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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: Slice of Columbus, Ohio’s Largest Pizza Event

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This post was written in partnership with the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Slice of Columbus.

Slice of Columbus is Ohio’s Largest Pizza Event!

How does all you can eat pizza sound? Make plans to be at Columbus Commons on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM for Ohio’s largest pizza event!

Once you’re beyond the entrance of Columbus Commons, all pizza samples are unlimited! Plus enjoy live music by The Conspiracy Band and children’s activities like putt putt, face paining, bounce houses, crafts and more!

My kids and I attended this event last year and had a great time, despite the fact that it rained the whole time! We actually made fun memories running from tent to tent to try all of the pizza!

You can get a discount on tickets by purchasing them in advance! Discount Ticket Price is available until Midnight on Tuesday, September 11. Day of Ticket Price begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12 and can still be purchased online.

Ticket Info for Slice of Columbus:

  • Tickets include: entry, all pizza and entertainment.
  • Children aged 5 and under are admitted for FREE.
  • Adult Ticket: $15 Advance, $18 Day Of Event
  • Youth Ticket: (6 – 17 years) $8 Advance, $10 Day Of Event
  • Family Package: $40 Advance, $45 Day Of Event: Includes: Entry for 2 Adults and up to 3 youth (6 – 17 years). Includes 5 free Pepsi products in addition to all pizza and entertainment.
  • VIP tickets are available for private tent access, no pizza lines, complimentary Pepsi products (soft drinks and bottled water), complimentary Craft beer and wine (21+), comlimentary snacks and sides (salads, bread sticks, desserts, etc.), and free parking with ticket purchased prior to September 7.
  • Purchase tickets here.

This fun event hosted by the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital benefits The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Patient Champions for 2018 Development Board Events

The Development Board features Patient Champions each year as they hold several events to raise money for research to find cures and treat patients. The following information, provided by the Development Board, is about this year’s Patient Champions, Kaleb and Mia:

Kaleb (7) and Mia (8) both had their first seizure in January of 2013, within just three weeks of each other. Tests determined that Mia and Kaleb both had epilepsy. However, their neurologist in Florida wanted to do further testing since the anti-epileptic drugs were not working.

In August of 2013, the Diaz family had genetic testing done. In November 2013, they received their diagnosis; both Mia and Kaleb had Batten disease.

Batten disease is a progressive neurological disease. Currently, there is no cure. Patients with Batten’s experience cognitive impairment, loss of developmental milestones, epilepsy and sight impairments. Life expectancy for those with Batten disease is 8 to 12 years old. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s are working to slow down the regression of the disease and move closer toward finding a cure.

Photo provided by Slice of Columbus

A few months into treatment at Nationwide Children’s, her family noticed that the seizures were shorter in duration, not as intense and not as frequent.

It’s been a little over three years since Mia’s first infusion and she hasn’t had a seizure in over two years. She is still able to eat by mouth and retains her vision. Mia loves being her friends and going to the playground. She loves Chick Fil A, swimming, riding roller coasters and jet skiing.

With there being limited spots in the trial, Kaleb began treatment 19 months after Mia.

In the words of his mother, Barbara, “He is able to give those amazing cuddles that only he knows how to give. He is taking steps in his gait trainer and able to eat by mouth again. He is happy and getting stronger each day.” Kaleb loves music, being outdoors, swimming, Mickey Mouse and Nutella.

Every other week, Mia and Kaleb are admitted for infusions and stay overnight each time. They also come in for therapy and to see their specialists in neurology, pulmonology, GI and optometry.

“To our family, Nationwide Children’s means hope. It’s a place that has provided us optimism in a time when we thought all hope was gone. Because of Nationwide Children’s, we get to make more memories and we get to enjoy more time with our children. I can honestly say that Mia and Kaleb are still enjoying life and that they wouldn’t be here today without the enzyme replacement therapy – a treatment that wouldn’t be possible without research,” says Barbara, Mia and Kaleb’s mother.

More information about the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Click below to watch a video to learn more about the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving/ways-to-give/affinity-groups/development-board

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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Nikki Seeley

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Each month I will be featuring a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus!

