Monday, May 28, 2012

Time is running out!

Time is running out to vote for your favorite non-profit, The Mommies Network, in Eleventy Marketing Group's Eleventy Group's 4Good contest The winner will receive a free ONCORE marketing package to maximize fundraising- freeing up our volunteers to focus on our mission of providing a safe, secure, FREE place for mothers to find support and encouragement from other mothers and to empowering them to be better women, parents and community leaders. Fundraising not only provides technology upgrades to our expanding network, but it also goes to support all our Chapters and the "moms on the ground."
So join our facebook event to vote and share. Get those votes in by 11:59 p.m. EST and help us spread our wings!
Friday, May 25, 2012

We're on our way!

We're soaring high with your help!

The Mommies Network is in the running for a fundraising marketing package that will increase our development efforts. A free ONCORE package from Eleventy Group's 4Good contest will benefit all our members by raising funds with less effort. More money means a better network for mommies across the nation.

Join our facebook event to vote and share. A minute of your time is all it takes.

With gratitude,
The Mommies Network

Foodie Friday

Whole Grain Banana Pancakes

A while ago we had a discussion in our forum about our favorite Trader Joe's items.  Well, one of my absolute favorite products by them is their Multigrain Baking and Pancake Mix.  It is so tasty, and more nutritious than plain white flour pancake mix.  I decided to spice them up even more by making them banana pancakes.  These pancakes are seriously crave worthy.  They are so, so good that you should make them this weekend without question.  These were enjoyed on the back porch with my husband and daughter on a lovely spring morning

First, I make the pancake batter according to directions on package.  Next, I take out 3 bananas that I have in my freezer.  Any time my bananas get too ripe to enjoy fresh, I pop them in the freezer for smoothies, pancakes, or banana bread.  Put the bananas in the microwave with their skin on and heat on high for 1 minute.  Then, remove the peels (they will still be pretty frozen in the middle), and pop them into a microwave safe bowl.  Heat for another minute until some of the juice has collected in the bottom and they are nice and soft.  Mash the bananas and stir into the pancake batter for the best banana pancakes you have ever had.  

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Mommies Network needs your help!

The Mommies Network is a finalist non-profit in Eleventy Group's 4Good contest With a simple click to vote and another to share, you can help boost TMN's fundraising power. Better fundraising means technology upgrades, an expanding network, and more time for our volunteers to focus on what they do best: make mom-to-mom connections everyday.

Join our facebook event to spread the word that will help us spread our wings. Voting costs nothing but a minute of your time.

From everyone at The Mommies Network, thanks for your support.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Baltimore Mommies!

Baltimore Mommies 5th Birthday Party!!!

Clip art from Google Images

Please join us for a day of food and fun at the annual Baltimore Mommies Birthday Party! 

This is our biggest event of the year where we get to meet fellow mommies and their families, enjoy the beautiful weather, and watch our children have a ton of fun together.  

There will be food, crafts, games, a cake decorating contest, photographs, and a playground for the kiddos. There are also going to be countless amazing raffle prizes, some worth almost 200 dollars!  

Don't forget to bring your donations for the Bea Gaddy Center, as this is one of our annual opportunities to give back to our own community.  

For more information about where and when this will take place this weekend, please go to our calendar or check out the discussion in the forums.  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!
I hope that all of the Baltimore Mommies in our community get the chance to feel extra special and appreciated for living one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs out there.  
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Weekend or Day Trip

Assateague Island

One of the best things about living in the Baltimore area is its proximity to so many unique and beautiful attractions.  I was able to visit one such place on a weekend away with my family this spring.  We went down to Ocean City and spent a quiet night on the beach during the peaceful lull of the off-season, and then we took the opportunity to explore the tranquil Assateague Island, just a 15 minute drive away.

Assateague has an informative little visitor center with helpful rangers and detailed guides to the geography and activities available on the island.  The main feature of the island, of course, is the wild horses.  Though it isn't clear how the horses first came to the island, they seem to have been there since the 17th century and are strong, wild, animals, surviving the extreme summer heat, mosquitos, and limited and salty vegetation that the island offers.  It really is pretty amazing to see what we commonly think of as domestic animals in a more natural environment where they form their own herds and make their own way.  The main thing to remember is that they are, indeed, wild, and should be treated as such or both their wildness and your safety are at risk.

A visit to Assateague Island could definitely be made into a long day trip, but the island offers many nice campsites that are frequented by the wild horses and other natural critters native to the area, so it is worth staying a little longer if you can.  Bikes, kayaks, canoes, and other forms of leisurely transport make for a fun way to explore the surroundings.  There are also several nice beaches for swimming and playing.

If you would like to find out more about the island you can find lots of information on their  WEBSITE.
Friday, May 4, 2012

Superfood Friday!

This recipe is chock full of delicious and satisfying "superfoods" that will nourish your body, and that you can feel good about feeding to your whole family.  I am lucky in that neither my husband nor my 2 1/2 year old daughter are picky eaters, so they met this dinner with great enthusiasm and both gave it two thumbs up!  I found the recipe on THIS blog and look forward to browsing through more of their recipes.  

Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Quinoa 

1/2 cup dry quinoa
1 medium yam, peeled and cut into about 1/2" cubes
1 tsp cumin
1/2 a red bell pepper, diced
1 shallot or 1/2 a small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced (I used jarred garlic to make things easier)
few pinches cayenne pepper, to taste
1 tbsp pure maple syrup (I used pure, organic, Blue Agave Syrup instead) 
juice of 1/2 a lemon
handful of cilantro leaves, chopped

In a small pot with a lid, combine the quinoa with a cup of water and sprinkle of kosher salt. Bring to a simmer and cover, stirring occasionally, until the water is absorbed, approximately 10 minutes. Taste for doneness by checking to see if there is a little pop when you bite into it.  Cover and remove heat and let continue to steam until ready for the next step.  
 While the quinoa cooks, heat a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil in a large, nonstick pan. When hot, add the yam cubes, sprinkle them with the cumin, and sauté until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. 

Next, add the red pepper, shallot, and garlic, tossing through and allowing to cook until softened, another 5 or 10 minutes. Season with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne pepper, and taste one of the larger yam chunks for doneness. 

 If it's tender, add the cooked quinoa to the pan along with the maple (or Agave) syrup, lemon juice, and cilantro. Stir thoroughly to combine.

This recipe served as a light dinner for two adults and one toddler in our house.  You could also serve it as a delicious side.  

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