th_1387731362_unnamed~ I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for HoneyBaked Ham. I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping trip and to thank me for participating. ~

The holiday season is the same for me every year. Why? Because I tend to over extend myself— A LOT. I love everything about it including the decorating, baking, buying gifts and wrapping presents but when I agree to do ALL of these things I easily forget about all of my other responsibilities— work, household chores, cooking, grocery shopping and everything else.

So, my to-do list just grows and grows and I’m stretched beyond belief. In the beginning I think “sure, I can do this!” but then as the holidays grow closer I find myself getting more and more stressed because unexpected things happen and I lose my focus. UGH, I just want to pull my hair out.

Short of giving up doing what I love, I try to find ways to make things at least a little bit easier including enlisting others around the house to help (not that they always do), and I lean toward buying pre-made or pre-cooked foods (at least a few) so I’m not SO overwhelmed the day of the celebration.

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On Thanksgiving this year I failed to follow my own advice. I made EVERYTHING myself from scratch and by the end of the day I was exhausted to the point of passing out on the couch. This just can’t go on. Luckily for me, I was offered the opportunity to purchased ready-to-serve foods from HoneyBaked Ham (for Christmas) and I’ll tell you I felt a great deal of weight lifted off my shoulders. Phew!

HoneyBaked Ham and Mom Central… you ROCK!!!

We started purchasing hams from HoneyBaked Ham several years ago after my hubby’s aunt Jeanne introduced us to the good stuff. She bought us one as a gift one year when we helped do some tasks around her house and we’ve been hooked ever since.

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I remember my first bite— it was AHH-mazing! Nice and tender, juicy and flavorful. And you’ve just got to love that crunchy glaze. Oh my is it ever heavenly! I can’t help but pick it off, savor it and then lick my fingers. It’s THAT good!

HoneyBaked Hams are very consistent in quality as well. Never have we ever received one that didn’t taste fresh and delicious.

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Very sweet & helpful HoneyBaked Ham employees!

On our recent shopping trip to our local HoneyBaked Ham store I had to stop and take in all that they have to offer; frozen take and bake side dishes like potatoes au gratin, sweet potato souffle, and macaroni & cheese. They also offer pies, cheesecakes, rolls, condiments, and those delectable hams. Plus, HoneyBaked Ham now offers half and whole turkey breasts.

I knew going in I wasn’t walking out without a glazed ham but I also wanted to try the new turkey so we grabbed an 8 pound bone-in half ham and a whole smoked and glazed turkey breast. I couldn’t wait to try that bad boy!

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1.) Condiments, rolls & other goodies!
2.) Frozen take & bake side dishes & desserts

Before heading to the register one of the customer service reps stopped us and offered samples of side dishes. Of course hubby and I couldn’t say “no” so we tried a few. I was instantly sold on the sweet potato souffle and he opted for the broccoli rice casserole. Wow, a quick and easy dinner and we hadn’t even cooked. hehee!

I’ll tell ya, driving home wasn’t easy. The aroma from the ham and turkey was smelling SO good my tummy started growling. Hubby and I were tempted to try a few pieces on the way but we decided against it. This stuff was supposed to be for our family holiday meal. Not that anyone would notice a few missing pieces. hehee!

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The ham & turkey both smell just as good as they look & taste even better!

I’m SO thankful that I had this opportunity with HoneyBaked Ham. With not having to worry about the main entrees, I’ve been able to spend more time doing my baking, wrapping presents and even take a little “me time” to do whatever I want.

There was no doubt in my mind that the glazed ham would be just as I remembered— absolutely delicious but now I’m a true fan of the smoked turkey breast. It has the same signature crunchy glaze (as the ham) and the meat is just as tender and juicy. Yum, yum, YUM!

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If you’re looking for a much simpler way to wow your guests without all the stressful prepping and cooking, I highly recommend you let HoneyBaked Ham do all or at least most of the work. No matter if you’re having an intimate dinner for two or hosting a large feast for a hungry crowd, HoneyBaked Ham has many flavorful ready-to-serve options that will leave your guests satisfied. And shh… I won’t tell them you didn’t even cook. hehee!

To find a HoneyBaked Ham store near you, visit their website.

~ All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclaimer for more information. I did not receive financial compensation for my post but did receive the item(s) mentioned above at no charge from the manufacturer or PR Agency and was under no obligation to write a positive review.  ~

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1 Winner will be chosen at random at the end of the entry period 12/29/13 from all valid entries. Prize is a $25 gift certificate from HoneyBaked Ham.

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Dee

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