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OSU Extension News October 17 2019

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Managing Money means making choices.  There is never enough money for all the things we want.  What you must do is decide what is most important to you.  For example:  Housing – do you choose to: 

a.  live with family

b. share housing with friends

c. rent place of your own

d. buy home

Whichever your choice, there are other choices you will need to decide such as how much is your monthly income? How much will you be required to pay monthly? how much is housing insurance? How much are utility costs? What type of furnishings will you need?   It begins with a financial plan such as a Budget.  If you are interested in attending a class for additional information, contact Tara Brown, Jefferson County OSU Extension Educator for Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development.

Line Dance:   Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Fair Building.  It is another way to exercise as a group.  Come join us as many of us are still in the “Learning phase”!

Co-Parenting for Resilience Divorce or Separation is not an easy time in a married couple’s life.  Can you imagine what minor children in the home are feeling?  Co-Parenting for Resilience is a class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. It is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through divorce or separation.  My next class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2019; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information

Jefferson County OSU Extension Services office is open 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding holidays recognized by our county offices.  Leland McDaniel, AG/4-H Youth Development and CED, Tara Brown, Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Linda Whitsett, Administrative Support Specialist are staff members ready to assist you at 580-228-2332.

Check out our Facebook pages for informative topics:  www.facebook.com/JeffersonCounty Fourh and JeffersonCounty Osu Extension

Recipe

Turtle Cake   by Gloria England

1 (1 lb. 2 oz.) box German chocolate cake mix

1 (14 oz.) pkg. caramels

½ cup butter 

1 (5.33 oz.) can evaporated milk

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix cake according to directions on box. Pour half of batter into prepared 13 x 9-inch pan. Bake 15 minutes.  Melt caramels with butter and milk.  Pour over cake. Sprinkle pecans and chocolate chips over caramel layer.  Cove with rest of batter and bake 15-20 minutes longer.  Temperature:  350°. Times:  15 minutes; 15 to 20 minutes.  Yield:  13 x 9-inch cake pan.

HINT:  Delightful served warm with whipped cream.

OSU Extension News October 10 2019

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Here is another portion from OSU Financial Curriculum Pathways to Success, A Basic Living Skills Curriculum:

Setting Goals:  A goal is an aim or it is what we want to do. Goals are plans for the future. Each of us has many things we want to do. Some goals take a short time to get done, maybe less than 6 months. These are called short-term goals. For example, find a job, find a place to live, or buy clothes for work. You may have many short-term goals. 

Some goals take longer to get done. You need to put in more time, money and work than for short-term goals. These are called long-term goals because the goal may take 1, 3 or 5 years to reach.

Many people want things NOW and are not willing to wait until later. The use of credit causes many people to buy everything NOW. This attitude can lead to serious money problems. Sometimes two people may have very different values. One person wants many things NOW. The other person may wish to save money for a long-term goal.

Tara Brown, Jefferson County OSU Extension Educator has programs available and is ready to teach Financial Programs which include Setting Goals.  

Line Dance: will resume Friday, October 11 at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Fair Building.  It is another way to exercise as a group.  Come join us as many of us are still in the “Learning phase”!

Co-Parenting for Resilience is a class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. It is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through divorce or separation.  My next class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2019; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.

Jefferson County OSU Extension Services office is open 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding holidays recognized by our county offices.  Leland McDaniel, AG/4-H Youth Development and CED, Tara Brown, Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Linda Whitsett, Administrative Support Specialist are staff members ready to assist you at 580-228-2332.

Check out our Facebook pages for informative topics:  www.facebook.com/JeffersonCounty Fourh and JeffersonCounty Osu Extension

Peach Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

2 cups frozen unsweetened sliced peaches

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350oF. Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment.

2. Place butter, oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and pecans in a medium bowl. Use fingers to blend ingredients until the butter is not visible. Reserve one-fourth of the mixture, about 1 cup, in a small bowl.

