Free Movie Tickets with Hormel Products Purchase!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Peter Pan, it's a classic! 
Hasn't every kid (and parent, alike!) seen it?
Did you know there is a new
PAN - coming soon!?!

And now, via Hormel Foods...
you can get a FREE movie ticket with product purchase!

 We are huge pepperoni lovers in our house - 
it's one of those quick and easy, on the go snacks, that has a little protein sticking power to get us through the running around.

Speaking of delish Hormel products...
How about a cool Peter Pan inspired recipe for these hot summer nights 
that you don't want to heat up your house making meals?
Hormel Fully Cooked Bacon to the rescue!

Don't forget you can print coupons for your favorite Hormel Products 

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*** As a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger - I am sent coupons to try Hormel products, or products themselves. I am not compensated for this post. *** 

Gordman's & Scott Living - Affordable HGTV makeover ideas and #giveaway

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Maybe you are like me, and you spend more time than you should watching HGTV?

How'd they do that?

That's what I find myself asking, time and time again!
One thing that irks me is the budgets.
Every. Single. Time.

I think to myself...REALLY?

Well, maybe they did?
Introducing -  Scott Living

Lucky for me, and any of you out there that might be on the same page -

Gordmans is now carrying an exclusive collection of home and garden décor and outdoor furnishings by Drew and Jonathan Scott, hosts of HGTV’s “Property Brothers.

Upgrade to designer living without paying designer prices with Scott Living’s collection of versatile, modern and comfortable outdoor pieces.

One of the pieces we really liked??

The indoor/outdoor chair/ottoman combo!
Look at this, space saving patio furniture!

The ottoman slides neatly under the chairs!
How great is this?

They also have these really sleek looking fire pits and fountains.

I NEED a fountain, because the cute little birds just go crazy for them, and, there is just something so soothing about them, isn't here?

Our summers aren't as long as I wish they were around here, you have to go big or go home.

What will you find at Gordmans?

Maybe you could bring a gift card with you, to make our shopping just a little more fun?
Toss your name in the Rafflecopter hat below and be entered to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway make your trip to Gordmans even better -
Print off this 20% off coupon good for any single item at your local Gordmans store!
(or, they may even be able to scan it on your mobile device, so bookmark this page!)

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*** Gift card is being given away by the fine public relations folks with Gordans Stores. I was not compensated for this post, but I was given a gift card in exchange for offering a give away and sharing this coupon with you. ***

Hormel Snackers #HormelFamily

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Because sometimes, you just want things to be easy!

HORMEL® SNACKERS® Chili Cheese Dip

HORMEL® SNACKERS®Cheesy Bacon & Jalapeño Dip

HORMEL® SNACKERS®Southwestern Style Nacho Dip

HORMEL® SNACKERS®Spinach & Artichoke Dip

These are a great idea for grab and go for the office, a nice alternative to the regular old sammich, and also great to have at the end of the night, after you've already had dinner but you just need a little something else for that late night tv watching.

We've tried the Chili Cheese Dip and the Spinach and Artichoke Dip.
Which would you choose?

Why not try them all! 

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Monarchs have made it to Minnesota! In May!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Last year it was pretty late...and I don't know if we've EVER had Monarchs (eggs!) in May, 

here in Minnesota, in the Gust Gardens... 

But last night, as I was milling around my yard, trying to de-stress and unwind...

I spotted not one, not two, but THREE! THREE MILKWEED EGGS! 

(Here are two of them.)

May 25th, 2015! 

 I have yet to see a Monarch this season - but they must be around somewhere? 
Some of my baby swamp milkweed has been chomped up already, though I haven't seen any hatched cats yet...

I'm seeing tons of swallowtails, and I sure hope they take residence in my dill I've planted just for them...time will tell! For now, they are loving our lilac bushes...I'm glad someone does, because I want to dig those out!

Monarchs are getting a lot of local attention, with the Kare11 folks highlighting it, and I've had some questions asked of me as of late too...

So for those of you wondering what I do when I find the Monarch eggs...
Well, that depends...but something new I started last year is plucking the leaf off the plant
and then placing that on a damp napkin on a styrofoam plate.

 (or just cutting out the egg still attached to the leaf...again, depends on many things, weather, how many Monarchs I have, how much milkweed I have currently growing, etc...)

More posts you might enjoy about Monarchs here in Minnesota - 
we've been doing this a long time now...and we just love it!

We think we started in 2010...
and from last season, when I went a little nuts and got my own little greenhouse to modify and use as a butterfly house.......

