What’s Happening Sunday? It is BIG BOWL GAME DAY!

Sunday, February 4, 2018 is a big day for thousands of football fans across the country. It is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day, according to Wikipedia.

Develop a winning Big Bowl “food game plan” by thinking like a football player on the playing field. Only, instead of the opposing team, your field is filled with food and refreshments. Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Extension Educator, put together eight winning strategies to help you win the game from getting in condition, sizing up the opponent, advancing to the goal line and finally, to making a TOUCHDOWN! You’ll also find delicious recipes for Pinto Bean Salsa Dip and Tuna Veggie Dip.

Visit https://food.unl.edu/big-bowl-game-plan-healthy-eating for Your Big Bowl Game
Plan for Healthy Eating
tips and recipes.

Making guacamole for the big game? Learn how to keep your guacamole from turning brown!

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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February 2018 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter
The February issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the February 2018 NEBLINE!

Extension Educator Alice Henneman shares some tips for making your own trail mix in this issue:

• Limit the serving size to about 1/4 cup to keep calories at a reasonable amount.
• Use unsalted versions of nuts.
• Choose cereals and crackers that are whole grain, and lower in sugar and salt.
• Limit the amount of added candy. Consider using “mini” versions of candy, such as mini chocolate
chips, to distribute a smaller amount of candy throughout the mix.
Check out the trail mix recipe on page 2 of the NEBLINE to get you started!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – –

  • Feature: The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Teaches Limited-Resource  Families Through Peer Education
  • A Piece of Dark Chocolate Candy for Dessert
  • Trail Mix with Dark Chocolate Recipe
  • Pesticide Applicator Training
  • Weekly “Successful Farmer Series” Runs Through Feb. 9
  • How Does Winter Weather Affect Private Wastewater and Water Systems?
  • Carpet Beetles: Pull the Rug Out From Under Them
  • Tracking Wildlife Tracks
  • 2018 Flower All-America Selections
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings
  • The Importance of Physical Activity in Young Children
  • Lincoln Early Childhood Conference March 24
  • 4-H and Youth Announcements
  • February Garden Guide
  • and more…

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

January 2018 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The January 2018 issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the January 2018 NEBLINE!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – –

  • Feature Article: 2017 Extension Highlights
  • What’s on a Food Label
  • UNL Helps Small Food Business Start-ups
  • Pesticide Applicator 2018 Training Dates
  • Crop Production Clinic in Lincoln, Jan. 18
  • “Successful Farmer Series” Weekly, Jan. 5–Feb. 9
  • Upcoming Green Industry Conferences
  • Extension’s 2018 Master Gardener Trainings, Two Sites Available
  • Gnats In Winter? Check Potted Plants!
  • Wildlife Need Tree Snags
  • January Garden Guide
  • Heart of 4-H Volunteer Award – Troy Bernadt
  • It’s Time to Re-enroll in 4-H
  • Meet 2017–2018 4-H Council
  • Earth Wellness Festival Needs Volunteers
  • Overnight Lock-In for 4th & 5th Graders
  • Horse Bits: 4-H Horse Incentive Program and 4-H Horse Stampede Entries Due
  • Upcoming Meetings, Events and Workshops for 4-H: Livestock Judging, Companion Animal Challenge, Crocheting, Pillow Sewing
  • 2018 4-H Calendar
  • New Nutrition Staff Member – Mindy Vyhnalek
  • Pam Branson Retires After 44 Years
  • Outgoing Extension Board Members
  • Sarah Browning Receives Educator Award from Statewide Arboretum
  • Alice Henneman Earns National Awards
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings: Cultivating Healthy Intentional Mindful Educators (CHIME) Program for Childcare Providers | Management Training Program (MTP) for Childcare Directors | Workshops for Before and After School Providers (Basic Engineering, Magic of Electricity, Environmental Awareness) | Lincoln Early Childhood Conference

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Spicy Pumpkin Shake Recipe

This recipe accompanied an article by Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, entitled “Holiday Food Safety Bloopers”, November/December 2017 NEBLINE


Spicy Pumpkin Pie Shake - Alice Henneman, Extension Educator

SPICY PUMPKIN SHAKE
This shake, in combination with a whole grain muffin, could serve as a light meal. Or, enjoy this spicy delight as a delicious treat at the end of a busy, active day. It’s loaded with vitamin A and is a source of calcium — so you’re not drinking “empty calories.”

