Sunday, November 13, 2016



Our theme this year, Starry Eyed, has challenged us to live fully in both sunlight and moonlight.  As the promo states, we are "participants bringing warmth and light" and we want to be "a powerful force of kindness to the world."  I don't know about you, but I have seen that word, kindness, a lot lately.  Maybe it's the time of year, or the fact that it has been a monumental election year.  Or maybe it's because kindness is needed, maybe now more than ever.  Interesting how this theme was planned a year or so ago...

One thing is for sure, we have had no shortage of kindness among our group.  You ladies, my sisters, have been beams of light to our community.  Personally, I have been inspired and even brought to tears by your generosity.  THIS is why MOPS exists.  Yes, we all need coffee and conversation, play dates, and we most certainly need a well-deserved break from our children.  But MOPS is really so much more.
We need support.
We need inspiration.
We need kindness.
Just like the rest of the world.

And the wonderful news is, we all have the capacity to give these things to each other.  In the past couple months, you have not only spread kindness to each other, but to our community in several ways:



You have donated school supplies to THREE teachers in TWO different school districts





You have donated items to TWO needy families    

and
                   
You have donated items to Operation Christmas Child to reach children & families in third world countries

God tells us to "love your neighbor as yourself."  In fact, He says it is part of the greatest commandment, coming only second to loving Him.  So I applaud you Moms, for loving your neighbors, showing kindness and more importantly, He applauds you!

Kindness.  Keep throwing it out!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Best Dish: Jenny's Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole


You can tell a dish is good when there is absolutely none left at the end of a meeting.  This was exactly the case for Jenny's Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole.  A deliciously popular dish.  We're gonna need to taste this one again, Jenny.  
In the meantime, we can all make it in our own kitchens. 

"I use ground turkey sausage and add green bell pepper and an onion. Also, I use whatever cheese I have on hand."
- Jenny

(from Get in My Belly)
recipe video here

Ingredients
+ 1 lb hot breakfast sausage (or sausage of your choice)
+ 1 30-32 oz bag frozen tater tots
+ 1 tsp salt
+ 1/2 tsp pepper
+ 1/4 tsp garlic powder 
+ 1/4 tsp onion powder
+ 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
+ 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
+ 8 cups eggs
+ 2 cups milk


Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink.  Drain fat.
3. In a large bowl, toss together tater tots, cooked sausage and cheeses.
4. Pour into a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch pan.
5. Whisk together eggs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and milk.
6. Pour over tater tot mixture.
7. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
8. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

MOPS-tober 2016!

Can you believe it's already been 2 months!!  Seems like it was just yesterday that we had our first meeting.  Or is that just me? :) Either way, it has been a lot of fun!  Your leadership team has been working hard to plan even more fun.  We hope you all will continue to join us or maybe even join us for the first time.  And don't forget your friends!  If you have friends who are free Wednesday mornings, bring them too!  We love to see new faces.  

To DIY or Not to DIY?  That is the Question...

We started the month off with a fun DIY.  We all LOVE coffee so what better craft than a cute coffee mug right?  Don't forget to bake it and BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) to fill up at the next MOPS meeting. We will house them for you.  Saving $ and the environment by using our mugs!  There's your good deed for each month girls.  You're welcome.  

It will also serve as your name tag-because you wanna go, "where everybody knows your name."  Cheers?  Anyone? (I may have just shown my age there).  
                                                                        See you soon, Starry-eyed!

      




BEFORE
AFTER
DIY Sharpie Mugs Directions here
Homemade Christmas gifts this year? ;)

September's #2 BEST DISH



Well we should have known Tiffany's dish would win, 
being that it's a Cracker Barrel mimic!  
No need to go to the restaurant for this yummy-ness!
And the best thing about this dish is that it's great for any meal! 

(taken from tbsp.)

Ingredients

pounds frozen hash browns, thawed
1/2 
cup butter, melted
can (10.75 ounces) cream of chicken soup
pint sour cream
1/2 
cup onion, chopped
cups grated cheddar cheese
teaspoon salt
1/2 
teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray 11 x 14 inch casserole or baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir together. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes until top is golden brown.
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Monday, September 5, 2016

Best Dish: Mindy's Muffins

They say "good things come in small packages" 
and these muffins are GOOD!


Congratulations to Mindy Sebastian for receiving this year's FIRST Best Dish!

If you're anything like me, you search high and low for recipes that are both easy to make and delicious to eat.  Well look no further friends.  These muffins are small enough for your kids to eat and big enough for your appetite.    


SAUSAGE EGG MUFFINS
(found at allrecipes.com)

Ingredients:
1 lb of sausage
10 eggs
1 cup of chopped onions
1 teaspoon of garlic salt
1 can of rotel (tomatoes and peppers)
1 cup of shredded (fiesta blend) cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Cook sausage first.
  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Spray pan well to prevent sticking.
  • Fill each muffin cup halfway (I used mini muffin pan).
  • Cook for 20 minutes
  • Remove from oven and immediately remove muffins from pan
  • Enjoy :)

*I felt like hot sauce or salsa would also be great to serve with these.

You can also find a printable recipe here.