Purdue Extension-Whitley County briefs


Refreezing previously frozen leftovers

Sometimes there are leftover “leftovers.” It is safe to refreeze any food remaining after reheating previously frozen leftovers to the safe temperature of 165 degrees as measured with a food thermometer.

If a large container of leftovers was frozen and only a portion of it is needed, it is safe to thaw the leftovers in the refrigerator, remove the needed portion and refreeze the remainder of the thawed leftovers without reheating it.


Discover how quickly you can become debit/credit card free and how much you can save in interest costs. PowerPay will help you develop a personalized, self-directed debt-elimination plan. Enter the balance, payment amount and interest rate of each debt and PowerPay will calculate the best repayment schedule to save you time and money. It can also help you build an emergency fund while paying off your debt.

A form will be provided so you can gather your debit/credit card information ahead of time; or, you can bring all of your credit information with you. You will receive a debt reduction printout and educational publication(s) as resources. Cost is $3 per person.

Call the Purdue Extension–Whitley County office to make an appointment for your PowerPay report at 244-7615 or (260) 625-3313 or email cbarnett@purdue.edu.

Setting goals for 2018

For many people, a New Year is a fresh start, a do-over of sorts, that motivates you to try something new or to recommit to those tasks you put on hold because you were too busy doing other things. Instead of making resolutions, setting measurable goals is more likely to lead to success in seeing your hopes and dreams come to fruition. Want to increase the chances of seeing your dreams become reality? Here are five goal-setting tips that will get you started on your journey towards reaching your goals.

When it comes to goal setting, S.M.A.R.T. is a familiar acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-sensitive. Too often, people set goals that are vague and unrealistic. Not only does this lead to frustration, but it also decreases the likelihood of actually achieving the goal. The S.M.A.R.T. method can be applied to a variety of goals, whether professional or personal, giving you the tools you need to succeed in your goal setting endeavors.


Achieving goals involves deviating from the daily monotony, stepping outside of your comfort zone and challenging yourself. Writing down your goals allows you to free up some of that mental clutter so that you can visualize those things that you want to achieve. So, pull out that journal and write down those goals.

When you are working towards improving your life, it is common to compare yourself to other people. It is important to keep in mind that everyone’s journey is different; although we have similar destinations, our paths are often quite different. Follow your own path.

Setting goals involves learning what you need to do in order to achieve personal growth. Embracing failure by seeing it as a necessary part of achieving your goals will only make you stronger and more resilient as you continue on your road to towards achieving your goals.

Big success is made up of small victories. Having goals is important; however, we do not stop living while we pursue them. Life happens while you are in the midst of seeing your dreams realized. Do not allow your focus on the outcome to keep you from enjoying the process.

Block party

Purdue Extension offers a fun and educational activity that you may be interested in, a block party. This event engages parents/guardians in block play with their children. The goal is for families to continue block play at home. A block party consists of five stations with different types of blocks and the children and their parents rotate through the different stations that focus on different areas of development.

Blocks use a child’s own action for learning skills, with adult support, in the areas of: math, science, literacy, social and physical. Parenting skills are strengthened through demonstrations and guided practice.

The target audience are parents and caregivers of children, 8 months to 8 years of age. Children must attend with at least one adult.

If you are interested in scheduling a Block Party for your organization, facility or classroom in 2018, contact Cindy Barnett, Extension Educator, 244-7615, 625-3313, or cbarnett@purdue.edu.


The Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) is a national grassroots organization whose mission is to enhance national support and understanding of the land-grant university system’s food and agricultural research, Extension and teaching programs in order to achieve a better standard of living for all people. PCARET is the Purdue University branch of the national CARET organization. The purpose of PCARET is to provide a means for Indiana citizens to have input into program development, budgetary matters and legislation. Members serve as advocates for the Purdue University land-grant agricultural programs.

The PCARET Legislative Luncheon is on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis. If you are interested in attending to visit with our legislators, please contact the Purdue Extension–Whitley County Office, 244-7615 or 625-3313.

Information provided by Cindy Barnett, extension educator, Purdue Extension-Whitley County.

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