I am always on the lookout for good foods to give my kids. One of the prepackaged meals that I have found on the market are the GoPicnic meals. For me, they work great for cold lunch or car rides! However, they were originally designed as airplane food, so you can definitely see Julia’s (the inventor) inspiration. Prior to starting¬†GoPicnic, Julia was responsible for conceiving, developing and launching United’s shelf-stable buy-on-board meal program and first class snackbox program, featured today on airlines worldwide. You can thank Julia for edible plane food! ūüôā

This year at the Housewares show I attended, they showed nine new flavorful meals that run the gamete from gluten-free to vegan. All meals are well-balanced and under 500 calories.  The products include:

Tuna + Crackers (Gluten-Free)
Salmon + Crackers (Gluten-Free)
Hummus + Crackers (Gluten-Free, Vegan and Kosher)
Sunbutter + Crackers (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
Classic Deli
Salami + Crackers

Another great thing about GoPicnic¬†products is that they contain no trans fats, high fructose corn syrup or added MSG, and no artificial colors or flavors. ¬†We got to try the hummus and crackers meal and the turkey stick + crunch meal. ¬†As a person trying to lose weight, I love that these are a meal that is low in calories. ¬†If I need to, I can eat this on the go and not feel guilty. ¬†Of the two meals, my kids like the Turkey Stick + Crunch Meal the best (however, I do know that the Turkey Pepperoni and Cheese would have went over very well with them!). ¬†I love how everything is prepackaged for you, so if you don’t eat it all, you don’t have to worry about it going to waste (which is why I bring these on car trips!). ¬†There is so much variety with their meals that you can definitely find one that you are going to like.

If you haven’t tried GoPicinic yet, what are you waiting for?

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Hickory Farms

For the past 60 years, Hickory Farms has been popular on gift lists everywhere. They have really awesome gift boxes you can send out to your loved ones or for yourself. They have a gift box for everyone — every price range and for the products you want. We recently tried out the Summer Sausage and Cheese Gift Box.

All I can say is yum. I’ve never had smoked cheese before, and it is super good! The presentation of these baskets is great. We actually brought this to Thanksgiving, and it was gone in a heartbeat, so I am not the only one who really liked it! This is definitely a product that I would send out to other family and friends. I was impressed with the quality of the product and how quickly that it was gone at our Thanksgiving get together.

Another great thing is that Hickory Farms is committed to giving back through its partnership with Share Our Strength¬ģ, a leading national not-forprofit organization working to end childhood hunger in North America. This holiday season, when customers purchase a Party Planner gift box, Hickory Farms will contribute $5 to Share Our Strength‚Äôs No Kid Hungry¬ģ Campaign*. Customers will also have the opportunity to include a $1 donation to the campaign with their purchase at a Hickory Farms store or at Hickory Farms‚Äô passion for fighting childhood hunger has generated more than $1.1M in contributions to Share Our Strength since 2008.

Now that you are hungry, you can find Hickory Farms’ award winning sausage, cheese and other specialty items at 750+ Hickory Farms holiday stores, online at, in catalogs, and at leading retailers throughout the holiday season. Here is how their 3 day shipping works:

Hickory Farms makes a great product that is great for your home or as a gift!

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Hickory Farms and received a product sample to facilitate my review.

Hickory Farms

This has also been posted on Lisa Reviews.

hickory famrsI am a fan of gift baskets. Where else can you get lots of yummy food and have it be called a present? It is also pretty nice when everybody in the house can enjoy something from it. Hickory Farms gift baskets don’t disappoint. We had one of these to try over Thanksgiving, and everybody loved it! Besides the excellent cheese and sausage (which we are still munching on a week later), my husband is in love with the cheese cutter that this basket comes with. How many gift basket come with what you need to cut the contents with?

The basket itself comes with (besides the slicer):

2 – 12 oz. Beef Summer Sausages
– 12 oz. Ham Summer Sausage
– 10 oz. Original Cheese Ball
– 7 oz. Pennsylvania Dutch Edam
– 2 – 6.5 oz. Apple Pie Cheddars
– 10 oz. Sweet Hot Mustard
– 5 oz. Flatbread Crackers

I have to admit that I loved the apple pie cheddar cheese. It was beyond yummy. That is a flavor I can readily admit I’ve never had before. Bill was super excited about the mustard because well, he loves mustard. My only complaint is that this doesn’t come with enough crackers! This makes a great gift for a get together or house that is fan of cheese of sausage (which would be mine!). If anybody wants to know what to get me for Christmas, please send me another! ūüôā

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Hickory Farms and received a Hickory Farms gift basket to facilitate my review.”

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