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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

The Holidays used to be one of my favorite times of the year. Spending time with family is so important and due to how busy life is I loved when holidays would come around because everything got put on hold so everyone could enjoy each others company, good food, laughs, and even tears remembering those who have passed away and are not here to celebrate with us.  Well, on Feb 3rd 2007 our family lost a very important member, my Mom.  My Mom was a huge part of the family and a HUGE holiday person.  She looked forward to the Thanksgiving/Christmas time of year, all year long.  All of us girls would get together right before Thanksgiving for a family cookie bake, and share lots of laughs and tears.  And then some of us would do our shopping together, and gift wrapping together, and just spend more time together as a whole.  Losing her left a huge hole in everyone’s heart, and a huge hole in the family get togethers.  But, there is one thing that I do every year to keep my Mom’s memory with us and that is, create her favorite holiday dessert.  Back in 2004 I was a candle maker and I had a certain candle fragrance called Pumpkin Crunch Cake.  The smell was divine and I knew there had to be a real dessert to go along with it.  So, after some searching and some trail/error, I came up with the perfect Pumpkin Crunch Cake.   The first year (2005) that I made it my Mom ate about half the pan. She was in love!  She would beg me to make that for the family get togethers.  I of course, couldn’t say no.



Keeping memories alive during the holiday season for me is very important.  And, PAM Cooking Spray helps me and my family keep those memories alive.  I use PAM when making my Pumpkin Crunch Cake, and us girls use PAM when we bake our holiday cookies.   I remember one year at cookie bake my mom forgot to spray her cupcake liners with cooking spray and she flopped a whole batch of cupcake tart cookies, because the liners were stuck to them.   Of course we all thought it was funny, but she didn’t think so.


When preparing your holiday meal or baking your holiday goodies keep in mind that PAM Cooking Spray comes in original and butter flavor, and leaves up to 99% less residue buildup than if you were to use margarine or a store bargain brand cooking spray while still offering superior no stick results.   And, if you are calorie conscious then you will be pleased to know PAM Cooking Spray’s improved formula has zero calories per serving.  So, spray a little PAM and relax this holiday season.



Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Ingredients ~

1 Can Evaporated Milk
1 Can Pumpkin Puree
1  1/2 Cups Sugar
Dash of pumpkin spice and cinnamon spice
3 Eggs
Spiced Cake Mix  (any kind)
1 Cup Melted Butter

Directions ~

Mix first 5 ingredients together in a bowl.    Spray your 9×13 cake pan with PAM Cooking Spray, and pour your mixture into pan.

Open cake mix, and sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the wet mixture in the pan.  Melt the butter and drizzle over the dry cake mix.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 min.  (done when toothpick inserted comes out clean)

Cool for about an hour before eating.

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  1. Oh I LOVE Pam! It is a STAPLE in our household.

    A mishap – last year I bought Mike one of those grill pizza stone thingies. Well it was his first time using it and he didnt read the instructions (shocker) so he put the pizza on the stone and cooked it… well, he didnt put flour, cornstarch, Pam or ANYTHING on it… so the crust burned to the stone so bad we literally had to sit with forks and just eat the toppings off the pizza and what little bit of the bread we could CHISEL off of the stone LOL He was SO PROUD of himself for making a “brick oven” style pizza….
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  2. OMG, my cooking mishap happened this year! My chicken, that was the centerpiece of our holiday meal, did not get done. We let it cook another 20 minutes, and still was not done. I finally took it out of the oven and tried to cut it up, and it was so tough I couldn’t get my best knife to cut it. We had all the Thanksgiving meal fixings except with no meat! I was so embarrassed!
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  3. Sherri Lewis says:

    Yesterday I lost my place in the recipe and put in double of one ingredient and skipped another ingredient. Fortunately I realized it before I put it in the oven to bake!

  4. Amy Orvin says:

    I put too much flour in my Chinese Chewies and they were aweful!

  5. Amy Orvin says:

    Not sure if my comment posted. I put too much flour in my Chinese Chewies and they were aweful!

  6. The mishap that comes to mind is when I had cooked a chicken to perfection (I am sure it was) and when it was finished I wanted to get it out of the baking dish that it was in and away from the grease that had gathered at the bottom. I pulled out a smaller glass baking dish and tranferred the chicken into it. All of the sudden the glass dish shattered. I had no idea that it would break by adding the cooked chicken to it. Not only did it shatter, but the chicken flew out of the dish and onto the floor.
    (laughing “flew” – no pun intended, but that’s funny)

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  7. Yep…i messed up my pie crust making my Turkey pot pie out of the left overs….turned out ok .just glad it wasnt my thanksgiving pies !!!!

  8. I love all things pumpkin and this sounds not only delicious but easy to make!

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  9. Valerie C. says:

    I love to bake and these would be great to have. Thanks for the recipe too!
    The biggest mishap for me was 2 years ago. I had a new oven and “thought” I turned it
    on after setting temp for the turkey. I did NOT…2+ hours later…cold turkey!!!
    Dinner was at 7…in-laws not amused 🙁 Oh well, I found some humor in it 🙂

  10. I don’t have any funny stories about myself b/c I don’t cook on the holidays. This Thanksgiving my sister was making the turkey. As we were getting all the food out she went to the oven and took out the bird. As she started cutting it she couldn’t see the meat. She says I think I cooked it to long because the meat isn’t there. LOL! Then as we’re all cracking up she says well I found some. There was only a little bit of meat on the turkey. It was hollow with some meat on the bottom. She got ripped off big time. We’ll be talking about this turkey for years to come. I told her we’d be better off getting one and fattening him up all year so we know there would be lots of meat. I told her this turkey was on a diet. LOL!! Thank you for the great giveaway 🙂

    • That is so funny!! My Aunt cooked a turkey this year, a 20# one, and got very little meat. I wonder if there is a turkey company that injected their birds with water to make them weight more at time of sale? Strange.

  11. Deb Anderson says:

    I remember one Thanksgiving I wanted to make a recipe I found for a delicious-sounding savory bread, but the recipe called for buttermilk and I didn’t have any on hand and stores were closed. A friend suggested I could make my own buttermilk using regular milk and white vinegar. So I prepared a small container of it, but then got interrupted and put it in the fridge, and when I went back to the kitchen a little while later my 7-year-old was on the kitchen floor having a mini-meltdown because he had used the buttermilk preparation by mistake in a bowl of cereal. We still laugh about that!

  12. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    When I was younger and just starting to cook, I found a great, easy biscuit recipe…that called for self-rising flour. I had all purpose flour and didn’t know the difference–that is to say that that is when i learned the difference!

  13. One time I was mixing something in mixing bowl and the mixer started to burn out…I did not add the liquid portion, so it was just mixing dry ingredients.

  14. Jennifer T. says:

    I forgot to add sugar when I made gingersnaps one year. We had to make some icing for them to make them palatable.

  15. Maryann D. says:

    This is kind of a funny mishap. My daughter was cooking oatmeal and instead of putting cinnamon in the pot, she grabbed the curry powder and sprinkled that instead, ugh!

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