Crawford County HEA Newsletter
In This Issue
- June 2018 Calendar
- Tips and Tricks
- Annual HCE Picnic — Monday, June 11
- Senior Credit Scores — July Lesson
- HCE Board Meeting — May 1, 2018
- Extension Office is Moving1
- Attention S. E. LaMotte Unit
- What’s In Your Bowl?
- The History of Aprons
- Scholarship Committee
- Robinson Daily News Wants O-U-R Help!!!
- Crawford County Blood Drives
- Crawford County Senior Centers
- Cooking for Two — Italian Sausage Lasagna
- Easy Garden Bake for Two
- Fruit Cobblers for Two
- Senior Credit Scores — June Lesson
- What to Do to about a Data Breach?
June 2018 Calendar
5 HCE Board Meeting 9 a.m. in the Extension office
7 DEADLINE to sign-up for picnic
8 Senior Credit Scores, 10 a.m. Call BEFORE you come in!
11 Annual Picnic, 11 a.m. in the Oblong City Park
14 Flay Day
17 Father's Day
26 S. E. LaMotte Unit will be assembling the July newsletter
at 10 a.m. in the Extension Office.
** Please call 546-1549, if that time doesn't work for you!
Tips and Tricks
Keep a Scotch Brite dishwand — the kind where the handle can be filled with detergent — in your shower. Fill the handle with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 dishwashing detergent. This will make it easy and convenient to wipe down the walls while you're in the shower.
Want to use the grill, panini maker or the George Foreman without the messy clean-up? Use foil to line the grill part
for easy clean up.
Rub your faucet with waxed paper to prevent water spots and finger prints.
Annual HCE Picnic — Monday, June 11
The Morning Glories are getting ready to host the HCE
Picnic on Monday, June 11 at 11 a.m. in the Oblong Park. We will gather under the "John Collins Shelter" on the
back side of park, follow the road around the park.
Menu: Croissant sandwiches (chicken salad or ham), chips, relish tray, and fruit cups. Tea and lemonade to drink.
Entertainment: Jane Attaway on "Being Positive"
The meal is free but YOU WILL NEED to register to be sure there is enough food. Call 618/546-1549 to sign-up before June 7.
Everyone is invited!!!
Come out and enjoy a beautiful day with friends.
Senior Credit Scores — July Lesson
Do you realize that credit scores are used not only by
lenders but also by insurance companies? Even if you do not have any debts currently, you need to monitor your credit report and understand factors that affect your credit score. Keeping a positive credit score can save you money!
On Friday, June 8, at 10 a.m. this lesson will be given through the computer. Unfortunately, we don't know if we will be in the new OR old building. Please call 618/546-1549 IF you are planning to attend so handouts and computer can be set up. THANKS!
HCE Board Meeting — May 1, 2018
President Susan Allison called the meeting to order with roll call of "What was your grandmother's first name?" Members present: Jeannie Adams, Phyllis Adams, Susan Allison, Helen Brackett, Bonnie Finn, LaDonna Harris, Hope Dennis and Barb Miller. Guests were Norma Thompson and Mary Stampini.
Jeannie read the minutes of the last meeting. Hope made the motion to approve the minutes and Barb seconded the motion. Susan gave the treasurer's report – checking account: $1,334.96 and Money Market: $3,659.33. LaDonna made the motion to approve the report and Phyllis seconded the motion. Hope received a letter from the State of Illinois to pay $10 for our non-profit status.
Old business: IAHCE updated the website for Crawford.
The membership luncheon had 25 members and 6 guests
attend. The lunch was very nice. Hope gave an update on the move of the U of I Extension office.
New business: Susan told us about the state office. Debbie Sechrest is the new District 6 Director. District 6 and 7 workshop will be in Effingham August 9. June 11 will be the HCE picnic at Oblong Park. The next meeting will be June 5, at the OLD or NEW office.
Barb made the motion to adjourn at 9:50 a.m. and LaDonna seconded the motion.
The International program followed the meeting.
Extension Office is Moving1
We did not get moved in May...fingers are crossed we
get moved in June!
The U of I Extension office is moving "kat-a-corner" across the street to the former "Weber law office
building". We will still be located on the 4-way stop but
on the opposite corner.
Please forgive our mess and tardiness during the time of our move. We will be disorganized, and closed for a couple of days. Also, our phone lines might not be instantly
transferred over. We ask for your patience during the month of June as we get settled and "put back together".
Please call us if you have any questions or comments at 618/546-1549.
Attention S. E. LaMotte Unit
Your members will be assembling the July newsletter in the
Extension office on Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m.
