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A woman in a kitchen smiles and holds a forkful of salad up for the camera.

It's finally fall, and this healthy, simple salad is a great way to celebrate the new season!

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May: Mental Health Awareness Month

May 11, 2023

Life can be overwhelming sometimes, and stress is a normal part of life. Too much unchecked stress can lead to physical and mental health challenges that must be addressed. Know the signs to watch for and learn what to do when you or someone you know needs help.

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Salt-Free Seasonings in 3 Steps

May 11, 2023

One of the first steps in controlling high blood pressure is to reduce the extra sodium in your diet. Many people think sodium and salt are the same thing, however, they are different. Sodium is a mineral that occurs naturally in foods and is sometimes added during manufacturing. Table salt is a combination of the minerals sodium and chloride.

A house sparrow.

Bird of the Month: House Sparrow

May 5, 2023

Have you ever noticed the small birds hopping around parking lots scrounging for food and wondered what kind they were? There’s a good chance they were house sparrows. 

Cranberry Balls

The Food Factor: Cranberry Oatmeal Balls

May 2, 2023

Cranberry Oatmeal Balls are chewy bites of deliciousness. They provide a nutritious energy boost while satisfying your snack cravings!

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May Landscape Tasks

April 28, 2023

May is here and you know what that means, it’s go time! 

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Nectar Plants for Mississippi Butterflies

April 25, 2023

There’s nothing as magical and whimsical as a garden filled with colorful butterflies. They’re fun to watch, but they also play an important role in our environment.

Black swallowtail caterpillar on a plant.

Larval Plants for Mississippi Caterpillars

April 21, 2023

Did you know that certain plants provide food to certain butterflies? Just like adult and baby humans eat different things, the same applies to butterflies!

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The Food Factor: Tuna Melt Burger

April 18, 2023

This Tuna Melt Burger is great for lunch or dinner, and it's easy cleanup!

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Know the Difference: Watch vs. Warning

April 14, 2023

In Mississippi, we’ve taken our fair share of hard hits from severe weather lately. The tornados that ripped through the Delta and North Mississippi have changed lives forever. With hurricane season looming just behind tornado season, it’s important to understand the differences in two common weather alerts: watches and warnings. 

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4 Tips to Navigate Food Allergies

April 11, 2023

Millions of Americans have food allergies. While some may outgrow food allergies, many others do not. Food allergies are common in young children and tend to appear during the first or second year of life. Check out the tips I use to help me navigate as a mom of a child with food allergies.


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