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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We Celebrated Thanksgiving with Family, Food & Pajamas #Shop #FallMarketPlace #BrightIdeas #CBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.


Thanksgiving 2014 is about to go down in the history books.  We had a rather low key immediate family turkey dinner on Saturday here at home, and then on Sunday evening we celebrated with my sister and her family, my brother, and my parents.  This year we have so much to be thankful for, my Dad has been battling cancer since being diagnosed last December.   It's been a tough road at times enduring the treatments and just last week we was in the hospital for surgery to remove the prostate.    He came home earlier in the week with two catheters and he isn't quite comfortable yet to get dressed.  So, when he mentioned that he would have to wear pajamas to Thanksgiving dinner, we all said we could wear our p.j.s too.  Dare I say, that wearing pajamas to a big meal is kind of brilliant!

Since we were having our turkey dinner on Saturday, my daughter and I headed off to Walmart Friday afternoon to pick up our sundries and grocery supplies.  It was a great time to visit too, the store wasn't overcrowded since it was early afternoon, and we had the opportunity to check out the Fall Market Place Demonstrations which were taking place in store on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

The #FallMarketPlace demonstrators were friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about the products they were displaying.  We stopped off at the cart which was displaying everything needed for a Thanksgiving weekend meal, from start to finish.  

I have to admit that I am not a very creative chef, I have my repertoire of meals and stick to those few recipes.  I love using meal helpers such as pre-made appetizers, or easy meal solutions like Hamburger Helper.  I have a freezer full of beef courtesy of my beef farmer in-laws, so hamburger helper is a staple in my pantry.   It is so quick to whip up in a frying pan and then throw in some fresh or frozen veggies, and cheese.  I feel good about serving hamburger helper to my family on a busy weeknight, as I know that the sodium content has recently been lowered, and the possibilities can be endless.  

After having turkey dinners on both Saturday and Sunday, we were still pretty stuffed from eating those big meals.  Thanksgiving Monday arrived and it was spent as a nice quiet day at home, yet,  I still had to make supper for the family.  With a refrigerator full of leftovers from our meal on Saturday, I wanted to use them up, but didn't want to just have re-runs.  At the demo on Friday I watched how to make Hamburger Helper using deli rotisserie chicken and thought it would be great way to use our leftover turkey.

I also had a box of Our Finest Cheese Puff Pastries in the freezer that I had picked up while at Walmart as part of my shop on behalf of #CollectiveBias and thought they would be a nice addition to our meal on Monday evening. 

Our Finest  Cheese Puff  Pastries as our starter

Hamburger Turkey Cheesy Italian Casserole
  • 1.5 cups of shredded cooked turkey
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 box of Hamburger Helper Cheesy Italian
  • 1 cup of frozen corn 
  • Grated parmesan cheese
1.  Begin by pouring milk, water and contents of the hamburger helper into a frying pan, turned to medium heat.  Let heat thoroughly.
2. Add the turkey to the mixture in the frying pan and stir to combine.
3. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
4. Add frozen corn and cover again.
5. Let the mixture simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and serve, topped with grated parmesan cheese.

Turkey casserole with left over stuffing and cranberry sauce, along with a fresh salad for dinner
The turkey casserole turned out excellent!  You would never guess it was made with a box of Hamburger Helper - it was the perfect comfort meal to end Thanksgiving weekend.  In fact, my children had noticed the box of Hamburger Helper on the counter and were wondering why I hadn't made it.  

To finish off our meal we enjoyed a slice of  Market Fresh Pumpkin pie and Strawberry Rhubarb pie.  You can never get too much pie, yet, we opted for the smaller 350g size of pie.  The smaller size pies are ideal for smaller groups or when you just want a small treat.  

Market Fresh 350g Pumpkin Pie for dessert
I am pleased that we visited the Fall Market Place demos leading up to Thanksgiving, and for the meal inspiration they provided.  Honestly, I would never of thought to substitute poultry for the hamburger.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.   For the most part the weather was gorgeous and the trees are in full splendor.  We had great food, and spent the weekend in the company of the people we love.

We have so much to be thankful! 


7 comments:

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate with your family Pam. I think everyone wearing PJ's probably made your dad feel amazing :-) We enjoy a box of Hamburger Helper once in a while, but what a great idea for changing it up a bit! I am gonna try this one for sure, thank you!

Lindsay Gallimore said...

That's my kind of pumpkin pie: store bought! (I have never made a pie in my life...)

Mom vs. the boys said...

We used to add leftover turkey to Kraft Dinner in our early married days! I bet Hamburger Helper is even better!

Randa Derkson said...

I have never made a pumpkin pie, the thought grosses me out but I love store bought ;)

That one looks great!

Gingermommy said...

I taste tested the hamburger helper at my Walmart and it was so good. They added leftover turkey. Great idea.

Cyn said...

That casserole sounds so yummy! And you say you aren't a creative cook :) #client

Margarita Ibbott said...

That pumpkin pie looks delicious. Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving.