Monthly Archives: November 2012

O’ Christmas tree, o’ Christmas tree, how I hate your li-ights

This tree? This one right here?

It doesn’t want to be lit up with tons of pretty little white lights.

It must sense that it’s my first EVER real Christmas tree and is trying to sabotage me so that I don’t buy one of its cousins next year.

This tree has been partially lit for several days now. First, when I plugged in strand #5, the whole tree went dark. When Adam fixed that for me, the next strand I plugged in was fully lit – that is until I got about 1/3 of the way through the strand and then the last 1/2 went dark. That happened TWICE. And then today, when I was finally making some headway, I ran out of lights.

(Yes, there may already be 700+ lights on just over 1/2 the tree. But I like lights more than ornaments, so give me a break.)

So this last Friday night of November, Adam sits on the floor with a trashcan full of old white lights trying to make more strands work. (And I would have included a picture of him doing this as well, but of course, to add to the humor of this stupid tree lighting, the battery on my camera just died. Right now, as I attempted to take his picture.)

Adam just said to me: “Heh. The lights just went out.”

No freaking joke.

Thanksgiving aftermath

While I totally love a good traditional Thanksgiving feast, this year wasn’t quite as enjoyable because of this lovely thing called gestational diabetes. Low carb diets aren’t so fun when the side dishes are potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, etc.

And while I really enjoyed eating those wonderful foods (my blood sugars were even totally on target when I tested!), I enjoy the aftermath of “Thanksgiving” more than the actual feast.

Like when my mom tells Alaina she can do her make-up and when Alaina gets bored with “normal” make-up, my mom turns into this:

The other “aftermath” of Thanksgiving that I love is leftovers. But I get really tired of turkey really quickly. Luckily, my mom gave me a favorite recipe when I got married for Chicken and Noodles, that works wonderfully with leftover turkey as well. And my whole family loves it, which is always a plus! So I thought I’d share it with you so you’re not eating leftover turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing for the next three days straight.

  • Turkey and Noodles

    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    Cook Time: 30 minutes

    Total Time: 50 minutes

    Turkey and Noodles

    Ingredients

    • 6 oz. of uncooked noodles
    • 1 lb shredded or chopped turkey
    • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
    • 1/3 cup flour
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 1 cup milk
    • season salt, to taste

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
    2. While you are waiting for the water to boil for the noodles in a larger pot, melt the butter for the white sauce over medium-low heat in a smaller pot.
    3. When the water is boiling, add the noodles and cook as directed.
    4. When the butter is melted, add the flour using a whisk until smooth. Slowly add the broth and milk, again stirring with a whisk until completely mixed.
    5. Cook the white sauce over medium to medium-high heat, stirring often with a whisk, until thick and bubbly (about 10 minutes).
    6. Drain noodles and combine with turkey and white sauce in an 8x8 baking dish.
    7. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with season salt to taste upon serving.
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(I normally make this gluten-free for my family by subbing g-free noodles and all-purpose flour so I can eat it too. 🙂 )
I always feel so blessed during the holiday season, sharing meals with so many family members and feeling quite thankful for all we have. I pray the same for you.

Oh! And if you have a good leftover recipe you’d like to share, I’d love to see it! Leave a comment with the link and I’ll totally check it out.

Oh! Oh! And we totally rocked out to Just Dance 4 today too. Even my brother “danced” by moving his one arm with the controller. 🙂

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The family that throws pumpkins together…

Right before Halloween the girls randomly asked if we’d let them smash their pumpkins when they were ready to be thrown out. We said sure.

Then Adam suggests: “You could throw them out the upstairs bathroom window and watch them fall and smash onto the ground.”

Um, yes, Adam’s my HUSBAND, not my son.

And then I thought, why not? I feel like I’m always telling my kids no and it gets so old. “No more screen time.” “No more sweets.” “No more sleepovers.” Blah, blah, blah… I know I start to sound like the teacher in Charlie Brown.

