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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Trailer

Coming to theaters December 19th, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is sure to be a hit with families and fans of the first 2 films in the series.

Did you know that there is a third Night at the Museum movie coming out?  My family was so excited to hear about it.  It’s always hard finding a movie that entertains our teenager and the younger girls, but the previous Night at the Museum movies did just that.  In fact, we frequently pull out the dvd’s and watch them for family movie night.  So we will definitely be seeing Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb in the theater.  It comes out December 19th.

About Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb…

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Mickey Rooney, and Rami Malek

Directed By: Shawn Levy

Screenplay By: Robert Ben Garant, David Guion, Michael Handelman, and Thomas Lennon

Produced By: Shawn Levy, Josh McLaglen, and Mary McLaglen

Coming to theaters December 19th, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is sure to be a hit with families and fans of the first 2 films in the series.

This third (and final?) installment of the Night at the Museum movies is bittersweet though.  It is the last movie featuring Robin Williams.  He was such a talented actor and did a great job playing Teddy Roosevelt in these films.  He will be missed, but I am glad we all get one last chance to enjoy his comedic talent.

Have you seen the trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb?  If not, you can check it out right here.

Want to learn more about Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb?

Follow the hashtag #NightAtTheMuseum and be sure to

Be sure to check back the week of December 8th for a fun Night at the Museum Giveaway.  You won’t want to miss it!

So tell me… Are you going to be seeing Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb when it comes out to theaters on December 19th?

Cranberry Turkey Salad Crescent Roll-ups #LeftoverFriday

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Modern Mom Insider for Hellmann’s. All opinions expressed are 100% mine

This Cranberry Turkey Salad Roll-ups #recipe is a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. It's good either hot from the oven or chilled in the refrigerator.  #LeftoverFriday
I hope all my US readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know our family did. We ate too much as usual, and probably have enough leftovers to last us for a week. After a day or so, my family tires of eating reheated turkey and dressing though. So I am always on the lookout for recipes that help use up all that Thanksgiving turkey.

One of my favorite ways to use up leftover turkey is to make turkey salad out of it. I use Hellmann’s mayonnaise  to add creaminess and homemade leftover cranberry sauce to give it a zing of flavor. The other ingredients in this recipe are ones I typically already have on hand, so it’s easy to throw together.

Cranberry Turkey Salad Crescent Roll-ups Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked turkey breast, shredded (see tip below for an easy way to shred your turkey)
  • 1/2 cup Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
  • 6 Tbs Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 stalk celery, grated or diced fine
  • 2 tbs onion, grated or diced fine
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 packages of refrigerated crescent roll dough (16 crescents)

A couple of tips:

This Cranberry Turkey Salad Roll-ups #recipe is a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. It's good either hot from the oven or chilled in the refrigerator.  #LeftoverFriday

Start with approx. 2 cups of cooked turkey and shred it.  If you have a stand mixer, it is easy to shred cooked poultry.  I just throw it in my KitchenAid bowl and turn it on to speed 4.  It shreds it in no time.  This is so much easier than doing it by hand!

This Cranberry Turkey Salad Roll-ups #recipe is a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. It's good either hot from the oven or chilled in the refrigerator.  #LeftoverFriday

I use my box grater to grate the stalk of celery and onion.  I don’t want big chunks of celery or onion in my salad, but I want the extra flavor they add.  So grating it gives just the right sized pieces to use in this recipe.

To make the recipe:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

This Cranberry Turkey Salad Roll-ups #recipe is a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. It's good either hot from the oven or chilled in the refrigerator.  #LeftoverFriday

In a mixing bowl, combine the shredded turkey, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, cranberry sauce, celery, onion, walnuts.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

This Cranberry Turkey Salad Roll-ups #recipe is a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. It's good either hot from the oven or chilled in the refrigerator.  #LeftoverFriday

Unroll the crescent roll dough.  To each triangle, add a heaping tablespoon of turkey salad mix and then roll the crescent back up.  Place on a baking dish and repeat with remaining crescent roll dough.

