Carla Due has worked for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture in Miller County as the Family & Consumer Sciences agent for 29 years.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture. With offices in all 75 counties, our faculty and staff provide educational programs and research-based information to the people of Arkansas. From agricultural programs to family financial management to youth education, we offer educational programs that have immediate and practical applications. Carla Due Hadley has worked in Miller County for over 26 years where she delivers research based educational programs in the areas of foods and nutrition, financial management, family life, aging and health.
Operating as usual
Many of us had hoped the pandemic would be under control by the fall and winter holidays so we could see family and friends in a normal-ish way. Unfortunately, that’s simply not the case. All recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arkansas Department of Health have been clear: Just stay home. Read more https://bit.ly/3nirWyp.
Are you guilty of overeating during the holidays? It's practically a tradition. We try to rationalize our decision with special meals even though these foods are available year-round. Here are some strategies to help you face the temptation and pressure of the buffet table loaded with your favorite dishes. Read more - https://bit.ly/36TNkEG #lifeskills #MillerCountyFCS
Have problems with sugar cookies? Here are your solutions. Plus find my absolutely FAVORITE sugar cookie recipe my family has made for years at the bottom of the link. Show me your Christmas cookies!
Do you love the idea of freshly baked sugar cookies with family around the table decorating them? Maybe you want to deliver them as gifts for others. If so, Baking Perfect Christmas Cookies Every Time, found here – https://bit.ly/37Cl4p4 - can help you make the best buttery sugar cookies, and help eliminate some of your cookies’ baking errors. Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookies is my favorite sugar cookie, one I have made all my adult life. It’s the almond extract that makes them so good. Give them a try and let us know what you think. You can find help at any of our county extension offices https://www.uaex.edu/counties/. Just ask for the Family & Consumer Sciences agent. We love to help!
Did you know a roll with butter can easily add 200 calories to your calorie count? Choose wisely when filling up your holiday plate. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture - Extension (UAEX)
Ever wondered what it would take to burn the calories found in a given amount of holiday foods? How about approximately 12 minutes of walking or 6 minutes of running to burn off the calories in 5 pigs in a blanket. Or approximately 8 minutes of walking or 4 minutes of running to burn off the calories in 5 tablespoons of gravy. The point of this post...be active during the holiday season to keep weight gain away. Our website has some great FREE resources for you: https://www.uaex.edu/life-skills-wellness/health/physical-activity-resources/
Don't let scammers ruin your holiday season. Think before you click. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
With the 2020 holiday shopping season in full swing, consumers have many choices about where to spend their dollars. Small businesses are hoping consumers will buy locally.
The Create Bridges team at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture - Extension (UAEX) and its community partners have developed a Shop Local Holiday Business Guide to help small businesses engage consumers throughout the holiday season. The six-page guide also includes resources for retail store managers and restaurant owners. Read more - https://bit.ly/2VwxadF. #lifeskills #MillerCountyFCS
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10 Holiday Cybersecurity Tips to keep your pocketbooks safe this Christmas season.
Don't become a victim. Those phishing for your information do not take a break for the holidays. #BeInformed #NOPHISHING
Winter newsletter with treats & crafts for young children
❄️Happy December 1st! We are excited to share our winter newsletter with you. It's filled with holiday themed snacks, crafts, and educational pieces!
For many older adults, loneliness and isolation were already a problem before the pandemic. Since nursing homes and hospitals have limited family visitation, those feelings of isolation have gotten worse, especially during the holiday season.
Social isolation increases a person’s risk of premature death as much as, if not more than, smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity! So, what can families do?
Included is the Winter Salad Recipe and other pecan related information sheets.
Pecan Factsheet links (found on our extension website)
Pecan Production in the Home Garden https://www.uaex.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-6110.pdf
Fertilizer and Cultural Recommendations for Pecans https://www.uaex.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-6131.pdf
Home Fruit Orchard Sprays https://www.uaex.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-7503.pdf
Home Pecan Diseases and Control https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-7540.pdf
UAEX Miller County FCS/Carla Due's cover photo
Are you having ham this Thanksgiving but unsure what kind to purchase? Read here to learn what type, how much, safely thawing and cooking. Plus you will find my pineapple brown sugar glaze that I always use. https://bit.ly/3m3fdiE
Don't get stumped during holiday cooking. This table of equivalent measures could come in handy. Print it out and keep it handy.
