, why not start some fireworks in your own backyard with some hot Independence Day barbecue recipes? I think that everything tastes better off the grill, so nothing could be simpler, right? Actually, there is more to barbecue than just tossing that raw steak on the grill.

     

    Timing is everything

  •  In the past number of weeks, the media have called our attention to a variety of atrocities. Heading the list is the mass kidnapping of nearly 300 young Nigerian schoolgirls by the militant Islamic Boko Haram. Not far behind are the multiple incidents of abuse and murders seen both locally and nationally.

    TIME magazine recently featured articles on date rape, saying America’s campuses are dangerous places for young women. One college town even earned the dubious honor of being named America’s Rape Capital.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    It’s summertime and the livin’ is HOT. After last winter, I’m not complaining, just sayin’ if it’s hot outside, you need to be thinking about hydrating. This simply means providing your body with the fluid it needs to keep itself healthy. When it’s hot outside, you need to think about this more often.