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Find the Clue to YOU!
Mission: Adventure at the Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference
If you are an Illinois 4-H member in the 7th or 8th grade, it is time to reserve your spot for the 2018 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference! We are focusing on Mission: Adventure – Find the Clue to YOU! Solve the mystery of the missing Chris Clover, examine the business world and see what it takes to start your own business, explore virtual reality, crack the forensic codes and more!
Our 4-H’ers fill the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference to capacity each year, and we’re hoping to do the same for our 2018 event! Save the dates of February 24-25, 2018 and travel to Springfield to join us at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel. Registration is open and fills on a first-come, first-served basis with the first 100 youth.
More information and the registration link is posted on the Illinois 4-H website: go.illinois.edu/4Hjlc. Adults wishing to chaperone this event must be screened by University of Illinois Extension screening procedures and contact the State 4-H Office for details.
The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team creates a fun, hands-on weekend that is full of 4-H educational sessions, lots of laughter, meeting new people, and learning new things! Take the mission and find the adventure! We would love to see you there!
Save on Holiday Groceries
(The following is a special release from Mary Liz Wright, a University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator.)
I discovered something at our family’s Thanksgiving feast – we made nearly twice as much food as we needed. Many of us are strapped for cash at this time of the year and we could use some extra money. Where can we find a few extra dollars? Let’s look at our grocery list. Below are some tips for saving at the grocery store during the holidays.
Make less – think about what was left over at Thanksgiving and plan accordingly for your holiday meals. For example, if you had half of a 9 x 13 pan of dressing left, make a 9 x 9 pan for Christmas. Using only half of the ingredients will save you money.
Check your pantry and freezer – you might have ingredients left from last year. Canned and frozen items will be safe. If spices are fragrant, they are fine.
Swap ingredients – use half margarine and half butter where the recipe calls for either. Using half butter will provide ample flavor and half margarine will save money.
Use less expensive versions of ingredients – for example, nut pieces rather than halves, canned fruits rather than fresh, chicken rather than veal.
Try store brands – no one will know the difference.
Watch for sales on meats and other specialty ingredients either shortly before or after holidays. Planning ahead for the weeks after a holiday can save money on regular meals.
Plan wisely during December – have a meatless day each week, cook breakfast for supper on a busy night, use your slow cooker to avoid the drive-through on nights when you are pressed for time.
Just a few of these tips can make a difference in your budget – and a healthy budget can reduce stress!

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