Happy Thanksgiving From Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County!

“For the golden corn
and the apples on the tree,
For the golden butter
and honey for our tea;
For fruits and nuts and
berries, that grow
beside the way
For birds and bees and
flowers, we give thanks
every day”
–author unknown

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from all of us here at Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County! Today, we recycled the fall decorations from our office by placing them into the Cherry Creek Pollinator Habitat. It will be fun to watch the wildlife on the live camera as they check out the pumpkins, squash […]

via Happy Thanksgiving! — The Buzz at Cherry Creek

7 Super Things Parents & Caregivers Can Do

Love your children1. Talk often with your children from the day they are born.

2. Hug them, hold them and respond to their needs and interests.

3. Listen carefully as your children communicate with you.

4. Read aloud to your children every day, even when they are babies. Play and sing with them often.

5. Say “yes” and “I love you” as much as you say “no” and “don’t.”

6. Ensure a safe, orderly and predictable environment, wherever they are.

7. Set limits on their behavior and discipline them calmly, not harshly.

Source: The NEBLINE Newsletter (Nov/Dec14 issue) Early Development Network Babies Can’t Wait 

Here’s to keeping families first … until next time,

Soni Cochran

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

If you live outside of Lancaster County, Nebraska, be sure to check out the university extension resources in your community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml

November/December 2016 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 2016 NEBLINE!

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

  • Look Who’s Hatching! Preschoolers Explore Egg-Laying Animals
  • Makeover Your Leftovers
  • Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe
  • Makeover Your Leftovers – Nov 10 at Bryan Health East Campus (Local program)
  • Cornhusker Economics and Market Journal Roadshow in Lincoln, Dec. 2 (Local program)
  • Landowner/Tenant Cash and Flexible Lease Workshops, Dec. 9 (Local program)
  • Successful Farmer Series Starts Dec. 16 (Local program)
  • Essential Oils Around Children — What You Need to Know
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings (Documenting Children’s Learning Online/In-Person Workshop | Pediatric CPR and First Aid Through the American Red Cross | Supervision of Children Training)
  • Are Pantry Pests Bugging You?
  • Do You Feed Birds? Here are Tips to Help You Save Money
  • Feeding Birds: Suet Recipe
  • What’s in Your Habitat?
  • November/December Garden Guide
  • Upcoming Green Industry Conferences (Nebraska Turfgrass Conference, Great Plains Growers Conference)
  • Be a Master Gardener
  • Heart of 4-H Award Winners (November: Sara Hansen) (December: Tammy Sheldon)
  • AKSARBEN 4-H Results, 4-H Awards & Scholarships, Re-enrollment Time, 2016 Horse Awards, Upcoming Workshops for 4-H Members
  • Meet Meghan Sittler, Domestic Water and Wastewater Extension Educator
  • Outgoing 4-H Council Members: Shar Sieck, Sheridan Swotek

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 –

Tiny Bugs with a BIG Bite!

I’m going to take a moment to vent too ….. I happen to be one of the folks who can’t enjoy the outdoors right now around my home because of all of these tiny, black bugs that bite like the dickens! I get welts from them. My colleague Jody Green braved a “probing” just so we could get the great photo below!

If you are one of the folks suffering from the bites of minute pirate bugs (they look like a black dot on your arm – you may not see the markings as you squish it), here’s an article from one of our Nebraska Extension colleagues Jonathan Larson. Bottom line: There’s not much you can do. Cover up. Try a repellent or baby oil on the skin. Wait for a hard freeze…. oh, and they are beneficial, really – they are … read on —- Soni

Minute pirate bug probing Jody Green's arm

Minute pirate bug probing Jody Green’s arm with its piercing-sucking mouthpart at the front of its head. Photo by Dr. Jody Green, Extension Educator Urban Entomology.