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Makin' Bacon with Hormel Foods

Monday, May 25, 2015

A fun treat on weekend mornings, when we have time to prepare a well-thought out breakfast... 

Who doesn't love bacon?

I generally throw it on the Forman Grill - 

But, I've seen enough posts about bakin' bacon, to pique my interest...
So...I tried it.

I put tin foil down over a cookie sheet, with an edge on it...
And let it be...
Well, let it be at 400 degrees, for about 20 minutes...

The result?
Perfectly crisp, delish baked bacon!

Honest to God you guys!
Why didn't I do this before?

Do you cook your bacon this way?
Game changer!

I am honestly looking forward to utilizing this before an upcoming camping trip!
Make it all ahead of time like this, at home...then, put it in a ziplock freezer bag to take with us!

No splatter mess in my prominent greasy smell...
GREAT taste, flavor, texture!


Also, side note...
I found during my recent bacon purchases...that the Cub Foods carries it for $3.00 higher per package than the Target across the street!
Who knew?
Now I do, and you do too!

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Snackin with Hormel Foods - Turkey Pepperoni!

Friday, May 22, 2015

You may or may not remember last summer, when I shared one of our favorite on the go snacks? 

Remember how great that works out?

 We still love that...and it's still a quick and easy go to...
But for our growing, needs a change-up, still filling snack...

We've moved on to - 

(Honestly, do you know how many recipes can incorporate pepperoni? The possibilities are endless!)

But my boy - he likes it just plain, straight up, right out of the bag!
(One for each hand, if a car trip is involved!)

When we buzz from one activity to another, 
or if the game involves a double header, these pillow packs of pepperoni are an essential part of his uniform!

I love that he can get something that will fill him up enough to tide him over, and we aren't driving through one fast food place after least not EVERY night!

Do you have a favorite on the go snack?
Share it in the comments!

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Turtle Time!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

We live near a decent sized pond, a sort of nature preserve...

And so far this season, we've seen far too many things in nature that didn't survive the circle of life.

So when I stumbled upon this teeny tiny guy near my car one day, 
I knew we had to take him least for a bit.

Look at the size of him compared to a dime!

The kids were afraid to hold her, but I wanted to put something out there for comparison sake.
Enter, the ruler!

Painted turtles are just so cute!

She's been eating some earthworms and small pieces of apples...
We've kept her far longer than I planned...
but soon she'll head to the pond to live happily ever after...
at least that's our hope!

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#shareacoke Family Fun Day!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Imagine our surprise when on a recent trip to Valley Fair, 
we were able to put our very own names on Coke Cans for their #shareacoke campaign!

One of us sees his name on coke cans from time to time, 
and one of us has seen his nickname on coke cans quite a bit...
but to have our very own!

Well, that was something! 

Because it was also the week of our 11 year wedding anniversary, 
I put just the two of us together...


Family Fun Day
Family Selfies aren't so easy when you are each holding 2 cans of soda!
Friends, when you see people taking family photos like this, offer to snap one or two for them!
I do it all the time, it'll make their day, I promise!

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Play Ball!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

They aren't on the same team this year, but they are still teammates.
Partners in Crime!

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Cragun's Resort - A New Family Tradition

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A few highlights from our trip to Cragun's Resort.

Not every day the owner of the resort you are staying at introduces himself and makes sure you are having a great time!

And if you don't have to bother getting dressed from the pool to join in the Friday Night Welcome Buffet? Jackpot!

Seriously...we were worried about that...
We had just arrived, the kids were so excited to swim, but the welcome reception and dinner buffet was starting...what to do...what to do...
No worries!
No shirt, no shoes, no problem!

The kids loved the dessert portion of the buffet, especially!
Big brownies with candy Easter eggs on top!

We enjoyed some family bingo - FREE to play!

And the view from our room...
Even with the late ice out, so gorgeous!

We happened upon some friends, who were there the same weekend that we were...
The kids had a blast with the various activities put on by the resort...





And the dads...and the original photo bomb...BUNNY EARS!

We enjoyed a horse drawn trolley ride - with the most beautiful Clydesdale horses you've ever seen!


We roasted marshmallows by the lake, and drank hot chocolate.

And just because we weren't at home for Easter this year...
Didn't mean the Easter Bunny couldn't come!
He found the kids in the hotel room!

And then the kids found him, at Easter Brunch!

Easter Sunday Family Selfie on Gull Lake!

And one evening, there was even a pretty cool wild animal show!

We don't have any family close enough to celebrate events and holidays with this was a fab way to spend the Easter Weekend, at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake.

I think this just might become a new family tradition!

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