Use the following ingredients per one serving:

  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (NOT canned pumpkin pie MIX)
  • 1/3 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Add all ingredients to a blender. Cover and blend on high until smooth. If desired, garnish with a dash of pumpkin pie spice.

Check out ALICE’S NOTES for ways to use pumpkin pie spice and leftover pumpkin: Continue reading

Bed Bugs Don’t Fly…Unless on an Airplane

A recent article last week in Canadian headlines brought attention to the possibility of bed bugs hitchhiking on planes.

Fellow entomologist, Joe Ballenger asked via Twitter how common incidents were of bed bugs on planes. I don’t know the statistics or if there is a document that records this data. From what I know about bed bugs, it is completely possible and frightening to think about.

The following post is a summary and expansion of some of the tweets @JodyBugsMeUNL that took place over the past few days regarding bed bugs and airplanes. Continue reading

November/December 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The November/December issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the November/December 2017 NEBLINE!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – –

  • 4-H’ers Grow Into True Leaders Through Service (feature)
  • Holiday Food Safety Bloopers (page 2)
  • Spice Pumpkin Shake Recipe with Additional Tips (page 2)
  • “Successful Farmer Series” Starts Jan. 5 (page 3)
  • Deciding if Cost Outweighs Benefit of Applying Nitrogen in Fall (page 3)
  • Plan Now for Pesticide Applicator Training (page 3)
  • Upcoming Green Industry Conferences (page 3)
  • Pests Associated With Moisture and Mildew (page 4)
  • Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Habitat (page 4)
  • Recycle Your Live Cut Christmas Tree for Wildlife (page 4)
  • Make a Cornucopia From the Garden (page 5)
  • 2018 Training for New Master Gardener Volunteers in Lancaster County Begins in February. Please Join Us! (page 5)
  • November/December Garden Guide (page 5)
  • Teaching Children Gratitude & Kindness (page 5)
  • IT’S TIME TO RE-ENROLL IN 4-H! (page 6)
  • Heart of 4-H Award Winners (November: Bridget Bogle) (December: Kaiya Green) (page 6)
  • AKSARBEN 4-H Results, All Lancaster County 4-H Volunteers
    Must be Rescreened in 2017, 4-H Awards and Scholarships (page 6)
  • 4-H Horse Awards, Upcoming 4-H Workshops, 4-H Specialty Clubs
    Invite New Members) (page 7)
  • Meet Kristen Houska, SNAP-Ed Educator; Extension Educator Jody Green wins Communication Award; UNL Service Awards (page 8)
  • Extension Calendar; Outgoing 4-H Council Members; Extension Board Applications (page 8)

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

October 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The October 2017 issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the October 2017 NEBLINE!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – –

  • Floodwater and Stormwater Can Contaminate Water Wells
  • Where’s the Beef? Frozen Make-Ahead Crumbled Beef
  • Chili with Beef and Beans Recipe
  • Cover Crop Grazing Partnerships
  • New Hazardous Materials Collection Center Open (local)
  • About Flood Insurance
  • Brown Recluse Spiders: Misidentified, Misdiagnosed and Misunderstood
  • Harness the Insect-Eating Goodness of Bats With a Bat House
  • White-Nosed Syndrome in Bats: Where to report in Nebraska
  • Why So Many Weeds?
  • Disaster Preparedness for Families
  • Heart of 4-H Award Winner Kate Rawlinson
  • 4-H: Household Pets Fest Sept 30, Rabbit Clinic Oct 21, Paper Basket Workshop Nov 4, Horse Awards Night Oct 5, Leader Training Oct 26, Thank you 4-H Sponsors and Volunteers!, Nebraska State Fair 4-H Results, 4-H Council Alumni Scholarship, Seeking New 4-H Council Members, Make it With Wool Contest Nov 18
  • Extension Board Applications Due Nov 1
  • Ag Society Hall of Fame 2017 Awards: Ron Snover, Jim Countryman
  • 4-H Information Night Oct 10, 4-H Council Golf Tournament Fundraiser, Oct 1

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –