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Food Friday: Lighter Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie

Sweet potatoes are being harvested across the South.  There are many ways to enjoy them–from baked to complex souffles.  But sweet potato pie is a classic. What happens to this old favorite when you take out the butter and use skimmed evaporated milk instead of whole? You get this lower fat, classic pie that your guests are sure to love. Sweet ... Read More »

Food Friday: Banana Loaf

banana loaf

It has happened to everyone. You bought a bunch of beautiful bananas with the plan to snack on them all week. Now, a few days later, they are turning brown and becoming overripe. Don’t toss out overripe bananas. They are perfect for adding to recipes like this banana loaf. This version also has less fat than some traditional recipes. Most ... Read More »

Wildlife Causing You Problems?


A fence and sign might be enough to keep your neighbor from trespassing through your yard, but wild animals are not always as courteous. Armadillos, bats, raccoons, opossums and coyotes are just a handful of animals commonly found that can cause damage to homes, lawns and gardens, frustrating many people. To help homeowners deal with unwanted or nuisance wildlife, wildlife ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Icon Honored for her Service to Extension, 4-H and Country

Ann Barr, known as the “Spirit of Alabama 4-H,” was recently honored during a celebration at Azalea Place in Auburn for her 43 years of service to Alabama Extension and 4-H, and her years of military service. A plaque honoring Barr was placed at the base of a new flag pole at Azalea Place. Retired 4-H colleagues Tony Dozier, Bob ... Read More »

Food Friday: Lemonade Syrup and Lemonade

lemon juice

Fall is football and tailgating season.  Try this recipe for for a great tasting addition to your tailgate. Lemonade Syrup 2 quarts water 3 cups sugar 3 cups lemon juice Boil water and add sugar.  Stir to dissolve sugar. Boil for 5 minutes. Cool.  Add lemon juice and stir.  Store covered in the refrigerator. Makes 11 cups of syrup   ... Read More »

Adverse Experiences among Children: What Affect?

Unhappy child

Children who experience major, potentially traumatic events in early childhood have an increased risk of poor social and academic outcomes in adolescence. The effects of these early adverse experiences are also connected with an increased risk of poor lifelong health. A new report from Child Trends shows that the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences varies dramatically across the states. Child ... Read More »

It is Tailgating Time Again: Don’t Forget Food Safety

tailgating grilling

Are you ready for some football? College football season begins this week and that means thousands of Alabamians will be tailgating before and after games. Although tailgating traditions vary among schools and regions, they all include food. The heat in the Southeast sometimes dictates the food selections for tailgating. During the early part of football season, while temperatures are still ... Read More »

White Sugarcane Aphid Now Found in 12 Alabama Counties

By: Dr. Kathy Flanders, Extension Specialist and Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology White sugarcane aphid has been identified on sorghum in 12 Alabama counties. The pest was first found in late July by Dr. Austin Hagan, a plant pathologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System on variety tests in Brewton, Ala. Dr. Charles Ray, an Auburn University entomologist, confirmed the ... Read More »

Bullying Incidence Rates: Is this the Whole Picture?

By: Dr. Adrienne Duke, Alabama Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies In a recent article, the state of Alabama was listed as having the12th lowest bullying incident rates in the country. At first glance this appears to be an excellent finding. However, while the numbers appear to be low, researchers, parents, and teachers know that most ... Read More »

Disappearing Bees

Apocalypse is a word that humans throw around with theories and ideas of end times based in the future, but for bees, the apocalypse is now. The total bee population in the world has diminished by almost half in the past 50 years and the numbers are still diminishing. Sallie Lee, an Urban Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »