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January 23, 2020

Hand with meat thermometer chicken middle of 3 chicken breasts on outdoor grill.

Freezer meals are all the rage as everyone looks for ways to save time in the kitchen. This recipe is a simple, marinated chicken recipe that you could easily double or triple.


Two women who attended the Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon pictured with speaker Molly May.

From the Field: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 5, 2017

When October comes around, you not only see the usual fall decorations but also the color pink! From athletes to electrical power linemen, people don the color pink to raise awareness of breast cancer—a disease that is diagnosed in one out of eight women.

A diverse group of youth displaying 4-H signs.

So you want to join 4-H

October 3, 2017

Ready “to make the best better”? October 1 is the official start of the 4-H year!*

*If you don’t know what 4-H is, start here, with 4-H Wants You!

Two men hold a hammerhead shark while conducting research aboard a boat.

From the Field: Trawling with Mississippi Master Naturalists

September 28, 2017

Our Extension photographer Kevin Hudson went out to sea to snag some great photos of the Master Naturalist training last weekend. We wanted to share a couple with you! On hand was our new Extension marine fisheries specialist Marcus Drymon. 

Deer University logo showing buck with huge rack.

Top tips for deer hunting season

September 26, 2017

Gear ready? Check.

Hunter’s Safety Course & hunting license? Check.

Know the rules for your hunting spot? Check.

I’ve learned a lot about hunting since marrying into Mississippi 10 years ago. And whenever I really want to score points with my husband, I bring home information from MSU Extension experts. Now everyone can access science-based information whenever they want it, thanks to a new podcast, Deer University!

Seven women smile as they hold beaded windchimes.

From the Field: Are You Feeling Crafty?

September 22, 2017

We like to think of local Extension offices as community hubs! These are places where you know you can learn from respected experts in a comfortable atmosphere. County Extension offices are also places where you can flex your creative muscle and get crafty! Extension agents across the state offer chances for you to make something fun with your own two hands. Most likely, you will leave with a new handmade project and new friends!
 

headshot of Dr. Jay McCurdy, PhD

Three tips for an award-winning lawn

September 19, 2017

Are you longing for a great looking yard next summer – the kind that wins the neighborhood Yard of the Month award? Well, there are a few things you need to do now to get that lush, green carpet.

Host Natasha Haynes stands in front of a green screen filming a scene for The Food Factor.

From the Field: Behind the Scenes with “The Food Factor”

September 14, 2017

Every month “The Food Factor” crew assembles to film the next month’s episodes. This week we were in Clinton to talk about rice, a Mediterranean twist on macaroni and cheese, and our plans to add new, fun flavors to our family favorites.

Our host, Extension agent Natasha Haynes, makes it look easy, but she memorizes all of her lines – no teleprompter here! She’s also a good sport, because you never know what kind of crazy ideas the videographers will generate.

A bowl of Italian ground beef and rice in a rainbow-striped bowl sits on a red tablecloth with a red and white cloth napkin and a spoon.

Real Life Recipe: Italian Ground Beef with Rice

September 13, 2017

Sometimes when I cook rice, I make too much. Use leftover rice for this fast and easy one-skillet recipe. Be sure to season it to your liking with salt, pepper, and garlic powder or fresh minced garlic! You can also customize it with your favorite vegetables.

A bin of sweet potatoes sitting in a field harvested from Edmonson Farm in Vardaman, MS

From the Field: Sweet Potatoes Take the Spotlight

September 8, 2017

Sweet potatoes have been gaining in popularity over the last several decades. No longer are they reserved just for the holiday table, but you can enjoy them year-round as side dishes, desserts, soups and more. Even fast food restaurants have started including sweet potatoes in their menus!

And for good reason. Not only are sweet potatoes tasty, but they are good for you!

US Rice Infographic showing 10 reasons to eat rice grown in the USA

Love local food? Buy Mississippi-grown rice!

September 5, 2017

If you love buying locally grown foods, you have multiple options for supporting Mississippi rice growers!

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Extension for Real Life is a product of the MSU Extension Service’s Office of Agricultural Communications.

That’s a long way of saying we are professional communicators who get to talk about food, families, 4-H, flowers, and farming for a living.

Blog content is created by a core team of communicators, including Susan Collins-Smith, Ellen Graves, Natasha Haynes, Keri Lewis, Michaela Parker, and Jonathan Parrish. But we get by with a lot of help from our friends in Ag Comm and Extension!

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