If you follow our Yalobusha County Extension Facebook page, you might remember a video series we did back in April and May. It was called Back to Basics: Life Skills 101 Video Series with 46 great videos that provided instructions on a wide variety of topics that included cleaning, laundry, food safety, family finances and more.
We had a great team of 13 Family and Consumer Science extension agents across the northeast region contribute to this effort.
I am proud to announce that the MSU Extension Director, Dr. Gary Jackson, recognized our team during the MSU Extension Annual Conference. The Back to Basics: Life Skills 101 video series won the Extension Customer Outreach Award.
The videos are available on YouTube by searching “Back to Basics: Life Skills 101 MSU Extension.
Crafting A Salad
Now it’s lunch time. You’re hungry and you’re on your own to get something to eat. What are your choices? Even though all the ingredients are in the refrigerator is a salad something you’d make for yourself? Probably not.
I read an article recently, about an idea that just might help with this scenario. It’s called salad “starters.” When you get all of the stuff out to make a salad, just make a couple extra. Put the basic parts…lettuce, maybe egg, carrots, washed fruit, rinsed canned beans,…in a nice single- serving salad bowls. Then cover with plastic wrap and put back into the refrigerator.
So then, when it’s time to eat you can grab this salad starter and add to it. What goes on top depends upon what meal it is and what else you‘ve eaten during the day. Maybe you’ve eaten heavy earlier in the day and you’re looking for a simple side salad,…it’s ready to go.
When you want a bigger meal, you can easily add cooked meat (either freshly cooked or leftovers) or tuna from a can or more veggies. Maybe artichokes, roasted red peppers, nuts,…anything goes to make it a bigger, better and appealing salad. This is also when you can add those fresh items that just don’t keep well on a salad…like sliced tomatoes, avocado or a light dressing.
Plan to only make just enough for a day or two because you want them to be fresh. I am sure you will notice that when you really don’t want to take the time to make a salad, having a “salad starter” ready to go just makes that healthier choice easier.
Extension Office Notes:
• The Create MHV Club will meet on Wednesday, November 11th at 9 a.m. at the Extension Office. Membership dues are $10 and are due this month.
• The deadline to reserve your child a November Cooking Kit is Friday, November 13th. The pickup day will be Thursday, November 19th from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Extension office.
• 4-H Robotics will meet on Tuesday, November 17 at 4 p.m. There are two options for this meeting – virtual and in person. If you plan to tune in virtually you will need to come by the Extension Office to pick up a kit.
• Golden Clover buds 4-H Club will meet on Thursday, November 19th at 4 p.m. More information regarding the meeting will be coming soon.
• The Looped with Love Crochet Club will meet on Thursday, November 19 at 10 a.m. Membership dues of $10 are due this month.
Water Valley Ground Breakers 4-H Club will meet on Saturday, November 21st at 10 a.m. More information regarding the meeting will be coming soon.