Monday, December 14, 2015

Our Holiday Baking is Made Easier and Tastier with Pillsbury™ Purely Simple™ Cake Mix!

For me, the holidays are centered around my children, so when I am making my Christmas preparations, I have them in my mind constantly. I love baking their favorite goodies, and decorating it so it is pretty- which somehow makes it taste better right? I will tell you, I am no great baker though so I rely heavily on Pillsbury™ to help me out on that front! I can handle the decorating, as long as the cake and cookies are easy to make. Recently I was asked to take a trip to my local Publix and purchase the items to make my oldest sons favorite cake:  Purely Simple™ white cake mix and Pillsbury™ Chocolate Fudge frosting. The Purely Simple™ cake mix not only tastes amazing, but I love that it is just what is says, a cake mix without a lot of added "stuff" in it! It contains only simple ingredients with no added colors, preservatives, or artificial flavors. It also tastes much more homemade than many other boxed mixes I have used. It is super easy to make, so I can spend more time decorating the cake, AND for the holidays! 

Our holiday preparations are pretty simple. On Christmas Eve our extended family comes together to have pizza and LOTS of desserts. We play some sort of holiday themed game and spend time as a family and allow the children to open their gifts. We never bring out the fine china, and prefer to eat on paper plates, because Christmas is about family and enjoying time rather than decoration in our family. Christmas day is spent with our little family and my Mom. We eat too much, and laugh too much and enjoy watching our babies with their gifts. Santa does not even wrap presents at our house, but instead leaves them at the fireplace in his Santa Sack, and we always leave out Pillsbury™ Purely Simple™ Sugar Cookies. The easier the better is our theme!

If you are like me and do not have a lot of time to waste this holiday season, but still want to make beautiful and tasty desserts, Pillsbury™ will be able to help. I honestly was not able to tell that the Purely Simple™ cake was not homemade. It has that wonderful, rich buttery taste that my grandmothers homemade cakes had. As I bake for the holiday, I often think of the past holidays I spent as a child with my Grandparents preparing the meal, and I enjoy telling my own children about holidays of the past. There is just nothing better than a great smelling kitchen, family time and plenty of sweet goodies to eat at Christmastime is there?

If your holidays are more about the TIME you spend with loved ones, and not focused on HOURS in the kitchen and decorating for a big party, you will definitely want to snag some coupons from Pillsbury™. My dessert may not look as wonderfully elegant as the ones on the site, but I can tell you, my kids enjoyed it just as much! So, however you spend your Christmas, enjoy it this year! Tell me, what is a favorite holiday tradition in your family?

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   This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company.  The opinions and text are all mine.

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