Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Lights Walk

Join us on December 14 at 6:30 pm for a walking tour of the Christmas lights. We will meet at the Park and Ride at Stanford Ranch and Pebble Creek. Hope to see you there!

Spring Registration is Open

Please get your registration in as soon as possible. Space is filling up quickly! The prices are $72 for a mom alone, $82 for mom and 1 child, $92 for mom and 2 children, and $102 for mom with 3 children. Please fill out a registration form and put down at least half the registration fee to confirm a spot for yourself.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Great Holiday Opportunity!

This just in from Paula:
Pleasant St Daycare is now offering Holiday Drop In Care! Conveniently located in Roseville near the Galleria and the Fountains in Old Roseville.
M-Th 7:30am-9:30pm
Fri & Sat 9am-12 midnight

Infant - $8/hour
Toddler/Child - $7/hour
$5 per hour per additional child

Call ahead to reserve your child's hours.
Contact info:

Thought it would be a great resource for moms who want to get out and do some shopping on their own during the holidays!
I personally have not used them so I can't give personal experience, but loved the idea of holiday/evening availability!


Friday, November 6, 2009

"Gifts From Your Kitchen"

Here is the link to the site that mentioned in my presentation today. You have to scroll through the slideshow of gift ideas and then click on the "Get this recipe!" link if you want to go to a specific recipe.

Hope everyone got at least one good idea for this year!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Boutique Night

Drop in anytime for a fun filled night of food, shopping and fun! We will have Posh Petunias, Tupperware, Blue Eyed Bobbles, Omnitrition, Cookie Lee, Galvonics, Bangles & Baubles, California Caramel Co, Arbonne, Pampered Chef, The Fairy Godmother Enchanted Events, and On-site Massages. We hope to see there!

Friday, November 13


6-10 p.m.

Home of Jo Baldwin
1676 Markdale Lane
Lincoln, CA

Monday, October 12, 2009

Some Yummy Recipes...

Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

• 1 (32 ounce) package frozen hash brown potatoes
• 8 ounces cooked, diced ham
• 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of potato soup
• 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
• 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
• 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, mix hash browns, ham, cream of potato soup, sour cream, and Cheddar cheese. Spread evenly into prepared dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until bubbly and lightly brown. Serve immediately.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, SUPER EASY

• 1 recipe of carrot cake, dry ingredients only (I use 1 pkg. carrot cake mix)
• 20 ounces (3/4 large can, or about 1 1/3 cups is what I do) Pumpkin Puree
• 3 large egg whites
• 1/3 cup apple juice
• 2/3 cup chocolate chips (I like semi-sweet because the muffin is sweet already)

Mix everything but the chocolate chips together on low until moistened. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Then scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in the chocolate chips. Bake in either a greased muffin tin or paper liners 18-22 minutes, at 350. (I prefer the greased tin because they stick to the liners, which I don’t like. But healthier with the liners).

Friday, September 11, 2009

Apricot Scone Recipe

Here is the recipe for the scones that we made today.-Jo

Apricot Scones in a Jar
Online tutorial with photos:

-2 CUPS all-purpose unbleached flour

-1/2 CUP vanilla sugar** (I just used regular sugar.)

-1/4 CUP nonfat dry milk powder

-2 tsp baking powder

-1 tsp dried lemon/orange peel

-1/4 tsp salt

-1 CUP dried apricots (or blueberries, cranberries, etc.)

Stir together flour, sugar, milk, baking powder, lemon peel & salt. Layer the dried ingredients & the apricots (or other dried fruit) into one-quart canning jar, tapping gently on counter between layers to settle before adding the next. (I just plopped my dry ingredients on the bottom & the fruit on top.) Stores at room temperature for up to six weeks, or freeze for up to six months.

*You can also add shortening to gift jar by cutting it into dried ingredients before adding to jar. It has a shorter shelf life with the shortening added, though.

** To make vanilla sugar, fill one-quart jar with sugar. Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise & add both halves to sugar. Flavor gets better after a couple of weeks, & it will keep as long as regular sugar.

