How Turkeys Are Raised, Turkey Giveaways and Must-Try Recipes

Everywhere you turn this time of year, it is all about turkeys. We are in the post pumpkin pre Christmas tree season. And while turkeys are beginning to fill the bins at the grocery store, I thought I would share little peek into what a turkey farmer and farm is today.

Turkey farm family from Iowa
Meet the Olthoff family. They raise 20,000 turkeys. They get all 20,000 male baby turkeys (poults) at 1 day old.  The baby turkeys are delivered to a toasty warm barn. The temperature in the barn is controlled by a thermostat, and there are vents that open and close automatically to help adjust it if needed.  The turkeys are not in cages – instead they are on sawdust bedding from a local sawmill.

Baby Turkeys getting their new home.

When the turkeys are five weeks old they get moved to new barns where they spend the rest of their lives, about 14 more weeks. While the turkeys they raise are used in lunchmeat, the process for whole turkeys like we eat for Thanksgiving are raised in the same way. Want to know more? Be sure to check out the children’s book they just published. And win it and a turkey!

Whole Turkey Giveaway

That’s right, I am giving away a turkey. You can choose the turkey of your choice from Honey Baked Ham. You can choose whole turkeys that are browned and roasted, smoked or cajun. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know which kind of turkey you would love to have on Thanksgiving!

While we all plan and plot what to make for Turkey day, here are a few tried and trued recommendations from a few of my favorite bloggers.


Brined Thanksgiving Turkey

Brined Thanksgiving TurkeyCrock Pot Turkey Breast

Crock Pot Turkey Breast

Side Dishes:

Crock Pot Corn Casserole

Crock Pot Corn CasseroleSlow Cooker Cornbread Dressing

Slow Cooker Cornbread DressingMom’s Turkey Dressing

Mom's Turkey DressingHis and Her Sweet Potato Casserole

His and Her Sweet Potato CasseroleCandied Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

Candied Sweet Potatoes with PecansButternut Squash Souffle

Butternut squash souffleMelissa’s Macaroni and Cheese 

Melissa's Macaroni and Cheese

Italian Green Beans

Italian Green BeansGreen Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Crock Pot Mushrooms and Onions

Crock Pot Mushrooms and Onions. The most amazing slow cooked mushrooms are so amazing.


24 Hour Fruit Salad

24 Hour Fruit Salad

Cranberry Salad 

Cranberry Salad

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing


Pumpkin Squares

Pumpkin Squares

Southern Pecan Pie

Southern Pecan Pie

 Pumpkin Crunch

My favorite pumpkin crunch recipe is an easy fall dessert. It is so good.

Still haven’t seen the recipe you are craving. Well check out the Holiday Pinterest board for Recipes That Crock.

Need help with the leftovers? Check out this turkey rice soup. Or this entire list of leftover Thanksgiving recipes that utilized all the leftovers, not just the turkey.

Don’t forget to register to win a whole turkey, fully cooked and a children’s book about a turkey farm. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know which kind of turkey you would love to have on Thanksgiving! You can choose whole turkeys that are browned and roasted, smoked or cajun. The giveaway will close on November 17 at midnight. Be sure not to miss out!

 This post was sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Opinions and recommendations are all mine.

April’s Grilled Barbecue Chicken

Sometimes you get a cookbook that you literally want to make every recipe in the cookbook. Every single one. This new Grilling and Campfire Cooking Cookbook is that cookbook for me.

Grilling and Campfire Cooking Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch

Maybe it is because I am obsessed with my Big Green Egg. Or maybe because we had a hard, cold winter. Or the recipes are just that good. The chapters of the cookbook lend to your summer day’s cuisine desire. Whether you are grilling out, looking for a side dish, on a campfire or just looking for a cool crisp salad, you will find it in this cookbook.

Grilling Campfire Cooking table of contentsHere is a sneak peak into a few of my dishes.

April's barbecue chicken

April’s Barbecue Chicken

Bacon wrapped grilled chicken and asparagus

Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Sizzling Bacon Asparagus

Backyard Cheddar BBQ Burgers

Backyard BBQ Cheddar Burgers

I also made the Lemony Grilled Broccoli and Versatile Grilled Veggies. Both were awesome grilled side dishes.