Bake the crescent rolls for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve warm.  You can also stick them in the fridge and eat them cold.  They are good either way, but I really like them cold.

This Cranberry Turkey Salad Roll-ups #recipe is a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. It's good either hot from the oven or chilled in the refrigerator.  #LeftoverFriday

If you have any leftover turkey salad after filling all the crescent rolls, store it in the fridge to use to make sandwiches.  You can also serve it on a bed of lettuce for a quick and easy lunch.

Keep your leftover turkey tasting great!

I always make a huge turkey each year because I love having all that extra cooked turkey to use in recipes.  However after a couple of days, the leftover turkey can really start to dry out.  Over the years, I have discovered that Hellmann’s Mayonnaise can be a great way to jazz up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey.  Hellmann’s Mayonnaise is made with real quality ingredients, like eggs, oil, and vinegar.  It is a great way to keep your turkey moist and flavorful, even days after Thanksgiving.

Need more inspiration for what to make with your leftover turkey?

Be sure to visit Hellmanns.com.  The site  has a ton of recipes to spark your imagination and help you find new and creative ways to use up all that turkey.

So tell me… What’s your favorite recipe to use up leftover turkey?

 

Blog Giveaway Roundup – November 28, 2014

Blog Giveaway Roundup

Welcome to our weekly giveaway roundup! Every Friday, we offer you the chance to share your giveaways. If you love to enter giveaways, be sure to browse the selection below.

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Good luck! If you’ve had any blog giveaway wins this last week, feel free to let everyone know about them by leaving a comment below.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Unique T-shirts from Shaggy Chic Apparel

Disclosure:  I received a Shaggy Chic Apparel Gift Card to try their products and share with my readers.  All opinions stated are my own.

Looking for a unique holiday gift for that special animal lover in your life?  Shaggy Chic Apparel offers a great assortment of fun and playful t-shirt designs for both dog and cat lovers.

I am always on the lookout for unique Christmas gifts for my family.  My two youngest daughters are animal lovers.  In fact my middle daughter wants to be a vet when she grows up.  So I was thrilled to learn about Shaggy Chic Apparel.  They sell the cutest t-shirts that are just perfect for animal lovers like my daughters.

Shaggy Chic Apparel features t-shirt designs that are both colorful and playful.  Whether you are a dog lover or a cat lover, I think you will agree that they have a great selection.  I let my daughters browse their site and pick out a couple of their favorite designs.

Looking for a unique holiday gift for that special animal lover in your life?  Shaggy Chic Apparel offers a great assortment of fun and playful t-shirt designs for both dog and cat lovers.

Purr Rum Pum Pum Pum Cat Christmas T-Shirt

Shaggy Chic Apparel has some really cute holiday t-shirts.  Both of my daughters immediately were drawn to this one.

Looking for a unique holiday gift for that special animal lover in your life?  Shaggy Chic Apparel offers a great assortment of fun and playful t-shirt designs for both dog and cat lovers.

Yule Dog T-shirt

If you are more of a dog lover, they have a holiday shirt for you too!

Looking for a unique holiday gift for that special animal lover in your life?  Shaggy Chic Apparel offers a great assortment of fun and playful t-shirt designs for both dog and cat lovers.

Sit + Stay = Peanut Butter

My girls both picked this shirt as one of their favorites.  The Sit + Stay= Peanut Butter t-shirt is from the Kids POV Collection.  The shirts in this collection were designed by Laure Arnold – a 10 year old girl from Texas.  This whimsical line of t-shirts showcases the pure innocence and fun of animals as seen through the eyes of a child.  They are going to be adding more of Lauren’s shirts on a monthly basis.  Be sure to check out the Kid POV Tees to see all the rest of Lauren’s super cute designs.

All of Shaggy Chic Apparel’s shirts are available in both adult and youth sizes, which is perfect since my youngest daughter shops in the girls department while my middle daughter is getting ready to move on to junior sizes.  I loved that I was able to get the Purr Rum Pum Pum Pum Cat Christmas T-Shirt for both girls in the sizes they needed.  All of their shirts are made from 100% ringspun cotton and are pre-shrunk.  They do recommend that if you want a looser fit, then you should get one size larger than normal.

