Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas from Hormel

Who’s excited for all the yumminess coming our way in just a few days? I’m pretty lucky because Brett does the cooking for the Thanksgiving dishes we bring, but if you are still looking for some recipe ideas, Hormel has a special page just for you!

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One of my favorite dishes that Brett makes is sweet potatoes. They are so good with all that streusel and marshmallows on top! Here is a quick sweet potato recipe from Hormel to try!

Hormel Sweet Potatoes

Fully Loaded Sweet Potatoes and Turkey

Serve this easy side dish for your next get together.

Gluten Free: Yes
Serving Size: 4
Total Time: Under 15 minutes
Preparation Time: Under 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (21-ounce) package HORMEL® COUNTRY CROCK® Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup glazed pecans
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (15-ounce) package HORMEL® Turkey Breast with gravy entree
  • Cooked green beans, to serve

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 9-inch pie plate.
  2. In medium bowl, combine sweet potatoes, butter and pecans; mix well. Spread into pie plate. Bake 20 minutes or until hot. Top with marshmallows. Bake 7 to 10 minutes longer or until marshmallows are golden.
  3. Heat turkey according to package directions. Serve turkey and gravy with sweet potatoes and green beans.

Enjoy!

 

Check out these Holiday Entertaining tips from Hormel:

Holiday Entertaining 101: How often have you reminded yourself or others that time with family and friends is the most important part of the holiday season? As wonderful as this sentiment is, it’s easy for it to go right out the window when you’re stressed about an unexpected house guest or a last-minute pot luck. Luckily, these simple tips from the Hormel Foods test kitchen will help keep the stress at bay, leaving you time to focus on what really what matters this fall.

  • Time it Right: Whether this is your first year entertaining or you’re known as a pro, everyone could use an extra few minutes around the holidays. One way to cut corners in the kitchen, while still delivering a rave-worthy meal, is to rely on products that eliminate your prep time. For example, Hormel® Side Dishes and Hormel® refrigerated entrees take just minutes in the microwave to heat, allowing you to enjoy your favorite meals without spending hours in the kitchen.
  • Easy Apps: No need to stuff, skewer, bake or broil elaborate or hard-to-make appetizers. Save time and energy by purchasing stand-alone finger foods like roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and Greek olives. Pair with an assortment of cheeses, crackers and meats from a HORMEL GATHERINGS™ Party Tray, and decorate with cranberries or ivy for an attractive presentation.
  • Send-a-Side Dish: Host a pot-luck dinner and ask each guest to bring a side dish or dessert.
  • Make-Ahead Menu. If you are planning a sit-down dinner, create a menu that can be prepared in advance. Lasagnas, casseroles, stuffing and many desserts can be cooked or baked ahead of time and frozen. The day before, chop, slice and dice any additional ingredients you’ll need the day of the gathering. A few hours before the party, you’ll be able to simply warm, assemble and serve.

 

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This post was written by me as part of my involvement in the Hormel Family Blogger Program. Thanks for reading!

 

My New Obsession: Erin Condren Life Planner

FYI – I wasn’t paid or perked to share this with you guys. I paid for this planner myself – including the expedited shipping to get it here faster haha! I just wanted to share it because I l-o-v-e it <3

I must confess that I feel a little out of whack lately…actually, a lot out of whack…and not just lately, for like the past few years. With all the stuff I’ve put on my plate (yes, it’s my own fault, but I wouldn’t have it any other way), I feel like I need to get better about keeping track of all of it and being more strategic with my time. Having two kids makes it almost impossible to create a schedule, but I’m going to try my best. There’s aspects of my life that need to get done, and apparently won’t get done unless I start making time for them (cough, workout, cough).

My entire life, I’ve always made daily to-do lists and every year, I would have a planner/calendar that I would carry with me everywhere I went. In fact, I would get so excited about my planners that I would often buy one for next year and start using it before the current year was finished! No matter how hard I’ve tried to transition to an electronic method, I just prefer my planner to be in the good ol’ fashioned paper format. But the good thing about that is that I now have my own version of a diary for every year that I have a planner. I didn’t always remember to keep them, but the ones I did keep bring me enjoyment and entertainment when I look through them every now and then. I was terrible about keeping any sort of baby book for Trent and Aubrey, but I can look back on my calendars and see the milestones I had written down.

