U.S. Department of
Happy New Year!!!
At last another year has gone by and new memories
have been made. I am so excited to start a new year and January- February 2008
even more excited for all we have planned for this one! I
Inside This Issue: hope that each of you are finding success as you keep those
New Year’s resolutions and head off into a healthier, happier 1. A Few Words From lifestyle. Charly
Things got pretty busy at the end of 2007 and I was
2. Dates to Remember unable to compile a list of program ideas for you to choose
from, so I have decided to take a few of the ideas that some 3. Yearbook info of you did call in with to the “Projects” committee at council
and ask for their help in selecting the months for which to 4. Valentines Day Poem
hold certain programs. Then I will have the committee 5. Keeping Resolutions report to each club with the dates once they have been set. It may seem like we will be busier in 2008, but I hope that the 6. Caring for Your Skin
more work and dedication we put into the Extension
Homemakers organization the more we will be able to 7. Food for Thought
accomplish together! One thing I encourage you all to start 8. Monthly themes thinking about is what you will enter in the county Cultural Arts show in March…this date is already on the calendar. 9. Recipes
As you know, January is the start of a NEW year and in
February we celebrate a day of LOVE. With these things in
mind I hope we can work towards new ways to improve the organization we love!
Sincerely, Charly Fisher
Eddy County Extension
County Home Economist Service
1304 W Stevens Carlsbad, NM 88220 Phone: 505-887-6595 New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer and educator. Toll Free: 1-877-887-6595 NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperating. Fax: 505-887-3795
Yearbooks will be ready for each club at their January
meetings, and at the January Council meeting. If you are not January 8- Happy going to be at either of the meetings, please contact the Friends Club mtg. Extension Office (887-6595) and let us know so we can get you 10 am @ Extension Ofc. a 2008 yearbook. Please use this yearbook as a planner if you must, to be sure you attend all of the meetings and programs January 15- Extension we have planned. You don’t want to miss out! Council meeting 6:30 pm @ Artesia Com. Also, please let us know of any changes in your address and Bldg. phone number so we can be sure to have the most up-to-date information in this year’s book. In the future we would like to January 21- MLK Jr. have as many Extension Activities as possible- meetings, Day (office closed) programs, fundraisers, publicity efforts, etc.- rady to post in January 22- Artesia Club the upcoming year’s yearbook. Please help us make this meeting possible by submitting these types of activities ahead of time. 6 pm @ Artesia Com. We will start this year so we are ready for 2009 in plenty of Bldg. time.
February 12- Happy
Friends Club mtg.
10 am @ Extension Ofc.
February 14- Valentine’s
February 18- President’s
Day (office closed) My Love is like a cabbage
Divided in to two, February 26- Artesia The leaves I give to others, Club Mtg.
6 pm @ Artesia The Heart I give to you.
Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
Chances are, at some time in your life, you've made a New Year's Resolution -- and then broken it.
This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make change, but then not following through. Here are 10
tips to help get you started.
1. Be realistic
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For
instance, resolving to never eat your favorite food again could be a bad choice.
Strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now.
2. Plan ahead
Don't make your resolution on New Year's Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it
will be based on your mindset that particular day. Instead, it should be planned
well before December 31 arrives.
3. Outline your plan
Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that exercise class or have
one more cigarette. This could include calling on a friend for help joining a gym so
you feel obligated to get your money’s worth, starting a completely new and
separate filing system to get more organized, etc.
4. Make a "pro" and "con" list
It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop
this list over time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and
refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.
5. Talk about it
Don't keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be
there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your
health. The best case scenario is to find yourself a buddy who shares your New
Year's resolution and motivate each other.
6. Reward yourself
This doesn't mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is
to diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something that you
enjoy that does not contradict your resolution. If you've been sticking to your
promise to eat better, for example, perhaps your reward could be going to a movie
with a friend. 7. Track your progress
Keep track of each small success you make toward reaching your larger goal.
Short-term goals are easier to keep, and small accomplishments will help keep you
motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, say, focus on losing that first 5.
Keeping a food diary may help you stay on track.
8. Don't beat yourself up
Obsessing over the occasional slip won't help you achieve your goal. Do the best
you can each day, and take each day one at a time.
9. Stick to it
Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to
become a habit, and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. Your new
healthful habits will become second-nature in no time.
