Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met March 28 at White Hall Library. Vice President Karen Needler presented the program on “Cooking for One or Two.”
She explained that one and two person households are the fastest growing segment of the population. Sometimes, cooking for one or two can be a challenge. However, everyone needs a variety of foods to stay healthy. Homemade meals usually are more nutritious, better tasting and more economical, compared with fast food or restaurant meals.
Use MyPlate.gov to help guide your food choices. Set a goal to plan menus for a week at a time. Don’t throw out your favorite family recipes. Adapt them to fit your current household size. Make cooking fun: listen to music, sing, dance. Cook once - eat twice (or more); divide into smaller potions and freeze for another day (within 1 - 3 months). For more information on this subject, contact Mary Ann Kizer at the Jefferson County Extension Office at 534-1033.
President Cheri Aronowitz welcomed everyone and asked Sarah Payton to read the Thought of the Month: “To clean a sink or basin drain, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain, let the mixture foam, then run hot water.”
Needler led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Marnette Reed read the Handy Hint: “To cut down on jelly jars, just mix the jellies together to have mixed fruit jelly.”
Reed read the Inspiration from Ecclesiastes 6:16. Secretary Elizabeth Wall called the roll with members answering the question “How many do you normally cook for?” Members present were: Aronowitz, Needler, Payton, Reed, Dee Kindrick, Peggie Barbaree, Jo Ann Carr, and Wall. Emily Aronowitz, granddaughter of Cheri Aronowitz, Mary Wall, mother of Elizabeth Wall, and Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent were guests.
Barbaree, community service chairwoman, reported 100 dolls and 25 pillows were ready to be delivered to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She has been working on the club project book for this year and has it completed. She has also been collecting throws for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She also reported she has gotten the material in for the county doll project and it will be cut and distributed soon. Cereal was collected for the White Hall Food Pantry.
Carr, education chairwoman, reminded members of the County Craft Workshop on April 27 at the Jefferson County Extension Office. Linda Works will teach a class on making a pillow out of place mats. Attendees must register in advance. She also asked for suggestions for a small craft for the May County Workshop.
Dee Kindrick, recreation leader, passed out 2017 Arkansas Calendar of Events Books and mentioned several upcoming events to attend including plant swap each month at Delta Rivers Nature Center.
Payton reported that the Easter door decorations were put on all patients doors recently at the White Hall Nursing Home.
Kizer reported several upcoming events she wanted members to be aware of: FCS Mediterranean Cooking, April 18 at the Extension Office, Extension Get Fit Exercise, each Wednesday and Friday at the Extension Office and Medicine Ball Aerobic Class at the Salvation Army Gym each Monday and Thursday. For more information contact Kizer at 534-1033.
During the business meeting, Aronowitz reminded members that the group is in charge of decorations for the spring council May 2 and ideas were discussed.
Payton read a poem at the close of the meeting entitled “Old Age,” which was written by Era Ashcraft, a long time member of EHC, who is now deceased.