Stir together flour, sugar, powdered milk, baking powder, lemon peel & salt.
Cut in 1/3 cup shortening using a pastry cutter or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add ¼ cup water and one beaten egg
Stir until just moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 12-15 strokes, until nearly smooth ball.
Pat to 1/2'” thickness (circular shape).
Cut into desired shape & place 1" apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
Brush with milk. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
Transfer to a rack to cool slightly & serve warm. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Gearing up for a new year!

Hey everyone! MOPS is starting back up at Creekside on September 11th, at 9:00am in the church sanctuary. The cafe was getting a little crowded, so we decided to try out using the big room for our regular meetings. Childcare rooms remain the same, and you will see the big sanctuary doors open right when you walk into the lobby. You should be getting an email or a phone call from your table leader soon (if you haven't already) to touch bases and so you know who you'll be with this semester. When you come there will be a name tag at your seat so that you can easily find where to settle down and get comfortable.

This year's theme is called "Together on Planet Mom" and it aims to help women reflect and grow in the way that motherhood has changed ALL of their relationships in life. It should be really interesting and insightful (and probably guaranteed to make you both laugh and cry!) to hear about and discuss the topics we have selected for the Fall. Can't wait to see you all soon!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Last Meeting This Friday!!

Our last meeting is this Friday, 5/15. A few reminders for the meeting:

Although this is our last official meeting for the (school) year, our group as a whole and your table may plan some summer events in order to stay in touch and see each other throughout the summer. This will be discussed at the meeting.

Friday is Moppets appreciation day! If you can, bring a card or have your kids make a token of thanks for the hard work of our childcare workers & volunteers. Your table leader should have a list of names of the wokers in each room if you don't know all of their names.

Pre-registration for the Fall begins this Friday. To hold your spot all you need to do is fill out a registration form and pay for half of your Fall semester cost. Our pre-reg prices for the Fall are $60 for mom alone, $70 for mom +1 child, $80 for mom +2, and $90 for mom +3. Registration is first come, first serve, and the only factor that limits registration is space in the childcare rooms. If you have a friend who would like to pre-register they can mail a check to the church with "MOPS registration" in the memo and email her registration info to After May 29th the registration costs go up $2.

One of our co-coordinators (and founders of Creekside MOPS), Cynthia, will be moving to Nebraska this summer. If you would like to bring to the meeting a card or note of thanks and best wishes to her, that would be great!

Hope that all makes sense! Again if you have any questions or needs please email us at anytime...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Children registering for the Race

Regarding the question about registration fees for children attending the race with parents:

Children 5 and under are free - but no t-shirt
children 6-12 are $15
people 13+ are $35

~angela glover

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

MOPS team being put together by Angela

I want to remind everyone to think about joining me on May 9 to Race for the Cure.

I know it is Mother's Day weekend, so consider asking your sister/mother/daughter to walk too, what better way to spend time together than walking for a cause that effects thousands of women each day?

If you cannot participate, please consider either contributing a donation (even $5 or $10 adds up!) or registering for "Sleep in for the Cure." To do this, follow the link below and click on "register," then "accept" the disclaimer, select "join a team;" select "Creekside Mops" from the pull down; fill in all the needed info and select "Sleep in for the Cure." You will still count towards our team total and you will receive a t-shirt commemorating the event.

to REGISTER click here
to DONATE click here

I hope you will think about joining me, the deadline for registering is THIS Friday at midnight.

~angela glover

Thursday, April 16, 2009

MOPS Marketplace - April '09

Here are this month's listings:

For sale - Kami Lankford
Dog crate with 2 door entry. Originally paid $80, asking for $50.

ISO - I am looking for a crib toy to borrow or buy, like the Ocean Wonders one. Thanks! -Emily

- I am looking for a crib mattress or other small mattress. -Carly

You may contact the buyer/seller directly using your MOPS directory. If you do not have their contact information please comment here and leave your info or email me at carly pray @ (no spaces).

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Race for the Cure - Creekside MOPS Team!

Hi everybody!
I have decided to join the fight against breast cancer and hope you will, too! On Saturday May 9 the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® 5K walk will take place at Cal Expo. We now have a Creekside Mops team and I'm hoping we can walk together to show our support for those who have gone before us, who are currently suffering, and for our children - that they may live in a world which is free from breast cancer.

