Television these days is featuring programming about tough jobs. You have the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs with Mike Row," a huge hit. Then came oil workers in "Black Gold." Tough guys all over the country sit on their couch, holding the remote, eating their chili cheese dogs and declare, "I can do that." But none of these shows depict what is, in fact, the toughest job on the planet-playing Santa Claus to hundreds of toddlers. I know. Ten years ago I did just that, and I've been in therapy ever since.
Many fruits are out of season during the winter months, but pears are available nearly year-round, which makes them a great addition to any meal. I just bought some wonderful fresh pears locally last week so when I saw that December is National Pear Month I thought it would be a good time to share some information on buying, storing and adding pears to a healthful eating plan. Pears come in a variety of shapes, sizes and skin colors, including green, golden, yellow and red. Pears can be eaten raw or cooked. They are great as a quick snack, to ...
Hostesses often worry about what to feed guests with special dietary needs at holiday time. This is especially true for a guest with a strong allergy against wheat, for example, or someone with insulin-dependent diabetes. Providing several simple whole food choices and staying away from so many highly processed foods is the best plan I can offer.
About 50 percent of dogs and 33 percent of cats age 10 years and older will develop cancer. Although it is very prevalent in these animals, a Kansas State University veterinarian says depending upon the type of cancer, it may be very treatable and doesn't have to be a life-limiting disease.
Dec. 2, is a planned day of giving for many organizations and Barton County 4-H is a part of the Golden Belt Community Foundation's Match Day. Barton County 4-H would like to invite you to "Pancakes for Partners" on Tuesday, December 2nd from 7 - 9 a.m. at the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street here in Great Bend. We will provide pancakes and fruit for our friends of 4-H who would like to donate to our Barton County 4-H Council Endowment Fund through the Golden Belt Community Foundation. All donations received at Pancakes for Partners will be ...
For some people, the best meal of the holiday season is the leftovers. So here are some ideas to savor the meal again.
Besides the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, today marks the start of "Family Life Week." At the Krug household we certainly have a lot to celebrate. The newest addition to our family, Boland Garet Baker, arrived mid-day on the 18th. He weighed in at just over 9 pounds and is 21 and ½ inches long. To say that his big sisters are thrilled with his arrival would be an understatement. His mom and dad, all the grandparents, aunts, and uncles are equally happy to welcome him into the family.
Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 80th annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. The theme was "Jazz it up with 4-H". Mikey Hughes, 4-H Council President and Morgan Kaiser, 4-H Council Vice-President served as the emcees. Heather Schneider, Council Treasurer led the members in the Flag Salute and 4-H Pledge.
This fall the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded jointly to a couple scientists "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources." The press release from the Nobel Committee hailed their invention of the blue-light emitting diode - LED lights.
Several states, including Kansas, are trying to protect their borders from a little beetle that could cost the black walnut industry millions of dollars. Kansas Forest Service specialists at Kansas State University say you could be spreading the disease without knowing it.
Whether it is your first time to host a holiday meal or you are a seasoned veteran, it never hurts to review the basics of cooking a turkey keeping food safety in mind. Many hostesses are busy getting a head count so that they can purchase the correct sized turkey. A rule of thumb is to purchase at least one pound of uncooked turkey per person. This should allow enough for the feast and for leftovers too. Read on for answers to a few more of your turkey day questions.
When the calendar turns to November, I start thinking about next years' programs. That's right; 2015 is just around the corner. Our program development committees will welcome new members at our upcoming annual meeting and we will have a meeting with all 24 council members after the first of the year. This group helps give direction to the programming we do in Barton County. At our recent annual conference a lot of attention is being focused on the five grand challenges. They include: water, health, global food systems, community vitality, and developing tomorrow's leaders. You don't have ...
Each fall, the Barton County Extension Council holds an election to fill positions on our various program development committees. Mark Wednesday, Oct. 29 on your calendar and stop by the Barton County Extension Office at 1800 12th St. to cast your ballot. Election time is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any Barton County resident who is at least 18 years of age may vote in this election.
Editor's note: this week we go back to 2003 ... another Keenan classic ...
I still remember the nurses and staff lining the hallways of the Houston hospital as my husband and I were leaving with our two day old daughter. Now, years later, the words they chided, "Your lives will never be the same," still come to mind. Babies don't come with instructions, but wonderful support of family and friends helped us through those first months.
February may be the shortest month of the year but it is an especially good time to recognize the importance of making lifestyle changes related to heart health. Is it true that you are what you eat? When it comes to heart health, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Eating the right way is not about dieting, which is really a temporary change in your eating habits to lose a few pounds; it is about making better choices every day so that they become second nature.
From time to time, my wife tells me I'm not like most other husbands. Some men, she points out, know how to do things like use a hammer, work a saw and build things around the house. I've explained that I've built stuff. In fourth grade I built a birdhouse in Cub Scouts.
It is fairly common that my educational programs and workshops emphasize a common theme of health and wellness. The annual Walk Kansas program is just around the corner, so it is time to start rounding up your team members for that successful program. Packets are ready for team captains to pick up at our office and the Great Bend Recreation Commission. I also plan to deliver some packets to the recreation commissions in Hoisington and Ellinwood.
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