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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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Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus and Beyond

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Cutting down or picking out your family’s Christmas Tree is a fun family tradition! Looking for the best place to get yours? Check this list of Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus and Beyond!

This list contains a variety of options for picking out your Christmas tree around Central Ohio! If you want to drive out to the country, take a hay ride into the field and chop down your own tree, or you’d rather pull into a parking spot and pick out a precut tree (no sawing involved), you can take your pick!

Please double check times and availability by clicking each link or calling the specific farm you are interested in!

Christmas Tree Farms In Columbus Ohio and Beyond:

Christmas trees lined up at Christmas Tree farm near Columbus, Ohio

Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus (North):

Taylor Christmas Tree Farm

  • 3720 Wilson Rd., Sunbury, Ohio, (740) 965-3293

Cut your own, no credit cards accepted.

Joat-Mon Tree Farm

  • 1976 Klondike Rd., Delaware, Ohio 43015, 614-395-0083

Precut and pick your own trees, wood fire, hot chocolate.

Cackler Farms

Cackler Christmas Tree Farm near Columbus Ohio

  • 4971 Cackler Rd., Delaware, OH 43015, 740-524-5311

Cut your own tree. Also includes a live nativity with animals to visit, a play area for kids including a corn bin and straw bales.

Fly Away Farm

  • 1950 Lackey Old State Rd., Delaware, OH 43015, 740-548-7355

Cut your own tree, hayrides, free hot chocolate and cookies, campfire. No credit cards accepted. Only open the first weekend in December!

Country Cabin Tree Farm

  • 3600 Wilson Road​, Sunbury, OH, 614-832-9345

Precut trees available or cut your own, hot chocolate and cider available, holiday gift items for sale.

Dale Tree Farm

  • 9481 Kilbourne Rd., Sunbury, Ohio 43074, 740-524-7473

Cut your own trees, open the weekend after Thanksgiving only.

Christmas Trees Junction

  • 430 Willey Rd., Delaware, OH 43015, 740-363-9105

Cut your own tree, free candy canes.

Stonehaven Tree Farm

  • 6718 Perry Rd., Centerburg, Ohio, 43011, 614-668-6292

Pick your own tree, miniature horses, free hot cocoa and cookies and hay rides!

Heimbush Christmas Tree Farm

  • 21590 Northwest Pkwy., Marysville, Ohio 43040, 937-644-2455

Cut your own tree, no credit cards accepted, baked goods available.

Irwin Farm

  • 18961 Collins Rd., Marysville, Ohio 43040, 304-633-1728

Cut your own tree + hayride for $40. Open on the weekends.

Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus (South):

Albert Family Tree Farm

  • 7505 Bunkerhall Rd. & 8790 Gerhart Rd., Amanda, OH 43102

Precut, dug and balled trees, visits from Santa, petting zoo, refreshments at Gerhart location.

Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus (East):

Old Log House Plantation

  • 8656 State Route 13 Somerset, OH 43783, 888.869.7424

Free hayride to pick out your tree, hot cider, popcorn and gift shop.

Timbuk Farms

  • 2030 Timbuk Road, Granville, Ohio 43023, 740-587-2178

Pick your own tree, enjoy hot chocolate, gift items and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Walsh Tree Farm

  • 9068 Eden Church Rd, St Louisville, OH 43071, (740) 745-5040

Precut trees and cut your own. Craft items for sale during business hours.

Hickory Ridge Tree Farm

  • 3600 Johnstown-Alexandria Rd, Alexandria, OH 43001, 740-924-5054

Precut and pick your own trees available.

Lynd Fruit Farm

9399 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala, Ohio 43062, 740-927-8559

Christmas trees for sale, a Christmas Shoppe, activities for families on the weekends.

Mr. Tree Farm

  • 1099 Reynoldsburg New Albany Rd N., Blacklick, OH 43004, 614-577-0081

Precut trees and cut your own. Weekends include: hayrides, Santa’s workshop, petting zoo, hot chocolate and cider.

Timberpeg Tree Farm

  • 4544 Tschopp Rd NE, Lancaster, OH 43130, 740-503-1045

Precut and cut your own trees, greenery, hot cider, goats.

Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus (West):

Carl & Dorothy Young’s Christmas Tree Farm

  • 4968 US Rte 68 North, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, 937-708-6828

Precut and cut your own trees, free hot chocolate and popcorn.

Christmas Tree Lots in Columbus

These locations for picking out your Christmas Tree in Columbus are less about the farm experience, but are still a great option for getting a real tree locally!

Dill’s Greenhouse

  • 5800 Rager Rd., Groveport, OH 43125, 614-836-3700

Precut trees, poinsettias, ornaments, other gifts.

HTH Farm Market

  • 2340 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43235, 614-396-6313

HTH Farm Market

Precut trees to choose from, farm market sells produce, decorative items and gives out free cider.

DeMonye’s Greenhouse

  • 2500 Airport Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43219, 614-252-6046

Precut trees available, other gift and greenhouse items available in the shop.

Hoffman’s Farm Market

  • 800 Rome Hilliard Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43228, 614-878-5161

Precut trees for sale, other greenery available.

Oakland Nursery Tree Lots

  • various locations around Columbus (check the link for addresses)

Oakland Nurseries sets up several tree lots around Columbus to pick up a freshly picked tree.

