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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.


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.



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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February 19, 2016 Meeting Recap

What an awesome craft we made at our meeting!  We did photo transfers on wood with a picture of us and our hubby.  They turned out so beautifully!  Here’s mine, and a link with instructions below.  This would make such a great gift.  Maybe if we start now they’ll be ready for Christmas…

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How to Transfer a Photo to Wood

Photo Transfer to Wood

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January 15, 2016 Meeting Recap

We kicked off the the new year and new MOPS semester with a great meeting today!  Everyone took the Color Quiz to figure out the strongest components of our character.  It was fun to compare results at the different tables!  We are all a mix of all the colors, some are just more dominant than others.  Many people have a dominant mix of two colors.  Do you see yourself in any of these?

Blue:  tend to be all about relationships and how individuals fit together, nurturers of people and animals, high in empathy, make decisions with their heart, apologize for everything, want to be included, generous nature, good friend

Gold:  priority is responsibility of self and others, prepared, value traditions, conservative, stable, detail-minded, organized, like routines, trustworthy, strong sense of duty

Orange:  moving, doing, spontaneous, energetic, risk-takers, look for fun in all areas, live in the now, can be highly competitive, life of the party, don’t like boredom or waiting

Green:  exploration, analysis, problem-solvers, work is play and play is work, like independence and private time, cool, calm and collected, can appear standoffish, fear of failure in a task or relationship.  Smallest percentage of population is green, only 2-3% of women.

We used the Color Quiz results to guide us on making our 2016 vision boards, our second activity of the day.  We cut pictures and added them to our vision boards, helping us to focus on either a key word, phrase or other goal for the year.  It was great to see everyone, and we hope your 2016 is off to a wonderful start!


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Easy I Am Thankful Pumpkin Craft


Easy I am Thankful Pumpkin Craft!

 Found this on Pinterest and wanted to share it with Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up.  We have so much to be thankful for.  This is a GREAT way to give kids an opportunity to count their blessings 🙂  Plus, an easy craft is always a bonus in my book!


Materials Needed:
*orange and green construction paper
*staples or brads

Step #1
Cut out 8 pieces of orange contraction paper into 1 inch strips.  You will also need to cut out 2 leaves and 2 skinny strips of green contraction paper for the vines.
Step #2
Have children write something they are thankful for on each strip of orange construction paper.  Be sure to leave about a 1 inch space on the sides of the strip so the writing isn’t covered up when stapled together.

Step #3
Use a stapler or brads to attach the orange strips at the top and then at the bottom to form a pumpkin.

Step #4
Add your leaves and green vines.  I rolled up the green construction in a paper to help curl the vines.

Super easy…super cute…and SO much to be thankful for!

From moffattgirls.blogspot.com

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2014/15 Lineup

We are excited to announce our lineup* of speakers and crafts for 2014/15!

We are looking forward to hearing from the following speakers:

  • Shawna Fisch:  Courage to be Strong–Learning self-defense to protect our children and us
  • Debbie Maynard:  Courage to be Grateful–Opening our hearts to what God gives even as bad things happen
  • Stephanie Price:  Courage to be Significant–Combating societal pressures to become disciples in the world
  • Dianne Daniels:  Courage to be a Brave Parent–Mothering like the Father

A variety of fabulous crafts have also been planned.  For the “non-crafty”,  don’t be deterred!  Everything is easy to make, yet will still impress your friends 🙂

  • Dream catchers
  • Placemat bags
  • Card/tea/picture wreaths
  • Dream boards
  • Charm bracelets and rings
  • T-shirt scarves
  • Photo blocks

Remember that our first meeting is coming up on September 5th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. We hope to see you there!

*Subject to change