Fourth Annual Bargain Bash

We are very excited to announce that the Junior League of Omaha will be hosting
its fourth annual Bargain Bash at the Hope Center for Kids on Saturday, May
15 and Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Bargain Bash has come to be known as Omaha’s best blowout rummage sale! It
will feature a variety of items such as designer and name-brand clothing, shoes
and jewelry for men/women/children, as well as baby supplies, toys, kitchenware,
home decor, furniture and much more. Stay tuned for more details on some of
the standout items that we will be featuring this year!

For a $20 donation, early bird shoppers can gain early access to the event on
Saturday, May 15, from 8:00 to 9:30 am. Early birds will have a chance to shop
before the official opening and get their first pick of the items for sale while
enjoying some delicious coffee.

Some of you may have been used to seeing us in the Fall, and possibly
wondering “Why the change?”. We did have to make the difficult decision to
postpone this exciting event in the interest of protecting the health and well-
being of the community during these unprecedented times of the COVID-19
pandemic. That being said, we will be closely monitoring the status of the
pandemic leading up to this event, and will be taking all of the necessary
precautions to ensure the safety of our patrons and volunteers. Stay tuned for
more details on the measures we will be taking to keep you safe!

Thank you so much for your continued support and we hope to be seeing you
very soon at Bargain Bash 2021!

Meat-Free Meal: Artichoke Fettuccini

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for spinach and artichoke dip. When I saw this recipe in Junior League’s A Century of Service Cookbook, I knew it was going to be a quick favorite! While the recipe doesn’t call for spinach, it can easily be added in with the rest of the ingredients when making the sauce, and will satisfy all of your spinach and artichoke dip cravings.

Another bonus is that this recipe can be made completely vegetarian! Swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth and you have a solid vegetarian option to keep you warm the rest of the winter. And with how easy it is to make, I’m not how it could get any better!

Artichoke Fettuccini

# Servings: 6

Category: Main Dishes

Pan Size: Large pot

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cans artichokes, rinsed and drained
  • 8 asparagus spears, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth (can be subbed for vegetable broth to make it truly meat free!)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces fettuccini noodles

Directions:

Saute the mushrooms in the butter and olive oil in a skillet until tender. Stir in the flour. Add the artichokes, asparagus, broth, lemon juice, parsley, garlic and red pepper flakes and mix well. Cook the fettuccine according to the package directions, drain. Combine the fettuccini and mushroom mixture in a large saucepan, Cook until heated through. 

Don’t forget to tag us when you make the recipe! 

Artichoke Fettuccini 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/

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!

Cooking Class Takes the JLO Cookbook

Earlier this week some ladies of the Junior League of Omaha partnered with Chief Leisure Officer, Jeff Dodgson to learn how to prepare some recipes. All recipes were made from the Junior League of Omaha A Century of Serving cookbook!

The virtual class allowed members to cook in the safety of their own home and make delicious recipes. The recipes included ale steamed mussels, steamed spinach paired with a steak with port sauce and finished with bourbon baked apples à la mode.

Interested in making these recipes? Get your Junior League cookbook: A Century of Serving today at JLOmaha.org/cookbook!

We’re (peanut) butter together!

There are few things that go better together than chocolate and peanut butter, and this pairing of decadent chocolate cake layers and creamy peanut butter buttercream frosting are a match made in heaven! 

The cake starts with moist, delicious layers of chocolate cake. Between the layers and covering the outside of the cake is a peanut butter frosting. Take the recipe up a notch by chopping Reese’s on top of the frosting and ganache but between the cake layers – every peanut butter and chocolate lovers favorite, am I right? 

After the cake is covered with frosting, drizzle the remaining ganache over the top and down the sides, then add more chopped Reese’s – you know, just for good measure 🙂

Now that you’ve made the most beautiful and delicious chocolate cake, don’t forget to take a picture and tag @JLOmaha when you post about it!