Minute Pirate Bugs: Tiny Bugs with a Bite!
Dr. Jonathan L. Larson, Nebraska Extension
September 19, 2016

Arrr! It is national talk like a pirate day today and it’s truly fitting as we are also receiving the first reports of problems with minute pirate bugs. These bugs get their minute moniker because as adults they are only about 1/8 inch long. Adults are oval-shaped, have a black body with an off-white/brown bar across their back and white diamond on their wing tips. As nymphs they are an orange hue and lack wings, they actually resemble their cousin the bed bug a little bit. Worldwide, there are over 500 species of minute pirate bug but we mainly deal with only one species in this area, the insidious flower beetle (Orius insidiosus). Continue reading

16 Tips For Cutting Family Food Expenses

I am always looking for ways to save money! One of my goals is reduce food waste. Anything that looks close to expiring, I use. I freeze fresh produce if I think it it might expire. Did you know you can freeze tomatoes with the skins on? I’ve used this technique many times and those tomatoes are delicious in stews, chili and soups – especially in winter! (Directions: http://food.unl.edu/freezing-raw-tomatoes-or-without-their-skins)

Enjoy this blog post from the Nebraska Extension Learning Child Team and share your money-saving tips!

Have a great day! Soni

The Learning Child Blog

Cutting food expensesDoes your lettuce turn to mush? Mushrooms start to grow fuzzy? Do your bananas blacken before your family can eat them? In the US, the average family of four, loses $1,500 each year to food it has to throw out. This is like tossing one bag out of every four purchased at the grocery store.

Food is a necessary expense but there are ways to save money. Check out these tips!

1. Use a Grocery List

Keep a grocery list where it’s easily accessible, such as on Use a grocery listthe fridge, and take it with you to the grocery store. Always shop with a list. Stick to your list for added savings, but do stay flexible if you encounter a sale. Gas for an extra trip to the store easily can add a dollar or more to your grocery bill. And the less you shop, the less likely you’ll buy something on impulse.

Examples:

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The October 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The October issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the October 2016 NEBLINE!

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

  • Legends of the Fall: Accidental & Occasional Invaders
  • Pest Management for Invaders
  • Can You Eat Your Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin?
  • Mini Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Muffins Recipe
  • Perfectly Pumpkin Whole Wheat Pancakes Recipe
  • Makeover Your Leftovers – Nov 10 at Bryan Health East Campus (Local program)
  • Fall Control of Marestail
  • Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines (Ages Birth to 5) for Childcare Providers, Parents & Caregivers
  • If You Care, Leave it There! Should You Attempt to Rescue Sick or Injured Wild Animals?
  • Growing Hardy Bulbs
  • Fall Windbreak Site Preparation and Ordering Seedlings
  • Tree Seedlings through the NRD
  • New Nutrition and Health Educator, Alyssa Havlovic
  • Marlo Yakel Receives the October Heart of 4-H Award
  • 4-H Information Night Oct 6, 6 p.m. in Lincoln (Local program)
  • Thank you 4-H Sponsors, Rabbit Clinic; Nebraska State Fair 4-H Results
  • Emerald Ash Borer Seminar November 5 in Lincoln, Nebraska (Local program)
  • Deadline for Extension Board Applications – Nov 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 –

Grilling Fruits and Vegetables

I love using my grill especially in the fall! Enjoy these tips on grilling fruits and vegetables from the Nebraska Extension Cook it Quick blog!

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 –

Cook It Quick!

Want to get your family to eat more fruits and vegetables? Try grilling them!

The heat from the grill caramelizes the natural sugars in fruits and vegetables, giving them a tasty and sweeter flavor.

I had the opportunity to visit with a representative from Weber grills who is coming to my hometown — Lincoln, Nebraska — to show their new Husker-themed grills at the Nebraska-Oregon football game. Their Chef and Grill Specialist Tyler Selhorst will be on hand to talk about grilling and tailgating tips.

Grilled meat is the first food that usually comes to mind for tailgating and grilling. To round out the meal with more foods from the grill, I asked Weber for some tips for grilling fruits and vegetables.

Grilling Fruit

grilling fruit Grilling fruit (Image courtesy of Weber grills)

Here are some general tips for grilling fruits from Weber.

  1. First preheat your grill for 10-15 minutes and then brush…

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