Friday, November 28, 2014

5 Things I Learned in November

Where has fall gone, y'all? It's totally escaped me, although the weather hasn't helped. It seems like it's been either unseasonably cold or hot. And then there was that Snow Day that happened before Thanksgiving around here. Anyway, regardless of what Mother Nature is up to or how fast time flies, here we are at the end of November.

I love the Christmas season, so I'm looking forward to our traditions that come with that. But, first, before this month totally escapes me, I wanted to document some things I learned ...

1. Listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving really isn't a bad thing. I've always been a must-wait-until-after-Thanksgiving-to-move-onto-Christmas-music person, which really doesn't make much sense because I buy gifts long before I eat turkey.

I blame Shaun Groves for changing my mind. His remake of Goo Goo Dolls' "Better Days" is fabulous. It's right up there with his version of "Joy to the World" as my favorite. My only complaint about his Christmas album is I wish there were more. But, thankfully, he says there's more coming next year.

{Listen and learn more here.}

2. Camping is fun. I've been camping probably four times in my whole life. All but one of those times I slept in a tent. Everything about camping except sleeping in a tent is fun. But the sleeping part kind of stresses me out. And then we borrowed my mother-in-law's RV and went camping with our friends. I'm sold ... as long as there's a bed for me. {Read about our camping trip.}

3. Murray is like Stars Hollow. My cousin Mary, whose family stayed with us one weekend in November, noticed. And I like the comparison. I can see it when I drive down my street that borders the park. I can see it when we're out and run into so many people who know us and love us. And I can see it when another parade goes down Main Street.

I've been watching "Gilmore Girls" when I fold laundry. How did I miss this show the first time around?! I'm so glad Netflix drew me in.

4. Cinnamon Moons are delicious. And easy to make. Thanks to my college friend Alexa who posted the recipe on Instagram, these are now in our breakfast rotation. Seriously. Copy this recipe now ...

2 cans biscuits
1 cup sugar
Tbsp cinnamon
1 stick of butter

1. Cut biscuits in half.
2. Mix sugar & cinnamon.
3. Melt butter and dip biscuits in.
4. Roll buttered biscuits in cinnamon/sugar mixture.
5. Cook 8-10 mins @ 350*. Makes a 9x13 pan.

5. Cooking a turkey is hard work. And I'm retiring from doing it after my one time. The meat was moist and good, so I might as well go out on top, right? {Read more about my experience.}

How's November been for you?

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I'm linking up with Emily Freeman at Chatting at the Sky, who inspired me to document life this way. I love these monthly posts. Read more previous posts: {From 2013} June. July. August. September. October. November. {From 2014} January. February. March. April. May. June. July. August. September. October.

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  1. Angela Miller11/28/2014 9:03 AM

    Completely agree about canping....

  2. I love how you are so faithful with doing this every month. Seriously, friend. your blog will bring you and your family much joy for years to come. And I love that you share your life with us. Love you. xoxo

  3. KristinHillTaylor12/01/2014 9:17 AM

    It's one of my favorite things about blogging. I like lists too, you know! :) Thanks for being part of my life. Love you, friend.

  4. KristinHillTaylor12/01/2014 9:17 AM

    :) Hope y'all had a great visit in Murray!

  5. Kristin,
    I enjoyed getting to know you better through your list.
    Brining the turkey before roasting is extra work but we all agreed it made a difference :)
    Blessings as you enjoy your Christmas music :)

  6. KristinHillTaylor12/02/2014 9:13 AM

    Thanks, Dolly! Hope you're doing well!

  7. Angela Miller12/02/2014 12:18 PM

    We did. The evening we visited, Noah asked if we could go play with your kids
    again the next Told him maybe next ;-)

  8. KristinHillTaylor12/02/2014 12:24 PM

    Ah, I'm glad he had fun. We'll have to get together again.