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By WJSL Webmaster 22 Sep, 2017
The sound of the marching band on Friday night, the feel of a cozy sweater,  the sight of falling leaves, the smell of fresh baked goods and the taste of all  things pumpkin are signs of an adored season.   Tomorrow, September 22, marks the first day of fall for 2017. Many of the delightful tastes and smells of fall have one key ingredient: pumpkin! That's why we are sharing a classic pumpkin bread recipe from our Gingerbread and All the Trimmings Cookbook   that is both delicious and easy to make!

To make this tried and true recipe, you will need:
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups sugar
1 can pumpkin
4 eggs, beaten
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon                  
1 tsp. cloves
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in order listed. Grease and flour loaf pans. Fill 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. This recipe yields three loaves. 

We told you it was easy! You can enjoy this sweet treat for breakfast or dessert any time of day. We recommend serving with a cup of warm coffee. Happy baking!

You can find this and more local recipes from our cookbooks located in The Briarpatch, SoCo Depot, and Ellis County Museum. 







By WJSL Webmaster 21 Mar, 2017

When I think back on my past six years in Waxahachie Junior Service League, one word comes to mind - gratitude. I am grateful that I have been able to give back to our community through all the different organizations that we serve and donate funds so that they may succeed in their goals. I am grateful to have had members put their trust in my abilities to serve them at organizations and on the WJSL Board. I am grateful that our successes have been many and our failures have been learning experiences. But most of all, I am grateful to have met our members - provisional, active and sustainers. We may have started our lives in different areas but we are all bound by our dedication to this special area that we call home. We all want our community to succeed and offer the best to our residents. I recently saw a quote from Karen Salmansohn that says “Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.” WJSL embodies that quote and I am proud to be a part of something that is proof of strong, good-hearted women working to bring goodness to Ellis County.  

Our year has been a very successful one with our Christmas Market bringing in over $55,000! Many thanks to our members who helped us reach that goal, especially our Program Services Committee who worked hard all year long to make our event successful and memorable. We currently volunteer at over 15 organizations in the Ellis County Area. This upcoming year, we look to add more organizations to that list to help accommodate the changing needs of our members and community. We are also giving our website an upgrade to make Christmas Market VIP ticket purchasing better and provide new media capabilities. Each year we have a significant expense in publishing and mailing the WJSL Newsletters, funds that could be put towards helping more in our community. This Spring Newsletter will be the last one sent by regular mail. The upcoming Fall 2017 Newsletter will be sent to you electronically. If you are not sure if we have your most current email address please contact us.  

These last six years I have spent in WJSL have been full of hours of service, helping plan the future of our organization and meeting many new people. I am grateful to our sustainers for helping when needed and offering support in the many ways that they do. I am grateful to our community for allowing us to assist them in achieving their goals. I am grateful for the opportunity to provide a good role model to future generations of volunteers. I am grateful to all the active members of our group and our Board, you are all valuable contributors. I am grateful that WJSL will be around for many years to come!


Warmest Regards,

Kristi Jurek

2016-2017 President


WJSL Blog

By WJSL Webmaster 22 Sep, 2017
The sound of the marching band on Friday night, the feel of a cozy sweater,  the sight of falling leaves, the smell of fresh baked goods and the taste of all  things pumpkin are signs of an adored season.   Tomorrow, September 22, marks the first day of fall for 2017. Many of the delightful tastes and smells of fall have one key ingredient: pumpkin! That's why we are sharing a classic pumpkin bread recipe from our Gingerbread and All the Trimmings Cookbook   that is both delicious and easy to make!

To make this tried and true recipe, you will need:
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups sugar
1 can pumpkin
4 eggs, beaten
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon                  
1 tsp. cloves
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in order listed. Grease and flour loaf pans. Fill 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. This recipe yields three loaves. 

We told you it was easy! You can enjoy this sweet treat for breakfast or dessert any time of day. We recommend serving with a cup of warm coffee. Happy baking!

You can find this and more local recipes from our cookbooks located in The Briarpatch, SoCo Depot, and Ellis County Museum. 







By WJSL Webmaster 21 Mar, 2017

When I think back on my past six years in Waxahachie Junior Service League, one word comes to mind - gratitude. I am grateful that I have been able to give back to our community through all the different organizations that we serve and donate funds so that they may succeed in their goals. I am grateful to have had members put their trust in my abilities to serve them at organizations and on the WJSL Board. I am grateful that our successes have been many and our failures have been learning experiences. But most of all, I am grateful to have met our members - provisional, active and sustainers. We may have started our lives in different areas but we are all bound by our dedication to this special area that we call home. We all want our community to succeed and offer the best to our residents. I recently saw a quote from Karen Salmansohn that says “Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.” WJSL embodies that quote and I am proud to be a part of something that is proof of strong, good-hearted women working to bring goodness to Ellis County.  

Our year has been a very successful one with our Christmas Market bringing in over $55,000! Many thanks to our members who helped us reach that goal, especially our Program Services Committee who worked hard all year long to make our event successful and memorable. We currently volunteer at over 15 organizations in the Ellis County Area. This upcoming year, we look to add more organizations to that list to help accommodate the changing needs of our members and community. We are also giving our website an upgrade to make Christmas Market VIP ticket purchasing better and provide new media capabilities. Each year we have a significant expense in publishing and mailing the WJSL Newsletters, funds that could be put towards helping more in our community. This Spring Newsletter will be the last one sent by regular mail. The upcoming Fall 2017 Newsletter will be sent to you electronically. If you are not sure if we have your most current email address please contact us.  

These last six years I have spent in WJSL have been full of hours of service, helping plan the future of our organization and meeting many new people. I am grateful to our sustainers for helping when needed and offering support in the many ways that they do. I am grateful to our community for allowing us to assist them in achieving their goals. I am grateful for the opportunity to provide a good role model to future generations of volunteers. I am grateful to all the active members of our group and our Board, you are all valuable contributors. I am grateful that WJSL will be around for many years to come!


Warmest Regards,

Kristi Jurek

2016-2017 President


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