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 Sonnie Thompson Hosts Homemakers

January 24, 2007 - The regular meeting of the Town and Country Extension Homemakers was held on Tuesday, January 16, at the home of Sonnie Thompson near Knightstown.

President Pam Beaver called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. The pledge to the American flag and the Homemaker's Creed were recited in unison. For devotions, Sonnie Thompson read "Seasons of Inspirations."

Sandra Van Hoy reported health and safety information by acknowledging "7 Things a Mother Should Carry at All Times." The items cited in the article were Vaseline, hair spray, duct tape, WD 40, balloons, cordless curling iron, and a great book.

Kathryn Waits presented the cultural arts lesson on Virginia Claypool Meredith who was considered the queen of American agriculture. She raised Shorthorn cattle near Cambridge City. Meredith Hall, located at Purdue University, was named in honor for her work in agriculture and home economics. She formed Home Economics and 4-H clubs and also did work at the University of Minnesota.

During the business session, the election of officers for 2007-2008 was held. Pam Bever was elected president and Sonnie Thompson was elected vice-president. Diana Lee was voted in as secretary and will also serve as the group's reporter. Brenda Reece will fill the treasurer position. Kathryn Waits will continue to present cultural lessons and will also be the club's social chairperson. Sandra Van Hoy will continue to provide news on health and safety issues. Sonnie Thompson and Melody Zapf will organize the 2007 Christmas party.

A lesson was given by Pam Bever entitled "Spice Up Your Life." She explained the differences between spices and herbs. Some herbs and spices are used to reduce the use of sugar such as allspice, anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, and nutmeg. To reduce the use of salt, she suggested using black pepper, garlic powder, curry powder, cumin, dill seeds, basil, ginger, or onion. Sonnie Thompson passed around a jar of garlic pepper and suggested using it to reduce salt intake. As a general rule, fresh herbs should be added near the end of the cooking time. For uncooked foods, spices and herbs should be added several hours before serving to allow the flavor to blend. Herbs and spices should be stored in a tightly-covered container and in a dark place away from sunlight and moisture.

The meeting was adjourned following the lesson. Delicious refreshments were served by the host. Besides host Sonnie Thompson, others attending the meeting included Sandra Van Hoy, Pam Bever, Diana Lee, Melody Zapf, and Kathryn Waits.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 20, at the home of Pam Bever.

 

 

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