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Friday, December 2, 2016

Spice Up the Holiday Table with Curried Vegetable Dip

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


After all that Thanksgiving eating, I almost cringe at how many more gatherings we'll be going to over the next month that will all be serving food. There are so many sweet and savory dishes shoved in our faces at every turn, I really welcome seeing a fruit and vegetable platter on the food table this time of year. While I can munch on raw veggies all day, sometimes it's nice to have a yummy dip to spice things up a bit. I've been using this Curried Vegetable Dip from Golden Blossom Honey for the past few weeks because it gives a nice kick of flavor to almost every veggie, and because it's really easy to whip up in no time at all. I'm guilty of rushing through holiday prep, sometimes I forget the little things like picking up dip from the grocers before our gatherings. I love this recipe because the ingredients are from kitchen staples, so even if I forget the dip, I can quickly make my own and nobody needs to ever know about my goof.

Curried Vegetable Dip

Not only can this recipe used for a dip, it can also double for salad dressing as well. It is sweet and tangy on the taste buds, almost reminding me of a light French dressing. 

Ingredients
2 cups mayonnaise, regular or lite
3 tablespoons catsup
3 tablespoons RAW GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 cup scallions, finely chopped

fresh baby carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, crackers

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Curried Vegetable Dip


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Do you tend to over indulge on the holiday goodies this time of year?


 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Christmas Story House is a Must Visit for Movie Fans!

Most people know that A Christmas Story is one of my most favorite holiday movies of all time. I've dragged my family to Hammond, Indiana several times just to look at the window displays and get a family photo on top of Santa's Mountain (you can read about that here and here). So, you can imagine how bad I've been wanting to visit the actual A Christmas Story house that's located in Cleveland, Ohio. It's just a short drive (about 45 minutes) from Cedar Point, and since we go to that amusement park almost every summer, I've been royally pissed off at Jason every year since he's refused to take out additional time for the drive so I could get my visit in. Royally. Pissed!

When we started making our Canadian vacation plans, I put my foot down and insisted that since we would be going through Ohio on our drive, we were stopping at the house. No if. No ands. No buts. It was happening!

My mom went last year on a weekend and said that it was packed. The streets were jammed with cars lining both sides of the road, making it very difficult to drive down. We went on a Tuesday, arriving at about 9am, and we were the first people there. I was thrilled since it made for some great photo opps without extra people in the background. I would recommend a week day visit when school is still in session unless you like dealing with crowds. (Warning- this is a photo heavy post!)

A Christmas Story House
A Christmas Story House Leg Lamp
A Christmas Story HouseA Christmas Story House

The house doesn't open for tours until 10am, and you do have to go across the street to the gift shop to purchase entrance tickets. I believe the price was $10 for adults and $8 for children. You'll end up touring in small groups. There were about 30 people in ours, so it didn't feel too crowded in the house.

Once inside, the tour guide will give you a brief update on the history of the house, as well as some fun movie facts. Afterwards, you are free to roam around on your own for about 20 minutes. 


Since everyone was milling around downstairs trying to get snaps next to that iconic leg lamp, we started from the upstairs and worked our way back down. Our first stop was the bathroom where we thought it would be fun to recreate that famous soap scene and I tried my hand at the decoder ring. 

A Christmas Story House

A Christmas Story House

When Ralphie said the Queen Mother of All Dirty Words and blamed Schwarz in the movie, you could hear his mother screaming on the other end of the phone. If you pick up the phone in the hallway at the house, you can her Schwarz's mom screaming at him about saying that "oh, fudge" word.


Allison had a grand time in the boy's room, lounging around on the beds. 



Next, we explored the kitchen, where the table was getting ready to be set for the neighbor's dogs to come steal the Thanksgiving turkey.


Of course, the living room is probably the most popular room in the house. You'll see a replicas of the famous movie props, which you can touch and take photos with.

A Christmas Story House
A Christmas Story House
 A Christmas Story House

Mariah loved having her photo taken with the Red Ryder B.B. Gun! Thankfully, she didn't shoot her eye out ;)

A Christmas Story House

A Christmas Story House

All of the props in the house are replicas, but across the street in the museum (included in admission price) you can find some of the actual props from the movie set. Here you'll find one of the 6 Red Ryder guns that was actually used in the movie, as well as a piece of the blackboard where Ralphie daydreams about getting an A+++++++ on his school assignment. 

A Christmas Story House

Between the museum and the gift shop, you can see the dad's car and the firetruck that were used in the movie.



What made the trip even more special for me, was we realized that we would be driving right by the schoolhouse with the famous flagpole scene on our way to Toronto. The school is located in Canada and has since been turned into a women's shelter, so it was closed off to visitors, but I did stop outside to grab a quick photo.



For any fan of A Christmas Story, I highly recommend making a trip to Cleveland for a tour of the house! It's worth the drive. I promise!



Do you watch A Christmas Story each year? What's your favorite holiday movie?


Happy Holidays to You Giveaway!

