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The goal of Family and Consumer Science professionals is to improve the quality of life for adults, children and families through research-based data – specifically in the areas of healthy lifestyles, nutrition, food safety and financial management.

The University of Idaho has a great website with informational newsletters on, sewing, cooking, canning and even has some great recipes to share. It’s called The Communicator, click on the link and find out what Family and Consumer Sciences is all about!

A Message from your Bannock County FCS Educator

“As the FCS Educator, meeting the community education needs of Bannock County is very important to me. Recently I researched the various health and lifestyle concerns as identified by the State Department of Health and Welfare. Identified health issues include overweight children, obese adults, inactive lifestyles, diabetes and low income. With the help of many educators and healthcare professionals, the health and well-being of Bannock County Residents can be improved. Areas of focus I look forward to teaching  will be classes focusing on Food Safety, Nutrition, Physical Activity and  General Money Management. Please contact me any time, I look forward to meeting the great people of Bannock County.” Julie Buck

Dining with Diabetes

This program is free and open to anyone with diabetes and their family members. Classes will include demonstrations on how to prepare meals that are healthy and use less fat, salt and sugar without cutting taste. There will be an opportunity to taste a variety of main dishes and deserts. Dining with diabetes is a once-a-week class for four weeks and a 3-month-follow up class. Each class is approximately 2 hours long. Our fall classes have started, please check back for classes that will begin mid January.

Hassle Free Holidays (New)

Tired of planning for the holidays ahead? Not sure how to stay on budget? Need items for simplified gift giving? This one hour class will discuss simple ways to budget, low cost gift giving and healthy food gift ideas. The cost is $2.00 per person to cover the budget and planning forms and a simple gift you will make. Preregistration is required, Class is scheduled for December 3, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Holidays can be fun and stress free!

Artisan Bread Class (New)

Learn the art of using ancient grains in a hand-mixed bread class. Bring your own mixing bowl with lid and wooden spoon and be prepared to go home with a loaf of bread to bake for the family. The cost is $5.00 per person to cover class materials. You must preregister for this class. Hope to see you there! Class begins  January 21, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Bannock County Extension Office.

Listed below are some important tips for gluten free shopping and gluten free baking. Click on the links below:

“Let me call you Sweetheart” Candy Making Class (New)

Whether you  have a sweetheart or not, most of us have a sweet tooth. We will be making candies you can take home to share or keep for yourself. Planned before Valentines day just in case you need a sweet gift idea. The class is $3.00 to cover class materials and will be February 10, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Preregistration is required so call today and get on the class roster. Candy is sweeter if shared so bring a friend for a night of fun candy making ideas.

Learning Opportunities in August 2014 and Beyond
Please check out the learning events listed at Learn (
Everyone is welcome to participate in the events listed at Learn ( as they match your interests. Topics include gardening, health, finances to name a few.
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* Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new.
Dial Pressure Gauge Checks

It’s getting to be that time of year again; Summer and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. If you are getting ready to start your canning, remember to bring your dial gauge canner lid to the Bannock County Extension office to be checked for accuracy. This must be done every year before you start canning. If you can year round set a date and get it tested the same time every year.

Master Food Preservation Class

The Family and Consumer Sciences UI Extension Educators offer a Master Food Preserving Class each year.  If you would like to see the Youtube presentation from 2013 class in Bingham County click on the link “Youtube presentation”.

Explore our food preservation publications and learn how to keep you and your family safe.

The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning now online!

Whether you are new to canning or a seasoned expert, this publication is an excellent source for home canning your favorite fruits, vegetables, meats and poultry. There is information on how to can properly and procedures to safely preserve your favorite foods. Remember, when canning at home, use only USDA approved recipes.

Download individual chapters from the USDA website, or if you would like the spiral bound book, you can purchase it for $18.00 at your local Extension office.

Meal Time Inspirations (New)

Family and Consumer Sciences UI Extension Educators are offering Mealtime Inspirations, Home Edition. This years class will teach the following classes:

  • Freezer Meals
  • Youth and Family Finances
  • Homemade Cleaners
  • Home Organization
  • Dry Mixes
  • Eat Twice Cook Once

If you are interested in attending please call the Lemhi County Extension Office at 208-756-2815. For more information please click here: 2014 Meal Time Inspirations: Home Edition

If you would like to learn about Meal Times Inspirations watch this video.

Fun and Healthy Lessons

Have you ever made jerky? Used a crock pot or pressure cooker for meals? If the answer is no, use the helpful links below. Kids home from school? Well here are some quick and healthy recipes that you and your kids will love. Do you case lot shop? Lots of Hamburger and Chicken in the freezer? Below are some recipes to help you prepare meals for a week. Also you can learn how to freeze fruits and vegetables or dry them instead. Hope you are enjoying our quick and easy lessons we will be updating regularly so make sure to check back in the near future.

FCS Newsletters
 October 28, 2013  Posted by at 6:52 pm