But, don’t just take my word for it, checkout some of these recipes from a few of my friends.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Campfire Burritos

Balsamic Grilled Tomatoes

Sweet and Spicy Chicken

Are you dying to get your hands on the cookbook? Register to win one by leaving a comment on what your favorite summertime or grilled dish is. Can’t wait for the 10 days I will be running this giveaway, go buy the Cookbook. Be sure to register by July 1 or you will have no chance to win it! To give you an idea of just how yummy this cookbook can be, here is one of the recipes I prepared

April's Barbecue Chicken
This is a juicy grilled chicken recipe with an easy homemade barbecue sauce.
  • 3 lbs chicken or chicken pieces
  • 1 T. plus 1 t. garlic powder, divided
  • 1½ t. onion powder, divided
  • 2 c. ketchup
  • 1 to 2 c. brown sugar, packed and divided
  • ½ t. dry mustard
  • ½ t. chili powder
  • 1 t. liquid smoke
  1. In a large stock pot, place chicken and cover with water, one tablespoon garlic powder and one teaspoon of onion powder. Cook on medium-high heat till the pot comes to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. While chicken is cooking, combine ketchup, one cup brown sugar, mustard, chili powder and remaining garlic and onion powders in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes adding liquid smoke and remaining brown sugar to your taste.
  3. Once chicken has simmered, place on medium-high heated grill. Grill for 30-40 minutes or till chicken reaches an internal temp of 165. Baste with barbecue sauce as it grills.

This cookbook was given to me by Gooseberry Patch to review and giveaway. The recipes were prepared by me and enjoyed by family. 

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast and Gooseberry Patch Giveaway

Nothing says Hunk of Meat Monday like a pot roast. When it is rainy and dreary, coming home to this zesty Italian pot roast will make everyone happy. Italian Pot RoastThe beautiful thing about the crock pot is that you stuff it full of goodness and then walk away. zesty Italian pot roast Simple ingredients of a beef roast, potatoes, carrots and a can of tomatoes with some Italian seasoning. Then let cook on low or slow roast in the oven for several hours on 300 degrees. Italian Pot Roast The perfect flavorful pot roast with no needed ketchup. And if you love slow cooker meals, you will love this 101 Super Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook that has other yummy recipes like Brunswick Stew. Brunswick StewOr Smoky Hobo Dinner smoky hobo dinner So, if you are looking for a new cookbook to partner with your crock pot this cookbook is the book for you. 101 Super-Easy Slow Cooker Recipes But don’t know about the recipes I am showing you? You aren’t convinced? Check these recipes out too-

The Country Cook

This Farm Family’s Life 

From My Front Porch

Alarm Clock Wars

Now, if you want this cookbook, let me know what your go-to meal is in the crock pot is. Just leave a comment simple as that. But don’t wait too long, you have till May 7 to register!

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast
An easy traditional pot roast made with a few non-traditional ingredients that make it a zesty Italian pot roast.
  • 2.5 pound beef roast (chuck, arm, rump)
  • 4 potatoes, quartered and peeled if so desired
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 stalk celery cut into 1 inch chunks
  • ½ teaspoon pepper and salt
  • 1, 14.5 ounce can of tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • ¼ cup water
  1. Place raw vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Set beef roast on top of vegetables followed by tomatoes and Italian seasonings. Pour water over top.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Slice pot roast and serve with vegetables.
  5. Thicken remaining juices with flour or corn starch.

I was given two copies of the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook. One to keep and one to give. The recipes and reviews of the recipe are my opinion.

Gooseberry Patch Everday Simple Suppers Cookbook Giveaway

You know, sometimes you just want things to be easy. Like supper. Can’t it just be something easy, that everyone will eat? Well, the latest cookbook, Everyday Simple Suppers, I have gotten from Gooseberry Patch.

Everyday Simple SuppersMy kids love the taco salad I made for supper a few weeks back.

taco saladThe potato chip topping enticed my kids to want the crispy pecan chicken casserole for supper one night too.

crispy pecan chicken casseroleAnd for dessert of course they wanted cake mix brownies for dessert.

