#CookingPlanit Tfal Giveaway!

What is one thing you can’t live without in your kitchen? For me, it is my Tfal cookware set. Seriously! Without your pots and pans, how would you get dinner done every night?IMG_0052

That is why I was totally pumped to try out this Tfal Stainless Steel with Thermo-­spot 12-­Piece Cookware Set. The Tfal Stainless Steel with Thermo-­spot 12-­Piece Cookware Set combines the best of both worlds: a sleek exterior of brushed stainless steel and the Tfal patented non?stick interior and unique Thermo?spot™ technology. Thermo?spot™ technology indicates when the pan is perfectly preheated by changing from the pattern spot to solid red. The stainless steel base delivers optimal heat distribution, eliminates hot spots and prevents warping.


We literally have 6 wedding to attend this year, and this honestly is a great gift for all of them! It really takes the guess work out of cooking just like using the Cooking PlanIt website! If you’ve never used Cooking PlanIt, you definitely don’t know what you are missing! It is beyond awesome. It helps you meal plan so that your sides are done at the same time as your main course. The site has so many good recipes on it to try too! It is for beginners and experts alike.


I have been using my new cookware set for a couple of weeks now to put it through its paces. The 12 piece set includes: 8” Sauté pan, 10” Sauté pan, 1 Qt. saucepan and cover, 2 Qt. Saucepan and cover, 3
Qt. Saucepan and cover, 5 Qt. Dutch Oven and cover, and 2 Stainless Glass Lids. These are oven safe to 500 degrees! I love that they are dishwasher safe and come with a limited lifetime warranty. I’ve made plenty of food with it (and a few Cooking Planit recipes too!), and it’s a great cookware set! It is nice looking and performs exactly like it is suppose to.

That is why I was so happy to team together with both Tfal and Cooking PlanIt for this giveaway! You can win your very own Tfal Stainless Steel with Thermo-­spot 12-­Piece Cookware Set! Here’s what you need to do:

#CookingPlanit Tfal Giveaway!

So I know you are totally excited about this, so I have a list of a few more places you can enter to win this too!


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Giveaway details: US residents only, one winner per household/per family from the 50 blogs participating in the giveaway. Individuals that have won more than one giveaway will receive only one set of cookware and an alternate winner will be chosen.

Party With Hormel

Hormel is a brand that I always have in my house. They have so many things I use on a regular basis like their pepperoni, their bacon, their pork sausage, and even their chili. However, when it comes time to have a party, Hormel is a must have.

We recently were invited to have a party using Hormel products, so I want to pass along what you need for the ultimate football party. (I had a few more pictures, but I’m having problems with my camera phone. Sprint and I are having it out as we speak as I try to get the remaining pictures off. However, I’m hoping you can make due with these).

A must have at any football party is dip. Now there are several kinds of dip you can serve, but these are two of my favorites.

First, you have the Warm and Cheesy Bacon Dip. This is thick, yummy, and warm. Definitely a great choice if its cold outside! (Below are the before and after pics)

I like to show both pictures since the first time I made it I wasn’t sure if I did it correctly. However, this bacon dip is super easy:

2 cups sour cream
2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup green onion (I don’t use this for mine because nobody here likes green onions)
1 4.3 oz package of Hormel Premium Real Crumbled Bacon
1 8oz package of cream cheese

Heat over to 400 degrees. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and then place in a 1 qt baking dish. Cover and heat for 30 minutes or until hot. You can serve this with vegetables, chips, or even crackers. I even tried cutting up some bread and it was great on that too!

Another dip I have to recommend is chili cheese dip.  This is the favorite in my house.

1 lb Velveeta cheese
1 can (15 oz) Hormel Chili

Cube cheese product (The smaller the cubes, the faster it will melt). Add cheese and chili into a dish and place in microwave for 4 minutes. Stir and cook in microwave until cheese is melted.

We tend to eat this with chips, but you can use veggies, bread, crackers, etc for it.

Now, dips will only get you so far.  You definitely need to have something that will fill everybody up.  We like to make homemade pizzas.

The great thing is that you can have everybody make their own personal pizza, and they can put on whatever they like.  My kids absolutely love the mini Hormel pepperoni.  They think that they are “kid sized” for them.  🙂  However, I do think they eat just as many of them as what ends up on their pizza.  I’m a fan of the Hormel Original Pepperoni myself.  The above ingredients (crust, pizza sauce, Hormel pepperoni products, cheese, Italian sausage, etc) are what the kids and I use.  Bill, on the other hand, has a whole lot more he puts on.  Like I said, that’s the beauty of it.  Everybody gets what they want, and everybody will leave your house full!  Everybody can create whatever size pizza they want, use whatever kind of crust they want (I had both regular and thin crust available), and these pizzas are done in less than 20 minutes!

Hormel has a great line of products that work great for parties.  Here are just a few of them:

Hormel® Natural Choice® Meats
Hormel® pepperoni
Hormel® Always Tender® Pork
Hormel® Fresh Pantry Meats
Hormel® Black Label® Bacon
Hormel® Little Sizzlers® Pork Sausage
Hormel® Cure 81® Ham
Hormel® chili
Hormel® Bacon bits
Hormel® Mary Kitchen® Hash

You really can’t go wrong with these products whether you are using them for a party or for your at home use.  What Hormel products do you use at your house?

Cheeseburger Mashed Potato Bake



Cheeseburger Mashed Potato Bake
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 jar (16 oz) Ragu Cheese Creations Double Cheddar Sauce
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 4 cups prepared mashed potatoes
  1. Preheat over to 425 degrees. Brown ground beef and drain. Add onion and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Stir in the cheese sauce, mustard, and you can salt and pepper to taste. Simmer uncovered for 3 minutes. Transfer to a 2 qt casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes and bake for 25 minutes or until lightly golden.