Creamy Mashed Potatoes in a Hurry! A Bob Evans Review and Give Away!

On December 13, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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Have you ever had one of those days where you are busy, busy, busy – doing, doing, doing; and at the end of it you feel as though not much has gotten done?  Have you ever been at the weary end of one of those days and been faced with putting a tasty meal on […]

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Have you ever had one of those days where you are busy, busy, busy – doing, doing, doing; and at the end of it you feel as though not much has gotten done?  Have you ever been at the weary end of one of those days and been faced with putting a tasty meal on the table for your family, but not having anything prepared?  Fortunately, that isn’t a frequent occurrence around here, but when it does happen, it is definitely unsettling.  I have several go-to recipes to get the main dish/meat on the table in a hurry, but I am often challenged to come up with quick side dishes that will satisfy my meat and potatoes guy.  Peeling, boiling and mashing potatoes for our crew definitely takes some time and doesn’t really fit with the idea of getting a “quick” meal on the table.  Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes are a great option to have in the fridge for those hectic evenings.

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These potatoes were creamy, smooth and buttery and ready to put on the table in 6 minutes!  That’s speedy and though my sweet (and incredibly intelligent) guy says they’re not quite as good as my homemade ;), I noticed that he enjoyed seconds.  They were a perfect accompaniment to my crispy baked chicken and spaghetti squash.

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One lucky Busy-at-Home reader will get to experience the Bob Evans convenience for themselves!  They will receive two coupons for a FREE Bob Evans product (up to $5 each).  That means the winner can select any two from the Bob Evans line of refrigerated or frozen products at their local grocer -  Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni and Cheese, Sausage Egg and Cheese Burritos, Sausage Links, Ground Sausage or Sausage Patties or one of the other fabulous Bob Evans products!  It’s as easy as entering the giveaway, below.  You just may win a “quick-fix” dinner surprise of your own!


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I received Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes, through BFPR,  in order to test the product and write this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.

Our Bob Evans Farm Festival Video Memories #BEFarmFest

On November 15, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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Why is it so hard for us to self-edit when it comes to home movies?   lol   Am I the only one who has hours of tape trained on babies who are learning to crawl (A couple of seconds would have been more than sufficient.) or a toddler jabbering the same “first word” over and over?  […]

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Why is it so hard for us to self-edit when it comes to home movies?   lol   Am I the only one who has hours of tape trained on babies who are learning to crawl (A couple of seconds would have been more than sufficient.) or a toddler jabbering the same “first word” over and over?  At the time, we are so excited and don’t want to miss a chance to save and share those memories, but of course we don’t anticipate how dull it becomes to stare at a baby rocking back and forth on all fours for 20 minutes, in preparation for their 6-second first attempt at an actual crawl and then a face-plant into the carpet.  I can’t promise these videos will be short “enough”, but I can promise that I tried!  :)  Hours of video have been trimmed into minutes, that will share some of the highlights from our trip.  (If you’re reading this in an email update or feed, you’ll want to click through to the blog, so you can watch the videos.)

One of the first activities on the first day at the festival had to be that Larissa would get to ride a horse.  She was incredibly excited, even though the heavy rains the night before meant the mud was very deep and the windy weather made it a pretty chilly experience.  It was exactly as wonderful as she imagined it would be and she climbed off, a very happy camper!

Larissa also took part in a pancake stacking contest.  Oddly enough, I somehow managed to get home with video of the group before her, so she isn’t actually in this one.

There was so much I loved about touring the Bob Evans Homestead Museum, but if I had to share only one clip, I wanted it to be this one of Michael. The first room/exhibit we walked into was a replica of the first Bob Evans restaurant/diner, complete with a wax Bob Evans and a wax customer at the counter. Michael, our resident ham, decided to sit down at the counter and have a Coke and a laugh with them.


Have you ever done any square dancing? Did you do it with a tractor? :) This was one of the most unusual performances I have ever seen. It actually required a tremendous amount of skill and control.


I have absolutely zero experience with Border Collies and this was one of the most fascinating demonstrations I have ever seen. I literally do have over 30 minutes of very cool video from this show, so it was hard to choose which few minutes to show you. I wish you could have seen it all. It was unexpectedly entertaining and honestly, quite amazing!


And lastly, the lumberjack show was absolutely hysterical. I am so tempted to post the entire full-length video because these men are truly gifted and family-friendly comedians. We enjoyed the performance and talents of the lumberjacks more than almost any other show at the festival.


This was such a fun experience for our family and if you haven’t checked out our photo post that details even more about the fun weekend, I hope you’ll visit it, here. The 41st Annual Bob Evans Farm Festival is merely history, but we will always have great memories of the time we shared there.  Thanks to BFPR and Bob Evans for making it possible!

Our Bob Evans Farm Festival Adventure: Part 1 #BEFarmFest

On October 22, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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Well, our bags are unpacked and we’re settling back in after all the fun.  Ohio was definitely a long drive.  Have you ever taken a road trip that was 17-20 hours straight through, trapped in a vehicle with six exhausted people?  :)  lol – Mmmmhmmm!  We NEEDED a festival! We arrived in Gallipolis, OH in […]

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Well, our bags are unpacked and we’re settling back in after all the fun.  Ohio was definitely a long drive.  Have you ever taken a road trip that was 17-20 hours straight through, trapped in a vehicle with six exhausted people?  :)  lol – Mmmmhmmm!  We NEEDED a festival!

We arrived in Gallipolis, OH in the wee hours of the morning on Friday, checked into our rooms and crashed.  It was past noon before any of us woke up!  My husband is up at 4 am every morning, so this was a first for him and he was very freaked out!  Apparently, we REALLY needed the sleep.  Once everyone rallied, we were excited to see all the surprises in the gift basket Bob Evans had left at the motel for us.

Even though there was a Bob Evans Restaurant next door to the motel, we decided against breakfast.  It was, after all, past lunch time and we could grab a little somethin’ somethin’ at the festival.  (We had taken our maiden voyage, at a Bob Evans in Richmond, OH, for supper the night before).  So, we ignored our grumbling tummies and bravely piled back into the van, this time headed for Rio Grande, where the 41st Bob Evans Farm Festival was being held.  Fortunately, it was only about 25 minutes from the hotel and scenery was absolutely gorgeous!  Being from the flatlands of Nebraska, we were definitely taken in by the rolling hills of Ohio (We were nearly to the West Virginia border.) and the beautiful fall colors of the wooded roadsides.

The first day, I took lots of pictures and on Saturday, it was mostly video.  I’m going to split the trip into two posts for you — photos, today, and then a video for the next one.  Rather than posting the 71 pictures that I whittled out of the nearly 500 I took, last weekend, I’ve created 20 odd photo album pages.  Right click your mouse on any one of the pages and click on View Image, to see it a little bit larger.  I hope you enjoy this little photo tour of our trip.  We really enjoyed the 41st Bob Evans Farm Festival and I want to be sure you get a taste of the fun!

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I Was Selected as A Bob Evans Farm Festival Correspondent! Ohio, Here We Come! #BEFarmFest @bobevansfarms

On October 5, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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I am more excited, than there are words for me to express it to you!  I was selected as one of eight bloggers from around the country to cover the 41st Annual Bob Evans Farm Festival, being held October 14 – 16, in Rio Grande, Ohio!  Covering me with abundant blessings, Bob Evans is allowing […]

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Bob Evans festival logoI am more excited, than there are words for me to express it to you!  I was selected as one of eight bloggers from around the country to cover the 41st Annual Bob Evans Farm Festival, being held October 14 – 16, in Rio Grande, Ohio!  Covering me with abundant blessings, Bob Evans is allowing my whole family to make this trip.  Our family has not had an extended family vacation, since our 19-year-old daughter was a toddler.  That’s been a day or two. :)  Plus, our oldest daughter will be able to make the trip with us, which is something that none of us thought would be possible.  We are looking forward to the journey, the festival and the fun with great anticipation!

Bob Evans has been serving hungry patrons for more than fifty years and currently has over 700 restaurants in twenty-four states.  Their signature Bob Evans Restaurants are located heavily throughout the Midwest, comprising nearly 600 of their total restaurants.  More than 100 Mimi’s Cafes round out their restaurant total and are most heavily located in California.  Bob Evans also markets a complete line of refrigerated and frozen grocery products in 49 states and parts of Canada.  They are an industry leader in the categories of fresh sausage, refrigerated mashed potatoes, side dishes and frozen breakfasts.

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The 41st Annual Farm Festival will unveil a newly renovated grounds and facilities.  Bob Evans Farm has gotten a major makeover, including the complete rebuilding of their very first Bob Evans restaurant, which stands in its original location on the farm.  The festival organizers anticipate welcoming more than 30,000 visitors, from 19 states, to the event.  The Bob Evans Farm Festival will be steeped in history, a wide range of entertainment, one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, farm contests, delicious local food, children’s activities, demonstrations and musical performances.  Our youngest daughter is waiting with great anticipation to run through the hay bale maze, ride a horse and visit the straw castle!  Biscuits and gravy and The Lumberjack show are definitely calling my husband’s name.  Everyone in our family is looking forward to so many aspects of attending this festival, not the least of which will be being able to experience it together.  As someone who has such a deep love of history, I am looking forward to visiting the museum and many of the demonstrations, like soap making and a quilting bee.  P.S.  I’m a little intrigued by the Lumberjack show, also.  :)

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Looks like someone may have gotten soggy!

I’ll be updating you about our trip and all the fun we had.  I’ll take lots of pictures and video to help it “come alive” for you!  Of course, I’ll share about all the delicious food we try and you know me, I won’t be able to resist a recipe post or two.  I wish you all could attend with us, but my van won’t hold that many, so if you’re in the neighborhood, I hope you’ll turn out for the festival and join in the food, fun and laughter!  Visit the website for more information on the festival and how to get there; plus, if you need to find a Bob Evans Restaurant in your area, you can use this restaurant locator.

I and my family are receiving this trip, through BFPR, in order to review and report on the festival, events and products.  No monetary compensation is being made for the posts, and as always at Busy-at-Home, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.

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