Safeway Basket of Baking Inspiration

Safeway Basket of Baking Inspiration

I didn’t mean to let my holiday baking get behind this year. I promised myself this year I wouldn’t be out buying cookies on Christmas Eve, again.  I even got a great start when I receive a fabulous basket of baking products from Safeway a few weeks ago. It arrived just after my son asked his girlfriend to marry him and just before the engagement party her mother invited us to.

I immediately whipped up the Red Velvet cupcake mix for the party since that my future daughter-in-laws favorite flavor. The cupcakes looked fabulous and I loved using special cupcake holders for the event; but in the excitement, I didn’t take a photo. I wasn’t worried, I figured I had so many other opportunities to share them with any of the other products included in the basket that I didn’t give it another thought.

Engagement Party with Red Velvet Cupcakes - in the red and white cupcake holders

Engagement Party with Red Velvet Cupcakes

But then life started getting in the way. First we had to make the decision to put our sweet pup down. We didn’t realize how much it would affect us both.  And then the tragedy in CT happened and I sat immobilized for days unable to think about the coming holiday.

We decided we needed to get away for a few days and recoup so that’s what we did. We drove to the other side of the state to our favorite little town where we were sure we’d have snow. And snow it did!

We’ll be here a few days so I brought along some of that Safeway baking basket with me and the two of us got our holidays back on schedule by making brownie pops and listening the Christmas Carols. I didn’t need to bring much, just an 8”x 8” pan, some oil, non-stick spray, and an egg. Everything else is included in the kit.

Funfetti Brownie Pop Balls  - just a few ingredients necessary and easy to make

Funfetti Brownie Pop Balls – just a few ingredients necessary and easy to make

Brownie Shaping - sampling was happening prior to rolling into balls. We knew they were going to be delicious!

Brownie Shaping – sampling was happening prior to rolling into balls. We knew they were going to be delicious!

After chilling, the brownie pops were ready for dipping!

After chilling, the brownie pops were ready for dipping!

It’s funny how the act of baking together can help set things right. Watching my husband roll the brownies from squares into balls made me smile. And he laughed when I licked the cup after dipping the balls. Those are the memories I want to remember from this holiday season.

I thank Safeway for the wonder basket of inspiration and I will be making up the rest of them when we get home.

 The Safeway Chef Assistant App - Download for free at the Apple iTunes Store

The Safeway Chef Assistant App – Download for free at the Apple iTunes Store

Share the Safeway Cheer!

  • Stay current on deals and promotions with Safeway on Facebook and on Twitter
  • Get holiday inspiration and recipes for holiday meals, sides, baking, and dessert and drink pairings Safeway’s Pinterest page
  • Safeway Chef Assistant app - a fun and free app that offers holiday recipes and tips, a baking timer, and a fun “Virtual Cupcake Decorator.” A mess-free virtual cupcake that you can email or share on Facebook and Twitter. Follow #SafewayChefAssistant hashtag on Twitter.
  • Enter the Safeway’s Pin 2 Win sweeps  - Pin up to 8 pins to receive your eight total entries for a chance at winning a $50 Safeway gift card. One will be given away every day until January 2, 2013

Win a Safeway Baking Inspiration Basket

May include: Red velvet cupcake mix, decorating sets, sprinkles, decorating bags and tips, no bleed baking cups, fondant shapes, sparkle gel decorators, frosting starters, and much more! But it will definitely include the ability to make some great memories in the kitchen.

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