June 2019

4 - HCE Board Meeting 9 a.m. in the Extension office

6 - Annual HCE Picnic, Forrest Preserve (between Robinson and Oblong), on Route 33, west of the Stoy cross-roads.

14 - Flag Day

16 - Father's Day

27 - Morning Glories Unit will be assembling the July/August newsletter at 10 a.m. in the Extension Office.

** Please call 546-1549, if that time doesn't work for you!

Crawford County Blood Drives

Flat Rock:

June 1st: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Flat Rock Community Center,

310 West Second St., Flat Rock

For more information, please visit redcross.org

The American Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of type O blood, the blood group most needed by hospitals. With less than a two-day supply of blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical, medical treatments and patient care can be directly impacted.

That's why the Red Cross is asking eligible type O donors to make an appointment to give now. As a special thank you, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through June 10, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email.

Annual HCE Picnic


Hopefully, there will be sunshine and a warm breeze to enjoy at this year's picnic on Thursday, June 6th. It will be held under the pavilion at the Crawford County Forest Preserve. There are picnic tables for seating.

Everyone is invited to come out for this fun event and free lunch at 11:30 a.m. Special guest, Betsy Ross (aka Scarlett Williamson) will join us in honor of Flag Day, so wear something that is red, white & blue!

The menu will be coney dogs, barbecue pork, plain pork, pasta salad, potato chips, and drinks (lemonade and tea). Cookies are for dessert. A simple and easy picnic lunch.

The Forest Preserve is located on Route 33, between Robinson & Oblong, just west of the Stoy intersection, on the north side of road.

In case of rain, the picnic will be moved indoors to the U of I Extension office. The Extension office is located one block south of the Robinson Courthouse, 216 S. Cross Street in Robinson. Call 618/546-1549 for any questions.

If you know you can attend, please call the office at 618/546-1549 so we can have a head count for lunch, It is not necessary if you happen to forget. We want everyone to come and enjoy!

HCE Board Meeting - May 7, 2019

1st Vice-Pres., Susan Allison called the meeting to order in Bonnie Finn's absence. Attending the meeting was Jeannie Adams, Susan Allison, Helen Brackett, Sandy Bryans, Hope Dennis, LaDonna Harris, Margaret Inboden, Barb Miller, along with guests Rita Garrard and Norma Loveless.

Jeannie read the minutes to the last meeting. Sandy made the motion to approve the minutes, Margaret seconded. Sandy gave treasurer's report: checking account - $794.73, Money Market - $3,411.68. LaDonna made the motion to approve the report, Jeannie seconded.

Bills to allow: $10 fee for "not-for-profit" status to the state, Barb made the motion to pay, and Sandy seconded the motion. LaDonna made a motion to donate $50 for Quilts of Valor, Susan seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Old Business: "Designing and making a new County H.C.E. flag" was discussed. It was decided to put this in the newsletter and to see if anyone had suggestions for a design.

There are six applications for the scholarship. LaDonna and Jeannie will be the committee to decide the recipient.

New Business: The picnic will be June 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Forest Preserve. Fundraisers were discussed.

Next meeting will be June 4 at 9 a.m. Margaret Inboden made the motion to adjourn at 10:05 a.m. LaDonna Harris seconded the motion.

Unit Meetings in June

Morning Glories: Monday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. Oblong Municipal Building (2nd Monday)

Try Hards: Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. U of I Extension office (2nd Tuesday)

S.E. LaMotte: Wednesday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m. Juanita Jochum's house, Palestine (2nd Wednesday)

Sunbeams: Thursday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m. 1st Christian Church (across from Oblong Post Office) (3rd Thursday)

Attention Morning Glories!

Your unit will be assembling the July/August newsletter in the Extension office on Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m.

Australia Recipes

These recipes were served for the international program and they were delicious! A huge thank you to Margaret Inboden and Susan Allison for making all the food and refreshments! GREAT JOB!!!

