Cooking, Marriage, 4-H Camp: Agrilife in Hopkins County

Johanna Hicks Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Consumer Sciences 1200-B W. Houston P.O.Box 518 Sulphur springs, TX 75483 903-885-3443 – phone 903-439-4909 – Fax

Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax
[email protected]

“Cooking Through the Seasons”

Excitement is building for the 2016 “Cooking Through the Seasons.”  There is still time to register, but the deadline is drawing to a close soon!  For those reading about it for the first time, here are the details:

  • What:  “Cooking Through the Seasons” – a morning of cooking demonstrations, tablescape ideas, gadget demonstrations, and more.  Our own local celebrity, Chef Lyndsay Caldwell, will be our featured chef, demonstrating knife skills using recipes with fresh fruits, vegetables, and protein foods.  Kim Sellers, Registered Dietitian will share information about one of the main questions she receives – healthy vs. unhealthy fats.  Denita Young, Rains County Extension agent, will show wonderful ways to dress up your table for every season of the year.  Angie Monk, Wood County Extension Agent, will demonstrate baking for the holidays, featuring whole wheat flour recipes.  I will bring out some of my favorite kitchen gadgets – some you might already be familiar with, and some that are brand new to you!
  • When:  Friday, May 20, 2016
  • Time:  registration begins at 9:00 a.m., program starts at 9:30 a.m. We will be done by 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 noon.
  • Where:  ROC – Recreation Outreach Center, 115 Putman Street, Sulphur Springs
  • Cost:  $15, due with registration form
  • How to sign up:  drop by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Sulphur Springs, Emory, or Quitman, or go to: and click on ‘publications’ to print off the registration form.  Or you may call my office at 903-885-3443 and we’ll mail the form to you.
  • What you’ll receive:  in addition to watching the great demonstrations, each attendee will receive a gift bag full of great items, including full-color recipe cards for six complete menus.  Each menu has a main dish, side dish, and dessert, for a total of 18 recipe cards.  You can mix and match the recipes to come up with a variety of menus.  We’ll also have some great door prizes and refreshments.
  • Vendors:  We have room for more vendors, so anyone interested in setting up should contact my office at 903-885-3443 for more information.

Give this as a gift to your mother or Grandmother for Mother’s Day!  Make this a girls’ morning out and make plans to attend!


Twogether in Texas Marriage Education Workshop

Here is another opportunity from which many people could benefit!  The Twogether in Texas Marriage Education workshop is open to anyone interested in attending, but engaged couples reap a double benefit because they will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the workshop to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license!

The next workshop for Twogether in Texas is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Hopkins County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 1200-B W. Houston, Sulphur Springs.  There is no charge for the workshop, but I do need couples to call ahead of time so adequate preparations can be made for lunch, refreshments, and materials.  Did I mention that lunch and refreshments will be provided?

Topics covered are:  Marriage Expectations, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Money Management, and Goals & Dreams.  This is a super workshop – partly video, partly group interaction, and lots of fun!  Call my office at 903-885-3443 to sign up or for more information.


Multi-County 4-H Camp

“Can You Hear Me Now?” is the theme of the 2016 Multi-county 4-H Camp.  Hopkins County typically has one of the largest group in attendance at this camp, held at Lakeview Baptist Conference Center in Lone Star, Texas.  Dates are July 11 – 13, and registration forms are available at the Extension Office.  Workshop sessions will include Robotics, Ropes Course, Cooking, Archery, Junior Master Gardeners, and Healthy Lifestyles.

The cost per camper is $115 which includes lodging, meals, t-shirt, insurance, and tons of fun!  Paddle boating, canoeing, swimming, ping pong, foosball, shopping in the gift shop or snack shack, and meeting new friends are all part of the fun.

Campers are asked to leave their cell phones at home so everyone can disconnect and enjoy all the opportunities the camp has to offer.  Extension agents and adult sponsors will serve as chaperones and session leaders, as well as points of contact for parents.  A camp nurse will be available to dispense any medication the camper requires, and fully trained staff will see that the camp operations run smoothly.  The dining hall overlooks a beautiful lake, and the food is delicious!

Deadline to register is May 27.  Forms are available at the Extension Office.  4-H members may bring guests, but everyone must fill out the registration form.  A letter will be sent to those who register outlining what to bring, what to leave at home, and carpooling details.


Closing Thought

Happy Mothers’ Day!  “If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.” – Robert Brault

Author: Staff Reporter

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