FCS October 2023

FCS October 2023

FCS October 2023

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Homemaker Newsletter - October 2023

Thought of the Month:  "Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we are." – Brené Brown

Roll Call:  In October we celebrate Halloween. What was your favorite costume ever?


Homemaker Week is October 9-13!

Homemakers Week is coming up soon! In celebration of the Russell County Extension Homemakers, the council has created a variety of activities for you to partake in. Please call to RSVP for all events.

Monday: 12-2 - Fleece blanket making for the Child Advocacy Group (you can also bring non-perishables and hygiene items to donate).  5-7 - Bunco Night! Bring a friend and learn how to play Bunco! Please bring a snack.

Wednesday: 10-1 - Canning Lid Flower Craft. Please join us in making a fun craft taught by Sue Foley!

Thursday: 9:30-11 - Brunch with the Homemakers-Bring a friend and a dish and join us in fellowship at the Extension Office. Please call to tell us what you are bringing.

Friday: 7:30-12 - Kickoff of Pecan fundraiser! Selling pecans at the farmer’s market.

Judge Executive Randy Marcum of Russell County has officially declared October 9-13th Homemaker Week!
Please see the flyer in the back for all of the activities that will be offered during the week. We are also recruiting homemakers! Contact the Extension Office for more information!



Homemaker fundraisers are about to kick-off! We will be doing two fundraisers this fall!
Sales of pecan pieces and halves start Friday, October 13th! Please contact Melonie Eubank (or the Ext. Office) for information on how to sell them.
Starting Monday, October 9th, each club will be selling Rada products! We have 3 catalogs, and there will be the option to sell online as well. More info will be given as the online catalog is set up.Rada sales will currently run 10/9-11/17, so that orders can be delivered before Christmas.

Club Meeting Information

Homemakers On the Go Meeting - Hold the date of November 9th for a trip to Glasgow! Homemakers on the Go invite you to join them at a luncheon at the Little Taste of Texas in Glasgow, KY, and a day of antiquing at the local stores. If you are interested in carpooling, please meet at the Extension Office no later than 9:00.  Please RSVP by Nov. 6th @ 12,
if you plan to attend. Call 270-866-4477.  Please bring mac n' cheese boxes for God's Food Pantry.  Address:  303 S. Broadway St., Glasgow, KY

Sunset Club - The Sunset Club will be meeting on Tuesday, October 24th @ 6 PM at Snaps Soda Shop for their monthly meeting.  All are welcome to join them for a time of fellowship, leadership, and good food!

Piece Makers Quilt Guild - The Quilt Guild will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month for fellowship and quilting. on the 2nd Monday, the meeting starts at 10 AM, and on the 4th Monday, they will start at noon.


Homemaker Leader Lesson:Transferring Your CherishedNon-Titled Possessions
Estate planning can be a complicated process, especially when considering how to transfer personal property to people who will want and care for it after your death. Charting a course of action as you begin is a way to provide clarity when creating an estate plan for your non-titled possessions.  Join us on Monday, October 23rd @ 4 PM as we help you establish the importance of estate planning for non-titled possessions.


Autumn Health Concerns


     There are many things to love about autumn: The air begins to cooldown a bit, leaves change colors, and there are many special foods and fragrances that we associate with this time of year.  However, autumn can also bring specific health concerns for some people.  You can address your health concerns and still enjoy the season and all it has to offer.
     Dry Skin - As the air cools, some people have more dry skin.  To prevent cracking and itching, try to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, continuing to wear sunscreen when outdoors, and use a lotion or cream skin barrier to help moisturize skin when you get out of the bath or shower.
     Decreased Immune Function - You may find yourself getting sick more as the seasons change.  Stay up to date on all vaccines, wash your hands, and check with your doctor if allergy or cold symptoms become persistent.
     Sleep Disturbances - Even though the days are becoming shorter, you may find that you are getting less sleep at night.
This can happen as the season change affects circadian rhythms.  Try to establish a consistent bedtime routine, plan to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night, and avoid screens once you turn off the lights.
     Take advantage of the change in seasons to catch up on needed annual health exams as well.  If you have not done so, schedule an annual physical, dental cleaning, and vision check.  These strategies combined can help you have an enjoyable autumn and end the year well.
Reference:  https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/infographic/healthy-fall.htm


Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup

SERVINGS: 7                     SERVING SIZE: 1 CUP               Source:  Plate it up! Kentucky Proud Project


1 butternut squash, halved and seeded
1 acorn squash, halved and seeded
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup chopped sweet onion
4 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin from the butternut and acorn squashes and cut into 1-inch cubes.
  2. In a large soup pot, heat the oil on medium high.
  3. Add the onion, and cook 1 to 2 minutes until it starts to become translucent.
  4. Add cubed squash, and cook 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth, and bring to a boil.
  6. Lower heat, and simmer 30 to 35 minutes, until the squash is fork tender.
  7. Allow to cool slightly, then blend until smooth in a food processor or blender.
  8. Return mixture to the pot, and heat to medium low.
  9. Add peanut butter, brown sugar, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  10. Stir until well blended.
  11. Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve warm.

200 calories, 6g fat, 1g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 600mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate, 4g fiber,14g sugar, 10g added sugar, 4g protein.


Megan Gullett, CEA for Family & Consumer Sciences