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? ;)

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.)


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


  • 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.    

(found at

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

  • 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.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Genuine Friendship

Last week the theme was friendship.  After brunch we listened to author and fellow mom, Jen Hatmaker, discuss how "genuine friendship" is essential, especially in this stage of our lives.  

      "THE singular way, that I, not only just survived, but ended up loving my early childhood years with my kids, were my friends."

Let's be honest.  It can be so difficult for us moms to make friends. This is the primary reason why MOPS exists- to bring moms together and provide an atmosphere for friendships to flourish. Hatmaker spoke of her friendship experiences and challenged us with her own "Do's and Don'ts" of friendship.  

*DO make genuine friendships a priority.
*DO the work it takes to have sustaining friendships.

*DON'T be afraid to be your REAL self.
*DON'T waste your time with fake friends.

Missed the meeting?  No worries friend.  
You can catch the video "Becoming...Friends" here.

We also had our very first table discussion where we shared our own thoughts on friendship.  I'd say it was a huge success and what we hope to be the beginning of many new genuine friendships.

And last but certainly, not least...we made our first craft! 

And let me just say, we have many artistic friends in this group! Check out these beautiful creations!


We hope you found the perfect spot for them in your home.  Feel free to share a picture in the comments below.   

See you soon & Starry-Eyed!