Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Quality Family Time and Great Eats! It's Definitely a #HoneyBakedEaster !

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Hiding the Easter Eggs

Easter is a big deal at our house, and one of the holidays the kids love most, quite simply because they like the Easter Egg Hunt. We go all out hiding the eggs in the yard, or rather, my husband goes all out hiding eggs in the yard, and the kids run around inside waiting for him to give them the okay to head on out.

The tradition of filling the eggs with candy is not lost on us, we know that is part of what makes the kiddos happy, but we keep the candy to a bare minimum and take care to fill the baskets with other items we know the kids are going to like. We do add one chocolate bunny and fill some of the eggs with jelly beans.

There are a lot of great Easter baskets/buckets for sale.
We get ours on clearance after the holiday and use them next year.
These baskets would have cost $50 retail during the holiday season.
We got them for right around $5 the year before (after-season clearance sales)


Tips for having a happy (but minimum - candy) Easter!

  • Get a cool basket/bucket for the kids. This is a great way to add to the festivity of the day, make the kids happy, and give them something fun that they can use later, over and over again.
  • Shop the after-holiday sales to get basket/buckets dirt cheap. Put them aside for next year. This will save you a good deal of money!
  • Put cash in some of the eggs before you hide them. You can get creative and use silver dollars, half-a-dollars, $2 bills, etc., or you can just put in coins or dollar bills. Kids love tallying up their finds when the hunt is said and done.
  • Add a movie to the Easter Basket. This will serve the purpose of extending the happy feel of the holiday and give you a good excuse for some together time later that night or sometime in the near future. We try to find an Easter theme for ours, but any DVD the kids will like will do.

We got him a plush and grandma got him one too.
These take up a lot of room and make the baskets big gifts.
Kids like big gifts. ;)

  • Add a plush bunny or other holiday-related stuffed animal. The kids love them, and they take up a lot of room, making the basket delivery look bigger (bigger is better when you're a kid). 
  • Shop the after-Easter sales to get those plush bunnies cheap too! Take a look at the clearance shelves after the holiday is over. You can literally find a $19.99 stuffed animal for under two bucks...pick one or two up, bag 'em and put them away for next year. It's a small easy thing you can do that you will thank yourself for next year.


The kids really enjoy the baskets, the egg hunt, the festive atmosphere, etc. They also love the Easter Feast (as our youngest son calls it), and the adults certainly do too!! One way I make my family happy during the holidays is to serve them a dinner purchased from HoneyBaked Ham. Not much makes my family as happy as that big beautiful ham getting placed on the dining room table. HoneyBaked Hams are hand-selected for leanness, smoked for up to 24-hours, and then spiral-sliced to the bone. All of the hard work is done, and to serve you simply heat and eat. It's really just that easy. This year we bought a bone-in ham that really got the ooh's and ah's when it was placed on the table. The signature sweet, crunchy glaze on the top of the ham adds to the delight, as it's one-of-a-kind flavor signifies holiday happy. 


I like HoneyBaked because everything is already done for you. You simply heat and eat, but it's a premium quality heat-and-eat. The side dishes like the macaroni & cheese or potatoes au gratin taste like I took my good sweet time making them, and they are absolutely comfort food at its finest.


We had a cool surprise when we walked into our local HoneyBaked Ham store...a display table with high quality Red Raspberry Preserves on it! We've got a kiddo in the house who just loves it and could literally eat it on most anything. As soon as we saw it, I knew that was going right on the holiday menu. :)

He loves to have the Easter 'feast!' as he likes to call it. :)

My favorite thing about a HoneyBaked Ham dinner (or turkey, they've got fabulous turkey options too!) is it saves me time. Instead of spending an entire day prepping and getting dinner ready, everything is already done for me. I simply unwrap and heat. The results are always flawless, and I don't have to run around frantically trying to create a meal from scratch, on a day that I really want to be spending it with my family instead. It's an easy way to make my family happy, serve a special meal, and get in some good quality holiday time together too.


When it's time for dessert, HoneyBaked Ham has got you covered there too. This year we let our youngest select from the assorted offerings and it took him about two seconds to choose pumpkin pie. This pie had a true pumpkin flavor and I cannot deny, it was amazing. I topped a fresh-out-of-the-oven slice with Vanilla Bean ice cream for my husband, and he was a very happy man. :)

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106 comments:

Kristi Maloney said...

