Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Our First 2016 Meeting: Talking about Safety

Welcome back, MOPS mamas! We kicked off our 2016 year with an excellent first meeting. The topic for the day was safety, which is always a scary and intimidating thing to talk about, but Paige Slocumb from Safe Alone presented everything not only in a simplified manner, but she was hilarious and had the whole room roaring with laughter more often than not. Plus, we all walked out knowing more than when we sat down.

I'm actually really sorry I didn't record her presentation, because it was that good. If you missed it, have no fear, because I think we're going to try getting her back for a Mom's Night Out later this year.


So what did we talk about? Paige discussed three main things:
1. Don't be a target
2. Have a plan
3. Trust your instincts.

Keep reading for some of the highlights, just so you can have a little insight into safe-guarding your home, yourself, and your loved ones.

First things first: keep your phone on you at all times! Your phone is literally your lifeline if you're in danger and need help. If you don't have a phone, how can you call for help?

Be alert and aware of your surroundings. If you can see a predator, he can see you. He's far more likely to go for someone not paying any attention than to go for the woman with children who is aware of her surroundings.

Women's intuition is a very real thing. If your gut is telling you something, listen to it!

If, by some chance you are in danger, the absolute worst thing is if you're taken to a second location. Don't let that happen! If someone is dragging and pulling you, get down on the ground. It's much harder to move "dead" weight than it is to pull someone up on both legs. 

If you're in danger (and this goes for kids, too), don't just scream, "HELP!!" or "NO!" Instead, scream, "CALL 911." (Of course, scream whatever you can when you can, but telling people around you what to do will immediately state that you're in danger and in need of help.)

Another tip for kids: we always tell them what not to do (stranger danger, etc.), but are we telling them what to do? Tell them to run and get away from whatever situation they're in.

When you're home: do not open the door. Unless you've specifically asked someone to come over, what are the chances that you're going to invite a stranger into your home. Just don't open it! If you're expecting someone to come over—the cable repair guy, the pest control guy, etc.—ask a girlfriend to come over for coffee just so someone else is in the house with you. (Not sure of who to ask? Post something on our MOPS FB group and see if anyone is free. You may make a great friend that way!)

Program the Georgia State Patrol into your cellphone: *477

This was just a very brief overview of what she discussed. If you were at the meeting, we'd love to hear what main points you took away from her talk.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Best Dish: Party Sandwiches

If you're looking for the perfect potluck dish that will have people practically eating out of the palm of your hand, then you need to make this. It's not only lip-smacking good, but Melanie Swinson, one of our Best Dish winners, says that it's the perfect dish for all those little helpers in your life, too! *Staci Hildago also won that week—her recipe is pending :)

"These delicious little sandwiches don’t have an official name, so in our house, we just refer to them as “Party Sandwiches,' Melanie says. She first tried them at her Washington D.C. MOPS group back in 2010, and they'e been part of her family recipe collection ever since. We can definitely see why! Make them for your next party and wow the crowd!

Party Sandwiches

Sandwich Ingredients:
1 Pack of Martin’s Potato Rolls (I use the 12 sliced potato rolls, usually whole wheat)
1/4-1/2 lb of shaved turkey
1/4-1/2 lb of shaved ham
1/4-1/2 lb of swiss cheese

Topping Ingredients:
1/4 stick butter, melted
2 T brown sugar
1T mustard
1T Worcestershire sauce
1T poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degree. Spray 9 x 13 glass dish with nonstick cooking spray and place the roll bottoms in the pan. Layer the meat (use any combination your heart desires!), then cheese (try provolone or Havarti if you aren’t a Swiss lover), then replace roll tops. Mix the topping sauce and pour over the rolls. Best to refrigerate overnight or for at least an hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Best Dish: Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes

After a streak of having nothing but sweet dishes win the Best Dish award, we finally have a savory recipe to join the mix! Natalie Wilds won for her Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes! This is a comfort-food classic, and once you see how easy it is to make, we have a feeling your friends and family are going to gobble it up, too.


Making it for our MOPS group was the first time Natalie made this, but she said that she loves cheese, so she figured it would be a good recipe. Looks like she was right!

Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes

2 lbs. frozen shredded hashbrowns
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or any kind of cheese or mix of cheeses you prefer)
2 cups milk
4 Tablespoons butter (I only use 2!)
1 ½ teaspoons salt
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place frozen (unthawed) hashbrowns in a 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and stir lightly to combine. Heat milk, butter, and salt in a separate pan until butter is melted (I do this in the microwave). Pour over potato/cheese mixture. Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until cheese is browned (I usually turn the broiler on high for the last 1-2 minutes). Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

YUM! Let us know if you end up making this! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Our October 14th Meeting Recap

So - we have a meeting today and we haven't recapped our last meeting yet! YIKES! We will just blame it on being totally blinded by all the painting fun we had with Lindsey Hopkins and the fall festival madness!

We are so blessed to have Lindsey as one of our "tried and true" MOPS moms (she was also the coordinator last year). She is amazingly talented and she donated her time to share her story and give us all her guidance in painting a beautiful fall painting. It is so amazing how each one turned out so different. Our unique styles all showed through!

The excitement must have really taken over because we didn't get a picture with our winner of the best dish! BLOG-FAIL, but we did get you the good stuff - THE RECIPE, so you can't be too mad at us, right! Sarah Fellers made an amazing pumpkin roll which swept the votes.


  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Beat in remaining cake ingredients.
  2. Grease a 10"x15" jelly roll pan. Line pan with waxed paper, then grease and lightly flour the waxed paper.
  3. Pour batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. *Cake cooks fast so watch carefully to avoid burning the edges.
  4. While cake is baking, sprinkle powdered sugar heavily over the kitchen towel, using a sieve or sifter.
  5. Turn hot cake onto the towel.
  6. Remove waxed paper. Trim off burnt or crusty edges.
  7. Sprinkle more powdered sugar over the hot cake and quickly roll up with towel inside. Let cake cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare filling by beating together all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  9. Unroll cooled cake and spread with the filling mixture. Roll up cake with filling on the inside. Wrap in waxed paper and then foil.
  10. Refrigerate or freeze. To serve, slice cake about 1/3 inch thick and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  11. Note - cake cuts best when still slightly frozen.
Sarah says that she added a 1/2 cup more powdered sugar to the cream cheese mixture to make it a sweeter.

We hope that you all can make it out today where we will be hearing from Caring Solutions and making another great craft! See you there!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fall Festival

Last Wednesday was our fall festival! We are so happy to report that it was a huge success! We had 19 vendors who all offered candy, treats, and goods for all our guests. We were also graced by the presence of the Glass Slipper Princess from Anyone Can Dream Princess Parties, who put on quite a show - complete with singing and dancing with all the little princes and princesses!

We also had the pleasure of having the Mayor of Warner Robins, Randy Toms, come out to judge the costume contest. He was so impressed with all the amazing costumes and it was a hard decision, but mini Jackie Onassis won the prize pumpkin full of over $130 in gift cards and fun!

We were also very excited that the Mayor had time to chat with the wonderful pastors at Southside Baptist Church! Southside has been an amazing resource for MOPS and we could not have made this event as wonderful as it was without their support and their willingness to allow us to use the beautiful lobby!

We ended our event with a raffle! We had well over $1000 in prizes available and we even did a mini raffle at the end with all the left over tickets for Starbucks and Fandango gift cards. We are so thankful to all our vendors and community supporters that helped to make this event so grand!