Ann Arbor, MI: The MDC Potluck

Six years ago, I discovered a little gem on the internet called Mothering. It was the beginning of my entire journey towards all things natural, granola, hippy, and the sort. :) So when fellow Mothering Dot Commune mama, Jenn, invited us to her house for a potluck…we just HAD to go!

We arrived at Jenn and Lon’s beautiful home in Ypsilanti and met three other MDC families who live in the area. When Jenn was introducing me to one mama in particular…Claire…I looked at her and thought “wow…she looks really familiar!” After she told me her screen name, I knew exactly who she was because I had read MANY of her posts on Mothering years ago and have never laughed so hard in my life. She’s a funny lady and we had a fun time talking.

Jenn is equally amazing…having birthed twin boys naturally (and carrying them over 40 weeks), each weighing in at nearly 9 lbs a PIECE!! Wow. She broke all kinds of records at that hospital! :) She also has a daughter who is Bella’s age…they had a really fun time playing together. Her home is welcoming, bright and cheery…and so “kid-centered”. There were A LOT of kids there. The adults were definitely out-numbered.

The potluck offerings were out of this world…I just couldn’t get enough of a certain butternut squash, cream cheese, burrito concoction. I’m still dreaming of it. We gave tours of the RV…the mamas hung out inside with the kiddos playing “doctor” on the bed, while the daddies learned more about veggie oil.

It was a really fun night of fellowship and connections…once again, the internet proved to be an amazing tool for bringing together like-minded people!

Photo album here.

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  1. We had a blast meeting you & your family in person! What a wonderful night. Thank you for bringing your light, joy and inspiration to Ann Arbor! Wish we could get together more often!

    Many blessings on the road!
    Claire, “Spark” on MDC

    P.S. Here’s my Squash Concoction Recipe. ;)

    Spark’s Enchilada’s Calabaza

    First off, I’m sorry I don’t have proportions. I made up this recipe & I’ve always just eye balled things & taken a clean spoon out to test it if I’m not sure. Hope it turns out yummy for you! Happy cooking! Enjoy!

    Mix the following together for filling:
    2 Butternut Squash roasted & scooped into a bowl.
    1 package softened Cream Cheese
    1/2 Onion or handful of Green Onions finely chopped
    A lot of Cumin
    A bit of Cinnamon, Red Pepper Powder & Honey

    Once filling is made, heat 1/2 inch worth of Oil in a pan.

    Corn Tortillas – fry on each side for about 30-45 seconds. It should be softened, but just a touch more golden brown.

    Fill corn tortilla with about 2-3 TBS of squash mixture. Roll up. Sprinkle just a touch of Shredded Cheese on top. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees until cheese on top is melted.

    Comment by Claire Sparklin — October 15, 2007 @ 11:26 am

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