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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Features Editor Brian Grant 6259144 SXt 222 Wednesday February IB Bake sale like none other Youths whip up great things at homemaking and art show FROM STAFF REPORTS When the Comal County Junior Livestock Show gets under way Feb 25 much of the spot light is devoted to cows pigs and chickens But more than 100 area youths will show off live stock byproducts milk lard and eggs during the Youth Homemaking and Art Fair which takes place Feb 28 at the Arts and Crafts Building at the fairgrounds Homebaked goods includ ing cakes cookies pies candy breads and nutri tious snacks all made by local youths will be for sale from 3 to 4 that day with the group reserve and grand champion dishes being auctioned off at 6 At a glance WHAT 2003 Comal Homemaking I WHEN Public sale from auction at 6 WHERE Arts and Event chair Deborah Koepp said more than was raised last year My son had that sold for she said 1 tell the kids Just bake This is nice money for kids to put away for She said although just the top judged items are auc tioned everything is avail able during the public sale So all participants have an opportunity to make money To be eligible all items must be made from scratch no boxes or mixes with the lone exception of the decorated foods catego ry Koepp said a cake for example could be a box recipe but the decorations would all have to be from scratch The deadline to enter already passed but late entries will be taken with a fee no later than Friday And food certainly isnt the only attraction at the homemaking and art fair Youths also will exhibit handmade clothing crafts art needlework photogra phy industrial arts garden ing and house plants and preserved foods Toni Garrison second from left shown with her winning vanilla chip maple cookies Buyers were Curt Schaefer Masonary David Davidson Clear Springs Catering Alamo Cement Jaks Drive Thru and Bill Kiulin Photos submitted VANILLA CHIP MAPLE COOKIES 2002 Grand Champion Cookies Toni Garrison 1 cup shortening cup butter or margarine softened 2 cups packed brown sugar 2 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon maple flavoring 3 cups allpurpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 cups vanilla or white chips cup chopped pecans Frosting cup butter or margarine softened 4 cups confectioners sugar I 1 teaspoon maple flavoring 4 to 6 tablespoons milk cups pecan halves In a mixing bowl cream the shortening butter and browp sugar Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition Beat in vanilla and maple flavoring Combine the flour and baking soda gradu ally add to creamed mixture Stir in vanilla chips and pecans Drop by rounded table spoons two inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets Bake at 350 degrees for eight to 10 minutes or until golden brown Cool for two minutes before removing to wire rack In a mixing bowl cream butter and confectioners sugar Beat in maple flavoring and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency FrosJ cookies Top each with pecan half Yields seven dozen Above left Darcy Stephens with her Graham and Peanut Butter Bon Bons Buyers were Alamo Cement and Dr Larry Czelusha Above Samantha Ax with her Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins Buyers were Precision Craft Cabinets and Joe and Debra Schreiber Left Kyle Koepp with his NoBake Granola Bars Buyer was Rick Seibert of First State Bank GRAHAM AND PEANUT BUTTER BON BON 2002 Reserve Champion Candy Oarcy Stephens 1 cup graham cracker crumbs cups crunchy peanut butter cup powdered sugar cups toasted rice cereal crushed 12 ounces chocolate almond bark Set almond bark aside mix remaining ingredients together in a bowl Refrigerate for one hour Melt almond bark For crumb mixture into balls and dip in melted almond bark Place on wax paper Allow the almond bark to cool and set up Makes 44 to 48 bon bons NOBAKE GRANOLA BARS 2002 Grand Champion Nutritious Snacks Kyle Koepp cup light com syrup cup packed light brown sugar cup sweetened con densed milk 2 tablespoons uutter 1 box granoia i cup chopped dried apricots cup shredded coconut cup chopped pecans cup sesame seeds toasted teaspoon grated orange zest teaspoon ground cin namon teaspoon ground nut meg 2 ounces white chocolate Coat eightinch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray In pot over low heat combine corn syrup brown sugar con densed milk and margarine Cook until sugar dissolves completely about five minutes In large bowl combine granoia apricots coconut pecans sesame seeds zest cinnamon and nutmeg Stir in corn syrup until wellcom bined Press into baking pan Cover with plastic wrap smooth top Chill until firm about one hour Drizzle with chocolate if desired Cut into bars PUMPKIN APPLE STREUSEL MUFFINS 2002 Grand Champion Sweet Quick Breads Samantha Ax cups flour 2 cups white sugar 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon baking soda teaspoon salt 2 beaten 1 cup canned pumpkin cup oil 2 cups peeled chopped cored apple 2 tablespoons flour cup white sugar teaspoon cinnamon 4 teaspoons butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees Lightly grease muffin pan In a large bowl sift together flour sugar pump kin spice baking soda and salt In a separate bowl mix together eggs pumpkin and oil Add pumpkin mix ture to flour mixture stirring just to moisten Fold in apples Spoon batter into muffin pan Bake for 30 minutes In a small bowl mix together two tablespoons flour cup sugar teaspoon cinnamon and 4 teaspoons butter Mix until it resembles coarse crum bles Sprinkle topping over muffin batter Some cholesterol level risk factors can be controlled Several things affect cho lesterol levels Not all things can be controlled but you can take an active role to lower your choles terol These are some risk factors you can control Diet Foods high in saturated fat trans fatty acids and cholesterol make your blood cholesterol level go up Cholesterol in food matters but saturated fat the main culprit affect ing cholesterol levels PAT RASOR Reducing the amount of saturated fat and choles terol found in animal products in your meals as well as trans fatty acids found in hard margarines and shortenings most often in baked goods and fried foods can help lower your blood cholesterol level Weight Being over weight tends to increase your cholesterol and is a risk factor for heart dis ease Lose weight to help lower LDL and total cho lesterol levels Physical activity Not being physically active is a risk factor for heart disease but regular physical activity can help raise HDL good choles terol and lower LDL bad cholesterol levels Plus regular physical activity helps you lose weight Everyone should try to be active physically for 30 minutes on most days if not all days Smoking Cigarette smoking can increase your riskof heart disease Just stop the habit to reduce your heart disease risk Other risk factors you can not change that also affect your cholesterol lev els are as follows Heredity High blood cholesterol can run in your family Your genes to a certain point can deter mine how much cholesterol your body makes naturally Age and gender As women and men age their cholesterol levels tend to rise Before menopause women have lower total cholesterol levels than men of the same age After menopause womens LDL levels tend to rise Source Texas Cooperative Extension revised by Mary Kinney Bielamowicz professor and Extension nutrition spe cialist The Texas University System 2002 Patricia Anderson Rasor is a Comal County Extension
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