December 15, 2014

Ready for Christmas? Planning . . . #HoneyBakedHoliday #ad



Oh my, this holiday is racing towards us full speed ahead. I am trying to slow it down enough to enjoy the moments . . . I'm not quite sure if it's working yet. 

But I am so glad that I have been able to mark one item off my list - the food for our celebration. We bought both a Honey Baked Ham and a Honey Baked Turkey! Since Christmas is typically a ham holiday, I bought a bone-in, half-ham and then a roasted turkey breast. Both are covered in the traditional Honey Baked sweet, crunchy glaze that they are famous for. 



The Honey-Baked Hams are hand chosen for their leanness and smoked for 24 hours.  They come already spiral sliced down to the bone. 


The Honey Baked Turkey Breast is glazed with the same amazing flavors as the traditional hams. You can buy them roasted or smoked.  

In addition, you can buy a whole slew of sides that are just heat and serve. Just move them into a new dish and your sides will look homemade without all the hard work.




And desserts . . . oh my.

I bought a Kentucky Derby pie. I opened it straight out of the fridge and ate a slice. It was great. Chocolate chips, pecans, flaky crust. Then I read the instructions and realized I was supposed to heat it up in the oven before it was served. The next piece I had was even more amazing with the chocolate melting and warm crust, mmmm!!


(For locals, I bought my Honey Baked products at the Honey Baked Ham store on Preston between Park and 190.)



From now until 1/11/15 you can enter to win a $25,000 HoneyBaked Kitchen Makeover when you buy a Ham and Turkey Breast bundle. Check out this amazing limited time coupon for $8.00 off any Bone-in Ham and Turkey Breast or Boneless Ham and Turkey Breast from HoneyBaked Ham to help you make your holiday dinner easy and delicious!

(This offer is valid only at the following locations: Rolling Meadows, Orland Park, Villa Park, Morton Grove, Naperville, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Mesquite, Hurst, Lewisville, Houston, Austin, Spring, Clear Lake, Sugar Land, Indianapolis, Ferndale, Grand Rapids, Roseville, Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Flint, Dearborn Heights, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Ann Arbor, Canton Township, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, Monroeville, San Antonio, Bellevue, and Lynnwood. For store addresses click here.)

 Donate $1.00 to Feeding America during checkout at the register of any HoneyBaked store. $1.00=10 Meals!

December 4, 2014

My Date this Weekend . . .

Potentially shocking fact #1 - I love musicals. There are some people in my life who make fun of me about that, but they're silly. Most of them love movies and are borderline addicted to music . . . so why would they assume that something that combines the two is going to be less enjoyable?

Sunday, my honey and I are going to head down to Fair Park and attend a matinee performance of A Christmas Story: The Musical



Potentially shocking fact #2 - I've never actually watched the movie, A Christmas Story all the way through. So this will kind of be a whole new thing for me.

I looked at this trailer and that got me even more excited:



But it's not hard to get excited about attending a musical at the Dallas Summer Musicals in Fair Park. I've been going since I was a kid. There's a bit of magic in that place. It transports you to all kinds of places and eras and experiences. You generally are there and enjoying them with the people you love the most. Not to mention, the crazy good buffet they serve. Seriously, people, if you haven't done this, you should. They have a whole list of amazing musicals coming - and I'm hoping I'll be able to see many more of those as well.

Merry Christmas . . .


December 1, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide #5: Liquid Chalkers #StockingStuffer

Well, the time is now upon us . . . Christmas. Shopping, that is.

It seems like sometimes I have all kinds of gift ideas and then suddenly the day is upon us and I have completely forgotten the stockings! This year, I have worked hard to purposely look for stocking stuffers along the way.

Here is one product that I can whole-heartedly recommend - Liquid Chalkers.



These write easily on mirror and glass. I used them to write Bible verses and messages to my family throughout the house. (I mean seriously when you sit down to use the bathroom, you can't avoid what's written on the mirror across from you, right?)

