Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Works for Me Wednesday and GIVEAWAY!

I have been involved in MOPS for over nine years. Yesterday our main speaker spoke on the importance of having girlfriends you can go to when you need to ask for help. Well, this morning I need help (and not just because I was up last night literally every 10-30 minutes with a newly three-year-old Avery with the stomach bug).

I'm linking to an earlier this week blog post in hopes that you can help me. See, Jim's invited a congressional candidate to host a fundraiser luncheon at our house!

You can read all about it *here*. Please comment either here or there with any fancy luncheon recipes you may have to be entered into a drawing for a fun kitchen gift!


(And of course you can always click on over *here* to look for more ideas for what Works for others!)


Jelli Bean said...

I made a Thai chicken and rice soup for some guests a few weeks ago. It was a big hit, and pretty simple to throw together. You could serve this in a Crockpot with rice on the side. No fuss. Here's the link:

Kirsten said...

I am so sorry about Avery's bug - I had a night like that with Jordan in Nov and it was EXHAUSTING!!! Hope you and she are in recovery!!

Bitterroot Mama said...

Sorry to hear about you having to deal with a sick kiddo! I love a brunch idea. This is a great recipe I've tried for strata: You could set out a pretty platter of fresh fruit and/or vegetables. Some women in our church recently cut long, thin strips of celery and carrots and stuck them out of tall wineglasses. That looked elegant. I would also recommend a coffeecake for dessert. Best wishes with your fancy lunch! I love MOPS too.

Mom2fur said...

I hope poor little Avery is 100% better now!
Here are 2 easy recipes for some salads:

Cucumber Salad
1/2 C mayo
1/4 C sugar
4 t vinegar
1/2 t dillweed (dry)
sliced green onions or onion powder to taste
4 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin.
Combine first four ingredients (add onion powder here if you're using it). Mix with cukes (and green onions). Cover and chill for an hour.
This is easily multiplied. It's creamy, and a little sweet. I bet you could add other vegetables to it! You could make the dressing ahead of time but I'd do the cukes at the last possible moment (at least, mixing them in) so they don't get mushy.

Italian Tomato Salad
5 T olive oil
4 1/2 t red wine vinegar
2 T minced fresh basil
1 T minced fresh parsley
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
salt and pepper to taste
4 medium tomatoes, sliced
1 small red onion

Slice onion into rings. Cut tomatoes into pieces or wedges. Combine first seven ingredients in a blender. Toss with tomatoes and onion. This actually keeps very nicely and gets better over a day or so, so you can make it ahead of time.
Also, I often use dry herbs--you just want to use half as much as fresh.
Good luck with the brunch, and stay healthy!