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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Gardens Are A Great Way To Eat Local

By Pamela Redwine

We are having a great time at our crochet classes.  So don’t forget, our last class will be this Thursday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until noon. The classes are free, however you will need to bring a crochet needle and yarn.
Members from both 4-H FCS clubs went Saturday, April 20, to the Yalobusha Nursing Home in Water Valley to model in their first 4-H Spring Fashion Show. The girls had the best time modeling their favorite spring outfit and the staff and residents of the nursing home seemed to really enjoy our show. It was such a success, we hope to be able to do it again in the fall.
Join us on Thursday at noon for our Lunch-n-Learn program titled “A History of Kitchen Gardens.” This program will be presented from MSU by Brian Templeton through interactive video.  Brian describes the class by saying, “We hear ‘eat locally” a lot these days, and kitchen gardens and home grown produce can help homeowners do just that.  This presentation will discuss how homegrown produce and kitchen gardens have evolved over history and gives advice on considerations for achieving one of these in their own landscapes.”  
If you are interested in attending this program please call 675-2730 to register for this free program.
The Healthy You Exercise class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.   Wear cool clothes, comfortable shoes and bring some water to drink.
Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at MSU- Yalobusha County Exten-sion Service to keep up with our upcoming events.
Slow Cookers Save The Day!

Last night I got my son, Andy’s, baseball schedule. If you’ve ever had a baseball player you know what is coming… four games this week, four games next week and so on until the end of school. This is such a fun time in his life and we enjoy going to every game and cheering him on.  How-ever, it can be a challenge when you are a mom trying to prepare healthy meals for your family and stay on a budget.    
Games end and the family is starving, there is no time to wait for mom to prepare a healthy, home cooked meal.
Or is there?  If you have a slow cooker then there is hope! Slow cookers aren’t just for making soups and stews in the winter time. They can and should be used all year long.
There are many healthy meals that you can make in you slow cooker that will allow you to put that healthy meal on the table in record time as well as save you money too.  There are many Slow Cooker Recipe books out there or you can find recipes online. Below is one recipe that I think is worth a try.

Recipe of the Week
By Pamela Redwine
Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

• 4-6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 40 ounces)
• 2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
• 1 medium onion thinly sliced (Not chopped)
• 4 garlic cloves
• 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (for gluten-free use White Balsamic Vinegar which doesn’t have caramel coloring)
• 1 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 tsp each: dried oregano, basil, and rosemary
• 1/2 tsp thyme
• ground black pepper and salt to taste

Pour the olive oil on bottom of slow cooker, add chicken breasts, salt and pepper each breast, put sliced onion on top of chicken then put in all the dried herbs and garlic cloves. Pour in vinegar and top with tomatoes.
Cook on high 4 hours, serve over angel hair pasta and with side salad.
Yields 10 Cups | Serving size: 1 Cup | Calories: 190 | Previous Points: 4 | Points Plus: 4 | Fat: 6g | Saturated fat: 1 g | Trans fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 53 mg | Sodium: 121 mg | Carbohydrate: 5 g | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 3 g | Protein 26 g
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