White Hall Willing Workers hold ‘slushy’ meeting

The White Hall Willing Workers met recently at the White Hall Public Library.

President Cheri Aronowitz welcomed members and guests and opened the meeting with the Extension Homemakers Creed. She read the Thought for the Month: Our happiness is greatest when we contribute to the happiness of others. She also read the handy hint: To clean blender, put a drop of soap (no more) and a cup of water and blend. Pour out and rinse.

The inspiration for the month was given by Sue Medlock from Matthew 10:42: And whosoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.

Roll call was presented to the question: “What is your favorite slush?”

The program was presented by Marnette Reed on “Something Slushy”. Reed made Molly’s Punch slushes for everyone. They are very easy to make and were delicious. She handed out a packet with several smoothie tips and several recipes. Included in the smoothie tips were: If you don’t want to use a sweetener you can use ½ ripe banana to add a little sweetness; if you are allergic to diary, use juice, soy milk, tofu, or just skip the liquid all together; freeze juice in ice cube trays to make a more frozen, flavorful smoothie.

To make Molly’s Punch follow this recipe:

2 ripe bananas, 1 cup orange juice, 1 cup cold nonfat (or 2%) milk, 2 cups orange sherbet

Mash banana and blend until smooth with blender; add orange juice and blend again; add milk and 2 cups of the sherbet and blend again. Pour into eight glasses. Top each drink with a small scoop of sherbet. Keep leftovers in refrigerator no longer than one day.

During the business segment of the meeting the following reports were given:

Community Service: Peggie Barbaree reported that she had taken 100 cross-stitch crosses to the Cancer Institute. She was told that the Cancer Institute could use knit turbans and she took 45 turbans to them. The group will be collecting can tabs and taking them to the Cancer Institute for delivery to the Ronald McDonald House. They will also start working on teaching dolls for Children’s Hospital. The group will meet at Barbaree’s house on Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. to cut out the dolls.

Reed talked about the health fair that the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers is hosting today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The health fair is being held at the Fallis Waterfront Facility at Regional Park. There will be a number of exhibitors and health screening along with the SNAP Mobile. Some of the health screenings require a 9 to 12-hour fast. Everyone is invited to attend.

Leadership: Patsy Johnson reported that I-530 is still undergoing construction and driving the old highway to Little Rock as an option to avoid construction.

Education: Jo Ann Carr reported that there will be a workshop on Aug. 30 at the Extension Office from 9 a.m. to noon. The group will be making a folding scrapbook and the cost will be $3 to cover the cost of supplies. Christmas in July wast to be held July 26 at the Extension Office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone was asked to bring finger foods and recipes for the Holiday Foods cookbook. A Fellowship Tour to the Arts and Science Center in Pine Bluff to see the play “Hairspray” was held on July 27. The EHC picnic will be held on Aug. 4from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centennial Fellowship Church. This will be a picnic style potluck with drinks, bread and eating supplies provided. A tour to the Rice Expo in Stuttgart is planned for Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. The group will leave from the Extension Office around 8 a.m. There will be a brown bag lunch held at the Old State House on Sept. 12 and the program will be on the history of Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council.

Catherine Atkinson reported that the decorations on the wreaths at White Hall Nursing Home will be changed to include a more summery motif.

Next month each member needs to bring cereal for the White Hall Food Pantry.

The birthday dinner will be held at El Parian on Aug. 21at 6:30 p.m.

Other members present included Sue Heinz, Sarah Payton, Sarah Hester and Patsy Glover. Guests included Shannon Keele, Haley Blevins and Karen Needler.

Refreshments were provided by Barbaree and Medlock.

Those interested in learning more about Extension Homemakers, should call any member or the Extension Office at 870-534-1033.