3. Place remaining oatmeal mixture into the parchment lined pan. Use a metal measuring cup to press out an even layer.

4. In the medium bowl combine peaches, 1 tablespoon sugar, cornstarch, ginger and cinnamon. Pour peach mixture onto the pressed crust in the pan. Crumble reserved oatmeal mixture over the peaches.

5. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Let cool at least 30 minutes in pan then, using the parchment to help, remove from pan and cut into bars.

OSU Extension News September 26 2019

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Jefferson County OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education) 

After lunch at Waurika Sr. Citizens Center and our business meeting, our educational program and lesson for our September 17th meeting was on “Made in Oklahoma”.  Melicia McFadden, president, showed several items such as candles, Waurika Depot magnets, laser-cut wood items, lotions, soaps, Cards, and other wood items Made in Oklahoma, several made and sold here in Waurika. She encouraged the group to shop Local for nice gifts.  OHCE is open to anyone interested in meeting and receiving research-based educational information and enjoying fellowship!  

Line dance is a type of exercise.  We will meet Fridays from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  Angie Nash and Nicole Overton lead our classes.  If you are interested but cannot attend Fridays, please let us know the days and times you would be able to attend and we will try to meet the day and time most can attend!  It’s important to your health to stay active and we have fun while exercising as a group!

Co-Parenting for Resilience is a class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. It is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through divorce or separation.  My next class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.

Jefferson County OSU Extension Services office is open 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding holidays recognized by our county offices.  Leland McDaniel, AG/4-H Youth Development and CED, Tara Brown, Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Linda Whitsett, Administrative Support Specialist are staff members ready to assist you at 580-228-2332.

Check out our Facebook pages for informative topics:  www.facebook.com/JeffersonCounty Fourh and JeffersonCounty Osu Extension

Turnips – do turnips taste like potatoes?

The taste is a more subtle flavor compared to carrots. Medium aged turnips actually taste a lot like potato. As a matter of fact, turnips work great as a substitute to potatoes. Now, older turnips when eaten raw taste bitter unfortunately!

Can I substitute turnips for potatoes?

Instead of a potato, try a different root vegetable to lower total carbohydrate intake. A 1/2-cup serving of cooked turnips provides 17 calories, less than 4 grams of total carbohydrate and 1.6 grams of total fiber. You can substitute turnips for potatoes in soups, stews and really any way that you would use a potato.  Nov 27, 2018

Ladder safety

With chillier temperatures ahead, plenty of homeowners will be kept busy with light home maintenance projects such as clearing leaves and debris from the gutters and hanging holiday decorations, all tasks which will more than likely require a ladder.

Ladders are generally relatively simple to operate, but that does not make them less dangerous to use, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist.

“If you’re careless in using a ladder, it could lead to serious injury or even death,” Peek said.

Since ladders come in a lot of different styles and sizes, it is important homeowners select the right one for the task.

“Knowing details such as how high you need to reach, the amount of weight on the ladder and whether you’ll be working inside or outside will help guide your choice of ladder for a particular task,” Peek said.

The base of the ladder should be placed on a solid, level surface. Never put a ladder on a box or other object to add more height.

When climbing, face the ladder, grip the rungs and not the sides, and do not climb on the top step or bucket shelf.

“Keep three points of contact on the ladder at all times, either both hands and one foot or two feet and one hand,” Peek said. “As an added precaution, have someone hold the bottom of the ladder steady and guard any nearby doors that could swing open and knock the ladder off balance while it’s occupied.”

Only one person should be on the ladder at one time.

Rather than lean or over reach, reposition the ladder as necessary.

“Keep an eye on the weather. If it turns bad, carefully climb off and wait for conditions to improve. Also, avoid using extension ladders when it’s windy,” Peek said.

For more information on safely using ladders, contact a county Extension office and visit the American Ladder Institute website at www.americanladderinstitute.org.

