FCS News – July 2021

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Summer Safety Tips

Summertime is here. While having fun in the sun be sure to follow the safety tips below.

  1. Beat the Heat: Anybody can be at risk for a heat-related illness.   Tips on How to Avoid Heat-Related Illness >> Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed. CDC Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-related illness >>
  2. Bug Safety: Protect yourself and your family from insect bites. CDC Guidelines to Avoid Insect Bites >> by using repellents with active ingredients such as DEET. EPA Guidelines: Find the Repellent that is right for you >> Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children. 
  3. Playgrounds: Emergency departments see more than 20,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related traumatic brain injury each year. NSC Playground Safety >> Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child’s development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes, CDC Helmet Safety Guide >> and follow playground safety tips. CDC Playground Safety Tips for Parents >> 
  4. Fireworks: Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades, fireworks displays – and plenty of visits to emergency rooms, especially during July. Fireworks safety tips can be found here. Safewise Fireworks Safety Tips >>
  5. Water Safety: Drowning caused 3,709 deaths in 2017. The younger the child, the greater the risk. NSC Water Safety Tips >>
  6. Food Safety: Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. Be sure to follow these guidelines while enjoying summer cookouts. CDC Guidelines -Food Poisioning Prevention >>

Summer Cookouts Basic Food Safety

Summer Cookouts Basic Food Safety >>


July Baking – National Peach Month

All bakers have a favorite Peach Cobbler up their sleeve. But …what IS a COBBLER? 

A cobbler gets its name from the biscuit topping, which resembles cobblestones.

Peach Cobbler Recipe >>

Put it all together in a Peaches and Cream Scone. YUM. 

Peaches and Cream Scone recipe >>

Peach Scones


Quilt Patch Cake

Baking a quilt patch cake is an activity that is loved by children of all ages. Baking is a wonderful activity that reinforces a lot of skills for our children such as reading and measuring, shopping at the grocery store, and learning about good nutritional skills in the kitchen.

This activity has a lot of flexibility for all ages and skill sets because you can simply use a cake mix, or select a more complex recipe if you’d like.Using the guide to make, bake, and decorate a quilt patch cake is sure to bring joy to you and your family as you each decorate patches of the quilt cake. 

Quilt cake recipe, decorating ideas and fun facts

Quilt Patch Cake >>


Christmas In July

Are you ready for Christmas? It seems like an odd question to ask when it’s just the start of summer, however we are only 6 months away from the Christmas holiday. It may be a good idea to begin saving a little every week to prepare for the upcoming end of the year holiday.

By setting a small weekly savings goal, it should be easy to set that amount aside without throwing the rest of your budget for a loop. Here are a few sneaky ways to store away some cash easily.

1- Take a small amount out of each paycheck, before you set your budget or start spending anything

2- Get a little extra cash back each time you go grocery shopping

3- If you have a side business or hobby that you make a little money from that doesn’t need to go to household expenses, set it all aside

4- Round up all of your purchases and bills in your checkbook to the nearest $5 or $10 (If you pay a bill for $36.40, record it as $40. That’s $3.60 in savings.)

5- Sell something you no longer need or want on Facebook Marketplace, LetGo or OfferUp

Savings Chart: July 1-December 1

22 weeks

$$$ Savings
$20 per week (x) 22 weeks $440
$30 per week (x) 22 weeks $660
$40 per week (x) 22 weeks $880
$50 per week (x) 22 weeks $1,100
$60 per week (x) 22 weeks $1,320

Happy Savings!


Summer Spreadables

Do you know the difference between jellies, jams, preserves, conserves, and marmalades? Would you like to learn how to make jams, conserves and spreads?

Be on the lookout for an upcoming hands-on class where we learn the difference between each and make jams, conserves, and spreads.