Sunday, July 17, 2016

Annual "Christmas In July" Adventure!

There is still time and some space left for our Annual "Christmas in July" Herbal Adventure! This fun filled event as always is very "hands-on" and fun! The Adventure includes "make ahead" gifts, crafts, and neat ideals for the Christmas holidays. Those attending will take home Christmas items and new  ideas. And of course delicious refreshments will be served. 

Time is 9:30am -12:00noon. July 23,2016 at the Learning Fields at Fort Chaffee: 7300 Gardeners Ave., Fort Smith, Ar. Fee is $20. To make reservations or for information, call Sheila@ (479)782-2104 or MaryAnn @ (479)646-8234.

We Hope to See You There!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cookies for Santa

There is still time to sign-up for our Annual Holiday Cooking with Herbs! It will be on November 14, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cancer Support House.  The theme this year is Cookies for Santa. We will be making and sharing our favorite family cookie recipes and please bring your favorite to share too. We will also make some Christmas crafts and enjoy a light Christmas Brunch. We hope to see you there. It is sure to be a good time. The cost is $20.

Please make your reservations by calling
479-646-8234 or 479-782-2104.

Also don't forget to bring a canned goods for the Cancer House annual Holiday Food Drive!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Butters, Blends and Brews

The Herbal Adventures Committee of the River Valley Master Gardeners is presenting Butter, Blends and Brews. We will demonstrate and sample various compound butters, spice blends, brews and infused waters. Ann Louise will chair this event and introduce Kombucha, a healthy, bubbly fermented form of tea loaded with probiotics to aid in digestion and the immune system.

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:30am-12:00
Where: Clayton House, 514 North 6th Street. Ft. Smith, AR
Reservations required - Call (479)646-8234 or (479)649-0293. Fee $20:00. Refreshments provided.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Master Gardener Plant Sale is Saturday April 18th

The Spring Master Gardener Plant Sale is Saturday April 18th from 8-3 in the First Christian Church parking lot.

The church is across the street from Creekmore and Sweet Bay at 3501 Rogers Ave.

Please come out and support your local Master Gardeners, buy some great plants and get help with any of your gardening questions.

We hope to see you at the sale!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

CANCELLED -Herbal Cleaners to Make at Home

With spring peeking around the corner, it's time for that annual ritual associated with the season: spring cleaning. A few simple ingredients can create cleaning products that are healthy, earth-friendly, effective and smell absolutely great. The River Valley Master Gardeners Herbal Adventure Committee will demonstrate using homemade cleaners for your laundry, bath, kitchen, and windows. Snacks and refreshments provided. Reservations required.

When: April 11, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Where: Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3325 South M St

RSVP: Sheila Deal - (479)782-2104

Admission: $20.00

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Missing Recipes

Here are the recipes that mysteriously missed the packet. The Sudden Cookies are in the previous post. Enjoy!

Zucchini and Red Pepper Frittata

1 large red bell pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large zucchini, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
3/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces white cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
4 large eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat broiler to high.

Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 8 minutes or until blackened. Wrap ­pepper in foil; let stand 15 minutes. Peel and slice.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Heat a 9-inch nonstick, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add zucchini; cook 6 minutes. Stir in bell pepper; reduce heat to medium.

Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add to zucchini mixture; cook 2 minutes or until edges are set. Bake at 350° for 16 minutes or until center is set. Let stand 15 minutes. Cut into 6 wedges.

Orange Balls

1 12 oz package vanilla wafers
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 - 6 oz. can frozen orange juice
1 cup ‘chopped pecans or 1-cup coconut (optional)

Crush vanilla wafers to make crumbs, add sugar soft butter, orange juice. Mix well, shape into 1-inch balls and roll in either coconut or finely chopped pecans. Chill.

Lace Cookies

2 cups old fashioned oats –not instant
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (that’s correct, only 1 tablespoon)
½ teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter
2 eggs
1-teaspoon vanilla

Mix well- oats, flour, sugar, and salt. Pour in very hot butter and stir until sugar is melted. (This step is very important) add egg and vanilla. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper (very Important) Drop batter in ½ level teaspoons on parchment paper 2 inches apart. Bake 10 12 minutes @350degrees. Note: all- spice or cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger about ¼ teaspoon can be added for spicier cookies.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Valentine Breakfast Tea

Our next Herbal Adventure is a Valentine Breakfast Tea.

Hannelore brought back tea from Europe for tasting. And of course we will have lots of yummy food.

Please wear a hat (or borrow one from us) and bring your favorite tea cup. We will take pictures of everyone in their finery.

Where: Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 South M Street, Fort Smith AR
When:  February 14, 2015 
Time:    9:30-12:00 PM
Cost:    $20.00
Contact:  Sheila Deal (479)782-2104 for reservations