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October 17th Meeting Recap

We had another huge turnout at our meeting!  Melissa gave a great devotional about accepting ourselves and others for who we are.  We all have that figurative (or literal!) “baby bump” that we should bravely accept, rather than trying to hide it or judging ourselves (or others) too harshly.  The devotional was based on Romans 12, specifically:  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” and vs. Romans 12:6  “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”  We all have different likes and dislikes, thing we are good at and not good at, things we enjoy and don’t enjoy.  It’s important that we learn to accept certain things about ourselves and courageously take the path God has placed us on.

We spent a good part of the meeting working on our Dream Catcher craft.  If anyone has a picture of their masterpiece they would be willing to share, please email it to oflcmops@gmail.com and we will post.

Reminders:  Some helpful comments have been posted on the blog for getting your kiddos to eat their vegetables. Be sure to check it out. Remember, those who make comments will be entered in a drawing at our next meeting! At the moment, the odds are looking good for Jeri, Linda, and Laura ;).  Also, you should have received an Evite to our Halloween Trick or Treat event. Please RSVP if you haven’t already done so. We look forward to seeing all the adorable kids in costume.  And the nursing home folks will really enjoy their young smiling faces. Hope you can make it! If not, we will see you at our next meeting in November.

 

 


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Drawing question

Our question this month for all you OFLC MOPS moms is:  “What is your secret to getting your kids to eat their vegetables?”

To start us off, I sneak a large handful of spinach into a smoothie made of milk, ripe banana, vanilla yogurt, and sometimes a bit of honey.  My kids love it and have no idea they are eating a green leafy vegetable.

Post your own answer as a comment and be entered in a drawing for a super cool prize at our next meeting.  For those who don’t win this time around, you will at least come away with several useful tips and tricks to get healthy veggies into your kiddos 🙂


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Courage to Catch your Dreams

Please join us Friday, Oct. 17, for our next MOPS meeting. We will be creating dream catchers, to help remind us of all our dreams: those big for our families, those in the future for our children and those we often forget for ourselves. Please bring any yarn that you have at home and would be willing to donate to our craft.
As a reminder, we meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with childcare starting at 11:15. Table 3 plans to provide a delicious breakfast spread.
A few other announcements:
_ Because of the awesome size of our group this year, we have decided to split into four tables. We believe this will allow for more in-depth conversation, reduce crowding and split up the breakfast duties. Check the table assignments when you come in!
_ If you are giving your child a snack for MOPPETS, please do not include anything with nuts, as we have some kids with allergies. Snacks are provided, but the MOPPETS staff does appreciate each child having their own sippy cup or water bottle.
_ A few school districts are on fall break this week. Older children who are usually in school are welcome at MOPPETS, however, it would help us greatly if we knew how many more to prepare for. If you’ve got a larger carload this Friday, please email oflcmops@gmail.com to let us know.
We hope to see everyone Friday for another wonderful moment of friends, fellowship and creative activity!


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October 3 Meeting Recap

We had another great turnout today!  Thank you, Table 2, for all the delicious breakfast goodies.

Reminders:  October 31st will be our Trick or Treating outing at the nursing home with our costumed kiddos.  Details on time and place will be forthcoming.  Secret Sister “day” will be on the third Friday of each month. Be sure to check to see if your Secret Sister has left something for you at the next meeting.

Jeri gave our devotional message this morning, focusing on the Biblical story of Esther and her inner strength throughout her life–specifically when she courageously confronted the king and saved the Jews from death.  Jeri also talked about how God has given us a spirit of courage, not of timidity.  How brave we are can be related to how strong we are feeling in our faith.  And even though some of us might feel like our brave acts were in our past (before becoming moms), we all demonstrate simple acts of bravery in our everyday lives. Standing up for yourself or someone else or even facing that mountain of dirty laundry can take an act of courage!

Our guest speaker today was Sensei Shawna Fisch. She gave a very informative and interesting seminar to help us Be Strong through self-defense.  She started by telling us that we learn to be brave through adversity and challenge, so instead of feeling fear, we should try to embrace the opportunity to be brave.  She addressed how not to be a victim by walking assertively (1) hands free; (2) keeping our cell phone off or waiting to check it until you are in the car with the door locked; (3) walking quickly and with purpose; and (4) knowing where you are going–use your key fob if you need help finding your car.  She talked about trusting your instincts (“should I or shouldn’t I?” moments are always “Yes, I should”), never going to a secondary location (this is a “must fight” situation), and if asked for your purse or keys, throwing the item over the attacker’s shoulder and running.  Main targets if attacked are the (1) eyes, (2) throat; (3) fingers; and (4) ears.  If you are interested in classes or more information, you can view her website at http://www.fistkarateandarchery.com

Our next meeting is in two weeks, on October 17th.


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Breakfast Casserole

By popular demand, following is Jeanine’s recipe for the breakfast casserole served at our September 19th meeting.  Yum!

(Adapted from Paula Deen and Friends Living It Up, Southern Style, p. 80)

 

BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE AND IN THE MORNING REMOVE FROM THE REFRIGERATOR FOR 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOU PLACE IN OVEN  PREHEATED TO 350 DEGREES.  BAKE FOR 1 HOUR.

THIS SERVES 6-8 BUT A LITTLE MORE AFTER I ADDED EXTRA EGGS AND MILK.

 

SPRAY A 1 ½ QUART CASSEROLE DISH

5 SLICES THICK-SLICED WHITE BREAD, CRUST AND ALL, BUTTERED AND CUBED ( I USED SOURDOUGH AND REALLY MADE SURE IT WAS BUTTERED REALLY WELL)

1 # MILD SAUSAGE, COOKED, CRUMBLED AND DRAINED

3 CUPS OF GRATED SHARP CHEESE ( I USED ABOUT TWO CUPS OF SHARP CHEESE ADDED A CUP OF A MILD SHREDDED CHEESE AND THEN I CUT ABOUT 4 SLICES OF PEPPER JACK INTO SMALL PIECES)

4 EGGS ( I USED ABOUT SEVEN)

2 CUPS OF MILK ( I USED ABOUT 2 AND ¾ CUPS)

1 TEASPOON DRIED MUSTARD

1 TEASPOON HOT SAUCE

 

PLACE YOUR CUBED BREAD EVENLY IN THE PAN

SPREAD THE SAUSAGE EVENLY OVER THE BREAD

SPRINKLE THE CHEESE EVENLY OVER THE MIXTURE

COMBINE THE BEATEN EGGS, MILK, MUSTARD AND HOT SAUCE AND POUR EVENLY OVER THE MIXTURE

I ADDED PARSLEY AND SLICED TOMATOES OVER THE TOP

 

COVER WITH PLASTIC WRAP AND PLACE IN THE REFRIGERATOR

 

IN THE MORNING REMOVE THE PLASTIC WRAP AND BAKE AS NOTED.  YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK BECAUSE OVENS AREN’T ALWAYS THE SAME. PLUS I THINK SOMETIMES CASSEROLES CONTINUE TO BAKE A LITTLE AFTER YOU REMOVE FROM THE OVEN.

 

Thanks, Jeanine!