Potato Bake





Salt & Pepper

Grated Cheese

1 packet French onion soup mix (dry)

Grease a casserole dish the size of the potato bake you need. Cover the base with a layer of potatoes, the one of sliced onion. Sprinkle with French onion soup (if you are using it), some flour, pepper and salt. Repeat the layer until the dish is nearly full, finishing with a potato layer. Pour cream over potatoes until it reaches the top layer. Top with grated cheese and cook in a moderate oven until nicely browned.

Anzac Biscuits

1 stick + 5 Tbsp butter (melted)

1 Tbsp honey

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup flour

1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)

1 cup sugar

1 cup coconut (unsweetened and dried)

1/4 tsp salt

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add honey and baking soda to the butter; stir well. Remove from heat. In a bowl, mix together flour, oats, sugar, coconut and salt. Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Roll dough into small balls and flatten in hands. Then place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes until golden.

Cool 5 minutes before removing from tray.

Grandma's Bread Pudding

1 loaf white bread

1-1/4 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

Raisins, optional

4 cups milk

Cinnamon & butter (to sprinkle & dot)


1 cup sugar

2 tbsp. corn starch

1 stick of oleo

2 tbsp. vanilla

Break bread into pieces, put in a greased 9" X 13" pan. Beat eggs well. Add sugar, milk and 2 tsp of vanilla, blend well. Pour over the bread. If using raisins, sprinkle over bread. Push bread down into the milk with a spoon. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top and dot with butter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. While baking, make the sauce.

Mix sugar and corn starch in a 2 quart pan. Gradually add 1 cup boiling water. Cook until it thickens, stirring. Remove from heat and add oleo and vanilla, stir until blended. Spoon over the pudding when you take it out of the oven.

No Matter How You Spell It, It's Time to BBQ!

Barbecue, BBQ, barbeque. Talk about confusing! Not only does the word "barbecue" have multiple spellings, but it also has multiple meanings. "Throw it on the barbecue." This implies a cooking method where food is cooked outdoors. However, you spell it or use it, Summer starts the barbecue season, and it's important to keep food safety in mind.

Before marinating raw meats, read the recipe to see if part of it is to be used as a sauce. If so, save a portion before letting it come into contact with raw meats. When taking food off the heat source, use a clean platter, not one that held raw meat. Always use a food thermometer and cook to safe temperatures. Check out all the "safe temperatures" at: foodsafety.gov

Enjoy the season of barbecue!

Favorite Potatoes

1 sheet of Reynolds Wrap Release Non-Stick Foil, 18x24-inches

1 small onion, thinly sliced

4 medium red potatoes, cut in bite-size pieces

1 medium green bell pepper

1/2 c. Italian or ranch salad dressing

Heat oven to 450°F or grill to medium-high. Center onion on sheet of foil with non-stick (dull) side toward food. Combine potatoes, green pepper, salad dressing. Layer mixture evenly on top of onion. Bring foil sides, double fold top and ends to seal making one large foil packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside.|Bake 30 to 35 minutes on a cookie sheet in oven OR GRILL 15 to 20 minutes in covered grill. Salt & pepper to taste. Yield: 4 servings.


Grilled Steak and Peppers Salad with Pears Salad

2 cups (4 oz.) whole grain rotini pasta, uncooked

1 yellow bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

1/2 teaspoon olive oil

12 oz. boneless choice beef top sirloin

2 pears, cored and sliced thin

3 cups arugula

1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese


1 Tablespoon olive oil

3 Tablespoons white distilled vinegar

1/4 cup 100% white grape juice or apple juice

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 Tablespoon salt-free Italian herb blend

In a small bowl, whisk all vinaigrette ingredients; set aside. Cook pasta; drain. Heat grill. Rub peppers with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. Grill whole peppers, turning as needed, until skin begins to brown. At the same time, grill beef sirloin to 145°F, turning once. Remove from grill, cool slightly. Slice peppers into strips. Cut sirloin across the grain into thin slices. Slice pears. Toss arugula and pasta in large bowl. To serve, evenly divide pasta-arugula onto four plates, arrange beef, peppers, and pears on top, drizzle with vinaigrette, and sprinkle with crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. Yield: 4 servings

— Jenna Smith, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness


New Members

Three new memberships were received during the Membership Meeting! YAH!

