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  • Anna Kendrick Cups

    Posted by Katie

    Otis had his daughter on the air with him the other day and she performed Cups.  Here is the Anna Kendrick video...if you are dying to learn how to do the cups, give it a little look-see!

  • Slow Cooker Chicken caesar sandwiches

    Posted by Katie

    I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight...purusing pinterest and what not, when this recipe caught my eye.  How good does this sound?  I am going to try it out tonight, and I will let you know the results!  Seems super easy as well!  What would be a good side dish to serve with it?  I was thinking ceasar salad, but thought that might be going a little overboard?

    Ingredients

    • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
    • 1/2 to 1 cup of your favorite Caesar dressing (I like Cardini's and Brianna's Asiago Caesar)
    • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
    • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley (if you don't have fresh use around 2 teaspoons of dried parsley)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
    • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
    • 12 slider buns or 4-6 regular sized hamburger buns

    Instructions

    1. Instructions:
    2. Place chicken in a 3-4 quart slow cooker with 1-2 cups of water, cover and cook on low heat for 4-6 hours.
    3. Remove chicken from cooker using a slotted spoon and drain the water from the slow cooker. Place chicken on a cutting board and pull chicken into shreds, discarding any fat.
    4. Place chicken back in the cooker and pour dressing, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and pepper over the top. I really make sure that I discard any fat pieces so by the time I was done I only used about 1/2 cup of dressing but you make need more if you have more chicken. Stir until mixed evenly. Cover and cook on high heat for 30 minutes or until mixture is hot.
    5. Spoon 1/4 cup mixture onto each slider bun if you are making sliders or more for regular sized buns. Top with extra shredded Parmesan cheese and lettuce to serve.

    Here is the blog I got it from!

    http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2011/09/slow-cooker-chicken-caesar-sandwiches.html

  • White Noise and Swaddles

    Posted by Katie

    We got into a conversation yesterday about Brody and his sleep situation.  Murphy was shocked to learn that we swaddle Brody, the bedroom is set at 67 degrees, and the thing that appalled him the most was that we use a white noise machine.  If you ask me, from the looks of this picture he is perfectly content.  And not to be a bragger, or to jinx it, our kid wakes up for one feeding in the middle of the night, and then goes right back down.  He is an awesome sleeper, and I like to think it is because of how we have the room set up.  Murphy claims I coddle the kid.  Again, I am well rested.  I will coddle away!

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  • I Need Your Stories - It Could Win You a $2,500 Engagement Ring

    Posted by Katie

    Remember to send me your stories for your chance to win.  Here are the details...

     

     

    Winners announced on our show on May 3rd so get me your stories soon please.

     

    DREAMS & MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

    Email me (katie.schurk@mwcradio.com) a short story no longer than 250 words of what your dream marriage proposal scenario is. Is it on a romantic island?  On top of the Empire State Building?  On the beach?  Get creative and let me know by noon on May 2nd.


    There are prizes for the best submissions!

    1st prize:  Your choice of one of the $2,500 engagements rings below

    2nd prize:  Tanning for a year valued at $1,400 from Sunseekers By Rosie

    3rd prize:  An engagement location session with Debbie Daanen Photography, including a 20" x 24" canvas wrap, valued at $500


    Be sure to check out Rogers & Hollands "Bridal Extravaganza"  May 3rd through 5th at the Fox River Mall in Appleton with over 500 rings and savings up to 60%!   Use this  $100 off coupon during the event for an added bonus.

     

     

     
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  • New Contest :: Dreams & Marriage Proposal :: Win a $2,500 Engagement Ring From Rogers & Hollands

    Posted by Katie

     

    Here's a new contest with the winners announced on our show on May 3rd.

     

    DREAMS & MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

    Email me (katie.schurk@mwcradio.com) a short story no longer than 250 words of what your dream marriage proposal scenario is. Is it on a romantic island?  On top of the Empire State Building?  On the beach?  Get creative and let me know by noon on May 2nd.


    There are prizes for the best submissions!

