Family and Consumer Science News September 28, 2020

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Fall into Apples


With the fall season upon us, also come fall foods. One food that comes to mind is Apples. Fall is the season for apple picking, which is a great fall family activity, but after a day of apple picking what can you do to preserve your apples before they go bad? Below I will discuss the many possibilities of snacks and desserts that can be created with apples.

1. Apple Cookies – Thinly slice your apples with a knife or a mandolin and bake for an hour at 250 degrees, or if you own a food dehydrator you can place sliced apples in your food dehydrator for a few hours to make apple cookies. You can sprinkle cookies with cinnamon or spread caramel on them if desired.

2. Old fashioned Apple Compote – Core and slice your apples. Place them in a microwave-safe container with a bit of honey and apple pie spice. Add a drop or two of water, then cover and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes. Mash the apple mixture with a potato masher and serve either hot or cold.

3. Sliced apples and plain yogurt with honey – Place a scoop of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt on a plate. Drizzle with honey. Garnish with sliced apples that are dipped in lemon juice.

4. Apple Butterfly – Core and slice an apple and coat it with lemon juice and apple pie spice. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then dab a bit of whipped cream on a plate in a line. Arrange the apple slices like butterfly wings on both sides of it and sprinkle with toasted nuts. You can also use plain yogurt in the place of whipped cream.

5. Apple Crisp
Ingredients: 4 cups sliced apples, 2 tablespoons margarine, ¾ cup quick-cooking oats, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup whole wheat flour, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, Non-stick cooking spray.

  1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Peel apples and cut into slices.
  3. Melt margarine in a small bowl in the microwave.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except apples. Stir until well blended.
  5. Place the apples in a 9 x 13 baking dish and spread out the mixture on top.
  6. Bake 45 minutes to one hour until desired brownness.
    With all the apples that fall brings be sure to try the above recipes that will be sure to bring you apples of pleasure.

Cook Smart Eat Smart


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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced the launch of a COVID-19 Exposure Notification app called SlowCOVIDNC. The app will help North Carolinians slow the spread of the virus by alerting them when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is completely anonymous and does not collect, store or share personal information or location data. The more people that use the app, the better it works. To learn more about SlowCOVIDNC and to download the app, visit NCDHHS Slow Covid NC, which also includes an FAQ.

Get Help Paying for College

Webinar Answering student and parent questions about the 2021-22 FAFSA

Although the future may seem uncertain right now, completing the FAFSA is one way students can keep their options open. Families and students who are exploring college can also complete a practice FAFSA at the following link:

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Students considering attending college in the fall of 2021 need to complete the 2021-22 FAFSA to apply for federal financial aid, as well as some state and institutional aid.

Have You Completed Your Census 2020? Deadline October 31, 2020

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Why complete the census?

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Who can complete the census?
EVERYONE, citizens and non-citizens who are currently living in the country.
It’s not too late: You still have time to complete your census. The deadline is October 15, 2020. You can complete the census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)  Fall 2020

North Carolina was approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families of the more than 800,000 children who normally receive free and reduced lunch at school.

Families can use the P-EBT benefit to purchase food items at EBT authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores. Unused benefits will rollover month-to-month and must be used within 365 days.

There is no application process for P-EBT. Families do not need to apply for the P-EBT program. All families with one or more children in their household who normally have access to free and reduced lunch at school are eligible for P-EBT benefits.

Click here for more information: PEBT program website>>