Join Us for The JLO Classic!

The Junior League of Omaha’s newest fundraiser is taking place Sunday, September 26 at Topgolf Omaha, and sure to be a swinging good time. Contact karinakiewel@gmail.com for a JLO Classic flyer you can post or share.

Throughout the event is a silent auction with door prizes and a hole-in-one prize opportunity. Stay tuned to the Junior League of Omaha’s social media channels for more details on the awesome prizes and silent auction items. If you or someone you know would like to donate anything to this event, please contact our chair Beth Kalal at golfclassic@jlomaha.org.

Don’t know what to wear to the event? We’ve got you covered! This year’s theme is Caddyshack—the greatest golf movie of all time. Fire up Netflix (or do a quick google search) for outfit inspiration. There will be prizes for the best individual and team outfits that feature our theme, so come dressed to impress! Bottom line is you won’t want to miss this event!

Bargain Bash COVID Precautions – Keeping you Safe!

Our 4th Annual Bargain Bash is just a few short weeks away!  Join us on Saturday, May 15th, and Sunday, May 16, at The Hope Center for Kids (2200 N 20th St, Omaha, NE 68110).  

Curious about what steps we will be taking to keep shoppers safe as we continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation?  Rest assured that we are as committed as ever to taking the proper precautions for adhering to CDC guidelines and following social distancing best practices.  

Here are the Covid-19 precautions that will be in place throughout the duration of the event:

  • Face masks/coverings will be required for all attendees at all times
  • Floor markings will be placed 6 feet apart for proper social distancing throughout the event space and at checkout lines 
  • Volunteers will be regularly cleaning and sanitizing surfaces throughout the event
  • Contactless payments via the use of Square®
  • Plenty of hand sanitizer will be available for use by all 

And of course, if you are planning to attend, we strongly advise that you continue to adhere to your own self-screening and self-hygiene practices, including:

  • Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Wearing a mask that covers both your nose and mouth
  • If you cough or sneeze, doing so into a tissue or mask, then throwing the tissue away or putting on a clean mask, and washing/sanitizing your hands immediately
  • Monitoring your daily health and staying home if you feel sick or have any symptoms!

We are so excited to be finally hosting Bargain Bash after much delay, and very much hope to see you there, but please do use your best judgement and consider your comfort level when making the decision to attend.  If we work together, we can make this a fun and safe experience for all!

Carryout for a Cause with A Casserole To Go!

Covid-19 has changed the way we do so many things in life. Some of us may have recently celebrated one year of working from home, mastered the art of e-learning, or maybe both! We have had to miss birthdays, celebrations, and holidays to keep those we love and ourselves safe and healthy. 

As an organization committed to addressing the issues of hunger and access to food in the Omaha community, we understand how food brings people together and how food is woven into our cultures. In an effort to bring community members together, we’d love to provide an opportunity that safely brings people together and supports the League! 

The Junior League is excited to be partnering with A Casserole To Go, a division of Abraham Catering, throughout the month of April to help you plan a family dinner, a date night in, or a virtual happy hour without the mess and stress of cooking and cleaning. Whether you’re able to safely come together or use devices to come together virtually, A Casserole To Go provides a plethora of ready-to-bake meals and casseroles, appetizers, desserts, and spirits! When you visit and order from A Casserole To Go, use code JLO at checkout for 10% of your purchase to benefit the League. Both Covide-friendly pickup and delivery are available! Delivery is currently available in the Omaha area only. 

Take a look at how some of our members along with their friends and family came together and enjoyed “Casseroles and Conversations” during our virtual April General Membership Meeting. Our members were able to order items from a special menu, which included: 

App Pack for 4 

Hummus with Zataar Pita, Sliced Vegetables 

Bruschetta with Sliced Crostini 

6 Deviled Egg Co ‘Everything Eggs’ (Gluten Free, Keto Friendly!)

Caramel Baked Brie with Lahvosh (ready to bake)

Charcuterie Box with 4 Pack Babe Rosé 100 

Dessert Bites for 4
Key Lime Pie Tarts

Salted Caramel Brownie Bites 

French Silk Chocolate Tart

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies 

If you’d like to learn more about us, visit our website, or reach out to Join@JLOmaha.org about joining! 
Checkout how the League has been keeping its members and others safe here.