Recipe

Mashed Potatoes and Turnips
1 pound turnips, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1-pound russet potatoes

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Bring a large pan of cold water to a boil over high heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and cubed turnips. Cook 15 minutes.

2.While turnips cook peel potatoes, rinse and cut into 1-inch cubes.   

3. When turnips have cooked 15 minutes add potatoes and cook an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until both vegetables are tender.

4. Drain well. Return to pan and place on hot burner briefly to dry further.

5. Add butter and mash. Add black pepper and additional salt if needed for flavor.

Serves 4.

Jeffco 4H News July 25, 2019

Workshops:

Youth Canning Workshop – make plum jelly on Thursday, August 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon.  at the Jefferson County OSU Extension office.  Class is limited to 8 – call to reserve your spot by 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.

Jefferson County Free Fair is scheduled for September 4-7 (Wednesday – Saturday), 2019. Indoor entries are due by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 4.  Our county fair is open to all ages! Fun activities include – Ice Cream Contest, Jefferson County Best Pie Maker contest, Jefferson County OHCE Quilt Turning, Pet Show and Bill Baker Band and other activities are in planning stages.  Open classes offer opportunities to your variety of projects, hobbies, crafts and more.  It is ‘Time’ to get your entries completed and ready to enter into the fair!

All eligible 4-H entries will be given the opportunity to be entered and taken to the Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma City on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Jefferson County will follow the state fair information for 4-H classes. For 4-H entry projects ideas, go to 4h.okstate.edu/events-and –activities/state-events.   Contact Tara Brown at 580-228-2332 for additional information.

What is State 4-H Roundup?  Roundup provides lots of opportunities to improve youth’s leadership skills by meeting other 4-H members from across Oklahoma and participating in outstanding workshops and spirited contests!  Attendees must have completed the 7th grade.  Roundup takes place on OSU Campus in Stillwater with main meetings taking place in Gallagher –Iba Arena; workshops are provided in many of the campus classrooms.  Roundup up gives the attendees an opportunity to see OSU Campus where Roundup attendees are housed in The Commons units.  This year theme “Passport to the Past, Ticket to Tomorrow” promises great fun while learning!  Pictures and an article on 2019 State 4-H Roundup will be in next week’s newspaper edition.  Tara Brown, Extension Educator – Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development will chaperone Jefferson County’s delegation Tuesday, July 23 -26. 

State Fair Cupcake Wars and Fruit and Vegetable Sculpting Contest Information this year the information has be posted to the Oklahoma 4-H Website.  http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/state-events-activities/oklahoma-state-fairs/oklahoma-state-fair  Registration is based on first come first serve.  Registration opens August 1st and will need to be sent to the State 4-H Office this year.

OSU Extension News July 25, 2019

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Co-Parenting for Resilience is a class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. It is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through divorce or separation.  My next class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Tuesday, August 13, 2019; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.

Jefferson County Free Fair – Wednesday, September 4 – Saturday, September 7, 2019.  Get your canning, baked items, crafts, hobbies, Quilts and other sewing projects, plants and other items ready to bring to show at the fair!  Other activities are being planned and include Home Made Ice Cream contest; come hear Bill Baker and his band! It is ‘Time’ to finish your projects for the Fair! 

Line dance is a good active-type of exercise.  We will begin a Line Dance Class Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  Angie Nash will lead our classes.  

Jefferson County OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education) 

Our group’s meeting includes an educational program; our August meeting will be Tuesday, August 20 – UFO (Unfinished Fair Objects) – bring your unfinished item and complete it to enter it/them into the fair!  Contact Tara Brown for more information.  OHCE is open to anyone interested in meeting and receiving research-based educational information and enjoying fellowship!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services  For us, it’s personal. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service county educators and area, district and state specialists develop science-based educational programs to help Oklahomans solve local issues and concerns, promote leadership and manage resources wisely. Programs focus on:

• Increasing opportunities for agricultural enterprises

• Natural resources and environmental management

• Food, nutrition, health and safety education

• Youth, family and community development

Your Jefferson County OSU Extension Services office is open 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding holidays recognized by our county offices.  Leland McDaniel, AG/4-H Youth Development and CED, Tara Brown, Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Linda Whitsett, Administrative Support Specialist are staff members ready to assist you at 580-228-2332.

