Edgar County HCE news
In This Issue
- Edgar County HCE Board Members
- Newsletter Articles
- News from County President Beth Sablotny
- News from Cultural Enrichment Peggy Cline
- News from International Martha Fox
- News from 2nd Vice President Pat Brazelton
- News from CVH Director Beth Sablotny
- News from Ways and Means Director Donna Hoult
- News from 1st Vice President Paula Coombes
- From Rebecca Schiver, Office Support Associate, Edgar County Extension
- November Minor Lesson
- December Minor Lesson
- ECHCE Shirt Order Form
- Recipes for Brain Health
MeetingsNovember 2, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. Redmon Night
November 13, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. Happy Homemakers
November 14, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. Bell Ridge
November 28, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. Stratton
November 30, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. Chrisman Nite
December 7, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. Redmon Night
December 11, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. Happy Homemakers
December 12, 2017 - 12:00 noon Bell Ridge
Stratton & Chrisman Nite December dates/times to be announced at November meeting
Edgar County HCE Board Members
President - Beth Sablotny, 217-822-3883………………..firstname.lastname@example.org
First Vice – Paula Coombes, 465-4057……………………
Second Vice – Pat Brazelton, 217-463-2217………………email@example.com
Secretary – Paula Coombes, 465-4057
Treasurer – Dana Stites, 251-9297…………………. firstname.lastname@example.org
Int'l/Family Issues/Public Relations, Martha Fox, 217-822-0115
Cultural Enrichment/Com. Outreach – Peggy Cline, email@example.com
Ways & Means – Dona Hoult, 217-269-2419……………….firstname.lastname@example.org
If you see an article you would like to share with the membership at large, please send to Marilyn Daughhetee, 1205 Claytonia Terrace St., St. Louis, MO 63117. Or email@example.com. (P.S. Unit news should be sent to the same address.) Due date is still the 12th of each month. Thanks for your cooperation in making HCE the best it can be!
All memberships of $12 should be sent to Dana Stites, 2038 E 900th Rd, Kansas IL 61933. Thank you for your help in keeping the membership and officers list correct. (For memberships running from January until May 1, only $6 should be collected.)
News from County President Beth Sablotny
Greetings everyone! HCE Week is done and it was a success. We had 32 attendees for our International Night/Cultural Art Show. The food was great, the speaker was entertaining and the cultural arts items were impressive. Thanks to Martha Fox and Peggy Cline for all their hard work.
As we move into the hectic holiday season, don't forget to take some time for yourself and relax with your friends. Get together for tea, stop by for a visit, or shop for Christmas presents together. Bring holiday cheer to everyone you see. See you in 2018.
The second characteristic in "I'm Positive, I'm Aging!"
2) Be Social
Staying socially active can reduce stress, blood pressure, risk of developing depression, and the progression of declining health. It can improve cognitive function and physical fitness. It can also give meaning and order to our lives, help us maintain interest in others and improves resiliency.
Ways to stay socially connected include:
· Get involved in a cause or interest that is meaningful to you
· Pursue a passion
· Do something that you enjoy each day – have fun
· Engage in a community of support (community or civic group, church, etc.)
· Reach out to those who cannot get out much.
"I have written my life in small sketches, a little today, a little yesterday…I look back on my life as a good day's work, it was done and I feel satisfied with it. I made the best out of what life offered."
- Grandma Moses
One way to be social is our ECHCE county-wide activities. And what better way to show off our organization than with bright purple shirts! We are once again offering shirts with our county logo for sale. These are great for unit activities, countywide events and outings. Look for the order sheet in this newsletter.
News from Cultural Enrichment Peggy Cline
Big thanks to you all who participated in our annual Cultural Arts Show. What a talented group we have.
There were six quilt entries. Berneice Hayes quilt was the winner! She hand embroidered the faces and names of all the presidents thru Obama, and then made the squares into a quilt. There was unique quilting in the corners of the Statue of Liberty and other patriotic themes. Good Job Berneice!
There are seven other winners that will go to the state competition.
