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April 15, 2016 Meeting Recap and Game Night!

Our fierce flourishing theme took us today to helping our homes and cooking flourish.  We painted mason jars and planted herbs in them – so cute and colorful!  Thanks to Home Depot Park Meadows for donating the plants.  See the recipe below that calls for rosemary, one of the herbs planted.  We had this with Easter dinner and the fresh rosemary made all the difference.

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Corn and Potato Gratin with Rosemary (from Colorado Classique cookbook by the Junior League of Denver)

1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 1/2 Tbsp butter

2 C fresh corn kernels (3-4 ears) or frozen, thawed

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 C 1/2-inch diced red skin potatoes, not peeled (about 2/3 lb)

1 C chopped onions

2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary

3/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

2 C half-and-half

4 eggs

1 1/2 C Gruyere cheese, grated and divided

rosemary sprigs for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp oil and butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add corn and saute 6 min or until golden brown.  Remove corn and set aside.  Return skillet to medium heat and add 3 Tbsp oil.  When oil is hot, add potatoes and onions.  Saute, stirring constantly, for about 8 min.  Remove from heat and stir in corn, rosemary, salt and cayenne.  In a large bowl, whisk together half-and-half and eggs.  Add corn mixture and half of the cheese.  Stir well and transfer to a greased shallow 2-quart baking dish.  Bake on center rack for 25 min.  Sprinkle top with remaining cheese and bake 20 min longer.  Garnish with rosemary sprigs before serving.  Gratin can be made a day ahead, covered, and refrigerated.  Reheat at 300 degrees for 30 min.

 

And GAME NIGHT!

Despite the snow, Moms and Pops Game Night was on Saturday night and a great time was had by all who braved the roads!  Many thanks to Vanessa and Diego for their fantastic games, organizing and hosting.  We joined with the Pax Christi group and had good, friendly competition with one team coming from behind to win at the last minute!  So fun to spend time with the hubbies too.

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April 1, 2016 Meeting Recap; Embracing Rest: Caring for our Body and Soul Through Exercise

Happy Spring fellow MOPsters!  Our new topic for the month of April is Embracing Rest:  Caring for our Body and Soul Through Exercise.  To start us off we had an inspirational speaker, Corinne Baur, author of  Running By THE BOOK.  After feeling so connected to God while running, she began writing down her thoughts when she got home.  This developed into a race training program book (for half marathon and 10K races) that correlates with a Bible study each week.  Here’s some of what she had to share with us today:

–Find the time to exercise and do a type of exercise you enjoy.  You will be happier, have more energy, sleep better and likely try to eat better once you incorporate exercise into your life.

–Include your family, either by exercising with them or helping them see how important this is to you.  It sets a great example for your kids to see you exercising.

–Give your spouse time to exercise and be supportive of that, and ask the same of him.

–Benefits of exercise:  controls weight, combats health conditions/disease (such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, metabolic syndrome, depression), boosts your energy level, promotes better sleep.

–The pros of exercise have to outweigh the cons to really make it part of your life. Motivation comes first, then consistency and priority next.

–What motivates you?:

:My family – be there for them when you’re healthier, kids follow our example, become an exercising family

:My friends – exercising can be a social time, for example running with friends, feeling motivated by each other

:Alone time – connect to God, time to think

:Scary wake up call – a health crisis

–Practical ways to apply your motivation:

:create accountability – for example, Corinne shares a personal trainer with friends who count on her to be there for financial reasons and support.  Put a race or a fitness class on the family calendar to help with accountability.

:set tangible, realistic goals

:involve your family

:make it FUN!

:reward yourself (ideally not with food although that’s OK sometimes!  Maybe get a pedicure or a new workout top)

–We can’t separate the physical from the spiritual (Genesis 2:7).  Both need to be exercised and strengthened.

There are no shortcuts to growth, both physical and spiritual.  Both take work and both are worth it!  Same with marriage and raising kids.

–Find joy in the race!!  “Therefore…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”  (Hebrews 12:1 ESV)

 

You can find out more about Corinne and her powerful message at:

http://www.runningbythebook.com/