Thursday, June 15, 2017

We Love Our SPUDS!

We have learned a lot about ourselves this year, and one of those is that we LOVE potatoes and cheese!  Here is Christina Godwin with her Best Dish winner, Cheesy Hash brown Casserole.  YUM YUM give me some!


Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
  • 1-10.5 ounce can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 pounds frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix soup, onion, butter, salt & pepper.  
3. Add cheese and hash browns.
4. Pour into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.





We Got Our Own "Betty Crocker" Folks! Another Recipe for You to Try!

Our own Katie Stewart is a connoisseur in the kitchen, winning yet another best dish this year!  We had to share this yummy dish, originally by The Pioneer Woman.  Try making Cinnamon Raisin Baked French Toast for your family this weekend. 


recipe taken from The Pioneer Woman

  • 1-1/2 loaf Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • Butter, For Greasing
  • 8 whole Eggs
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • Topping
  • 1 stick Cold Butter, Cut Into Pieces
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • Softened Butter, For Serving
  • Warm Maple Syrup, For Serving
Baking Directions:

Unwrap the loaves of bread, then overlap the slices in rows in a well-buttered baking dish. 

Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, then pour the mixture evenly over all the pieces of bread, soaking the bread as much as possible. 

To make the topping, combine the butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and cut it all together with a pastry cutter. Stir in the raisins.

Sprinkle the topping all over the casserole. Cover the pan with foil and refrigerate it for several hours or overnight. 

When you’re ready to bake the French toast, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the French toast for 45 minutes to 1 hour for a softer texture, or longer for a firmer, crisper texture. Cover with foil for the first 30 minute of baking, then remove it for the remaining baking time.

Serve individual helpings with butter and warm syrup.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Samaritan and A Selfie

Just for fun: Selfie Song (Feel free to play while scrolling.)

Man, did we have fun this meeting!  We got a little wild and crazy during our Selfie Scavenger Hunt!  I'll just leave these here...



 








After wards we talked about the "good Samaritan" story and what it means to be one today.  Inspired by his kindness we began our final service project of the year, Comfort Bags.  These bags will be given to parents when their child is admitted to the local children's hospital, Navicent Children's Hospital in Macon, GA.  Often times families go to the hospital for immediate care and do not expect to stay overnight.  We were told that although the hospital receives several donations for the children, the parents have no consistent donations given to them and we decided to change that!

The comfort bags will be filled with the basic necessities; toiletries, journal for notes about treatment, puzzle books, magazines, and other goodies.  All items were donated by our incredibly generous Moms!  Through this project we hope to provide the parents with a little bit of comfort in a very uncomfortable situation.  Warner Robins MOPS hopes to make this an ongoing service project to serve the parents and families in our community.

**If you or your business would like to make a donation to our cause please contact Warner Robins MOPS Coordinator, Amanda Storie at mountaineyes22@yahoo.com.
We would greatly appreciate your support!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Momma Said Knock You Out- HOOAH!"

OK, so we didn't learn how to knock someone out.  However, we did learn to "GET AWAY!" by using some really cool techniques if ever in a dangerous situation.  Our special guest, Doug Rankin with Warner Robins Martial Arts, did a wonderful job teaching us the basics of self defense.





Lesson #1: Use both your hands.  Most attackers will grab one wrist or the other and try to pull you.  If this happens it's important to use the free hand to grab your other one and aggressively pull up or down while yelling, "GET AWAY!"

                                         


Lesson #2: If someone grabs both wrists, lock your fingers together and pull your arms up over your head - fast!

Lesson #3: Don't be afraid to jab them in the nose!



Lesson #4: If you ask Doug a question, you're probably going to be the next guinea pig.

Lesson #5: Use the side of your hand to chop the attacker's neck.

                                        


We also learned a few pressure points on the body that can be pressed to harm your attacker and give you a chance to escape.




We had a great time learning some new tricks!  The most important thing in self defense is to be self-confident, be aware of your surroundings and GET AWAY!  We left this meeting feeling empowered and wanting more knowledge!  Mom's Night Out Martial Arts?!  It's a possibility.  

Be safe out there!  See you soon, Starry Eyed!

*You can find more information about Warner Robins Martial Arts here on their website.

Friday, March 31, 2017

"Be Kind to One Another"


Kindness has become somewhat of a forgotten word in today's society.  It's one of those words you can go through a whole day, a whole week even, and never hear the word said aloud.  However, it silently exists in many people on any given day.  It's spoken through a smile or a handshake.  It's seen through a person opening the door for you or even in a wave as you pass a fellow neighbor in their car.  It's there, it's just - often times- silent.  

At our meeting we discussed how important this word really is.  That kindness is to be given and given loudly, greatly, intentionally.  It's to be given to others and also to ourselves.  

As Moms, we are almost conditioned to put ourselves last.  To show kindness to everyone else and often there's just not time left in the day or energy left in our bodies to show kindness to ourselves.   But it's so important!  We Moms have to fill up our own buckets with kindness so we have some to pour out to our families.  If we aren't filled with kindness, then what are we filled with?  What are we pouring out onto our families?

We also talked about how important it is to give kindness to others.  MOPS exists for this reason.  It's so important, especially in today's society of  "bullying" and women shaming women, for Moms to ban together, to build each other up and show empathetic kindness!  We all know what it's like to be a Mom.  Having little ones pulling on your clothes, running away from you in the parking lot and throwing perfectly good food across your kitchen floor (AHH!)!  We know about sleepless nights, toddler tantrums and how yoga pants or leggings are God's greatest gift to postpartum bodies!  We've all been there right?  We're all in this beautiful mess together, why not help each other out and extend a little kindness?  

Finally, we talked about how difficult it is to receive kindness from others.  As Moms, we're just flat out bad at this.   Mostly because it can make us feel vulnerable and even embarrassed to be singled out.  Or maybe we're just so used to giving kindness to others, that it's almost a culture shock when someone shows it to us.  We're quick to say, "Oh, that's OK" or "No, I got this" when someone offers us help.  Even something as simple as receiving a compliment can be tough.  We excuse it away or if we do actually respond with a "thank you", we don't fully believe and accept what the person just said to us.  But this year we are changing all of that.

And that's just what we did.  

During a couple exercises, probably my most favorite ones yet, we practiced how to be kind as well as how to receive kindness from others.  In the first exercise we divided our Moms into two groups, the "huggersand the "huggees(insert diaper joke here).  The huggers had to give the other group (the huggees) a big, silent hug.  The catch?  The huggees had to close their eyes and could not hug back or say a word, they just had to receive.  We then switched roles.  Talking after wards it was a clear representation of how difficult it is to accept some one's kindness but also, how very good it feels!

For the other exercise we sat in a circle and one by one, we showed kindness to another Mom by giving a compliment to her.  It could be anything from what she was wearing to something in her personality that shined.  It was incredible!  What was meant to be a quick game turned into a 30-45 minute session of bucket filling.  Each Mom gave and received kindness and it was glorious!  I think we all really needed it and it certainly brought us closer together, instantly.  A true testament of how powerful our words and actions can be and how kindness is SO needed.  

So we're hoping that this year you'll show kindness a little more boldly and loudly.  To your children and your families, of course, but also to yourself and to the people around you in the little and big ways that God shows you. 

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."            

Colossians 3:12