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!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Clothing Swap Potluck - MNO

Last Tuesday we had an amazing MNO! We asked you all to bring any clothes, shoes or accessories that you no longer loved (and a covered dish) out for a clothing swap potluck! We had ten moms join us that evening and had several more moms that were unable to attend, but still donated things to the swap. Well, needless to say, we had a selection to shop from!

We had some great laughs, some great food, and we were so grateful that so many of you were able to help out with stuffing snack bags for the fall festival.

On Thursday, all of the left over clothes and accessories made their way out to the Salvation Army main office in Macon. The office staff there was so touched by our donations and were so excited to hear of our support for the women of their safe houses. They took one look that the amount of clothes, and had to get the large cart and two guys to help unload it all. Thank you ladies for your time and generosity!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Best Dish: French Toast Casserole

It looks like this particular MOPS group has a sweet tooth, because the sweet dish won for the second time in a row! Congratulations to Wendy Zeitler from the green table, and her mouthwatering French Toast Casserole recipe for winning the Best Dish Award!

This was the first time Wendy made the recipe, but judging by the response from the group, I have a feeling it won't be the last. A friend of Wendy's made this for a Sunday-school breakfast, and when she heard how easy it was to make, she knew she needed it in her collection. Lucky for you, she asked her friend for the recipe, and now you guys get to reap the benefits!

Wendy says she loves that almost the entire dish can be prepped the night before. "I can bake it in the morning while I'm getting ready for the day, and it's hot and ready in time for breakfast."

The casserole was such a success at the meeting, that she made it again recently for a family vacation at a beach house in Gulf Shores last weekend. "I made it for them as well, and they loved it too. We ate the whole pan in one morning. It's definitely not on the healthier side of breakfast, but it's fun to splurge every now and again. I think this will become a company and holiday staple in my house."

A quick tip if you decide to make this: make sure to use French bread, as other breads may be too crusty to soak up the egg mixture.

photo courtesy of Food Network

Baked French Toast Casserole
by Food Network (Paula Deen)

1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash salt

Praline Topping:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

(combine all ingredients; blend well; set aside)

Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.

Talk about YUM! This sounds like the perfect dish to serve for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning! Let us know if you make it :) 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Power of Words

Hello again my fellow wonderful women! I so hope that you were able to join us at our meeting last week where we talked about he power of words.
But if not, here is the recap:
We got out tongues tied and put our listening ears on for a fun group rendition of MAD GAB. We divided the room down the middle and we listened carefully as our begrudging victims.... ahem, excuse me... I mean eager participants spouted out garbled groups of words in every meter and tone possible to try to get their group to guess what the phrase was really suppose to be saying. Funny how much being the mother of toddlers can prepare you for a game like this, since garbled sentences are the norm for most of us. It was a tight race with the right side of the room winning 19 to 15.
We then watched a very powerful video about the power of words and the effect our words can have on the people around us. Followed by a craft to encourage our own personal word consumption - bookmarks!
We also launched our own kind words campaign with the hearts that were sprinkled around our tables to be taken out into Warner Robins with the #WRsharethelove tag. Some of these hearts have been given to moms in grocery stores or left for waitresses in restaurants. Some have been passed to friends or given to someone along with a good deed. Anyway they are given, they are creating smiles. Sometimes just hearing something positive for a stranger can totally make your day.
Our next meeting is on October 14th, and we will be paining a very cute pumpkin scene with Lindsey Hopkins! Watch out for that RSVP it will be going out next Wednesday.
Make sure to put the Fall Festival on your calendar for the 28th. This is our fundraiser for this semester and we are so excited. We will be having a photo booth, a raffle, a costume contest, trick or treating, crafts for the kids, drinks/snacks, and games.
Oh and did I mention that the MAYOR, Randy Toms will be judging our costume contest?! It's true! It is so amazing to see the support MOPS has from our city officials.
Well, that's it for now ladies! Looking forward to seeing you all soon!