Remember when thawing your turkey in the refrigerator, it needs to be left in the plastic wrapping and placed in a shallow pan on the lowest shelf in your refrigerator. It takes approximately 24 hours for each 5 pounds of bird.
Overcrowded schedules? Conflicts at work? Stress at home? The holidays add an additional layer of stress to what seems like an already overwhelming year. The good news is you can manage expectations, make healthy choices, and reach out to friends and family for support. Read what UAEX Program Associate Ashley Foster says about how to mitigate holiday stress and know when it's time to reach out for professional help. Read more: https://bit.ly/395z7WJ Navigating Life #lifeskills #MillerCountyFCS
We would like to welcome the newest member to our office family, Cassandra (Cassie) Redden. She comes to us as an Administrative Specialist II. We hope you will join us in welcoming her. She is sure to be a huge asset to our office.
It's that time of year when we get together with our loved ones and enjoy good memories and delicious food. If you want to fry a turkey, there are some precautions to consider before, during and after this task. If you follow necessary safety tips, the result can be a delicious turkey to add to your meal. Read more: https://bit.ly/2KtAiEV
You better get your turkey into the refrigerator to thaw! Put it on a baking sheet on the lowest shelf to start thawing now. If not you will have to resort to thawing in the sink with cold water every 30 minutes, or in the microwave.
Thaw your turkey safely! Cheryl Maxwell reminded me of this post I made last year so I am sharing it again.
Sweet Potato Casserole healthier? Yes!!
Do you have diabetes or know someone who does? This healthier version of a sweet potato casserole uses less sugar and is a great alternative to many traditional recipes:
5 medium sweet potatoes
1/3 cup honey
1 large egg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
1 T brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Wash, peel, and chop sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Put into pot and cover potatoes with water. Put potatoes on stove and bring to boil.
Boil potatoes for 15 minutes or until tender. Transfer potatoes to colander and rinse with cold water.
In a mixing bowl, add honey, egg, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and potatoes; whip with electric mixer until smooth. Spread potato mixture into baking dish.
Mix the brown sugar, pecans and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl; sprinkle over potatoes. Bake until hot and beginning to brown around the edges, 40 to 45 minutes.
Ya'll seriously need to add this salad to your Thanksgiving table. It uses seasonal fruits like pears, cranberries and pecans, and then you top it off with a homemade vinaigrette. It is so good!! The recipe is below. Let me know what you think. Would you add this to your Thanksgiving meal?
Prep/Total Time: 15 minutes
10 ounces salad greens or mixed greens
2 pears, chopped
2 cups pecan halves
1 cup dried Cranberries
1/2 cup crumbled Blue Cheese
6 Tablespoons Champagne Vinegar ( can substitute red wine or white wine vinegar without changing taste)
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoon honey, optional
In a large serving bowl add all ingredients except vinaigrette. In a small canning jar or bowl, combine all the vinaigrette ingredients. Whisk or shake to emulsify ingredients. Right before serving, add vinaigrette over salad and toss. Top with crumbled blue cheese. I prefer to let each person drizzle their own vinaigrette and blue cheese.
Do you want your dressing inside the turkey, or make the dressing separate?
It's deer hunting season! Make sure your deer camp practices food safety so you can continue to hunt without someone becoming ill due to foodborne illness with only one bathroom😫🥴. Read more plus try this recipe for Southwest Stew Dutch Oven Style. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3f6eJFM
Canning is serious business, and it requires close attention to details. That's why it's critical to follow the recipes, but we understand that things happen. Our Family Consumer Science agents have been there and done that!
Get their research-based answers to your common canning questions. https://bit.ly/3f4Xl49 #lifeskills #MillerCountyFCS
At Home with UAEX Learn from the best Extension Educators on being at home with UAEX! Making Safe Jerky by Original Author: Anna Harlan, Stone County | Adapted for Blog: Torrie Smith, Carroll
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Spinach Song sang to the tune of Old McDonalds Farm
I bet this song gets stuck in your head! Teachers at Little Bitty City Enrichment Center teach other teachers the Spinach song to the tune of Old McDonalds Farm. They will be teaching their students this song next fall as they teach them the Grow It, Try It, Like It curriculum to encourage growing and trying fruits and vegetables as part of their Arkansas SNAP-Ed at UAEX program.
