January 24, 2013

Potluck recipes January: Soup

This month's potluck was held at Katie's and the soup theme had its anniversary (or almost).  Delicious it was.  Here are the recipes, some with links.

White Bean Soup with Kale (Mandy)
Chorizo is difficult to find and expensive, so I usually make this with whatever sausage I have on hand; this time it was chicken apple sausage.  I think I added more kale than usual, too, because I was using frozen and wasn't sure on the equivalent amount.
- Mandy

Red Lentil Soup (Laura N.)

Roasted Root Vegetables Soup (Jen)
2 cups mashed, roasted root vegetables (parsnips, potatoes, rutabaga, carrots)
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups ham, cubed
Warm up together, stirring to combine
Curried Red Lentil Soup (Ally)
From Jeanne Lemlin's "Vegetarian Pleasures"

1.5 cup red lentils          
4    cups water
1    Tbsp oil
.5    tsp salt
2     medium size potatoes
4     Tbsp butter
1     medium onion, diced
2    cloves garlic
1     tsp. turmeric
1.5  tsp.  ground cumin
1.5  tsp. ground coriander
1/8  tsp. cayenne pepper
additional butter
  1. Rinse lentils in a strainer under cold running water.  Pick out any stones etc.  Put them in a medium size saucepan along with the water, oil, and salt.  Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, for about 20 minutes over medium heat.  Stir occasionally.  (If a lot of foam rises to the surface, scoop it off with a spoon.)
  2. Add the diced potatoes and stir to blend.
  3. In a small skillet melt the butter.  Add the onion, garlic, and all of the spices.  Cook for 3 minutes, or until the onions begin to get tender.
  4. Add to the soup, stir and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 more minutes.  If the soup is too think, thin with a little water.
  5. Taste to correct seasoning.  Serve with a small pad of butter in each serving.
note:  Although this soup is delicious if served immediately, it is more flavorful if prepared at least an hour before serving, then reheated.

Leftover oatmeal buns (Mette)
The bread/buns I brought was of the leftover oatmeal sort; I save the cooked oatmeal leftover from the breakfast crockpot and in this instance it was quite a lot. 

I make a dough:
2 pints very warm water in a large mixing bowl,
1 tsp salt and
2 tsp dry yeast in ca.
4 cups of all-purpose flour, mix, then stir in
1-2 cups cooked oatmeal and
adjust the flour content

in the evening and let rise in the fridge overnight. No kneading necessary.

In the morning, when I'm ready, I turn the oven to 400 F and put dollops of the dough on parchment paper. When the oven is ready they bake for 15-20 min. Best eaten the same day or the day after. Because of the moisture they don't keep well outside the fridge.

January 23, 2013

Free family events in February

- this post will be updated as new events tick in - 

Jan 31-Feb 3: Atwood Movie Night: The Perks of being a Wallflower

Time: Thursday-Sunday 8pm, Friday: Also 10.30pm
Place: Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center, 651 1st Ave S, St. Cloud

February 7: First Thursday: Trio Lorca

This local classical trio played Carnegie Hall last spring. They have a super interesting repertoire and will be showing some of the new pieces they have rehearsed for the spring concerts.
Time: February 7, 2013, 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Place: St. Cloud Public Library Mississippi Room 

Feb 7-10: Atwood Movie Night: Wreck It Ralph

Time: Thursday-Sunday 8pm, Friday: Also 10.30pm
Place: Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center, 651 1st Ave S, S
t. Cloud

February 9: Family Snow Games 

This event is not free, but costs $10 for the whole family.  Registration online here.

Many activities for the whole family - snow is guaranteed.
    Cross-country skiing
    Snow shoeing
    Snow bowling
    Winter obstacle course for kids
    Arts & crafts

Equipment will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Lessons will also be provided at the top of every hour for those who want specific instruction on activities. There will also be a mini cross-country ski race. Hot chocolate, coffee and snacks will be provided.  See more at the YMCA website.

Time: February 9, 2013 at 9:00am – 12:00pm
Place: Riverside Park


Feb 14-17: Atwood Movie Night: Here Comes the Boom

Time: Thursday-Sunday 8pm, Friday: Also 10.30pm
Place: Place: Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center, 651 1st Ave S, St. Cloud

February 16: Women & Girls Night at the Y

Women and girls of all ages are invited to an exclusive night of fun at the YMCA. The Y is open for women and girls to use the entire facility, including the exercise areas, gymnasium and pools. This event is free of charge.

In response to some cultural and/or religious mores, no male staff, members or guests are allowed in the facility during these programmed hours. Women and Girls Night is the 3rd Saturday of the month, September - May

Time: February 16, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m
Place: YMCA, 1530 Northway Drive, St. Cloud

January 2, 2013

Free family events in January

Free family events in the area
The listed events take place right now, as in today and tomorrow. Looks like we'll have to make our own fun for the rest of the month.

MOMS Club support New Beginnings and Toys for Tots

Movie Ticket Fundraiser update:
We raised $101.40 for New Beginnings. Plus a $1 donation from Mandy for a super grand total of. $102.40. The fundraiser may be repeated in the spring.

Original post November 8, 2012:
At the Members' Social in November, we voted to have the income from our movie ticket sales go to New Beginnings and to additionally collect new, unwrapped Christmas gifts for our local U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

For those of you who are still unfamiliar with the movie ticket fundraiser, here is the short version:
  • You collect orders from your network on discounted movie tickets to Marcus Theatres (like our local Parkwood 18) or gift cards that can be used at theaters or resorts.  Think your book club or emails to friends and family who may be interested in giving the tickets as Christmas gifts, to employees, teachers etc.
  • Turn in your movie tickets sales by December 5.
  • Get the tickets the next week at the Members' Social holiday party, Thursday, December 13. 
You may also bring your new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots to any board member or to the December social.

Thank you for your support in our giving and sharing to other moms and children. We're so proud that we as MOMS Club get the opportunity to support other moms in the area too.