    1st prize:  Your choice of one of the $2,500 engagements rings below

    2nd prize:  Tanning for a year valued at $1,400 from Sunseekers By Rosie

    3rd prize:  An engagement location session with Debbie Daanen Photography, including a 20" x 24" canvas wrap, valued at $500


    Be sure to check out Rogers & Hollands "Bridal Extravaganza"  May 3rd through 5th at the Fox River Mall in Appleton with over 500 rings and savings up to 60%!   Use this  $100 off coupon during the event for an added bonus.

     

     

     
    5/8 carat T.W. engagement ring

     

     

     
    1/2 carat T.W. two tone engagement ring

     

     

     
    3/4 carat T.W. PC quad set engagement ring

     

     

      See contest rules >>

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Oh Boy!

    Posted by Katie

    I was looking back at some of my blogs, and one of them caught my eye.  A blog where I mentioned I really hope to have a girl.  First of all- to fill you in on a little secret.  We found out the sex. We knew Brody was going to be a Brody for a solid five months.  And I am so glad we found out.  First of all, I thought for sure he was a girl.  I was craving sweets, my skin was horrible.  So just so you know, the old wives tales are not true!  I was so sure, I had even started calling him by our girl name.  So, wow that would have been quite the surprise if we wouldn't have found out!  And Michael was ecstatic when we found out.  It was the first time I had seen him show genuine excitement about the pregnancy.  We needed that!

    Anyway, boy am I glad he is a boy.  First of all, the thought of having the stress of getting him all prettied up on a daily basis, you know, just because he is a girl.  We are big fans of just keeping him in his pajamas all day, and hey, if their were no accidents, we may go two days.  Just trying to find a cute pair of pajamas for him gives me anxiety.  So the thought of the pressure of tutus, hair bows, etc.  No thank you.  Sure it would be fun like once a week, but everyday?  Not me. 

    I also continue to hear horror stories about girl babies.  Granted all babies are difficult, but so many people tell me that girls are much more difficult.  Brody is such chill baby.  We are so lucky!  When I talk to people, their biggest comment is usually, wow you look so rested.  I always respond with, well he gets up two or three times a night for feedings.  But, when he wakes up, he doesn't cry.  Just gives us a couple of hunger grunts.  And when I am done feeding him, he goes right back down.  I was shocked to find out this isn't normal behavior for a newborn.  We are definitely spoiled with him.

    So now that I put things into perspective, and if we decided to try for number two (jury is still out on that one.)  I am going to hope for another boy.  I never thought I would say that :)

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                                                                 He is all boy!

  • My Picasso!

    Posted by Katie

    Brody started his first week of daycare last week and we couldn't be happier!  Things are going so well, and since it has been so easy, a huge weight was lifted off of our shoulders.  He is in good hands and as happy as can be!  He even had his first art project!  And you bet we framed this bad boy and it is getting hung in the nursery!

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    And Fridays now have a whole new perspective to me.  I was excited for Fridays before, but now they are even better, knowing I get 48 whole hours with this kid.  I think he is just as excited about that as we are!  Here he is seeing Dad for the first time all day...

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  • Checking in!

    Posted by Katie

    Hey Everyone!  Just checking in from my maternity leave.  As much as I love being a Mommy to Brody, I sure do miss work.  I think Murphy and I talk every other day if not daily...it is a little ridiculous.  I guess I am a little too attached, but what can I say, I adore my job!

    I also adore our Brody Allen Schurk.  He has been thriving and it still hasn't kicked in that this kid is going to call me Mom.  The labor was an experience, and for anyone who claims it is "magical" you have got to be kidding me :)  But as we all know, the reward of my beautiful baby boy was so worth it.  I just wanted to share a picture of the Brodester that my photographer took this last Friday.  He is going to follow in Mommy's footsteps!

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  • Things That Do Not Induce

    Posted by Katie

    We are getting to the point that yep, we want this kid out.  We want to meet Baby Schurk!  We have done our reasearch, have gotten advice (even if we haven't asked for it.) And here are things I have learned, do not induce labor.  As much as you would like to believe it!

    1. Pedicure.  I went and got a pedicure with my besties. (yes Otis, I said besties.)  I told them to hit my pressure points.  They did.  It didn't work.

    2. Spicy Food. The same day I got a pedicure I went to Los Banditos with the same girls.  Loaded up on CCQ and Spicy Salsa.  Once again, nothing.

