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Become a Master Wellness volunteer

The Master Wel lness Volunteer Program is an engaging series of five ( 5) d ay-long classes t hat provides volunteers with 40 hours of training in health and nutrition education.

In return, the volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service to the community. The training focuses on nutrition and dietary guidelines, food safety and food demonstrations, healthy lifestyles choices and children’s health.

The Texas A& M Agrilife Extension Offices in Milam, Bell and Williamson counties are joining forces to provide the training. Classes will be conducted in Bell County from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, and Feb. 6. If you are interested in the training you need to register by Jan. 2. The cost of the training series and resources is $50.

You can register for the training at the Milam County Extension Of f ice: 100 E. 1st Street, Cameron, Texas, 254- 697-7045 or email ce-walker@tamu.edu. Let me know if you need additional information about the training.

HOLIDAY BREAKFAST— During the holiday season you may want to try some new breakfast ideas. Three of my favorites are Pancakes, Sausage Quiche and Strawberry Bread. All three recipes are easy. The Strawberry Bread can be made ahead of time and frozen. I hope you enjoy these recipes and the Holiday season. Pancakes 1 1/4 c. sifted enriched flour 1 Tbs. baking powder

1 Tbs. sugar or Splenda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 beaten egg

1 c. milk or heavy cream for a richer flavor (skim milk also works great to cut calories)

2 Tbs. melted butter

Sift flour with baking powder, sugar and salt. Combine egg, milk and butter. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just till flour is moistened. Batter will be lumpy. If you want the batter to pour better, add a little more milk. Bake on ungreased griddle. Makes about 6 to 8 cakes.

Note: If you use heavy cream or whipping cream in place of milk you may need to add a little more to get the pancake pouring texture.

Optional: You can add blueberries - about 1/2 cup (if frozen you need to thaw in microwave before adding to mixture).

Hot Sausage Quiche 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell 1/2 lb. bulk sausage (regular or mild, or half and half)

1/2 c. onion, chopped

1 c. shredded Swiss cheese

3 eggs

2 small jalapeƱo peppers, chopped (medium or small)

A liberal sprinkling of black pepper

1/2 c. milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce (optional)

Direct ions: Break up and brown sausage and onion in a skillet. Remove from heat and drain well. In a medium size mixing bowl, beat eggs lightly and fold in all ingredients.

Additional hot sauce or Tabasco sauce may be added now. Put mixture into pie shell and bake at 375 degrees F for about 35 minutes or until golden brown and set. Cool 10 minutes before slicing.

Strawberry Bread 2 c. flour 1 tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 c. frozen crushed strawberries (chop any big pieces)

1 pkg. (3 or 4 ounces) strawberry jell-O

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 c. sugar

3/4 c. vegetable oil

Combine dry ingredients and add other ingredients. Mix well. You can use two regular loaf pans or 3 small loaf pans (cooks betterinsmallloaves). Grease the pans and place a piece of waxed paper in the bottom of the pan.

Preheat oven and bake at 350 degrees for about one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Some of the small loaves will take 35 to 45 minutes.

Cool in pans for a few minutes and then remove bread from pans and cool completely prior to storing.

Caution: The bread will overcook if the oven temperature is too high. ce-walker@tamu.edu


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