Please follow this link:

and register as part of a team - select Creekside Mops and you'll be part of an event that "has changed the way the world views breast cancer. You can make a difference as you celebrate survivorship, honor those who have lost their battle, and most importantly, raise funds and awareness for the fight against this life threatening disease."

thanks! we'll have a great time,
~angela glover

p.s. young children are welcome in strollers, and older children may walk with us. if you have any questions, email me at adglover12 @ (no spaces)

Friday, April 10, 2009


Its just a bit too wet outside and the rain may still come down on us when we're out there, so we are going to cancel the egg hunt this morning. You can use the eggs you prepared for this morning to do a little egg hunt around your own house. Have a wonderful Easter!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bread Deal!

This just in from an email sent to me by Jo:

In light of the economic crunch, etc..., I thought other moms might like to know that the Orowheat/Entemann's bread outlet on Auburn Blvd in Citrus Heights is freakin' awesome. My family LOVES bread, and I stop there about once a month on my way to work, spend $10-$15, and have bread/tortillas/bagels for a whole month. I just freeze the extras and thaw as needed. They also have donuts/coffee cake, etc...even at Winco, I would pay $3-4 a loaf for Orowheat brand, and here it's $1.99 a loaf. Just thought I'd share my little carb secret. -Jo

Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy Easter! Egg Hunt this Friday!

This Friday we will be having our annual Easter egg "hunt" at Elliott Park in Roseville. We will play at the park and then have 2 egg hunts - one for the little kids and one for older kids. There will be special eggs in the field that can be traded in for a special little prize! Please bring 1 dozen eggs filled with some sort of goodie (candy, stickers, tiny toys, etc.) for each child that will be participating in the hunt. Feel free to bring any siblings that are out of school for Spring Break, and bring filled eggs for them too.

Here are directions to the park as if you were coming south 65. Apparently its a little tricky to see the street signs, so pay extra attention and look it up on a map site if you want to have a better idea of where you're heading.

Elliott Park
1412 Cushendall Drive

65 South
Exit Pleasant Grove, turn right
Left on Woodcreek Oaks Blvd
Right on Junction Blvd
Left on Cushendall Drive
---> after about a 1/4 mile on Cushendall you will see the park on your right

There is a housing development with a sign where you turn on Cushendall that says "Silverado Creek" if that helps you recoginze where to turn. If you miss the turn at Cushendall you can make a U-turn at Park Regency Dr. Hope to see you all there at 10am! If you wake up on Friday and its raining, we are going to cancel the egg hunt all together. I will post again on Friday at 8:00am if we are going to cancel.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Spinach Brunch Dish from Stacey

Here is the recipe for that delcious spinach/tomato dish we had on Friday. Thanks, Stacey!

1-1/2 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese
1 box frozen chopped spinach (thawed and well drained)
10 eggs
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
1 package feta cheese with basil and tomato
1 tomato, sliced
1 box sliced Portobello mushrooms
1 onion

Need 9X13 casserole dish (sprayed with non-stick cooking spray).

Sauté onion and mushrooms together until onions are soft, add spinach (frozen) just to heat.

Whip eggs and milk together with fork. Add cheddar cheese, then pour on spinach mixture. Crumble feta cheese and sprinkle over the top. Top with tomatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Knife inserted in middle should come out clean.

10 minutes to prepare, 40-45 minutes to bake

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ideas for giving back:

--Have kids take their red wagon out and collect non-perishable food for food banks.
--Operation Christmas Child: have kids help with both filling boxes and delivering boxes to the collection center.
--Go online to Compassion International, look for the children that have been waiting over a year and let your child pick one out to send $30 a month to. They will send you pictures of the child you support.
--If your child has really long hair and wants to cut it, encourage her to donate her hair to Locks of Love. Explain who the kids are that benefit from this organization and why they need the hair donations.
--Have them choose some toys to give to kids who don't have many (kids at a domestic violence shelter, for example).
--On holidays, serve food at a shelter together.
--To give back to the community, pick up trash at a park before you start to play.

Some of our favorites...

