Home Insteading With Cooperative Extension (Week 36)

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4-H at Home
Camaryn Byrum, 4-H Agent

Thanksgiving Leaves

Thanksgiving is a very special holiday; an entire day devoted to spending time with the ones we love. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the things we have, like our family, our friends, and our health. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Complete the Thanksgiving Leaves activity below.

Activity: Color/decorate the leaves below. On each leaf, write out some things that you are thankful for. Cut out the leaves and display them around your home. These leaves will be a reminder to why we celebrate Thanksgiving and what we are grateful for this year.

thanksgiving leaves

Family and Consumer Sciences at Home
Mary Morris, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent 

What to do with Turkey Leftovers

After the Thanksgiving meal you may have an abundance of Turkey leftovers. Here are some ways first to store and keep those turkey leftovers safe but also some recipe ideas for repurposed turkey.

Make sure after the turkey has been cooked and cooled that you store turkey leftovers in the refrigerator. As soon as possible go ahead and cut the turkey off the bone, store in storage bags lay flat in the refrigerator, and get the temperature down to below 41 degrees. If you store turkey below 41 degrees quickly then you will have a 7-day window to use these leftovers in other dishes. Use multiple storage bags to keep the portions smaller, this will make cooling it down faster once you put it in the refrigerator. Follow these Basic Holiday Food Safety Tips to keep all of your holiday food dishes safe.

Once you have everything stored safely here are a few recipes that you can use to repurpose that leftover turkey. If you have food safety questions please call or email Mary Morris at 252-482-6585/ mary_morris@ncsu.edu. I will be checking my email through the holiday this week. Happy Thanksgiving!

Classic Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

Turkey-Cranberry Wrap

Horticulture at Home
Katy Shook, Area Horticulture Agent

Poisonous Plants

Each year, thousands of calls are made to the poison control center from concerned parents whose children have ingested an unknown plant. With the abundance of berries and nuts on plants at this time of year, it is important for anyone with young children, and spending time outdoors, to be aware of the potential hazard. While eradication is not possible or even recommended, education is an effective way to manage and reduce potential problems.

Residents may be surprised at the number of landscape plants that are poisonous. Azalea, boxwood, daffodil, holly, hydrangea, and oak (acorns) are all poisonous to humans. Severity can range from low to high, and include symptoms that range from rash and nausea, to paralysis and death.

All parts of a plant can be poisonous, but not all parts of the same plant are poisonous. To help identify poisonous plants and plant parts, use the NC State Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox. Keep in mind that plants that are poisonous to humans are not always poisonous to birds or animals; do not use them as a guide to toxicity.

If accidental ingestion occurs, follow these first aid tips from the Carolina Poison Center:

  • Immediately remove any remaining pieces from the mouth.
  • Call Carolinas Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear.
  • Follow instructions from Carolinas Poison Center staff about collecting any remaining plant pieces.

For more information on poisonous plants, contact Area Horticulture Agent Katy Shook at (252) 482-6585.


All parts of a daffodil plant are poisonous; the bulb is the most poisonous part.