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Living Well in Yalobusha County

October Offers Plenty Of Fall Activities

The Crochet MHV Club will meet Thursday, October 6, at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office.

Our 4-H sewing workshop (to work on projects for Holiday House) will be Monday, October 10, at 1:30 p.m.  All members are encouraged to attend. 

The Morning Create Club will meet on Tuesday, October 11, at the Extension Office. Jo Davis will be the leader.  Our craft will be a gourd snowman.  The cost is $2 and can be paid that morning.  

The Evening Create Club will meet on Thursday, October 13, at the Extension Office. Robbin Harrington will be the leader.  Our craft will be a fall or Halloween wreath. Supplies needed include a grapevine wreath, any fall decorations (fall leaves, pumpkins, sunflowers) wooden letters, ribbon, wire or hot glue gun.

MSU and Ole Miss Dye Cut Wall art raffle tickets are still available  The FCS 4-H club are selling the tickets.  The tickets are $2 each and can be purchased from any 4-H FCS member or from the Extension office.  The items will be raffled off at Holiday House on October 22.

Don’t forget it is time to order MSU Cheese for the holidays! Contact the Exten-sion office to get a cheese order form or go to: and place your order online.  If you place your order online, make sure to let them know that Yalobusha County Extension will be picking up your order. We will pick up orders the first of December.

Also remember our Healthy You exercise classes are free and meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 until 9:45 a.m.  Make sure that you wear cool, comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink.

Please mark your calendars for the Extension Service’s Holiday House which will be held Saturday, October 22 from 9 am until 2 p.m at the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville. We will have vendors to help you get started with your holiday shopping. Our 4-H FACS club has been working hard sewing Christmas ornaments and bookmarks which they will be selling. 

The Shooting Sports 4-H Club will be selling barbecue plates, we will have several holiday demonstrations to help you get in the holiday mood.  And don’t forget to cast your vote in the 4-H Decorated Pumpkin contest and browse the exhibit room to look at the Cultural Art winners and displays different Extension Clubs have prepared.  

Eat More Fruits 

and Vegetables

Are you in a fruit and vegetable slump? It’s easy to get stuck eating the same things over and over. Green salad, tomatoes, carrots. Apples, bananas, grapes. Sound familiar? It may be time to mix things up!

Make your own salad bar. Buy at least two kinds of salad greens (baby spinach and romaine, for example) and an assortment of other raw veggies. If time is an issue, go with pre-washed, pre-cut items. Every night at dinner, bring out the assortment of greens and veggies and let everyone make their own salad.

Roast and grill

The pickiest of eaters become veggie-lovers when they try something like oven-roasted Brussels sprouts or grilled fresh asparagus. Roasting and grilling bring out flavors and textures that raw or steamed vegetables just don’t offer.

Embrace the exotic

While we usually recommend that you buy local produce that’s in season, there’s a world of produce out there (like cardoon!). Trying something more exotic once in a while won’t hurt. Ask the produce manager where you shop to point you toward unique items. Stop by ethnic grocery stores to see what they offer. Where I live, there’s a huge grocery store that carries an endless array of fruits and vegetables from all over the world. Take a short “field trip” and bring home something new to try.

Find fancier frozen veggies. If your freezer is full of peas, carrots, and corn, branch out to other vegetables! 

Kids in a Slump? Getting Your Kids to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

Here are a few tips:

1. Take your kids when you buy food. While most parents cringe at the idea, it’s important for kids to know where their food comes from. Take them to farmer’s markets and have them help select beans, tomatoes, corn, peaches and other seasonal fruits and vegetables. They may be more likely to try it if they picked it themselves.

2. Invite your kids to help you cook. Kids can clean and snap beans or rinse fruit to be served. This may help them become more confident in the kitchen and more likely to eat food they have prepared themselves.

3. Don’t force food. Encourage your child to try one bite to see if he/she likes it. Don’t reward with treats as it may set up emotional eating later, or your child may feel obligated to eat the new food just to get to desert.

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