2015 January Dollars & Sense

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  • Cooperative

    Extension Service

    Nelson County

    317 S. 3rd Street

    Bardstown, KY. 40004

    Phone: (502) 348-9204

    Fax: (502) 348-9270


    January 2015Volume 4, Issue 1

    Healthy Living 4

    Nutritious Foods 5-6

    Healthy Homes

    Embracing Age

    Financial Stability 7, 9

    Nurturing Families 10

    Empowering Leaders 4

    Neat Ideas 8

    Upcoming Events 3


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    January 8: Leadership Lunch and Learn

    Bloomfield Library 12:30 p.m.

    More info on page 4 January 8:

    Extension Today radio show WBRT

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. January 16:

    All Pro Dads at New Haven School 7:00 a.m.

    New Haven School Library January 22:

    Extension Today radio show WBRT

    11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

    CALL TO RSVP! 502-348-9204

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    I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

    Because if you are making mistakes, then you

    are making new things, trying new things,

    learning, living, pushing yourself, changing

    yourself, changing your world. You're doing

    things you've never done before, and more

    importantly, you're doing something.

    -Neil Gaiman

    Happy 2015 Yall!

    I cant believe this is the start of the 4th year of Dollars

    and Sense. Its insane! I feel like just yesterday I was sending

    out my very first preview issue, terrified that people wouldnt

    respond to it. Afraid that people would hate it. I definitely

    didnt expect so many to sign up for it. But here we are, 4 years

    later, and I still love putting together this issue as much as I did

    the first one. And I still get compliments on it. Had I not just

    gone for it, I wouldve never seen how far it couldve come.

    Sometimes, its easy to get down on yourself and just

    assume that things wont succeed. And when we feel that way,

    its easiest to just not do it instead.

    Thats my challenge for you this year. Dont make

    resolutions sadly, a lot of people dont keep up with them and

    end up feeling worse about themselves. Thats not what we

    want. Instead, think about something youve wanted to do, but

    have been afraid of trying. Now go do it. Whether its skydiving

    or taking a painting class or enrolling in college or embarking on

    a new career. Doesnt have to be big or bold or world changing.

    But I can almost assure you it might just change your life if you

    let it.

    County Extension Agent for

    Family and Consumer Sciences

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    : If Nelson County Schools are cancelled,

    Extension programs scheduled on that day

    are also cancelled unless you are otherwise

    notified. When RSVP-ing for classes, please

    leave a phone number at which we can reach

    you. Also please follow us on Facebook and

    Twitter for all cancellation information.

    Because of the unknown weather conditions, fewer programs are typically scheduled in January. However, that doesn't mean we arent hard at work!

    This month, Nelson County FCS is welcoming a new nutrition assistant for our low income families, we are taping TV cooking shows, speaking on the local radio (January 8 and January 22 at 11:00 a.m. on WBRT!), attending board

    meetings, anti-drug coalition meetings and more! We will also be at the local schools teaching the kids how to wash their hands so that hopefully we can

    avoid some children getting sick this flu season! If there is anything youd like us to do for you, your business, or your

    classroom, please dont hesitate to call us! - 502-348-9204 - We are a free service to the community and thats why we are here!

    Dayna Parrett, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Abby Van Meter, SNAP-Ed Nutrition Assistant

    In addition, our office will be closed on January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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    Energy costs are monthly expenses that fluctuate throughout the year, since much of our heating and cooling usage depends on Mother Nature. However, you can make your home more energy efficient and reduce some of your energy expenses by locating and switching off sources of phantom energy in your home.

    Phantom energy usage occurs when a device is not performing its primary task but is still using electricity. Phantom energy users include many products that have a standby mode, such as microwaves, coffee makers and similar products that constantly display the time. Devices with remote controls, external power supplies and battery chargers are other examples of phantom energy culprits. These include televisions, cell phone chargers and cordless phones. These devices use electricity 24 hours a day when plugged into an outlet.

    The easiest way to reduce phantom energy usage is to unplug these products when they are not in use. Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially if you regularly use the product. If you find yourself in that situation, you may want to consider purchasing a smart power strip to manage a group of electronics or a conserve power switch for small appliances.

    Smart power strips are equipped with control outlets, switched outlets and constant outlets. The control outlets manage much of the power coming into the strip. When you plug a device into a control outlet and it goes into sleep mode, the strip will cut off the power to it and other devices placed on the switched outlets. The constant, or hot, outlet continuously provides power only to the product plugged into it. This is beneficial if you have devices like a fax machine or digital video recorder (DVR) that need to stay on regardless. Smart power strips are available at office supply stores and supercenters.

    Conserve power switches are handy if you find it cumbersome to unplug all your small appliances or electronics after each use. These have an on/off switch that you can flip to control the power to a device, so youre not constantly plugging and unplugging your appliances or electronics. These switches are available online.

    Source: Beverly Miller, senior extension associate for Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

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    To keep brownies from going

    stale quickly, you can keep the

    heel of the loaf of bread in the

    same container.

    When shoveling snow this winter, if you spray your shovel with

    non-stick cooking spray, the snow will slide right off!

    Putting your sponge in the

    microwave for 15 seconds after

    youve finished washing dishes will

    help kill germs and bacteria.

    Throw wrinkled clothes in the dryer with a damp hand towel for 5

    minutes if you dont have time to iron.

    Trouble swallowing pills?

    Keep your chin up when swallowing

    a tablet, they sink. But put your

    chin down when swallowing a

    capsule, they float.

    **As always, please make sure you

    are only taking medicines prescribed by your doctor or over the

    counter medicines as needed!

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    As we scrape uneaten food into the trash can after dinner every night or throw away moldy bread that we just didnt get around to eating, many of us dont see that wasted food as wasted money. But in fact, thats just what it is. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reported that the amount of uneaten food in American homes and restaurants in 2008 was about $390 in wasted food per each U.S. consumer. This is more than the average American spends on food each month. Not only is wasted food hard on our wallets, but its hard on the environment. Each type of food or food ingredient requires soil, nutrients, water and/or energy to grow, process and/or transport. Its also filling up our landfills. In 2010, about 33 million tons of food waste was sent to landfills. Food waste is the largest type of municipal solid waste put into landfills, outpacing paper, plastic, aluminum cans and glass. Fortunately, you can reduce food waste by reducing, reusing and recycling. Here are some tips:

    *Plan your meals for the week. Shop your pantry for the ingredients you need before going to the grocery store.

    *Buy only what you need. Purchasing items in bulk can reduce packaging, but make sure you can store and use the items before they expire.

    *Think portion size. Consider sharing an entre at a restaurant or ordering off the kids menu to get a smaller portion size.

    *If you have food that you know is going to expire before you can eat it, consider asking your local food pantry if the item is something they can use.

    *Eat leftovers at least one night a week.

    *Compost food scraps. Many foods can be safely composted, including fruits, vegetables, nut shells, eggshells, tea bags and coffee grounds. But some foods including dairy products, fats, oils, grease, meats and fish bones should not be placed in your bin as they can attract rodents and produce odors as they decompose.

    For more information on money saving tips, contact the Nelson County office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service. The USDA and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge in an effort to reduce food waste and help families in