So here’s to saying yes to fun things that won’t hurt anyone or ruin brains or dinner. Here’s to FUN. 

We ended up throwing them from the 2nd story porch, which was a much smarter idea. 🙂

The family that dances together…

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The first time I ever played Just Dance was at a family Thanksgiving celebration two years ago just two weeks after Lucas was born. I had wanted to play since I heard there was such a game. (I *love* to dance!) But alas, we had no Wii.

At that point, I decided that I just had to have this game.

Fast forward one year: we still had no Wii. So we decided to buy one as a family Christmas gift last year. And of course, the *only* game I wanted was the then-current Just Dance 3, so Adam got it for me for Christmas.

Some of the things I love about Just Dance? Dancing to good music, beating my husband’s high scores, playing together as a whole family and using it as exercise.

Some of the things I love about the new Just Dance 4? THE SAME THINGS! 🙂

I mean, really, when else are you going to get a video of your husband dancing to “Call Me Maybe?”

The girls are loving the new music and dance moves. I was actually expecting the same type of dance moves from the previous version – but they are totally original and (I think) harder than the previous version. (Or maybe I’m just totally out of shape. Nah, must be harder.)

Even Adam found a song after the girls went to bed to play by himself – “The Final Countdown” danced onscreen by two wrestlers. Of course Adam would find this song.

This Thanksgiving? We’re taking Just Dance 4 with us on our holiday trip north to stay with family. My plan (because I think I can win) is to have a Just Dance 4 championship bracket with all the family members (kids included). So during halftime of the Cowboys’ football game, we’re playing a serious game of Just Dance 4. Where I will be crowned victor.

You can get your own copy of Just Dance 4 in retail stores everywhere, including Amazon (affiliate link) and Toys R Us.

 

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

It’s November 8th. November 8th y’all, and my kids are already walking around with store ads telling me what they want for Christmas.

Even Lucas. It’s nuts.

Here’s the thing: they’re circling toys that are going to break by New Year’s. They do this EVERY year. You’d think they’d learn.

This year? I’m directing them to toys that will be around forever – like those made by Melissa & Doug. We’ve always loved their toys (ALWAYS), but since the girls have gotten older, we haven’t bought as many. Until this year! Because these toys are perfect for Lucas (aka “Destructo”) now – especially since he won’t be able to ruin them for baby #4 to use as well.

Melissa & Doug has a “Terrific Twenty” list that compiles the “best of the best” holiday gifts from their line for the 2012 holiday season. You guys – you have to check it out.

And to celebrate this year’s list, Melissa & Doug is having a “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway on their Facebook page! Every day (starting November 6) they’ll be giving away one item from their Terrific Twenty list to at least one of their lucky Facebook fans! To enter their Facebook giveaway, go here.

Want another chance to win one the Terrific Twenty items? You can win a Big Rig Building Truck Wooden Play Set of your very own (which I would promptly store in my closet until Christmas if I were you) RIGHT HERE! 🙂

All you have to do is leave one comment below sharing who would get this Big Rig as a gift if you win. (You have to do this to be entered into the giveaway.)

Want to increase your chances of winning? You can earn up to 2 more entries by:

  1. Sharing this post on Facebook. Come back and leave another comment telling me you did so with a link to your personal Facebook page.
  2. Tweeting about this giveaway. Something like this: “Enter to win a Big Rig wooden play set from the Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty list and @katieunscripted! http://wp.me/p2QiXQ-aT“. Again, come back and leave another comment telling me you tweeted with a link to the tweet.

Details: The contest is open through 8pm, Thursday, November 15th. The winner will be chosen and contacted via email on Friday, November 16th (so please make sure your email address is included in at least one of your comments below so I can reach you). The winner will have 24 hours to reply or another winner will be chosen. No exceptions, sorry.

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Disclosure: I received the Big Rig Building Truck Wooden Play Set to write this post and to do this giveaway. This is a sponsored post, though as always, all thoughts and opinions are totally mine, mine, mine. (As Lucas would say. And let’s be honest, Alaina and Cami too.)