Honey Baked Hams are the best. I love that there is no prep work - just heat and eat. :)

Masshole Mommy said...

We do a ham and turkey on Easter. I love ham, but I am supposed to watch my sodium intake :)

Milena said...

Thanks for the coupon. We always have a ham at Easter. Love the leftovers!

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

Honey Baked is the only ham we buy. Ever. It's perfectly cured and seasoned, so why would we get anything else/

LaDonna Buis said...

Oh this would be so nice to get one of these.. I will have to try one.. The nearest from me is one hour.. That is fine with me. I drive that far a lot anyhow

Laura Funk said...

Honey baked ham! Also good tips on lessening the candy

Lux Ganzon said...

These photos make me want to spend Easter in your house. :D Yummy food. Fun happy times!

Mama Banana said...

We are a pork-free family, do you know if they have turkey or anything for families like ours? Looks like a great get-together and I can't wait for the Holiday!

Cassie said...

HoneyBaked Hams are really great! I should really get one for our Easter dinner.

Wendy said...

Can you believe I've never had a HoneyBaked Ham? I really need to fix that. I hear such good things!

Lindsey Paris said...

We shop the day after holidays, too. I love sales and then I throw all the holiday stuff in my big rubbermaid tub for that holiday - makes it all easy to find!

Sandee said...

Okay, now I'm hungry. I'm more of a ham sandwich kind of gal, but if you're into ham this is top of the line.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

alissa apel said...

Your Easter sounds like mine. I set the hunt up with written clues in 1 egg that stands out. They have to think to find them.

We usually have ham, but my aunt makes it. Mica told me a week ago, "We better have coffee cake this year. I love that stuff." I guess that's a tradition to.

Vanessa said...

HoneyBaked hams are always great for Easter. Looks like such a fun way to spend the day watching Hop.

RANE said...

The Mac N' Cheese and Potatoes Au Gratin look delicious. I've been seeing Easter decorations in Jamaica which is surprising as we are not too big on it in this way

Amanda Love said...

That meal looks really good and your son looks like he sure is enjoying it. :)

Maria Long said...

I would love to have a full easter meal brought into the house. I have heard their hams are amazing.

Lesley said...

Yum! I love Honey Baked Ham. I really should think about ordering there this Easter. Thanks for the ideas.

MikiHope said...

I keep hearing about this place--do you think you could mention that we would love to have them in the Westchester county part of New York so we could eat all this delicious food too?

Liz Mays said...

That's one of my favorite places to eat at for lunch and for bringing home for special events. It'll be our Easter dinner this year too!

Dawn said...

One of our favorite things about Easter is Honey Baked Ham. It's super tasty, and we wait for it all year!

Catherine Sargent said...

I always look forward to a Honey Baked Ham on Easter. I will have to try some of the side dishes this year.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Jason was all over the turkey we picked up last week! HoneyBaked Ham has such delicious offerings! And, yes, we do love the egg hunts here too ;)

Mary Madalene Yaroscavitch said...

Ham is a big hit in our house every Easter. But haven't used any of there side dishes, I will have to look more into those forsure.

Rebecca Bryant said...

We enjoy a good ham on Easter Sunday. It's a family tradition.

Heather Lawrence said...

We will be switching it up this year. We recently gave up eating pork so we will probably have an Easter turkey or BBQ salmon { Yummy!!} Not giving up the pie just yet... a girl still needs a little treat!

Pam said...

We used Honeybaked Ham to cater my daughter's wedding rehearsal. It was awesome! I'd love to do it for Easter too.

Jennifer Evers said...

I have been getting my holiday dinners - not just Easter, but Christmas too - from HoneyBaked for years. It's so much easier than cooking and a lot less mess to clean up!

Pat Hatt said...

I wish the easter bunny would have been as nice as that. I never got cash in my eggs, hmph. I guess the tooth fairy spent it all lol

Kecia said...

I cannot wait for Easter. We have a big family get-together with lots of yummy food and egg hunting!

Ann B said...

Honey Baked Ham is my favorite. I like to glaze with brown sugar and mustard.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

We love the Honey Baked Ham. I just wish there were a store closer to us.

Saidah Washington said...

Honey Baked has the most delicious ham. I don't even make mine anymore. I buy there's every Christmas.

Marcie W. said...

These are great Easter ideas and our holiday is never complete without a full course dinner. Honey Baked ham is the best around and even their side dishes are wonderful.