Barbara McCoy

Beverly Murphy

Cora Weger

RIDES Mass Transit - June Bus Trips

June 7 - Dine at Llama's restaurant in Palestine, IL

June 22 – Visit Loogootee, IN to eat at Stoll's and do some shopping in the area

To schedule a ride, call: 1-866-389-7536.

For more information, please contact RIDES office at:


Crawford County's HCE Flag

Since the county HCE flag is 20+ years old, it was decided to "design and make" a new flag. Does anyone have any ideas? Other county HCE flags have been either: quilted, hand-sewn, appliqued or Velcro'ed together. They showcase their programs, members or all the pertinent landmarks in their counties. We are looking for a few HCE members who would like to brainstorm a new flag design. Once that is decided, we can call in other members to help make it! If you would like to help and be on the committee, please call the office at 618/546-1549.

Are Tomatillos Tomatoes?

Do you like Mexican cuisine? Ever wonder what tomatillos are? They are a staple in Mexican cooking, bringing a zesty tart flavor to many classic dishes.

Despite the meaning of the name (tomatillo means "little tomato" in Spanish), tomatillos are not tomatoes. However, they are relatives of the tomato, pepper and eggplant, which all thrive in hot, humid weather. Tomatillos have a papery husk on the outside and a green firm fruit on the inside. The husk is a good indication of freshness, which should be light brown, and not shriveled. Keep the husks on the tomatillos and place in a paper bag in the refrigerator for up two weeks. For longer storage, remove the husks and refrigerate for up to 3 months. Once you detach the husk, you'll notice a sticky residue on the surface of the fruit. Simply wash under water to remove.

Tomatillos are a good source of vitamin C. They're popular for their use in making salsa verde (the green salsa). Although you likely won't find fresh tomatillos right now, as they don't peak until the middle of summer, you can still enjoy the taste of this lemony-tomato fruit by buying a jar of salsa verde.

— Jenna Smith, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness

Produce in Season - June
  • Apples 
  • Asparagus
  • Beans 
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries 
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupes 
  • Carrots
  • Cherries 
  • Eggplants
  • Garlic 
  • Greens
  • Horseradish 
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce 
  • Melons
  • Nectarines 
  • Okra
  • Onions 
  • Peaches
  • Peas 
  • Plums
  • Potatoes 
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb 
  • Squash
  • Strawberries 
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips 
  • Watermelons
Crawford County Senior Citizens

All 3 area Senior Centers are serving lunch! You can eat your lunch at any one of these Centers — or pick it up and take it home! The menu is on the next page. Just call:

Robinson Senior Center: 618/544-8811

Oblong Nutrition Center: 618/592-3111

Palestine Senior Center at 618/586-2128

Spring Cleaning Your House and Your Mind: How to Get Motivated to Declutter

Spring has sprung, so now is the time to clean. Here are some things to help you decide.

  • Do you wake up every morning feeling as if things are out of control before your feet even hit the floor?
  • Do you spend a good portion of the day looking for stuff, moving stuff and trying to figure out where to put or how to deal with stuff?
  • Everything in your home should be there for your pleasure and enjoyment or to help you in your daily living. If it doesn't, you need to get rid of it.
  • A lot of what people save is because it has sentimental value. This is a major thing that people need to come to grips with. You can keep a few things, of course, but you shouldn't need to fill a room with things that only have sentimental value.

People say their closets are jam-packed; they have no more room and don't know what to do. A lot of the time, half of what is in there are "memories" they forgot they even had: favorite clothes that they no longer wear, every greeting card ever sent to them and so on.

Are you at the mercy of your things? Do you continually find yourself washing, polishing, dusting, moving, storing and cleaning things that really have no purpose in your life and aren't useful to you?

The next time you pick up something to move, clean, polish or otherwise handle, really look at it and ask yourself, "Why am I keeping this and what does it do for me?" How much pleasure does that ugly vase from Aunt Mabel (who died 25 years ago) really give you? Sell things or give them away to someone who might be able to use them or appreciate them.