Donna Herrington wool applique snowman wall hanging
Peggy Cline pumpkin applique wall hanging
Peggy Cline pumpkin table runner
Nancy Hansel quilted eagle
Peggy Cline counted cross stitch
Nancy Hansel Santa wool wall-hanging
Beth Sablotny unique recycled
News from International Martha Fox
WOW! Thank you everyone for attending International Night. Had a great turn out and hope everyone enjoyed it.
Pam Brown did an excellent job with her very interesting presentation of her good will trip to Cuba. Tables were decorated with brightly flowered Cuban plates and napkins with bowls of fruit and margarita glasses as centerpieces. Everyone enjoyed the Cuban recipes, furnished by each unit. For dessert we had ice cream from We-Li-Kit, yum-yum! Several door prizes were given out during the evening.
News from 2nd Vice President Pat Brazelton
This was information given at the Officer's Training Meeting:
1. Build a network –get to know the person if you don't already, that you are going to get as a member
2. Demonstrate HCE value—tell them about the opportunities for researched subjects such as nutrition and wellness, horticulture and family life.
3. Show goodwill. Tell about our international interest in helping other through Pennies for Friendship. I hope that these steps will help you gain new members. Small bags of M&M's were given to each member with the slogans "Membership Matters & We Need More Members". These were to be used to entice new members.
News from CVH Director Beth Sablotny
IF YOU EVER NEED
A HELPING HAND,
YOU'LL FIND ONE AT
THE END OF YOUR ARM
...AS YOU GROW OLDER YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT
YOU HAVE TWO HANDS.
ONE FOR HELPING YOURSELF,
THE OTHER FOR
HELPING OTHERS. - Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn has always been one of my heroes. Not just because of her great films and killer fashion sense, but also for her many years of service with UNICEF. I may never have her figure, but I hope I can always be a helping hand to someone else.
Is there a little bit of Audrey in you, too? Jot it down on your CVH Volunteer Sheet.
News from Ways and Means Director Donna Hoult
The Hidden Gardens Tea Room will be presenting a Dinner Theatre on December 8,9,10 and 15,16,17.
The Dark Horse Theatre Company will present "Christmas with the Little Women".
Call for reservations at 217-251-2636 for more information and times. Cost is $35.
The Hidden Garden Tea Room is in Chrisman, IL on the Square. The meal will be a buffet.
News from 1st Vice President Paula Coombes
MICROWAVE PUMPKIN COFFEE CAKE
1/3 cup margarine or butter ¼ tsp cinnamon
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar ½ tsp baking powder
1/3 cup sugar ¼ tsp baking soda
1 ¼ cups all-purpose or unbleached flour ½ cup sour cream
¾ tsp pumpkin pie spice ½ cup cooked, mashed pumpkin
½ tsp salt 1 egg
¼ cup chopped nuts
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp margarine or butter
1 to 2 tsp milk
In 2-quart microwave-safe bowl, melt 1/3 cup margarine/butter on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds or until melted; stir in brown sugar and sugar. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Mix in flour, pumpkin pie spice and salt until crumbly. Remove ½ cup of mixture to small bowl; add nuts and cinnamon. Mix well; set aside. To remaining mixture, add baking powder, baking soda, sour cream, pumpkin and egg. Beat until smooth. Pour batter into ungreased 8 or 9-inch round microwave-safe dish. Sprinkle with reserved mixture.
Microwave on MEDIUM for 8 minutes, rotating dish ¼ turn halfway through baking. Microwave on high for 3 ½ to 5 ½ minutes or until cake pulls away from sides of dish, rotating dish once halfway through baking. Let stand 5 minutes on flat surface.
SOURCE; Pillsbury's Best* Cookbook
From Rebecca Schiver, Office Support Associate, Edgar County Extension
Hello HCE members:
Has your address changed? Have you moved? Do you plan to go south for a few months this winter? Please be sure to give any address changes (temporary or permanent) to the Extension Office so we can make sure we get your newsletter to you in a timely manner. We would be glad to hold your newsletters until you return from your trip & mail them to you when you return. Every newsletter returned to our office costs .49.
Please call us at 217-465-8585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any changes or holds.
Thank you very much.
November Minor Lesson
Are Backyard Chickens for You?
