Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving and Go Cats!!!

Our Thanksgiving holiday began with Hunter's Pre-K Thanksgiving lunch! Granna and Brody came along with me to surprise Hunter! The food was delicious and it was great to spend some time with Hunter's teachers and friends.

This is the only picture I snapped at the lunch! Time flew while we were there and of course we had to socialize! His teacher got a nice picture of all us, so I'm looking forward to seeing it- maybe in a craft! :)

Each child was asked to bring a dessert and I decided to get a little creative thanks to Pinterest! I thought the turkey cookies turned out well considering this was the first time I had designed something with icing!

Hunter's placemat at the lunch! I love it! I plan to get it out every Thanksgiving!

The candle he made for me. They were used as decorations at our table!

These two have the sweetest relationship! He would move in with Granna if we would let him! I didn't get any pictures of our Thanksgiving-Brody was still on the mend and wanted me to hold him the whole time! This is the day we went back for leftovers-it was actually Thanksgiving! We had to celebrate a day early because of family.

Getting ready to make his gingerbread train! He is obsessed with trains, so you can imagine his excitement!

Working hard on the icing! It was pretty goopy and somehow he managed not to get any on his clothes!

Working so hard to get the icing out! The face of determination!

Thumbs up! They did a great job and it's still intact on our counter!

There's that precious face I love! Excuse the mess on his face, but this was the first time he had smiled in a few days!

Look at those front teeth! I could just eat him up! After we left, we drove by Walmart to see if anyone was in line for Black Thursday/Friday! It was 7:00 and Brett went inside and sure enough, lines were forming for certain things! We wanted to get an Xbox 360 and Kinect for Hunter for Christmas and I won't lie, Brett and I wanted it too! He stood in line for three hours and we got one!! I went out once he got home, but I didn't have much luck! Our next adventure would be Saturday morning!

I felt like I was a part of history! We went to Lexington with a group of friends to the Kentucky/Tennessee game! Kentucky beat Tennessee for the first time in 27 years!!! We had great seats- six rows behind the field goal! There were only two of us out of the bunch cheering for Kentucky!!!

Rushing the field!!! It was unbelievable!!! They had the field goals down in less than ten seconds!

What a great day! What a great feeling for the Seniors who were playing their last game!

Yes, I got on the field!!! I loved every minute of it and I'm so glad we were able to go!!

We put up our Christmas decorations on Sunday and we are ready for the holidays!! I realized I missed Tasty Tuesday so it will have to be Tasty Thursday this week! It's just so hard to get back into the swing of things after a holiday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tasty Tuesday- Chicken Noodle Soup

Are you tired of chicken recipes? I swear we eat more than chicken! After the week we've had, chicken noodle soup fits our household at the moment! Both boys are on antibiotics and Brett is starting to feel sick! :( Poor Brody has gone to the doctor twice and the ER once in the past week! We couldn't get his high fever to break, he was totally inconsolable, and was having difficulty breathing on Sunday night! No strep, no flu, so they have determined he has a sinus infection on top of teething! Yuck! I am one worn out mommy! Not only is this recipe great for sickness, but for cold, winter nights too!

- One package of chicken tenders or chicken breasts
-Garlic Salt
-Onion, Carrots, and Celery
-Chicken bouillon cubes
-Noodles (no yolk)

-Boil chicken until tender, drain, shred, and put back in pot
-Add 4-6 cups of water (I've added up to 8)
-About 10-12 bouillon cubes
-1/2 of a small chopped onion
-Carrots 1-2 cups
-Celery 1 cup
-a few shakes of salt and pepper
-About four shakes of garlic salt
-2 shakes of parsley
-Add noodles

Ready to eat when noodles are tender! I must admit, I don't add carrots or celery because I don't like them, but it was part of the original recipe!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! Luckily before the sickness hit, I was able to attend Hunter's Thanksgiving lunch at school! I have a few pictures to post from it and I have some wonderful fridge art now! I'm going to get out on Black Thursday/Friday if the boys are feeling well! Wish me luck! :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tasty Tuesday-Creamy Chicken Casserole

Is it already Tasty Tuesday?! This past week was extremely hectic and busy for me. My mom was in town and I left Friday for a girls weekend in Nashville! I bet you can't guess what my next post will be?! Anyway, for this week I picked the easiest chicken casserole ever! My husband loves it, along with the kiddos!

-3 cups of chopped cooked chicken. Again, I buy one pack of Tyson trimmed and ready chicken breasts, boil, and shred.
-1 can of cream of chicken
-1 sour cream tub-8oz
-1 1/2 cups of crushed round crackers (about 40). I use Ritz crackers and if I'm being honest, I don't measure this part, I just crush them over the chicken until it's covered. I know some people like to have measurements though!
-1/4 cup of butter or margarine melted

Combine first three ingredients; spoon into a lightly greased 11 x 7 x 1 1/2 in baking dish. Cover chicken mixture with crushed crackers and pour butter on top. Bake uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes. Yields four servings.