T-shirt of the Month Club

Is there someone on your gift list this year who loves animals?  Why not get them a 6 or 12 month membership to the Shaggy Chic Apparel T-Shirt of the Month Club?  The lucky recipient will think of you and smile each month when they get a fun new t-shirt in the mail.

A company that gives back

It is always so nice to hear about companies that are committed to making this world we live in a better place.  A portion of all proceeds from every Shaggy Chic Apparel goes to support Animal Rescue Groups.  During the holiday season, a portion of all sales will be going to Don’t Forget to Feed Me, a Texas-based non-profit Pet Food Pantry.

A Special Offer

For a limited time, you can get free shipping on your order from Shaggy Chic Apparel.  With the holidays quickly approaching, this is a great way to make your holiday gift budget go a little bit farther.  Just enter the code VALENTINO when you complete checkout to take advantage of this special offer.  In addition, if you like, they will even gift wrap your order for free!  You just have to add that option to your cart.

To learn more about Shaggy Chic Apparel:

And now for a fun giveaway…

Enter to win a 6 month Shaggy Chic Apparel T-shirt of the Month Club Membership (ARV $125). The giveaway ends December 7, 2014 and is open to US residents only.

Shaggy Chic Apparel would like to bless one A Heart Full of Love reader with a 6 month subscription to their T-shirt of the Month Club (available in both youth and adult sizes).  It’s a $125 value.  It would make a great gift for that special pet lover in your life, or you can keep it for yourself if you like.

Entry in the giveaway is easy through the Rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older.  All entries must be received by December 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

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Super Easy Hot Cocoa for One Recipe

Disclosure: I was provided with a sampler of In The Raw Sweeteners to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own.

Don't resort to using a packet when you are craving hot chocolate.  This super easy hot chocolate is decadent and takes just minutes to make.  You will never want to use a hot cocoa mix packet again!
This week, winter arrived here in Ohio.  We got 6 inches of snow overnight, the kids got their first snow day of the year, and we had to remember where we stashed all our hats, gloves, and scarves. With the arrival of colder weather, I immediately started craving one of my favorite wintertime treats – homemade hot cocoa.  No – not the stuff that comes from a mix – watery and containing more sugar than flavor.  I mean the real stuff – rich and chocolatey, simmered on the stove.  It makes my kitchen smell like a candy shop every time I make it.  The taste is simply amazing.  It reminds me of melted chocolate pudding.  Yummy!

So of course with the cold weather we experienced this week, I had to make myself some hot chocolate.  I am trying to cut back on sugar though, so I thought I would try something a little bit different.  Instead of sweetening my homemade hot cocoa with maple syrup or table sugar like I usually do, I tried sweetening it with Monk Fruit In The Raw.  Have you heard of this amazing sweetener?  It has zero calories.  However, unlike other zero calorie sweeteners, this one is made from real food, not created in a lab.

I had never tried Monk Fruit In The Raw before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the hot chocolate tasted just like when I make it with regular sugar – decadent with just the right touch of sweetness.

Super Easy Hot Chocolate For One Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini chocolate chips melt faster!)
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 packet Monk Fruit In The Raw Sweetener

Don't resort to using a packet when you are craving hot chocolate.  This super easy hot chocolate is decadent and takes just minutes to make.  You will never want to use a hot cocoa mix packet again!

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips in the milk, stirring constantly until they are melted and smooth.

Add the half and half and continue stirring until the milk is steaming.

Don't resort to using a packet when you are craving hot chocolate.  This super easy hot chocolate is decadent and takes just minutes to make.  You will never want to use a hot cocoa mix packet again!

Remove from heat and add the splash of vanilla and the Monk Fruit.  Stir to combine.  Serve with a candy cane if desired.

Don't resort to using a packet when you are craving hot chocolate.  This super easy hot chocolate is decadent and takes just minutes to make.  You will never want to use a hot cocoa mix packet again!

