Tasty Tuesday and Pumpkin Crunch

Hi Friends! It’s another Tasty Tuesday, and today I have something super easy and simplydelicious! It’s kind of like a pie, kind of like a crisp, with a divine buttery crunch topping! I’m calling it “Pumpkin Crunch”.

As we head into the fall, pumpkin is one of the lovely additions to our menus, usually on the sweet end of things. And it’s fun to have a variety of ways to enjoy it! Today’s dessert recipe is one of those you can make the day before and it’s even better on day 2. You will get rave reviews (that is, if they like pumpkin pie).

So without further ado, let’s begin!


Pumpkin Base

  • 1 can (30 oz)  pack pumpkin  (you can make it a little lighter by using the smaller can of pumpkin (15 oz)
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Crunch Topping

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 sticks of butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan. Put the pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl.

Using a mixer, mix the ingredients (note they splatter a bit)

Pour into your prepared pan.

Sprinkle the contents of the yellow cake mix over the top of the pumpkin layer.

Slowly drizzle the melted butter over the top of the cake mix, holding about 1/4 cup back.

Notice how you really try and cover the top with the melted butter the best you can.

Now sprinkle the pecans over the top. I may have added a few more than just 1 cup to really cover the top. Drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup of butter over the top.

Bake at 350° for about 55-60 minutes. Allow it to cool for about an hour before you slice it.

This smells absolutely heavenly! Note this is a dessert that should be refrigerated for storing.

This is one of those desserts that is awesome while still warm, I highly recommend it with vanilla ice cream! But it is even better refrigerated and served the next day!  But who can wait till the next day?

Because you are using salted butter, you get this sweet and salty combination that is just “je ne sais quoi” Pumptastic!

It is just really fun to share something that is so exquisitely delicious!

You don’t need a big piece. It’s pretty rich.

You can serve it up plain or with Cool Whip,

or vanilla ice cream, (my personal fave)

Finding a really tasty new recipe is just fun! Marking moments of life with sweet indulgences from your kitchen to those you love, that is pure gold! All of the little extra efforts we make, that is a legacy we are building and oh how precious it is! 

This week, my husband Troy took our two sons Shane and Jake to see the Michigan Nebraska game. Our sons are young adults now, and our family roots for two teams in college football, Michigan and Nebraska. Watching a game at the U of Michigan Stadium is a one of a kind experience. It seats over 100,000 people. The game was sold out. The energy in that stadium is palpable! Well, Michigan won, by a rather large margin! And the crowd went crazy! The boys will never forget that experience, and that their father lined up the tickets and made the plans because he wanted to do something special with his sons. Why? Because he absolutely adores them! They are the apple of his eye!

When you know you are the treasure of someone’s heart, nothing beats that feeling! It lifts you up, and gives you a confidence to stand tall, like deep roots to a tree.  From the simplest acts like  a warm smile, or a call to see how their day is going, to the more extravagant things like making really amazing plans or making a deliciously decadent treat like Pumpkin Crunch, it all says “I love you!” And that is priceless!

I hope you have a fantastic week, my friend!

I’ll be back Friday for another Fashion Friday.

Love Always,


It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder






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