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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.

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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!

OSU Extension News May 2 2019

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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. Tis class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for grandparent 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) meets the 3rd Tuedsays at noon. Deborah Farrar, Jefferson County OHCE Treasurer, presented the lesson “Stay Caution or Day Trips in Oklahoma” during our Tuesday, April 16 meeting. 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: Jefferson county Cupcake Wars are scheduled, at this time, 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Jefferson County OSU Extension Office. There will not be a “Kids Cooking in the Kitchen” Class in may due to the West District Cupcake Wars scheduled Tuesday, May 28 and the West District Food Showdown scheduled Wednesday, May 29 at Stephens County Fairgrounds. Information was included  in the April/May 4-H Newsletter. Contact Tara Brown or Linda Whitsett if you did not recieve your newsletter.

4-H Tri-County Summer Camp: Dates will be June 19-21, 2019 at Salt Creek Retreat, Ringling, Oklahima. Must be actively enrolled in 4-H. Registration is due in our office by 3 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019 and a limited number of scholarships are available. Contact Tara Brown at 580-228-2332.

OSU Extension News April 18 2019

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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) 

Jefferson County OHCE meets the 3rd Tuesdays at noon. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 16 with the lesson “Stay-cation or Day Trips in Oklahoma”. Come hear some ideas of fun (and even educational) trips to take within our state.

4-H:  Jefferson County Kids Cooking in the Kitchen:  Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Jefferson County OSU Extension office from 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  Our lesson will be on how to decorated cupcakes to help prepare for Cakecake Wars in May.  Please register by 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18 to help make sure we have enough supplies available.

4-H:  Tri-County 4-H Summer Camp:  Dates will be June 19-21, 2019 at Salt Creek Retreat, Ringling, Oklahoma. Must be actively enrolled in 4-H. Registration is due in our office by 3 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019 and a limited number of scholarships are available. Contact Tara Brown at 580-228-2332.

2019 Jeffco Livestock Show Highlight Video

Jeffco Livestock Show Highlight Video

A special thanks to Tyler Plant for producing, filming, and editing this video.

OSU Extension News January 10, 2019

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 Jefferson County OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education) will meet at 12 noon, 3rd Tuesdays, at the Waurika Sr. Citizens Center.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15.  Tara Brown, Jefferson County OSU Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development will present a program on “Cooking Under Pressure” using an Instant Pot.  Come join us!

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 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 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 Jr. Livestock Show

It is not too soon to begin thinking about our county’s Jr. Livestock show which is scheduled March 6-9, 2019.  Entry deadlines have passed and many of the 4-H and FFA members are getting their show animals ready for the big day!  Lots of hard work goes into preparing an animal to show as well as getting the show itself ready.  Barns need to be clean, sound system needs to be checked, Concession stand needs to be prepped and so forth.  Behind the scenes are Fair Board members, parents, Ag Educators, your county Extension staff and other volunteers who spend their time getting the show ready before and during the show days.  Come take time and show your support of our students and thank those who make efforts to give you a good county Jr. Livestock Show!

Teaching kids to be conscious consumers.

 Did your children receive money for a Christmas gift? If so, it is probably burning a hole in their pockets right now. They are thinking about the ways they will spend it, as soon as mom or dad has time to take them to the store.

They may be dreaming of a gift that Santa wasn’t able to give them, something they saw on a television commercial or something a friend received that they must have, said Cindy Clampet, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension family resource management assistant specialist.

“Typically, children are impulsive spenders looking to blow the bucks quickly on whatever appeals to them at the moment,” Clampet said. “One of our tasks as parents or adults in children’s lives is to teach them how to become conscious consumers. Being an aware and careful buyer is key to developing life-long responsible spending habits.  If these habits are not instilled early, children may grow up purchasing luxuries first, with little left over for necessities. And life on their own as adults could prove to be a financial headache.”

To help children learn how to be a conscious spender, teach kids money is a scarce commodity. In other words, there is not enough money to buy everything they want. So, kids must make wise choices in spending their cash to satisfy their wants. Those wise choices should be made on the basis of need first, such as clothing before a video game. Stress the importance that a portion of the money should be saved for the future – you never know what new needs may develop.

Before you head to the mall with your child, Clampet suggests parents take time to discuss some conscious consumer tips.

 •Make a shopping list and stick to it. This will help keep them from buying impulsively and having regrets later. Give a “buyer’s remorse” example from your own life to make the point.