My recipe is to make one serving, but you can easily scale it up to make for more people.  You need 2 parts milk, 2 parts half and half, 1 part chocolate chips, and 1 packet Monk Fruit In The Raw Sweetener per serving.  For our family of five, I typically use 2 cups milk, 2 cups half and half, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 tbs of sweetener.

Enter to win $50+ worth of In The Raw Sweeteners to use in your holiday baking.  The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends December 5, 2014.

 

I am going to be testing out some of my holiday baking recipes using Monk Fruit.  You can substitute  it cup for cup for sugar in your favorite recipes.  After Thanksgiving, Christmas cookie baking kicks in in earnest in our house.  So I will be using Monk Fruit in some of those recipes and will share the recipes with you in a few weeks.

For more information on Monk Fruit and other In The Raw Sweeteners, be sure to visit InTheRaw.com.

If you are going to be doing any holiday baking in the upcoming weeks, then I have a giveaway for you.

Enter to win $50+ worth of In The Raw Sweeteners to use in your holiday baking.  The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends December 5, 2014.

One lucky A Heart Full of Love reader is going to win $50 worth of In The Raw Products that they can use for all their holiday baking.

The winner will receive

  • Sugar In The Raw
  • Stevia In The Raw Packets, Jar and Bakers Bag
  • Monk Fruit In The Raw packets and Bakers Bag
  • Agave In The Raw
  • Sugar In The Raw Organic White
  • In The Raw Measuring Spoons

Interested?  Be sure to throw your name in the hat for a chance to win.  Entry is easy through the Rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends December 5th, 2014.  Good luck!

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Paddington Bear is Coming to Theaters This January!

That lovable bear Paddington is coming to the big screen January 16, 2015

One of my fondest memories of when the kids were small was cuddling with them and reading them a bedtime story. One of the books that Miss S frequently asked for was Paddington. She couldn’t get enough of that lovable little bear’s adventures. So I was quite excited to learn that Paddington will be coming to theaters January 16th. It will be a fun film the whole family can enjoy together.

About the film…

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

That lovable bear Paddington is coming to the big screen on January 16th.

The film has an all star cast – Hugh Bonneville (the patriarch of Downtown Abbey), Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley from Harry Potter), Jim Broadbent (Professor Slughorn from Harry Potter), Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman. With that kind of acting talent starring in it, you just know it has to be good!

While you are here, be sure to check out the Paddington movie trailer.

That lovable bear Paddington is coming to the big screen on January 16th.

Want to get your kids excited about the Paddington movie?  Here are some free coloring sheets and activity sheets you can print for them.  As winter weather arrives and your kids are stuck inside, these printables would be a great way to keep them occupied for  a bit.

Want to learn more about the movie Paddington?  Follow them on social media using the hashtag #PaddingtonMovie.  Also be sure to check out

Be sure to come back to the blog on the week of December 8th.  I will have a fun Paddington giveaway for you!

So tell me… Will you be taking your kids to see Paddington when it comes to the theater this January? 

5 Tips for Making Your Holiday Road Trip Go More Smoothly

5 tips for preparing for a holiday road trip

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just over a week away?   Many of us have plans to travel this holiday season, whether it is to visit loved ones far away, or to take a much needed vacation from the cold and dreary weather.   Every other Christmas, we head out to Wisconsin to see my in-laws.  They are an 11 hour drive away from us.  Some years we are blessed with clear weather and great road conditions.  Other years, we aren’t so lucky.

We may not be able to control the weather, but we do everything we can to make sure that our bi-annual road trip goes as smoothly as possible.  If you are hitting the road this holiday season, here are some things you can do to help prepare for the unexpected and ensure your trip is a success.

