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The Snow Break Was Fun But Now I’m Ready For Spring Weather

Snow, who would have guessed that Mississippi would receive a snow on Tuesday and that some of the roads would still be icy on Friday?  Between snow days and the Martin Luther King holiday, I only saw the office two days last week.  Luckily, after my night meeting on Thursday (of the previous week), I decided to take home some work, just in case.  Glad I did,   I was able to make good use of the “snow days.”

Abby and Andy made good use of the snow days as well.  Tuesday, they enjoyed sledding and playing in the snow with some of the kids from our neighborhood.  By Wednesday, they were “done” with the snow and cold and stayed inside watching movies and playing games. Wednesday afternoon we were all a little stir crazy and had to get out and check on the status of the roads.   By Thursday we were at least a little happy to get back to our normal routines.  The snow break was fun, but I’m ready for spring!

Winter Squash: Nutrient Powerhouse

Both summer and winter squash are available year round, but in the depths of winter, it feels good to turn on the oven and roast some squash or make it into a delicious, smooth textured soup. 

There are several different varieties of winter squash, and what they all have in common is an inedible, hard outer rind and large seeds. Most winter squash have orange colored flesh, which means that they’re an especially rich source of vitamin A and beta carotene, antioxidants that play an important role in healthy bones, vision, and a great immune system. 1/2 cup serving of winter squash on average contains 38 calories, 9 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, less than 1 gram fat and 1 gram protein.

Acorn Squash

Small and round, the acorn squash is often sliced in half and baked. It’s a good source of potassium, magnesium, thiamin, and vitamin B6.

Banana Squash

Two to three feet long and shaped like a banana, this squash has a slightly sweet taste. Roast it in the oven and serve cubed, or mash it as you would mash sweet potatoes.

Butternut Squash

Its beige-colored outer rind is softer than other types of squash, which makes butternut squash easier to peel. The flesh is often roasted or used in soups. 1/2 cup provides 25% of your daily vitamin C needs.

Buttercup Squash

This squash is sweeter than many other varieties, and can be used to replace sweet potatoes. It also makes a delicious soup when roasted, pureed, and combined with chicken stock, salt, pepper, and thyme.

Carnival Squash

A type of acorn squash, a carnival squash has flesh that is more yellow colored. Mash cooked squash with apple juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg for a delicious, sweet-tasting side dish without any added sugar.

Delicata Squash

This squash has a thinner, edible outer skin and a creamy flesh. You can roast them in the oven and top with a little cinnamon for a winter treat. 

Hubbard Squash

One of the largest types of squash, hubbard squash has an extra hard skin that allows it to be stored at 50-55 degrees for up to 6 months. It’s a good source of Vitamin C and potassium.

Spaghetti Squash 

When cooked, the flesh of the spaghetti squash separates into spaghetti-like strands and can be used in place of pasta. It’s lower in total calories and carbohydrate than other types of winter squash, with only 20 calories per 1/2 cup serving. 

Article and Recipe Source: Food and Health Newsletter.

MSU Extension Service


• The Healthy You exercise class will meet on Wednesday, January 24th and Monday, January 29th at 9 a.m. and the Healthy You Yoga class will meet on Friday, January 26 at 9 a.m. These are great ways to reach your exercise goals in a warm place and with accountability partners.  We hope you will join us.

• The Looped with Love Crochet MHV club will meet on Thursday, February 1, at 10 a.m.  

• An adult sewing class will be held on Monday, February 5, from 1 until 5 p.m. Participants will be making a Valentine’s table runner. The cost is $15 (check or money order, please no cash). Fee covers all supplies and machine maintenance fee. Registration is due by Thursday, February 1.  Space is limited and you must pay the fee to be considered registered for class.

• A 4-H Art Workshop will be held Tuesday, February 6, at 3:30 p.m. Participants will be working on entries for the Mississippi Fish Hatchery’s Art contest.  Pat Rodrigue and Jo Davis will be available to help students prepare their entries.

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