Spread Good with #DoGoodWeek

What is Do Good Week?

Like GivingTuesday, Do Good Week® is a global, week-long movement encouraging people to actively demonstrate kindness and compassion plus share positive stories using #DOGOODWEEK on social platforms. Originally, Do Good Week® started in 2016 as an effort to change the social conversation to something positive for one week and has grown into a movement to inspire kindness and promote positivity. And the world needs it now more than ever! Since 2016, Do Good Week® has reached more than 130 million people with the hashtag #DOGOODWEEK.

When is Do Good Week?

It’s right around the corner! Join in SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week®, April 19 to April 24, 2021, presented by FNBO. Each day of Do Good Week® is themed to help inspire you to take positive action and learn about nonprofits doing good – like us! The Junior League of Omaha!

 Five days dedicated to helping us meet our needs, followed by a day of celebration!

 Monday, April 19: Mission Monday
          Learn more about our work and needs.

Tuesday, April 20: New Donor Tuesday
          If you’ve never given a gift to our organization, now’s the time! Your gift could help us unlock a cash prize.

Wednesday. April 21: Wish List Wednesday
          Donate the equivalent cost of or purchase items used in our programming. 

Thursday, April 22: Volun-Thursday
          Join us! Become a member or join our volunteer team.

Friday, April 23: Fund It Friday
          Help us meet our fundraising goal!

Saturday, April 24: Celebration Saturday
          Time to celebrate your generosity! Cheer for us as we hope to win a cash prize from FNBO, Omaha Steaks, and Pottawattamie County Community Foundation.

 Get Involved!

Yes, you! Right now! It’s super easy to join this week-long movement and support the Junior League of Omaha. Start by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter along with SHARE Omaha. Don’t forget to use the hashtags: #JLOMAHA and #DOGOODWEEK. Next, check out ways to get involved, learn more, and how to support us here.

Who We Are

The Junior League of Omaha is an organization of women committed to our Mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Since 1919, the Junior League of Omaha has trained volunteers, provided civic leadership, raised funds and developed programs and services to help make Omaha great. Throughout our League’s 98 years of service, our membership has donated more than $2 million and more than 1.4 million volunteer hours to causes in our community. The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities. The wide reach of our community impact would not be possible without the financial support we receive from fundraising activities such as Do Good Week®. We encourage you to support our mission and join us for Do Good Week® this year!

Last Chance To Donate to Bargain Bash!

In the mood for some spring cleaning?  You’ll have one more chance to donate to the Junior League’s 4th Annual Bargain Bash!  We will be holding our final drop-off date in April, and would love the chance to take any gently used home goods, clothing, kitchen appliances, décor, and/or furniture off of your hands.  

Your donations directly contribute to the success of this event, helping the League to continue to impact the community with our projects and league engagement.

Drop-Off Date Details:

When: April 24th, 2021

Where: Junior League of Omaha Headquarters; 12315 Pacific Street

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Rest assured, our drop-off date volunteers will be taking all of the necessary precautions that we have come to expect in this current climate, including masking and regular hand sanitizing and/or glove wearing.  We value your support and care about keeping you safe!

As always, don’t forget to spread the word to your friends and family. Every donation counts, and nothing will go to waste!  Any unsold inventory will be donated to other local non-profits who specialize in providing support and basic necessities to those in need.  These partnerships with other charitable organizations is just one more way that the league is able to support our community and lend a helping hand.  

We would also like to give a huge shout out to our sponsors, Mike Morris and Brenda Christensen of Thermo King Christensen, who have graciously donated the storage space needed to accept all of the generous donations received so far.  We could not have done it without them!

Thank you so much for your continued support and we hope you’ll stop by on May 15th and 16th to check out our new event space at The Hope Center for Children and (of course) do some shopping!

History of the Junior League Cookbook

Did you know the first recorded Junior League cookbook was printed in 1930? It’s titled “The Junior League Recipe Book” and was privately printed by the Los Angeles league. The oldest Junior League cookbook still in print was published initially in 1950! Since their inception, any profits from cookbook sales were used to support community projects and programs – which is still happening today. In Omaha, JLO’s A Century of Serving cookbook supports the League’s training and community initiatives.

