Grace Willing Workers learn how to make ‘glorious soup’

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

The room was decorated with a Halloween décor, and many members wore Halloween costumes. Bettye Johnson, Gerry Martin and Verneita Self were the hostesses for the luncheon.

Kaye Richardson presented the program, “Glorious Soup.” She stated that with cold winter days approaching, one may want to try low-cost, nutritious soup recipes. Some general tips are always start with cold water. Never let soup continue to boil as it can make the meat tough. After it boils, turn the temperature down to simmer. Some of the ways to thicken soup are by adding corn starch, evaporated milk or yogurt. Some different types of soups are creamy, broth, and cold soups.

Richardson distributed soup recipes, sources of soup recipes on the Internet, as well as a basic vegetable stock recipe and a basic chicken stock recipe. Several members brought various soups to the luncheon. They were Richardson-potato soup; Delores Kelley, vegetable beef stew; Martin, gumbo; and Johnson, taco soup.

Debbie James, club president, conducted the business session. She announced that the Pumpkin Doll Workshop taught by Liz Crosby, Cathy Lewis, and Marjorie Zuber was a big success. Others attending the workshop were James, Carolyn Harness, Connie Herrin, Doris Turbeville, Eva Marie Pearson, Betty Lacy, Brenda Robinson, Richardson, Geneva Gray, Kelley, Verdell Baker, Barbara Stone, Dixie Fritz, and Gerry Crutchfield. James thanked everyone who judged in Arkansas County, and Lonoke County as well as all who worked at the Southeast Arkansas District Fair. She also thanked everyone who helped make the Holiday Foods event a success.

Community Service was discussed. Twenty-five cancer hats made from T-shirts were cut out when the club hostessed at the Southeast Arkansas District Fair. Those hostessing at the fair and cutting out turban hats were Nancy Rosen, Herrin, Lacy, Robinson, Kelley, Baker, Richardson, Self, James, Mary Smith, Lucy Meeks, Linda Works, Frances Dilbeck, Ray and Carolyn Harness. The club has collected food items in October and will continue in November to make two holiday boxes to help a family through the holiday season. Plans were made to cut, stuff, and sew teaching dolls for Children’s Hospital.

Upcoming events that the club can participate in are Teaching Doll Workshop, Delta District President’s Day, county Fellowship Tour, Snowman Workshop, and Jefferson County Fall Council.

Special guests at the meeting were Dot Hart, guest of Herrin; Hannah Gay and Christopher Terry, guests of Fritz; Jana Brobers, guest of Martin; Gerry Crutchfield, guest of Robinson; and Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County family and consumer science agent. Gerry Crutchfield was welcomed as a new member.