Keeping My Home Improvement Guy Well Fed

September 29, 2014Allison Murray

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My dad is pretty awesome. He’s willing to set aside his life and come live at my house for months and fix up my house. It wasn’t in the plan for things to take this long, in fact the plan had been a month tops and in that time remodel two bathrooms and the kitchen. But here we are having just crossed over that 2 month mark and my kitchen is still a mess and one bathroom not even touched yet. What can I say… we’re apparently slow at DIY!

We had decided it was time to tackle the kitchen to make some space in the garage where my new stove and dishwasher and vent hood and all of that was taking up way too much space. And so all of the old appliances went to be recycled with the new still sitting where my car technically should.


What does that mean, exactly? It means we’ve been living off of food that either doesn’t need heating on a stove or in the over (I’m eating bananas like nothing you’ve ever freaking seen before) or things that can be microwaved. Oh, and dishes are being washed in the bath tub which icks this OCD chick out like nothing you’ve ever seen (another reason why I’m eating bananas like nobody’s business).

My dad who has long been a connoisseur of the “TV dinner” isn’t bothered. I’d even go so far as to say frozen meals are probably his favorite form of sustenance. And among his favorites, the Marie Callender’s Turkey and Stuffing dinner.

And since he and I both have this thing where we forget about the basic tasks comprised of living, like eating, I often take it upon myself to make sure he’s eaten. To make things easier we took a trip to the grocery store to stock up.

And so we went to the grocery store with the plans to stock up on some Marie Callender’s for him so that he could eat meals on the fly with nothing more than a microwave that taste home cooked. The plan was for him to review one of these meals but, as it turned out, he’d already tasted them all. “Let’s just get the turkey and stuffing meal, it’s my favorite!”

So I guess the review goes like this. Marie Callender’s food has all of the comforts of home in only a fraction of a time. Their frozen meals are all “really good” and I can say that my dad has eaten at least 4 of these meals in the last 3 days. And when we went to the grocery store, yet again, he stocked up all over on his favorites, including the turkey and stuffing meal.

As an added bonus besides the fact that he just plain digs the food, we also like the program they’ve got going up in Marie Callender’s that helps to support our men and women in the military. You may not have heard of Comforts From Home but it’s a really good thing…

Every time a code from a meal or dessert is entered online at, Marie Callender’s makes a donation to USO2Go. If you’re in the U.S. you can enter up to 5 times a day knowing that each time will help to add more money to this fab cause. No matter how many codes are entered, they’ve already decided to donate a minimum of $100,000 dollars, but your support can help jump that number up to $250,000.

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Each entry equals $.50 towards this donation that helps this USO program provide kits to our men and women overseas. These kits are pretty dang awesome with books, electronics, games, gadgets and little things that will help to bring a sense of normality to the life of our soldiers.

Just enter the 8 digit code on your box at by 1/31/2015 and eat well knowing that you’re also doing something good for someone else! I know my dad is more than happy to oblige with a Marie Callender’s meal or two a day!

To learn more or to keep up with what’s happening, follow Marie Callender’s Facebook.

And thanks again to my sweet dad who has put his life on hold to make mine better!

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