Trade Up Tuesday: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Giveaway

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 07:12 AM

Some things become an annual event – and then a tradition.  And so it is with today’s special Thanksgiving edition of Trade Up Tuesday.  We first started re-enacting Charlie Brown’s backyard Thanksgiving dinner (you know the one – toast, pretzels, popcorn and jelly beans) with our kids when they were about five and three years old.  Ever since then, it’s become something that they look forward to every year – and of course, they invite their friends to the event.  Since you are all my blog friends, I celebrate by hosting this same quirky dinner right here on A Better Bag of Groceries – for one lucky reader to win – along with a copy of the much-loved DVD.

We watched the DVD this past weekend and we were thinking that, really, while so much has changed since A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving first aired (November 20, 1973), there are still some things that remain the same.  Charlie Brown and his friends commiserate over the fact that the stores are already decked out for Christmas.  (Oh, what would Charles Schulz think now!) Charlie Brown’s social calendar is over-committed.  Charlie Brown’s family drives a big car that fits a lot of kids.

I don’t think that anyone working on the creation of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was thinking about nutrition when they planned the menu for the backyard Thanksgiving dinner scene.  Amazingly, you can choose some bread and pretzels with higher NuVal scores, and pop the popcorn the old-fashioned way (just like Snoopy does) – and you’ll have a pretty nutritious lunch for your Peanuts fans.

I’m hosting this giveaway a week ahead of Thanksgiving so that I can get everything out to the winner in plenty of time.

This is a fun party to host with friends visiting from out-of-town over the long holiday weekend.

Check out the NuVal scores in this giveaway:

  • Arnold Triple Health Bread: NuVal score of 57
  • Good and Plenty Jelly Beans:  NuVal score of 1
  • Orville Redenbacher Original Popcorn: NuVal score of 91
  • Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Sticks: NuVal score of 16

Remember to pop that corn the old-fashioned way – not just for authenticity (who had a microwave in 1973?), but because microwave popcorns have NuVal scores in the 20s instead of the 90s.

Today’s Giveaway

One lucky reader will win today’s fun giveaway (this one is always a crowd favorite!)  All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me one Thanksgiving tradition you have.  I can’t wait to hear!  I’ll select one winner at random at 8 am Eastern time on Wednesday, so don’t delay.   Good Luck!

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Trade-Up Tuesday: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 07:02 AM

Welcome to Trade-Up Tuesday!  Every Tuesday, I blog about a Trade-Up I’ve made since learning about NuVal scores and I give away something for free.  Today is a special Thanksgiving edition of Trade-Up Tuesday.  Not just any Thanksgiving.  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Long-time readers of A Better Bag of Groceries might remember that every year, my kids and I re-enact A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  We make the popcorn, the toast, we even have pretzel sticks and jelly beans. 

Sometimes we do it on Thanksgiving Day – for lunch.  Last year, we did it the day after Thanksgiving as a playdate activity with friends.  Now, it’s become tradition in our house.  And what I love is that my kids are getting so big – they know how to make toast on their own.  It’s almost like a real Charlie Brown special – where the grown-ups are invisible!

We have so much fun re-enacting and watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving that I decided to make it a giveaway this year.  And I am hosting it early  – so that the winner will get all the supplies in time for the big Thanksgiving holiday.

In the giveaway is:

  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving  DVD (Remastered Deluxe Edition)
  • Orville Redenbacher Popcorn (NuVal score of 91)
  • Freihofer’s Stone Ground 100% Whole Wheat Bread (NuVal score of 35)
  • Snyder’s Pretzel Sticks (NuVal score of 16)
  • Mike & Ike Jelly Beans (Nuval score of 1)

You’ll notice, by the way, that the bread that I chose is high-scoring (when it comes to breads), but it’s not the highest scoring.  It’s the bread that I buy every day for our household.  Why?  Because everyone likes it and eats it.  There are definitely other breads out there that score in the high 40′s on the NuVal scale.  But my kids like this Freihofer’s 100% Whole Wheat bread, so that’s what we buy.  Keeps things simple.  It is also pretty authentic for this giveaway.  Watch the DVD closely.  I don’t think they were making toast out of a 9-grain flaxseed omega-3 bread in 1973.

Today’s Giveaway

One lucky reader will win everything in today’s giveaway.  All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me an unusual, silly, quirky, cute, or nice tradition that you or your family has at this time of year.  I’ll select one winner at random at 8 am Eastern time on Wednesday November 16th.  Good Luck!

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