6 Easy Tips for a Stress Free Thanksgiving Featuring the Bob Evans Farmhouse Feast

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Make this Thanksgiving the easiest Thanksgiving ever by taking a few short cuts along the way! With the help of the Bob Evans Farmhouse Feast, this Thanksgiving can be stress free and enjoyable!

Thank you to Bob Evans Restaurants for sponsoring this post.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is no small task! If you are the one providing a full meal for 10 or more people, it can become overwhelming to figure out just exactly how much food you need, how long it will take to prepare and how to keep it all hot by the time your guests arrive!

Bob Evans Farmhouse Feast

Bob Evans Restaurants recently released the findings of a survey they conducted about Thanksgiving Dinner. Those who have hosted a Thanksgiving dinner reported that they spend 7 hours shopping, cooking and cleaning up during the holiday but only 1.5 hours actually sitting and eating at the table. Two thirds of the survey respondents reported that the idea of hosting a thanksgiving meal “causes me to feel stressed or overwhelmed”.

The Bob Evans Farmhouse Feast Can Help You Have A Stress Free Thanksgiving: 

When Bob Evans Restaurants reached out to partner with me to host a “Stress Free Thanksgiving,” I had only previously hosted Thanksgiving once! I wasn’t exactly sure how stressed I was going to feel when the day arrived. I arranged to pick up the heat and serve meal at 4:30 PM on a Saturday evening and by 6:30 PM my guests were sitting down to a full Thanksgiving spread!

picking up Farmhouse Feast at Bob Evans

Bob Evans Farmhouse Feast in Box

Thanks to the pre-cooked Farmhouse Feast I spent a total of just 1.5 hours of active cooking time. And the bulk of that time was spent standing around talking to our friends as the food baked in the oven!

Everyone at the table raved about the food. The food was delicious! It tasted homemade – maybe even better, to be honest. I have never made stuffing that didn’t come from a box and my own mashed potatoes have never tasted that good! And even though I like to cook, I don’t think I could have matched the taste in my own kitchen!

Friends and Family at Thanksgiving meal

My guests guessed that the meal cost $200-$300 and were amazed to find out the largest Farmhouse Feast only costs $114.99 here in Columbus! The average Thanksgiving meal costs $20-$30/per person so my guests weren’t that far off. We all considered the price of the Farmhouse Feast to be quite the deal, especially if you add in the time saved in preparation. The Farmhouse Feast for 4 starts at just $49.99!

Here are my tips for hosting a Stress Free Thanksgiving featuring the Bob Evans Farmhouse Feast:

1. Set out your serving dishes in advance

Table Set for Thanksgiving Meal

When you bring home your Farmhouse Feast, you will be transferring most of it from the containers it comes in to containers that can be baked in the oven or microwaved. Think ahead before picking up the food to how many dishes you will need and have them ready to go when you get home with the food instead of spending your precious cooking time looking for the appropriate dishes.

2. Read the instructions carefully

Bob Evans Farmhouse Feast Instructions

Your Farmhouse Feast will come with a set of instructions and allergen information. The instructions were very easy to follow and I would check things off as I went. Start with the items that take the longest to cook: the turkey and the ham. Everything is cooked at the same temperature (325 degrees) so I used a the timer on the stove and the timer on my phone to keep track of the cook time of the various side dishes.

3. Employ a combination of oven, stovetop and microwave

thanksgiving turkey from Bob Evans

By using a combination of cooking methods, you can cook more things at once. I had the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and stuffing in the oven all at the same time while cooking the corn and green beans on the stove top. At Bob Evans’ recommendation, I used the microwave for the gravy, mac and cheese and rolls.

3. Use a mix of disposable tableware items

Thanksgiving food on table

Of course you don’t have to use disposable items, but when it comes to cleaning up, you can spend more time with your family and less time standing over the sink if you substitute even a few disposable items! Consider doing disposable dessert plates and coffee cups or disposable cups for the kids. Adding in a few disposable items will save time and space in your dishwasher.

4. Provide table top entertainment for the kids

thanksgiving place mat

Let’s face it, kids don’t usually stick around the dinner table for as long as the adults. You can increase the time spent with family by using some table top entertainment for the kids. I recommend a coloring sheet placemat and crayons! Or have a game table or craft table in the same room where kids can be entertained nearby when they’ve finished eating.

kids coloring

5. Decorate with reusable decor

letter board that says Happy Thanksgiving

Another way to keep costs and stress levels low is to use multi season decor. Don’t spend a ton of time and money shopping for the perfect Thanksgiving decor. Instead, use things that can be reused no matter what the holiday such as a letter board, string lights and candles. A letter board is perfect because it can be customized for every holiday!

Are you ready to create your own Stress Free Thanksgiving? You can place orders for the Thanksgiving Farmhouse Feast at Bob Evans Restaurants by calling, ordering online or in restaurant at any Bob Evans location now through Thanksgiving. Click here for all the details on the Farmhouse Feast.

Thanksgiving food on a plate

Not up for any of this? Bob Evans Restaurants will be open until 8:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day and offer delicious, holiday-inspired entrees. You can have the full Thanksgiving meal in the restaurant without any of the cooking or the clean up! Find the closest Bob Evans Restaurant.

