Monday, November 30, 2009

Christ: The Center of the Universe

Only 2 more MOPS meetings left in 2009.

I am very excited about the meeting on Tuesday Dec 1st, as Life Community Church's Sr. Pastor is coming to speak to us on Christ: The Center of the Universe, staying with our theme "Together on Planet MOM". Pastor Jake has spoken at MOPS before, so having him back is a BIG treat.

We are also doing our service project for December, for The Room at the Inn of the Triad. We will be making baby blankets for the soon to be moms and signing cards. Don't forget your donations. Remember even if you are running late, its never to late to join us. See you Tuesday!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Moms Supporting Moms: Jenn Duke with "Dukes Darling Designs"

If you know anything about Jenn Duke, you know that she is crafty. One of the ways she shows her craftiness is by designing these made to order trays and totes. Everything is hand drawn and painted to perfection. The trays are perfect for kids to use at home for snacks, homework, etc. They even fit right over their laps in the carseats. The totes can be used to carry their treasures. These make great gifts and with Christmas just around the corner don't miss out ordering one today. She has given us a discount on the prices listed on her website: The trays are $15 each and the totes are $8. Please visit her website for some examples of her one of a kind designs by clicking here. If you are interested in ordering one contact Jenn at

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tickle Our Taste Buds Winner-11/17

Congrats to Jenn Duke for winning the "Tickle Our Taste Buds" this week. Her winning dish was a hearty "Sausage Roll". Here's how to make it for your family.

2 cans Crescent Rolls
2 lbs Sausage
1 block Cream Cheese
approx. 1/2 cup shredded cheese (although I don't measure)
I also use low fat everything....

Brown sausage and drain, put back in pan and melt cream cheese together
Lay one crescent rolls in the bottom of a casserole dish.
Spread sausage and cream cheese mixture over crescent roll
Sprinkle with shredded cheese
Lay 2nd crescent roll on top and press down around edges
Bake on 350 for approx. 20 minutes (depending on oven!)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nov 17th Meeting Wrap-Up

A big thanks to Lara Williams for speaking at our meeting on the topic Houston We have a Problem: Conflict in Marriage. Boy was she amazing. In case you missed the meeting, Lara's 3 main points were:
1. Bind yourself to the Lord.
2. Love this messy man-unconditional.
3. Remember your real enemy.

I walked away from this meeting with some wonderful applications.

You can visit Lara's blog for more insights on her journey with God at My Adventure with God, Unrehearsed , or you can email her at Thanks again Lara and you are welcome back anytime.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Houston, We Have a Problem

Lara Williams will be sharing her story on Tuesday. You may know her sister, Leslie Phillips! Lara's topic is Conflict in Marriage...even though I know we all have the perfect marriage. I am looking forward to our time together.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tickle Our Taste Buds Winner-11/3

Congrats to Christy Secraw for being our Tickle Our Taste Buds Winner with her Cinnamon Cream Cheese Breakfast Bake. It was a delicious breakfast dessert. I can't wait to make it.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Breakfast Bake

2 tubes crescent rolls
2 – 8 oz. cream cheese
1 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

¾ C. sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1 stick butter

Soften cream cheese & add sugar & vanilla. Beat until smooth. Unroll 1 package crescent rolls and lay in a 9x13 baking pan, pressing seams together to seal. Spread cream cheese mixture on top. Lay 2nd package of crescents on top of cream cheese mixture. Pour melted butter over & top with remaining sugar/cinnamon. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

White Chicken Chili, the recipe

1 tbsp olive oil
1 med onion
1 can (4 oz) green chilies, drained
3 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tsp ground cumin
2 cans (15.8 oz) Northern or Navy beans
1 can (14.5) chicken broth
1 1/2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
Sour Cream (optional)
Salsa (optional)

In a large skillet, cook onion in oil for 4 minutes or until transparent. Add chilies, flour and cumin; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add beans and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken; cook until hot. Garnish with cheese, sour cream and salsa if desired.