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From the Extension Office from April 15, 2019

How an apple seed sprouts joy in the kitchen and out

It starts with a little love and caring. One small apple seed, water, sun and time. A minimalist formula, but it covers the basics of pomology. Fortunately, this isn’t a column about growing...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

If you plan to can, use a trusted and tested recipe

I’ll venture to guess there are some newbies to food preservation this year. It would be tough to argue the pandemic did not bring a heightened awareness to our reliance on large-scale food...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Reduce your food bill and eat healthy with these thrifty tips

For the sixth week in a row, I’ve left the grocery store with a touch of sticker shock. The first few occasions, I blamed it on the purchase of higher-priced items you need only periodically. Now,...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Stuck in a rut? Reset your mood with physical activity

I’ve thought about writer’s block a fair amount this week. Not just because I’m experiencing it, but also because it seems to mimic a state familiar to writers and non-writers alike. That feeling...

DATE: July 8, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Raising an appreciation for diversity through global cuisine

A few months back, I overheard my 5-year-old rattling off names of countries from around the world. My oldest is either correcting or applauding her as she attempts to match images of flags with...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

We’re all in this together, but our perspectives vary

I’m sure you’ve read it somewhere, on a social media post, scrawled across the street in chalk or, if nowhere else, in this very column: We are all in this together. It’s an interesting concept to...

DATE: May 6, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Much has changed, but safe produce washing has not

I don't imagine this place of social isolation, accompanied by major life disruptions is exactly what we envisioned spring would bring. But alas, here we are. Rather than packing up camping gear...

DATE: April 8, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Does your environment support your health?

Isn’t it ironic how easily resolutions dissolve, in spite of our persistent desire to be healthy? In as little as two months, well-intended habits have collapsed into a pile of excuses. No need to...

DATE: March 11, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Three couples share what’s behind a successful relationship

Many people come in and out of our life, fulfilling various roles, at various times. Parting ways comes with acceptance of change or heartbreak with loss. Yet, not all relationships end. For some,...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

How five simple words can change your day

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting Vincent. Aside from his name, I know nothing more than the fact that with five simple words he made my day and inspired this column. It was Monday,...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Ready to make the perfect cookie? Welcome to cookie chemistry 101

One for me, two for you and plate of carrots for the reindeer. The carrots are easy, it’s the cookies that can be finicky. Once you get past the challenge of deciding on a style, you merely have...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Warming spices will make delightful pumpkin dishes

Last week, Halloween pumpkins gathered at the La Plata County Fairgrounds with the purpose of giving life from their wilting remains. Livestock throughout the county will soon be feasting on fodder...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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