And, just as easily, they wipe right off when it's time to clean or change your message. Right now they're $18.99 on Amazon and you can get FREE 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime (One Year Membership).

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

November 22, 2014

What's Your Favorite Cookware During the Holidays? #ad

This post was written on behalf of Market Street. All opinion are my own - as always. 

We focus so much on the food of the holidays, but without the right ingredients and tools we wouldn't have any of that food. Think back to when your mom or your grandmother cooked Thanksgiving dinner when you were a child . . . was there a certain cooking or serving dish that was always a part of the process? Maybe that's the one item that you want to make sure gets handed down to you.

In our house, my mom had a cast iron skillet that she used for special things like cornbread. I believe it might have been my grandmother's originally. To this day, I still have a fascination with cast iron skillets of all sizes and shapes.

Throughout the last several months, I have been using my Lodge Cookware and it is quickly becoming my favorite set of cooking ware. Not only does it cook evenly and clean up easily, it's also really pretty with no extra effort. I can leave the sides in the dishes they were cooked in and they simply add to the ambiance. (And they eliminate one more dish I would have to clean.)

Here are just some of the ways we have found to use our Lodge Cookware:

The Roaster - lasagna, chicken spaghetti, green bean casserole, mixing bath salts,

The Round Casserole (pictured) - chili, soup, stew, spaghetti, camping (will cause your dish to not be so pretty, but still durable enough to work),

The Ramekin - individual servings of soup, queso or hot sauce to dip, as a cereal bowl in a pinch

And remember between now and January 27th, you can earn these Lodge items for FREE from Market Street as a reward for making your regular, every day purchases. 

Sign up for the Market Street Rewards Program and start a new family tradition this holiday season!



November 21, 2014

Holidays Here We Come . . . #HoneyBakedHoliday #ad

Oh, no . . . so sorry to leave ya'll hanging. Guess you can tell once Halloween hit in this household, it has been a heck of a crazy ride and it's only getting busier from here on out. I can NOT believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away.

I do have to tell you one of the things that makes me feel better about the crazy way the holidays are rushing towards me is because I have a little secret to help out next week. Are you ready for it? Honey Baked Ham! I know, I know, it's turkey season - but they have turkeys too! And all the sides to go with them. You can even get pies there. Seriously, it's the best way to enjoy your holiday instead of stressing. 

Just listen to this description:
Slow-roasted and smoked, every Honey Baked Ham is glazed by hand with the signature, sweet crunchy glaze and has the one-of-a-kind taste that everyone looks forward to . . . the moist, tender Turkey Breast [is also] coated with the same sweet, crunchy glaze as Honey Baked's signature Ham
Now tell me your mouth isn't watering?? And there's a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You won't get that from anyone else on their Thanksgiving dishes.

So, I will be having a HoneyBaked Turkey Breast for Thanksgiving and a HoneyBaked Ham for Christmas with some amazing sides and desserts. Headed over to the location at Preston and Park today in fact, and then I'm going to fix these bad boys up in my gorgeous Lodge Cookware from Market Street!

And YOU have the chance to win a $500 gift card to get your own delicious HoneyBaked items for the holidays. You can enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway



From now until 1/11/15 you can enter to win a $25,000 HoneyBaked Kitchen Makeover when you buy a Ham and Turkey Breast bundle.

Check out this amazing limited time coupon for $8.00 off any Bone-in Ham and Turkey Breast or Boneless Ham and Turkey Breast from HoneyBaked Ham to help you make your holiday dinner easy and delicious!

(This offer is valid only at the following locations: Rolling Meadows, Orland Park, Villa Park, Morton Grove, Naperville, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Mesquite, Hurst, Lewisville, Houston, Austin, Spring, Clear Lake, Sugar Land, Indianapolis, Ferndale, Grand Rapids, Roseville, Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Flint, Dearborn Heights, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Ann Arbor, Canton Township, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, Monroeville, San Antonio, Bellevue, and Lynnwood. For store addresses click here.)