Giveaway: Hillshire Farms and Sara Lee Bakery – NOW CLOSED

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CONGRATS TO MommyDevan, Cocoa Lover, Nancy, and Sarah!

I have no recollection of eating “pigs in blankets” when I was a child. But, Lil’ Smokies were a regular part of our Christmas morning, nonetheless. My dad is a huge fan! Huge! And every Christmas morning without fail, he fries up a panful of lil’ smokies until they’re hot and crisp.

Though I don’t have any culinary memories of “pigs in blankets,” my kids do from our years living in Kansas City when Mrs. D, their “adoptive” grandmother would make them for them.

Hillshire Farms sent me some free product coupons and a Walmart gift card recently in order to try out some of the recipes on the new website, Tasty Holiday Ideas, that they’ve created with Sara Lee and Walmart. I thought it would be appropriate to make these little guys for my little guys. I was amazed at how quickly they devoured them at lunchtime. Needless to say, they loved them, and are looking forward to New Year’s Eve when I make them again. We’re going to try out the turkey variety then.

Pop over to  Tasty Holiday Ideas where you’ll have a chance to enter a contest for a $500 Walmart gift card as well as play a fun matching game. (I must confess, I got a little caught up in trying to get a little higher score. )

Today for my last giveaway of 2009, two winners will each win a free Hillshire Farm product and two other winners will win a free Sara Lee Bakery product. Contest will be open until tomorrow night at 8 pm, PST.

To enter: Simply tell me your favorite Hillshire Farm or Lil’ Smokie memory.

Go Meat!

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  1. Not much of a memory, but Little Smokies cooked in bbq sauce or Dorothy Lynch salad dressing was a typical "football game watching" snack food.

  2. My little girl, Halley, loves lil smokies! "Mommy, I want more sausage" is what I hear when I make these little delights.

  3. I love bacon wrapped smokies with brown sugar sprinkled over the top. Yum! A favorite memory every time I eat them.

  4. Well when I was a kid we used to do "dippy dogs" which was a fancy title for stabbing the hotdog pieces with a toothpick and dipping them into a variety of sauces. Oh the things parents can to to make things fun when you are poor!

  5. my mom always made pigs in a blanket growing up. it was a staple at many a bridal or baby shower for our family. They are by far my favorite lil smokie treat!!!

  6. I didnt realize I ahd little smoky memories….but i actually do . They represnet a lot to me: special family potlucks and special occasions. I hadnt realized how much my kids look forward to little smokies on Xmas morning.

  7. Dolphin Girl says:

    Pigs in a blanket were special treat at our house. We only got to have them on special occasions. Sometimes if we were really lucky, we would wrap a slice of cheese around the lil smokie before wrapping the blanket.

  8. At every major family function, we always have Little Smokies in BBQ sauce…one of my favorite munchies!

  9. MommyDevan says:

    I had never heard of a "lil smokie" until I met my husband and had them at a family party and at first I wasnt sure about them but after I tried them I liked them and especially cooked in BBQ sauce in a lil crockpot at a potluck Yum Yum πŸ™‚

  10. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} says:

    My favorite memory is having dad cook them for weekend breakfasts πŸ™‚ *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  11. Danielle and the Boys says:

    my favorite memory: we ate cheese, crackers, and hillshire farm sausage every christmas eve for dinner. Well, if you count the fact that we also had tons of plates of goodies dropped off from friends and sherbet floats for our drinks. BEST DINNER EVER. It also made it even that much harder to fall asleep that night. πŸ™‚

  12. Danielle and the Boys says:

    oh and my email is charlie_003 @ Juno (dot) com

  13. I used to love pigs in a blanket as a kid. Now my children love them – especially at special occasions.

  14. Not really a memory, just a comment. My kids think it's odd that I like the little sausages burned (well fried crisp) and my steak medium rare.

  15. Money Saving Maine-iac says:

    Every buffet has these little guys on it doesn't it! That's why our boys can always find at least 1 thing they will eat even if every thing else looks foreign. πŸ™‚

    dl hewson at tidewater dot net

  16. Pigs In a Blanket is my go-to dish to bring to brunch or breakfast type gatherings. They are always the first to go. But, for a memory, it would be my kids in the grocery store chanting, "You say Hillshire, I'll say Farms. Hillshire. Farms, GO MEAT!"

  17. Southern Gal says:

    We didn't have these growing up. Don't know why. But my youngest loves the pig in a blanket using Lil Smokies. Evidently our homeschool group moms love them, too and make them at every get together we have with the kids. My son tries to get in line first so he can have at least two! They get gone so fast and I make him stop at two. (Although I learned I can get two also and share them with him. It makes him happy.)

  18. My grandpa used to make lil smokies in brown mustard and currant jelly for Christmas every year. I had forgotten that!

  19. momof2girls says:

    Little Smokies in the crockpot with BBQ sauce every Christmas day. It's a tradition.

  20. I think it is grape jelly and cocktail sauce with lil smokies…maybe I am wrong. You can't just eat just one.

  21. CountryMama@The Cozy Country Home says:

    We ALWAYS have pigs in a blanket… at every get together! They are a favorite to all family and friends…and when matched with a great sale and coupons, they can be very inexpensive when you make your own! And growing up, back before fondue made it's big comeback recently, we used to dip them in different fondue dips. Now, retro is back, and I make all of my mother's fondue recipes!

  22. As a child in the 70's, lil smokies were always at get-togethers with my mom & dad's friends. Usually they were warmed in a crockpot with a sauce that had grape jelly in it ~ who would have thought?

  23. a former co worker would always bring her crockpot of smokies in her "secret" recipe to our once a month Friday potlocks…so yummy! πŸ™‚
    rsmile2u @dejazzd .com

  24. Innocent Observer says:

    Wrapping crescent rolls around the little guys to make fast pigs in a blanket. What child isn't delighted to see those?

  25. When we moved from the Midwest to Idaho, we couldn't find little smokies in our grocery stores. When we went "back home" we would bring back coolers filled with little smokies! Thankfully, our stores stock them now.

  26. We would cook a crock-pot full of lil' smokies and barbecue sauce for football-watching parties. Yum!

  27. We would cook a crock-pot full of lil' smokies and barbecue sauce for football-watching parties. Yum!

  28. SavannahsSmiles says:

    My mom always puts a package of beef lil smokies in the crockpot with barbecue sauce anytime we have company over. We serve those with crackers, sliced cheese, olives, and pickles for a fun appetizer dinner. Yummy!

  29. The lil smokies wrapped in croissants remind me of numerous family gatherings. It seems they are also on the table for each one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Every get together we have as a family or with church or friends we have the lil smokies in BBQ sauce in the crockpot! I love them! I also love pigs in a blanket. And my kids do too!

  31. My memory is…eating cocktail smokies at Christmas parties!

  32. My favorite Hillshire Farm or Lil' Smokie memory was "pigs in blankets" made by my grandma. With all cousins and nephews together, we grabbed those like these was no tomorrow!

  33. Cocoa Lover says:

    New Year's Day we usually had little smokies in BBQ sauce when my kids were young. They were a fun treat.

  34. The Rev's Wife says:

    We recently made pigs in a blanket with the little smokies for a "date night" and enjoyed them while watching a dvd of christian comedians. Lots of fun!

  35. When I was a teenager I found out "other" families served them with BBQ sauce for parties. I have no idea why mine didn't! Today we serve them for game night.

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