A #HoneyBakedEaster + #Deals and a #Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was provided a HoneyBaked Ham gift card to purchase and review Easter menu items. As always, all opinions are mine all mine.


I love spending holidays with my family. It’s the best part about them. However, the second-best part is the food. I think holidays are made all the more festive, by all good food.

Easter is coming up, which means Easter dinner is coming up – and one of the yummiest parts of Easter dinner is the ham. I love ham. I know that’s a weird thing to say… but I do. If I had to choose one meat to have, for the rest of my life, it would be ham. Again, I love ham and my favorite is HoneyBaked Ham.

I’m a busy mama. Between work, home and blogging, I have a lot on my plate. That said, HoneyBaked Ham makes it very easy to get a delicious Easter meal together.

I headed over to the HoneyBaked Ham in West Bloomfield, Mich. and picked up some ham, potatoes au gratin and green beans almandine. The sides were HoneyBaked’s heat and serve, making it super convenient. Since we’re a family of just three, I was ecstatic to find out they sell it by the pound as well.


All the food was so good. I came home and heated up the potatoes, green beans and ham. The meal took less than an hour to prepare. It had our house smelling so good. The kid and hubs were so excited for this meal. And, let me tell you… the HoneyBaked food did not disappoint! The ham juicy. The potatoes au gratin cheesy. The green beans crisp and flavorful.


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Weekly Menu Plan {6/17/13}

Butter Cream Chicken

So, I’m hopping back on the menu planning train. Not only does it help me, when I’m get home late from work – it also helps with grocery shopping and money saving.

Here’s what I’m planning. Most of the recipes are from Jamie Cooks It Up (which is an awesome site, by the way).

I’m also linking up at Organizing Junkie, as a part of her Menu Plan Mondays.

Michigan Spinach Salad: A Simply Suzanne Recipe

Eating healthy is hard. Getting your kids to eat healthy is even harder. That’s why I was so pumped to try out the Simply Suzanne So Very Cherry Granola, from Michigan company, Simply Suzanne.

Not only is the So Very Cherry granola good for you (low in sugar, vegan, and all natural), it’s good to you as well! Simply Suzanne adds Michigan cherries and sweetens the granola with pure maple syrup and brown sugar.

The granola contains no preservatives, artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, cholesterol or trans fat. It’s also nut Free, and high in protein and fiber.

Simply Suzanne me a bag of the Simply Suzanne So Very Cherry Granola to try out, along with a recipe which they guaranteed kids would love.

Simply Suzanne Michigan Spinach Salad


  • 8 cups baby spinach (or mixed greens)
  • ½ cup Simply Suzanne So Very Cherry Granola to taste
  • 10 tablespoons pecans or walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 12 grape tomatoes or 2 small tomatoes, quartered
  • 8 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled to taste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vinaigrette dressing


  • Place baby spinach or greens in a dish. Add salt and pepper to greens and toss.
  • Sprinkle remaining ingredients over the greens.
  • Add vinaigrette. Toss lightly and serve.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Servings: 6 generously

I made a few substitutions/adjustments, based on our preferences.  It was super-easy to make. And the verdict: Everyone loved it! Two thumbs up.

The hubs and the kid are still munching on the granola – with or without the salad.


Disclosure: I was provided a bag of So Very Cherry granola, from Simply Suzanne, for the purposes of the review. All opinions stated are my own (and the kid’s and the hubs’).

Sausage & White Bean Soup with Randall’s Great Northern Beans

Earlier this month, the hubs and I attend the Mitten Mom’s Blogger Conference and Retreat; him as the photographer and me as a round table facilitator and attendee.

As a part of our awesome goodie bags – filled with yummy food, awesome swag and cute little tchotchkes – we each received a jar of great northern white beans from Randall Beans.  Now, I have to say… I am NOT a bean person – at all.  But the hubs is, so he took on the task of finding a recipe to use the beans in.

After a week or so of searching, he finally came up with something he wanted to make – sausage and white bean soup. He found the recipe on allrecipes.com.

Sausage & White Bean Soup (serves 4)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, in the casing
  • 1 ounce thinly sliced prosciutto ham, minced
  • 1 medium onion, in medium dice
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and in medium dice
  • 1 medium celery stalk, in medium dice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1-1/2 (15.8 ounce) cans great Northern or other white beans, not drained
  • 2 cups chicken broth (carton or can)


Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add sausages; cook, turning once or twice, until well-browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. (Sausage will not be fully cooked at this point.) Remove from pan. When cool enough to handle, cut into slices 1/4-inch thick.

Add prosciutto, onions, carrots, celery and thyme to the empty skillet; cook, stirring often, until well browned, 8 to 10 minutes. In a small bowl, mash one can of beans with a fork into a chunky puree. Add broth, whole and mashed beans, and sausage; cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, partially covered, to blend flavors, 20 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes; serve.

We (really he) made a couple of adjustments for taste. For instance, I hate onions. So, he didn’t put them in. Also, instead of the sausages in casings, I got ground Italian sausage, because I didn’t know which kind the recipe called for. In hindsight, I really wish I would’ve gotten the actual sausages – or maybe even kielbasa. And the prosciutto? Not even sure we needed it.

All-in-all, it wasn’t a bad tasting soup.  And the beans? Not so bad, either.

Quick, Easy & Yummy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

I made chicken pot pie for dinner last night. It was so good and so easy to make, I thought I’d share the recipe with you guys.

The recipe isn’t mine. I’m not even sure where I got it from. I think I copied it down from one of my mom’s recipe cards.


1 cup cooked chicken, cut into bite sized pieces

1 2/3 cups frozen vegetables, thawed

1 (10 ¾ oz) can cream of chicken soup

1 cup Bisquick baking mix

½ cup milk

1 egg


Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a 9 inch pie pan (non-greased) mix vegetables, chicken and cream of chicken soup together .

In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients, pour and spread on top of chicken mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes or until top turns golden brown.





*(For a healthier version, you can use low fat Bisquick and milk, as well as low sodium cream of chicken soup.)