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Mark Your Calendar: Witches Night Out at Leeds Farm!

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I’m partnering with Leeds Farm to tell you about this fun event!

Leeds Farm to host Witches Night Out on October 4, 2018!

Looking for a new adventure for girls’ night out? Then gather up your bewitching friends, hop on your brooms, and fly out to Leeds Farm for a wicked fun evening while supporting a great cause!

Girlfriends-night-out fundraiser to benefit Pink Ribbon Girls!

Leeds Farm is thrilled to announce the fifth annual Leeds Farm Witches Night Out! will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6 to 8:30 pm. Leeds Farm is located at 8738 Marysville Road, Ostrander OH 43061, just 15 minutes north of the Columbus Zoo.

The event is girls-night-out at Leeds Farm with 100% of ticket sales benefiting Pink Ribbon Girls. Attendees are
encouraged to wear witch costumes, hats or other bewitching attire. The October 4 event will kick off at 6:00 pm and while the kids are away, the witches can play!

All of Leeds Farm’s fun activities including the Pumpkin Jumps, zip lines, pedal carts, rolling tubes, combine slide, mountain slides, hayrides, Paintball on the Porch, and much more are open to enjoy.

Related: 15 Things to do at Leeds Farm

Event partner A Catered Event will provide themed food and a special witch’s brew. Local DJ Ryan
Keller, owner of AUDIO-PRO Mobile DJ Entertainment, will provide music.

Other event sponsors include Richwood Bank, Memorial Health, Honda Marysville, Performance Delaware, Westport Homes, Black Wing Shooting Center, Alice’s Piece of Cake, Great Photo Booth, and Geotechnical Consultants, Inc.

Throughout the event, attendees collect raffle tokens at each farm activity they visit. Guests then choose to enter their tokens in the drawing for 30 gift baskets, each with a value of approximately $200. There is also one Grand Basket with a $500 value!

Wondering what to wear? Dress up in your favorite witch hat, fun accessory or full costume! This is an outdoor event at a working farm, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

This year, Leeds Farm is proud to welcome five central Ohio wineries to serve Witches Night Out guests.

Participating wineries serving locally produced wines include Bokes Creek Winery, Buckeye Winery, Camelot Cellars Winery, Soine Vineyards, and Blend of Seven Winery.

Admission tickets include one glass of wine. Additional glasses can be purchased at the event. Unopened bottles of wine can be purchased from the wineries to take home.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://www.leedsfarm.com/witchesnightout.php or Richwood Bank offices in Delaware, Marysville, Richwood and Plain City. In the case of inclement weather, the event rain date is Thursday, October 11.

Donations from the four previous Witches Night Out events totaled $58,724.

In 2018, 100% of ticket sales will be donated to Pink Ribbon Girls, a non-profit organization that provides healthy meals for the entire family, housecleaning, and transportation to medical appointments for breast and reproductive cancer patients during treatment. For more info about Pink Ribbon Girls’ services, visit www.PinkRibbonGirls.org.

Christy Leeds, co-owner of Leeds Farm, says, “I’m personally thankful to be able to do my part to support breast cancer patients and their families during treatment. The entire Leeds Farm staff is looking forward to this special girls’ night out for a cause that’s important to everyone.”

Questions can be directed to event coordinator Sherry Fisher at (740) 225-3256 or sherryfisher99@gmail.com.


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Should I Replace My Car Seat After a Crash?

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About a year ago I was in a very minor fender bender in a grocery store parking lot. The other driver and I exchanged insurance information and began the long process of sorting out who would cover what, getting a rental car and getting my car repaired.

At the very beginning of the process, the other driver’s insurance company told me to immediately replace my car seats and it would be covered. I was surprised because I didn’t even think about that being an issue as there was only a small dent in my car’s fender. Only one of my kids was with me, but it was recommended that both car seats be replaced. Today I’m partnering with Junk Car Medics to make sure everyone knows when it is recommended to replace your car seats after a crash!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that “car seats be replaced following a moderate or severe crash in order to ensure a continued high level of crash protection for child passengers.”

They have recently stated that car seats “do not automatically need to be replaced following a minor crash.” They define a minor crash as one in which ALL of the following bullet points have been met.

  • The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site.
  • The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged.
  • None of the passengers in the vehicle sustained any injuries in the crash.
  • If the vehicle has air bags, the air bags did not deploy during the crash; and
    There is no visible damage to the car seat.

My fender bender met all of the above criteria, but I was still encouraged to replace the car seats immediately by the other driver’s insurance company. In my case, it was determined that the other driver was at fault and her insurance company reimbursed me for two car seats, no questions asked. I was told I could purchase comparable car seats – they did not have to be the exact same car seat. I simply emailed them the receipts and they issued a reimbursement check within days!

What to do with your car seats if you are in a crash:

  1. Immediately cease use of the car seat(s) that were involved in the crash.
  2. Contact your insurance company. If they don’t bring it up, make sure to mention you had a car seat(s) in the car.
  3. Choose a comparable car seat.
  4. Submit your receipts to the responsible insurance company.
  5. Cut the straps of the car seats so they cannot be used.
  6. Dispose of or recycle the car seats that were involved in the accident.

Thanks to Junk Car Medics for reminding us to follow these steps in order to ensure the highest level of safety for our kids!


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