Crawford County HEA Newsletter
In This Issue
- MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- BOARD MEETING
- FANCY UP YOUR LAMPSHADES
- MARCH LESSON
- ATTENTION MAILBOX UNIT
- FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING MINUTES
- HCE BOARD NEWS
- MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM APRIL 19
- INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM MAY 1
- 2018 DUES ARE DUE
- LAP BLANKET SEWING DAY
- 2018 IAHCE ANNUAL CONFERENCE
- ROBINSON DAILY NEWS WANTS OUR HELP
- CAREGIVER SELF CARE - APRIL LESSON
- UNIT NEWS
- MAINTAIN YOUR BRAIN HEALTH
- APRIL IN PARIS - GARDEN SEMINAR
- KITCHEN TIPS
- Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Muffins
- MARCH LESSON - CAMEO JEWELRY
MARK YOUR CALENDARSMarch 2018
6 HCE Board Meeting, 9 a.m. in the Extension office
6 "Cameo" Program & Pizza Luncheon, 10 a.m. in the Extension office
17 St. Patrick's Day (don't forget to wear green!)
20 Caregiver Self-Care lesson, 10 a.m. at Extension office.
23 Mailbox Unit will be assembling the April newsletter
at 10 a.m. in the Extension Office.
30 Good Friday
Monthly HCE Board meeting will be Tuesday,
March 6 at 9 a.m. in the U of I Extension office.
Everyone is invited to attend!
FANCY UP YOUR LAMPSHADESHave a Plain Lamp Shade?
If you have a plain lamp shade, why not dress it up with buttons? You can keep it simple and use a mixture of
white, beige, and cream buttons.
Using a glue gun, glue rows of neutral colored buttons
onto the lamp shade.
Intermingle small and large buttons around the bottom edge of the lamp shade.
OR GO WILD:
Use a wide variety of blue hue
buttons. Or any other color that will match your
MARCH LESSONMARCH LESSON and Pizza Luncheon
Angie Kelsheimer will present a program on "Cameos".
Please join us on March 6 at 10 a.m. for this lesson on a long ago favorite, a very unique sought after accessory.
Angie will be here with lots of different styles of cameos and other antique jewelry to showcase.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own vintage,
heirloom jewelry & cameos to the meeting to show off as well.
After the program, pizza will be delivered for lunch.Everyone is encouraged to come out for this trip down memory lane
ATTENTION MAILBOX UNIT
Attention Mailbox UnitMembers will be assembling the April newsletter in the Extension office on Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m.
FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING MINUTESHCE Board Meeting — February 6, 2018
President, Susan Allison, called the meeting to order with the thought for the day: "Ant: a small insect that, though
always at work, still finds time to go to a picnic!"
Susan Allison, Helen Brackett, Sandy Bryans, Hope Dennis, Bonnie Finn, and LaDonna Harris were in attendance.
Hope Dennis read last month's minutes due to the treasurer's absence. LaDonna made a motion to approve the minutes and Sandy seconded the motion.
Sandy read the treasury report. Susan made a motion to
approve the report and Hope seconded the motion.
Susan stated that when transferring money from Money
Market account, it needs to be brought up at Board meetings.
Bills to be allowed: Susan reported she will pick up the 75 HCE brochures ordered (25 free and 50 for $15) at the
Annual Conference in March. Susan, LaDonna, and Barb are going to the conference. Susan submitted a bill for the
brochures. LaDonna made a motion to pay Susan $15 and
Helen seconded it.
Correspondence: Susan read a card from Hutsonville's
Heritage Home thanking us for all the donated items in
Susan showed two recent newspaper articles from the
Robinson Daily News on HCE.
Angie Kelsheimer is confirmed for the March program.
New Business: LaDonna made a motion to donate $250 to
U of I Extension and Bonnie seconded it. That money will be taken out of Money Market and deposited into the checking
LaDonna asked for a printout of Mailbox members, to call
and remind them their dues are due.
LaDonna discussed ideas that the Sunbeams are planning for the April Membership meeting. LaDonna made a motion to
donate $25 to the club that gets the most N-E-W members between January - April. Sandy seconded it. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite family recipe.
Susan passed out Valentine candies to the board members.
LaDonna made the motion to adjourn, and Sandy seconded the motion.
Next meeting Tuesday, March 6 at 9 a.m.
HCE BOARD NEWSHCE Board News
Each unit is asked to send a representative to the monthly board meetings. Board members are always needed. If anyone is interested in a board position or to be a member of one of the committees, please call the office at 618/546-1549.We would like to have some new faces and fresh ideas!
MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM APRIL 19Membership Program - April 19
The Sunbeam Unit is organizing and hosting the April
Membership Drive. This is a great opportunity for Y-O-U
to ask a friend or relative to come and "check out HCE".
