COMPLEATS® by Hormel Foods - Make your life easy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

If there's one thing we have learned as our kids get older, it's how to eat on the go-go-go.

Want to sleep in as long as possible in the morning before heading off to work, school, sports practice, but still need a good filling, hot breakfast?

Enter in  - 

Microwave Instructions:
Puncture film/peel back film, heat for 30 seconds, stir, heat for 30 seconds, stir.

So easy, even the kids can do this for themselves!

With a variety of items like HORMEL® COMPLEATSSausage Breakfast Scramble & HORMEL® COMPLEATSApple Cinnamon Oatmeal

How can you go wrong?

HORMEL® COMPLEATS® are not just for breakfast either!

With over two dozen other varieties, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner...even an after school pick me up!

HORMEL® COMPLEATS®Chicken Breast & Dressing
HORMEL® COMPLEATS®Creamy Cheese & Basil Tortellini

& so very much more!

What is your favorite fast and easy, heat & go meal?

For coupons for these and all of your other favorite Hormel Foods products - click HERE!

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Picking a Side - Again Residing our Home in Minnesota

Sunday, August 24, 2014

When we got rid of our rotting Cedar Siding back in 2006 - I mistakenly thought we were buying siding, maintenance free siding, that would last a lifetime...

Turns out, that siding cracks, and fades.

And thanks to a good old fashioned Minnesota hail storm - we were in need of a new roof, and some new siding. The reasonable match via insurance, wasn't all that reasonable - 
Can you see the 4 pieces of siding that the contractor put on our home to compare?

So, while we had the roof done fairly quickly and easily...

The siding was a whole 'nother story.
Mostly fine, but we were really wanting something fresh, something new(er).

A new color, maybe some brick, faux brick, something...anything!?!

We went back and forth, round and round about colors...
stay the same, mundane, safe old beige?
Go with one of the new grays, blues, reds...we've been eyeing up around the Metro?

We've looked a lot of houses over the last year...
Tons of new builds.
New peaks. New colors.

Could your run of the mill split entry home in Suburbia, Minnesota do something fresh and updated for minimal cost?

We were on our own for decisions, as our contractor was your standard, just replace/reside it.
So we tested a LOT of ideas in our own fancy Word/Paint documents.
None of it was working out very well...we just couldn't SEE what we were getting ourselves into.

So...we just finally picked something, anxious to have it over and done with.

We couldn't communicate with the crew, at all, because of the language barriers,
but I stood outside and snapped some pictures from here and from there.

I was praying I'd be ok with how things turned out, because otherwise...
How do you say, start over, in Espanol?

I could tell right away that I wished I'd of gone darker on the siding color - even though we did go a couple of shades darker than what we did have...I wished we'd gone a few shades darker yet...
But...what what I was most nervous about, was the faux shakes we decided on.

Is our house too small to get away with putting shakes on the window bump out and above the garage?
It looks great on some of the new homes with multiple peaks...but how would it look on ours?

I immediately loved the window box!


A little rain delay had the project pushed back...
but as the guys were putting the finishing touches on the house ~ 
I knew we had made the right decision...

Well, the hubs made the right decision.
I still wasn't sold on the idea that we could pull it off on our house...

                                                             He said go for it...and viola!

So, if you're wondering if you could pull off putting shakes on your house, above the garage or on a bump out...
Here's what it looks like on your average, 1900 square foot suburbian home!
We were thrilled we did this, and we've gotten many compliments from the neighborhood as well.

I do wish we'd of gotten some brick along the sides of the garage, maybe near the front door...
but...maybe down the road ~ 

Here's hoping we don't have to side this place again!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Always something around here...


I had just finished mowing the lawn...and it started to rain.

It's our lucky day! I proclaimed to my husband...
just wrapped up the lawn, and the rain is here to water it all!

A ten second front blew through...

Blew over the one tree we love.
A big old Maple.

Well, HALF, of a big ol Maple.


Thankfully, family friend Dan came over with his chain saw...
and helped us work it down into manageable piles.

We enlisted the help of even the youngest around here...
he did, after all, have some stuff to work off
(golf cart accident, don't ask...)

It took 3 days...but we got it ready for a bonfire or twenty.

I don't know...
sometimes a person thinks they should run while they can!

Other times, we count our blessings, each and every one, even on the days we don't feel so blessed.

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Camp Streefland - Lakeville, MN Summer Camp Success!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How do you know your kid had a good time at Summer Camp?

They come home with their socks looking like this!
I didn't even bother washing these...
right into the trash they went!

And Camp Streefland Family Night with Friends?


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Back to School Twitter Chat with Hormel! You could win $500!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back-To-School Twitter ~ Chat August 26

Somehow, we find ourselves pushing the outer limits of summer...another whole season came and went...
and here we are, on the final countdown to back-to-school!

Back-to-school at my house means finding quick and easy options for snacks, lunches, and dinners...even more so than all the other days of our lives ~ 

Some of our quick go-to's include: 

What is your go-to after school snack for the kids?

As the kids are getting ready to go back to school, Hormel Foods is here to help make the transition as smooth as possible for the kids and mom & dad.

Join us on August 26 from 1-2 p.m. CST on the Hormel Foods Twitter handle (@HormelFoods) to ask questions and share your tips around the Back-To-School theme.
&...get this..........

Everyone who participates will be automatically entered to win a $500 gift card! 

Join the conversation using the hashtag, #HFBTS.

We hope to 'see you' there!

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Baseball Cake Pops - Everyday O'Cake'sions!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

When you are celebrating the end of baseball season...

you can try your hand at Baseball Cake Pops...
Because, you know, making cake pops is so darn easy and fun! HA HA HA!

And then...after giving up and getting even more sloppy than you were when you were trying your hardest ~

And ask her to help you out!

This picture was taken by Jess after she finished up my order...

That's quite the difference, no?
As usual, you are AMAZING!

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