Virginia Aparicio column

Keep leftovers safe by storing food within two hours of cooking, health experts say.

Baking sweet treats is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I enjoy taste testing the sweet treats before sending them off with family and friends. Usually each person receives their unique, packed bag of goodies to unravel during their visit. However, this year due to the current limits on social gatherings, I will be mailing my food gifts.

Sending and receiving gift packages in the mail can be a fun and exciting way to connect with your loved ones over the holiday season. There’s nothing like a box full of homemade goodies to fill the season with love and warm memories for years to come.

Virginia Aparicio is Health and Human Science educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. She can be reached at 574-533-0554 or

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