Thanks to Nikki for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

I’m excited to share my love of all things Grove City. I wasn’t able to limit the list to my top 3 so I added a bonus spot. Since my blog SweetlyCBUS is all about restaurants and food finds in Columbus, I featured two of my favorite eating spots plus two parks not to miss. Grove City is so much more than these few locations, I invite you to come check out many more spots like the local metro parks, the dog park, and booming downtown Grove City, which is popping up with breweries. Grove City also has the best-hidden patio in Columbus but of course, you must follow me to find out where that is!

1. 3 Brothers Diner


3090 Southwest Blvd., Grove City OH 43123, 614-317-7798

I’m sure this will come as no surprise, but 3 Brothers Diner was opened by 3 brothers. Although it’s much more than the brothers that run my favorite restaurant in Grove City. It’s a whole family affair with many nieces and nephews also working there. Prior to opening this restaurant, the head chef was the chef at Starliner Diner in Hilliard for almost 20 years!!! The experience stems from an even younger age were growing up they learned cooking from being in the kitchen with their mom. 3 Brother’s Diner is a true mix of their home cooking with their restaurant experience.

The menu, which are comprised of delicacies from Mexico, Cuba and America, are made up of many unique dishes, all of which are made from scratch. This includes marinating their meat, making all the dressing and baking all the bread. The food here is delicious beyond imagination. A few menu items not to miss are featured in a full blog post over on SweetlyCBUS: 3 Brother’s Scramble, 3 Brother’s French Toast (made with that house-made bread), the Plantains served with the house-made salsa dressing, Creole Macaroni, and for dessert, you can’t miss the house-made Flan.

 


2. Grove City Splash Pad


3600 Discovery Dr.,  Grove City OH 43123, 614-277-3050

The newest addition to Grove City is our yet opened Splash Pad. The Grand Opening is noon on May 19, 2018, where you can come see the faucets being turned on for the first time. This splash pad is free to the public and is open from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM through Labor Day. Set up in an adorable space theme, there is a rocket slide and a variety of spray options. This splash pad is on the smaller side and would be best for younger children but is just steps away from Fryer Park which includes a fishing pond, bike paths and a huge outdoor playground.


3. Mirolo Dream Field & Dream Field Playground


3400 Ventura Blvd., Grove City, OH 43123

Next to the Buddy Ball baseball field (Mirolo Dream Field at Mount Carmel Stadium which features a specially designed and built baseball diamond for children of all abilities and also hosts the buddy ball league) is the new baseball theme dream field playground which was designed to meet the needs of all children. Designed to focus around the 7 principles of inclusive playground design this playground includes a group of swings, various slides and climbers, a roller slide and roller table and panels that engage children in activities related to sound, colors and shapes.
Ramps and platforms are installed so that children using mobility devices can reach the higher levels.  It also offers a tremendous amount of shade for users to enjoy and the playground’s shelter house features wheelchair-accessible tables. The playground and dream field baseball diamond are part of Grove City’s ongoing commitment to inclusive play and demonstrate their leadership in providing opportunities for everyone to play together regardless of age and ability.

 


3+. Mona’s Eat and Treats


4362 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123, 614-957-4027

After spending some time at the parks, we have the perfect spot to cool down with some ice cream. Head on over to Mona’s Eats and Treats which is a local ice cream shop that has been in Grove City for over 70 years. But they are so much more than just sweets and ice cream.
Their menu includes hot dogs, nachos, sandwiches and soups and salads…but of course, you can’t miss the treats. Everything from hard ice cream to sorbet to soft serve. Milkshakes, slushies, snow cones and floats but the specialties like banana splits, dipped frozen bananas, and a tasty Mediterranean desert which takes baklava and tops it with ice cream, whipped cream and a cherry are the real winners. Order your dish in this sweet little shop and head around back to sit in the beautiful gazebos they have built to enjoy your treats.

 


About Nikki:

NYC Girl to Ohio State Buckeye
Wife to Car + Golf Enthusiast
Mama to 3 Bugaboos
Columbus Foodie
Donut Addict
Ice Cream + Sprinkles Fanatic

Why waste life’s precious moments eating veggies when you could be sinking your teeth into a cookie dough cupcake? SweetlyCBUS agrees and demonstrates with her foodie Blog + Instagram account, @sweetlycbus. Nikki Seeley loves her breakfast food, too, but not nearly as much as she <3’s sweet, sweet sugar. Especially donuts. She’s always keeping her followers’ mouths dripping with pics from local bakeries, popsicle stands, coffee shops, and pretty much any place with a dessert menu. Add a sprinkle of sugar to your life.

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