Extension offices occasionally receives inquiries about raising chickens in the backyard. University of Illinois Extension Poultry Specialist Ken Koelkebeck has put together a packet of information regarding rasing backyard chickens. Before you contact your Extension office, please consult your local municipality to see if backyard chickens are approved. Think about your reasons for raising chickens. Are they for eggs, meat, exhibition, or breed preservation? Raising any livestock can be challenging with everything from territorial roosters or losses by the family Fido, coyotes, or hawks. H. W. Mumford's "Tribute to the Stockman" follows on the next page. You might check that out before getting too far along with your chicken adventure.
To research your endeavor, start with the University of Illinois Extension website: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/eggs.
This is a listing of 33 resources on poultry. They cover various breeds, egg information, incubation and housing. Another useful site is the Illini PoultryNet:
This site reviews the latest poultry research at the U. of I. plus recent research papers.
Purdue Extension also offers a wealth of information:
They cover broiler production, diseases and pests, biosecurity, egg production, ducks, poultry exhibition, exotics and farm management. Ken also included lists of hatcheries, poultry equipment suppliers, feed suppliers, and sources for fertile eggs.
The American Poultry Association is also a useful research site:
On the site, they have posted an informative article, "Helping Poultry Breeders Raise Birds in an Urban Area" by Bart Pals.
You have your reasons for backyard chickens so you need to determine what type of chicken to raise. Purdue Extension (AS-518-W) offers an excellent article on breed selection written by Doug Akers, Pete Akers, and Dr. Mickey Latour. https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/as/as-518.pdf
Egg Production: White leghorns are prolific layers of white eggs. Golden Comets and Red Sex Links are excellent layers of brown eggs. In general, chicken breeds with white ear lobes lay white eggs and chickens with red ear lobes lay brown eggs.
Eggs and Meat: Dual-purpose breeds include several American and English breeds such at Plymouth Rocks, Sussex, and Wyandottes. These breeds lay well and are large enough for meat production.
Meat: For meat production only, nothing compares with the fast growth of the Cornish Cross (White Cornish X White Plymouth Rock). They reach 4-5 pounds in 6 weeks and 6-10 pounds in 8-12 weeks.
Exhibition: Exhibition poultry shows are popular throughout the Midwest. The America Poultry Association publishes "The American Standard of Perfection." This book gives a complete description of all recognized breeds and varieties of domestic poultry. Chickens are judged according to those descriptions of ideal breed type, color, weight, and other characteristics for the breed and variety.
Steve Ayers, Extension Educator,
Local Food Systems and Small Farms
Contact information for Ken Koelkebeck, Extension Specialist, Poultry, Department of Animal Science: 217-244-0195, email@example.com
A Tribute to the Stockman by H. W. Mumford
Behold the Stockman!
Artist and Artisan.
He may be polished, or a diamond in the rough – but always a gem.
Whose devotion to his animals is second only to his love of God and family.
Whose gripping affection is tempered only by his inborn sense of the true proportion of things.
Who cheerfully braves personal discomfort to make sure his livestock suffer not.
To him there is a rhythm in the clatter of the horse's hoof, music in the bleating of the sheep and in the lowing of the herd.
His approaching footsteps call forth the affectionate whinny of recognition.
His calm, well-modulated voice inspires confidence and wins affection.
His coming is greeted with demonstrations of pleasure, and his going with evident disappointment.
Who sees something more in cows than the drudgery of milking, more in swine than the grunt and squeal, more in the horse than the patient servant, and more in sheep than the golden hoof.
Herdsman, shepherd, groom – yes, and more. Broad-minded, big-hearted, and whole-souled: whose life and character linger long after the cordial greeting is stilled and the hearty handshake is but a memory; whose silent influence forever lives. May his kind multiply and replenish the earth.
December Minor Lesson
1. Which of these companies was the first to use Santa Clause in an advertisement?
2. Which president was the first to decorate the White House Christmas tree?
3. Which country did the gingerbread house come from?
4. What kind of Christmas does Elvis Presley sing about?
5. In what year was "A Christmas Carol", by Charles Dickens, published?
6. What is the name of the Grinch's dog in the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
7. Where was "A Christmas Carol" written?
8. Which reindeer helps Rudolph fly at the reindeer games?
9. Which reindeer is Rudolph's dad?
10. Which Christmas movie has been played more than any other?
A Christmas Story
Frosty the Snowman
It's a Wonderful Life
Question 1: The correct answer is the
Question 2: The correct answer is
Franklin Pierce. Question 3: The correct answer is
Question 4: The correct answer is Blue.