Jefferson County 4H News July 18, 2019

To help prepare items to enter into the fair, we will provide the following workshops – Please call by 3 p.m. the day before to allow us time to make certain we have enough supplies available.

Workshops:

Thursday, July 18 – 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Poster Art and Expressive Arts 

Friday, July 19 – 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  – Hand sewing project and Expressive Art

Jefferson County 4-H Kids Cooking in the Kitchen:  Canning Workshop – make plum jelly on Thursday, August 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon.  Class is limited to 8 – call to reserve your spot by 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.

Workshops will be held at the Jefferson County OSU Extension Office. 580-228-2332

Jefferson County Free Fair is scheduled for September 4-7 (Wednesday – Saturday), 2019. Our county fair is open to all ages! Fun activities include – Ice Cream Contest, Jefferson County Best Pie Maker contest, Jefferson County OHCE Quilt Turning, and other activities are in planning stages.  Open classes offer opportunities to your variety of projects, hobbies, crafts and more.  

All eligible 4-H entries will be given the opportunity to be entered and taken to the Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma City on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Jefferson County will follow the state fair information for 4-H classes. For 4-H entry projects ideas, go to 4h.okstate.edu/events-and –activities/state-events.   Contact Tara Brown at 580-228-2332 for additional information.

Riddle:  I am full of keys, but can’t open any door.  What am I?

(A piano)

OSU Extension News July 18, 2019

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Line dance is a good active-type of exercise.  We will begin a Line Dance Class Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  Angie Nash will lead our classes.  

Co-Parenting for Resilience is a class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. It is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through divorce or separation.  My next class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Tuesday, August 13, 2019; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.

Jefferson County Free Fair – Wednesday, September 4 – Saturday, September 7, 2019.  Get your canning, baked items, crafts, hobbies, Quilts and other sewing projects, plants and other items ready to bring to show at the fair!  Other activities are being planned – Come to the Fair!

Jefferson County OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education) 

Our group’s meeting includes an educational program; our August meeting will be Tuesday, August 20 – UFO (Unfinished Fair Objects) – bring your unfinished item and complete it to enter it/them into the fair!  Contact Tara Brown for more information.  OHCE is open to anyone interested in meeting and receiving research-based educational information.  

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services.

For us, it’s personal. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service county educators and area, district and state specialists develop science-based educational programs to help Oklahomans solve local issues and concerns, promote leadership and manage resources wisely. Programs focus on:

• Increasing opportunities for agricultural enterprises

• Natural resources and environmental management

• Food, nutrition, health and safety education

• Youth, family and community development

Your Jefferson County OSU Extension Services office is open 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding holidays recognized by our county offices.  Leland McDaniel, AG/4-H Youth Development and CED, Tara Brown, Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Linda Whitsett, Administrative Support Specialist are staff members ready to assist you at 580-228-2332.

Jefferson County 4H News May 23 2019

4-H: Jefferson County Kids Cooking in the Kitchen: This is open to all children interested in cooking or learning to cook! Our next class is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2019. We will learn Kitchen and Food Safety while making Smoothies. Contact our office (580-228-2332) by 3 p.m. Friday, June 21 to allow us time to get the supplies we will need.

State 4-H Roundup will be July 23-26, 2019.

Must have completed the 7th grade to attend and be actively enrolled in 4-H. Roundup registration forms are now available in Jefferson County OSU Extension office and will be due back into our office no later than 3 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019. This early date is necessary for us to get the registration forms and fees to the state 4-H office by their deadline date. Thank you. There are many workshops to select from to attend!