•Research the products your child wants to buy, either online, through ads, or in the stores. Do price comparisons to get the best value for your dollar.

•Set a budget or limit on the amount of dollars to be spent. Once the child reaches that magic number, he is done.

•Buy only items your child love, so you will wear or use them over and over again. Just because he has money to spend doesn’t mean it has to be spent today.

•Do you need to buy it today?  Really? If you can delay the purchase until next time, you may appreciate it more – and have money left for priority items today.

•When you buy products with designer labels, you are paying for the label as well as the product. Is it worth the price to do this?

•Watch out for shopper’s envy. Just because your best friend has one doesn’t mean you have to buy one. Be an original shopper, rather than imitating others.

•Be aware of marketing tricks. The “buy two, get one free” means you now have three when you needed only one.

Now it’s time to let your child get out and practice his or her skills as a conscious consumer. Remember to lead by example. You should model responsible spending by following the coaching tips yourself. Point out situations where you’re tempted to buy but resist, and practice being a conscious consumer instead.  

“Realize shopping mistakes may be made on the way to developing responsible spending habits. Conscious consumers are not built in a day,” Clampet said. “Keep reinforcing your coaching tips and watch for gradual improvement in financial decision-making. You’ll know they’ve arrived when these new habits become second nature and they question you on a purchase.”  

OSU Extension News January 3 2019

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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 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, 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 will meet at 12 noon, 3rd Tuesdays, at the Waurika Sr. Citizens Center.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 15.  Tara Brown, Jefferson County OSU Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development will present a program on “Cooking Under Pressure” using an Instant Pot.  Come join us!

Electric Pressure Cookers:

I bought myself an Instant Pot for Christmas and the few times I have used it; I really enjoy the “one-pot meals”!  I have made Beef Stroganoff; My version of Smothered steak; and a Deer (Venison) chili.  Browning the meat, adding seasonings and liquid and cooked all in one pot made it a lot easier and nicer to cleanup!  There are several brands of the electric pressure cooker; I am not promoting any particular brand (I bought myself an Instant Pot because I found it on sale!).  I do find the electric pressure cooker takes up counter space where I used to keep my Slow Cooker.  However, for many of the recipes I enjoy, the quickness of preparing, cooking and ready to serve in less than 45 minutes – and don’t forget – all in one pot – makes it a pretty handy appliance.

For those who received an electric pressure cooker, here is a recipe I made and liked. If you prefer, you may use all beef or a mixture of beef and ground turkey in place of the venison. Seasonings may be adjusted to your preference.

Jefferson County 4H News

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Saturday, December 8 – Waurika Christmas Parade (Jefferson County 4-H will decorate our float Monday, November 26; Tuesday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 28).  We will begin at 4 p.m. each day.  

Saturday, December 15 – Share-the-Fun will begin at 2 p.m. at Ryan Public School.  Please register by November 30 to Jefferson County OSU Extension Office – 580-228-2332.

Monday, December 17 – “4-H Kids Cooking in the Kitchen” (Holiday Sweets) – 4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. at Jefferson County OSU Extension Office.

Wednesday, March 6 – Saturday, March 9 – Jefferson County Jr. Livestock Show

Saturday, April 6 – Jefferson County Communication Contest (speeches, Illustrated Talks, Demonstrations) 1 p.m. at Jefferson County OSU Extension Office.

Saturday, May 11 – Jefferson County Cupcake Wars – 11:00 a.m. at Jefferson County OSU Extension office.

REMINDER:

To participate in 4-H events and activities, including showing livestock, you must be enrolled in the 2018-2019 enrollment period which began September 1.  Enrollment is completed online by the family at ok.4honline.com    There is a state 4-H program fee; there is no charge for Adult volunteers.

If you need assistance, contact Jefferson County OSU Extension office at 580-228-2332.

We are looking for adult volunteers for 4-H Clubs!  We have youth interested in joining 4-H and need adults to be leaders.  Call 580-228-2332 for more information.

CLOVER BOWL TRIVIA QUESTION:  In what city did 4-H first begin in Oklahoma?

Answer:  Tishomingo

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OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education)

The Jefferson County OHCE will meet Tuesday, November 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Waurika Sr. Citizens Center.  Come to eat lunch with us, stay and listen to our program “Repurposed Jars” presented by Tara Brown, Jefferson County OSU Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development.  OHCE is open to any person who wishes to join.  Melicia McFadden is our president and Deborah Farrar is our treasurer.  