What’s In Your Bowl?
Meals in bowls are trending. There are bowls called burrito bowls, noodle bowls, power bowls, smoothie bowls and so much more. For whatever reason, it's just more interesting to eat a meal out of a bowl than on a plate.
Meals in bowls can offer a variety of important nutrients, while including a bowl full of flavor. Most are packed with
lean protein, whole grains and colorful vegetables. In fact,
the bowl is typically absent of processed food. You may serve bowls with each ingredient piled high right next to each other, allowing your guests to see exactly what is
included in their bowl. It's an attractive sight!
There are no rules, but you may start with the greens.
A cup of fresh spinach, kale, arugula or Romaine will pack
potassium and Vitamin A. Next, choose your grain, such as
quinoa, brown rice, barley or whole grain spaghetti noodles, which provide many B vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.
Add raw or cooked vegetables or fruit, like sweet potatoes, asparagus, avocado or tomatoes, and don't forget the lean protein, such as chicken, tuna, beans or boiled eggs.
Finally, if desired, top it off with nuts, seeds, dried fruit,
or cheese, and keep a small dish of dressing nearby to
drizzle as needed. Just remember to use a small bowl, or you may unnoticeably eat more than you bargained for.
— Jenna Smith,
Orange Shrimp Quinoa Bowl
1 Tablespoon orange zest
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 lb. fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
3/4 cup dry quinoa
1-1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Juice from 1-1/2 limes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large oranges, segmented
1 large avocado, thinly sliced
In a bowl, combine orange zest, oil, garlic, pepper, cayenne and shrimp. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, boil quinoa and broth in a saucepan; cover and
simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Preheat grill on medium. Grill shrimp using pan or skewers, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, combine lime juice, olive oil, onion, cilantro, salt and oranges. Divide quinoa, shrimp, orange salad and avocado slices among 4 bowls.
Yield: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 480 calories, 26 grams fat,
310 milligrams sodium, 35 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams
dietary fiber, 31 grams protein
The History of Aprons
The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few. It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coup, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and
sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal for hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After
the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the tree. When unexpected company drove up
the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and
the men knew it was time to come in from the fields for
dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron" that served so many purposes.
This was read at the Membership Luncheon
Scholarship committee members: Susan Allison and Jeannie Adams met recently to go through the
applications for the HCE scholarship being given out this year.
Winners will be in next month's newsletter.
Robinson 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!
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.
Crawford County Blood Drives
Thursday, June 14: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Oblong Municipal Building, 202 South Range
Wednesday, June 20: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Robinson Community
Center, 300 S. Lincoln Street — **All donors will receive a
St. Louis Cardinals t-shirt, while supplies last.
The American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to give blood and help ensure patient needs can be met this
Busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks cause a drop in donations. Accidents and medical emergencies don't take a summer break – patients need blood every minute,
every day. For more information, please visit redcross.org
Crawford County Senior Centers
All 3 area Senior Centers are serving lunch! You can eat
your lunch at any one of these Centers — or pick it up and take it home! The menu is on the next page. Just call:
Robinson Senior Center: 618/544-8811
Oblong Nutrition Center: 618/592-3111
Palestine Senior Center at 618/586-2128
Cooking for Two — Italian Sausage Lasagna
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 lb bulk mild Italian sausage
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1-1/2 cups tomato basil pasta sauce (from 26-oz jar)
4 no-boil lasagna noodles (from 8-oz package)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves, if desired
Spray a 8x4 loaf pan. In a bowl, mix mozzarella and ricotta cheeses; set aside. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook sausage, onion and pepper flakes in butter 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until sausage is cooked through and onion softens; drain.
Return to skillet; stir in sauce. Spread rounded 1/2 cup sauce mixture in bottom of loaf pan. Top with 1 lasagna noodle.
Top with rounded 1/2 cup ricotta mixture. Pour rounded 1/2 cup sauce mixture over ricotta mixture. Top with 1 lasagna noodle. Top with rounded 1/2 cup ricotta mixture, followed
by rounded 1/2 cup sauce mixture. Top with 1 lasagna noodle, followed by remaining ricotta mixture. Top with 1 lasagna
noodle, then with remaining sauce mixture. Top with Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil; bake 20 minutes at 425°. Remove cover; bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until pasta is tender and mixture is bubbling at edges. Let stand 10 minutes.
Top with basil.