Cake Mix Brownie with icingMomma then got selfish and made herself some bacon. Mountaintop bacon to be specific! Sweet and salt baked bacon. I think I ate half a pound myself!

Mountaintop baked baconDrooling? Dying for the recipe for that bacon? Well, you can count on these other three recipes coming the rest of the week. You know, I will stalk you with posts and pictures of bacon and brownies until you can’t live without this cookbook. Because you can’t!!

So simple to register. Just leave a comment telling me what your favorite everyday simple supper is in your house. Follow me on facebook. Leave me another comment letting me know. Viola, you are entered twice. Pin this giveaway. Leave the pin link in comments and you have the trifecta!

What are you waiting for? You have 10 days. You have till September 14th!

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Gooseberry Patch Garfield…Recipes with Cattitude! Giveaway

Sometimes I just want to be my cats. They have the life. Sleep, eat, sit in the window watching the world go by.

cat sitting in window

And if cats eat like this Garfield…Recipes with Cattitude cookbook from Gooseberry Patch, I truly want to be a cat.
Let’s start with breakfast…

Buttermilk PancakesLight and fluffy pancakes were amazing, especially with the substitution of buttermilk for regular milk.

Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is a favorite at our house too. No surprise this was on Garfield’s list. The recipe was almost the same as my monkey bread recipe.

Moving on to lunch…

I have made these bacon burgers twice already. Yes, they are that good!!Bacon Stuffed Burgers

Are you more of a soup person? Well, the Indiana Chicken-Corn Chowder sounded extremely yummy. As yummy as my corn chowder!

Chicken-Corn ChowderNow on to the pasta, the stuff Garfield is known for…

Good Ol' Spaghetti and MeatballsThe good ol’ Spaghetti and Meatballs was just that, good! And the Parmesan Bread Sticks…AMAZING!! Loved them. Hungry yet? Well, just wait, we have dessert still…

Indoor S’mores

Indoor Smores

With a side of soft pumpkin cookies

Glazed soft Pumpkin Cookies

Hungry yet? You know you want this book. Let me know you want to win your very own copy by leaving a comment with what recipe you are craving!

Good luck!

Affiliate links were used.

Del Monte Can Creation Giveway Featuring Warm Green Bean Potato Salad

The fine folks over to Del Monte sent me a welcomed package after just moving to our new house. A big box of canned goods! While I love fresh and frozen vegetables, the convenience of canned vegetables leaves me coming back to them. So, when we had friends over for steak dinner grill night, the canned veggies came in handy. And a great bottle of wine!

wine connoisseurWhen we grill steak, the steak ends up taking up the majority of the steak. Makes having baked potatoes difficult. Makes fitting veggies in hard too. I did a little searching for a new, easy way to combine the potatoes and veggies and settled on a warm green bean potato salad.

warm green bean potato salad

While the steaks went on the grill, I added the red potatoes cut into quarters, peeled and smashed a few garlic and covered them with garlic. At the same time I fried up some bacon in a large cast iron skillet. Once the potatoes were soft, I tossed them over in to the skillet with bacon grease to crisp up and then transferred them to a separate serving dish. Once the steaks were ready to be pulled from the grill, I drained two cans of green beans and poured them into the same bacon laden skillet to fry up.

making green bean potato salad

The great thing about canned veggies, they cook quick and are ready just in time. Plus, they are canned at their peak of ripeness. Right before I transferred the beans to the pan the potatoes were in, I squeezed some lemon juice over top.

lemon juice over friend green beansWhat makes anything good, great? BACoN!!! Be sure to sprinkle plenty of that bacon over top of the potato salad.

Want to win your own prize pack? You know you do! Who doesn’t want free groceries, especially ones that are convenient to use in a pinch. This prize pack could be yours!

Del Monte Prize Pack Final

To enter to win your Del Monte Price Pack, leave a comment telling me what your favorite recipe using canned fruits or veggies. This giveaway will end June 6 at midnight.

