Find Your Fire Theme MOPS Table Decor and Nametags

Lantern Options

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Table Decor Ideas

Idea 1: Sparkly runner (the way fire is shiney) and Idea lantern and flameless candle for glamorous fire (glamping?) theme.

Rose Gold Sequin Table Runner 12" x 108" Sequin TableCloth Wholesale Sequin Table Runners

Idea 2: Camp fire feel.  Ikea lantern (this is the lantern in the photo or I like this one, but either costs more than Ikea) plus buffalo plaid fabric, wood disc.  I do have plaid fabric already (can’t say all of it is attractive, tho. Hence the reason it’s all sitting in my basement for years.), and each table could have a different color or plaid, and people can know their table by the color.  We have the wood discs already, I can get pinecones from my yard.

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Idea 4:

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Idea 5: Will take work to drill holes into wood and shave them into heart shapes.  Flameless candles inside.

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Red Feather Pick

Nametag Options

Option 1: Chevron, but do this in theme colors and write name on it

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Option 2: Free water color printable and add name

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Option 3: Make up something to have the plaid from the table on it, or use wood slices

Option 4: Balsa wood with name stamped on. Could be neat, and go with the campfire looking centerpiece, if we go with that.



Not So Spinach-y Pizza Dough

I love this Spinach Pizza Dough, but I often mix it with my husband’s pizza dough recipe to get more of that bread flavor along with the healthy-ness of the Spinach Pizza Dough.  And since I always want to double the amount of dough anyways.  Here it is combined:

Stir together in bowl or a 2 cup measuring cup like I do:

  • 2 packets active dry yeast (or 5 tsp, or just do 2 tbl.)
  • 1 cup warm, filtered water (the chlorine in regular tap
    water will kill the yeast)
  • 3 tbl honey

Let that 5-10 minutes or until foamy.  In stand mixer bowl, stir together:

  • 5 cups all purpose flour (or a combo of bread flour and AP flour)
  • 2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Add to the stand mixer bowl:

  • 10 oz. of frozen spinach that has been thawed and pureed to your liking in a food processor or with immersion blender, including any liquid from the spinach from when it thaws.  Don’t drain it.  (I find the little square pack of spinach that comes in 10 oz. has more liquid after thawing than the loose chopped bag of frozen spinach.)
  • 3 tbl. olive oil
  • yeast mixture

Knead using the stand mixer with the dough hook attachment on speed 2-3 for 10-15 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Remove the dough and roll it into a tight ball.

Oil the bowl, return the dough ball to the bowl, and coat the top of the dough with oil.  Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 45-90 minutes until approximately doubled in bulk.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.  Brush the dough with extra virgin olive oil.  If using a pizza peel and pizza stone, place the pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven while it preheats.  Dust the peel with cornmeal and carefully move one of the pizzas onto it.  If using a metal pan, carefully move the pizza(s) directly onto the pan. Top as desired- tomato sauce, pesto for more hidden green veggies, cheese, etc.

If using a pizza stone, slide the pizza from the peel onto the stone.  If using a pan, place the pan on the bottom rack of the oven.  Bake for 7-10 minutes until the crust is golden-brown and the cheese is bubbly.  Remove from the pizza stone with a large spatula and onto a plate.  If using a pan, the bottom of the crust will not brown; it may help to remove the pan and cook the pizza directly on the oven rack for the last few minutes of cooking (I’ve never tried this so I don’t know).  Allow to cool for at least 3 minutes before cutting with a pizza cutter.

Extra pizza dough will keep for a few days in the refrigerator or for months in the freezer.

Classic Tomato Soup Feel, but with Pumpkin!

DSC06252Regular tomato soup can be too acidic for my toddler and preschooler.  I also continuously need to find ways to get them to eat a greater proportion of veggies.  I thought adding pumpkin would address these issues and not greatly alter the taste of tomato soup, which I wanted.  Strangely, I could not find what I wanted in a recipe on-line, so the hubs and I had to improvise.  He said it’s how he wanted tomato soup to be!  Normally he just thinks his own stuff is the best.  😀


  • 1-2 tbl olive oil or butter
  • 4-8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (or 1/2 a small onion)
  • 28 oz can roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tbl honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8.5 oz canned pumpkin (or half a can)
  • 1 tsp basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat oil or butter in dutch oven or large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic to butter and saute.
  3. Add tomatoes, broth, honey, salt, and pumpkin.  Let it come to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. If desired, blend with immersion blender or give it a whirl in the food processor.
  5. Add basil and any extra salt and pepper as you see fit.We ate this with Tenessee Cheddar Puffs from 

Spaghetti Squash Garlic Bake

Sometimes mistakes lead to good things.  Like this spaghetti squash dish my husband devoured. I started making one dish, found out I did not have the ingredients to make it, so had to improvise.  I already had diced up onion and garlic for the other recipe, but then followed this Sheet Pan Hash Brown recipe for the seasoning measurements.  Hence the funny use of salted and unsalted butter, and fresh and dry garlic.   T