Really pay attention to everything you have. I once laid a stack of things on my fireplace mantle and forgot about them. I got so used to them laying there. It was weeks before I noticed they were out of place. We tend to get so comfortable with the things around us we don't realize that we really don't need a lot of these things.

Start looking at your things but, most of all, take control! Don't let them control you anymore. You will be amazed at how free you will feel and what a burden will be lifted by getting rid of excess stuff. We don't always realize how much responsibility we feel for these "things" and what a relief it is to have these responsibilities lifted from our shoulders.

Spring has spring, so let's get to Spring cleaning! Dust off those cobwebs, reduce the clutter that has been choking us all winter long and make our homes start working for us instead of the other way around.

Senior Bullying - June Lesson

Bullying can be perpetrated and experienced by people of any age. Although bullying as a societal problem has been around for generations, it was first scientifically researched in the 1970's with youth being the primary focus of the studies.

Bullying among older adults was brought to public light by the Akron Beacon Journal in November of 2010. Expecting to hear from youth and their parents, the organizers were surprised at the number of older adults reporting bullying amongst their peer groups. From there, older adult bullying gained national public attention. Even so, to date, not much research has been completed on the topic. Bullying is a problem with wide-reaching tentacles into many facets of society that can impact anyone at anytime in any place.

Questions to ponder:

  • What do you think causes older adults to bully?
  • How would you define bullying?
  • Who do you think is involved in bullying situations?
  • Where is bullying among older adults likely to occur?
  • What can I do to prevent or stop older adult bullying?

Bullying among older adults is increasing because:

  • People are living longer. Social problems often grow statistically with population growth.
  • Older adults are increasingly living in communal housing. 
  • Some older adults experience a loss of power and control. Bullying provides a means to re-gain lost power and control.
  • Medical and psychological conditions can cause changes in social, physical, and emotional health.
  • It could be a function of the individual's personality throughout life. In other words, the bully has grown old.

Bullying R.I.P.



Power imbalance

It is important to recognize that not every form of aggression is an act of bullying. People of all ages have conflict with each other. A litmus test to distinguish bullying from other forms of aggression is to think R.I.P. Bullying involves repetitive, intentional acts of aggression in which one party has more power over the other. Think of a bullying situation you have experienced or witnessed.

Was the behavior repetitive? ____________________

Was act intentional? ___________________________

What was the power imbalance? __________________

We need to stick together and help one another!

Types of Older Adult Bullying:

Bullying that is common among older adults includes intentional, aggressive behaviors or actions that are, verbal, physical, or social in nature.

Social bullying involves shunning, excluding, gossiping, and spreading rumors. It also includes making fun of an individual's disability, using threatening body language, or encroaching on one's personal space. Social bullying uses exclusion to take power from the individual. By excluding the target, the bully gains power.

What to Do if You're Being Bullied:

If you find yourself as a target of a bully, use these following tips to assist with the situation.

  • Proactively deal with the situation early on
  • Create an action plan
  • Stand up to the bully using a clear, strong voice •
  • Call out the bully on their rude behavior
  • Don't let the bully know their actions bother you
  • Take care of yourself to build your resilience
  • Build your self-esteem
  • Use assertive and effective communication
  • Share your experience with others
  • Seek support and help if necessary 

What to Do if You Witness Bullying:

Many bullying situations can be diffused, stopped, and even presented if bystanders stand up during bullying situations. Silence is action. A bystander simply stands by during the bullying situation and does nothing – in turn, sending the messages to the bully and the target. Silence allows the bully to understand that their behavior is accepted. To the target, silence indicates that they are alone. An "upstander" takes action by telling the bully to stop and helps the person being bullied.

Here are some tips on how to be an upstander:

  • Take action (Remember, silence is action)
  • Speak up and offer support to the target
  • Support those being hurt with words of kindness
  • Ensure your disapproval of the bullying behavior by not joining in including teasing and spreading rumors/gossip
  • Enlist others to stand up to the bully with you
  • Please help if you see bullying taking place.