Exciting things are happening in Jefferson County 4-H! We are looking forward to Tri County 4-H camp which will be held at Salt Creek Retreat, Ringling, June 19-21, 2019. We have a total 20 Jefferson County 4-H members registered and ready to go! We will be holding summer workshops to help prepare for the Jefferson County Free Fair which is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 – Saturday, September 7. Two graduating Seniors were presented with Joachim 4-H Awards; next week I will share pictures and an article so you can see who are our graduating seniors. To be eligible, they had to have been actively enrolled and active in 4-H during their high school career and submit a statement explaining how many years they were enrolled in 4-H, what 4-H taught them, how they plan to use what they learned and why others should join 4-H.

4-H offers many opportunities for members to grow and prepare for their future – and there are scholarship and awards available to assist them with their post high school further education opportunities.

Come join us and help “Make the Best Better!”

OSU Extension News

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Co-Parenting for Resilience Divorce or separation is not an easy or favorable decision, especially when minor children are in the home. A class is available for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. My next class will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Pre- registration is required. Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information. This class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through a divorce or separation.

Jefferson County OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education)

On Tuesday, May 21, Jefferson County OHCE met and heard the “History of OHCE and OCES” Our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 18 with a lesson “Appealing Ways with Apples”. OHCE is open to anyone interested in meeting and receiving research-based educational information.

 Line dance

If you are interested in Line Dancing, please contact Jefferson County OSU Extension office at 580- 228-2332; this will help us determine size of room needed! This will be exciting! A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows, all facing either each other or in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Unlike circle dancing, line dancers are not in physical contact with each other.

  Kitchen Timesavers from USDA ChooseMyPlate.gov

Try these kitchen timesavers to cut back on time and make less work for you. By taking the stress and hassle out of cooking, you’ll have more time to enjoy it and to spend with your loved ones.

 1. Organize your kitchen. Keep frequently used items such as cooking oils/sprays, spatulas, cutting boards, and spices within easy reach. This will save you from having to search for them later.

2. Clear the clutter. Before you start cooking, clear off your counters. This allows more room for prep space.

3. Chop extra. When chopping up veggies for a meal, chop more than you need. Take the extra, place in a reusable container and freeze. Then next time you need it, you can skip a step.

4. Have everything in place. Grab all ingredients needed for your meal – chopped vegetables, measured spices, and thawed meats. It will be easier to spot missing items and avoid skipping steps.

5. Double your recipe. For your next casserole or stew, try doubling the recipe and freezing the extra. You’ll save time and make cooking next week’s dinner a snap!

 6. Clean as you go. Fill up the sink with soapy water and wash the dishes as you cook. It’ll make clean up go much smoother!

 7. Save some for later. Freeze leftover soups, sauces, or gravies in small reusable containers.

OSU Extension News

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Co-Parenting for Resilience Divorce or separation is not an easy or favorable decision, especially when minor children are in the home.  A class is available for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home.  My next class will be 1 p.m. Tuesday May 14, 2019. Pre-registration is required. Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.  This class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through a divorce or separation.

Tai chi: Moving for Better Balance: Mondays 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at Ringling Community Building, Gleason Memorial Library

Jefferson County OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education) 

May 6-10, 2019 is OHCE Week.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 21 with a lesson on “History of OHCE and OCES”.  Come hear the history of Oklahoma Home and Community Education and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services.

4-H:  Jefferson County Kids Cooking in the Kitchen:  This is open to all children interested in cooking or learning to cook!  Jefferson County Cupcake Wars has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18 here in Jefferson County OSU Extension office. Registration is now due Monday, May 13 BY 3 p.m.  Call our office for registration form and details.

State 4-H Roundup will be July 23-26, 2019. 

Must have completed the 7th grade to attend. Watch for details in next week’s article!

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