Question 5: The correct answer is 1843.
Question 6: The correct answer is Max.
Question 7: The correct answer is United Kingdom.
Question 8: The correct answer is Clarice.
Question 9: The correct answer is Donner.
Question 10: The correct answer is It's a Wonderful Life.
ECHCE Shirt Order Form
Edgar County Home & Community Education
Polo shirt Order Form
Our new shirts will feature an Ultra-Club Ladies size whisper pique in purple.
Our ECHCE logo will be screen printed on the upper left front. Your unit and/or name can be added at no cost.
Sizes include XS-3XL
Line 1 (Unit Name)___________________________________
Line 2 (Your First Name)_______________________________
The cost is $20 and must be submitted with your order form.
Please send form NLT January 15, 2018 to:
U of I Extension, Edgar County
c/o Rebecca Schiver
210 W. Washington
Paris, IL 61944
Recipes for Brain Health
Recipes for Brain Health
California Avocado Super Summer Wrap
1 ripe avocado, seeded, peeled, and cubed
½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon lime juice
½ cup blueberries
½ cup carrots, grated
¼ cup red onion, chopped
2 cups fresh arugula
12 oz. cooked chicken breast, cubed
4 (8-inch) whole wheat tortillas
Using a fork or potato masher, mash half the avocado cubes with yogurt and lime juice in a medium bowl. Add the rest of the avocado cubes, blueberries, carrots, and cooked chicken cubes; mix gently. Top each tortilla with ¼ of filling mixture and ¼ of arugula. Roll and tuck in ends. Slice in half diagonally, securing with toothpicks, if needed.
Yield: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 389 calories, 13 grams fat, 370 milligrams sodium, 32 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams fiber, 35 grams protein
Source: What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl
Black-eyed Peas Salad
2 cans (15 oz.) black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
½ cup red onion, chopped
½ cup green pepper, chopped
½ cup celery, chopped
¼ cup nonfat Italian dressing
Combine all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl and mix well. Cover and chill before serving.
Yield: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 90 calories, 0.5 grams fat, 390 milligrams sodium, 16 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 5 grams protein
Kale Salad with Apples
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup olive oil
4 cups finely chopped kale, ribs removed
2 Tablespoons toasted sliced almonds
1 sweet apple, cored and sliced thin
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Combine lemon juice, salt, garlic, mustard and oil in a large bowl; whisk well. Add kale. Using clean hands, massage dressing into kale. Toss with almonds and apples. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Refrigerate and serve.
Yield: 4 servings
(per serving): 180 calories, 17 grams
fat, 150 milligrams sodium, 8 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 2 grams
Roasted Chicken and White Bean Salad
cups boneless, skinless, no salt added, cooked chicken, shredded
2 (16-oz.) cans unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup celery, diced
1 cup tomato, seeded and chopped
½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 romaine leaves, rinsed and dried
first 5 ingredients (chicken through onion) in mixing bowl, and gently toss to
Whisk vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper in a mixing bowl. Pour olive oil into the bowl in a thin but steady stream while whisking the dressing to create a rich consistency. Drizzle over the chicken and bean mixture and gently toss to combine.
Serve over lettuce.
Yield: 6 (2 cup) servings
Nutrition Facts per 2 cup serving: 250 calories, 8 grams fat, 115 milligrams sodium, 23 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams dietary fiber, 20 grams protein
Ceviche Salad with Precooked Shrimp
1 lb. jumbo pre-cooked peeled shrimp
2 limes, juiced
1 teaspoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 medium tomato, cored and chopped
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
¼ cup chopped red onion
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
Remove tails from shrimp and discard; chop shrimp in bite-size pieces. In a large bowl, whisk juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add shrimp and let marinate for 10 minutes. Stir in tomato, avocado, jalapeno pepper, onion and cilantro. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Yield: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 230 calories, 10 grams fat, 470 milligrams sodium, 7 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 30 grams protein
Easy Homemade Granola Bars
2 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup unsalted whole almonds, roughly chopped
¼ cup honey
2 Tablespoons trans-fat free margarine
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons chia seeds or flaxseeds
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Combine the oats and roughly chopped almonds on a small baking sheet; bake 7-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl.