Ok, so enough with all the nostalgia and back to one of my favorite things right now…after all, it is Friday Favorites day around the blogosphere. I found out about the Erin Condren Life Planner from seeing a photo on Instagram. At first, I thought the price was steep, but when I saw how it was made and everything that came with it, I just had to have it! I found a $10 off code to use to make it even better (you can use this link to get $10 off your order too!)

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The box it came in was so fun!

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It was wrapped so nicely!

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I couldn’t wait to dig in!

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Inside was my Life Planner, a set of elastic bands (to keep the planner closed and hold a writing utensil – I ordered these), and extra goodies…

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…actually, a whole bunch of free goodies! There were motivational stickers, name stickers, note cards, and gift tags. Everything is so colorful!

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Every single page of the life planner is so fun, happy and colorful. The covers are interchangeable and are very sturdy – to take a beating with all the carrying around you’ll be doing with it.

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Life motto.

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Included is a 2-page spread of the year at a glance.

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Each month has a month view, each with a different color theme, a motivational quote at the top, and an area on the side for notes.

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There is also a weekly view – also with various color themes and plenty of room to write anything and everything…or cover in stickers and washi tape!

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I love how the monthly tabs stick out on the side, making it super easy to go right to the month you want.

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In the back, there are a bunch of blank sheets for notes and extra organizational things to appease your OCD :)

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Some of the note pages are ruled, some aren’t, but they all have a little design on them.

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There are also several sheets of stickers to mark important events or reminders…

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…and then a bunch of blank stickers to create any type of reminder or event.

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One of the selling points for me was this removable mini-book to keep birthdays and contacts listed that can be moved to each new year so I don’t have to keep writing it over and over again each year. There’s a little flapped page to keep this mini-book and other loose papers.

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There is also a zippered pouch in the back that you can keep other loose items, like pens, cards, or clips.

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I have seen some super-dedicated people with amazing layouts using wash tape and stickers. Just search #erincondren on Instagram to see what I mean. I don’t think I’ll ever have the time to create anything like that, but I hope to create some fun pages to track weight-loss and blog stuff. I haven’t been able to spend the time I want to get this ready the way I want, but I’ve started keeping track of appointments, blog posts due, and other daily to-dos in it and I already feel a little more organized. Just a little. Now, if I could just find a good pouch to store it with pens and stuff (I keep seeing Instagram photos of a good, inexpensive one at Walmart, but visits to 2 local Walmarts have come up empty). I also added a Cricut Explore to my wish list so I can create stickers and other fun stuff for it – in the meantime, Etsy has plenty to offer too!

If you want to see all the life planner designs & all the other fun products offered, check out erincondren.com!

Don’t forget to save $10 off your order!

 

Power the Holidays with Duracell Batteries

Just picture it…it’s Christmas morning, the kids hurry downstairs to open up their gifts in a frenzy, wrapping paper is flung everywhere, screams of excitement fill the house as each box is opened and wish lists become a reality. Then, once all the boxes are opened, it’s time to play, baby!

But wait…Nothing stops the fun and turns the excitement into disappointment than seeing “Batteries Not Included” on the toy box and not being prepared…

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No batteries! EEEK!

We can all picture it because more than likely, it has actually happened to all of us before! I mean, they make toys so difficult to get out of the packaging (amiright?) that the last thing we, as parents, need is to get through all that frustrating packaging only to have to tell your child they can’t play just yet because “we have no batteries.”

However, it didn’t take us long to learn that we must look at toys to see if they need batteries before we leave the store. When buying for other kids, we try our best to make sure we include batteries. We don’t always do it, but when we do, Duracell makes that easy by offering smaller 4 packs of batteries that are perfect for accompanying gifts.

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For our home, we make sure our battery supply is stocked, because not everyone checks the battery requirements before gifting and we want to be prepared. Duracell’s large 16+ packs are perfect to keep at home and make sure all your devices stay powered up.

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Why Duracell?
Duracell CopperTop All-Purpose alkaline batteries are not only dependable, they’re also long-lasting. You can take comfort in a 10-year guarantee in storage with Duralock Power Preserve Technology. They’re great for many of the devices you use on a daily basis in your home. And from storm season to medical needs to the holidays, Duracell is the #1 trusted battery brand of first responders, pharmacists and parents, so you know it’s a battery you can trust. CopperTop batteries are available in AA, AAA, C, D and 9V. 
 
