Thursday, April 30, 2015

Recap, Recipes, Reflecting...OH MY!

Did your parents ever tell you how quickly time flies as you get older??
I'm starting to fully understand what they meant especially as I think how fast
this MOPS year began and ended. And what a GREAT year indeed!!!
How LUCKY we all are to be a part of such an incredible and encouraging ministry for mothers.
The last meeting of every year is always one of my favorites. You get time to reflect on the year as a whole and appreciate all of God's blessings received through MOPS. This year's theme, BE YOU BRAVELY, was awesome and there are many things I learned while in MOPS that I'll keep in my heart for a lifetime.
A few highlights of our last meeting together:
--Being treated to a delicious brunch provided by our Mentor Moms. Many ooohs and ahhhs were heard while partaking in the scrumptiousness. The recipes are below for those interested.

Hashbrown Crusted Brunch Casserole

3 c. shredded hashbrowns
1/3 c melted butter
salt & pepper to taste
1 c diced ham
¼ c green onions
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
4 eggs
½ c milk
½ c red pepper
·        Preheat oven to 425*
·        Mix melted butter, hashbrowns, salt & pepper

I use Simply Potatoes Shredded in refrigerated section.  (If you use frozen, thaw and pat dry.)  Press into greased 8x8 pan. 

Bake 20 minutes or until potatoes start to brown.
·        Remove from oven.  Reduce heat to 350*
·        Top with ham & veggies.  Top with shredded cheese.
·        Whisk eggs, milk, ½ t salt & ¼ t pepper.  Pour over everything.
Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes until top is golden.
Blueberry Crisp

4 cups blueberries or any fruit

Crisp topping:
1 c old fashioned oats
½ c pecans
½ c almond meal (health food section or put almonds in food processor until fine, but before they turn to almond butter)
¼ c maple syrup
¼ c melted butter
½ t salt

Pour 4 cups blueberries in 8x8 pan.  Spread crisp topping over the fruit.
Bake at 350* 35-40 minutes (longer if topping & fruit are frozen) until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is crisp and golden.

-- Lastly, we were humorously reminded of what this year's theme meant to Pool Party Patty, Sally the Snob and Frazzled Fran!

Have a Great Summer Friends!

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