  • Make sure your car had its regularly scheduled maintenance. Your getaway can quickly turn into a nightmare if your car breaks down and there are no mechanics open due to the holiday.  Ask me how I know this!  After one bad experience, we definitely learned our lesson and make sure all maintenance on our van is up to date.
  • Fill up your gas tank the night before you leave, especially if you are going to be traveling on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.  Not all gas stations are open on holidays, so it is better to be safe than sorry and fill your tank beforehand.
  • Print a paper copy of the route you will be taking.  (We like to use Google or Bing Maps to print directions.)  Although we typically use a GPS app on my husband’s phone for navigation, there have been times that we were glad we had printed a map.  Some areas of the country don’t have the best cell reception and you may find your phone GPS stops working.
  • Try to avoid major metropolitan areas during rush hour if you are going to be traveling during the week.  We travel through Chicago when heading to my in-laws house.  We usually leave home a couple hours earlier than we would normally leave for a trip, just so we can avoid the congestion.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car.  Winter weather can be unpredictable.  Be sure to keep some food, water, and blankets in your car in case you get stranded.  We keep 2 heavy quilts, bottles of water, and a couple of boxes of granola bars in our car during the winter, just in case there is ever an emergency.

And a bonus tip for you!

Remember that paper copy of the route I told you to print?  It is also a good idea to mark where you might want to stop for meals and to fill your gas tank, especially if you are going to be driving through some areas of the country that are a little more isolated.  There is one section on our trip to Wisconsin where there aren’t a lot of places to stop.  So I like to check out the Sunoco Gas Station locator and mark on the map where we will be able to stop and re-fuel.  Running out of gas at any time can be a pain, but in the winter, it can be downright dangerous.

We may not be able to control every aspect of our holiday road trip, but a little planning and preparation can definitely be a huge help in case of something unexpected along the way.

Enter to win a $25 Sunoco Gas Gift Card.  The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends December 1, 2014.

Are you heading out on a road trip this holiday season?  Sunoco wants to bless one lucky A Heart Full of Love reader with a $25 Sunoco Gas Gift Card to help them with their trip preparations.  Entry is easy through the Rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway is open to US readers and ends December 1, 2014.

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Disclosure:  I will be receiving a Sunoco Gift Card as compensation for this post.  All opinions stated are my own.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Space Scouts Monthly Subscription Box for Kids

Disclosure:  I received 2 months of the Space Scouts Kits to facilitate this review.  
All opinions stated are my own.

Space Scouts is a fun and educational monthly kit for elementary school aged children. Each month's kit helps them learn about a different aspect of outer space.

If your kids are like mine, they love getting mail. So I am always on the lookout for fun subscription boxes for kids.  I recently became aware of Space Scouts – an educational and fun monthly subscription box for elementary school aged kids. Each month, your child will receive new goodies that will help them learn all about a new place in outer space.

Space Scouts is a fun and educational monthly kit for elementary school aged children. Each month's kit helps them learn about a different aspect of outer space.
My youngest daughter received 2 months of Space Scouts kits to try it out. She was so excited to receive something in the mail and had a blast looking through all the goodies.

The introductory Space Scouts Package contains

  • an introductory letter
  • a fun metal Space Scouts lunch box that they can use to store all the great things they will be receiving in future months.
  • a Solar System poster
  • an educational activity sheet
  • a sticker scramble
  • a space themed toy
  • a Constellation Card cover, ring, and introduction

Space Scouts is a fun and educational monthly kit for elementary school aged children. Each month's kit helps them learn about a different aspect of outer space.
Then each month after that, you will receive

  • a Scout Plan
  • a Magnet, which you can store on your lunch box.
  • a sticker for your Solar System poster
  • an activity sheet
  • a sticker scramble
  • a souvenir toy
  • a Constellation Card and activity sheet

Space Scouts is a fun and educational monthly kit for elementary school aged children. Each month's kit helps them learn about a different aspect of outer space.

When I gave Miss S. the box, her face lit up like it was Christmas morning.  She had a blast looking through everything and then immediately went and found a pencil to start working on the activity sheets.

My youngest daughter is in 5th grade. I knew before I received the kit, that some of the activities might be too simple for her.  To be honest, she is probably at the upper age limit for these kits as she was able to complete the activity sheet pretty quickly.  However, she had fun playing with everything and learned several things she wasn’t taught in school.  For example, she learned how astronauts often use robotic arms to help them work in space and got to practice with the toy claw that she was sent.  She also learned about the different parts of a spacesuit and was able to point them out on the astronaut toys that came with the kit.

