Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Another Book Vote!

It's time to pick our next novel for our November 29th book club meeting!


Here are the three excellent choices we have for our first book. Take a minute to read the synopsis linked under each title, and cast your vote at the end of this post!

**UPDATE: By popular vote, our next book club title is "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult! 




**UPDATE: By popular vote, our next book club title is "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult! 


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Table Assignment Survey

Hi friends! Usually I wait until the end of the year to ask for feedback, but I would really like your input about our table assignments. We've had two meetings so far with assigned tables, and if you've been at one of those meetings, would you fill out this brief survey?

We've always been a very informal and laid back group! This is our first time trying out table assignments, in the hopes of getting a "mentor mom" at each table. A Mentor Mom is an older mom with grown-up kids who can offer support and encouragement to us. This usually works best if the same moms sit with the same Mentor Mom in order to foster a meaningful relationship. I have the best of intentions with the assigned tables, but I know there are some who are disappointed with this change.

There will be times when there will be no assigned seating: at our Coffeehouse meetings, our Christmas party, and our End of Year Tea. With this in mind, I'd love your honest feedback. All responses are anonymous :)


Monday, October 9, 2017

Dressember

This year at MOPS, we are living Free Indeed! In an effort to bring literal freedom to others, I will be participating in Dressember. Dressember is an international movement that is committed to ending modern day slavery and sex trafficking. Here are the sobering facts:


It's easy to lose ourselves in the numbers. It's tempting to think that there is nothing we can do. 

But WE CAN!

I'll be wearing a dress every single day in December to raise funds and awareness. This will be a creative challenge! I only own six dresses and most of them are short. I'll be piling on tights/leggings and cardigans to keep warm in our California winters. And most importantly, I'll be joining the fight to rescue victims, serve justice, and restore lives. 

If you'd like to join me, you can donate on my page. All funds raised through Dressember make a powerful impact! But BETTER YET! I've created a MOPS International Team because I know my sisters around the world are up for the challenge of raising $10,000 in an effort to bring freedom to so many.




Monday, October 2, 2017

Easy Lentil Burgers

I'm blessed to have a husband who likes to cook. A few weeks ago, he came up with the easiest lentil burger recipe in history of the world! (I do like to exaggerate, but I'm not exaggerating much here, haha!)

He took two cups of cooked lentils, then added half a cup of flour to it (and some salt). Then he mashed it all with a fork, and formed patties. Then he cooked them. That was it! They were delicious, and naturally packed with protein. If you are gluten-free, I have a feeling oat flour would work well as a substitute.

Yields 4 at 190 calories apiece.

I am not a professional food blogger so this picture will have to do!

We usually cook a big pot of lentils all at once then use them in various recipes throughout the week. To save even more time, you could make this recipe with some precooked lentils from Trader Joe's or some canned lentils sold in most grocery stores:

Trader Joe's, a little over $3

These are usually around $2.50 to $3 per can.
I get them for $2 on sale at Sprouts!

Happy cooking!