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October 2010

Downtown Montrose MOPS News Pumpkin Season


Sahar Aker

Did you know pumpkins are 90 percent water? And that they're a fruit? How about that pumpkin flowers are edible? In fact, fall's orange gourds probably have way more health benefits than you think. And now that the nearly year-long pumpkin shortage is over, it's time to dig in! In the old days, pumpkins were recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites. Now, they make a yummy facial: Real Housewives star, Bethenny Frankel, has created a pumpkin mask to pamper and hydrate your skin. Way back when, Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine to treat things like digestive problems. Now, we mainly roast the pepitas and eat them as they are or grind them up and use them in recipes for things like pumpkin seed Pumpkin Bread recipe inside! pesto. But the nutrients haven't changed over the years -- and there are plenty. Pumpkins are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene. This can reduce the risk of some cancers and protect against heart disease. They're also high in fiber, potassium, and magnesium to help keep your body running in tiptop shape. In early colonial times, gourds (and their nutrients) were used to their fullest. This year, let's take a cue from our ancestors and see how much you can get out of that pumpkin. One idea for inspiration: The sugary empty calories of graham crackers were not around back then, so colonists used the actual pumpkin in the crust of pies instead. Now that the pumpkin shortage is over, you should be able to get your hands on an extra can to give this technique a try.

Today’s Speaker: Carolyn Packard Carolyn Packard is the mother of Josh (8) and Sarah (6) and is a former MOPS member. She has been a practicing physical therapist for 13 years specializing in orthopedic and women’s health rehabilitation. She recently opened Aspen Grove Physical Therapy where she enjoys assisting women in meeting their fitness and heel related goals, rehabilitating their injuries and making their days easier and more pain free. To reach her, please call 240-4015.


What is the weirdest/funniest thing in your purse right now?

A ziploc bag with shedded snake skin in it -Susan Salt tablets -Tisha

A jar of peanuts and folders -Miranda Granola, not a granola bar, just granola -Missy Two pairs of “Sea Bands” -Kristen I almost never carry a purse, so a diaper bag is it! -Julie P. Kleenex in a sandwich bag, my own version of “tissue to go” -Tiffany Ear Plugs -Beth

A map for the public bus -Erica An extra wallet for Elijah to chew on! -Lanae

A tie between the orange bow the nurse put on Anika after her first bath and my SIM card from the cell phone I upgraded 3 years ago. -Malinda A purple stretchy rubber lizard -Lacy Trains -Cindy A screw (Ben found it so I took it from him) and it wound up in my purse -Julie T.

Easy Egg Casserole Ingredients

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Preheat oven to 325 F. In large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until thoroughly 10 eggs, lightly beaten cooked and no longer pink. In large mixing bowl, com3 cups milk bine eggs, milk, mustard and salt; stir well. Distribute half 2 teaspoons dry mustard the bread evenly in a buttered 9" x 13" x 2" baking dish. Sprinkle with half the pepper, half the cheese, half the 1 teaspoon salt sausage and half of each optional ingredient. Repeat lay6 cups cubed bread ering the casserole using remaining bread, pepper, cheese, 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar sausage and optional ingredients. Pour egg mixture cheese evenly over casserole. Bake the breakfast casserole uncovered for 55-60 minutes, or until eggs are set. Tent with 1/2 teaspoon black pepper foil if top of breakfast casserole begins to brown too 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms quickly. (optional) 1 pkg. Pork Sausage

We need your family photo by the end of this month!! If we do not receive a photo from you I will use your single photo we are taking today for the directory. If you would like us to use the same photo as last year than please let us know! Otherwise, your photos can be emailed to

1 medium tomato, seeded and Note: May be assembled ahead and refrigerated up to 12 chopped (optional) 1/2 cup thin-sliced green onions hours before baking. (optional)

Pumpkin Bread Ingredients • 31/2 cups Flour • 2 teaspoons Baking soda • 1 teaspoon Salt • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice • 3 cups Sugar • 1/2 cup Cooking oil • 4 Eggs • 2 1/2 cups Canned Pumpkin • 1/4 Water

Directions 1. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. 2. In a separate bowl, mix by hand the sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin, and water. 3. Combine with the dry ingredients. 4. Bake in 9×5 loaf pans at 350 degrees for 90 minutes, checking after 1 hour. Yield: 2 Loaves

Notes I also like to use this recipe to make a dozen muffins and four mini-loaves. Decrease the baking time accordingly. (about 30 min.) • The 2.5 cups of pumpkin can be replaced by the same quantity of other fruit. Bananas, apples, cranberries, figs – all good choices. Try adding leftover jars of baby food to the mix. • These freeze very well.

MOMMY CLASSIFIEDS Nursing Stool - Great condition $15 Kelty Kids Backcountry Pack w/ rainshield Great condition $75 Contact Julie 970-749-9308

Bike Carrier (for 2 kids) A new season for out with the old, outgrown, and overlooked. But before you give that stuff the old heave-ho, ask yourself if it’s something another mom could use. If so, list it in the newsletter. You may have just the thing someone is looking for! Whether you’re giving it away or trying to sale it we are interested! Also, if you are looking for something in particular post it here!

Contact Kristen 240-8343

Email Lacy at

Food For Meetings We need everyone to volunteer to bring food and drinks to our MOPS meetings throughout the year. There is a sign up sheet at each meeting so you can sign yourself up. We need the following each meeting: 2 Egg dishes 2 Breads Juice Fruit You can bring your favorite Brunch food to share or try out a new recipe! We need food for 15-20 people, so your help is greatly appreciated! Check out the Easy recipe ideas Above. These would be great for a MOPS meeting!

NEWS LOCAL EVENTS Pumpkin Patch Craft Show Montrose Fairgrounds Oct. 15 3:00-7:00pm Oct. 16 9:00-4:00pm

Next Meeting Theme: Canning Speaker: Jeanie Rice from Tri-River CSU Extension

Craft: Mosaics

Altrusa Early Education Fair Downtown Centennial Plaza Oct. 23rd 10:00-12:00pm This is a fair for young children, their parents, pre-school teachers, and day-care providers. puppet shows story-telling refreshments and treats for all.

Pumpkin Patches Devries Ranch Off of Hwy 50 between Montrose & Olathe Open 8:00-7:00pm Corn Maze and U– pick pumpkins 323-6559 Covered Bridge Pumpkin Patch 17249 6250 Rd. (take Davewood road) Hay rides, farm tours, picnic area 240-0106

Come to Breakfast with us! MOPS Morning Out 1st Friday of every month, 9:00a.m meet at the church Childcare is provided


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