You can purchase both packs at Walmart: 16-pack Duracell Batteries | 4-Pack Duracell Batteries
 
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Favorite Childhood Toys and Kmart’s Fab 15 Toy Gift Guide

Looking back on my childhood, I remember having a few stuffed animals…a Fraggle Rock character (Red) and a pink cat (Jet) are two that come to mind. I also enjoyed crafts and making things to sell at our next yard sale. I guess I was always a businesswoman from the beginning ;)

There is no doubt about which toy Trent loves the most…Sheepy.

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Trent’s aunt/cousin gave this to him when he was just a few months old. He didn’t immediately cling to it, and in fact, we wondered if Trent would ever find a “lovey” – a stuffed animal or toy that he found comfort in. We tried giving him different toys to bring with him either while leaving the house or taking a nap, but he never really asked for anything repeatedly. Then, he started asking for Sheepy more and more and now, Sheepy goes everywhere with him.

Nap Time.

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Craft time.

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To the park…and even gets to swing!

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To restaurants and on vacation.

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Sheepy has even met the Big Cheese himself!

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Of course, he just HAD to pick a WHITE stuffed animal, which gets dirtier faster than Trent does and requires frequent sneaky washings, but watching how much he loves that sheep makes it all worth it. It also makes us wonder what toy will eventually become Aubrey’s favorite. She may even have her eye on Sheepy too…

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One thing Brett says he always did and looks forward to letting our kids do is looking through toy catalogs and picking out the toys they want. One place that helps do just that is Kmart with Kmart’s Fab 15 Toy Gift Guide!

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Kmart’s Fab 15 holiday toy list, featuring the ultimate toys that kids want for the holidays, provides parents and gift-givers with insight into the season’s hottest trends. Kmart carefully selects the Fab 15 toys based on industry trends, input from kids and parents, as well as more than 50 years of experience in knowing what toys resonate with different ages, stages and play patterns. From big toys that make great, unexpected gifts to toys inspired by characters that kids know and love like Elsa and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – the Kmart Fab 15 list of hot holiday toys includes:

-Zoomer Dino by Spin Master™ (this one is already on Trent’s wish list!)

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-Disney Doc McStuffins Sleepytime Lambie by Just Play (a Kmart exclusive!)

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Plus, exclusively for its Shop Your Way members, with any online purchase of a Fab 15 toy now through Nov. 22, Kmart is extending its free trial of the to Shop Your Way MAX program, which includes free two-day shipping for six months.  You can shop for any of the items on the Fab 15 list at local Kmart stores nationwide or online anytime!

This holiday season, Kmart is also encouraging members and customers to give the gift of hope by joining them in support of St. Jude’s commitment to saving children’s lives.

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  • Beginning Dec. 7, when customers purchase any of the Kmart Fab 15 toys, $1.00 will be donated to St. Jude – up to $25,000.
  • Customers can also donate at check-out at any Kmart store or online now through Dec. 27.
  • Kmart is the all-time leading corporate fundraiser for St. Jude 100% of the donation to the St. Jude Thanks & Giving® campaign goes toward understanding, treating and defeating cancer other diseases in children.

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

Dress Up Your Nuggets: Chick-fil-A Taco Bowls

As part of the Chick-fil-A Mom Panel, we were challenged to come up with a fun recipe to “dress up your nuggets.” Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets are so yummy, and they wanted us to show everyone that they can be enjoyed other ways too and not just with their addicting dipping sauces.

Always up for a food challenge, we created a simple taco bowl using Chick-fil-A nuggets!

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Our Chick-fil-A is only a few minutes away and we drive by it every day, so it was super convenient to just swing through the drive-thru and get 3 packs of 12 count nuggets (we got extra to make something else for Trent) – and a couple of sweet teas, because we can’t resist.

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It was hard not to devour them while Brett was preparing the taco bowls.

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We laid out some stand-n-stuff taco bowls – they are soft tortillas, but they stand up on their own. Then, we cut the chicken nuggets in half and portioned them into the bowls, then covered with shredded cheese and cut up pre-cooked bacon.

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Just put them in the oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes to let the cheese melt and then you’re ready for toppings!

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We topped them with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a southwestern ranch sauce, along with corn and black beans on the side to spoon onto each bite.

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These are so delicious! I won’t confess how many I ate, but trust me, they are like chips…you can’t eat just one!

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I love the idea of creating a meal at home using chicken that’s already ready to eat, especially Chick-fil-A chicken. Preparing raw chicken is the most time consuming job and it’s such a hassle. By picking up Chick-fil-A nuggets on the way home from work, dinner was ready in a few minutes!

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