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.
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.
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.
PUMPKIN PECAN CRUNCH
Reprinted with permission
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Ready In: 1 hour
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
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
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.
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.