    3. Sex. Been there, done that...Nope, does not work.

    4. Pineapple.  Had pineapple for breakfast this past Wednesday.  I did have contractions.  Those contractions quickly stopped.

    5. Walking.  Ask my coworkers, I do laps around the office.  Many laps.  Seriously.  Every office I walk past, someone comments.  These are also all men that I am walking past- so some of these comments are quite entertaining.

    6. Talking the kid out.  This kid is stubborn.  It will not listen.  Reasoning does not work either.

    7. Still Not Ready To Talk About This One. This one is embarrassing.  It may or may not involve nipples.  Look it up.  Fyi-That does not work either.

     

    What else do you have for me???

  • 11 days and counting!

    Posted by Katie

    Ok kiddo, lets make a deal here.  Not a fan of you messing with my head.  Every time I start getting contractions long enough to think ok, something is happening here...they stop.  It is SO frustrating!  Everytime I am just about to grab my phone to call Michael to let him know he needs to be on "standby" things stop.  I am sick of not being able to make concrete plans, because I am not sure how exhausted I am going to be- is this going to be one of the times that I have contractions for three hours- or is this the actual time I am actually going to go into labor.  Once again, induction starts to look more and more appeasing :)  Their is nothing more disappointing than having "contractions" all week and going to the doctor to see you have dialated and additional half of a centimeter.  Seriously???

    For the last three weeks my doctors appointment my dialation has gone up 1/2 a centimeter every week.  I am hoping for big numbers this week!  We are actually going to go in for another ultrasound because I am deathly afraid of a large child.  I blame Murphy.  The thought never crossed my mind until he put it there.  Then I realized that my sister had a 10 pound baby.  Throughout the entire pregnancy my doctor has been saying that pregnancies are mostly hereditary.  Your pregnancies will be similar to that of your sisters and mom.  If that is the case, I can have a kid between 7 lbs and 10 lbs.  If you ask me, that is huge difference.  I know, I know, it is going to hurt either way- but if I can do anything to maybe not have a 10 lb kid, I would like to do it :)  I am kind of bummed about the whole ultrasound as well.  We have waited so long to see this kid and now days away we are going to see him again.  I kind of think I may not want to look- it will ruin the surprise!  Wish us luck today and lets hope to get things moving this weekend!

  • What Not To Say...

    Posted by Katie

    Today I am officially 37 weeks!  We made it!  I am full term!

    After hitting this milestone in the pregnancy I have compiled a list of things that I will no longer say to women who are just as far along at this point, if not further.  I recommend you do the same.

    1. The kid will come out when it is good and ready...Really?  Duh.  It doesn't mean I don't want it out of me!

    2. Don't wish your baby to come early, it needs to keep "cooking."- you know what, don't make me feel like a bad mother because I would be more than ecstatic to be finished being pregnant today..at this moment actually.  I can literally taste that first glass of wine.  So close, yet so far.  Obviously if I have a choice of healthy baby or being pregnant for two weeks less, I will choose a healthy child.  Don't judge me.

    3. Make sure you call me when you go into labor.  I admit it, I am guilty of asking people this.  But really, lets put things into perspective.  My water just broke and I am hunched over in pain from contractions.  My first thought is going to be get me my husband, not who should I call first on my list?  Or it is three in the morning, I am having contractions and we aren't 100% sure this is it.  Nope, I am not going to make that phone call only to be sent home because it was a false alarm.  We may call people, we may not, but when Baby Schurk is here, trust me- we will let the world know.

    4. How are you feeling?  Let me put in a disclaimer here.  Don't ask if you truly don't want to know.  I feel like crap.  I am not sleeping.  I am anxious wondering when this is going to happen.  I will most likely lie to you anyway and tell you I feel great.  And if you catch me at the wrong moment, I will be honest, and you won't want to hear it.

    5. Get your sleep while you can.  Ok I get it.  I get when the kid gets here my sleeping habits will be even worse, but you know what, I am not sleeping now as it is.  And what, because I am taking naps now, it is going to make up for it when the baby is here?  Pretty sure it won't.  Pretty sure I will be just as tired.

