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

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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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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

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

How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown

This recipe tip accompanied an article by Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, entitled “Check Out food.unl.edu”, September 2017 NEBLINE


Keep your guacamole from turning brown

Avocados are frequently cited by health professionals as containing a healthy fat. Guacamole is a delightful way to enjoy avocados. Here is a way, to keep guacamole from turning brown if you prepare it a few hours — or even 24 hours — ahead of time.

Pack guacamole firmly (to remove air bubbles) and so it is level in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Press down on the guacamole with a spoon while packing it.

Cover with about 1/2-inch of lukewarm water. Place lid on container and refrigerate.

Carefully pour off the water before serving. Stir guacamole to mix in any remaining moisture.

You’ll find this helpful tip and more in the September 2017 issue of the NEBLINE Newsletter. Available free online.

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 –

Cicada Killers, Cicadas and Cow Killer Ants

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the GRO Big Red Blog, please do! Our colleagues at Nebraska Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, and our own Jody Green in Lancaster County, regularly share resources to help you GRO Big! https://grobigred.com/

Cow Killer Ant (Velvet Ant). This is not an "ant" but a wasp!

Cow Killer Ant (Velvet Ant). This is not an “ant” but a wasp!

It’s that time of year when cicadas “sing”, and their predators are on the hunt. Learn more about cicada killer wasp, annual cicadas and cow killer ants:

Cicada Killer Season is Upon Us – Jonathan Larson

Video: Cicada Killer Wasp – Jonathan Larson & Jody Green

Annual Cicadas: The Musicians of Summer – Jonathan Larson

Cow Killer Ant: Wrongfully Accused – Jody Green

If you have other pest and wildlife questions, we have resources on-line at http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest or contact your local extension office.

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
http://lancaster.unl.edu

The August 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The August 2017 issue of the free NEBLINE Newsletter is on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline

Back to School Nutrition

Back to School Nutrition

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue:

  • Back to School Nutrition
  • On-the-Go Ideas for Breakfast
  • Are You Avoiding Some Healthy Foods Because of Sugar?
  • Tropical Fruit Dip Recipe (pg 5)
  • Water Conservation in the Hot Summer Months
  • Water “Load” Impacts Private Wastewater Systems
  • Mosquitoes: A Bad Buzz
  • Bats Can Be Removed from Buildings After Mid-August
  • Culver’s Root: A Must-Have Perennial Plant
  • August Garden Guide
  • Selecting a Babysitter
  • July Heart of 4-H Award Winner: Rachel Hanigan
  • August Heart of 4-H Award Winner: Meg Bauman
  • 4-H’ers Test Family and Consumer Science and Entrepreneurship Skills at Life Challenge
  • 4-H’ers Test Animal Science Skills at PASE
  • 4-H Clover College: 55 Workshops of Hands-On Learning
  • Six Lancaster County 4-H Clubs Receive Governor’s Ag Excellence Awards
  • Congratulations! Kristen Geisert Promoted
  • Seeking Lancaster County Fair 100-Year or Older Photos/Artifacts
  • and much more…

The NEBLINE Newsletter

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 –