-The Letter Factory Board Game by LeapFrog. (Found at Walmart - the box is the shape of a trapazoid).

-Sandra Boynton
-Eric Carle & Bill Martin Jr. (Chicka Chicka books)
-Patricia Polacco
-Eve Bunting
-Robert Munch
-Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger
-Robert McCloskey

Monday, March 16, 2009

MOPS Marketplace - March '09

Here are this month's listings:

For Sale - Christina Walton
Eddie Bauer Wooden booster/high chair (this is a picture of someone else’s) for $15. It comes with a white tray.

Free! - Christina Walton
I have a complete set of plastic capital letter cutters* and a nearly full box of Pampsters Bibsters (disposable bibs), if anyone wants them. *Letter Cutters SOLD

For Sale - Angela Glover
Baby Bjorn original carrier. $40 No stains smoke free/pet free home.

JJ Cole Bundle me - NEW $40

Pottery Barn Quilt Clips - $15/set no hardware included


ISO - I am looking for 6-9 month baby girl clothes for my new neice. -Thanks, Pam

ISO - I'm looking for a high chair if one comes up, thanks. -Marla

ISO - Hi, I am still in search of a double jogger. :-) -Kirsten

ISO - I am on the market for a crib mattress. Thanks! -Carly

You may contact the buyer/seller directly using your MOPS directory. If you do not have their contact information please comment here and leave your info or email me at carly pray @ (no spaces).

Monday, March 9, 2009

BounceU Pictures - Feb '09

The whole MOPS gang!

Traci & Ryah Davis, Erin & Mason & Cole Bernhard, Monica & Trey Fasani

Trey hits the slide

Ryah beating Mason :)

Olivia Ray

Mason and Ryah

Trey racing Karis Weiss

Thursday, February 26, 2009

MOPS Marketplace - Feb. 09

ISO to buy or borrow - Sit N Stand Stroller for a trip we will be making in April -Sherri

ISO - Harp, Cello, or Upright Bass. Can be vintage, antique, old, even broken/missing strings! -Jo

For Sale - Bassinet $50 -Carolina

For Sale - 13 1/2 inch wine rack that holds 3 bottles. I bought this on Ebay for $14, only to discover that it is about 1 inch too tall for the shelf above my cabinet. But I'm sure it will be very happy in one of your kitchens, for $10 OBO. See picture below. -Jo

For Sale - Hippo walker -> the kind you can sit and ride on or pull up and push and walk with. Free or your choice donation to MOPS. -Mikala

For Borrow - Exersaucer: Red, 7 yrs old, clean and ready to be used. -Mikala

For all Marketplace items you may contact the person who has posted directly if you are part of our group and you have their contact information in the directory. If you are not part of our group or do not have contact info, please comment here on the blog or email me directly at carlypray @ (without the spaces) to buy from or post a listing to our group.

Reminder - Maternity Clothing Drive at Bellybou

Hi Mamas! Just a reminder that at tomorrow's meeting you can bring any maternity clothes that you are ready to part with. The clothes will be donated to the pregnant women who live at the Love Them Both house that we support at Creekside. If you bring your clothes directly to Bellybou, you can get a discount on your purchases tomorrow. Thanks to all who decide to contribute! -Carly

Friday, February 13, 2009

Ways that we like to love on our...

-Say things like "I love being your mom"
-Each child has a special nickname
-Sing the song "My Girl(s)" using my daughters' names
-My child makes me smile and laugh
-I tell my daughter "I love you!" and she always responds "I love you more mommy!"
-"Family kiss time" All three of us kiss at the same time.
-Make up songs about how much I love him with my son.
-At the end of the day, I like to tell my son, "My favorite part of the day with you today was..."

