4-H News Pinterest Workshop Series Planned

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Mark your calendars and plan to join us for at the Extension Office from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6th for the first session of our Pinterest Series – a 4-H Pinterest Holiday Workshop!
Youth ages 8 – 18 are invited to join us at the Extension office from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. on December 6th for our Pinterest Holiday Workshop. 4-H members are encouraged to invite a friend to participate with them and to see what fun 4-H can be.
We plan to make a fun Christmas craft and a yummy Christmas treat, too. The group is limited to 20 participants due to room size, so call Nancy or Melissa at 618-252-8391 by December 3rd to reserve your spot.
Other dates for this series are February 7, 2019 and April 11, 2019. Attend one or attend them all! There is a one-time $5 fee to participate to help with supply costs.
We can’t wait to see you there! Happy Pinning!
Eat Local this Holiday Season
If you are a planner, you have most likely jotted down the dishes that you plan to cook and present to your family. Perhaps you are sticking with traditional favorites or trying something new to shake things up.
This year, challenge yourself to buy mostly local ingredients for the big meal. Support local farmers and producers, and the ingredients will be the freshest for your very special meal. You can buy local and eat local this holiday season.
Local farmers will provide a range of products including fruits, vegetables, herbs, dairy, pork, beef, poultry, pastries and eggs. Most people would agree that food tastes better when it is fresher.
Buy local honey instead of using sugar. Go to a farmers’ market or visit the Central Illinois Beekeeper Association on Facebook to obtain the sweet stuff locally. Honey has minerals, vitamins and is a natural energy booster. Buy your breads, rolls, pies and cookies from a local bakery.
Go to a local meat shop or ask your grocer if the meat has been produced locally. You can even have a local restaurant cook your turkey. It will free up the kitchen and oven space.
Buy several pumpkins and canned pumpkin for the big day. A farmer in Illinois most likely grew those pumpkins that are highlighted in your decorative display and the pumpkins from which you make pie. Despite early growing concerns about disease outbreaks, Illinois has had a great year for pumpkin production.


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