Monday, February 6, 2017

Cutest Best Dish Winner, Ever!

Kelli's Cheese Ball

Before heading back home to Michigan, this little Yankee Doodle and her cute newborn, Wyatt, won best dish!  This recipe was simply delicious!  No really.  Simple recipe with a deliciously-fresh taste.  You'll want to keep this one around for any get together or party, holiday or just when you want something yummy to snack on.  


2 blocks of white cheddar cheese-shredded (Cracker Barrel brand recommended)

One bunch of diced scallions

4-6 T of mayonnaise

Raspberry preserves or fresh raspberries (Amount is to your liking)

How to prepare:
Mix together cheddar cheese, scallions, and mayonnaise (to texture).
Shape mixture into a ball or spread evenly in an 8 inch pie pan.
Refrigerate until just before serving.
Before serving top with one jar of raspberry preserves and fresh raspberries.
Serve with crackers (recommended: water crackers)

2016 Christmas Party: Countdown Craft & A Special Story

Ain't No Party
Like A MOPS 
Christmas Party, Y'all!

What an amazing meeting!  Christmas is such a special time of year for so many reasons. The lights, the yummy treats and of course the remembrance of the baby boy, Jesus, who changed the world forever!  Aside from all of those wonderful things, perhaps the most special thing about Christmas is making memories with your family and friends.  

We made a "Days 'til Christmas" chalkboard sign that we hope will be a part of those memories for many Christmases to come!  And no sign was alike - we have some pretty gifted ladies in our group, if I do say so myself!  Check these out!


In October and November our group service project was to collect items for Operation Christmas Child, a program through Samaritan's Purse (founded by Franklin Graham).  The items were placed in boxes, then sent to 16 children in third world countries.  For some of them this was possibly the first gift they had ever received.  What a surprise it was to find out that one of our very own Moms had received an OCC box when she was a child!  It was a true blessing to hear of Rosa's experience with Operation Christmas Child and the impact it had on her life.     

In a nutshell: Rosa grew up in Peru where she lived with her parents in a very poor area of the country.  Her parents did not go to church but her grandmother did and Rosa would go with her often.  One Christmas the church was expecting to receive Operation Christmas Child boxes for children attending church there.  However, there were much more children than boxes.  To be fair names were drawn and those children were ushered into a big room and given beautiful boxes to open.  Rosa described how she was beyond excited to be one of the lucky children.  It was bittersweet though, as she was quite aware of the large group of children right outside the church wishing they had been lucky like her.  She described how having that experience as a child then (eight years old), and being on the complete other side of it now, was surreal and amazing!  To see what all goes into sending these boxes and the generosity of people was touching to her.  
She said, "You may think you are doing a little thing, but it's not."  

It was a little thing to give a small toy or a toothbrush.  Just a little thing to us, but to a child in another country, one not as blessed as ours, it can absolutely be life changing!  Not just the object itself, but the power that comes from an act of kindness from a stranger.  THIS is the gospel.  THIS is the real meaning of Christmas.  We hope you were blessed by Rosa's story as much as we were.  
Thank you, Rosa, for having the courage to share with us and for allowing God to use your story!


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    

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

+ 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

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!


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