Shopping for others for the holidays is fun, but isn't it also fun to pick up a little something special for yourself as well? Let's not be liars, we all know that it is. I think it's rare that we treat ourselves, especially during this time of the year, but I ended up splurging on myself last week and bought a few new sweaters for winter. Of course, I felt a little guilty afterwards, but you know what? We all deserve something nice for ourselves every once in a while. I'm in a giving spirit right now, and want gift one of my readers with a $20 Amazon gift card. I only ask that you try to buy something nice for yourself for the holidays. Go hog wild (well, as much as you can with $20). Get yourself that new bestseller, some cozy slippers, or spend it all on chocolate. I won't judge ;)

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Monday, November 28, 2016

You'll SING© for Greek Yogurt Cereal Donuts #PostfortheHolidays




One of our favorite family traditions during the holiday season is to have movie marathons. There are so many good movies, old and new, this time of year, we try to squeeze in as many as we can before Christmas hits. When we have movie night at home, we always have snacks on hand, usually trying to coordinate the snack to the theme of the movie we are watching. If we are heading out to the theater, we'll make special treats to enjoy leading up to the day of the movie to get the girls extra excited about our family outing. With all of the hustle and bustle that the season brings, it's just a nice way for us to slow things down a bit and have fun together as as family.  

We've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new movie SING©, which will be released in theaters on December 21, 2016. The movie will feature cute animals, fun songs sung by mega-stars, and lots of humor. Just what we need to break from the chaos of the holiday. To get the girls geared up for the movie, I decided to whip up some tasty breakfast "donuts" inspired by the movie.


Greek Yogurt Cereal Donuts


These donuts are made with Greek yogurt, Honey Bunches of Oats® cereal, and a few sprinkles. Simply mix Greek Yogurt with Honey Bunches of Oats® and sprinkles, fill some donut molds, freeze, then eat!


Keeping with the animal theme from SING©, I top them off with iced animal cookies and a touch of whipped cream and a few more sprinkles.
Iced Animal Cookies


yield: 6 donutsprint recipe

Greek Yogurt Cereal Donuts

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats® cereal
  • sprinkles (optional)
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • iced animal cookies (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine yogurt, cereal, and sprinkles in a bowl. Fill 6 donut cavities with yogurt mixture. Freeze 1 hour, or until solid.
  2. Remove donuts from molds, top with whipped cream, additional sprinkles, and an iced animal cookie (optional). Serve immediately.
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Greek Yogurt Donuts

Right now, when you purchase Honey Bunches of Oats® and other Post cereal brands, you'll be able to enter the SING© Sweepstakes where you could win $100,000, movie tickets, speakers, or other fabulous prizes! (*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Promotion starts 11/1/16 at 12PM (noon) ET and ends 3/31/17 at 11:59:59 PM ET. Open only to legal residents of the US/DC, 18 years of age and older. See Official Rules for instructions on how to enter, how to obtain codes without purchase, prize details, restrictions, odds of winning, etc. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor: Post Consumer Brands, LLC.)

We found our specially marked packages of Honey Bunches of Oats® at Target. You can also find them at Albertson's, Kroger, HEB, ShopRite, and Winco. Make sure to print your money saving coupon before heading out the door!



Be sure to visit the website and get your family excited for the release of SING© by playing Fun-Trivia and by finding the Star Character they most resemble. Then, whip up your own Honey Bunches of Oats® treats and share with them on social media using the hashtag #PostfortheHolidays.


Greek Yogurt Donuts


What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Are you planning on taking the family to see SING© this holiday season?


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gobble Up Turkey Salad with Walnuts and Grapes

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Since I wasn't hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year, I went out and bought a small turkey breast for the family to enjoy earlier this week. I knew that after the big meal on Thursday, then doing some power shopping on Friday, I was not going to want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen this weekend. I bought enough so there would be plenty for leftovers, which we've been putting to good use already. Jason took the cranberry turkey sandwich I made earlier this week to lunch, and dinner tonight will be Turkey Salad with Walnuts and Grapes since I found that scrumptious recipe on Golden Blossom Honey and it looked too good to pass up. 



Since Jason has been on a diet, I did end up using fat free mayo and sour cream to try to keep this dish on the healthier side, so I like that I could switch it up to fit our needs without compromising too much on flavor. This salad can be eaten as a stand alone dish, or use it as a spread on some crusty french bread or rolls for lunch or a light dinner.  

Ingredients
4 cups cooked turkey, cubed
2 cups red seedless grapes
1 1/4 cups walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM RAW HONEY
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
pepper to taste
radicchio or other lettuce leaves

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What's your favorite way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers?
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Leftovers? Put Them to Good Use in a Turkey Cranberry Melt!

I can't say that I'm sad that I won't be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. We usually go to the in-laws, then we host a Christmas breakfast at our home. I am sad that we won't be getting any of the leftovers that usually come with hosting a big meal though. Sometimes I think that the casseroles and sandwiches you can make out of the leftovers rival the main holiday meal!



Eating all of that turkey can get boring after a bit, but if you can whip up a great sauce, then you can pump new life into holiday leftovers. I usually have lots of cranberries left over, and if you have a few staples on hand, you can make an awesome cranberry relish to top off a turkey melt sandwich.



The sauce adds an awesome zingy flare to turkey, and overall, this is a pretty healthy lunch option for the day after Thanksgiving.
yield: 1 Sandwichprint recipe

Cranberry Turkey Swiss Melt

INGREDIENTS:

  • Leftover Turkey (enough for 1 sandwich)
  • 1 Slice Swiss Cheese
  • Bun
  • 6 ounces cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbp brown sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place Swiss slice on the bottom half of bun. Warm in oven at 350 degrees until bun is toasty and cheese is melted.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine cranberries, orange juice, and brown sugar. Heat over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, until all orange juice is soaked up. Cranberries will pop during the cooking process, but that's okay. That's what they are supposed to do.
  3. While making the cranberry dressing, heat turkey in a 350 degree oven until warm.
  4. Place turkey on the Swiss cheese, top with cranberry dressing, and garnish with lettuce if desired. Eat!
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Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!
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