Extension program explores Tasty Travels across America

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I would like to invite all interested food lovers to attend “Tasty Travels across America,” a special culinary program at the Boone County Extension office Tuesday, July 24 to enjoy a meal “by the bite”  while exploring familiar and new foods relating to the geography of our country and state food cultures.

The program will be presented at noon and again at 6 p.m. This program will explore recipes from our Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Living Well Cookbook.

The cost of this unique program is only $5, which includes your meal by-the-bite and a copy of the Living Well Cookbook. This $29.95 value book is being made available exclusively at the Tasty Travels across America program due to a generous grant from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Seating is limited at Tasty Travels across America, so register early. Pick up registration information at the Carroll County Extension Office, 500 Floyd Drive in Carrollton or by calling (502) 732-7030 and Rhonda or I can e-mail you a copy of the registration form. Paid pre-registration must be postmarked by July 16 in order to reserve your copy of the hardback book. Join us on July 24. You’ll be glad you did!

 4-H sewing camp

Do you have a son or daughter who would like to learn to sew? Give them an opportunity to learn at our “Youth Sewing Camp” in July sponsored by your Carroll County Extension Service.

This camp will be held mornings from 9 a.m. until noon the week of July 16-20 at the Extension office.

Students will make their own personal pillowcase and a pair of pajama bottoms.

Fee is $9, which includes fabric to make a pillowcase and a bag of basic sewing equipment for each youth attending. Students will purchase their own fabric for pajama bottoms from a selection offered in the class.

I have arranged for the following people to help me teach sewing at this summer camp: Helen Cannon, Betty Lou Kemper, Martha Moorman, Ruth Kemper, Patty Kemper, Sandy Hirn and Staycee Castelein. Thank you to these volunteers for their sewing expertise. 

Registration information is available at the Extension office or by calling (502) 732-7030. Deadline to sign up is July 12.

Sleeplessness and weight gain

A recent study observed the relationship between sleep deprivation and obesity.  According to the study at the Mayo Clinic, participants who had their sleep decreased consumed more calories. Half of the total participants’ slumber was cut by an hour and 20 minutes compared to those of the control group. The group that experienced sleep deprivation consumed an average of 549 calories more than the control group.

Currently, 28 percent of Americans sleep less than six hours a night, according to one author of the study. Chronic sleep deprivation has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Researchers concluded that a minimum of seven hours of sleep is needed to reduce the risk of chronic disease.

The Mayo Clinic offers several tips for a better sleep such as including physical activity in your daily routine, being aware of what you eat and drink and abiding by a sleep schedule.   

I thank Janet Mullins, Extension specialist for Food and Nutrition, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture for sharing this information.

Dates of interest

June 26: Extension Council Meeting, 6 p.m. Carroll County Extension Office.

July 16-20: Youth Sewing Camp, 9 a.m.-noon, Carroll County Extension Office.

July 24: “Tasty Travels Across America,” noon and 6 p.m., Boone County Extension Office.


Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.