We are lucky to have access to a small cookbook library through the JLO Cookbook co-chair Katy Spratte Joyce!  Of her collection of 100+ books, more than 60 are Junior League offerings from around the world. Some of her favorites are “Colorado Cache” from the Junior League of Denver (1978), “And Roses for the Table: A Garden of Recipes” from the Junior League of Tyler, Texas (1997), and “Fresh from the Valley: A Harvest of Recipes” from the Junior League of Yakima (2003). 

What are your favorite Junior League cookbooks? Be sure to pick up our newest one, A Century of Serving, online or at any of our partner retail locations! https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/

Below are the cookbooks photographed:

  • “California Fresh” The Junior League of Oakland-East Bay (1985)
  • “Tuxedos to Tailgates: A Celebration of the Seasons” Dallas Junior Forum (2003) “Beyond Parsley, Beautiful Food Presented by the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri” (1984)
  • “Stop and Smell the Rosemary: Recipes and Traditions to Remember” The Junior League of Houston (1996) 
  • “Pig Out: Selected Recipes from the Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa” (1986)
  • “Atlanta Cooknotes”, Junior League of Atlanta (1982)
  • “Sassafras: The Ozarks Cookbook”, The Junior League of Springfield, Missouri (1985)
  • “Seaboard to Sideboard: A Collection of Recipes from the Junior League of Wilmington, North Carolina (1998)
  • “Pomegranates & Prickly Pears”, flavorful entertaining from The Junior League of Phoenix  (2005) 

Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Let’s face it, breakfast casseroles are perfect when you need to feed a crowd right away in the morning. Eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns, layered in a casserole dish and placed in the oven – does it get easier than that? Serve this with fruit (and a mimosa or two), and you are guaranteed to start the day off right with this recipe!

Now I do not pretend to be a professional chef or photographer so I apologize in advance for my amatuer skills here, but I started by prepping all of the ingredients. 

The recipe calls for a bag of hashbrowns. The store only had about 498 options, so I went with a 30oz bag and was happy with the results!

*Disclaimer* This recipe calls for garlic and onion, so onion is featured in the photo, but due to dietary restrictions neither were used in the casserole that is photographed (I know, it’s the saddest thing ever). Good news – this recipe tastes just as great without it!

Start by browning Italian sausage over medium heat, then remove with a slotted spoon and place to the side in a bowl. Saute the chopped peppers, onion, and garlic in the grease remaining in the skillet. Again, I’m not able to cook with onions or garlic so you won’t see them in any of my photos, but my goodness the red pepper smelled amazing cooked in the Italian sausage grease! 

You know that part when you’re cooking where you wonder if it’s supposed to look like that? Yeah, well this is that part for me. 

I added the peppers to the hashbrowns and cheese, mixing them together in a large bowl. As I whisked the eggs and milk together I was 150% convinced there was no way that would be enough to cover all of those hashbrowns – but it does! Top with the remaining cheese and it’s ready for the oven. 

This was baked covered with foil at 375 for 20 minutes, then uncovered for another 10-15 minutes. I don’t have a 7×11 pan so I used a 9×13 instead and felt it worked just fine. 

Overall, this recipe is really easy and delicious!  I was surprised how much egg there was considering there are only 6 in the whole recipe. The Italian sausage adds a ton of flavor so if you have dietary restrictions but can tolerate breakfast sausage, this recipe is great! From start to finish it probably took an hour, including cook time, and it was a hit with my family so it will definitely be made again! If I can make it and have it turn out well, I promise you can too.

