Showing posts with label mother's day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mother's day. Show all posts

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mother- Daughter Brunch

Saturday was our AWANA mother- daughter brunch. We had a lot of fun! We kind of went with a princess theme. We had food, entertainment, and a make and take session on edible arrangements.

For the brunch portion, I made several things. The list will follow.

Grits Casserole
Mixed Berry French Toast Casserole
Fruit Salad
Blueberry Muffin Cake
Pigs- in- a- Blanket
Powdered Donuts
Brownies - in the shape of a flower
Pink Milk
Fruit Punch
Coffee Punch
Lemon Water

Here are a few pictures of the food.
This was the little Princess' table. They had a separate menu.
Punch Table
Please do not laugh too hard- this is my attempt at carving a peacock out of a watermelon....
The food line. 

For the entertainment, some of our girls and leaders shared poems and scripture. They did a wonderful job.

This was the performers table. Here, Natalie is reading her poem, "Mother's Day."

For our special entertainment, we had a make and take edible arrangement session. I will start the same way as I did Saturday at the brunch.... I am not in any way a master of the edible arrangements. I gave everyone the same direction that i had. It was a lot of fun making the arrangements and seeing everyone's creative side!!
Natalie and Allyson carving bowls from cantaloupe! 

Mrs. Jolyne, Bethany, and their creations! 

(sorry about the sidewaysness.) Adrianne making her super cool fruit arrangement! 

A few of the little one's creations.

Mattie Paige hard at work!! 

As you can see, we had a lot of fun!! 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fiesta Chicken

What a week?! Started off sick on Monday and have been suffering from insomnia since. The effects of insomnia have officially sunken in today, however. By 9 a.m. this morning, I thought 3:30 would never come. It was the longest, sleepiest day that I can remember having at school. This may have been caused from my marathon shopping trip to Walmart last night for the mother- daughter brunch on Saturday. Imagine buying 15 pineapples, tons of grapes, 10 cartons of strawberries, watermelons, melons, and 8 cantaloups, amongst other groceries for the brunch portion of the morning. I had a good helper with me,though, so I didn't have to do the loading and unloading all by myself. I will blog more about that after Saturday.

Tonight was my night to cook and I found several recipes this week that I wanted to try, so I managed to pick just one. I decided on Fiesta Chicken with a pepperjack dipping sauce. It was sooooo yummy. The link you may have just noticed is the basic recipe, however, i managed to change it to my likings-which you will see below. With the chicken, I paired loaded mashed potatoes, roasted corn on the cob, and blueberry lime-aid. YUMMO : - ) 

Fiesta Chicken and Dipping Sauce

1 pack of boneless chicken strips
1 packet of taco seasoning 
1/4 cup of flour
1 stick of butter
1 bag of crushed tortilla chips

2 tbs of butter
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tbs.  of flour
12 oz. of heavy cream
1 block of shredded pepper jack cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil.

In a bowl, mix taco mix and flour. Melt butter in a separate bowl. 

Coat each chicken strip in flour mixture.

Coat flour covered chicken in butter.

Coat butter covered chicken in chips.

Place on baking sheet and bake for 30 -40 minutes. Flip tenders after 15 minutes.

In a small saucepan, cook shallot and garlic in butter until soft. 

Add flour and stir until you see a light brown color - a roux.

Add cream and stir until sauce begins to thicken.

Add cheese and stir until you have a bubbly cheese sauce. 

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

1 3 lb. bag of red potatoes, chopped in quarters
1 stick of butter
1 8 oz. tub of sour cream
1 bag of shredded cheese
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 packet of ranch mix
bacon bits - real or fake is up to you. 
chopped green onion
splash of milk - if needed

Boil potatoes in salted water (i like the skins on, but that is up to you). 

Drain and return to pot.

Add garlic and mash potatoes, leaving them a little chunky.

Add butter, sour cream, and ranch packet. 

Add a splash of milk if your potatoes are still really thick and hard to stir. 

Fold in 2/3 of the cheese, bacon bits, salt, pepper, and green onion. 

Serve alongside your favorite dish. 

Add remaining cheese, bacon, and onion for garnish.

Roasted Corn on the Cob

This may be one of the easiest, best tasting, summer dishes that I make!! Nothing reminds me more of summer that roasted corn. 

Corn on the Cob
3 tbs. of olive oil
a dollop of butter for each ear. 

Place corn on a cookie sheet.

Drizzle with oil. 

Place a dollop of butter on each ear.

Sprinkle with salt. 

Place in oven and bake for 20 -30 minutes or until golden brown. 

Serve with butter and a little more salt.

Blueberry Lime- Aid

Another one of my most favorite things in the entire world - lime-aid!! LOVE all sorts of lime-aid!!!! I have made this all sorts of ways, but I will give you the easiest recipe!

1 bag of frozen blueberries
2 containers of frozen lime-aid concentrate
1/4 cup of sugar

Mix each can of lime-aid with 2 cans of water ( 4 cans of water total). 

Add sugar and mix well.

Add bag of blueberries (including any juice that may have been created). - also i like mine still a little frozen so I can use them as ice. 

Mix and serve over ice. 

So that was a little long, sorry. I have a bad habit of forgetting about school on Fridays. It would be nice if they would just cancel school on Fridays, but that will never happen so I should just stop wishing.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Upcoming Events for Kids at PBC

This Saturday, April 10th (tomorrow), we will have Parent's Night Out from 5:30 - 7:30 in the youth center. It is free, but donations are accepted for the youth. Tomorrow's dinner will include chicken tenders, french fries, cookies, and cool aid!

On Saturday, April 17th, our AWANA girls will sponsor a Mother - Daughter brunch at in the church's youth center. The girls will present a short program in honor of their mothers and a brunch will be served. Our special entertainment will be a fruit carving session, where we will learn how to make an edible arrangement.

This summer will be a busy one for me! I have a lot planned for the kids at church.

On June 2, I will take the 1-3 grades on a bowling trip to Rivergate Bowl. The 4-6 grades will go on June 3.

On June 10, I will take 1-6 on a day trip to the Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, MS.  I really like this museum so I hope that it will be a good trip!!

I am really excited about June 13- 17th because I will get to attend Centri - Kid this year. That same week, the youth will be gone to Student Life Camp and the little kids will be having day camp at the church. It will be busy, but FUN week for everyone!!

On June 26, we will have a BYBC at an apartment complex in Natchez. Last year, we had about 75 kids come to that one so I am excited to see how many come this year! If there is a need, we will plan more events for this complex throughout the summer.

On July 1, the 1-3 grades will come hang out for lunch and games at (hopefully) the newly renovated Oasis (in the church). The 4-6 grade will do the same on July 6.

On July 8, I will take the 1-6 grades to the Louisiana Children's Museum in New Orleans, LA! I haven't been to this museum before but it looks like a lot of fun!!

Last July, I decided that our youth needed an opportunity to see "the other side" of Natchez so after talking with several people in our church and with the youth minister, I started a Youth Missions Week. Last summer, the youth served lunch at the stewpot, worked at the Natchez Children's Home, and did yard work for some of our shut-ins at our church. The youth really enjoyed the week and so did the community. Therefore, this will be something that I will continue this summer. I haven't planned this summer's week so if you have any ideas, I am all ears! The YMW will be July 12 - 16.

July 19- 23 is my last week of summer since teachers have to go back to school the last week of July. I have a BYBC planned this entire week for the community around our church. This will be our "bible school." I just started looking at some curriculum and I am very excited about the possibilities this week will bring!!!

To wrap up the summer, we will host a back to school swimming party on August 1.

I have a lot planned this summer and I hope I survive!!