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Today’s families find themselves wanting to keep up with changes in their world; changes that happen at a faster and faster pace. Whatever your stage of life, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences programs bring you knowledge you can use to make better decisions and improve your life. We bring you proven, reliable, non-biased information to help you with raising kids, eating right, spending smart, and living well. Feel free to post your comments to our articles or e-mail us a question that you would like to see answered in this blog.

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Brittany Michael

Slow cooker food safety tips

Preparing meals in a slow cooker is a great way to have a home-cooked meal when you cannot always take the time at home to prepare it.
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Brittany Michael

Mother's Day coupon book

Flowers, chocolates, perfume, cards, dinners out and jewelry are all nice gifts for Mother's Day. How about in addition to these items you will be giving to mom you add in a little home-made coupon book good for other "mom appreciation" gifts!
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Brittany Michael

So easy to preserve

Like my coworker Karen said last week, VCE FCS will be holding a program teaching you how to preserve your foods. It is so important to know the proper techniques when canning food to prevent botulism, bacteria growth and food spoilage!
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Packed lunch burnout

About this time of the school year it becomes hard to find new creative foods to pack in your children's lunchbox. The same-old same-old foods will not keep them from trading with friends anymore and non-nutritious foods will start making their way into your children's hands. Try these ideas to help prevent a packed lunch burnout!
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Families and disaster preparedness

Unfortunately, natural disasters happen everywhere in the state; whether they be flood, fire, tornado or other catastrophes. They are scary and unpredictable. It is our job to prepare for them the best that we can. Not only do adults need to have a role in emergency preparedness, but children need to as well.
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Valentine's Day red fruits and vegetables

Looking for some red foods to prepare for a loved one on Valentine's Day? There are many fruits and vegetables to choose from -- not only making it a delicious day but a healthy day!
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Toy safety around the holidays

This time of the year brings families together, celebration, good food and gift giving. It also is a time to stay up on recalls and warnings on children's toys as well as other household items to prevent injury or choking.
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Brittany Michael

Let's talk turkey!

Turkeys are one of the holiday's most popular food items, but thawing this holiday bird must be done carefully and correctly to prevent food-borne illnesses.
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Brittany Michael

What Extension can do for you

I'm sure that many of you have never heard of Virginia Cooperative Extension or VCE. I know I hadn't until I started working with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Warren County office; and the thought is either you know everything about extension...or you don't have a clue what extension is.
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Alternatives to a candy-filled Halloween

Everyone loves a little junk food, but with the number of children being overweight getting higher every year it is always a good idea to have some guidelines if you celebrate Halloween. Not only can your family make this a healthy occasion but a learning experience as well!

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