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Tai chi: Moving for Better Balance is an evidence-based program that focuses on improving functional ability, such as balance and physical function, to reduce fall-related risks and frequency.  

The series of slow continuous movements of Tai chi: Moving for Better Balance help those participating reduce stress, increase balance and flexibility as well as learn relaxation to improve their overall mind, body, and spirit. Tai chi: Moving for Better Balance is for people at all levels of mobility and can be done while sitting. Tara Brown recently received her certification through the Injury Prevention Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health to teach this program.

The class is held at 9:30 a.m. Mondays through November 19th (and longer if requested), at the Ringling Community Building.  We have begun a Thursday evening class from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. also at the Ringling Community Building. There is no cost to participate; come to join us!

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 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018. 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.

Holiday Cooking under Pressure was presented by Tara Brown, Extension Educator for Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development Wednesday, November 7 at the Ringling Community Building.  Tara spoke on the “fairly new” concept of cooking with Electric Pressure Cookers. There are several models from Instant Pot to Crock Pot to Power Pressure and more; each with the concept of using one pot to cook with pressure (like the Pressure cookers we use for the top of the stove) to slow cooking all in one pot. Tara prepared Beef Stroganoff in one cooker and Cinnamon Apple Slices in another.  Sample tastings and recipes were provided to the group of 16.  

Keep your pets safe during winter weather.

For pets that spend a good deal of time romping in the backyard or lounging in a patch of sunshine on the deck, the arrival of winter may be a rude awakening and cause of concern for safety.

Before Oklahoma experiences a deep freeze, pet owners need to make sure their pets are well-cared for when the temperature begins to fall, said Dr. Paul DeMars, associate professor in Community Practice at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University.

“As pretty and soft as your pet’s fur is, it isn’t necessarily the perfect insulator, especially when the temperatures are extreme or when the fur gets wet,” DeMars said. “Compare it to being outside wearing a t-shirt when it’s below freezing. Your pet’s toes, nose and ears are especially susceptible to winter weather, too.”

If you suspect your pet has frostbite, cover the animal with warm towels. Gently pat dry the affected area and contact your veterinarian.

While winter weather can be hard on any pet, very young animals, as well as older dogs and cats, should not be kept outdoors. DeMars said these young pets simply do not have the fat, metabolism or the full fur coat they need to stay warm.

The best option for pet safety during the winter is to keep them indoors. If your pet lives outside fulltime, it is imperative to provide adequate shelter from the elements. A covered enclosure with blankets or clean hay/straw/cedar shavings is a must. Another option is a heated floor mat. Check with your local pet store to see what is available.

 

Tara Brown at the Ringling Community Center talking about cooking under pressure. She is explaining the use of electric pressure cookers.

“Try to face the opening of the shelter away from the wind. Also, if it rains and the bedding gets wet, replace it with dry bedding,” DeMars said. “Wet bedding can grow bacteria and mold, which are not healthy for your pet.”

It is no secret exercise is good for both humans and their pets. For those who enjoy a nice walk with your pet, sidewalks and walking trails are likely to have been salted if there is ice or snow on the ground. While this is beneficial for humans to help keep them from slipping and sliding, salt can cause irritation on an animal’s foot pads.

Not only is the weather a concern for your pet, but the chances of exposing your pet to life-threatening chemicals also increases. Leaky radiators can leave pools of antifreeze in your driveway and is both a winter and summer issue. Although the sweet taste of antifreeze is appealing to your pet, it can be deadly, even in very small doses.

“Antifreeze is highly toxic and absorbs quickly into your pet’s system. The kidneys are the most affected organs and can shut down completely within 12 to 24 hours in cats and 36 to 72 hours in dogs,” DeMars said.

Tara Brown, Extension Educator for Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development.

Another outdoor danger is animals who seek protection from the winter weather in dangerous places. Before starting and moving your vehicle, check under the hood and in the wheel wells to ensure there are no animals hiding.

Because it takes a few more calories to keep warm in the winter, your pet may need a little extra food. For pets who stay outside, make sure the water in their water bowls is not frozen.

“Winter weather will mean your pets require a little extra care to ensure their safety,” DeMars said.

Story by Trisha Gedon

Communications Specialist

Agricultural Communications Services

159 Ag North

Stillwater, OK  74078

405-744-3625

trisha.gedon@okstate.edu 

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