How do you fill muffin tins to make 800+ mini muffins without going crazy?!!! With a gallon size zip top baggie & cut a small hole in the corner! I mixed & Elena Nipper filled the muffin tins. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture - Extension (UAEX)
And the winner is...
Today was our last Cooking Club at Union Elementary Da Vinci School. We made Breakfast Parfaits and the students LOVED them!! I think they will be making them at home this summer. As a graduation gift for completing the Cooking Club they received a MyPlate apron and cookbook to take home. We are starting them early with LIFE SKILLS! Enjoy our short slide show. #ILOVEmyjob #MillerCountyUAEX University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture - Extension (UAEX)
MyPlate @ Union Elementary 1st grade
It's always a good day when you get to work with 1st graders at Union Elementary Da Vinci School. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture - Extension (UAEX) Arkansas SNAP-Ed at UAEX
Come see us @ The Arkansas Flower & Garden Show. We are in the back left corner with Arkansas Style Soybeans & Rice. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture - Extension (UAEX) with Kris Elliott Boulton & @KatieCullum FCS agents in Saline & White Counties. I’m here until 5!!!
Garlic Ranch Chicken...yum yum!! Cook Your Way to a Healthier You cooking school!
Be on the lookout for my post tomorrow on Food Safety for the Win at Your Super Bowl Party & get this recipe for Dang Good Texas Chili
I just shredded chicken breast in less than 12 seconds for homemade Chicken & Dumplings for dinner tomorrow night! #triedandtruetips
Brooklyn worked hard to make her Strawberry Banana Smoothie today at our Wild About Wellness booth. Recipe listed in comments.
EFNEP Beans, Beans & More Beans lesson
EFNEP PA Casey Battles teaches school age youth @Red Lick Christian Preschool about protein with the Beans, Beans and More Beans lesson. They tried Ole Frijoles Dip and loved it! Be on the lookout for the recipe. I bet you will love it too! If you want to get your school age child in the EFNEP program, message me and I will tell you how. Arkansas EFNEP at UAEX University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture - Extension (UAEX)
Come see me at the Gateway Farmers Market grand opening! You might win free produce
Shredded chicken with a hand mixer? YES! I’ll never do it by hand again. Have you tried this?
When your workday includes picking up baby chicks for the 4-H poultry chain. Just imagine they will be laying eggs pretty soon.
A little something red in honor of Memorial Day 🇺🇸. To bad you can't smell its deliciousness
Ever wondered how they get the extra needles off trees? They shake them off.
2nd graders describing fresh and canned fruits.
How would you describe the difference between fresh and canned peaches? Here's what 2nd graders said in one of Miller County Elementary School said, after taste testing in a SNAP (Smart Nutrition Active People Class). I think they are geniuses myself and so in tune to food!! Kuddos!
How long has it been since you hula hooped? It's part of our Food, Fun, Fitness & Friends Quad County 4-H camp!!
Hi, my name is Carla Due and I am your Miller County Extension Agent-Staff Chair and Family & Consumer Sciences. I have worked in Miller County Arkansas, (Texarkana is the county seat for reference) for over 29 years. I love when I have the opportunity to deliver research based educational programs in the areas of foods and nutrition, financial management, family life, aging and health. In the old days we would have called it Home Economics and there is a new term going around “adulting”. Well, we have been here over 100 years teaching that.
What could I help you with most? Cooking? Food preservation? Finances? Message me and let me know!" I’ll answer your question through messenger and possibly make a post for everyone to learn from.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture. With offices in all 75 counties, our faculty and staff provide educational programs and research-based information to the people of Arkansas. From agricultural programs to family financial management to youth education, we offer research based, educational programs that have immediate and practical applications.
Is there an Extension Get Fit program in Miller County, and if not how do we go about getting one? I have a friend who is "Walking Across Arkansas" with me, and she set a goal to be a certain size in time for a cruise early next year. She's hit a plateau and walking after work (she's on her feet most of the day) has become harder. Of course she knows to check with her Dr first, but we were discussing her starting with a few simple strength exercises, this might be a great motivator for her.
What is the best place to find out the most current Food Cottage laws for Arkansas. I am considering baking and selling cakes and cookies from home, but I am finding that many cities and/or counties require a business licence for this, however other items that can be sold at a Farmer's Market don't require this.