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).

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Soni

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News for you! September 2018 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

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

The NEBLINE is now available in a web-friendly and mobile-friendly format – Check it out HERE!

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

  • Feature: Septic systems need regular maintenance to function properly
  • Food and wellness festival promoted healthier lifestyles
  • Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe (Recipe of the month featuring a 4-H Food Smart Families recipe)
  • Transitions with young children in early childhood classrooms
  • Corn residue impact: Feed or fallow?
  • Ag land workshop, Sept. 7 (Local program)
  • Iron and manganese in water
  • Wastewater professional development trainings (Local program)
  • Cow killer ant: Wrongfully accused
  • Who pooped? The scoop on scat
  • Upcoming early childhood trainings (Local programs)
  • Storing vegetables and fruit
  • Garden guide: Things to do this month
  • Are you interested in gardening and enjoy helping others? Become a Master Gardener volunteer! (Local program)
  • Composting demonstrations (Local programs)
  • Heart of 4-H Volunteer Award: Nichole Jelinek
  • 4-H youth showcase their projects at Super Fair
  • Super Fair 4-H/FFA top results
  • Livestock Booster Club scholarships
  • State 4-H Horse Expo results, 4-H Teen Council invites new members, Rabbit Clinic, Oct. 13, 4-H Information Night, Oct. 16, 4-H Council Golf Tournament Fundraiser, Sept. 16, 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

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Fields of White & Gold — GRO Big Red

“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.” A.A. Milne Who doesn’t love dandelions? They are the most well recognized flower anywhere you go. 473 more words

“…Dandelions and white clover together make for a happy and healthy diet options for pollinators. However, they do not make for a happy homeowner. The last 50 years we have become obsessed with a thick, lush, weed-free lawn. We spray, pull, and weed-out anything that is not turf grass from the lawn. This leaves very little options for our insect friends…”

Learn more. Read Fields of White & Gold — GRO Big Red from our Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy colleagues.

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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Early Spring Care for Fruit Trees

Peach tree in May - photo by Vicki Jedlicka

Peach tree in May – photo by Vicki Jedlicka

This feature article appears in the March 2018 NEBLINE Newsletter:

Early Spring Care for Fruit Trees

by Sarah Browning, Extension Educator – Horticulture

When the apple and cherry trees start to bloom, we know spring has finally arrived. Fruit trees are wonderful additions to the home landscape, both as fruit producers and ornamental blooming trees.

To maximize the health of your fruit trees, begin with proper pruning, then provide good care through fertilization, watering and mulching throughout the summer. Next, develop an integrated pest management plan tailored to the specific insect and disease problems affecting your trees.

Pruning, research, trouble for fruit trees, integrated pest management, and early season pest control are covered in the feature article in the March issue of the NEBLINE Newsletter. View Page 1 and Page 3 for rest of this article (near the bottom of the page).

Check out the entire March 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).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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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

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