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August 11, 2020

A woman stands in front of a house as children with backpacks appear in the backgroud.

No matter how your children go back to school this year, healthy lunches and snacks will provide them with the nutrition they need to learn, grow, and build their immune systems.


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The Food Factor: Peanut Power Smoothie

October 25, 2019

When you need a boost of protein before you dash out the door, try this quick smoothie. You can experiment with different fruits, add ice if you prefer a frozen drink, and swap out peanut butter for an alternative like sunflower seed butter if you have allergies.

A display of healthy treats for Halloween.

Tips for a Happy, Healthy Halloween

October 21, 2019

Trying to eat healthy during the Halloween season can be frightening and a little challenging. Here are a few tips to get your broomstick flying in the right direction.

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How to Store Caladiums

October 17, 2019

If you have caladiums in your landscape and want to be sure they come back next year, you’ll need to dig them up just before the first frost. Mississippi’s winters are too cold for the plants to survive in the ground.

Ripe muscadines on the vine.

How to Pick the Right Muscadine Variety to Grow

October 15, 2019

If you want to grow muscadines at your home, choosing the right variety can be intimidating. With so many varieties to pick from, how do you know you’re picking the right one?

 Green lettuce and cooked chicken wrapped in a wheat tortilla.

The Food Factor: Sunshine Roll-ups

October 11, 2019

Fans of The Food Factor know I love rotisserie chicken. I’ve added this quick recipe to my repertoire for using a store-bought rotisserie chicken. You could also use canned chicken breast or even sliced chicken or turkey from the deli.

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How to Join 4-H

October 9, 2019

The most common question we get is: how do I join 4-H? It’s encouraging to see so many young people wanting to get involved in the activities 4-H offers!

Cooked noodles, vegetables, and beef.

The Food Factor: Asian Beef & Noodles

October 4, 2019

I’m always looking for recipes that cook up fast and reheat well. This Asian Beef and Noodles recipe gives me a delicious dinner and fabulous leftovers for my lunch.

A mum with maroon budding flowers in a clay pot.

Tips for Buying and Caring for Mums

October 1, 2019

Nothing says fall like buying mums to incorporate into your home landscape! They’re the perfect plant to transition from hot to cool weather. With several gorgeous colors to choose from, mums are a must for fall weather.

Rows of yellow mums.

What to Do in Your Garden in October

September 27, 2019

Fall is my favorite time of year. The autumn colors people incorporate into their landscape just make me giddy! 

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How to Divide Perennials

September 24, 2019

Fall is one of the best times to divide perennials, such as daylilies and irises. It is best to divide these kinds of plants when they are not blooming. If you don’t get this task done in fall, don’t worry. You can divide perennials throughout the winter and into early spring.

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