While the oats are toasting, combine the margarine, honey, brown sugar, peanut butter, vanilla extract, chia or flax seeds and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until margarine melts and the sugar completely dissolves, making sure to stir occasionally. Pour the butter mixture over the toasted oats and almonds. Mix well. Let cool for 15 minutes then add the mini chocolate chips. Stir to combine. Transfer the oat mixture to prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula firmly press the mixture into the pan until the mixture is in a uniform layer. Transfer the entire pan to the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours.
After the granola
has cooled completely, gently lift it out of the pan using the parchment paper
as handles and cut it into 10 bars. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap and store
in fridge until ready to eat.
Yield: 10 servings Nutrition Facts (per serving) 240 calories, 11 grams fat, 110 milligrams sodium, 32 grams carbohydrate, 4 gram fiber, 5 grams protein
Raspberry Lemon Angel Food Cake
1 box (16 oz.) angel food cake mix
1 ¼ cup water
6 oz. raspberries, reserve 6
Raspberry Lemon Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon grated lemon zest
Preheat oven 350°F. In a large bowl, beat cake mix and water on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Pour half the batter into an ungreased angel food tube pan or bundt cake pan. Drop raspberries, reserving 6 for the glaze, evenly over batter. Pour the remaining batter over raspberries. Bake for 40-45 minutes or as directed on package directions. While cake cools, prepare glaze. In a medium bowl, beat powdered sugar, lemon juice, raspberries and lemon zest until smooth. Pour over cooled cake. May serve with whipped topping and garnish with berries.
Yield: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 190 calories, 0 grams fat, 320 milligrams sodium, 44 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 3 grams protein
Strawberries with Banana Cream
⅓ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon fruit juice (such as orange)
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 teaspoon honey
2 dashes cinnamon
Combine yogurt, banana, and juice and mash with a fork until most chunks are gone. Divide berries into two separate dishes. Top the berries with the yogurt banana mixture. Top with honey and cinnamon.
Yield: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 120 calories, 1 gram fat, 15 milligrams sodium, 25 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 5 grams protein
Source: Adapted from What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl
Berry Cheesecake Whip
3 cups non-fat strawberry yogurt
2 oz. (½-4 oz. box) sugar-free instant cheesecake pudding
8 oz. fat-free frozen whipped topping; thawed
3 cups frozen mixed berries
Let frozen berries slightly thaw in the refrigerator (about 4 hours). In a large bowl, stir yogurt and pudding mix until well-combined. Fold in whipped topping. Stir in partially frozen berries and serve.
Yield: 10 servings, ½ cup each
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 110 calories, 0 grams fat, 270 milligrams sodium, 16 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 3 grams protein
Think about keeping your brain strong today and every day
Here are some lifestyle choices you can make in order to keep your brain healthy and strong.
Healthy brains benefit from:
- Getting enough and good sleep
- Eating a heart healthy diet
- Exercising regularly
- Managing your stress
- Having social/emotional support
- Stimulating your brain with newness, novelty and increasing difficulty of activities
It bears to say again that there has been lot of research in the area of how beneficial physical activity is to not only our bodies but also our brains. Aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your blood flowing, carries needed nutrients and oxygen to the brain. In addition to the aerobic benefits, the activities often engage the brain, thereby increasing brain efficiency, reaction time, and ability to concentrate. Physical activity also promotes new neural growth and healthy neural connections.
One of the most renowned researchers in the area of brain health is Dr. Art Kramer, former Director of the University of Illinois Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. These are his three lifestyle habits that we can execute to improve our brain health:
- Be active by engaging in 30-60 minutes of aerobic activity three days a week
- Participate in intellectual activities
- Engage in social interaction For optimal benefit combine all three!