Junior League of Omaha – A Century of Serving 

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

# Servings: 12

Category: Desserts

Pan Size: 8 inch cake pans

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting (below)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease three 8-inch cake pans and line with parchment paper. Microwave the chocolate and butter ina microwave safe bowl until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Beat the eggs and sugar at high speed in a mixing bowl for 5 minutes or until pale and more than doubled in volume. Beat in the vanilla extract. Sift in the baking cocoa and salt and beat until well mixed. Add the chocolate mixture in a steady stream, beating until well mixed. 

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cake pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted near the center comes out with a few dry crumbs. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Microwave the semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and butter in a microwave safe bowl at 50 percent power until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Let the ganache cool slightly. Spread the ganache and Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting between the layers and over the top and side of the cooled cake, ending with the ganache. Garnish the cake with peanut butter chips. 

Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  •  1 cup salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Cream the peanut butter and butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat in the vanilla extract and salt. Add the confectioners’ sugar ½ cup at a time, beating constantly. Beat at high speed with the flat beater attachment for 15 seconds or until light. Add the cream and beat for 15 seconds or until fluffy, adding additional sugar if too thin or additional cream if too thick. 

You can find this recipe 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/

Images by Joshua Foo

L is for Lemon Love!

With it being peak cold and flu season, citrus fruits seem to be an all too common topic – and for good reason! Citrus fruits help boost your immune system, lower the risk of some cancers and heart disease, and are high in antioxidants, so what’s not to love?! 

Since all the hype tends to be around oranges and grapefruit, we’re going to focus on the underrated and very versatile lemon. It can be used to flavor meat or fish, spruce up a side dish, or create a bright topping to a dessert. Amazing, right?

The JLO Cookbook has recipes to cover anything you’re in the mood for. Looking for a healthy recipe after all of that holiday food? Try the recipe for Baked Lemon Salmon. Looking for a unique side dish? We’ve got you covered with the Sweet Lemon Glazed Carrots! But if you’re feeling like us and it’s just been a long winter, relax with a little comfort food and try the recipe for Lemon Cheesecake. This recipe is so simple to make and could be the bright spot this endless winter needs.

Lemon Cheesecake

# Servings: 10 – 12 Category: Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 25 golden sandwich cookies
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt
  • 32 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups lemon curd

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Proces the cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Combine the crumbs, butter, and salt in a bowl and mix well.  Press over the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Let stand to cool. Beat the cream cheese in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add the sugar gradually, beating constantly. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Pour two-thirds of the batter over the crust. Dollop with 1  cup of the lemon curd and swirl gently with a knife. Spread with the remaining batter. Bake the cheesecake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until set. Turn off the oven. Let the cheesecake stand in the oven for 15 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the cheesecake to loosen. Let stand on a wire rack for 1 hour or until cooled completely. Chill, covered, for 10 to 24 hours. Remove the side of the pan. Place the cheesecake on a plate. Top with the remaining lemon curd. Garnish with candied lemon slices. 

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

Images by Joshua Foo 

Once you’ve made it, break out portrait mode and show us your creation! Don’t forget to tag us @JLOmaha!

You can find this recipe 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/

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/

The Perfect Holiday Gift

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? The Junior League of Omaha cookbook is a festive option – sure to wow your family and friends! Want to make your gift extra special? Check out a few ways to bundle A Century of Serving:

  • Wrap one in a pretty tablecloth, dish towel, or placemats.
  • Buy a cocktails book and attach a mini bottle and cocktail stirrer
  • Place one inside a skillet, frying pan, or grill pan and tie with ribbon
  • Use a knife and fork as part of the bow to wrap it with
  • Tie on a slim bottle of flavored olive oil or a unique spice to the front
  • Add a bamboo cutting board and a set of three whisks tied with some ribbon.

Order your cookbook today at  https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/ or from one of our many local retailers.

