Christmas in the Mountains- the Grand Finale!

— Written By Teresa Goley
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Carmen Maristany, Denise Fullman, and Kathe Irwin just finishing their Jelly Soap!

The following ladies participated in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension program entitled Christmas in the Mountains:

Denise Fullman
Militza Arias
Kathe Irwin
Carmen Maristany
Alicia Green
Karen Trostle
Debbie Coolidge

On each Tuesday of September, the afternoon was spent making gift tags and boxes, homemade goodies from the kitchen, Jelly Soap, and best of all, having fun, laughing, and sharing genuine camaraderie!

All agreed that they have been inspired with ideas for making their own Christmas gifts this year. The candied almonds, ginger, and honey butter were a favorite since each of these treats were delicious were easy to prepare. But the Christmas gift that was the most fun had to be the Jelly Soap. These were pretty little jiggly, individual soaps were made with gelatin and liquid soap. Food coloring and favorite scents could be added to this recipe. Silicon heart-shaped molds gave the soaps that special touch. The soaps were placed in a pretty jar with a handmade scrubby on top. Such a neat and unusual handmade gift!

The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Clay County office is already planning programs for the year 2019.

A different topic will be covered each month emphasizing Safe Homes, Healthy Homes.

There is also a program planned for October 31 and November 7. More information will be given soon! Donna Tulley will be discussing preserving and using fresh herbs!

Call the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Clay County office at 389-6305 or email Teresa Goley at and put your name on the mailing list for the upcoming Family and Consumer Science Programs. If you have any ideas about topics that you would like to see included in the plans, be sure tell us when you add your name to the mailing list.