Every fall I stock up on Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix ($2.99). Why do I stock up? Well first of all, they’re so darn good for a box mix. Secondly, I bought a box to try out several years ago, and by the time I went back for more, they were completely sold out.
These are great to have on hand during the busy fall months, and they are super easy to make.
If you haven’t tried these, or you’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s, keep reading until the end to find out how to enter to win this lovely gift basket. You can make these in your own home, while spreading a little joy (in some bellies!) with the ones you love.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix
- 1 full package of mix
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees for muffins.
Follow mixing instructions on box for muffins. (You can make a loaf or muffins, but I always make the muffins.)
I love to add walnuts to this mix. I fold in about 1 cup of walnuts.
Tip: If you buy halved walnuts like I do (great snack at home), just put a cup of them in a Ziploc bag, crush them with the bottom of your measuring cup, and you’ve got crushed walnuts.
Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
These muffins are heavenly with a little cream cheese frosting on top. You can buy a container from the store or make your own.
If you’re looking for a frosting that is more on the cream cheesy side, and less sweet, click on the link below to try this Martha Stewart recipe I used.
Recipe link: Martha Stewart’s Cream Cheese Frosting
For this frosting recipe, I melted the butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Then I combined it with the cream cheese and vanilla, and gradually added the sugar. I accidentally added 1 tablespoon of vanilla, but it wasn’t bad. I also added a ¼ cup more of confectioners’ sugar.
Top those babies with a walnut piece, and ta-da! You look like a pro baker!
Goes great with a cup of coffee, too!
So now on to the GIVEAWAY!!!
One of my favorite things to do is make gift baskets and simply GIVE. Giving itself is a gift. Not only do you get to give, but you spread joy.
Often, the smallest, most thoughtful gifts are the best. When our kids were little, they would pick beautiful wildflowers for me (sometimes weeds!), but it was the sweetest.
Contents of gift basket include:
- Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix
- Sur La Table ~ Baking Cups
- Hearth & Hand with Magnolia ~ “Joy” Coffee Mug
- Hearth & Hand with Magnolia ~ Kitchen Towel
- Hearth & Hand with Magnolia ~ Beechwood Spatulas (2 piece set)
- Maggie’s Blend Votive Candle
*Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 11:59pm CST. Winner will be notified November 8th. Must be 18 years or older and a US resident. I am not getting compensated by any of the companies in this giveaway. It is simply put together by me, just because I thought it would be fun to spread a little joy this fall.
To enter to win, leave a comment below and tell us about one little thing that brings you joy. Anything.