Make an Ice Suncatcher

This article appears in the November/December 2018 Newsletter:

Make an ice suncatcher

by Mary Jane Frogge, Extension Associate – Horticulture

This winter-themed ice suncatcher (left) has raspberries and spruce branches. This fall-themed ice suncatcher (right) has orange slices, vinca stems and yellow food coloring. (Photo by Mary Jane Frogge, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)

This winter-themed ice suncatcher (left) has raspberries and spruce branches. This fall-themed ice suncatcher (right) has orange slices, vinca stems and yellow food coloring. (Photo by Mary Jane Frogge)

Making an ice suncatcher with natural materials is a fun winter activity for all ages. Using water, natural materials, freezing temperatures and a little time, you can create an outdoor decoration to place in the yard during the cold winter months.

1. Collect twigs, leaves, pinecones, cranberries, seeds, orange and apple slices, or other small natural materials to use as decoration for your suncatcher. The suncatcher needs a hanger, use a small loop of twine or ribbon.

2. Fill a pie or cake pan half full with water. Add a bit of food coloring to add color to your suncatcher. Arrange your decorations in the water. By adding fruit or bird seed you can make your suncatcher a bird feeder too. Position the hanger in the water leaving the loop out for hanging later. Place the pan outside if you have freezing temperatures or in the freezer to freeze overnight. After you have the pan in place to freeze, add more water to fill the pan. If you are doing this activity with kids, it can be a bit messy. It might be a good idea to make them outside.

3. When frozen, pop it out of the mold or run the underside of the cake pan through warm water for a few seconds until it loosens. Hang your ice suncatcher on a fence or a tree in the yard. Remove the ribbon or twine once the ice suncatcher has melted.

Check out the entire November/December issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter for much more from Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the March 2018 NEBLINE!

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).

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Halloween Fruit Parfaits

This recipe tip accompanied an article written by Kayla Colgrove, MS, RDN, ACSM-CPT, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, entitled “Happy, Healthy Halloween”, September 2018 NEBLINE


Halloween Fruit Parfaits

(Photo by Kayla Colgrove, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)

HALLOWEEN FRUIT PARFAITS
(6 Servings)
Ingredients:

  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits in 100% juice, drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) mandarin oranges in water, no sugar added, drained
  • 2 cups nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 6 pieces candy corn

Directions:

  1. Drain pineapple tidbits and mandarin oranges.
  2. Layer 1/3 cup pineapple tidbits, 1/3 cup mandarin oranges and 1/3 cup yogurt in each of the 6 clear plastic cups 9 ounces).
  3. Keep parfaits in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Garnish with a piece of candy corn right before serving.

Kayla’s Notes:
• Select fruit canned in 100% fruit juice or water rather than syrup when choosing canned fruits.
• Try fresh fruit in place of canned fruit.
• Swap out any yellow and orange fruit you like best such as using peaches or cantaloupe for mandarin oranges.

Nutrition Information per serving (1 parfait) — nutrition information will change if substitutions are used: Calories 157, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 1.7mg, Sodium 37mg, Total Carbohydrate 31.5g, Dietary Fiber 1.3g, Sugars 24.1g, Protein 7.7g

You’ll find this helpful recipe and more in the September 2018 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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