Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving MOPS Ladies

"Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well." (Luke 17:11-19)

Don't be one of the 9..thank God for all things. Remember even through our sufferings and trials, which is the hardest part...

Romans 8:14-17 says:
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Wow how awesome is it to know that through our sufferings we are brought closer to God and share in His glory. Romans 8 is a wondering read and reveals so many truths.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tickle Our Taste Buds Winner-11/16

Congrats to Tanya Dickens for her 2nd meeting in a row, winning the Tickle Our Taste Buds. This dish was awesome. It won by a land slide. Enjoy making it for your family.

Potato and Shiitake Mushroom Gratin
6 tablespoons butter
1 ½ pounds fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 ½ pounds fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
¼ tsp of salt
Ground black pepper to taste
2 cups chicken broth (I like the Rachael Ray brand)
8-10 strips of cooked bacon, coarsely chopped
3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8 inch thick slices
2 cups Parmesan cheese (fresh tastes & melts much better than pre-shredded)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups half-and-half cream

  1. Melt butter in a large pot over high heat. Sauté mushrooms in butter until liquid evaporates, about 10-15 minutes. Stir in garlic, thyme, and rosemary, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in chicken broth, and simmer until liquid evaporates. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Preheat to 375 degrees Butter a 13x9x2” baking dish.
  3. Arrange 1/3 of the potatoes in prepared dish, overlapping slightly. Spread half of the mushroom mixture evenly over the potatoes, and then sprinkle 1/3 of the cheese over mushrooms. Repeat layering, and then arrange remaining potatoes on top.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the half and half, heavy cream, 1 ¼ tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper. Pour mixture over potatoes. Cover loosely with foil.
  5. Place baking dish on middle rack in oven. Bake until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour and 30 minutes (depending on your oven it can take up to 2 hours). Uncover. Sprinkle remaining cheese over potatoes. Bake until cheese melts, about 15 minutes longer. Top with chopped bacon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ice Skating Details

Starting this Wed, Nov 17 til Jan 22 there is a new, first time ever outdoor ice skating rink opening in downtown Greensboro.

No minimum age; Ice skates start at size 9 kids (so about age 3); Parents -use your own discretion.

Cost is $8/person, or $6/person for a group of 20 or more (or $6 for any of the specials listed below).

Special promos, events and entertainment throughout the 2 months.

**This Saturday, Nov 20 there will be "a public exhibition event filled with hockey (youth hockey game 9:30-10:30 am), figure skating (Regional champion figure skating 2 pm), public skating and an evening movie (Cutting Edge 7 pm)." All viewing is free. Public skating is regular price.

One Saturday/month - featured films for free (bring a blanket)! @7pm
Nov 20 - Cutting Edge
Dec 11 - Elf
Jan 15 - Happy Feet

Wed nights - WFMY News discount
Thur nights - Crown Auto -Date night discount
Mon nights - Moses Cone -Student discount

(see Piedmont Winterfest site for details)

Festival Park
200 N. Davie St.
Greensboro, NC 27401

For more info visit their website:

Thanks Gwendolyn!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Life Sciences 502 Revisited

Please remember your food donation in an effort for MOPS to provide a Thanksgiving meal to a local family.

Life Sciences 502 REVISITED, Discussion Lead by Anne McGugin

Simplified and Organized
"Life less cluttered, to do the things that matter most." ~Anne McGugin

REMEMBER we learned that God's Word tells us to live this way. Bring your questions for practical living solutions.

Class begins promptly at 9:15 and will conclude at 11:25.

Have an announcement? Please email Morgan at splithitter at aol dot com

See you TUESDAY!!!

**Leave a comment under just so we know you read the post. You can simply say.. "so excited about the meeting".. or "I will be there".. or whatever you want. We just might have a random giveaway at the meeting for one blessed blog follower, who leaves a comment on this post...even leadership can enter....wahooo...
All comments must be left by 11pm tonight, in order to be entered.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tickle Our Taste Bud Winner: 11/2

Congrats to one of our new MOPS moms Tanya Dickens for her winning dish. I got to admit, I did not get any of this, but heard the moms raving about it. She is a first time winner, but I sense there will be more in her future, which means we all benefit. Here is the recipe to make it for your family.

Breakfast Quiche
1can (8 oz) Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls
1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese or cheddar cheese
1/4cup chopped cooked bacon
2 TBLS chopped green onion
2 eggs
6 TBLS whipping cream

Heat oven to 350.
• Unroll dough into 1 large rectangle on work surface. Press into 12x9-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal.
• Cut dough into 12 squares. Gently press squares into 12 ungreased mini muffin cups, shaping edges to form rims. Spoon cheese evenly into dough. Top each with bacon and onion. In small bowl, beat egg and whipping cream with wire whisk or fork until blended. Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture into each cup.
• Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and filling is set. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups.