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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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Women’s Banquet photos

A great time was had by all at the OFLC Women’s Banquet Friday night!  We enjoyed dinner served by the men of the church, and had a very inspirational speaker, Michelle Rahn.  Our Tickets for Treasure fundraiser for our MOPS group did very well.  The women really loved the baskets – thanks to all who donated and helped with getting everything ready!

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Many thanks to the following businesses that donated gift certificates to the auction as well:

Sweet Cheeks Boutique logohttp://www.denverwaxing.net/index.cfm

Hand and Stonehttp://www.handandstone.com/spa/store/Highlands-Ranch

http://yourmotioncoaching.com/

 

 


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November 20 Meeting Recap

Today was a craft day, and our group made 14 beautiful, cozy blankets today for the women being served by Acts of Grace (http://actsofgracefoundation.org).  Nice job ladies!  We pray the women who receive them will feel the love and support of fellow moms.  The blankets will be wrapped with ribbon and a card, and everything will be delivered the week of Christmas!

Here are some of the beautiful blankets and beautiful ladies:
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We will also be collecting magazines, books, and DVDs to fill the library shelves of Acts of Grace!  These are very helpful to the moms as they pass the long hours in their hospital rooms.  Please bring your donations to our meeting this Friday.
As we begin December, our focus this month will be on Embracing Rest During the Holiday Season.  We have a great speaker lined up this Friday, December 4 and hope you can join us!  We’ll hear from Amanda Wilson, a lifestyle and wellness coach, about Managing Stress Through the Holidays.  Amanda lives in the Denver metro area and is a woman of God, mother, and wife who loves supporting women in embracing and enjoying motherhood.  She will share simple, practical tools to reduce stress and focus on what’s important during this time of year.