Space Scouts is a fun and educational monthly kit for elementary school aged children. Each month's kit helps them learn about a different aspect of outer space.

One feature of the Space Scouts program that I thought was really clever was the Constellation Cards.  Each month’s card not only shows the shape of the constellation, but it also has a drawing of the shape for which the constellation was named.  The cool thing about the Space Scouts Constellation Cards is that they can be used to project the constellation on your wall.  The cards have holes where the main stars are.  So if you turn off the lights, hold up the card, and shine a flashlight on it, the constellation will show up on the wall just as it appears in the night sky.  What a fun way to help your children learn the identify the constellations!  You also receive an informational sheet that tells you the mythology behind the constellation name.  We have a telescope sitting around gathering dust, so the constellation card has actually given us an incentive to pull that out and see what we can discover in the night sky.

So how much does it cost?

Space Scouts is actually very affordable.  It costs just $11.95 a month plus $3 for shipping.  My kids have gotten other kits which cost more but send you a lot less each month.  So I was very pleased with both the price and the contents of the Space Scouts Kit.

The Verdict?

I was very impressed with the Space Scouts kits that my daughter received.  It’s a good value for the money and my daughter enjoyed completing the activities. She learned some new things about outer space and had fun in the process.  If Miss S were a year or two younger, I would definitely purchase a subscription for her.

Want to give a Space Scouts Subscription as a gift this holiday season?

Have an elementary school child who loves to learn or is fascinated with space?  A Space Scouts subscription would make an excellent holiday gift!  Although you can order by the month, they also have 3, 6, or 12 month pre-paid plans that would be excellent for gift-giving.

And now for a fun giveaway!

Enter to win a 3 Month Subscription to Space Scouts - a fun and educational kit for children in 1st through 5th grade.   The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends December 1, 2014.

One lucky A Heart Full of Love reader will receive a 3 Month Space Scouts Subscription.  Entry is easy through the Rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway ends December 1st and is open to US residents only.

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So tell me… Do your kids love to receive mail?  Do you think they would enjoy receiving a Space Scouts subscription?

Thanksgiving Made Easy with HoneyBaked Ham #HoneyBakedHoliday #ad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received a HoneyBaked Ham Gift Card to purchase my Thanksgiving meal. However, all opinions stated are my own.

Don't want to be stuck in the kitchen all day on Thanksgiving?  HoneyBaked Ham can help you serve the perfect Thanksgiving meal without all the work! #sponsored
Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?  I just love Thanksgiving – all the yummy food and spending time my loved ones.  What I don’t love, however, is being stuck all day in the kitchen preparing all that food.  I always feel a bit left out.  The rest of my family is enjoying the Macy’s day parade on tv, while I am basting the turkey, preparing all the sides, and whipping up a dessert.  Well this year, I have resolved to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with my family.  Fortunately HoneyBaked Ham came to my rescue!

Don't want to be stuck in the kitchen all day on Thanksgiving?  HoneyBaked Ham can help you serve the perfect Thanksgiving meal without all the work! #sponsored

I recently visited the Centerville, Ohio HoneyBaked Ham store and was pleasantly surprised that they had everything I needed to put together the perfect Thanksgiving meal.  HoneyBaked Ham is well-known for their delectable ham, but did you know that they also sell glazed turkey breasts?   I can’t imagine a Thanksgiving without a turkey and all the trimmings.   So I was excited to get to try their turkey.  Not having to roast a turkey on Thanksgiving morning frees makes my life a lot easier.

In addition to the turkey, I was able to pick up everything else I needed for the meal – gravy, side dishes, and even dessert!  It’s all heat and serve, which means I don’t have to spend all morning slaving away in the kitchen.  Woo-hoo!  I might get to see the parade this year :)

My Honeybaked Ham store had a great selection of sides for my Thanksgiving meal.

  • Turkey Gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Sweet Potato Souffle
  • Kings Hawaiian Rolls

They also had dessert covered.  You could choose from their yummy cheesecake sampler, or an assortment of locally-made pies.