    6. Enjoy this time, just you and your husband.  It's kind of like the whole sleep thing.  I know I am going to go stir crazy.  I know I am going to crave private time with my husband.  Those are the days we hire a babysitter.  I have the option of dropping our child off with plenty of Aunts and Uncles. (aunts and uncles whose children we have taken numerous times, so I will have no problem asking for the favor to be returned :))  And we have Grandma and Grandpa.  It may be hard to leave our kid, but I wll force myself to.

    7. Remember this when you want number 2.  Those words were uttered by my husband last night.  Really, because you had nothing to do with this?  This wasn't a joint decision and action?

    Here are the things that I would appreciate to hear in these last few weeks.

    1. We are proud of you.  I didn't realize how badly women need to hear this until I was watching an episode of Snooki and JWow.  Yes, you read that correctly.  She hit the wall that every woman hit and just started to cry.  She said she was sick of just feeling like crap. She was sick of the fact that she was crying over feeling like crap. Her fiance handled it beautifully.  He told her how proud of her he was.  That she has endured this for over 9 months, and it is almost over.  Sometimes you just want to be acknowledged (especially by your husband) that yes this is hard.  You have every right to feel like this.  You are not a failure for crying.  And that you are doing something not only that he could physically never do, but would probably never choose to.

    2. Want to grab lunch? I have been lucky because I have such awesome friends.  Right now I don't really do much.  I am going stir crazy.  I can only go to Target so many times in one week.  I almost dread weekends because at least at work I have interaction with people.  I have friends that have made it a point to make sure I am still social.  This weekend we have pedicures and lunch planned.  I have been counting down the days :) 

    3. Cute outfit. Lie to me.  I don't care.  If I am wearing something you haven't already seen twice this week, it means I tried.  I tried to care about how I look.  And yes, to get those socks on took more effort than you would like to know. 

    4. You are all baby. My doctor said this to me last week after my weekly appointment and wow, I took that comment with me.  I had been feeling so bad about my weight gain and was at the point that I felt like it was spiraling out control  I was laying on the table, she was pushing on my stomach and said woah- you are all baby up here.  It made my week...and also made me question just how big this child is going to be.

    Your turn now- what are the comments you would hear from people that you had to take all of the will power you had to refrain from punching them in the throat?

  • Our bags are Packed

    Posted by Katie

    It will officially be February 1st tomorrow, which to me means we have an end in sight.  It means we are 26 days away from the due date.  It means I will officially be full term in 4 days.  It means I could go at any time.  And for someone who is a bit of a control freak when it comes to plans, this is killing me.  I had always been for going naturally, but seriously, if I can get this kid here any earlier, I would love it.  The whole being pregnant part isn't awful...it is the not knowing.  It is the anxiety.

    This part of my blog may be too much information for men, but hey you came here to read it :) It kind of reminds me of when we were trying to get pregnant.  I am having the same feelings and thoughts again...Every time my body doesn't feel "normal" I am convinced I am going into labor.  Just like every time my body didn't feel right, I was convinced I was pregnant.  The constant going to bathroom to see if you are getting your period is now replaced with going to the bathroom because it feels like your water might break.  The part that is so frustrating is that I don't know how my body is supposed to feel right now.  People can explain it to you over and over, but everyone has explained it differently to me.  You hear horror stories of people who never feel a contraction until their water breaks and barely make it to the hospital in time, and aren't able to get an epidural.  You hear the stories of the women who swear they are in labor, go to the hospital, only to get sent home.  People keep saying that when you go into labor Katie, you will know.  Really, so what you are telling me is that these women who were sent home can't tell?  We have a 30 minute drive from our house to the hospital, so getting sent home at 3 in the morning because I wasn't able to tell if I was in labor, is just not gonna fly with my husband, and I can't blame him.

    So back to the whole induction.  Now I get it.  If someone could tell me ok Katie, we promise you your child will be out by such a date, it would take a little of the pressure off.  It would get rid of some of the anxiety.  I would feel like I was gaining back a little bit of control.  I know, I know, my life is going to change majorly once this kid is in our lives, and to cherish these last few weeks of just Michael and I, but at the same time I am thinking this is one of the last times for a couple of years that I may have control of my own schedule.  We see the doctor tomorrow, so hopefully she will have some good news for us :)