-Say things like "I love being your wife"
-Sit after the kids are asleep and east an adult snack (like brie & crackers and wine)
-Leave notes to each other each day
-Call my man throughout the day to just say "I love you"
-Surprise him with an "It's all about you!" evening, full of his favorite things


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lakeshore Free Crafts for Kids Schedule - Feb/March 2009

Every Saturday from 11:00 - 3:00 at Lakeshore Learning Store (the teacher supply store over at 1850 Douglas Blvd, near TJMaxx) there is a free event for kids ages 3+. No reservations necessary. The craft shedule is below:

Feb. 14 - Presidents' Day Hat
Feb. 21 - Monster Puppets
Feb. 28 - My Animal Journal
Mar. 7 - Air, Land, and Sea Collage
Mar. 14 - Leprechaun Wand
Mar. 21 - Colorful Kite
Mar. 28 - Royal Crowns

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Next meeting - FEB 13th

Our next meeting is next week, Feb 13th. January had 5 Fridays this year, so there is an extra week in between meetings this time. No meeting tomorrow... See you next week!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Creekside Book Club Dates & Times

Hi! Our book club meets at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at Sierra Roasting Co. at Park and Stanford Ranch in Rocklin. Here’s what we’ll be discussing:

Feb. 7 Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala
March 7 The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down by Neta Jackson
April 4 Blue like Jazz by Donald Miller

We’d love to see you!
Happy reading!
-Christina Walton

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Fun and free! Mother Goose on the Loose

I took my kids to the Mother Goose on the Loose program today at the Roseville Downtown Library (by Royer Park) and it was a lot of fun! My kids loved it and the teacher was great. For now it is on Thursdays from 10:30 - 11:00 (I believe the schedule changes at the end of February). The teacher told me that she also does a playgroup and Mother Goose class at the Riley Library, although I can't find the exact day/time right now. If anyone is interested in going with me next Thursday to the downtown program, let me know.

Placer County Libraries (includes Rocklin and Granite Bay) also do storytime and Mother Goose on the Loose programs, days and times are listed HERE. If that link doesn't work you can go to

A fun and free pre-reading activity for our kiddos that are not in school yet - give it a try!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

ISO List - January

One of our moms emailed me and is looking for a crib, and in the same week another emailed asking if I knew anyone selling a double jogger. This is a great excuse to kick off the MOPS Marketplace idea. So here is our first post. You can contact me if you have something to sell/buy/trade and I will forward your email to the person who posted and you can then email that person directly.

ISO (in search of) a used crib in good condition.

ISO double jogging stroller

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Park" Day Tomorrow at Galleria Mall

Tomorrow morning we will be meeting at the mall for a little winter "park" day. We will be at the old play place, near Sears and Macy's from 9:00am - 10:30am. It is the play place that is nearest to the Starbucks kiosk. Depending on how it goes, we may decide to migrate over to the new play place (in the newer branch of the mall, near the baby and maternity stores) after a little while. Hope to see many of you there! I will be there with my crazy kids.

Amy Carmichael Poem

Hi everyone. Today I was reading an online deovtional that I like, and I thought I would share this poem with you all. It is written by Amy Carmichael. The devotional is by Elisabeth Elliot and can be read daily at You go to the Bible studies and devotions page and click on the Elisabeth Elliot link in the list of daily devotionals. -Carly

A prayer written by Amy Carmichael has been my prayer as long as I have been a mother, and I pray it now for my grandchildren:

Father, hear us, we are praying,
Hear the words our hearts are saying,
We are praying for our children.

Keep them from the powers of evil
From the secret, hidden peril,
From the whirlpool that would suck them,
From the treacherous quicksand pluck them,
Holy Father, save our children.

From the worldling's hollow gladness,
From the sting of faithless sadness,
Through life's troubled waters steer them,
Through life's bitter battle cheer them,
Father, Father, be Thou near them.

Read the language of our longing,
Read the wordless pleadings thronging,
Holy Father, for our children.

And wherever they may bide,
Lead them Home at eventide

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New semester begins this week!

Hi all. Just to keep everyone up to speed, we have our first meeting of the new semester this Friday, 1/9/09. We have some new moms in the group, so it should be a great time of re-connecting and making new friends. Hope eveyrone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Emily had her baby!

Emily Nelson welcomed her sweet baby boy Lance into the world just in time for Christmas! To see pictures and read details, check her blog by clicking HERE or using the link on the right. I got to meet little Lance and hold him and he has such a handsome little face! Thanks to all of the moms who have delivered meals and continue to do so.

Photos from December 08

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas. These are a couple shots from the Christmas lights walk and our last meeting of the semester. See you all soon!