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Pork: Your Secret Ingredient for the Perfect Thanksgiving

National Fatherhood Initiative and National Pork Board partnered for this guest post. Fatherhood and Pork? It just make sense. Find more tasty recipes at www.PorkBeInspired.comInterested in blogging for us? Read our guest blog guidelines.

Thanksgiving is a day we look forward to all year; one we embrace for the opportunity to feast on good food and enjoy quality time with friends and family. However, as delicious and heartwarming as it can be, Thanksgiving can also become time-consuming and stressful if you’re the one hosting the meal.  

Luckily (whether you’re feeding 5 or 15), pork can be your Thanksgiving Day dinner hero. The simple recipe ideas below minimize prep time—leaving you with more time to spend with the people you love—and will help keep your countertops free of dozens of ingredients and clutter.

Have a happy and stress-free Thanksgiving with pork!  


Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Bruschetta

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Side Dish

Cornbread, Sausage and Apple Stuffing

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Main Dish

Root Beer Glaze Ham

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Chocolaty Hazelnut and Bacon Crescents via Pillsbury

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Be an Awesome Dad. But If All Else Fails, Just Dance.

The Huffington Post writer Todd Van Luling did something awesome. He compiled a list of 19 Lessons Great Dads Can Teach You About Being a Better Father.

19 lessons great dads can teach you about being a better father

In his article, Van Luling reminds us dads just how simple "being great" can be.

Here are a few of our favorites from the 19 great lessons (in no particular order):

  • Be willing to sacrifice your old-school cool...and sometimes your ears.
  • Be the guy who shows them the world.
  • Use your talent to give your kid something they'll remember forever.
  • Understand you won't have all the answers, and be willing to laugh about it.
  • Be willing to take your kids along for the ride....
  • ...Because the ride doesn't last forever.

We admit a certain bias toward this article (see image #7 re "teaching them how to 'shave their beards'") we still recommend you take a gander and breathe in that fresh reminder from Van Luling: "Be the most awesome dad in the world, but if all else fails, just dance." 

Join Us for #EngagingDads Twitter Chat: Today at 3pm EST.

Please join us for the #EngagingDads Twitter Chat to discuss best practices in fatherhood, and what youth-serving programs and professionals can do to engage fathers in the lives of adolescents!

The #EngagingDads chat will take place today at 3pm EST!

Who: The chat is co-hosted by the following:

—The Office of Adolescent Health (@TeenHealthGov), 

—The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (@FatherhoodGov) and

—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (@CDCGov).  

Special Guests: National Fatherhood Initiative (@TheFatherFactor)

What: #EngagingDads Chat

When: Today, Wednesday, November 20th at 3pm EST.

Why: Participants will chat about important subjects when it comes to fatherhood, including why fathers are important in the lives of adolescents, best practices and tips for fathering teens, and what programs can do to engage all fathers – both those already involved in their adolescent’s life, and those who may not be. The chat is an excellent opportunity for those who work with and care about adolescents to connect with each other and learn more about dads!

Tweet with #EngagingDads to be part of the conversation, learn more, and tweet your fatherhood questions today to @TeenHealthGov!

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