FCS January 2023

FCS January 2023

FCS January 2023

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Homemaker Newsletter January 2023


Updates from the Homemaker Council

Can Drive for God's Food Pantry - From January 3rd through January 20th, the Russell County Homemakers will be collecting non-perishable food items for God's Food Pantry. Please bring your non-perishable food items to the Extension Office! Items can include: Snack Cakes, Canned Fruit,  Canned Beans, Pasta, Tuna, Rice, Can openers, Dry milk, Soups, Crackers, Peanut Butter, Etc. 

January Council Meeting Reminder - S A V E T H E D A T E : J A N U A R Y 2 3 R D @ 5 P M

Please plan to attend the January Homemaker Council meeting on January 23rd at 5 PM. 

Thought of the Month:  “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” -Thomas Jefferson

Roll Call:  January rings in the new year. Share one goal you have for the new year.

Summer Sausage Charcuterie Board 3-Part Workshop (Must attend all 3) - January 30th, February 6th, and February 13th

Please call the Russell County Extension Office if you want to attend our three-part Charcuterie Board Workshop! We will be making our own boards, and our own summer sausage, and putting it all together!
Cost is $20 a person/ $25 per couple, Space is limited!

Cooking Through the Calendar: Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas
J A N U A R Y 9 T H @ 5 P M - Come learn how to make Slow Cooker Smoky Black Eyed Peas and taste the new recipe!

Homemaker Cultural Arts Submissions Due in February/March - Please don't forget that your cultural arts submissions will be due in the upcoming months!  I will provide more information as I have it!


Source:  Paul Norrod, DR PH RN, Extension Specialist for Rural Health and Safety

    The holiday season is often thought of as a time of celebration and rest, but for many people, the holidays cause a lot of stress. The stress can come from worrying about money, travel, work, child care, or dealing with the absence of someone you love. The results of holiday stress can negatively affect relationships at work and in our family. To deal with the stress of the holiday season, we should find ways to better care for ourselves by engaging in self-care.
     Self-care is a broad term involving attitudes, knowledge, and activities to improve or maintain our well-being. Self-care generally applies to reducing stress, but it is important to support our physical well-being as well as our relationships. On the other hand, well-being involves living out our mental and physical health to achieve our dreams, passions, and goals, and keep or form new relationships. Focusing on self-care involves the use of coping skills, which are a set of activities or skills to reduce our stress. Coping skills and activities can vary, but often include drawing, painting, sowing, hunting or fishing, taking walks, or using boxed breathing.
     When thinking about stress and self-care, we should consider events or situations that create stress and those coping activities that reduce our stress. A simple way to evaluate your stress is to make a list and rank those things that cause stress from least to greatest. That way, you can find your most problematic stressors. Once you’ve made that list, do the same for your coping skills. Rank them from least to greatest in terms of what gives you the most relief from stress. Lastly, if your feelings of stress are not improving or are worsening, text or call 988 to speak with a crisis counselor and receive support.
National Institute of Mental Health (2021). "Caring for Your Mental Health." 2022, from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health.

Deep Dish Apple Cranberry Pie Recipe

M A K E S 1 0 S E R V I N G S S O U R C E : F O O D A N D H E A L T H C O M M U N I C A T I O N S , I N C .

4 apples (large, peeled, cored, and sliced)
2 1/2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour (all-purpose)
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 pie crust (prepared)

Wash hands with soap and water.  Stir all ingredients (except for the pie crust) together in a medium-sized
mixing bowl and place in a 10-inch deep dish pie pan.  Place one pie crust on top of the fruits. Cut 3 or 4 slits to allow the steam to escape. Bake at 375 degrees for about an hour. Serve warm. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size: 1 slice, 1/10 of recipe
Total Calories 158; Total Fat 1 g; Saturated Fat 0 g; Cholesterol N/A; Sodium 15 mg; Carbohydrates 37 g; Dietary Fiber 4 g; Total Sugars 27 g; Added Sugars included 14 g; Protein 1 g; Vitamin D 0 mcg; Calcium 11 mg; Iron 0 mg; Potassium 137 mg


Megan Gullett

CEA for Family & Consumer Sciences