When: Thursday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: American Legion, Oblong Fairgrounds
Menu: Salad luncheon
Bring: Family recipe
Register: Friday, April 13
The program will be Ty Tuttle speaking about the Moonshine Store and Restaurant.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a family recipe to the event. If possible, please include any variations, any notes you may have written along the edges through the years, who first made the recipe, any colorful information, for
example: your brother loved it so much he made himself
sick eating it. Or it might have been your birthday dinner every year when you were a child.
The Sunbeam ladies will be doing all the meal preparation,
so they need a head-count prior to the event.
To register, please call the U of I Extension office at 618/546-1549.
Don't forget, $25 will be awarded to the unit with the
most NEW members from January through April.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM MAY 1International Program - May 1st
International committee member Phyllis Adams has been busy planning this year's international program, the
spotlighted country is the Philippines.
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 1st
Program starts at 10 a.m., lunch will be served at 11 a.m.
Since the program follows our monthly board meeting, the board meeting will
be held at the church also at 9 a.m.
More details in next
2018 DUES ARE DUE2018 — HCE Dues are Due!
Your 2018 dues are due.
The cost is $10 for the year.
But we will insist you pay for 2017 if you haven't as of yet.
If you are wondering IF you are paid current, then please call us (618/546-1549) TODAY to find out! THANKS!!!
Send payment to: 301 S. Cross St., #290
Robinson, IL 62454
CORRECTIONSCORRECTION TO THE Oblong's Morning Glories News
It was reported incorrectly in last month's newsletter on what was donated.
Here are the actual donations:
$200 to Christmas for Kids
$50 to Oblong Food Pantry
$200 to Katie Stovall for medical bills
$40 to ERBA for senior meals in Oblong
$25 trophy for the 4-H county fair
Purchased 12 boxes of crayons for the Oblong Grade School.THANKS Morning Glories for all your good deeds!!!
Sorry for the misprint last month.
LAP BLANKET SEWING DAYLap Blankets — Sewing Day
A note from our President, Susan Allison
Thank you to these HCE members for joining the fun
on February 6 and for your help in getting lap blankets made for our February service project.
Lap blankets were delivered to:
¨ Heritage Health Care
¨ Arbor Rose
¨ Magnolia Care Center
¨ Ridgeview Care Center
My personal thanks to:
Sandy Bryans, Evea Miller, Martha Holt, Bonnie Finn,
Helen Brackett, Jo Carter, Donna Newbold, LaDonna
Also, thank you to Elizabeth Will and Hope Dennis for
helping set up the room, and getting our supplies carried
up to the work room.
You all are awesome!
2018 IAHCE ANNUAL CONFERENCE2018 IAHCE Annual Conference
The state level conference for HCE will be held in
Effingham at the Keller Convention Center from
Tuesday, March 13—Thursday, March 15.
Susan Allison, Barb Miller and LaDonna Harris
will be representing Crawford County.
ROBINSON DAILY NEWS WANTS OUR HELPRobinson Daily News Wants O-U-R Help!!!
The Robinson Daily News wants to run "tried and true"
recipes that have stood the test of time.
Anyone can go online and find recipes . . .
But, are they good?
Does your family like them?
Do they have easy-to-find ingredients?
These are the recipes they want! And who did they look to?
Crawford County HCE Members!!!
If you have one of these recipes they are looking for, then please submit it to the U of I Extension office. Please add any tips you have and options that can be added.
They want these recipes to be "personal", so any notes you have written off to the side - please include those as well.
CAREGIVER SELF CARE - APRIL LESSONCaregiver Self-Care — April Lesson
We all know someone who is providing care for
someone else. It is a rewarding experience for most, but caregivers experience many difficult emotions
and losses along their journey.
This workshop will focus on overcoming the challenges of caregiving and will examine caregiver stress and burnout - how to recognize them and how to prevent
it with techniques for self-care.
This lesson will be given via the computer to be able
to listen to the speaker in another location.
Please consider attending on March 20, at 10 a.m.
in the U of I Extension office.
UNIT NEWSUnit News
Let us know what your HCE unit is doing. Send pictures with a short description to email@example.com
or mail to: 301 S. Cross St. #290, Robinson, IL 62454
It does not have to be anything in particular.
It could be a group picture, picture from a meeting,
funds raiser, etc. Members like to know what the other groups are doing. Let us know you are having fun getting
together each month. And renewing friendships!!
MAINTAIN YOUR BRAIN HEALTHA Brain Healthy Diet = A Heart Healthy Diet
Many of the risk factors for age-related memory impairment are the same risks for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.
A brain healthy or heart healthy diet will help promote blood flow to the brain.
