Wednesday, November 23, 2011


i've never cooked a turkey before.
i really have no desire to.
digging guts out, finding an animals organs...gag me.
on that note, i do love to eat turkey. ha!
i just like it best when my mom cooks it ;)
that being said, i decided to have my parents over for a fakesgiving last wednesday night.
a fakesgiving including some thanksgiving day faves and a ham!
wednesday is our family night to watch survivor and i had a quick and easy meal planned thanks to hormel!

here are all the goodies i had...

everything was so simple to throw together!
i threw the ham in a crockpot and let it slow cook for 3 hours.
i kept coating it in brown sugar..
every time i would lift the lid, the smoke would come out and the smell was amazing!

to go along with the simple prep of our meal, hormel was kind enough to send me coupons to purchase their country crock side dishes!
in the first photo the 4 tubs in the right are the dishes i chose. 
i made the 2 tubs of loaded mashed potatoes.
just pop the tubs in the microwave and heat up for 5 minutes.
they tasted homemade!

i saved the two other country crock side dishes to bring to my parents for our actual thanksgiving meal!
the side dishes just have to be kept in your fridge and they have a shelf life of over a month.

whipping together green bean casserole is so easy as well...
2 cans of green beans
1 can of cream of celery
splash of milk
mix together and bake for 20 minutes at 350
sprinkle on onions and cook another 5

i made some rhodes frozen rolls as well.
these rolls were so strange, well to me at least.
i've never bought them before and i'm so glad i read the package when i got home.
they are frozen rolls and they have to sit at room temperature for around 4 hours to rise.
easy enough though!
can you tell which one cullen touched ;)
before i popped them into the oven to bake for 25 mins i put some butter and garlic salt on them!
everything is better with butter and garlic!

the meal was very easy to make and there wasn't hardly any prep!
once everything was baked we had a buffet style line and we all dug in.
for more information check out online schooling to find culinary classes that can teach you about cooking for thanksgiving!

everything was so yummy and just a tease for thanksgiving feast!
i had apple pie and blackberry pie but we ate too much dinner to have dessert.
i can't wait for turkey day!!
big THANK YOU to hormel for allowing me to cook this quick and easy fakesgiving!! 

culley hung out with us in a pair of his gooble gooble jammies, just for the fakesgiving occasion ;)

Hormel wants to lighten the load of your holiday food prep as well and offer ONE of YOU coupons for their yummy side dishes!!
Four $3.50-off Hormel™ Country Crock® side dishes coupons to help make your holiday meals a cinch to prepare – valued at nearly $20!
*leave a comment below to be entered*
winner will be picked in the next few days!

i hope you all have a very happy thanksgiving!!! 

[i received four coupons for the country crock side dishes and a $25 gift card to buy the ham and some of the other goodies]


Deb said...

I just put the mashed potatoes on my grocery list earlier today!

Jess - PrettyPhysicist said...

I love green bean casserole! I would have had the Mac n cheese instead of the potatoes though. Mac n cheese is my weakness. Well, one of them anyway. ;)

KimalieLuranne said...

You did a great job! I'm not much of a cook either and this would be eactly what I would do as well. Thank god for the micowave =D.

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Inna xoxo said...

annie! where did you get the Frenchs french fried onions? i wen tto walmart but wasnt sure what isle to look! maybe its cuz im blond! what isle did you get them in?

xoxo Inna :)

Rach said...


Amber said...

Yay for fakesgiving! It all looks so yummy! We're taking the easy way out and going to a restaurant tomorrow :-) Happy Thanksgiving to your sweet family!

krista said...

Those mashed potatoes really looked homemade! Yum!

Anonymous said...

These sound perfect for someone like me who is a horrible cook!

The Marshall Family said...

Love this...because i'm such a bad cook!

Lil' Woman said...

See now I could totally pull off a thankgiving like that : )

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

Yummm! That green bean casserole sounds like it would be my favorite! :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Oh my gosh, I love ham and that one looks sooooo good!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Delish..way to make an awesome thanksgiving dinner!

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