Gina Dunklebarger said...

We have never had a Honey Baked Ham, looks delish. Goin got have to try it!

Lois Alter Mark said...

This whole meal looks delicious. I'll be over on Easter Sunday :)

Housewife Eclectic said...

Ham is perfect for Easter! Love it!

bxcrochet said...

All of the food looks amazing and it is awesome that you don't have to cook it yourself.

Michelle F.

Julie is Coco and Cocoa said...

I think pumpkin pies are our favorite, too! And last year we did an egg hunt scavenger hunt that the kids loved. I think we will be repeating it this year!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosey - well you've taken the sensible route to have a family day .. all the catering catered for with food everyone enjoys .. and the hunting the eggs - is such fun ... sounds like you've hit the right Easter note - and buy for next year after this year's done .. Cheers Hilary

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I have always heard great things about Honeybaked Hams, but I have never tried one.

loveforlacquer said...

mmm that ham looks SO SO good! Love Easter!

Tracey said...

Thank you for the coupon! We always do a ham on Easter.

harriet said...

There is definitely a lot of candy out there. Thanks for the tips!

AJ NutriFitMama said...

My family loves honey baked ham- so good. And we are all about doing minimal candy for Easter as well :)

Joyce Lansky said...

Nothing like watching the world eat chocolate while we're stuck eating yucky kosher for Passover food. :) Enjoy your Easter!

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debdenny said...

That ham makes any table look awesome. Great choice

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Everything needed for a perfect Easter

Liz Mays said...

Don't those sides look incredible? I can't wait to sample the potatoes!

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

Ham is always a biggie in the south for Easter. Honey Baked Ham is my favorite brand out there.

Anne - Mommy Has to Work said...

We love Honey Baked Hams! I'm hoping that's what my mom will cook this year!

alissa apel said...

I hope all your family can be together for Easter, or at least groupings of you can be together.

Kori Tomelden said...

I'm not sure what our plans for Easter are this year. Usually my mom does something, so I'd like to go up to her place.

Elizabeth Towns said...

Honey baked Ham is definitely a favorite around these parts. It just takes prep time down for group meals. I get the turkey because I'm not a big pork eater. It's awesome too!

Christie C said...

Ham and Easter are the perfect pairing. I love love love HoneyBaked for the season

Lori Gunn said...

Thanks for the $5 coupon off Honey Baked Ham. I'm looking forward to a delicious Easter meal without the hassle of preparing it (Thanksgiving, Easter, Valentine's, and St Patrick's Day were enough for awhile). I stock up on the after-season bargains, too, and store them in a critter-proof tub for the following year.

Terri Ramsey Beavers said...

Thanks so much for sharing. I love making honey baked hams for all of our special occasions. I always bring the ham and my mom makes her amazing biscuits and everyone else brings a dish as well. Easter and all holidays are special with honey baked hams.

Kassondra Coxson said...

Not a ham fan but I'll take the turkey! Thanks for the coupon!

Michele D said...

Your meal looks delicious! I haven't had Honeybaked Ham in over 5 years. Looks so good.

Jenny said...

I eat so much ham, I am surprised I haven't turned into a pig yet. It;s just so delicious, especially honey baked ham!

Jeanine said...

Yum I love ham! I'm not sure we've ever had a honey baked but we love ham! What is Easter without? I'm going to be checking for honey baked now!

Ave T said...

We don't do egg hunt nor Easter Bunny here in Spain, but I have decided to make an Easter basket for my daughter anyway. Your Easter feast looks really delicious! I'd love to try out that HoneyBaked Ham and the pumpkin pie looks delicious too!

Echo A said...

That Honey baked ham looks so delicious! I bet it would really save time on Easter!

Felicia Carter said...

These are great tips. We really love Honey Bakes Ham! YUM!

Censie Sawyer said...

Best part of Easter! Honey Baked HAM!!! YUMMY!!

Lena B said...

So adorable - and the kids seem to be very happy

Christina Aliperti said...

I love spiral sliced ham it's just so good. My favorite part of the day is the Easter egg hunt and the food lol.

Elizabeth O. said...

That ham looks delicious!!! And is that mac and cheese? The perfect combo for ham!

Roselynn Mercedes said...

HoneyBaked Hams are definitely the best, the photo alone made my mouth water. Easter isn't right without ham and an easter egg hunt in our household no matter how old we get.