¨ Make half your plate fruits & vegetables
¨ Drink skim or 1% milk
¨ Make at least half your grains whole grains
¨ Vary your protein choices by including beans and fish/seafood twice a week
¨ Drink 6-8 cups of fluid each day
¨ Include foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acidsMaintain Your Brain Health
· Remain Socially Active - join groups or community organizations, volunteer, share a skill, invite friends over for lunch or coffee
· Remain Physically Active - Walk as much as possible, take the stairs, attend a fitness class, garden, clean the house
· Remain Mentally Active - Travel to new places, play games and puzzles, read and write, play an instrument, knit, paint, take college classes
APRIL IN PARIS - GARDEN SEMINARApril in Paris — Garden Seminar
Please join the Edgar County Master Gardeners on Thursday, April 12 at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Paris. This fun and informative half day event begins with a light breakfast and shopping with vendors. The program begins at 8:45 a.m. and will feature the following speakers:
Dyke Barkley - Container Gardening
Greg Fields - History of Landscape & Garden Design
Jaci Dixon - Companion Vegetable Gardening
Cost of $20 includes breakfast, vendors, materials and
the 3 speakers.
Registration deadline is April 6.
For more information, please call 217/465-8585.
Everyone is invited!
KITCHEN TIPSKitchen Tips
COOK frozen hash browns on your waffle grill. Defrost them first in the microwave & pat dry. They will cook up crispy and brown! Season with salt & pepper, onions, peppers, etc.
OR use tater-tots, they will mash into one patty.
Mashed Potato Muffin Cups – Make a big batch of homemade mashed potatoes and freeze individual servings in muffin cups. Once they're frozen, pop them out and store in resealable plastic freezer bags. During the week, you will be able to
pull out as many servings as you need and heat them in the
Cheesy Bacon Breakfast MuffinsAre You Rushed in the Mornings?
Make these for a quick breakfast!
Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Muffins
Shredded Hash Browns
Eggs (3 eggs for every 4 muffins)
Splash of Milk
Shredded Cheese (lots or little, your call)
Bacon (cooked, drained, crumbled – 1/2 piece per muffin)
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Whatever else you like to put in eggs, feel free!
Directions: Preheat oven to 400°.
Put frozen hash browns in a bowl (1/4 cup per muffin tin).
Microwave until warm but do not cook. Yes, they will be a little mushy. Then press those mushy taters between some paper towel. Get the water out. Season with salt & pepper.
Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray.
Drop hash browns into muffin tin. Press down and form the sides to make sort of a hash brown basket.
Bake for 15 minutes or until they start to turn brown.
While those are in the oven. . .
Prepare your egg mixture, just like if you were making an
omelet! Use eggs, splash of milk, salt, pepper, onion, red and green pepper, shredded cheese and of course bacon.
Using a deep spoon (to get the good stuff), add egg mixture to each muffin tin. Fill 2/3 of the way.
Bake another 15 minutes (eggs will fill the potato baskets and soak in).
MARCH LESSON - CAMEO JEWELRYMarch Lesson — Cameo Jewelry
Definition: A piece of jewelry, typically oval in shape,
consisting of a portrait in profile carved on a background
of a different color.
Cameos are iconic and historical. Cameo jewelry has been
around for centuries with early examples dating back to the 3rd century BC. Because they have been so popular throughout different eras, many people have a cameo that they have
inherited or admired.
What is a Cameo? A cameo is a material that is carved with
a raised relief that often depicts a profile of a face. Cameos
are commonly made out of shell, coral, stone, lava, or glass. These carvings are set in either gold or silver.
Cheaper costume jewelry cameos exist, and these are set in
a base metal and made out of a molded plastic, glass, or resin. These are not hand carved and are not worth a lot of money.
Not only is there a wide discrepancy in the value between
a fine cameo and cameo knock-offs, but some fine cameos
are worth significantly more than other fine cameos.
Cameo jewelry has varying quality factors including the
intricacy of the carving to the quality of the setting.
History: Cameos are often worn as jewelry, but in ancient times were mainly used for signet rings and large earrings, although the largest examples were probably too large for this, and were just admired as objets d'art.
Stone cameos of great artistry were made in Greece
dating back as far as the 3rd century BC.
Cameos were very popular in Ancient Rome. Roman Cameos
became less common around in the years leading up to 300 AD, although production continued at a much reduced rate right through the Middle Ages.
The technique has since enjoyed periodic revivals, notably
in the early Renaissance, and again in the 18th and 19th
centuries. In France, Napoleon's coronation crown was
decorated with cameos.
major proponent of the cameo trend, to the extent that they would become mass-produced by the second half of the 19th century.
Cameo Subjects: Classically the designs carved onto cameo stones were either scenes of Greek or Roman mythology or portraits of rulers or dignitaries. In history, agate portrait cameos were often gifts from royalty to their subjects. These antique cameos, some more than 2000 years old, are
either displayed in museums or are in private collections.