Don't want to be stuck in the kitchen all day on Thanksgiving?  HoneyBaked Ham can help you serve the perfect Thanksgiving meal without all the work! #sponsored

I got the opportunity to try the glazed turkey breast, turkey gravy, green bean casserole, and stuffing.  It was incredibly easy to just throw it all in the oven to bake.  You don’t even need to thaw it first.  About halfway through the cooking time, you will need to stir everything.  For about 5 minutes of work and an hour of baking time, I was able to serve my family a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with little fuss or effort on my part.  HoneyBaked Ham can save you hours in the kitchen on Thanksgiving morning!

Don't want to be stuck in the kitchen all day on Thanksgiving?  HoneyBaked Ham can help you serve the perfect Thanksgiving meal without all the work! #sponsored

Let’s start with the glazed turkey breast.  Their turkey breast has the same sweet crunchy glaze that the ham does.  It gives the turkey a delightful taste.  The turkey was moist and tender.  Even my two picky kids asked for seconds.  The gravy is rich and peppery.  My husband and I loved it, but it had a bit too much pepper for my kids’ tastes.

The stuffing turned out just how I like it with just a little bit of crunch around the edges.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from frozen stuffing, but it was moist and flavorful – a great compliment to the turkey.  The green bean casserole definitely had a homemade flavor to it.  It was creamy and had plenty of mushrooms.

Don't want to be stuck in the kitchen all day on Thanksgiving?  HoneyBaked Ham can help you serve the perfect Thanksgiving meal without all the work! #sponsored

Of course we can’t forget about dessert.  In the past, I have gotten the cheesecake sampler at HoneyBaked Ham – which is just amazing.  This time though, I noticed they had a selection of pies from a local bakery.  We decided to try the pecan pie and we weren’t disappointed.  Sticky and sweet, with a gooey caramel-like filling, it was the perfect end to our meal.

Had I known how easy HoneyBaked Ham could make my Thanksgiving preparations, I would have saved myself a ton of time in the kitchen.  I get to serve a delicious meal to my family and spend very little time in the kitchen.  I definitely know where I am getting our Thanksgiving meal next year!

Want to give HoneyBaked Ham a try this Thanksgiving?  Either their ham or glazed turkey breast is an excellent choice for your Thanksgiving meal!  Plus you can pick up all the sides while you are there too.  If you are going to be heading over to HoneyBaked Ham to get your Thanksgiving meal fixings,  have a great coupon offer to share with you.  Before you go, be sure to print this limited time coupon for $7.00 off any Sliced and Glazed Whole Turkey and 4lb Quarter Ham (Or Larger) from HoneyBaked Ham to help you make your holiday dinner easy and delicious! (Offer Valid at Participating Retail Locations: Forestville, Silver Spring, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fields Ertel, Beechmont, Kenwood, Colerain, Florence, Salem, Centerville, Sawmill Road, McNaughten, Louisville, Lexington, Fern Creek, Glendale, Paradise Valley, Superstition, Tucson East, Tucson North, Overland Park, Independence, Barry Road, Norristown, Parma, Willoughby, Rocky River, Strongsville, Maple Heights, Canton, Fairlawn and Chapel Hill.)

If you purchase one of their Ham and Turkey bundles by Jan 11, 2015, you can enter to win a $25,000 HoneyBaked Kitchen Makeover.  The sweepstakes is open to US residents age 18 and older.  You will need a special code from your receipt to enter.

Now for a fun giveaway….

HoneyBaked Ham is giving away $500 in Gift Cards to help make one reader’s holidays extra special.   One lucky winner will receive a $100 HoneyBaked Ham Gift Card, a $100 Williams Sonoma Gift Card, a $100 Pottery Barn Gift Card, a $100 Amazon Gift Card, and a $100 Brookstone Gift Card.  How amazing would it be to win that!  The giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older.  Be sure to submit your entries through the Rafflecopter widget below. You can come back and enter daily for even more chances to win this amazing prize.

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So tell me… Have you tried HoneyBaked Ham’s glazed turkey breast?  Would you love to spend less time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving?