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Family Connection debuts cookbook

Amanda Butler, Sierra Sun

Jackie Ginley moved to Truckee with her 8-month-old son in 1988 and found that meeting people in a smaller community could be hard.

“Sometimes what happens if you’re a mom in a new place, is that you feel isolated,” said Ginley.

The Truckee Family Connection (TFC), a group of families helping families, gave Ginley the chance to network with other parents.

“The Family Connection is great because it gave me an opportunity to get out and meet other parents,” said Ginley. “Moms and dads can learn a lot from each other.”

TFC was founded in the late ’80s, and strives to get parents involved in healthy activities with their children and with other families.

The group publishes a monthly calendar and newsletter to keep parents informed about upcoming events.

“We sponsor play groups and story hours,” said Ginley. “We believe that (people) become better parents through interaction with other parents.”

TFC was recently incorporated as a non-profit organization, and through various fund-raisers has been able to help parents in the North Tahoe area by sponsoring parent workshops, holding playgroups, and organizing events like their annual picnic.

This year’s picnic will be held on Sunday, June 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Trout Creek Recreation Center.

The picnic is open to the public and refreshments, hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided for a suggested donation of $3 for non TFC members.

TFC has also put together a community cookbook to help offset costs associated with some of their programs.

“We don’t have huge costs,” said Ginley. “But they are costs nonetheless.”

Cookbooks are $11 and feature recipes from Truckee residents, that are “tasty and easy to make.”

It is cross-referenced for easy use and Ginley says it makes a great gift.

Funny kids’ recipes and comments are also included in the cookbook.

A recipe from Forrest Patrick Griffin, age 5, instructs people on how to make ice cream: “Put ice into it. Then cream.”

More serious selections are also included.

Ron Florian, Town Councilman, includes his recipe for Lasagna Bologna Style. Other recipe selections include soups, salads, vegetables, main dishes, breads and desserts.

To purchase a cookbook or inquire about The Truckee Family Connection, call Jackie Ginley at (530) 550-9230 or stop by the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks to pick up a copy.


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