10. Keep trying
If your resolution has totally run out of steam by mid-February, don't despair. Start
A Wrinkle In Time ? Get plenty of rest
? Protect with sunscreen before going out in As we age, our skin’s cells do not have as rapid a the sun to help protect your skin from the turnover as they did when we were younger. With sun’s harmful rays- the number one cause of
this clower cell replacement, our skin may start premature aging. Use products that have SPF to have dullness to it and the texture may appear of 15 or higher. different. The collagen and elastin fibers that ? Avoid mid-day sun between 10am and 3pm if provide the supporting structure for the skin possible. start to weaken and unravel so that the skin’s ? Avoid tanning beds. Get with the times…if you elasticity diminishes. All of these changes are can’t resist that “just off the beach” glow, try compounded by gravity, which may result in fine a sunless tanning product. Today, you have lines, wrinkles, droopy eyelids and jowls. many options, whether you’re looking for just
a blush of color or a bronzed look overall. Although the sun causes most skin damage ? Check your skin often for signs of skin cancer, attributed to premature aging, even people who If you see changes, call your doctor right avoid the sun will notice changes occurring. The away. good news is…with good skincare and the ? Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly availability of high quality skincare products, you ? Stop smoking! It is known that smoking is can keep your skin vitalized. damaging to delicate skin, especially around
the mouth and eyes. Here are some important tips to remember. To ? Choose products that are speciall-formulated look good on the outside, you have to take care of to work best for your skin type. Today’s yourself on the inside. Remember the following: skincare products and cosmetics can be
found for normal, dry, oily, or sensitive skin; ? Drink plenty of water
but that’s not all! Choose from anti-aging ? Take care of your face and neck…but, don’t
products that minimize fine lines and wrinkles, forget the rest of your body! Use moisturizing
anti-acne to help minimize pores and body wash and lotions to help keep your skin
hypoallergenic for sensitive skin. glowing.
Did you know that there are foods you eat daily that are beneficial for
improving digestion, preventing cardiovascular disease, enhancing
weight loss and supporting urinary function? Here are some “super
foods” as suggested by a Registered Dietician.
? “C” yourself healthy… is the best health drink and a splash of
in it provides vitamin C, which helps your body absorb
iron and calcium and is a gentle liver cleanser.
? “Flax your muscles”… A great source of Omega-3s, protein and fiber,
is great for your hair, skin, nails, eyes, and brain.
? Shake, shake, shake your …Yes, on almost everything. This
helps lower cholesterol and improves glucose levels.
? Bone building calcium in also helps keep your intestinal tract
? Health from the deep…seafood! Coral-and other
may help reduce the risk of heart disease, breast and
? Go for the grains! are
powerhouse sources of complex carbs for long-lasting energy.
? Lean on legumes. are low in fat and
high in protein, fiber and vitamins and minerals. These good carbs can
send cholesterol south and help keep blood sugar steady.
? Nuts about nuts! Full of fiber, protein, and mainly good fats,
contain Vitamin E, hearth healthy copper and magnesium.
contain calcium, and have Omega-3s.
January is National Soup Month Keep warm through the winter with a tasty pot of soup for dinner! Remember that broth and
vegetable based soups are lower in fat and calories than the thicker, creamier soups.. Soups
are easy to prepare and can usually be made to feed many people- so serve your favorite soup
at your next get-together!
February is Bake for Family Fun Month Get in the kitchen with children, grandchildren, and even your spouse and bake some oatmeal
cookies or heart shaped cookies together. The kitchen has long been called the woman’s
haven in the home, but there’s always room for at least one helper!!
2 teaspoons margarine
? cup finely chopped onion
2 cups pureed cooked pumpkin or 1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin puree
2 cups chicken broth (homemade or canned reduced sodium)
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup non-fat milk
1. Melt margarine in a medium saucepan. Sauté the onion until
soft, about 5 minutes.
2. Add pumpkin, broth and nutmeg. Stir to mix well.
3. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Add the milk and heat thoroughly, but do not boil. Serve
Calories 70; Total Fat 1.5 g; Sodium 85 mg; Carbs 10; Fiber 2 g; Sugars; 7g;
Raisin Crunch Cookies
1 ? cups flour ? cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1 egg 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla ? cup old-fashioned or quick 1 cup raisin bran cereal cooking oats 1 ? cup flake coconut ? cup butter or margarine ? cup raisins ? cup packed brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and oats.
3. In separate bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed,
until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
4. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well blended.
5. Add cereal, coconut and raisins. Stir until well blended
6. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.
7. Bake 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking
sheets 4 minutes and remove to wire racks. Cool completely.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.
* You can substitute Honey Bunches of Oats cereal for Raisin Bran and
substitute dried cranberries for raisins.