Grace Willing Workers learn how to add spice to their lives


Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers Club met recently at the Centennial Fellowship Church for its monthly meeting and pot luck luncheon.

Liz Crosby presented an informative program, “Spice Up Your Life.” She opened her program by explaining the differences between herbs and spices. Herbs are leaves of low-growing shrubs. Some examples are parsley, chives, marjoram, thyme, basil, caraway, dill, oregano, rosemary, savory, sage and celery leaves. These can be fresh or dried. Spices come from the bark (cinnamon), root (ginger, onion, garlic), buds (cloves, saffron), seeds (yellow mustard, poppy, sesame), berry (black pepper), or the fruit (allspice, paprika) of tropical plants and trees.

Crosby closed her program by telling how long to keep spices. As a general rule, keep one year for herbs or ground spices; two years for whole spices. Label the date of purchase on the container with a permanent marking pen.

Debbie James, club president, conducted the business session of the meeting. She announced that the scrapbook workshop, which she and Marjorie Zuber taught was a big success. Four scrapbook pages (spring, 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas) were completed. Club members who attended the workshop were Connie Herrin, Zuber, James, Nancy Rosen, Crosby, Barbara Stone, Carolyn Harness, Kaye Richardson, Dixie Fritz, and Mary Miller. More scrapbook pages will be completed at the next club workshop. Betty Lacy and Rosen also attended a county pillowcase workshop.

Richardson, the Transformation Food Pantry project chairman, reported that Grace Willing Workers had met their goal of donating 500 non-perishable food items this year. As of the May meeting, the club had donated 518 items.

The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers voted to have a booth at the Farmer’s Market. Bettye Johnson, Herrin and Rosen worked the booth from the Grace Willing Workers EHC club.

There have been lots of opportunities for education, food and fellowship at the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers’ fellowship tours. Grace Willing Workers had a wonderful turnout at the Martha Mitchell home as well as the Capitol and Governor’s Mansion tour. There were 10 club members who attended the County Achievement Party at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock. Johnson announced that she has planned a county fellowship tour to see “Hairspray,” the summer musical at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.

The Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council state meeting in Hot Springs was very enjoyable. Members from Grace Willing Workers attended to celebrate 100 years of EHC. The members were Carolyn and Ray Harness, Rosen, Johnson, Debbie James, Zuber, Eva Marie Pearson, Crosby, Herrin, Richardson, Lacy, Delores Kelley, and Brenda Robinson. Rosen presented a check to the club awarded to her at the state meeting for the project book she had submitted. Johnson announced that she had received a 50-year membership pin at the AEHC State Meeting.

Herrin and Richardson were the hostesses for the luncheon. The room was decorated with a patriotic theme. The decorations included vases with red, white, and blue artificial flowers. After the luncheon, the club played bingo. Fritz was the caller and was assisted by Geneva Gray.

Guests were Ruth Fontenot and Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County family and consumer science agent.