Adapting our Community Impact with COVID

COVID-19 has affected every family in our community, hear from Community Impact Council Director Catherine Harrington on how this has affected her family, the Junior League of Omaha and how were are continuing our community impact safely during these times.

This time of year is always my favorite. I love the decorations, the cheery music and the overall feeling of warmth and love despite the temperatures plummeting and  the days growing shorter. As we near the end of fall and enter the winter holiday season I like to pause and reflect on the past year. And this year has been quite the doozy.

Gratitude is a daily practice for our family. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. 2020 has taken so much from so many, and sometimes it’s hard to see the glass as half-full. 

For my family and I COVID has been more of an inconvenience. We haven’t seen my family in Chicago since February, and that’s tough. But for some families their lives have been turned upside down by the loss of a job, or worse, a loved one.

While this year has been “different”, I’m also grateful for some of the things to come out of our new covid lifestyle. I’m grateful for a slower pace of life and more time at home with my family. I’m grateful for the opportunity to join meetings virtually, although I do so miss seeing my friends in person. 

But what I’m most thankful for is seeing the way our community has come together. Neighbors checking in on each other. An extra trip to the grocery store to pick up supplies for an older couple. The love and outpouring of support for our medical community who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe is inspiring. Healthcare workers are super heroes.

 

I love to see people working together for the common good. As a public health crisis, we are all responsible for helping to flatten the curve and keep each other safe. Staying at home as much as possible is so important right now. It isn’t always easy, but it’s essential. To those of you who are doing their part to mask up and limit in person interactions, thank you.

Our league recognizes your sacrifice and we appreciate you. We are here to support you in any way we can. Reach out to your fellow league members for a virtual coffee date or happy hour. Attend one of our (amazing) zoom trainings and get in some virtual socialization. Pitch in and lend a hand in one of our virtual community impact shifts. The Done in a Day and Food Access teams have worked hard to offer opportunities to learn and help virtually. 

League Letters is a particular favorite of mine. We meet virtually for conversation and comraderie while writing hand written notes of support and encouragement to nonprofits, healthcare workers, or anyone needing a kind word. 

Virtual Meeting for League Letters

If you feel comfortable leaving home and volunteering in person we have physically distanced impact shifts available. Your safety, our partners safety and those we serve is of the utmost importance to us. We are only partnering with agencies who take their physical distancing and covid protocols seriously. 

Right now the need in our community is higher than ever. The nonprofits and agencies in our community are stretched thin and we want to support them as much as possible. 

But most importantly, we’re continuing to offer safe, physically distanced impact shifts for those we serve. Many members of our community don’t have the luxury of staying at home safely. They might not have enough food at home or diapers for their baby. They might not have a safe, stable home life. They might not have heat.

These are issues that many of our neighbors struggle with. These are the people we are committed to serving. Food insecurity in our community is through the roof. Our partners at Heart Ministry Center are seeing unprecedented numbers of people using their drive up pantry, and don’t expect those numbers to go down any time soon. 11% to 17% of Nebraskans are expected to face food insecurity, while 17% to 23% of the state’s children deal with hunger. 

I can imagine it’s hard to find gratitude if you’re struggling with basic needs. It’s hard to see the glass as half-full when you don’t have a cup. 

If covid has taught us anything, it’s that our community is only healthy and thriving if we all are. Like our city’s public health, the strength, vibrance and health of our community is a cumulative reflection of all of us.

This holiday season please remember that you get more by giving. That warm, cozy feeling we love so much this time of year is from the outpouring of love and generosity this time of year. Join us for a virtual or in person impact shift. Make a donation, however big or small to your favorite nonprofits. Do something kind for someone you love, or a perfect stranger. 

I hope you ladies have a beautiful holiday season with those you love. I’m proud to be part of an organization that was founded to serve others and make a positive impact in our community. I am grateful for all that you do, and I’m grateful for your friendship. Thank you for being here.