Other Ideas

I’ve asked for input from my readers as to where they get their Christmas trees and some other ideas that were given to me were COSTCO, Whole Foods, Lowe’s and Straders. If you have one of these locations near you, this might be another easy option!

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Columbus Christmas Staycation 2017

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If you’ve got kids off school or family in town and you’re enjoying a Columbus staycation over winter break, you’re probably going to need to get out of the house! I’ve got some ideas for you! For each day, I’m featuring one main idea and a couple of other events going on that day! I suggest reading through the whole post first instead of taking it day by day, because many things on the list are going on more than one day!  You can mix and match your plan as needed! 🙂

Monday, December 25, 2017

Chinese Lantern Festival

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is open every day from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM through January 7, 2018. Enjoy cultural performances and eat Chinese and traditional fair food. The light displays are really something to see! There are traditional Chinese sculptures and also American Christmas sights like Santa and Mrs. Claus. On Mondays, you can receive a $2 discount for bringing a canned good donation.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Gardens Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

Gardens Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. Throughout the season live music and special events are scheduled and the Conservatory is decorated for the holidays. From December 1-31 (except for the 24th and 25th) they are open until 9:00 PM. There will be special family-friendly activities and on Tuesday, December 26, Erica Carlson and her pet hedgehog will be at the Conservatory for a fun magic show at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM! Also, make sure not to miss the rotating railroad!

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ohio Wildlife Center

The Ohio Wildlife Center is only open to the public a few times a month and today is one of them! Join them from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM for Celebrate with the Critters where kids can make a bird feeder and meet some of the resident animal ambassadors! Admission is $5/person or free with a donation from their wish list. Many animals can be seen on a tour of the grounds as well!  See our visit to Ohio Wildlife Center here!

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Thursday. December 28, 2017

Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio

Kids ages 1-7 can get out all of their energy in the ball pit, slides, rock climbing wall, tire swing, basketball hoop and more! Open Play is happening from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, December 27-29, 2017. Cost is $5 per child and parents must stay on the premises.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

COSI- Center of Science and Industry

COSI has extended its hours for Winter Break! From December 20th through January 6th they will be open from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM! (Closed Dec. 24th and 25th). On Friday, December 29th, they stay open even later for Family Friday Night! Family Friday Night includes reduced admission from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and access to all exhibits. If you haven’t seen the new American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery, it’s included with membership or admission so Friday night would be a great chance to see it at a discount!

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

HOOT 82: Dance at Gateway Film Center

This family-friendly movie time is free with a canned good donation to benefit The Open Shelter! Watch short movies and cartoons and dance along to The Shazzbots! There are also activities in the lobby beforehand! This month there will be a special appearance by Movement Afoot Tap Dance Company! Activities start at 10:00 AM and movies end at 12:00 PM.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christmas Open House at Central Ohio Model Railroad Club

On each Saturday and Sunday in December COMRC is hosting their Christmas Open House! Admission and parking are free and the open house includes model train layouts and kids can run trains on a Thomas the Train display!

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Ohio History Center

The Ohio History Center will be offer special hours from Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. They will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. During this time you can see the Holiday Train and the Lustron House will be decorated for the holidays! The museum has recently updated the kids’ area near the wild animals and there is an exhibit towards that back where kids are free to touch “historical” items like rotary phones and typewriters. 😉 See all there is to do at Ohio History Center here!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Recreations Outlet

This retail store doubles as a play area with lots of playground equipment, trampolines, basketball hoops, soccer goals and more! There’s plenty of room to run, very few chances to break anything, and the best part is that during Charitable Play Hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, it’s only $2 per child to play! See more pictures and info about our visit here.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library

Don’t miss the Holiday Train at Main Library! Wednesday, January 3rd is the last day you can see it! Story times will be happening each morning throughout Winter Break at 10:30 AM. If you haven’t been to Main Library, it can be a full outing in itself! The kids will love the train, there’s a cafe in the library serving coffee, food and snacks and outside you can walk through Topiary Park, where you can see a tree-sculpture version of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte!

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Scioto Audubon Metro Park and Grange Audubon Center

The Grange Audubon Center offers a lot of indoor fun for kids! There is an indoor play area (pictured above) which also includes puppets and a cave to play in. There are animals to see, bird watching, and on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM they host a preschool story time in the library area. See 9 Things to Do with your Kids at Scioto Audubon for more ideas!

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Friday, January 5 2018

Ohio History Center

Another good day to visit Ohio History Center would be on Friday when they stay open late for a family movie night! Mrs. Doubtfire will be shown at 7:00 PM and the museum is open until 9:00 PM!

More Events:

7:00 PM – Family Pajama Jam Skate at Skate Zone 71


Saturday, January 6, 2018

piccadilly play cafe 

On $5 Saturdays, kids can play between the hours of 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM for just $5/child! piccadilly has a cafe serving coffee, small meals and snacks, a play area for the kids, a large stage area for kids to play on and an art space for painting and other crafts!

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Columbus Museum of Art

Admission to the Columbus Museum of Art is free on Sundays and this is a great chance to see Think Outside the Brick! This LEGO exhibit is a temporary exhibit that will only be on display until March 2, 2018. If your kids love Legos, it’s a must see! You can also check out the newly remodeled Wonder Room – a creative space just for kids!

If you’re still looking for more ideas, check out 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions, 5 on Friday: Holiday Trains and 6 of the Most Festive Things You Can Do in Columbus This Holiday Season!


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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

 


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