4-H members to bake up a storm
By Johanna Hicks | Extension Agent/Family and Consumer Sciences

August 6, 2006 - With today's busy lifestyle, more and more homes are turning to convenience foods, fast foods, or canned meals ... as my friend Ethel Sexton says, "From the can, to the pan, to the man!" Just keep in mind that the more someone else does the preparation for you, the more you are going to pay. Also, convenience foods and fast foods can be very high in saturated fat and sodium. These meals can be healthy if you read the label and make wise choices. That's another column for another day!

Home-cooked meals are few and far between for many households, but Hopkins County 4-H members are known to be some of the best young cooks in the county! A special event is planned that will teach kitchen safety, measuring skills, and an almost lost art of making pastry dough from scratch. Our weather may be dry, but our youth will 'bake up a storm!' Here are the details:

WHAT: 4-H Pie & Pastry Fun Day

WHEN: Wednesday, August 9, 2006

TIME: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (approximately)

WHERE: Professional Ag Worker's Building, Buford Park (blue metal building by the city swimming pool)

COST: $2 to help with lunch expenses

Participants will experience hands-on learning as they make a variety of pies. The best part of the day will be sampling what they've made! I won't spoil the surprise, but I will say that eight pies are on the schedule, and each participant will get to take home a miniature version. Each participant will also receive a recipe booklet of all the recipes made during the event.

With the County 4-H Food Show coming up in a few months, 4-H'ers will have the opportunity to look at recipe books to glean ideas for their entries. This should be a great day of learning and fun. An added benefit is that Wood County 4-H members will be joining us, so this is a great time to meet new friends and share 4-H ideas.

If you want to participate, please contact our office at 903-885-3443 or 903-885-3726 so we can get a tentative count. Guests are also invited, but we encourage them to enroll in 4-H. Enrollment forms will be available at the workshop.


With school starting in just a few days, may parents and children will be shopping for new backpacks. Choosing the right one is not always easy, and, as practical as backpacks are, they can cause strained muscles and joints and back pain when worn incorrectly.

Texas Cooperative Extension is here to help! We have a free publication titled "Choosing the Correct Backpack for your Child." It is full of useful information to help you make a wise choice, and teach your child to wear it correctly.

Another issue that comes up this time of year is food safety for home-packed lunches. Again, our office is here to help! "Packing a Safe School Lunch" gives suggestions on keeping lunches safe to avoid food borne illness.

Both of these publications are available at our office, 228 Hinnant St. While you are here, be sure to browse through our vast array of publications on other topics ... all free of charge!


Tuesday, Aug. 8: 5th session of "Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes,” 6:30 p.m., Professional Ag Workers' Building

Wednesday, Aug. 9: 4-H Pie & Pastry Fun Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Professional Ag Workers' Building

Thursday, Aug. 10: Final session and 'graduation' for "Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes.” 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 17: County 4-H Council meeting, 6 p.m., Ag Workers' Building


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