Now the real bargain hunters were out there in the days following Christmas trying to fill their stockpiles with all kinds of markdowns. Not me. I was home hosting a slew of playdates and sleepovers for my girls, getting some things done around the house, and taking stock of what I already have in the pantry and freezer. We have plenty. We don't need more. I just need to use what we have!
But when I made a trip to the store to pick up the items I needed to complete the things I was bringing to the New Year's Eve party, I stumbled about this great bargain for a dime. Yes, a dime. 10 pennies.
|At a dime, I picked up 2 for us to have at home and 4 to give to the local food pantry. |
I left plenty on the table for other bargain hunters to find, and we won't have a closet full of pudding!
For a dime, I'm willing to try anything. My kids like pudding. They like pumpkin pie. So what's not to like about a pumpkin pie pudding? Especially for 10 cents!
Monday we had a pot of turkey noodle soup that I had pulled from the freezer for dinner. I had made the soup using the turkey carcass from Thanksgiving and made a big batch so that we could it enjoy it for more than one meal. I prefer to freeze my second portion and eat it later on rather than eat the same meal twice in one week. I like variety in my weekly meal plan.
So, I thought that the pumpkin pudding would be a great ending to the turkey soup. Plus I had two gallons of milk in the frig that were taking up too much space. I needed to finish up one of the gallons of milk, and pudding seemed like the perfect way to do that.
Now a small box of pudding makes 4 servings. We have 5 people in our family. So what's a mom to do?
Get creative. Now when I serve pudding, I turn them into pudding parfaits. I serve them in a fancy dish, a set of footed bowls that we received from my mother in law a few years ago when the girls were in their Fancy Nancy stage. The girls call the dish a "Bup" or a "Cowl" because it's a combo cup/bowl in their eyes. I top them with whipped cream from a can. Sometimes I'll add fruit or sprinkles or a layer of cookie crumbs on the bottom to make it like a pie. The possibilities are endless.
For the pudding parfaits, I made the pudding according to the pkg directions. I put some crushed graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of each dish. (Cinnamon or plain graham crackers would work) Divide the pudding among the 5 serving dishes. Top with whipped cream from a can. Serve with a smile. No one has to know this beauty costs less than a quarter and took 5 minutes to create.
|Pumpkin Pie Pudding Parfait|
What's a 5 minute fancy dessert you like to serve your family?