Monthly Archive: August 2015

5 Easy Steps to Save for Big Ticket Items

Large Screen TV Very few of us have money ready to cover an emergency, never mind the money for the larger purchases we’d like to make. This is why it’s so important to prioritize savings to cover both the items you need as well as those you want. Whether you’re saving for a new computer …

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Packing a Healthy School Lunch

Healthy School Lunch Packing the kids’ lunches for school means you know which nutritious foods they are eating. Here are some budget-friendly, creative ideas to keep kids happy and healthy at lunchtime. Make a “Smarter” Sandwich: While some kids prefer the same thing every day, others may be okay with a slight switch to their …

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The World of Worms… Part 2 of 3

The round body of a microscopic nematode.Photo: University of Nebraska at Lincoln In the first article of this series we discussed the how unpleasant the subject of worms were but how beneficial many species are to our environment. We highlighted the flatworms and this week we will look at the roundworms.   There are a …

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Beating Pests with Plant Chemicals

It would seem that landscapes are filled with pests ready to devour our favorite plants. We can often see evidence of pest damage in the form of leaf curls, stippled leaves, or chewed holes in foliage. How do plants survive with all the pest threats without intervention from people? Many plants have their own alert …

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There’s a Coyote in the Front Yard!

About two years ago, my son was mowing the lawn when he came across something orange and furry lying in the grass. He backed away and yelled for his dad, but the damage had already been done—he had come across the remains of our orange tabby cat, killed overnight by a larger predator. Emotional repercussions …

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Growing Shiitake Mushrooms on Logs

A shiitake mushroom growing on a log. Credit: Clay Olson, UF/IFAS Extension – Taylor County Mushrooms are an excellent low calorie food with a high fullness factor (they fill you up).  But the “common” or “button” mushroom lacks natural flavor.  On the other hand, shiitake mushrooms have all the benefits of button mushrooms, but offer …

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Kids: After-School Snacking and Food Safety Tips

Are your kids famished when they get home from school? Kids often hit the kitchen right when they get home and begin the search for something to eat. After being at school all day, it’s inevitable they will bring a host of germs into the house (and into the kitchen). These germs, or microorganisms, can …

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Child Safety and Convenience: The Laundry Pod Dilemma

Consumer Reports recently pulled their previous endorsement for laundry detergent pods in light of the potential poisoning hazard for young children. Just to be clear, this is only the laundry pods that contain the highly concentrated liquid detergent, not pods containing powdered detergent. Although these laundry pods are quickly accessed, pre-measured, use less packaging, and …

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Local and Seasonal Foods: August

Local, seasonal food has been the subject of federal, state, and local government policy in recent years as consumer interest in and demand for this kind of food has grown.  In fact, research from the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education (piecenter.com/local) shows Floridians spent $ 8.3 billion on local food in 2012. Not only …

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What Happens When You Eat?

What Happens When You Eat If you think about it, your digestive system is pretty weird.  Amazing, but weird.  Digestion is the rather complicated process of breaking down the food we eat into energy and nutrients, which then get absorbed into our bloodstream and distributed throughout our body so we achieve and maintain good health. …

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