Side note: I got this recipe from my neighbor and she uses a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store instead of having to boil and shred the chicken. I realize these recipes aren't the healthiest, but it's easy and my family likes it. I usually make rolls, Velveeta shells & cheese (Hunter and Brody's favorite), and peas or green beans.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Nashville-Good Times

Last weekend, I met up with my four high school best friends for a girls weekend in Nashville! We shopped, ate, laughed, reminisced, and created more inside jokes than ever!

At Charming Charlies, trying on hats for fun! Lauren has a New Years Eve wedding to go to, so she was on the hunt for a fun dress! We all tried on sequence dresses in Macy's and I'm sad to report that no one took a picture! :( We had a good time though and I can say I looked very stylish in my one sleeve gold sequence dress! haha

Eating my Hershey's Cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory! It was divine! We all got a different type of cheesecake and shared! As Layne stated, "I'm going to need a cardiac doctor after I finish this piece!"Thankful to be out of the parking lot! I don't know if you all have ever been to the mall at Green Hills, but I have never seen such tiny, packed in parking spaces! It took me a good ten minutes to park my SUV with Lauren and Brandy's help! I got a round of applause when I completed the task! ha When we came out to leave, a group of guys offered to help us! The main one who helped us was named Bouje! Yes, folks, pronounced Boo-gee! He was able to get me out in about five minutes! His friends kept hollering at us not to forget his name, he's a rapper, I apparently haven't and will never forget it! I have never been so stressed and I definitely needed a margarita by this point!

Thankful to be out of there as well! I tried forever to get this picture to rotate and it wouldn't! I'm sure many of you are tilting your head at this point! :)

We wanted to hang out somewhere that night so we decided to go to the Big Bang Dueling Pianos! I don't love this picture of me, but it's one of the few of all us! It was freezing by this point, but thankfully we only had to walk two blocks. Kilee and Layne were definitely troopers considering they are pregnant! Luckily we knew someone working, so he was able to get us a table in no time!

I have no idea what my swangs (swoop bangs) are doing here! Kilee tried to do waves in my hair, but I think it needs to be a little longer.

We had a great time and tons of fun! The next morning we got up, ate at Cracker Barrel, and hit the road! I realize how lucky and rare it is to still have four best friends from high school and I consider myself blessed! We are already talking about next years trip and making fun of what we will do for trips when we get old! I love you girls and here is a montage of inside jokes dedicated to you all!

I can't believe all of the traffic I caught on my way over here! Yes, I will more than likely be late to my own funeral. What type of donut do you want? I want a banana- so you want a long john? I have to pee! Are these the Real Housewives of Detroit? Come back here, you all have to see this shirt! Do we get the friend discount? You should have parked in the parking garage! Will you curl my hair like Jessica Simpson's? They're really clean! What's that noise in the bathroom? Why is it everywhere we go, someone has thrown up? You have to smell her perfume, it's Justin Beiber and it really does smell good! I'm going to order a pizza and onion rings when we get back! Bouje! Sit back down! Sit back down! They're getting ready to do NSYNC!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tasty Tuesday-Chicken & Dumplings

Here we go- it's Tasty Tuesday! This is the easiest chicken and dumplings recipe ever! I got it from a friend who got it off of Pinterest! If you love Cracker Barrel's, then you will definitely love this! I have made it numerous times and have told everyone I know about it! My mom is in town and this was her first dinner request! She gave me a five star rating and said it was even better than Cracker Barrel's C&D's! Enjoy!!

A blurry picture of our dinner last night! It was delicious!!!

-3 Chicken Breasts (Frozen or Not)- I just buy one pack of Tyson trimmed and ready thin sliced boneless chicken breasts. Put in crockpot and add two tbsp of butter on top. Then throw in two cans of cream of chicken soup, one can of chicken broth, small chopped onion (I leave out the onion because my family doesn't like it), and a heaping tbsp of parsley. Let it cook around four to five hours or until you can shred chicken with fork. After you shred the chicken, take at least half a can of refrigeriated biscuits, cut each one into nine pieces and throw in. Continue cooking for around one more hour! Enjoy!

Sidenote: I use Pilsbury biscuits and I have doubled the recipe and it works out great! I also cook this on low!

Monday, November 7, 2011

12 Month Stats and a Hodge Podge of Stuff

I still can't believe Brody is one! Our nephew's birthday is the day after Brody's, so by this point, we were on our third birthday cake of the weekend! I am definitely a sweets person, but I have never eaten so much cake in my life! Brody had his one year appointment the following week and other than him getting upset from the shots, everything went well!