…and I wasn’t kidding, this pairs really well with a mimosa 😉

Breakfast Casserole is one of the recipes in the Junior League of Omaha’s A Century of Serving cookbook, available online and in stores now: https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 package frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Sliced green onions to taste (optional)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro to taste (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat, pressing and stirring with a wooden spoon to crumble. Remove the sausage to a bowl using a slotted spoon. Pour off most of the skillet drippings. Saute the onion and red bell pepper in the remaining skillet drippings for 5 minutes or until tender. Add the garlic. Saute until tender. Add the onion mixture, hashbrowns and 1 ½ cups Cheddar cheese to the sausage and mix well. Whisk the eggs, milk and black pepper in a bowl. Stir into the sausage mixture. Spoon into a 7×11 inch baking pan. Sprinkle with the remaining Cheddar cheese. Bake, covered with foil, for 20 minutes. Bake, uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes or until light brown. Let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions and cilantro. Serve with salsa. 

Important Update on February Bargain Bash Drop-Off: Whoops We’re Full!

The upcoming Bargain Bash drop-off date scheduled for February 20th, 2021, has been CANCELLED.  

Thanks to the overwhelming support and generosity from all of our supporters, we are stuffed to the brim with donations.  We have therefore made the difficult decision to CANCEL the February drop-off date that was scheduled to occur on Saturday, February 20th, at the Junior League Headquarters.  

Thank you so much to those who have donated so far, and to those who had planned to donate in February.  Your continued support of the League directly contributes to our success.  At this time, there are NO further drop-off dates scheduled, however we will surely spread the word if this should change.  

Please stay tuned for some exciting upcoming announcements on the dates and location of our 2021 Bargain Bash event!

Upcoming Bargain Bash Drop Off Dates

Do you have any gently used home goods, clothing, kitchen appliances, décor, or furniture that are
taking up valuable space in your home? Donate them to our JLO Bargain Bash Rummage Sale! We will
be holding several drop-off dates over the coming months to collect your donations.
Upcoming drop-off date:

There will be NO drop-off date in December, but we will be back in 2021 with more opportunities to
donate!

When: January 16, 2021
Where: Junior League of Omaha Headquarters; 12315 Pacific Street
When: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

When: February 20, 2021
Where: Junior League of Omaha Headquarters; 12315 Pacific Street
When: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Swing on by during one of our drop-off times, and our wonderful Junior League member volunteers will help you unload any items you wish to donate. Feel free to package smaller items into boxes, bags, or totes that you do not mind donating. Our volunteers are also happy to help you unload any larger scale items that you may wish to donate as well.

Additionally, in the interest of keeping everyone safe, you will notice that all of our volunteers will be
wearing masks and gloves for the duration of the drop-off timeframe, and we strongly encourage you to wear your mask as well! We are committed to ensuring a safe and hassle-free drop-off experience for
you, and will do whatever we can to be respectful of your comfort level.

So if you have donation item(s) that are good shape and/or working condition, bring them on down to
us! Your generous donations are crucial for the success of this event. Every single item donated
contributes to the fundraising success of this event, which allows the League to continue to impact and
support our community through our projects and league engagement.

And don’t forget to spread the word to your friends and family. Every donation counts!

Holiday Dessert Guide

Let’s face it, the holidays just aren’t going to look the same this year. We’re all hunting for ways to spend distanced time with our closest family, and the Junior League of Omaha cookbook can help you find recipes that can be made into single servings to make life a little easier.

Have a peanut butter lover in the family? Try our Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe! If you want something a little smaller, our Dark Chocolate and Seas Salt Sables more than get the job done. You can also find a recipe for Apple Pie Bars or Bourbon Baked Apples to put a single-serving twist on a holiday favorite dessert, or keep it even more simple with Sweet and Salty Caramel Brownie Bites. Whatever you’re craving, the JLO cookbook can satisfy.

The best thing we can do in this complicated time is keep the holidays simple, so our gift to you this holiday season is our amazing recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Junior League of Omaha – A Century of Serving 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

# Servings: 8 Dozen Category: Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 6 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 ¼ cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Directions

Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix well. Break the eggs into a bowl. 

Cream the butter,shortening, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs 2 at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans. Chill the dough for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto non stick baking sheets. Bake for 11 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes. Remove to waxed paper to cool completely. 

To learn more or purchase your own copy of the A Century of Serving cookbook click here.

Images by Joshua Foo 


You can find this recipes and more in the Junior League of Omaha’s A Century of Serving cookbook, available online at the link below or one of our many local retailers: https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/