Mashed Potato Bar with #HormelFamily

Sunday, December 20, 2015

It's Holiday Time! YAY! 

I love love love me some Christmastime, don't you?
Friends, Family, Chaos!
Sing it with me, now.... 

It's the most wonderful time of the YEAR! 

One thing that I do tend to stress about, a little...


This year, we have a small crowd, and one very picky eater (ours!) and while I don't want to cater to her, I do want her to be included...
And the

Doesn't that look AMAZING?
And what a fun way to use some festive holiday glassware too!

Some ideas for toppings can include:

I cannot wait to put together a mashed potato bar!
I MAY even do some baked potatoes in a crock pot too!

How can I go wrong?
Help a girl out here...what else am I missing?
Would you add any toppings that aren't included above?

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*** I am not compensated for my post. As a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger, I am occasionally given Hormel Foods products to try or coupons to off set the price of purchasing my own Hormel products to help facilitate a blog post. ***

First Day of School - Date Day!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Because we are a two parent working household, with no family in town...
date nights are virtually unheard of.
They AREN'T non-existent, but it sure feels like it.

We get a sitter from time to time, but man, who can afford them?

But when the kids are in school?


The Hubs spun the big wheel at Family Night out at a St. Paul Saints game and won $100!
Well, not really, it's a $100 play card thingy...

And so play we did!
But one of us is a double-upper, and one of us isn't...
I'll let you decide who's who, if you don't already know!

Even looking into the sun, this man humored me and posed for a selfie with our winnings...
not quite the $100+ we had hoped for, but...........

And a great lunch, a bit closer to home, where our luck continued!

A chip in the shape of Minnesota!
That's pretty cool!
As much as I love our kids and the family we've built, I think date-days and date-nights are so so important. Do you date your spouse regularly?
What's your favorite date night?

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Back Yard Shananigans

Sunday, November 29, 2015

You have to look really, really hard, but if you do - can you see a deer? 

I love when these little fellas pay us a visit, though I don't think the DNR feels the same way, as they are currently doing some sort of deer reduction in the hood.

We won't tell the kids that part, and we'll just marvel at the beauty that is these guys visiting our backyard and those around us!
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Yearbook Cover Contest

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The firstborn loves her some art, and she's pretty darn good at it too. 

 Our school had a yearbook cover coloring contest...
A blank slate, and the kids were to come up with a baseball themed cover...


Not too shabby, if I do say so in my non-biased Mom opinion!

She made the top ten...but that's as far as she got.
Top 1 makes the front cover, four more make the back, and she may have an appearance in the yearbook somewhere, with this drawing, but we don't know the details on that yet.

Regardless, I love love love seeing creativity flow out of our kids.
Non-electronic, especially!

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Quick and Easy Sandwiches at Home with Hormel Foods!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A person can only have so much leftover turkey...
(or ham, if that's your Thanksgiving thing!)

With Salami, shredded cheese, & fresh lettuce?

Toss a couple of pickles on the top for good measure, 
and Viola!

A delish, tastes-like-you-are-dining-out, sandwich, made at home!

As we close out the year, and look ahead to 2016...

Eating at home and bringing our lunches to work is moving up the priority list...
(again! GAH!)

Hormel Foods makes that easier with Natural Choice Products:

Hard Salami
Honey Deli Turkey
Deli Roast Beef
Canadian Bacon and so much more....

What is your go to bring it for lunch thing?

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*** As a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger - I am occasionally given complimentary Hormel products or coupons to off set the price of purchasing products. I am not otherwise compensated for this post. ***

Pumpkins and Pumpkins - Year 10?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Not always the funnest job, 
in fact, this year we left some untouched, for the critters to eat...

but Jack-o-Lanterns are a Halloween Must...Tradition.
Aren't they for everyone, though? 

Gorgeous weather had us outside...

And no real plan netted us this...
and this............

Not too shabby!
One of these years, we'll invest in some of those fancy carving tools, and leave our poor kitchen utensils in the house to do what they are intended to do!

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Brace Face...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Well, he got his expander off a couple of weeks ago, thankfully!

Mom is NOT a fan of the palate expander experience...but wow, are our kids troopers!
Why does he look so different to me, in these pictures taken 30 minutes apart?

No, it's not JUST the braces...........

But the braces sure do make a difference, already!!

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Buck Hill Season Passes - Warm Weather Assurance!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

With the kiddo hanging up his hockey skates this season...

We knew we wanted to find something to keep both kids busy, now that we aren't committing to the ice rink...

They both enjoyed their snowboarding lessons so much last winter...

We decided to go for the season passes...


They are NOT CHEAP...
Hard to swallow that big of an expense all at once...

but, when you live in Minnesota, you have to embrace the winters, cold weather, snow, and all...

So here's to a great ski and snowboard season ahead...
Maybe the first of many?

But if I'm being honest, if it means NO SNOW and these amazing temps hitting 60 degrees with Thanksgiving NEXT WEEK...I'd buy these passes every year! 

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Because when you are 8...

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Isn't this the most logical place to park your bike at the local park?

 ah, being a parent is never dull, is it?

And warm, sunny sixty + degree days in the middle of November? That doesn't get old either!

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Halloween 2015!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

I feel like their is extra pressure on Halloween, when the kids are allowed to wear costumes at school.

Yes, I KNOW! Isn't that AWESOME that they can!

Anyhoo - the girl knew what she wanted to be, but the boy didn' he went along for the ride.

Back to the 50's, anyone?

H and one of her girlfriends, at the school Halloween Party.

I loved this creative Halloween game that I got stationed at.
The kids put their hand in the box, and then write down what they think it was...

Cat Eyeballs = Peeled Grapes
Witch Fingers = Carrots
Vampire Ears = Dried Apricots
Monster Teeth = Corn Kernals
Frankensteins Brain = Cauliflower!

I adore seeing the kids dressed up with all of their friends, having fun at school, being kids!

And later that night, at home...
posing for the obligatory photos for mom!

We had our annual cul de sac bonfire and the weather was so nice!

And because we had sold off all of our furniture that morning, the kids had lots of room to spread out and trade candy with their friends!

A very successful Halloween, 2015!

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