FCS March 2023

FCS March 2023

FCS March 2023

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Homemaker Newsletter - March 2023

Thought of the Month:  “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Roll Call:  March is Women’s History Month. Name a woman from history you admire.

Updates from Homemaker Council

Rescheduled! Make & Take: Simple Basket Making - Melonie will be offering a FREE Homemaker Make & Take Basket Making workshop on March 23rd from 5-7 PM at the Russell County Extension Office.

Nominations Wanted!
The Homemaker Council wants to announce that two of the council positions, the President and the Secretary positions, are seeking nominations for new candidates.

March Homemaker Leader Lesson: Making the Most out of Meals while Traveling 

Please plan to attend the March Homemaker Leader Lesson and the Council Meeting on March 27th @ 5 PM.

Homemakers On the Go Meeting: Exploring Stanford - March 8th @ 9 AM
The Homemakers on the Go invite you to join them on March 8th to explore the town of Stanford! They will be eating at the Bluebird Cafe, and exploring Stanford's unique downtown.  Interested parties can meet at the Extension Office on March 8th @ 9 AM, or at the Bluebird Cafe at 10 AM. Please call the Office to RSVP by Tuesday, March 7th.

Crochet to Calm Class - Every Thursday in March

Ms. Wanda Conaster will be teaching a FREE beginner crochet class on how to make a mug cozy. She will provide yarn markers, buttons, and crochet hooks. Participants need to bring: Red Heart 4 Acrylic yarn (light color is
preferred.), small scissors, a size 16 large eye sewing needle, and a tote bag for their supplies & project.
Please feel free to bring yarn to ask questions about. The March 2nd class will be going over tools and terms.

Make & Take: Cookie Decorating - Hold the date of April 13th from 6-8 PM! The Homemakers will be offering a cookie decorating class. Call to Register! A second class may be offered on April 26th during the day. More info to come!

Save the Date: Homemaker Area Meeting - April 27th Registration starts at 5:30 EST

Save the date for the Lake Cumberland Area Homemaker Meeting. This meeting will occur at the Aspire Center in
Monticello, KY. See attached flyer for more information. 



With longer, sunnier days upon us, it is time to celebrate spring and embrace nature. With the windows open or time spent outdoors sitting or strolling, dress for the weather, which, even in March may call for layers, and a hat and scarf. Feel the sun on your skin. Smell the air, trees, and blooming flowers. Hang bird feeders and listen to their chirping. Some local activities to consider include a stroll through your farmers’ market, a walk around your neighborhood or local park. Drive with the windows down. Set an outdoor table for lunch or dinner. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spending time outdoors can improve overall health and well-being. It can enhance mental health and decrease stress and anxiety. Moderate to vigorous physical activity, including walking outdoors can even contribute to better sleep, memory, and the ability to think and learn. The CDC also recognizes that staying active and involved in the community can support independence, decrease the risk of chronic disease prevention, and promote longevity.

References:  CDC. (2021). Are there benefits to spending time outdoors? Retrieved November 2021 from
CDC. (2020). Why walk? Why not? Retrieved November 2021 from https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/walking/index.htm
CDC. (2020). Promoting health for older adults. Retrieved November 2021 from

Megan Gullett, CEA for Family and Consumer Sciences

Slow Cooker Fajitas

Servings:  6   Serving Size:  1 fajita   Recipe cost:  $7.90   Cost per Serving:  $1.32

*Two (12-14 oz) bags of frozen fajita mix vegetables may be used in place of fresh bell peppers and onion.
Optional toppings: cheese, cilantro, guacamole, lettuce, salsa, sour cream
Source: Nancy Kelley, Area Nutrition Agent for Kentucky Nutrition Education Program, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service

• 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced lengthwise into strips
• 1 to 2 teaspoons cumin
• 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
• ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
• ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
• 3 medium bell peppers*, any color or variety
• 1 medium onion*
• 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
• 6 (8-inch) whole-wheat flour tortillas


  1. Place chicken in a medium-size slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cumin, chili powder, black pepper and garlic powder. Sprinkle seasoning over chicken.
  3. Remove stem and seeds from bell peppers and peel from onion. Slice peppers and onion into ¼ inch strips and add them to slow cooker, covering chicken. Pour tomatoes and green chilies over veggies.
  4. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on high heat for 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and let it cool slightly. Use two forks to shred the chicken. Add shredded chicken back to the slow cooker and mix with the peppers and onions.
  6. Serve in tortilla with optional toppings if desired.

Nutrition Information:  220 calories; 4.5g total fat; 1.5g saturated fat; 0g trans fat; 50mg cholesterol; 600mg sodium; 26g carbohydrate; 69 g fiber; 7g sugar; 23g protein; 10% Daily Value of vitamin A; 100% Daily Value of
vitamin C; 2% Daily Value of calcium; 10% Daily Value of iron