Easy Garden Bake for Two
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Bisquick Heart Smart mix
1/2 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1/4 cup fat-free egg product or 2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 400º. Spray 8x4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle zucchini, tomato, onion and cheese in pan. In small bowl, stir remaining ingredients until blended. Pour over vegetables and cheese. Bake uncovered about 33 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes.
Fruit Cobblers for Two
1 cup fruit pie filling, (apple, peach, cherry or blueberry)
1/2 cup Original Bisquick mix
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon butter or margarine, softened
Heat oven to 400º. Divide pie filling between 2 ungreased
10-ounce custard cups. Stir remaining ingredients until soft dough forms. Spoon half of dough onto pie filling in each
custard cup. Sprinkle with additional sugar if desired.
Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until topping is light brown.
Senior Credit Scores — June Lesson
Your Credit Report Matters - Have you checked your credit report lately? If you're not planning to borrow
money, perhaps you think it's not important. Well, your credit report can affect your finances even when you're
not borrowing money! Insurance companies, perspective
employers (for some types of jobs), and utility companies may be looking at your credit history to determine what
to charge you or whether to offer you a job.
When credit reports and scores first developed, mostly lenders used them. However today, consumers' financial lives are impacted by poor or nonexistent credit histories in many ways. For example, a young adult who hasn't yet built a credit history, may pay a higher deposit when they set-up electricity in their apartment than someone with a credit history. Older adults who don't use credit frequently may see their insurance costs rise.
Checking Your Credit Report - If you haven't checked your credit reports in the last year, now is the time to do it. We have three main credit bureaus that collect data. Because the credit bureaus are competitors, they don't share data. You want to be sure that all of your credit
reports are accurate. Information in your credit reports determine your credit scores. Thus, you don't need to pay money to see your credit score; just check your credit reports.
Check your credit reports for FREE once a year at: www.annualcreditreport.com. Or, you can call 877-322-8228 to request the credit reports or mail-in a request using the Annual Credit Report Request Form. If you want to check your credit report more than once a year, request them
directly from the credit bureaus.
Fighting Identity Theft - One of the best tools we have
to check whether someone is using our identity is to check our credit reports. One of the reasons people steal and use other people's identity is so that they can take out a loan – or some form of credit – in someone else's name. You'll never see any paperwork about this loan. However, if someone else starts credit accounts in your name, they will show up on your credit report.
If you spot information on your credit report that is not accurate, follow the information listed on your report about how to correct it. If you suspect identity theft, visit www.IdentityTheft.gov or call your local Extension office for help.
Credit reports and scores influence our lives in many ways. Make sure your credit reports are accurate
and positive so that you're not
paying more for loans and other
What to Do to about a Data Breach?
In the last few years, we've had data breaches at the IRS, grocery stores, retail stores and a major credit bureau.
It's very difficult to keep our Social Security number
private; however, we can take steps to minimize damage from identity theft. Many strategies are available and each person must decide which strategies are best for them.
Monitor Your Credit Report - First, one of the best tools
we have to spot identity theft is to check our credit reports. You need to check your report from each of the three credit bureaus for it to be effective.
You can check them free once a year at www.annualcreditreport.com or you can request the
reports by mail.
You may want to see your credit reports more than once a year. If you have been a victim of identity theft, you can see them free. Or, you can pay to see them. Each time you check, it will cost between $10 and $15. If you checked all three, three times a year, it would cost you about $100.
Paying for a credit monitoring service is an option but
these services have both pros and cons. Credit monitoring systems will alert you to a change in your credit report.
For example, if there's a request for a new credit card,
the system will notify you.
The disadvantages of credit monitoring include it can be
expensive: typically $120-$200 a year. Also, when you sign up for a credit monitoring service you may be giving
the company permission to use your information for marketing purposes.
Consider a Fraud Alert - If your Social Security number is part of a data breach, you can place a 90-day fraud alert on your credit reports. Report this to one of the credit bureaus and it will apply to all three. When you have an alert on your
report, a business should verify your identity before it issues credit. Plus, you get a free credit report from each bureau. Don't depend on a fraud alert, though; be sure to continue to check your credit reports consistently.
Consider a Credit Freeze - Another option is a "freeze" on your credit report. A credit freeze stops the credit bureau from releasing your credit report or any information from it, except in certain exceptions. For example, companies you
currently have loans with and collection agencies can still
receive your report.
However, freezing your credit report may not be realistic
for everyone. If you want to borrow money, you have to lift
the freeze first. In addition, because credit reports are used by businesses other than lenders, the credit freeze also may interfere with changing insurance policies, renting housing,
and signing up for new utilities or phone service.
We have the complete lesson in the Extension office,
if you would like a copy!