Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pumpkin Crunch

This was served by Brooke at her recent Willow House party. We all enjoyed its sweetness and crunch as we sat around the fire and visited. This was a holiday favorite around Brooke's home as she grew up, and she kindly agreed to share the recipe with us. Thanks, Brooke!

Pumpkin Crunch

16-ounce canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 can evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
3 eggs

Mix all ingredients and pour into a 9"x13" pan sprayed with Pam

Sprinkle a yellow cake mix on top
Pour 1-1/2 sticks of butter over the cake mix
(Optional: add 1 cup nuts on top halfway thru baking time)

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Serve with cool whip on top, if desired.

(Note: it was still warm when Brooke served it at her design workshop -- so yummy! Easier than pie, and just as good.)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Presentation may be everything, but it doesn't have to be hard!

I'm always looking for beautiful ways to wrap gifts, and my daughter loves to make cards. In this post by The Happy Homemaker, we both found realistic DYI inspiration!

Make a Gift Mix: Triple Chocolate Cake!

Triple Chocolate Cake Mix
(adapted from recipe for Triple Chocolate Cake found in “Cake Mix Miracles” from Oxmoor House)

Mix together the following dry ingredients:
1 (18.25-ounce) package chocolate cake mix (we tested with Duncan Hines)
1 (3.9-ounce) package instant pudding mix
2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
½ cup chopped pecans
Place dry ingredients in a festive container or holiday zippered bag. To make your gift extra special*, include a dessert server, mixing spoon, or holiday plates. Include the following instructions with your gift:

To make your Triple Chocolate Cake, spray 12-cup Bundt pan with baking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dump dry mix ingredients into large bowl. Add 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream, 4 large eggs, ½ cup water, and ½ cup vegetable oil. Mix together until ingredients are blended. Bake for one hour or until cake begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove cake from pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Sift a small amount of powdered sugar over top of cake, if desired. Enjoy!

 For extra special add-ons for this gift, visit my Willow House Store and e-outlet!

I linked to this on Eat at Home!


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