Alison Gibb said...

I love Honey Baked Hams. We have one every Easter with scalloped potatos and a green bean casserole!! Darn, I am so hungry now!

Megan Chamberlin said...

I love HoneyBaked Hams, they are awesome!! We are like you, we try to limit the candy in the baskets especially since my husband started the trend of placing chocolate kiss "bunny poops" all over the house!!

Beth Williams said...

Ham is my favorite part about Easter. So sad I'll be missing it for a third year in a row!

Felecia Efriann said...

Honey Baked Ham is a favorite in my family, it always manages to be on the holiday menus. I like you Easter Basket ideas for alternatives to using a lot of sweets. :)

Shaney Vijendranath said...

I've never made an easter basket for my daughter yet but really want to this year since she's at the age where she will understand it.

Lisa said...

We love Honey Baked Ham! Its so delicious!

CourtneyLynne said...

Oooooi just love a good honey ham!!! Yummy ham dinners are one of my favorite things about easter! Yummy!!

Xenia Sundell said...

This is making me excited for Easter, yum! I'm with you on buying Easter baskets on clearance to save for the following year, it's such a bargain that way!

Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com said...

I absolutely LOVE Honey Baked Hams! I want to have one for Easter.

A Time Out for Mommy said...

Yummy! Looks so tasty!

Autumn Blues Reviews said...

This looks great. Will definitely pass this recipe along to my hubby to make this for us....maybe for this Easter. Thank you for sharing.

Michelle Martinka said...

I think Honey Baked Ham MAKES Easter! So delicious!

Jenn said...

All Easter's in the past since I was growing up we always had a Honey Baked Ham. Its something that become tradition now that I do for my kiddos. You can't make anything like them - YUM!

Michelle Martinka said...

The turkey is also really good!

Shauna Torres said...

Oh I am a huge lover of all things Easter...I never thought of using Honey Baked Ham though. Good advice.

Savory Experiments said...

Easter just isn't Easter without a HoneyBaked Ham! I also love the leftovers and making sweet ham sandwiches!

Simranjit singh said...

These are nice . I like all these .

Vera Sweeney said...

I love the idea of letting someone else make the ham!! Your ham looks delicious!

Camesha said...

I can't believe it's already time to start thinking about Easter! My goodness, this year is moving too fast.

Lois Jones said...

We love honey baked ham! It's a must for us at Easter!

Crystal Wachoski said...

Awe, everything is budding there!

Megan Elford {WelcomeToTheZoo} said...

I think we're going to do both a ham and turkey this year, just because of the tastes of our family. I love the idea of having the ham ready to go -- who need the extra stress of seasoning and baking from raw?

Jeannette said...

We have Honey Baked Ham every Easter! It's an easy tradition that my family loves!

Dhemz said...

you can never go wrong with honeybaked ham!

Mistee Dawn said...

Yum! That food looks delicious. I just had a HoneyBaked ham last week with my family. So good!

Trisha Grimes said...

I love your tip on shopping the after-holiday sale. I always head to stores after the holiday to purchase items on sale or clearance. It's a great way to save money!

Ashley Howard said...

I love all the food you all have! I like to give gifts in Easter baskets instead of candy. They do get candy, but I give them small gifts they wanted for Christmas but did not get!
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Patty Woodland said...

I love ham. I wish I had a Honey Baked Ham close to me but I don't. It looks soooooo good

Sophie said...

We did a HoneyBaked Easter last year because of all the travel! Loved it.

~ Noelle said...

So jealous you get to work with them :)
LOVE it!!! So tasty and so easy! (They have great lunches too!)

Carly said...

Those baskets are TOO cute!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

Oh my, I'm thinking about what to prepare for Easter feast and you just had me convinced that we should have Honeyed ham.

Jennifer Pilgrim said...

You are so smart in buying Easter stuff when they go on sale and holding them for next year. I am going to try that too!!

Camesha said...

Honey Baked Ham has been a tradition in our family forever!

Those baskets are super cute!

Natalie Made It said...

We never really did a lot for Easter before, this year would be the first time we can actually go outside and hide eggs because we have a house, so we will most likely do that, nothing crazy though.

April Decheine said...

I miss having Easter with the kids, when they were little it was so much fun! Easter egg hunts are the best.

Terra Heck said...

That ham looks delicious. I also purchase my Easter baskets when they are on sale and store them for the next year.