Don’t miss out on other giveaways and recipes from Be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Del Monte provided me with the canned goods and resources for other ingredients. Opinions are all mine.

Gooseberry Patch Game-Day Fan Fare Cookbook Giveaway

I love the seasons. Football Season. Basketball Season. Soccer Season. Swimming Season. All the seasons. With every sports season comes specific sports food. And Game-Day Fan Fare, the latest book from Gooseberry Patch, is the perfect book for your favorite season.

game day fan fareYesterday, you got introduced to the Ooey-Gooey Popcorn that I am addicted to now.

ooey gooey popcornI also noticed while flipping through the cookbook that my 3-Cheese Baked Spaghetti is featured in the Mains & Sides chapter.

3 cheese baked spaghettiSo, naturally I believe this is one of the best books Gooseberry Patch has ever published. The cookbook is chalk full of tons of recipes I want try.  I have made one of the variations of Wings 4-Ways.

wingsI have also made a version of crustless pizza. Chicago style with the sauce on top even!!

crustless pizza

Want some more peaks at some great recipes?

On a girls night I had a piece of my gal pap Liz’s Peanut Butter Fudge Pie she made for a recent girl’s night in. Cris over at Goodeness Gracious made the perfect pizza for an early game. Then there are these Pepperoni Roll-Ups that Brandi made and highlighted over on the Country Cook. And looking for a bit more of a sweet treat for game time? Check out these Strawberry-Lemon Shortbread Bars over on a Well-Seasoned Life.

And there are even recipes similar to a few other recipes I already know I love, like S’mores Bars.

S'mores barsOr my black bean salsa

black bean salsaOr guacamole.

guacamoleREADY TO WIN IT?

Then what are you waiting for? It is as easy as leaving a comment below.

  1. What is your favorite thing to eat while watching sports? Let me know in the comments below.
  2. Do you love some of these recipes in the pictures above? Pin one on one of your Pinterest boards. Leave a comment and let me know what you pinned with a link to your board so I can follow you!! (You can do this once a day.)
  3. Share this post on your Facebook page and make sure you tag Beyer Beware when you share it so I know you did! Be sure to leave a comment letting me know!

If you don’t leave a comment letting me know you did one of the above three things, well then, you simply will not be entered. The comments will be how the winner is randomly selected. You have till Midnight on May 6 to enter, so enter early and often!!

Other Places to Win

Want more chances to win this cookbook? Head on over to a few of my fellow Early Bird Reviewers for a chance to win!

SusieQTPies Cafe

Delightful Country Cookin’

 Game-Day Fan Fare, the latest book from Gooseberry Patch was given to me as well as an additional one to giveaway. Opinions are my own. Affiliate links were used.


Gooseberry Patch Weeknight Dinners Cookbook – Giveaway

I love this book.

Weeknight Dinners CookbookMaybe it is because it has some great recipes in it for a crazy busy parent like me. It even features my Italian Bread Pizza.

Leah's Italian Bread Pizza

These recipes are quick to make. Like these Italian Steak Sandwiches.

Italian Steak SandwichOr this Speedy Lasagna Skillet. Which I think I might make tonight again.

Speedy Skillet LasagnaOK, maybe my family has an obsission with Italian inspired foods. This book breaks down each day of the week with a theme. Meatless Monday – which is called side recipes in my house, Tex-Mex Night Tuesday, Italian Wednesday, Comfort Food Thursday and Just for Fun on Friday. The index breaks the recipes down by main dishes, sides, breads. Any way you need to find a recipe you can.

But back to the recipes. This hamburger helper knockoff without the box. This cheeseburger macaroni was also a hit.

cheeseburger macaroni

And for cheesy bread lovers, there is no lack of recipes for you in here either. This bread is becoming a staple in our house. I stock up when the bread is on quick sale.

Warm 3 cheese bread

Are you dying to have the Weeknight Dinners Cookbook yet? Then register to win!! And guess what, I am giving away two copies of the cookbook since one of my recipes is included!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway was sponsored by Gooseberry Patch by supplying the books for the giveaway. Pictures of food and opinions on the recipe are all mine.

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