Safeway Holiday Recipes and Giving Back to Charity

Vons dessert gift basket

I love surprises. I really do; especially when it involves food.

I came home and was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful gift basket at my doorstep. (Disclosure: Sponsored post.) I inspected the basket and found so many treats just begging to be made. I immediately went online to search for Safeway holiday recipes and the different yummy goodness I can make. I thought about baking the Reindeer Cupcakes, Sugar Cookie Pops, or Funfetti cake pops. In the end, I made none of them. Given that the holidays is a time for giving, I decided to donate the basket to the local food pantry.

In addition to the gift basket, Safeway generously gave me a $50 gift card. As I’ve been blessed this year many times over, I wanted to pay it forward to others. So, I headed for Pavilions armed with my reusable grocery bags and a checklist of popular food items requested by the food pantry. Little B was with me during my shopping spree and was more than delighted to help out. He and I picked out a variety of canned veggies and fruit for our donation.

Pavilions market

While browsing at Pavilions, I noticed a table with prepackaged bags of groceries. Each bag sells for $10 and is packed with ingredients for a meal. I love these bags. They really make donating to charity super easy. I picked up two bags. Big B’s school is collecting food for a local charity and these bags were just perfect. After shopping, Little B and I delivered the goods.

groceries for donation

In the end, the $50 gift card and desserts gift basket went a long way. The pantry staff was very appreciative of my little gesture. Since I wasn’t able to make any desserts, I thought I’d share with you a recipe that you can make at home.

local food pantry

PUMPKIN PECAN CRUNCH

Reprinted with permission
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Ready In: 1 hour
Servings: 24

Ingredients
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
6 tsp. McCormick® Pumpkin Pie Spice, divided
1 tbsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1 pkg. (18 1/4 oz.) yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted

Directions
1. Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugars, 5 tsp. of the pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt in large bowl until well blended. Pour into 13×9-inch baking pan sprayed with no stick cooking spray.

2. Mix cake mix and remaining 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice in medium bowl with wire whisk. Sprinkle evenly over pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle with pecans. Drizzle with melted butter.

3. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 50 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with whipped cream, if desired. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.

Safeway pumpkin-pecan crunch
Credit: Safeway

Thanks to Safeway for helping me give back to my community this holiday season.

What is your favorite way to give back during the holidays?

Disclosure: Sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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