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Celebrating, Football, and Eating!

Turkey Cheese Ball, Tastefully SimpleMust give thanks my friend and Tastefully Simple co-worker Karen Showalter-Goodwin, for bringing this cute and delish Turkey Cheese Ball to our special event a couple of weeks ago.  Our Special Event included a special visit from our Founder and CEO, Jill Blashack Strahan and Karen’s Turkey Cheese Ball sure did catch the attention of Jill!  She loved it so much that it was shared on Jill’s facebook page and featured in Tastefully Simple’s Blog.  You may read all about it below!

For my family, each Thanksgiving day becomes a day full of three things.

  1. 1. (The most important) Celebrating the abundance of things we have to be thankful for. Last year, like many years, we went around the table sharing what we were thankful for … all hearts melted when my young cousin boldly stated, “This day, and, all of you.”
  1. 2. Football. Sometimes interrupted by a tryptophan-induced nap, but nonetheless, a whole lot of watching and throwing around the pigskin.
  1. 3. Eating. Eating a lot. A lot of turkey, in particular. The day starts with eating hors d’oeuvres while perusing shopping ads, followed by a festive feast with a flavorful turkey. The evening concludes with an only-mayo-and-leftover-turkey-on-the-bun sandwich over a “friendly” card game of gin rummy.

Tastefully Simple’s Founder and CEO, Jill Blashack Strahan, recently shared an adorable turkey cheese ball on her Facebook page and I was inspired to make a Tastefully Simple version. So, this year, I think I’ll add one more turkey to my family’s day of thanks.


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Classy Chocolate Birthday Cake

Help celebrate Tastefully Simple’s 15th birthday, June 2010!


  • Classy Chocolate Pound Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter
  • 1 cup water 1 can white cream cheese frosting
  • Colored sprinkles or edible confetti

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350. Combine ingredients; stir to blend. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch round cake pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely. Frost between layers and top of cake with canned white cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle cake with cool colored sprinkles or edible confetti.

EnJOY and Happy Birthday!

Submitted by Rosemary (MN) HQ Resident Chef

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My customers love the Absolutely Almond Pound Cake by Tastefully Simple.

Feeling guilty beacause of all the butter?

Try replacing the butter with 3/4 cup of your favorite flavored yogurt! Blueberry, vanilla,  lemon or even chocolate yogurt!  Get creative and choose your favorite yogurt flavor! Add the water as directed on the box.

Bon Appetit!

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This recipe is perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!

1 lb package frozen meatballs, thawed
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
About 2 Tbsp. Tastefully Simple Spinach & Herb Dip Mix
About 2 Tbsp. Tastefully Simple Onion Onion
4 oz (1 Cup) shredded mozzarella cheese

Tastefully Simple Onion Onion Seasoning Blend

Onion Onion Seasoning Blend

Spinach and Herb Dip Mix

Spinach & Herb Dip Mix

Combine first 5 ingredients in a greased slow cooker.  Cover, heat on low 2-3 hours or up to 8 hours.  Sprinkle cheese over top just before serving, replace cover and cook until cheese melts.

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This Almond Joy Martini Drink is made with Coconut Rum and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, it’s so yummy, you won’t believe it until you taste it!  This recipe is for those of you who were lucky enough to snatch up some Tastefully Simple’s White Mousse Chiller Drink Mix before it was sold out for the season.

In a blender add:

4 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
2 oz. Godiva Liqueur (or Creme de Cacao)
1 oz. Frangelico Liqueur
2 scoops (6 Tbsp) White Mousse Chiller
2 Cups Ice

Blend in blender until smooth and frothy.

Pour into martini glass and garnish with a swirl of chocolate syrup or lightly sweetened coconut.   (Makes enough for two generous drinks!)


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