  • 4 cups cooked spaghetti squash strands (or, 1 medium spaghetti squash cut in half, seeds scooped out, then roasted at 400 degrees Farenheit for approx. 40 minutes or until it is pierced easily.   Scrape strands out and discard the outer shell.)
  • 1-2 tbl salted butter
  • 1 small onion diced, or about 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbl unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat salted butter in nonstick skillet over medium to medium high heat until the butter is lightly browned.
  3. Add the onion and fresh garlic to the butter and saute till browned.
  4. Meanwhile, melt unsalted butter in large bowl.  Mix in salt, garlic powder, and black pepper to melted butter.  Stir in the spaghetti squash and the cooked onions and garlic.
  5. Spread the mixture on two sheet pans lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.  If not toasty brown enough for your liking, put under the broiler for 3-5 minutes.DSC06161.JPG

Make your own clock

Looking at the possibility of doing a Mom’s Night Out for our MOPS group where the mom’s make their own clock.  Basically, we’d need to buy pine boards at 3/4″ thick and cut into squares and a set of clock parts.  Drill a hole in the middle, and then moms can decorate the wood.  Could give them some print outs for people to follow to get images onto their clocks.

Ideas for clocks.

Origami Bird Stamp Nursing Scarf


This year’s MOPS theme is freedom, and three origami birds are the theme’s picture.  I love origami, so was super excited to plan crafts around the origami birds.  I saw others stamp onto jersey knit fabric to make scarves, and thought I’d try it for our MOPS craft project.

I bought white jersey knit fabric from for $2.50 per yard!!  For my trial run, I cut off one yard of this fabric (36″) and it was 60″ wide so that it would be a scarf AND a nursing scarf when I sew the ends together.  Most nursing scarves seem to be around 60″ by 28″, so I will eventually cut mine down to that size.


Our library will do 3D printing for us.  Cost is $0.25 per ounce of plastic used.  Can pick from all the basic crayola pack colors (basically).  Primarily, the program Blender was used to design the stamp, based off the first bird in this year’s MOPS theme.

  • With current dimensions, each 3D stamper costs $2.75+tax (so $2.91).
    • If make stamp thinner, to be $2 per plus tax, then could get 25 stampers for $53.  30 stampers for $63.60.  Then each person can also take a stamper home as an ornament or something.

Bought Lumiere 2.25 oz. Fabric Paint-1PK using a 40% off coupon, so this jar of paint cost $3.17 + tax.  The color paint used here is gold.

Dabbed paint onto stamp using a foam brush.  Spreading it on did not let the paint go on thick enough in my opinion.  Having the open stamp design (instead of mounted to a block) allowed me to go back and line up the stamper to put more paint on any birds that did not get enough paint the first time around.

Seeing that the stamping worked, I plan to get the other two birds as stampers and fill in the blank areas with those birds, so I have a nice flock flying across.  DSC05883.JPG

This initial stamping took 10 minutes to do.  Set up took a few minutes, and clean up using dish soap and a brush took 5 minutes.  After about 40 minutes, the paint is dry to the touch, and I feel ok moving it.

The big concerns with doing this project at a MOPS meeting are drying time till the cloths can be moved without messing them up (Takes 24 hours to totally dry and be set.) and the amount of space needed to spread out all the scarves.

After the scarves are allowed to dry to the touch, we will have fabric glue to glue the ends together to make it an infinity scarf, for those who wish to do so.  In between the paint drying and the glue drying, we are looking to have a speaker or show one of the MOPS videos.

Snow white inspired apron for adults

I had made some princess aprons using It’s Always Autumn‘s awesome tutorial.  My friend saw them and asked if I could make her an adult size one.  I used Sew4Home‘s tutorial for guidance on how big to make the top and the bottom of the apron.

Here’s the dimensions for the top:


And for the bottom piece/skirt I made it 18″ x 32″.  I still used the 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon for the ties.  Neck ties were 28″ long each, and the skirt sash was 72″.



Hot cocoa mix by weight

Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa Mix done by weight, thanks to “Hismusicnme’s” comment, so you can just set a container on the scale and pour directly into it.  No measuring cups needed this way!  I am saving the equation here, so I don’t lose it again.

“240 g.    Powdered Sugar
86 g.      Dutch Cocoa
163 g.    Powdered Milk (non-fat)
75 g.      Powdered Milk (full-fat)
1 tsp.     Salt
2 tsp.     Cornstarch
1 pinch. Cayenne (or, to taste)
Here it is as close as it comes in ounces:
9 oz.   Powdered Sugar
3 oz.   Dutch Cocoa
6 oz.   Powdered Milk (non-fat)
3 oz.   Powdered Milk (full-fat)
….. You know the rest “
Makes about 5 cups of hot cocoa mix in total.  I used about 3 tbl of this mix per mug of hot water.  The better the quality of ingredients, the better the hot cocoa.