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National Family Week celebrated at Thanksgiving holiday

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This is National Family Week. This year, the National Alliance for Children and Families has designated its annual National Family Week observance, Nov. 20-26, as a time to pay tribute to military families and the organizations that support and strengthen them. This coincides with November being Military Family Month.

National Family Week has been annually promoted by the Alliance, a national nonprofit membership organization for more than 40 years.

This year the alliance encourages us to be more aware of the unique challenges faced by military families, their spouses and children; and the programs and resources provided by those serving our military families. Observed each year during the week of Thanksgiving, National Family Week is designed in support of our families and those who work to strengthen families across America. This year is the first time the Alliance has suggested National Family Week be a time to pay tribute to military families.

Homemakers to volunteer at National Guard party

Carroll County Extension Homemaker members are preparing around 250 desserts for servicemen and their families at the Kentucky National Guard Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 3. If anyone wishes to help by donating a dessert to help with this effort, call the Extension office at (502) 732-7030 to let us know what you wish to donate and the number it will serve. Desserts should be taken to the Armory by 4 p.m. that Saturday.

Holiday gift idea

Will one of your holiday gifts be for someone who loves to cook and enjoys recipes from across the country? If so, I have the answer for you. The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents from across the nation have published a book, “Living Well – More than a Cookbook” capturing the rich tradition of recipes and customs from across the United States while advancing healthy food and nutrition practices.

The book is filled with time-tested, healthful recipes and educational information to enhance the lives of individuals, families and communities. It features recipes of traditional foods from each state in the nation plus information about why that food is an important part of that state’s heritage.

The book is $25 and will easily become a favorite resource for not only recipes, but cooking terminology, food safety, cooking and baking tips and techniques. Stop by the Extension office to purchase your copy of the book. I will be happy to sign the book if you wish as I have three of my favorite recipes in the book.

To all my readers, a very Happy Thanksgiving; be thankful and be safe.

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.