Weight: 19 lbs, 9.5 oz (5-10%) I was shocked that my little piggy was that low in weight! He eats all the time- wish I had his problem :) The doctor said he wasn't worried and considering he has FOUR teeth coming in and he is more mobile, it's not surprising!

Length: 30.5 in (65-75%) Now that's more like it! Long and lean! Our newest accomplishment is using utensils! It's more of a mess I should say considering maybe ten percent goes in his mouth! He no longer allows me to feed him with a spoon or fork-he has to do it! My Swiffer has gotten more use in the past week than it probably has this whole year!

Hunter had a football game the same day as Brody's birthday! It was originally suppose to be at 9:00-no big deal considering Brody's party was at 12:30. WRONG-they moved the game to 11:00! Can you say panic mode?! It worked out fine, but I had to miss the game :( They won the game and made it to the playoffs the next weekend! His team lost by one point- they went for the win instead of the tie! We are so proud of the Panthers and they had a great season! Coach Tony was great with the kids and we are looking forward to next year!

Proud daddy moment! I must admit, I was a little teary eyed during the awards and handing out of the trophies! It's just amazing to see your child in these moments!

After Hunter's game, we had to get ready for the UT game! We had a blast tailgating with friends and spending some time just the two of us!

Now this is totally random, but I've been thinking about starting Tasty Tuesdays on my blog! I want to share a recipe every Tuesday because let's be honest, who couldn't use a new recipe? I got in a rut where I was cooking the same thing over and over, so I borrowed my neighbor's cookbook, recipes, got on Pinterest, etc. I have found some easy, excellent meals and why not share them! Let me know what you think!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Post Party at the Pumpkin Patch and Halloween

After the party wrapped up, we headed to the pumpkin patch! October was definitely a busy month for us and we had to cram all of our fall festivities in what time we had before Halloween! This is my favorite time of the year- the weather, colors, the decorations, creates the thought of it's almost Christmas, etc. Considering this, get ready for picture overload!

Hunter and Connor patiently waiting on the hay bales to ride the wagon to the pumpkin patch!

On our way! It's so hard to get everyone to look at the camera! At least Hunter is smiling, right?!

I LOVE this picture! I'm absolutely framing this one! These two have become best friends and I hope they remain close friends as they grow older.

Brody's first trip to the pumpkin patch! We had to wake him up when we got there-from the looks of it, he's still recovering from his party! :)

All smiles now that he has found a pumpkin! He had a great time beating on it!

Kase was so tired! Edwin and Lea Anne had to wake him up too! He was more excited about the tractor that brought us to the patch than the actual pumpkins!

The next weekend, we or should I say I, carved our pumpkins! Hunter had no desire to help me clean out the pumpkins-he gagged so hard last year, but being as boys will be boys, all he wanted was the itty bitty saw thing that comes with the pumpkin carving kit! He got a big NO on that one, so he helped Granna make Halloween cookies! He did pick out the pattern I carved, so he considered this one his pumpkin! On a side note, he has no shirt on because of the mess he made while making cookies!

It's only 30 something degrees outside, lets all go take a picture! Mother.Of.The. Year.

The next day was Halloween and this is the best shot I got of the two of them together! Of course, neither one of them is looking at the camera! :)

Could this child be any cuter?! I could eat him up with a spoon!

His costume cracks me up-I just love it! When we went trick-or-treating, numerous people kept saying, "What a cute girl!" ha He also got called a horse and zebra throughout the evening!

He is showing me that he is the number one Power Ranger!

As soon as Brett got home, we headed out! I had fed the boys pizza, put their costumes on, made a short trick-or-treat trip up our street to see our neighbors, and we were on our way to meet up with Connor and Cooper!

Cutest. Batman. Dinosaur. Red Power Ranger. Ever.

Let the fun begin! This is one of the two pictures I got of Hunter with his mask on! The majority of the time he wore it on top of his head. Also, instead of saying trick-or-treat, he would say, "Hi! My name is Hunter!" What a little stinker!

There's that cute little girl, again!! ;)

Can't leave home without that paci! It is going to be so hard to break him from this habit!

Looking at their loot! Two happy kids for sure!

Still going strong!

Happy as pie strolling around the neighborhood! I would say we trick-or-treated for a little over an hour and all of the boys did great!

I have no earthly idea what face he is making! All I know is that it makes me laugh!

Cooper wanted Katie to carry him! Everyone was starting to tucker out at this point, so we decided to head back home!

And, we are done! You can tell how tired they are, but they piped right back up when it was time to go through their candy!

It didn't stop there for us! We had to go to Papaw Eddie's house for a bonfire! We roasted hot dogs, marshmallows, and enjoyed the warm fire! Both boys fell asleep on the way home and Brett and I might have eaten a piece of their candy or two! ;) We had a wonderful Halloween with friends and family and now we are looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas!